year in books

Welcome to the somethingth edition of “A Year In Books” here at CdPdN. It’s where I chronicle and count up the books I’ve read in a given year. I occasionally comment briefly (in the comments section) on the books I read; feel free to add your own observations or recommendations!

2017:

  1. Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey
  2. A Multitude of Monsters – Craig Shaw Gardener
  3. Dragonsinger – Anne McCaffrey
  4. Beasts of Imagination – E.A Bowen
  5. Dragondrums – Anne McCaffrey
  6. Saturn’s Children – Charles Stross
  7. Martians Abroad – Carrie Vaughn
  8. Monster Hunter International – Larry Correia
  9. March: Vol 1 – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  10. March: Vol 2 – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  11. March: Vol 3 – John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  12. Symbiont – Mira Grant
  13. Moranifesto – Caitlin Moran
  14. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  15. Hidden Figures – Margo Lee Shetterly
  16. Chimera – Mira Grant
  17. The Young World – Chris Weitz
  18. Essential Defenders Vol 5 – DeMatteis, Milgron, et. al
  19. The New Order – Chris Weitz
  20. The Fireman – Joe Hill
  21. Essential Defenders Vol 6 -DeMatteis, et al
  22. The Complacent Class – Tyler Cowan
  23. Essential Defenders Vol 7 – DeMatteis, et al
  24. The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi
  25. Religious Literacy – Stephen Prothero
  26. Arcanum Unbounded – Brandon Sanderson
  27. A Perfectly Good Guitar – Chuck Holley
  28. Retreat of Dragons – Carrie Vaughn
  29. Shadowplay – Nigel Finley
  30. The Wolf’s Hour – Robert McKinnon
  31. Scattered, Smothered, and Chunked: Bubba the Monster Hunter, season 1 – John G. Hartness
  32. Grits, Guns, and Glory: Bubba the Monster Hunter, season 2 – John G. Hartness
  33. Wine, Women, and Song: Bubba the Monster Hunter, season 3 – John G. Hartness
  34. Walkaway – Cory Doctorow
  35. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
  36. The Wind in the Night – Barb and JC Hendee
  37. Homeland – Cory Doctorow
  38. The First and Last Sorcerer – Barb and JC Hendee
  39. Timecaster – Joe Kimball
  40. Bannerless – Carrie Vaughn
  41. Besieged – Kevin Hearne
  42. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  43. Walking on the Sea of Clouds – Gray Rinehart
  44. Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle – Kevin Hearne
  45. A Plunder of Souls – DB Jackson
  46. Caliban’s War – James S.A. Corey
  47. Abbadon’s Gate – James S.A. Corey
  48. Date Night on Union Station – E.M. Foner
  49. Doctor Strange and the Secret Defenders – Mars, Thomas, Coates, Grinberg
  50. The Chapel Perilous – Kevin Hearne
  51. Two Tales of the Iron Druid – Kevin Hearne
  52. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) – Dennis E. Taylor
  53. Cibola Burn – James S.A. Corey
  54. The Cassandra Project – Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick
  55. Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin – James Sullivan
  56. Aftermath: Empire’s End – Chuck Wendig

2016:

    1. Lost Stars:  Claudia Gray
    2. Carter and Lovecraft – Jonathan L. Howard
    3. Down These Strange Streets – George R.R. Martin and Gardener Dozios (ed)
    4. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
    5. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
    6. Ancillary Mercy – Ann Leckie
    7. Soren:  The Idaho Jane Doe Murders – Danny Birt
    8. Classic – Lynn Townsend
    9. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
    10. Splinter of the Mind’s Eye – Alan Dean Foster
    11. Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
    12. How to Fake A Moon Landing – Darryl Cunningham
    13. The Bands of Mourning – Brandon Sanderson
    14. Anonymous Rex – Eric Garcia
    15. Worldwar: In the Balance – Harry Turtledove
    16. Mothership – Isla Neal and Martin Leicht
    17. The Magician King – Lev Grossman
    18. The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman
    19. Kitty Saves the World – Carrie Vaughn
    20. Plays with Cars – Doug DeMuro
    21. The Stainless Steel Rat – Harry Harrison
    22. The Man in the White Suit – Ben Collins
    23. Elfquest: Journey to Sorrow’s End – Wendy and Richard Pini
    24. The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge – Harry Harrison
    25. The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World – Harry Harrison
    26. Decision at Doona – Anne McCaffrey
    27. 30 Pieces of Silver – Carolyn McCray
    28. Deadly Curiosities – Gail Z. Martin
    29. The Reaper Virus – Nathan Barnes
    30. Jalopnik’s Book of Car Facts and History Even Gearheads Don’t Know – Jalopnik Writers
    31. Gauntlet of Time – Trip Ellington
    32. Purgatory Pub (book 2) – Gabriel Dunston
    33. Captain America and The Nationalist Superhero – Jason Dittmer
    34. Bumper-to-Bumper – Doug Demuro
    35. What Remains – Nathan Barnes
    36. Doctor Strange : Way of the Weird – Jason Aaron, Chris Balacho
    37. Staked – Kevin Hearne
    38. Dirty Magic – Jaye Wells
    39. Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir – Lita Ford
    40. Cursed Moon – Jaye Wells
    41. Compendium of North American Cryptids and Magical Creatures – Maury Brown, Ben Morrow, Mike Young, Ffion Evans
    42. Captain America: The Tomorrow Soldier – Remender/Pacheco
    43. Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
    44. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
    45. Fantastic Four: First Family – Casey & Weston
    46. Deadly Spells – Jaye Wells
    47. The Sleeping Dragon – Joel Rosenberg
    48. The Sword and the Chain – Joel Rosenberg
    49. The Silver Crown – Joel Rosenberg
    50. Vostok – Steve Alten
    51. Avengers: Time Runs Out, vol. 1 – Hickman & Chueng
    52. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe:  The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise – Chris Taylor
    53. Jessica Jones: The Pulse, complete collection – Bendis, Bagley, Gaydos, et al.
    54. The Last American Vampire – Seth Grahame-Smith
    55. Defenders: Volume 1 – Fraction and Dodson
    56. All That Jazz – Lynn Townsend   (*beta read – pre-publication)
    57. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
    58. Oh Florida:  How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country – Craig Pittman
    59. All New, All Different Avengers, Volume 1:  The Magificent Seven – Waid/Kubert
    60. The Long Earth – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    61. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
    62. The One Eyed Man – L. E. Modesitt Jr
    63. The Long War – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    64. The Secret Service – Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn
    65. League of Dragons – Naomi Novik
    66. Summer Knight – Jim Butcher
    67. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    68. The End of Time: A Fabulous Narrative – T.S. Creager
    69. Proven Guilty – Jim Butcher
    70. Hawkeye Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon – Fraction/Aja
    71. Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
    72. Lafayette in these Somewhat United States – Sarah Vowell
    73. The Long Mars – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    74. Jimmy Olsen Adventures by Jack Kirby, vol 1 – Jack Kirby
    75. “We Side with the Free” – Gray Rinehart
    76. The Long Utopia – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
    77. Parasite – Mira Grant
    78. The Iron Assassin – Ed Greenwood
    79. Aftermath: Life Debt – Chuck Wendig
    80. All The Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
    81. Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible – Stan Lee w/ Peter David
    82. 1602 – Neil Gaiman/Andy Kubert

 

2015:

