JANUARY Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins Carl Zimmer Don't Know Much about Literature: What You Need to Know but Never Learned Kenneth Davis Welcome To Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work James Delingpole Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count Richard E. Nisbett Road Dogs* Elmore Leonard
Infidels: A History of the Conflict Between Christendom and Islam Andrew Wheatcroft Fun Home A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel* Salman Rushdie The Man Who Loved Books Too Much Allison Hoover Bartlett SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Levitt & Dubner
FEBRUARY The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius Graham Farmelo The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next Lee Smolin The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb R. Crumb Centennial* James Michener The Canterbury Tales A Retelling By Peter Ackroyd Geoffrey Chaucer
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization Lars Brownworth Half Broke Horse A True Life Novel Jeannette Walls The Innocent Mage Bk.1 Kingmaker Series Karen Miller Breathless A Novel Dean Koontz
MARCH On The Origins of Species By Means of Natural Selection* Charles Darwin The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome Christopher Kelly The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science Richard Holmes Churchill* Paul Johnson The Predictioneer's Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Why Are Jews Liberals? Norman Podhoretz The War After Armageddon A NovelRalph Peters The Caryatids A Science Fiction Novel Bruce Sterling By Blood We Live Vampire Stories John J Adams (ed.) Boneshaker A Novel Cherie Priest
APRIL Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth Apostolos Doxiadis Basic Economics 3rd Ed: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy*Thomas Sowell This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly Carmen Reinhart The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created "Alice in Wonderland" Jenny Woolf The Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies* Michelle Malkin
Twentieth Century Ghosts* Joe Hill
MAY The Lost Books of the Odyssey: A Novel Zachary Mason Dune* Frank Herbert The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence for Evolution* Richard Dawkins The Windup Girl A Science Fiction Novel Paolo Bacigalupi They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq Kelly Kennedy
Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945 Barrett Tillman The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans G. J. Sawyer
JUNE Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) William Poundstone The Eerie Silence Renewing Our Search For Alien Intelligence Paul Davies The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence Jack Rakove The Dreaming Void*(The Void Trilogy, Bk. One) Peter F. Hamilton
Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't John Lott The Warded Man A Novel Peter Brett The Desert Spear A Novel Peter Brett The Pacific Hugh Ambrose The Lovely Bones* Alice Sebold
The Dying Earth Tales of the Dying Earth* Jack Vance A Gate At The Stairs* Lorrie Moore The Forbidden Apple: A Century of Sex & Sin in New York City Kat Long Red Light Women of the Rocky Mountains Jan MacKell Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
JULY I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay John Lanchester Insectopedia Hugh Raffles Anthill A Novel E. O. Wilson The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution Ian Tattersall Horns A Novel* Joe Hill
The Library : An Illustrated History Stuart A.P. Murray A Dark Matter A Novel* Peter Straub The Infinities A Novel* John Banville
AUGUST My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up Russell Brand Hitch-22 A Memoir Christopher Hitchens The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America Andrew McCarthy Songs of the Dying Earth Stories in Honor of Jack Vance* GRRM (editor) The Hunger Games* Suzanne Collins
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession David Grann Johannes Cabal the Necromancer* Jonathan L. Howard The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us Christoper Chabris Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg Catching Fire* Suzanne Collins
SEPTEMBER The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education Diane Ravitch Long for this World The Strange Science of Immortality Jonathan Weiner The Giver The Giver Trilogy* Lois Lowry Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio This Is Not A Novel David Markson
Gathering Blue The Giver Trilogy* Lois Lowry The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates Wes Moore Vanishing Point A Novel David Markson Imager: Book One of the Imager Portfolion* Lee Modesitt Bounce Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success Matthew Syed
OCTOBER War Sebastian Junger Ransom A Novel of Troy David Malouf Wolf Hall A Novel* Hilary Mantel Dark Age Ahead Jane Jacobs The Girl Who Owned A City O.T. Nelson
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo* Stieg Larsson The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century George Friedman Johannes Cabal The Detective Jonathan L. Howard Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions Mark W. Moffett The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon Series #2)*Daniel Silva
Mockingjay (The Hunger Game Series #3) Suzanne Collins Winter's Bone: A Novel Daniel Woodrell The Little Stranger* Sarah Waters
NOVEMBER A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World? 3500 B.C. - 1603 A.D. Simon Schama With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa E. B. Sledge Hitler's War A Novel of Alternate History Harry Turtledove Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin - The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 John Mosier A Great Idea At The Time The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books Alex Beam
