A couple long books this month.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Hmm. I love Neal Stephenson—Diamond Age is one of my favorite books ever—but this book didn’t do it for me. I didn’t get it. It was intelligent and well researched—it just wasn’t for me.
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. Book Two of the Mistborn trilogy. It started slowly, but ended well. Let me expand on that a bit: the first book—to me—was about a rebellion in a novel low-magic world. The second book has to pick up the pieces of that rebellion, so it’s more about government and interpersonal conflicts.