      1. Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
      2. Altered Carbon – Richard K Morgan
      3. Firefight – Brandon Sanderson
      4. Trading in Danger – Elizabeth Moon
      5. The Wedding of Deadpool – Posein/Duggan
      6. Alias v4:  The Secret Origin of Jessica Jones – Bendis/Gaydos/Bagley
      7. Ancillary Justice – Anne Leckie
      8. Welcome Back Frank – Garth Ennis
      9. The Alien Factor – Stan Lee w Stan Timmons
      10. Falling Sky – Rajan Khanna
      11. The Quantum Thief – Hannu Rajaniemi
      12. Redshirts – John Scalzi
      13. Low Midnight – Carrie Vaughn
      14. A Marked Man – Lynn Townsend
      15. Paranormal Bromance – Carrie Vaughn
      16. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
      17. Doctor Atlantis – vol 1 – Ian Ally-Seals, Carl Mefferd
      18. Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson
      19. Earth Awakens – Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
      20. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
      21. Doctor Atlantis – vol 2 – Ian Ally-Seals, Carl Mefferd
      22. A Fighting Chance – Elizabeth Warren
      23. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
      24. Dead Witch Walking – Kim Harrison
      25. Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
      26. Unlocked – John Scalzi
      27. Bloodring – Faith Hunter
      28. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead – Kim Harrison
      29. Fade To Black – Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus
      30. Doctor Atlantis – vol 3 – Ian Ally-Seals, Carl Mefferd
      31. Bled White – Tim McBain an L.T. Vargus
      32. Red on the Inside – Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus
      33. Seraphs – Faith Hunter
      34. Agent to the Stars  – John Scalzi
      35. Hosts – Faith Hunter
      36. Deadpool: Soul Hunter – Duggan & Posehn
      37. The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Jill Lapore
      38. Time Salvager – Wesley Chu
      39. Ancillary Sword – Anne Leckie
      40. Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
      41. Girl in A Band: A Memoir – Kim Gordon
      42. Every Which Way But Dead – Kim Harrison
      43. Armada – Ernest Cline
      44. The End of All Things – John Scalzi
      45. The Martian – Any Weir
      46. The Three Body Problem – Cixin Liu
      47. City of Stairs – Robert Jackson Bennet
      48. A Fistful of Charms – Kim Harrison
      49. Hounded – Kevin Hearne
      50. Blood Rites – Jim Butcher
      51. Dhampir – Barb and JC Hendee
      52. Dead Beat – Jim Butcher
      53. Hexed- Kevin Hearne
      54. Unbound – Jim C. Hines
      55. Hammered – Kevin Hearne
      56. Tricked – Kevin Hearne
      57. Trapped – Kevin Hearne
      58. Ship Breaker –    Paulo Bacigalupi
      59. The Serpent of Venice – Christopher Moore
      60. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
      61. The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher
      62. Shadows of Self – Brandon Sanderson
      63. Hunted – Kevin Hearne
      64. …And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of ‘Top Gear’ – Richard Porter
      65. Where the Hell is Tesla? A Novel – Rob Dircks
      66. Shattered – Kevin Hearne
      67. Star Wars: Aftermath – Chuck Wendig
      68. The Dinosaur Lords – Victor Milan
      69. The Monster Show – A Cultural History of Horror – David J Skall
      70. Ant-Man:  Scott Lang – David Michelene et. al.
      71. Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
      72. Understanding Comics – Scott McCloud
      73. Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil – Lee, Wood, etc
      74. Dinosaur Summer – Greg Bear
      75. Silver Screen Fiend – Patton Oswalt

 

2014:

      1. Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom – Triumph and Torment  – Roger Stern, Mike Mignola
      2. Between Their Worlds – Barb and JC Hendee
      3. Batman: The Killing Joke – Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
      4. Spider Island – Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos, et al.
      5. Clementine – Cherie Priest
      6. The Mote in God’s Eye – Niven & Pournelle
      7. Sandman Vol 10 : The Wake – Neil Gaiman & Michael Zulli
      8. Fiddlehead – Cherie Priest
      9. Code Monkey Save World – Pak, Coulton, Miyazawa
      10. Dreams of the Golden Age – Carrie Vaughn
      11. Shadowkeep – Alan Dean Foster
      12. The Real Frank Zappa Book – Frank Zappa w. Peter Occhiogrosso
      13. Angel Trumpet – Ann McMillan
      14. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man – Vol. 4 – Bendis et. al.
      15. Marvel’s Finest- Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War – Adams, Thomas, Buscema
      16. Nothing O’Clock – Neil Gaiman
      17. The Dog in the Dark – Barb and JC Hendee
      18. Fabula Zero Exposition – Nick Davis
      19. She Hulk – The Complete Collection v. 1 – Dan Slott, et. al.
      20. The Martian – Andy Weir
      21. Time Travelers Never Die – Jack McDevitt
      22. Ghost Train to New Orleans – Mur Lafferty
      23. Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson
      24. Idiot America – Charles Pierce
      25. Fires of the Desert – Leona Wisoker
      26. The Strain – Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
      27. The Final Solution – Michael Chabon
      28. Roll – Lynn Townsend
      29. The Alloy of Law – Brandon Sanderson
      30. Survival – Julie Czerneda
      31. Dawn’s Early Light – Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
      32. Unseaming – Mike Allen
      33. The Summoner – Gail Z Martin
      34. Prison Nation – Jenni Merritt
      35. Bone Dance – Emma Bull
      36. Skin Game – Jim Butcher
      37. Blood King – Gail Z Martin
      38. Blood Sight – Lynn Townsend
      39. She-Hulk by Dan Slott – The Complete Collection, Volume 2
      40. Dark Haven – Gail Z Martin
      41. Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James
      42. The Necessary Beggar – Susan Palwick
      43. Serenity – The Shepherd’s Tale – Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Chris Samnee
      44. Pride of Baghdad – Brian K Vaughn, Niko Henrichon
      45. Incredible Hulk – Visionaries – John Byrne et. al
      46. Wolves on the Border – Robert N Charrette
      47. The Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson
      48. Dodger – Terry Pratchett
      49. Bad Wizard – James Maxey
      50. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
      51. No Man’s Land – Greg Rucka
      52. Ultimate Fantastic Four vol. 1 – Millar/Bendis/Kubert
      53. Civil Blood – Ann McMillan
      54. Ultimate Fantastic Four vol 3 – Ellis/Immonen/Kubuert
      55. Designers and Dragons – the 70s – Shannon Appelcline
      56. Chickahominy Fever – Ann McMillan
      57. Designers and Dragons – the 80s – Shannon Appelcline
      58. Books of Magic – Neil Gaiman
      59. The Gutbucket Quest – Piers Anthony and Ron Lemming
      60. Charisma +1 – Jessica Brawner
      61. Designers & Dragons – the 90s – Shannon Applecline
      62. Spider-Man: The Fantastic Spider-Man – Dan Slott, Christos Gage, et al
      63. Avengers Arena vol 1 – Kill or Die – Dennis Hopeless et al.
      64. Ant Man: Season One – Tom Defalco, Horatio Dominguez
      65. Designers & Dragons – the 00s – Shannon Applecline
      66. Thank You For Smoking  – Christopher Buckley
      67. Critter vol. 1: Kitty in the City – Tom Hutchinson et al
      68. The Monster in the Closet – Chris Otto
      69. Critter vol. 2: Purrfection – Tom Hutchinson et al
      70. River Monsters – Jeremy Wade
      71. The Jungle – David Drake
      72. Critter vol. 3: Truth or Consequences – Tom Hutchinson et al
      73. Lock In – John Scalzi
      74. Thieftaker – DB Jackson
      75. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
      76. Fray – Joss Whedon
      77. The Replacements:  all over but the shouting (an oral history) – Jim Walsh
      78. Blues – Lynn Townsend
      79. Transmetropolitan volume 2 – lust for life – Ellis/Robertson
      80. A New Dawn – John Jackson Miller
      81. Spider-Men – Bendis/Pichelli
      82. Avengers vs. X-Men: Versus – Waid/Immonen/et al
      83. Avengers vs. X-Men: Avengers Academy – Gage/Remender/Grummet
      84. Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences – Gillen/et al
      85. Fantastic Four: Season One – Aguirre-Sacasa/Marquez
      86. Fantasy and Science Fiction – July/August 2014
      87. 1632 – Eric Flint
      88. Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History – Glen Berger
      89. Hawkeye vol 3 : LA Woman – Fraction/Wu/Pulido
      90. Tithe – Holly Black
      91. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth – Chris Hadfield
      92. Fluke – Christopher Moore
      93. Legion of Superheroes vol. 1:  Teenage Revolution – Waid/Kitson
      94. Unfamiliar Fishes – Sarah Vowell
      95. Thief’s Quarry – DB Jackson
      96. Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris
      97. Critter vol 4: High Tide – Tom Hutchinson
      98. Capes N Babes  vol 1: You Can’t Print Flick – Chris Flick
      99. Capes N Babes vol 2: You Still Can’t Print Flick – Chris Flick
      100. Capes N Babes vol 3: That’s Why You Can’t Print Flick – Chris Flick
      101. Purgatory Pub (book one) – Gabriel Dunston
      102. Capes N Babes vol 4: This Fur Don’t Burn – Chris Flick
      103. Jurassic Park – Michael Chrichton
      104. Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
      105. Neptune’s Brood – Charles Stross
      106. You – Austin Grossman
      107. Goliath – Scott Westerfeld