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter* Seth Grahame-Smith Go, Mutants! A Novel Larry Doyle The 5000 Year Leap Principles of Freedom 101 C. K. Skousen The Girl Who Played With Fire* Stieg Larrson Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest-Growing Faith* Robert Spencer
True Grit Charles Portis
DECEMBER Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War* Karl Marlantes Ship Breaker A NovelPaolo Bacigalupi Ringworld* Larry Niven Kraken A Novel China Mieville Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King
How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe A Novel Charles Yu The Art of War* Sun Tzu The Possessed Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them Elif Batuman Skippy Dies A Novel Paul Murray Atlantic: The Biography of an Ocean* Simon Winchester
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel Gary Shteyngart Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman* Jon Krakauer
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Read: Sewer, Gas & Electric by Matt Ruff Old Man's War by John Scalzi The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi Shades of Grey: the Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde Gone Tomorrow bu Lee Child Soul Music by Terry Pratchett Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin Post Captain by Patrick O'Brian H.M.S. Surprise by Patrick O'Brian Stranger in Paradise by Robert B. Parker Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler The Last Colony by JohnScalzi Android's Dream by John Scalzi Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi Judge Sn Goes Golfing by John Scalzi Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett 61 Hours by Lee Child Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Maskerade by Terry Pratchett Dog On It by Spencer Quinn Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
Books read in 2005: 47 Books read in 2006: 30 Books read in 2007: 57 Books read in 2008: 43 Books read in 2009: 38
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"There was professor who continued to lecture during an air raid even though plaster was falling from the walls, until the chairman said 'I'm afraid I must stop you there, our premises will not sustain your conclusion'."
Considering I only read while on the throne, pretty good. It also means, I spend too much time on the pot...
Books Read in 2010 Saving Faith -David Baldacci Dead Watch -John Stanford The Baby Owner's Manual - Operationg Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance - Louis Borgenicht, M.D.., and Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D.
Currently Reading The Bourne Betrayal - Eric Van Lustbader
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I'll play. No more URLS for the titles. Too cumbersome.
Finished Reading 1. Under The Dome by Stephen King (Kindle) 2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larssen (Kindle via library) 3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Steig Larssen (Kindle) 4. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane (library) 5. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane (Kindle) 6. Sacred by Dennis Lehane (Kindle) 7. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett (library) 8. Elegy Beach by Steven R. Boyett (library) 9. Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane (library) 10. The Pawn by Steven James (Kindle) 11. The 25th Hour by David Benioff (library) 12. Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz (Kindle) 13. The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross (Kindle) 14. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Kindle) 15. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon (Kindle) 16. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by DC Pierson (library) 17. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) 18. Fever Dream by Preston/Child (Kindle) 19. Legacies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) 20. Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) 21. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle) 22. The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle) 23. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (Kindle) 24. Swan Song by Robert McCammon (Kindle) 25. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo (library) 26. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (library) 27. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (library) 28. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (Kindle) 29. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Kindle) 30. The Reversal by Michael Connelly (Kindle) 31. Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (Kindle) 32. In The Woods by Tana French (Kindle)
Currently Reading The Likeness by Tana French (Kindle)
DNF Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (library) The Enemy by Lee Child As The World Dies: The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (Kindle) The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten (Kindle)
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Read Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch Evil for Evil - K.J. Parker Deadhouse Gate - Steven Erikson Memories of Ice - Steven Erikson House of Chains - Steven Erikson Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson Reaper's Gale - Steven Erikson Toll the Hounds - Steven Erikson Dust of Dreams - Steven Erikson Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie More Jack Reacher books by Lee Child than I should admit too The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Reading Return of the Crimson Guard - Ian Esselmont
Queued Up The Escapement - K.J. Parker
The Erikson series is fantastic. It took a bit to really get into & understand, but now I love how everything is interwoven. Rarely do I sit down & power through a series without a break for other books.
