Book Review 2008 #41: Tooth and Claw

The 41st book of the year that I read was Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton.
While this space would normally be my review, I am withholding a review at this time. As it so happens, I have been contracted to provide a review of this novel for the steampunk Second Life publication The Primgraph (sister publication to Prim Perfect). So, to avoid a conflict of interest, I am not going to write a review. Suffice it to say that I highly enjoyed this novel of dragons in a Victorian mode. Walton is an extremely good writer.

Birthdays today

It’s the birthday of the Czech dramatist and president Vaclav Havel, born in Prague (1936). In the 1960s, he wrote a series of absurdist plays that attacked the Communist Party, including The Garden Party (1964) and The Memorandum (1965). He said, “If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.”
It’s the birthday of the architect Maya Lin, born in Athens, Ohio (1959), who was an architecture student at Yale when she entered the national competition for the design of a Vietnam Memorial, and won it. She beat out her own professor, who gave her a B- in his class. Today, more than a million people travel from across the country to see it each year.
Today is the birthday of actress Kate Winslet. Forget Titanic, she has done much better work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Quills
Today is also the birthday of my friend Kris Keegan. Happy Birthday, Kriz! Mazel tov!
Today was the birthday of my late father.

(And yes, today is,um, my birthday, too.)