 

2013:

      1. Analog – December 2012
      2. The Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England – Brock Clark
      3. Asimov’s  – January 2013
      4. The Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander
      5. Entoverse – James P Hogan
      6. Dragonheart – Todd McCaffrey
      7. The Man Called Cash – The Life, Love, and Faith of an American Legend – Steve Turner
      8. Moranthology – Caitlin Moran
      9. The President of Vice: The “Autobiography” of Joe Biden – The Onion
      10. The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan
      11. Carte Blanche – Jeffery Deaver
      12. JLA/Superman: The Never-Ending Battle – Roger Stern
      13. Gullible’s Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist – Cash Peters
      14. Spook Country – William Gibson
      15. The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan
      16. Changes – Jim Butcher
      17. Changelings – Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
      18. Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 – John Ferling
      19. The Dolphins of Pern – Anne McCaffrey
      20. Lamb – Christopher Moore
      21. Look to Windward – Iain M. Banks
      22. The Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susanna Clark
      23. Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
      24. Ghost Story – Jim Butcher
      25. The Language of Bees – Laurie R. King
      26. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
      27. I Wish I Knew That: US Presidents – Editors of Readers’ Digest
      28. Gamers – Thomas K. Carpenter
      29. Bells of the Kingdom – Leona Wisoker
      30. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf – Victor Pelevin
      31. Kitty Rocks The House – Carrie Vaughn
      32. Small Favor – Jim Butcher
      33. Throne of the Crescent Moon – Saladin Ahmed
      34. Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo – Greg Leitich Smith
      35. The Daughter of Frost – Nick Davis
      36. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
      37. God of the Hive – Laurie R. King
      38. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
      39. Burma Chronicles – Guy Delisle
      40. The Wheel of Darkness – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
      41. N0S4A2 – Joe Hill
      42. Good Omens – Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
      43. Isaac The Pirate – 2. The Capital – Christophe Blaine
      44. Sandman – vol 2 – A Doll’s House – Neil Gaiman, various artists
      45. Sandman – vol 3 – Dream Country – Neil Gaiman, various artists
      46. Rocket Raccoon and Groot – the complete collection – Bill Mantlo, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Jack Kirby, various artists
      47. 20th Century Ghosts – Joe Hill
      48. The Shadow of the Sun – Barbara Friend Ish
      49. Batman: The Compete Knightfall Saga – Dixon, Moench, etc
      50. Fool – Christopher Moore
      51. The Human Division – John Scalzi
      52. Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
      53. The Golden Age of Death – Amber Benson
      54. The Shambling Guide to New York City – Mur Lafferty
      55. Showcase Presents – Legion of Super Heroes Vol. 2
      56. Clockwork Phoenix 4 – Mike Allen (ed)
      57. Boots on the Ground By Dusk – Mary Tillman
      58. Into the Wild – John Krakauer
      59. Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
      60. Just A Geek – Wil Wheaton
      61. Shenzhen – Guy Delise
      62. My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon – PN Elrod (ed)
      63. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
      64. The Meowmorphosis – Franz Kafka and Coleridge Cook
      65. Hawkeye: My Life as A Weapon – Matt Fraction et. al.
      66. Saving Mars – Cidney Swanson
      67. The Dragon’s Path – Daniel Abraham
      68. Layer Cake – JJ Connolly
      69. Soon I Will Be Invincible – Austin Grossman
      70. A Princess of Landover – Terry Brooks
      71. WE3 – Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
      72. Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi
      73. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
      74. Pirate King – Laurie R. King
      75. Hawkeye: Little Hits – Matt Fraction et al
      76. Matter – Iain M. Banks
      77. Laika – Nick Abadzis
      78. Kitty in the Underworld – Carrie Vaughn
      79. Warm Bodies –  Isaac Marion
      80. The Night Gwen Stacy Died – Sarah Bruni
      81. Candle – John Barnes
      82. Crooked Little Vein – Warren Ellis
      83. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
      84. Startide Rising – David Brin
      85. Storm Front – Jim Butcher
      86. Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists – Neil Gaiman, various Artists
      87. Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You – Neil Gaiman, various Artists
      88. Sandman Vol 6: Fables & Reflection – Neil Gaiman, various Artists
      89. Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
      90. Kaleidiscope Century – John Barnes
      91. Sandman Vol 7: Brief Lives – Neil Gaiman, various Artists
      92. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
      93. Garment of Shadows – Laurie R. King
      94. Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
      95. The Sky So Big and Black – John Barnes
      96. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga – Claremont & Byrne
      97. Argo – Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio
      98. Proven Guilty – Jim Butcher
      99. Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Women Ministers of the Frontier, 1880-1930 – Cynthia Grant Tucker
      100. Sandman Vol 8 – World’s End – Neil Gaiman, various artists
      101. The Infinity Gauntlet – Jim Starlin, George Perez
      102. Memoria – Alex Bobl
      103. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (vol 1) – Bendis et al
      104. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (vol 2) – Bendis et. al
      105. Suicide Kings – George R.R. Martin (ed)
      106. Sandman Vol 9 – The Kindly Ones – Neil Gaiman, various Artiss
      107. Rule 34 – Charles Stross
      108. Libriomancer – Jim C Hines
      109. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (vol 3) – Bendis et. al
      110. The Mallet of Loving Correction – John Scalzi
      111. Codex Born – Jim C Hines
      112. Crucible of Gold  – Naomi Novik
      113. Blood of Tyrants – Naomi Novik
      114. Kobolds Ate My Baby! In Colour!!! – Chris O’Neill & Dan Landis, illust. by John Kovalic
      115. The Reckoning – Howard Owen
      116. Dead March –  Ann McMillan
      117. Kraken – China Mieville

