Birthday Loot 2015.

As is traditional at LH, I hereby list the books I received for my birthday yesterday (I’ll create an Addendum for any late arrivals):

Jabotinsky: A Life, by Hillel Halkin (review)

St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past, by Catriona Kelly (review)

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin (review)

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’, by Gene Wolfe

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, by Richard Brody (review)

(My brother gave me a DVD of Godard’s Goodbye to Language, which goes nicely with the Brody book.) My thanks to all the generous givers, and I’m excited about all of these books!


  1. Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich!

  2. Many Happy Returns of the Day!

  3. Happy birthday!

  4. Plenty of good linguistic material in both those SF books. Hope to hear your reaction once you’ve read them.


  5. As an old Gene Wolfe fan, I know pretty much what to expect there (linguistically speaking), but the VanderMeer will be all new; I’ve had the book highly recommended, but have never read anything of his.

  6. Henk Metselaar says

    Nog van harte!

  7. Sir JCass says

    Happy birthday!

  8. La Horde Listener says

    (Wheels out the clapping seal.) *Blark!* *Blark!* For realz, happiest birthday, Fella.

  9. *tosses seal a herring*

  10. Винчу денца аса декъала во хьо!
    Hauskaa syntymäpäivää!

  11. Shēngrì kuàilè!
    ʂɨeŋɲit kʰwajlʌk!

  12. Винчу денца аса декъала во хьо!

    First time I’ve gotten a greeting in Chechen! Баркалла хьуна, со декъала варна!

  13. David Eddyshaw says


    My Unicode keyboard offered a picture of a birthday cake for “o-tanjoubi.” On past form this will probably break the post, but

  14. David Eddyshaw says
  15. Belated birthday wishes, and a happy fourth of July!

  16. Happy birthday, happy fourth of July!

  17. Elessorn says

    Happy birthday!
    And the Book of the New Sun! You are in for *such* a treat.

  18. Yes, I can’t believe I haven’t read the Book of the New Sun before, given how much I love his writing, but I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it.

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