Yes! I stayed up very late several nights with Into The Forest unable to put it down and finished it recently. I felt the story open up so wide once the sisters realized the allies that they had in the plants and forest ecosystem around them. Wonderful book that stirred feminine energies inside me.[/quote]
lol, well, I can't say it stirred up any of my "feminine energies," but this was great. It fits fairly well with what I imagine we'll be going through in just a couple of years. Most definitely needed a sequel. Maybe that guy will come back with a friend or two and they can start a new NoCal tribe. I'll wait for book two, Mrs. Heglund, if you manage to put it out before Barnes & Noble disappears!
I read The Gypsies by Jan Yoors (1st edition copy.. the librarian actually requested that I treat it nicely since it was falling apart, haha) and it was pretty good, too. I didn't realize they got around quite a much as they did prior to WWII - I thought they stayed roughly within national borders most often. Not! haha.
Endgame by Jensen actually didn't stir me. Anyone who can spend 60 pages or so talking about how great it is to poop in the woods kind of gets a thumbs down on that count alone. But, I do agree with a great deal of his points, even though I can't think of a single point he makes in it that he didn't make elsewhere. It's his delivery, I think. I think he's mostly angry that being ill means he can't do what he writes. I could be wrong, I don't know him personally, but he definitely comes off as someone who needs to be free of something that just won't let go.
As for speculative fiction, I recommend Michael W. and Katherine Gear's "People of the..." series (can't remember the real name of the series, my bad). It's a pretty badass take on early North Americans and how they lived, with most of the books in roughly chronological order. It starts out with the first people to come through the glaciers hunting mammoth and giant deer on the through the clovis peoples and the Ohio valley peoples and the builders of Cahokia, etc. Fun reads. I had to slow down after about 6 or 7 books and take a break, but I'll pick back up again soon!
Just my $0.02.