 

2012:

      1. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. “Not Your Bitch” Martin
      2. Bedlam Boyz – Ellen Guon
      3. Nightshade – Laurell K. Hamilton
      4. Star Guard – Andre Norton
      5. Straying from the Path – Carrie Vaughn
      6. On Basilisk Station – David Weber
      7. Knight of the Black Rose – James Lowder
      8. Journey to Elsewhere – Murray Leinster
      9. Kittys’ Greatest Hits – Carrie Vaughn
      10. BtVS: Tales of the Slayer, Vol 1
      11. The Duplicators – Murray Leinster
      12. Giant’s Star – James P. Hogan
      13. The Honor of the Queen – David Weber
      14. Bewitched and Betrayed – Lisa Shearin
      15. Paradise Towers – Stephen Wyatt
      16. Broken Blade – Kelly McCullough
      17. The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs
      18. Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
      19. Erfworld: The Battle for Gobwin Knob – Rob Balder & Jamie Noguchi
      20. A Clash of Kings – George R.R. Martin
      21. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
      22. The Dark Design – Philip Jose Farmer
      23. The Guardians of the Desert – Leona Wisoker
      24. The Windup Girl – Paolo Bacigalupi
      25. Con and Conjure – Lisa Shearin
      26. Drift – Rachel Maddow
      27. Between a Roc and a Hard Place – Danny Birt
      28. Phoenix Rising – Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
      29. Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America- Barbara Ehrenreich
      30. Spectre Nightmares and Visitations – Pamela K Kinney
      31. Strike Zone – Peter David
      32. Redshirts – A Novel with Three Codas – John Scalzi
      33. All Spell Breaks Loose – Lisa Shearin
      34. Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi
      35. Awol on the Appalacian Trail – David Miller
      36. A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
      37. Adam and Eve: Bizarre Love Triangle in the Zombie Apocalypse, Vol 2.  – Dan Nokes
      38. A Dog’s Life: No Shenanigans!!! – Chris Otto
      39. The Janus Affair – Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
      40. Analog – September 2011
      41. Analog – October 2011
      42. Analog – November 2011
      43. A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin
      44. Kitty Steals the Show – Carrie Vaughn
      45. Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Superheroes – Timothy Callahan (ed.)
      46. How to be A Woman – Caitlin Moran
      47. A Dance With Dragons – George R.R. Martin
      48. Pirates of Mars – Chris Gerrib
      49. Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
      50. Nobody Gets The Girl: A Superhero Novel – James Maxey
      51. DC Comics Showcase: The Legion of Superheroes vol. 1
      52. The Warlock In Spite of Himself – Christopher Stasheff
      53. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
      54. Star Trek:TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation² (vol 1) – Tipton, Tiption & Woodward
      55. The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling
      56. A Teddy Bear Tale II – Nick Davis
      57. Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
      58. Escape Velocity – Christopher Stasheff
      59. Marvel Comics:  the untold story – Sean Howe
      60. Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall – Thomas Hopp
      61. Sub-Human – David Simpson
      62. John Gone – Michael Kayatta
      63. How To Be Death – Amber Benson
      64. Burn Baby Burn: A Supervillain Novel – James Maxey
      65. Post-Human – David Simpson
      66. Further: Beyond the Threshold – Chris Roberson
      67. A Dog’s Life: Bark to the Future – Chris Otto & Ben Taylor
      68. Analog – Jan/Feb 2012
      69. Galactic Creatures – Elektra Hammond (ed)
      70. Cold Days – Jim Butcher
      71. Trans-Human – David Simpson
      72. Paranoia! – The Computer is Your Friend – Ultraviolet Books
      73. Analog – March 2012
      74. Predation – SJ Parkinson
      75. Spider-Man: Skin Deep – JMS & Mike Deodato
      76. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
      77. Blood Stripes: The Grunt’s View of the War in Iraq – David J. Danelo
      78. Horns – Joe Hill
      79. Asimov’s – October/November 2012
      80. The Ten-¢ent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America – David Hadju
      81. Isaac the Pirate (vol 1) – Christophe Blain
      82. Asimov’s – December 2012
      83. Analog – November 2012
      84. Jerusalem – Guy Delisle
      85. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama – Tetsu Sawai

 

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2011:

      1. Deception Point – Dan Brown
      2. Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
      3. Through Stone and Sea – Barb & JC Hendee
      4. The Switch  – Elmore Leonard
      5. The Abstinence Teacher – Tom Perrotta
      6. The Day After and Other Stories – Wil Wheaton
      7. Dreadnought – Cherie Priest
      8. A Hymn Before Battle – John Ringo
      9. Analog:  March 2011
      10. Sweet Myth-tery of Life – Robert Asprin
      11. The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Icebound Land – John Flanagan
      12. Blasphemy – Douglas Preston
      13. To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip Jose Farmer
      14. Hunter – Wil Wheaton
      15. Analog: April 2011
      16. Bonk – Mary Roach
      17. Furies of Calderon – Jim Butcher
      18. The Fabulous Riverboat – Philip Jose Farmer
      19. Dark River – John Twelve Hawks
      20. Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld
      21. Analog:  May 2011
      22. The Wizardry Compiled – Rick Cook
      23. A Chosen Faith – Buehrens & Church
      24. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
      25. Serpent’s Storm – Amber Benson
      26. With A Little Help – Cory Doctorow
      27. Haunted Richmond – Pamela K. Kinney
      28. The Dresden Files RPG: Your Story – Butcher, Hicks, etc
      29. Steel – Carrie Vaughn
      30. Tongues of Serpents – Naomi Novik
      31. Analog: June 2011
      32. After the Golden Age – Carrie Vaughn
      33. Secret of the Sands – Leona Wisoker
      34. You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop Into a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing – John Scalzi
      35. Analog: July/August 2011
      36. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk – David Sedaris
      37. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas – Lewis Black
      38. Emma and the Vampires – Jane Austen and Wayne Josephson
      39. Kitty’s Big Trouble – Carrie Vaughn
      40. Ghost Story – Jim Butcher
      41. LA Noire: The Collected Stories – Rockstar Games
      42. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
      43. Bossypants – Tina Fey
      44. Nerd Do Well – Simon Pegg
      45. Ghost Troopers – Joe Schreiber
      46. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland – Patton Oswalt
      47. The Snow Queen’s Shadow – Jim C Hines
      48. The Bedwetter – Sarah Silverman
      49. Stories I Only Tell My Friends – Rob Lowe
      50. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band – Mötley Crüe w/ Neil Strauss
      51. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
      52. The Authoritarians – Bob Altemeyer
      53. Timecaster – Joe Kimball
      54. Of Truth and Beasts – Barb & JC Hendee
      55. Elegy Beach – Steven Boyett
      56. Abigail Adams – Woody Holton
      57. Adam and Eve – Bizarre Love Triangle in the Zombie Apocalypse – Dan Nokes
      58. It’s Not News, It’s Fark – how the mass media tries to pass off crap as news – Drew Curtis
      59. Club Dead – Charlaine Harris
      60. Haunted Virginia – Pamela K. Kinney
      61. The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities – Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (ed.)
      62. Gust Front – John Ringo
      63. The Gentle Giants of Ganymede – James P. Hogan
      64. The Warrior’s Apprentice  – Lois McMaster Bujold
      65. The  Sandman, Vol. 1:  Preludes & Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman
      66. Vampire Science – Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman
      67. Unconditional – A Teddy Bear Tale – Nick Davis & Dan Nokes

