Last week was school vacation week, and we flew to Virginia, through La Guardia.  Luckily for me, [livejournal.com profile] saxikath pointed out 3 days before we left that _The Potato Chip Puzzles_ was out.  (I failed to order it from Amazon the day it came out, but that was OK, because my Local Independent Bookseller had some copies on the shelf when we went by on Saturday.) 

Overall, I'd have to say that _The Potato Chip Puzzles_ compares favorably to the borrowed gameboy we used for the last plane flights--similar depth of absorption of 8-year-old, without the worries about battery life, finding a charger, or, this time, a jealous younger sibling.  )

Next time, could someone please remind me to print out the puzzle pdfs BEFORE we hop the plane?  

And it was a great vacation.  Good timing, too....

I recently read _Shelter_, by Susan Palwick.  It was highly readable, and overall I very much enjoyed it.  I'm particularly impressed, because it uses some themes that are sometimes touchy for me--parental death, unfortunate situation with a 6-year-old boy.  Oh, and appeals to neuroscience, which when done badly can *really* get me.  (I'm not claiming the neuroscience was all correct, just that it wasn't so obviously awful as to get in my way.  It also wasn't that obtrusive, mostly.) 

I ended up feeling that it was flawed somehow, but I can't really put my finger on it at the moment.  In any event, it was more absorbing than anything else I've read in quite a while. 

Overall I highly recommend the book.

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