The “To Be Read” Pile

Now that we have eReaders, our “To Be Read” piles have largely become digital lists of books, purchased and stored on our Kindles and Nooks, waiting for us to have a few spare minutes to power up the electronic pages to escape into some new adventure. I have been so busy over the last few months that I haven’t had any time to even think about my “To Be Read” pile…let alone to actually open a book and read it.

However, I had the good fortune recently to be stuck on an airplane that was grounded for nearly two hours on the tarmac in Boston as the ground crew  de-iced the pretty icicles from the wings before take off. Those two hours plus the six hour flight to California gave me a rare break from the hubbub of life to fire up my Kindle, dust off my “To Be Read” list, and crack open a new book. I’d recently helped to plan the programming for Boskone, a Boston area science fiction and fantasy convention, and one of our authors had an interesting book that I purchased. Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova seemed like the perfect book to read as I headed to sunny California…never mind those pesky icicles clinging to the winds!

I’ll be writing a proper review for this book as well as doing a short interview with Phillipa Bornikova, which will be posted at Amazing Stories Magazine sometime in the next couple of weeks. However, I really enjoyed the book and I just wanted to let you know that you too should think about adding Box Office Poison to your “To Be Read” list. It was a nice new take on that supernatural world mashed up with the glitz and grit of Hollywood.

More ore coming soon, but until then, le me just say that I am really glad that it was this book that broke my reading dry spell. Also, I just found an excerpt of Box Office Poison on the website. Be sure to check it out.

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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