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2010:

      1. Humans – Robert J. Sawyer
      2. In Shade and Shadow – Barb & J.C. Hendee
      3. Kitty’s House of Horrors – Carrie Vaughn
      4. Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of  Whatever – John Scalzi
      5. Crazy for God – Frank Schaeffer
      6. Proven Guilty – Jim Butcher
      7. Ill Wind – Rachel Caine
      8. White Night – Jim Butcher
      9. Human Nature – Paul Cornell
      10. The Breach – Patrick Lee
      11. The Time Traders – Andre Norton
      12. Galactic Derelict – Andre Norton
      13. Digital Knight – Ryk E. Spoor
      14. Analog – April 2010
      15. Fallen Angels – Niven, Pournelle, & Flynn
      16. Game Change – John Heilemann & Mark Halperin
      17. The Two Faces of Tomorrow – James P. Hogan
      18. Cat’s Claw – Amber Benson
      19. Analog:  May 2010
      20. The God Engines – John Scalzi
      21. Heat Stroke – Rachel Caine
      22. Voices of Dragons – Carrie Vaughn
      23. Small Favor – Jim Butcher
      24. Primary Inversion – Catherine Asaro
      25. Last Call – Tim Powers
      26. Analog – June 2010
      27. Little Fuzzy – H. Beam Piper
      28. The Things That Are Not There – CJ Henderson
      29. Boneshaker – Cherie Priest
      30. Free Range Kids – Lenore Skenazy
      31. Essential Doctor Strange (vol 4) – Stern, Claremont, Etc.
      32. My Own Kind of Freedom – Steven Brust
      33. The Stench of Fresh Air – CJ Henderson
      34. Makers – Cory Doctorow
      35. Get Opinionated – Amanda Marcotte
      36. The Mountains of Mourning – Lois McMaster Bujold
      37. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls – Steve Hockensmith
      38. For The Win – Cory Doctorow
      39. Omnilingual – H. Beam Piper
      40. Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters – Malcolm Hulke
      41. Prince of Stories: the many worlds of Neil Gaiman – Wagner, Golden & Bissette
      42. Exile’s Burn – Elaine Corvidae
      43. Essential Moon Knight Vol 2 – Moench & Sienkiewicz
      44. Turn Coat – Jim Butcher
      45. The Sleep that Rescues – CJ Henderson
      46. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E: ultimate edition:  Warren Ellis & Stuart Immonen
      47. Geek Dad – Ken Denmead
      48. Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) – Gever Tulley w/ Julie Spiegler
      49. Analog: September 2010
      50. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
      51. Sunrise Alley – Catherine Asaro
      52. Spellcrash – Kelly McCullough
      53. The Clockwise Man – Justin Richards
      54. Kitty Goes To War – Carrie Vaughn
      55. The Eight Doctors – Terrance Dicks
      56. Analog: July-August 2010
      57. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
      58. Discord’s Apple – Carrie Vaughn
      59. Goth Opera – Paul Cornell
      60. Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes –  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
      61. Analog: October 2010
      62. The Monsters Inside – Stephen Cole
      63. Red Hood’s Revenge – Jim C. Hines
      64. Wizard’s Bane – Rick Cook
      65. Alternate Generals – Harry Turtledove (editor)
      66. Med Ship – Murray Leinster
      67. Essential Defenders vol 4  – David Kraft et al.
      68. Analog: November 2010
      69. Lai Wan: Tales of the Dreamwalker – CJ Henderson
      70. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
      71. Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
      72. Changes – Jim Butcher
      73. The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
      74. Clash of the Geeks – Wheaton, Scalzi, etc
      75. Unnatural History – Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman
      76. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      77. I Am America (and so can you!) – Stephen Colbert
      78. Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      79. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      80. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      81. Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      82. Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour – Bryan Lee O’Malley
      83. Analog: December 2010
      84. An Unearthly Child – Terrance Dicks
      85. The Taint – Michael Collier
      86. The Line – Teri Hall
      87. Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell
      88. Hybrids – Robert J. Sawyer
      89. Lucifer’s Hammer – Niven & Pournelle
      90. When You Are Engulfed In Flames – David Sedaris
      91. xkcd: volume 0 – Randall Munroe
      92. The Lace Reader – Brunonia Barry
      93. Dirty Sexy Politics – Meghan McCain
      94. The Guinea Pig Diaries: my life as an experiment  – A.J. Jacobs
      95. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
      96. The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell
      97. Dress Your Family in Courdoroy and Denim – David Sedaris
      98. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
      99. Born Standing Up – Steve Martin
      100. The Party Cloudy Patriot – Sarah Vowell
      101. The Great Derangement – Matt Taibbi
      102. Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser
      103. Essential Marvel Two-in-One, vol 3 – Gruenwald et. al.
      104. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
      105. Analog: January/February 2011
      106. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins
      107. Side Jobs – Jim Butcher

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2009

      1. World War Z – Max Brooks
      2. Child of a Dead God – Barb and JC Hendee
      3. Fool Moon – Jim Butcher
      4. The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
      5. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
      6. The Stepsister Scheme – Jim C. Hines
      7. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand – Carrie Vaughn
      8. The Wrecking Crew – Thomas Frank
      9. Analog – April 2009
      10. Sunken Treasure – Wil Wheaton
      11. 1984 – George Orwell
      12. The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
      13. Kitty Raises Hell – Carrie Vaughn
      14. Essential Doctor Strange: v. 3 – Engelhart, Brunner, Colan, et al
      15. The Hacker Crackdown – Bruce Sterling
      16. Analog – May 2009
      17. Death’s Daughter – Amber Benson
      18. Analog – June 2009
      19. Grave Peril – Jim Butcher
      20. Singularlity Sky – Charles Stross
      21. Zappa – Barry Miles
      22. Zoe’s Tale – John Scalzi
      23. Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
      24. Summer Knight – Jim Butcher
      25. Analog – July/August 2009
      26. Victory of Eagles – Naomi Novik
      27. Analog – September 2009
      28. MythOS – Kelly McCullough
      29. Death Masks – Jim Butcher
      30. Wolfkin – Elaine Corvidae
      31. The Trouble With Demons – Lisa Shearin
      32. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon
      33. In The Shadows – Joseph Lidster
      34. Analog – October 2009
      35. Blood Rites:  Jim Butcher
      36. Your Inner Fish – Neil Shubin
      37. Saturn’s Children – Charles Stross
      38. The Motherhood Manifesto – Joan Blades, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
      39. Analog – November 2009
      40. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson
      41. Dinosaur Planet – Anne McCafferey
      42. Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town – Cory Docotorow
      43. Dragons of the Cuyahoga – S. Andrew Swann
      44. The Apocalypse Troll:  David Weber
      45. Goblin Quest – Jim C. Hines
      46. The Buried Pyramid – Jane Lindskold
      47. Dwarves of Whisky Island – S. Andrew Swann
      48. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
      49. Rats, Bats & Vats – Dave Freer & Eric Flint
      50. Inherit the Stars – James P. Hogan
      51. The Rats, The Bats, and the Ugly” – Eric Flint & Dave Freer
      52. Goblin Hero – Jim C. Hines
      53. Analog December 2009
      54. Sense And Sensibility and Sea Monsters – Jane Austen & Ben H. Winters
      55. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter – Elizabeth Moon
      56. Memories of the Future: Volume One – Wil Wheaton
      57. A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin
      58. Goblin War – Jim C. Hines
      59. Ariel – Steven R. Boyett
      60. …And Another Thing – Eoin Colfer
      61. Analog – Jan-Feb 2010
      62. Dead Beat – Jim Butcher
      63. The Multiplex Man – James P. Hogan
      64. Waiting for Athena – John Scalzi
      65. Shatnerquake – Jeff  Burk
      66. More Information Than You Require – John Hodgman
      67. The Mermaid’s Madness – Jim C. Hines
      68. Surface Action – David Drake
      69. Analog: March 2010
      70. Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress – Shelly Mazzanoble
      71. Imago – Octavia Butler
      72. Hominids – Robert J. Sawyer
      73. Analog: May 1984