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The Last Oracle - James Rollins - Typical James Rollins; turn your brain off and roll with it and you'll have a good time. The Keeper - Sarah Langan - Overwhelming meh. One of those authors that thinks she's much more clever than she actually is. The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson - - Fantastic; best Wheel of Time book since Book 3 or 4. I wish Sanderson had written the series originally, as he actually understands pacing. And only two braid tugs in 750 pages! Arguing With Idiots - Glenn Beck - - I've never paid much attention to Glenn Beck, but this was an entertaining read. Didn't agree with everything he had to say, but he makes some valid arguments. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown - I've always thought Dan Brown was a hack, and thought The Da Vinci Code was some of the worst writing I'd read in years. So I was surprised when I didn't outright hate The Lost Symbol. It's written slightly better than Da Vinci Code (but not by much), and had a plot that I didn't find particularly interesting (I liked it better when it was called National Treasure 2), but at least I didn't feel pissed off after I read it. That's about the best compliment I can pay. Ghoul - Michael Slade - One of the old books in my backlog. Pretty decent horror novel with plenty of gore. New York - Edward Rutherfurd - I really wanted to love this book, but 400 years of history was just too ambitious. What's left is pretty much a cursory overview of various families experiencing significant events in New York's history. Unfortunately, by the time you grow attached to one set of characters, you're whisked away into another era and essentially have to start all over. I still enjoyed it as a historic overview, but as a novel it was just too broad for me to recommend wholeheartedly. The Doomsday Key - James Rollins - Typical James Rollins, which means a light, fun action romp. I thought this one was a little lighter than most, but it had some good action sequences. Altar of Eden - James Rollins - The Innocent Man - John Grisham - - Chilling non-fiction example of how our justice system can get things wrong. Interesting read. Booth's Sister - Jane Singer - - Flowery prose was a bit too indulgent for my taste. The Thief Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner - T. F. Banks - - Fairly entertaining Victorian romp. A little too pat and mundane, however, to get me interested in the series. First Born - Richard Sears - - Dull, meandering novel with no real payoff. I kept waiting for something big to happen and it never did. Felt like I was watching a bad SciFi channel movie. The Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks - I really enjoyed this fantasy series and highly recommend it. The Equivoque Principle - Darren Craske - - Fun Victorian mystery. Fires of Eden - Dan Simmons - - I love Dan Simmons but this book was a bit too far-fetched for me.
U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton (meh - she's writing out the string I think) The Black Company - Glen Cook Shadows Linger - Glen Cook The White Rose - Glen Cook Shadow Games - Glen Cook Dreams of Steel - Glen Cook The Silver Spike - Glen Cook Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly Up in the Air - Walter Kirn (very different from the movie) Bleak Seasons - Glenn Cook She is the Darkness - Glenn Cook Water Sleeps - Glenn Cook Soldiers Live - Glenn Cook
For the black company books, I was kept interested throughout, but I felt after the first 3 books, it fell off. I'm not sure if that's because Croaker/the Narrators became too involved in strategizing or what. Maybe I just liked the idea of them fighting for the wrong side and then making it right, with vast things unknown and only hinted at. I also think the whole Deceivers/Khadi plot took too long to resolve, maybe the latter books needed to be more concise.
The Burning City - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
I remember some of the great books by Niven & Pournelle. This isn't one of them. They've dropped off since they had to write the sequel to A Mote in God's eye. Of course, I'm subjecting myself to the sequel since I got them both from the library. This one's set in the "The Magic Goes Away" universe, but didn't have much of the creativity of that book.
Burning Tower - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Better than the Burning City, with a decent story involving the Aztec gods in the Southwest. Ultimately, these two novels are more like a travelogue of Niven & Pournelle in the Magic Goes Away universe. Fun, but not really memorable. They did leave room for a third.
Songs for a Teenage Nomad - Kim Culbertson
A friend of mine's first published book. An interesting tale of a teen girl who's been moved from town to town and stepfather to stepfather who lands in a town in CA and finds out why. A 'young adult book' with many echoes of Catcher in the Rye, and it's won some Young Adult fiction awards.
Baseball's Great Experiment (Jackie Robinson and his legacy) - Jules Tygiel
A look at segregation and integration in baseball. How baseball first ended up segregated, how Branch Rickey saw the future and orchestrated the beginnings of integration, how and why Jackie Robinson was chosen and what his experiences were like, and the story of those who followed Jackie. A very interesting look at baseball and america in the post war, jim crow era, and the struggle to integrate. I was surprised at the specifics of the experience under Jim Crow in different locales, as well as the exacerbating effect Brown v. Board of Education had.
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
I enjoyed this much more than American Gods. I think it's the Kipling-esque 'Just-so-Stories' feel to this tale, rather than the oppressive feel of 'gods'.
Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman Coraline - Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Yeah, I've been on a bit of a Neil Gaiman kick this summer. Of the three, I think that the Graveyard book is the best. I think I've figured out what bugs me about his characters - he has a tough time giving them a soul. My hypothesis is that it has to do with his background in graphic novels, in that he relied on the artists to really bring out the characters that his words sketched out - I'm basing this more on the movies from his books Coraline and Stardust, as it seems to me that the movies have been better, because the characters get a better definition than the more spartan ones he creates in his novels. It also accounts for me liking Anansi Boys and the Graveyard Book more, as he kind of patterned his storytelling after Kipling - and it gave his characters a certain archetypal quality.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson The Girl who played with Fire - Steig Larsson The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest - Steig Larsson
A fun group of page turners. Enjoyed thoroughly.
The Pawn (Patrick Bowers Chronicles) - Steven James
A freebie from the Kindle store, this is a fun FBI thriller. Engaged me enough to buy the 2nd book in the series.
The Rook (Patrick Bowers Chronicles) - Steven James The Knight (Patrick Bowers Chronicles) - Steven James The Bishop (Patrick Bowers Chronicles) - Steven James
These weren't quite as good as The Pawn, but they were fun. The Pawn had one of the most disturbing opening scenes I've read.
The Gathering Storm - Brandon Sanderson/Robert Jordan
Sanderson does well, and is really pulling things together again. But with decent pacing, as I felt Jordan knew the end was coming and threw too much into his last book. I'm ready for the next book, hopefully it'll be on the Kindle soon.
The Reversal - Michael Connelly
Easily Connelly's worst book, IMHO. It feels like it's only half a book and the courtroom stuff is so stock that it fails to grip the reader. Bad enough that I'll probably wait for reviews on his next book, as he definitely seems to have gotten to the "I'm just churning these out for the money" phase of his career.
Relentless (Book 1 of Dominion trilogy) - Robin Parrish
Another Freebie from the Kindle Store. Interesting story, pedestrian writing. Probably won't be getting the rest of the books, unless they're free.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
I picked this up from the free Kindle store, and it was ok, but dated. I was a bit too familiar with the story, and the pacing doesn't hold up after over a century. The picture he painted of the region was quite vivid however and I did enjoy that.
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Part of the 14 (or 15) book collection of Baum's OZ books for .99 on Kindle. Very different from the Play/Movie. I remember as a child skipping this book when I read all of the OZ books, as I thought I knew it.
The Wonderful Land of OZ - L. Frank Baum
A fun tale of how the Scarecrow is evicted from the Emerald City. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the Gump.
The 7th Victim - Alan Jacobsen
Another freebie Kindle FBI thriller. Some good ideas and characters, but the serial killer's identity was a bit of a stretch, and other plot holes end up too neatly tied up.
A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
A nice change to a different writing style. Very fun high adventure, and available for Free from manybooks.net (along with a number of others in the Barsoom series).
The Riryia Revelations Series: Book 1 - The Crown Conspiracy Book 2 - Avempartha Book 3 - Nyphron Rising Book 4 - The Emerald Storm Book 5 - Wintertide Book 6 comes out next year.
This has been a pretty good fantasy series, though I really enjoyed the first book more than the others. The writing is solid, and it is just good, engaging swords & sorcery fantasy. All of the books are <$5 on the kindle (most were $2.99), and one of them was free.
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Ranking / Read (3) Three Bags Full, A Sheep Detective Story - Swann (1) Shadow of the Wind - Zafon (7) The Last Centurion - Ringo (8) Crimson Fire - Taylor (5) The Devil's Punchbowl - Iles (4) Corsair - Severin (6) The Lost Fleet: Dauntless - Campbell (2) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- Larssen
Reading God's Crucible
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Books Read in 2010: The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown 9 Dragons- Michael Connelly The Wordy Shipmates- Sarah Vowell Tipping Point- Malcom Gladwell Outlander (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon Dragonfly in Amber (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon Voyager (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon Drums of Autumn (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon The Fiery Cross (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon An Echo in the Bone (re-read)-Diana Gabaldon Soul Identity- Dennis Batchelder The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin The Scarecrow- Michael Connelly Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time The Happiness Project- Gretchen Rubin A Reliable Wife- Robert Goolrick The Scarpetta Factor- Patricia Cornwell Pirate Latitudes- Michael Crichton Start Over, Finish Rich- David Bach Storm Front- Jim Butcher Deeper than the Dead-Tami Hoag The Road- Cormac McCarthy No Country for Old Men- Cormac McCarthy
Currently Reading Little Women- Louisa May Alcott (re-read) Her Fearful Symmetry- Audrey Niffenegger
I can tell I'll be reading more because of my nook, although I must say I'm displeased with the whole lounging in a bubble bath reading experience with it...I keep worrying I'll drop it into the water. I guess I'll save that for actual books instead of the e-reader.
