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Educate and Entertain

I like all kinds of books but like any reader, I have my own standards to pick what I call "the best" - i.e., what I like the best. One way to define that further is to call it a combination of style and substance.

Currently reading

Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
Neal Stephenson
Perdido Street Station
China MiƩville
The Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again
Sven Birkerts
Black Brillion
Matthew Hughes
Lake of the Long Sun
Gene Wolfe
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Elizabeth Gilbert
The Etched City
K.J. Bishop
Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life
Philip Gerard
The Presence
Vickie Schnieders

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival - John Vaillant Awesome on so many levels...
As a real-life thriller set in a remote wild area (the Russian Far East)...
As a modern history of the Russian (& Soviet) state and people (alongside China, Korea and Japan), with the human and ecological impacts of state policies and the lack thereof...
As a study of wildlife, wilderness, and the humans interfacing with such environments...
As a philosophical and anthropolicial and naturalist investigation into the forces of evolution and survival...
As an impassioned, personally informed account of the crisis in the survival of the wild tiger (demonstrated in the tragic life and death of one emblematic individual of the species)...
As a tour de force of literary power, skill and sensitivity to convey thought, emotion, scene, and action.