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2008

      1. The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
      2. The Cradle of Saturn – James P. Hogan
      3. The Price of Paradise – Colin Brake
      4. The Genesis Machine – James P. Hogan
      5. Rebel Fay – Barb and JC Hendee
      6. Robots and Empire – Isaac Asimov
      7. Edenborn – Nick Sagan
      8. Lamb – Christopher Moore
      9. Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
      10. Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
      11. Old Man’s War – John “the guy who taped bacon to the cat ” Scalzi
      12. Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn
      13. The Android’s Dream – Scalzi
      14. Spin – Robert Charles Wilson
      15. Rockets, Redheads, and Revolution – James P. Hogan
      16. Agent to the Stars – Scalzi (available for free online – click the title!)
      17. The Outstretched Shadow – Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
      18. The Moor – Laurie R. King
      19. Farthing  – Jo Walton
      20. Kitty Goes To Washington – Carrie Vaughn
      21. A Secret Atlas – Michael A. Stackpole
      22. Crystal Rain – Tobias Buckell
      23. Lord of the Isles – David Drake
      24. Iron Man – Peter David
      25. The Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi
      26. Kitty Takes A Holiday – Carrie Vaughn
      27. The Beatles – Bob Spitz
      28. Through Wolf’s Eyes – Jane Lindskold
      29. The Disunited States of America – Harry Turtledove
      30. Reiffen’s Choice – SC Butler
      31. O Jerusalem – Laurie R. King
      32. Sun of Suns – Karl Schroeder
      33. Kitty and the Silver Bullet – Carrie Vaughn
      34. Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Cherie Priest
      35. Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
      36. Essential Avengers, Volume 2 – Stan Lee, Don Heck, Roy Thomas, John Buscema
      37. Starfish – Peter Watts
      38. Magic Lost, Trouble Found – Lisa Shearin
      39. The Incredible Hulk – Peter David
      40. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow
      41. Armed and Magical – Lisa Shearin
      42. Touch of Evil – CT Adams and Cathy Clamp
      43. Lyra’s Oxford – Philip Pullman
      44. Boomsday – Christopher Buckley
      45. I Love You Beth Cooper – Larry Doyle
      46. Codespell – Kelly McCullough
      47. 2033:  The Future of Misbehavior – Nerve.com editors
      48. Black & White – Lewis Shiner
      49. In the Garden of Iden – Kage Baker
      50. Jennifer Government – Max Barry
      51. Hal Spacejock –  Simon Haynes
      52. Me of Little Faith – Lewis Black
      53. Orphans of Chaos – John C. Wright
      54. In The Midnight Hour – Patti O’Shea
      55. Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
      56. Flash – LE Modessit
      57. Darkness of the Light – Peter David
      58. InterWorld – Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
      59. Elantris – Brandon Sanderson
      60. Soul – Tobsha Learner
      61. Justice Hall – Laurie R. King
      62. Eastern Standard Tribe – Cory Doctorow
      63. The Captain’s Honor – Daniel and David Dvorkin
      64. The Last Colony – John Scalzi
      65. Playing For Keeps – Mur Lafferty
      66. The Good Fairies of New York – Martin Millar
      67. The Game – Laurie R. King
      68. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
      69. Locked Rooms – Laurie R. King
      70. Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
      71. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
      72. M is for Magic – Neil Gaiman
      73. Dawn – Octavia Butler
      74. Outrageous Fortune – Tim Scott
      75. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
      76. Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman
      77. Dreams from my Father – Barack Obama
      78. Living Dead in Dallas – Charlaine Harris
      79. Adulthood Rites – Octavia Butler
      80. War for the Oaks – Emma Bull
      81. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
      82. Jumper – Steven Gould
      83. Storm Front – Jim Butcher
      84. Dinosaur Planet Survivors – Anne McCaffrey

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I kind of like this project; both so I can remember what exactly I read, but I kind of want to see exactly HOW MANY I manage to put down in a given year. It helps me justify having as many books around as I do (not that being a bibliophile requires any justification!).

Please feel free to chronicle your own reading exploits below…I can always use recommendations!

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  1. 1
    chuck Says:

    “Mistborn” – Brandon Sanderson

    I got this one in my email this week for signing up for the new Tor Books newsletter. They’re apparently launching a newly designed site, and are giving away free e-books (well, PDF files) to drum up page counts.

    Yay, free books.

    This’ll keep me going at lunchtime for a few weeks, I imagine.

    -chuck

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    chuck Says:

    Jennifer – you’ll like the “Kitty” series from Carrie Vaughn. I can tell you this now, even though I haven’t finished the first one yet.

    A hip, snarky, single girl werewolf who has a late-night call-in radio show about supernatural problems; it also looks like the author’s trying to set her up with either one of the local vampires, or perhaps the werewolf/vampire hunter guy…not sure yet.

    It’s fun, kinda like the early anita blake books, perhaps a little more econonomical and clever on the prose. You should read it.

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    chuck Says:

    couple more comments.

    I’m starting to really like Scalzi, not just because he once taped a piece of bacon to a cat, then took a picture of it and posted it on the internet.

    “Old Man’s War” was really clever; who can resist a novel whose first line is:

    “I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the Army”

    It’s basically the typical “boys go off to war” novel, except the boys are all older than John McCain. Then the get new super-bodies (and deal with all the ramifications of such) and go out and fight aliens.

    “Android’s Dream” is also shaping up to be fun read – I’m really starting to get a sort of “American Adams” vibe from this guy – lots of fun, kind of absurd situations and ideas (a future religious sect involving ritual bowhunting known as the Nugentians? classic!). All wrapped around a great little “race to find the thing” story.

    Lots of nods to other classic sci-fi authors; both of these stories owe a lot, either in structure or simple little references, to Heinlein. Still, any of these stories could be easily enjoyed by someone who’s really not into scifi at all.

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    chuck Says:

    R/R/R – Hogan: just started it the other night; collection of essays and short stories. Not bad. Once I finish it, I ought to be through the box of Doug’s books for the year.

    Agent to the Stars – yeah, another Scalzi book – what can I say, I like this guy. I figure I’ll burn through his whole catalog this year easily. This one’s actually his “practice” novel that he wrote just to prove he could; never sold it to a publisher, and has since put it online for all to see. The latest in my “lunchtime reading” series….

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    chuck Says:

    a few I wasn’t necessarily fond of:

    A Secret Atlas – picked this one up because I liked the cover, mostly. It wasn’t a “bad” book per se, but took its sweet time getting around to things happening, and then, once things got rolling at all, it became really episodic; “this happened to this guy, this happened to that guy, prince goes “muah, ha ha”, rinse, repeat…” Colleen liked it more than I; perhaps I missed the throughline, as I was sick through most of the reading. I may try it again sometime. Thinking about it, though, I never quite got into the world the author was trying to build; I’ve no doubt he has all sorts of ideas about how it fits together, but he didn’t communicate it so well, at least to me.