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A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (big book...this will take a while to get through.) The Black Swan - Rafael Sabatini
Stardust - Neil Gaimin Divine Misdemeanors - Laurell Hamilton Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton (Really fun read. Highly recommended.) The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters Volume 2 - Gordon Dahlquist (Very mixed feelings with this one. I feel that there is a really good story in there, but could have used a couple of re-writes. Way too many characters, I kept losing track of who was who. But I liked the books and main characters enough that I will probably seek out the sequel.) Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery (a nice visit with some old friends) Skybreaker - Kenneth Oppel (Fun young adult fiction, sequel to Airborne) Time Enough For Love - Robert Heinlein (I've been re-reading this book every spring since college. I'm on my third copy of it. ) The Elfish Gene - Mark Barrowcliffe Legacy of the Drow - R.A. Salvatore (Innocent enough high fantasy stuff. Was my "sit in the car and bring into the restaurant with me when I eat lunch out alone" book.) American Gods - Neil Gaimin (one of my all time favorites. Second time reading it, pulled it off my shelf on a whim and didn't put it down until I had finished it. If you haven't read this book, you owe it to yourself get to your library now and read it Dzur - Steven Brust (I absolutely love the Drageria novels by Brust, but I stopped reading them a couple of years back. I had the opportunity to get caught up with Vlad this weekend while I was sick. Missed you, buddy.) Wolves of the Calla - Stephen King (really enjoyed this installment in the story. Loved the whole setup of the Calla, along with the moving back and forth to NY, and the setup for Song of Susannah. I know many folks don't like SoS, but I'm looking forward to it.) Mark of Nerath - Bill Slavicsek (generic D&D crap) Song of Susannah - Stephen King (Loved it. Propelled me immediately into the final book) The Dark Tower - Stephen King (I was really sorry when this was over. It was a trek and a half to read the whole thing, but it was a great ride.)
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"Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting." - Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia
FAILED Dragons of the Dwarven Depths - Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman - The voice used for Tasslehoff Burrfoot was so bad that I had to stop. It's like a mix between Yoda and Grover from Sesame Street, which is *not* how I imagined it. I might try reading it the old-fashioned way.
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"To wield Grond, the mighty hammer of the Federal Government, is to be intoxicated with power beyond what you and I can reckon (though I figure we can ball park it pretty good with computers and maths). Need to tunnel through a mountain? Grond. Kill a mighty ogre? Grond. Hangnail? Grond. Spider? Grond (actually, that's a legit use, moreso than the rest)." - Peacedog
Read H.A.W.X. the novel tie-in, not that good. Also read the same guy's Splinter Cell tie-in... And it's actually kinda funny... as he wrote the same novel twice, albeit from two separate viewpoints! (Splinter Cell: Endgame, and Splinter Cell: Conviction)
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It's a pretty good ride. Sanderson doesn't hold much to be holy in these first two books. People die and (so far) stay dead. The characters are human and flawed. They have issues with relationships as well as the greater Big Bad issues, make decisions that don't turn out well, yet keep on plugging along. He makes some choices that I've never seen done before, including having a major character break down with battle fatigue.
No braid-tugging or skirt-smoothing here. Based on what I've seen here, I have high hopes for when I get to his Wheel of Time stuff ... in about 18 months or so.
I just finished Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk. An unidentified man arrives at a mental institution in Spain. He is charismatic and lucid, other than his insistence that he is Christopher Columbus, and that something terrible is going to happen at the end of the story that captures the imagination of his nurse. A poetic celebration of the wonders of wine, women, and chess, and the importance of exploring the unknown, even though we may fear what's on the other side.
This is Tom's third novel (he's a friend). He did an amazing job of weaving the historical facts into a modern story of traumatic dissociation. I halfway believed the man was Columbus, displaced somehow in time. This one will be with me for a while.
Book 1 in the Grail Quest series. Set in the Hundred Years War, The Archer's Tale follows the exploits of Thomas, the son of a priest who witnessed the destruction of his village and killing of his parents by French raiders. Bent on vengeance and a desire to uncover secrets about his family that his father took to the grave, Thomas joins the English military and sets on a course that ends with the epic Battle of Crécy in 1346.
In typical Cornwell style, The Archer's Tale includes a healthy dose of authentic history tweaked for story-telling purposes as need (and explained in the author's note at the end). The only thing that really seemed implausible was arranging for all of the protagonists to converge at the same spot and time on the battlefield. Still, it was a well-paced story and a great read for anyone interested in medieval life and warfare.