Now I'm moving on to something fluffy, which I can read quickly, for a change of pace. The book is Beauty, by Robin McKinley, and it's a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I read about half of it this afternoon, and it's pretty standard fairy tale fare. But, hey, I like fairy tales, so I'm enjoying it.
Next I'm going to read David Simon's Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, upon which the tv series Homicide was based. I've got it on loan from the library.