    “Lord of the Isles” – another one of those free books from Tor; not awful, but definitely the least of the offerings so far. I think there were just too many pieces on the board overall to keep me into it; the world was better realized, though still kind of a mish-mash of stock fantasy tropes, and the secondary characters are infinitely more interesting than the “Chosen One” boy hero, which is never a good sign.

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    chuck Says:

    crossing over the 50 books line…

    highlights since last time:
    Little Brother – Cory Doctorow All sorts of people are raving about this one, and rightfully so. The book’s nominally a YA title, but that’s not a knock against it at all – a great meditation on privacy and civil rights issues, especially in terms of electronic surveillance. Read it; you’ll learn something!

    I Love You Beth Cooper – Larry Doyle The night after graduation, through the eyes of the nerdy class valedictorian who used his speech to proclaim his love for the school’s head cheerleader. The perfect novelization of the movies John Hughes should still be making.

    Codspell – Kelly McCullough – third in a great series; the adventures of a minor power in the Greek Pantheon; in a world where the gods fused magic with modern information technology and computing (code, after all, is much more efficient than blood rituals!).

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    chuck Says:

    Orphans of Chaos – a lot of interesting ideas; in fact, enough ideas for a couple of entirely different books. Any of the following ideas would make the great hook for a novel:

    • A teenage girl with the ability to perceive and project herself into 4-D space
    • A war between two supernatural forces with the earth in the balance
    • An S&M thriller with lots of tying up and spanking
    • The Greek pantheon running a modern English boarding school for nefarious purposes
    • A group of plucky teenagers, each with a special power, fighting for freedom from their captors, who have opposing special powers
    • A discussion of complex theology and geometry?

    When ALL these ideas are wedged into one 300 page book, though, it gets kind of muddled.

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    chuck Says:

    In The Midnight Hour – Another free book; Oh, Tor, why must you trick me into reading smutty romance novels laced with vague sci-fi supernatural elements? Free books, I know. There might actually have been a decent story with romantic elements here, but instead, the whole “plot” business was pushed into the deep background to make room for the graphic “undulating passion”.

    And it’s a shame, because the story, fleshed out a little bit, would probably have been really good…if they’d spent as many pages on the big plot developments and confrontations with the threatening (but barely present, sadly) adversary as they did on the smutty, smutty smut.

    The plot points in this book were treated with about as much gravity as the stereotypical “Hey lady, plumber here – need your pipes cleaned?” setup in a bad porn movie.

    Why can’t we have BOTH the interesting plot and the graphic sexuality?

    After wading into a couple of these romance novels (paranormal or no), no one can ever tell me that “proper” women don’t use pornography – they just take it in a slightly different format.

    Wanna know what else is weird? I can’t for the life of me figure out what the title of this book had to do with the story…

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    chuck Says:

    Me of Little Faith: Lewis Black discusses religion. Equally sarcastic, cynical, and, oddly, reverent. Not quite as good as Nothing Sacred, but still worth a look.

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    chuck Says:

    Well of Ascension – I’m really enjoying Sanderson’s work, even if I didn’t expect to – Mistborn was one of the first of the Tor free books, and one of the pleasant surprises in that particular promotion. The characters are basically archetypes, but you still find yourself involved in them, and their well-established, but still mysterious world (which I’m sure will be expounded upon in coming volumes).

    That, and the guy writes action scenes well; all frentic motion and opposing forces, but in a way the reader can coherently follow.

    This second book in a series falls into the not-done-nearly-enough category of “well, the good guys won – now what?”; and makes it work, and opens up a few doors to further adventures.

    I’m currently working through his first novel, Elantris; it’s not at all related to the mistborn books, but has the same flavor, with all sorts of political intrigue and cleverly implemented magickal systems.

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    chuck Says:

    The Captain’s Honor – cleaning out the crawlspaces, found this OLD Star Trek TNG tie-in novel….oh, was it bad.

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    chuck Says:

    Fahrenheit 451 – 34 years old, and I’ve never read this one before; who’d have thought? Interesting read, and filled a gaping hole in my experience.

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    chuck Says:

    Watchmen – reading it yet again (mostly in anticipation of the upcoming film version that will almost certainly disappoint); every time, I find something new and interesting. If you haven’t read this GN yet, do yourself a favor, track it down now.

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    Joy Bedwell Says:

    My favorite author is Nickolas Sparks. Try a few of his books if you didn’t already read them.
    Joy

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    chuck Says:

    Dreams from My Father: Yeah, I started this one right after the election, but it’s been moldering in my stack for a while now. Having read both President-Elect Obama’s(I still love the sound of that) books, I can say I like this one a lot better than Audacity of Hope, which kicked off this year’s reading list.

    AoH was clearly a “hey, I’m running for president!” book; an excellent example of one (I’ve read a bunch of these, and most are pretty awful), but still very guarded and not particularly personal; more an outlay of vague policy, than the “get to know the candidate” book that these are usually billed as.

    DfmF, on the other hand, is something else entirely; a personal story told well, and, unlike most books by politicians, unguarded. You really get a feel for who the author is, and how he thinks.

    I guess that’s because it wasn’t written by a politician, it was written by a law student who hadn’t yet seriously considered entering politics. I won’t say there’s anything particularly shameful admitted to in the book, but there are a few things that might (and some would argue, did) come back and bite him on the ass later. Kudos for Obama for not burying this little book he wrote years ago, and letting new readers discover it.

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    chuck Says:

    Dinosaur Planet Survivors: I’ve had this paperback lying around for probably fifteen years; I picked it up at a thrift shop or something. I waited so long because I was probably a bit McCaffrey’d out when I got it, and I always half-intended to pick up “Dinosaur Planet” and read it first. Never happened.

    The book was just okay.

    I’m leading off the new year with WWZ, which is way better so far.

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    chuck Says:

    Child of A Dead God – Another January, another Hendee “Noble Dead” book; I’ve been keeping up with this series for at least four years now. They’re all pretty much “extruded fantasy product”, but it’s good EFP; and it has vampires and a telepathic wolf – did LotR have vampires and telepathic wolves? I don’t think so.

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    chuck Says:

    twilight – so yes, I managed to scrape up a copy to see what the fuss was about; I won’t say it’s the worst book I ever read (I’d probably say that was The Legend of Rah and the Muggles); at least all the subjects and verbs agreed. I also can’t say that it’s the transcendent experience (as millions of pre-teen girls will tell you), or that it’s even particularly good.

    There was a plot buried in there somewhere, one that a skilled writer might have been able to do something with. But not this one.

    The main characters are entirely unsympathetic; edward may be a sparking (!) god physically, but is also a stalker with bi-polar issues, serious problems maturity and stilted, awkward speech patterns. Bela is, by all rights, a hot nerd chick who is vastly intelligent and has six decent guys fawning all over her between every class, but considers herself boring and ordinary and claims nobody likes her; it’s hard to get invested in, especially when these characters get together, and the book portrays the relationship as healthy.

    Buffy did this better in season two, and correctly played the “naive young girl and older bad boy” relationship as a bad idea.

    The only character I kind of liked was Alice, but since her big “vision of the future” was revealed in the final pages, I guess she’s not long for the world.

    The book wasn’t super painful, but it’ll probably be a while before I dive into any of the others – where if I understand correctly, all the authors weird sexual hang-ups and “proper” gender roles really boil up.

