I read 7 books for this month. Another ebook only month, Kindle Unlimited had some good options.
I read Larry Correia’s second high fantasy book, the third is out next year or so. It was a little thin, but still engaging. T.W.O. read it too and what jumped out for him as a flaw was the lack of dance. Dance is deeply important to martial fighters for what are no longer obvious reasons, and it’s usually absent from fantasy fiction involving martial arts these days, and this was, alas, no exception. I continued in sequels with the latest in a magitek series written very quickly by one of the assortment of modern pulp authors. It was ok, I’ll probably read a third or fourth.
I also read some more Tanith, short stories and novellas that were easy to check out. I finally read Cordwainer Smith’s spy novel, published under yet another pen name. It is all too short, but very action-filled and fascinating.
I also read one of those historical society collections of annotated pictures about a pair of counties in Indiana because it had a paragraph about Gene Stratton-Porter. I thought it would be more than that, lol. The evolution of the counties over a century was much more interesting than expected. Indiana is a major cultural fulcrum point in American literature and social myth.
I have some print books I’ve been working on, but I don’t know if they’ll be done by December’s end.
Anyway, 94 books down, 6 to go.
I read 15 books for this month. It was also an ebook-only month, which is pretty unusual for me. It usually means I’m mentally overexerted and want easier stuff to read. So almost everything was fluff, esoteric, or esoteric fluff.
I read seven short novella-length ebooks about spies and true crime. I also read Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s love letter to fandom and when nerds *really* loved science, Fallen Angels. That one is cute and parts of it remain terrifyingly plausible.
I also continued reading a light D&D-ish series, as the third book was just sent to the mailing list and was a happy surprise. In similar vein, I read the wrap-up book of a pretty good zombie series, also a surprise release earlier than the author said.
I tried out Kindle Unlimited, and I’ll probably keep it for a couple months. I used that to read a truly fascinating biography of Cordwainer Smith, a collection of Clifford Simak shorts that reminded me of why I am just not that into his work, a very silly but cool-concept sci-fi book about magic being introduced into the world when humanity is banned from using space technology by evil aliens, and a very cute Tanith Lee novella.
I also used Kindle Unlimited to read the very funny, very sharp, but also very “written by a Boomer” satire “The Narrative.” It’s by Deplora Boule and quite spot-on.
Anyway, 87 books down, 13 to go.
“The majority of all business establishments in the United States are nonemployers, yet these nonemployer establishments average less than 4 percent of all sales and receipts nationally.”
“Most nonemployers are self-employed individuals operating a very small unincorporated business, which may or may not be the owner’s principal source of income.”
Here’s a handy chart of how the nonemployers are distributed by industry.
“The three states with the largest percentage of nonemployer establishments are Texas (79.5 percent), Georgia (79.4 percent) and Florida (79.0 percent). North Dakota is the only state where more than 30 percent of the establishments have paid employees.”
Interesting what the surrounding context is for self-employment these days.
Excerpts and chart from the census, here.
T.W.O. and I being immensely silly.