    Might be an interesting trainwreck, but I’m not ready for it yet.

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    Essential Doctor Strange: volume 3: Collecting 30-odd issues of “Doctor Strange” (plus a couple from “Tomb of Dracula” that tied in) from roughly 1975-1977.

    Exquisite weirdness – The Master of the Mystic Arts battles deranged Ex-bishops, Lords of the Undead, Satan himself, planets made of worms, and just for the hell of it, a space dragon he just happened to run into while going somewhere else, for no plot related reasons other than the fact that Doctor Strange spending two pages fighting a space dragon is the coolest thing ever.

    Oh, and Doc Strange gets cockblocked by Benjamin Franklin during a bicentennial-inspired time travel adventure. I wish comics were still this cool.

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    catching up on the last couple of months:

    Death’s Daughter: bought this book primarily because I’ve had a long-time TV crush on the author (she played Tara Maclay on Buffy), but was pleasantly surprised by reasonably solid urban fantasy, even if it veered a little in to SatC territory occasionally – do we really need to talk that much about shoes and designer bags, Amber?

    Zappa: Always enjoyed Zappa’s music, loved his testimony to congress in the PMRC business way back. Interesting book, even if it turns out that the great artist was also kind of an asshole.

    Zoe’s Tale: Another one of this Year’s Hugo nominees I’ve actually read. Retells “The Last Colony” story from the perspective of Zoe, teenage daughter of the protagonists. Good stuff. Write faster, Scalzi!

    Wolfkin: bought this from the author (signed) at RavenCon this year. It’s more romance-flavored Extruded Fantasy Product, but competent EFP, with all the courtly intrigue, buckling of swashes, and dark mysterious heroes you could ever want.

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    Your Inner Fish: worth a whole post on it’s own.

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    Saturn’s Children: taking me to 4 for 5 in reading this year’s Hugo nominees (just Anathem left), is this fun solar system spanning mystery taking place a couple of centuries after humanity died out, leaving it’s android servants to carry on civilization. It offers plenty to think about regarding freedom, prejudice, and personhood, as well as plenty of neat hard sci-fi stuff about space travel and AI.

    Also, lots of robot sex.

    My favorite bit, however, is the minor aside where Stross turns the evolution/creationism debate on it’s head: the androids have mostly ironclad proof that they were “intelligently designed” by a Creator race, yet a “Church of Evolution” (complete with Prophets Darwin, Gould and Dawkins) arises to deny this proof, believing that something to efficiently designed as themselves had to evolve from ‘lesser’ forms.

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    Dinosaur Planet – amongst all the RavenCon 09 swag, we picked this one up from a used bookseller. Lots of stuff in Survivors makes sense now. One niggling problem: if you’re going to make the big reveal “These are EARTH DINOSAURS on this ALIEN PLANET!”, don’t call your book Dinosaur Planet!

    Goblin Quest – snagged this whole series at C&C books from the going-out-of-business sale. The story of a lowly goblin who rises above his standard station as low-level RPG encounter fodder. Silly, light, and fun.

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Take most of Jane Austen’s original text, add the undead, some ninjas, and a handful of anachronistic double-entendres, publish. It works surprisingly well, retains Austen’s wit amidst the mayhem, and actually fills in a couple of Austen’s plot inconsistencies. I enjoyed it tremendously.

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    been a while…rolling into 2010:

    looks like the beginning of the year; new entries from Vaughn and the Hendees, like always. Good stuff all around there.

    Crazy for God: memoir from one of the guys who got the whole evangelical anti-abortion movement going, paving the way for Falwell, Roberston, etc; then turned away from it, because it left a bad taste in his mouth. interesting reading, offering insight into that particular subculture.

    Ill Wind: first of a series by Rachel Caine; kinda lukewarm toward it (veers a little close to “paranormal romance” rather than “urban fantasy” for me), but figured I’d read it, since the author’s the GoH at RavenCon this year.

    Human Nature the novel upon which the excellent two parter from Doctor Who: Series 3 (relaunch) was based, only this novel featured the 7th Doctor rather than the 10th, (though it did feature one of the shape shifting aliens pretending to be the 10th Doctor…weird).

    Time Traders/Galactic Derelict: Couple of time travel adventures written in the late 50s by a woman who chose a male sounding pen name to get published. Interesting stuff from a cultural artifact perspective, and in the way time travel is taken as a complete given by everyone, but the rest of the tech (like spaceships and beam weapons) is taken as completely incomprehensible by the characters.

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    Digital Knight: neat little first novel with vampires and werewolves and psychics and databases. Enjoyable diversion, but what’s really cool is that the author himself dropped a comment on this very blog thanking me for reading.

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    Game Change: the book with all the dirt on the 2008 election. Didn’t learn much I hadn’t already heard at the time (well, except for the Edwards sex tape stuff – ew); but then, this is a “book of the blog” project, and I tend to run in the same internet circles as the authors. Good read, though, as it has all the goodies in one place.

    The God Engines: Scalzi tries his hand at fantasy in a small-press novella. Very interesting ideas. Still a space opera, but that’s not a bad thing. What surprised me is how terribly bleak it all was, but then, that’s not a problem either (given my HP Lovecraft kick these last couple of weeks).

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    well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? – a few highlights I haven’t made mention of in the blog proper:

    Voices of Dragons: Carrie Vaughn’s first published young adult novel; worth the read.

    Boneshaker: steampunk, airship pirates, and zombies…what’s not to like? Great story.

    Makers: very Doctorow story about all kinds of ideas, though at it’s heart, it’s about the pleasure of improvising with the materials at hand and turning someone else’s trash into something useful, affecting, and important.

    Dawn of the Dreadfuls: the prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Without the direct connection to Austen’s prose, this story actually works a bit better than the original mash-up (which was still quite enjoyable, really). Even though it’s still got the Bennetts as characters, it feels less a stunt and more an attempt to write a legitimate Regency novel with horror elements. Zombie stories are almost always an attempt to comment on some element of society using the metaphor of monsters – which is probably why Austen’s social commentary meshed so well with mobs of undead craving brains to begin with. So, worth the read, even if the whole literary-monster mash-up genre is probably close to played out.

    Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters: an old novelization from almost 40 years ago of a 3rd Doctor serial featuring the first appearance of the Silurians, who recently cropped up again in the current Matt Smith series.

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    Alternate Generals: An anthology of alternate military history that totally defeated me. I’ve owned this volume for probably a decade, and never finished it, until now, but only by technicality (I pretty much skimmed the last half). Turtledove edited – and while I generally love his stuff, I found myself bored to distraction with this one – it’s less historical exploration and more fetishizing militarism and the loneliness of command…and mostly terribly dull.

    Also, the cover promised Roman Centurions driving panzer tanks…the book delivered no such thing!

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    Deception Point: starting off 2011 with a complete piece of disposable cheese from the “Hey! Free Books!” box in the Richmond office break room. Not as completely terrible as the other three Dan Brown books I’ve read, though still pretty crap. Still, sometimes you just gotta eat that cardboard fast food cheeseburger, right? If only to remind you how good other things are.

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    Hunter: Really a short story, but I’m counting it anyway, because Wil’s a stand-up guy (at least he was in the limited email interaction I had with him a few years ago) and I enjoy his work. This is one of his first forays into fiction, a nice little sci-fi yarn that sets up a world I’m interested to hear more of. He’s released it as a pay-what-you-want story, which is a neat model – pay what you think it’s worth. In any case, I enjoyed it.

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