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« on: January 01, 2010, 05:08:00 PM »

Books read in 2009.

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.


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The Bourne Betrayal - Eric Van Lustbader
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 05:20:32 PM »

I managed to finish 29 1/2 books in 2009 (the 1/2 is Running the Table which I started on the 31st but only made it halfway through before moving into the new year), and I've set the goal of at least 40 books in 2010.  

Books Finished in 2010

Running the Table: The Legend of Kid Delicious, The Last Great American Pool Hustler
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 06:30:41 PM »

I'm in.

Finished Reading
1. Under The Dome by Stephen King (Kindle) That took forever! And I didn't enjoy it that much!
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larssen (Kindle via library) Spectacular! Highly recommended!
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Steig Larssen (Kindle) Enjoyed it, but liked the Fire book better.
4. A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane (library) Dug it. Lehane is a wonderful writer.
5. Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane (Kindle) Another winner. Quite dark and intense.
6. Sacred by Dennis Lehane (Kindle) Liked it, but a little more convoluted than I expected.
7. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett (library) Suprisingly, I enjoyed this very much.
8. Elegy Beach by Steven R. Boyett (library) Enjoyed it, but a slang talking unicorn got a little old.
9. Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane (library) Love the Kenzie/Gennaro books. Looking forward to the next.
10. The Pawn by Steven James (Kindle) Did not realize this was a "spiritual" book until it was too late. Thought it was interesting there was no cussing in it...
11. The 25th Hour by David Benioff (library) Really enjoyed this book. Short and engrossing, if a bit anticlimactic.
12. Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz (no R.) (Kindle) Enjoyed it. Will look up the sequels.
13. The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross (Kindle) Meh. Sort of ok. Dialog bugged me.
14. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (Kindle) Started off interesting, but it was one of those "can't wait to finish it so I can move onto something else" books for me.
15. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon (Kindle) Probably my favorite book of all time. Love it each time I read it.
16. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by DC Pierson (library) It was cute, light reading with a smattering of sci-fi thrown in. Huh?
17. The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) Read this before, but wanted to read it again before tackling the Repairman Jack series.
18. Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Kindle) Enjoyed it quite a bit. Agent Pendergast returns to form after the mess that was Cemetery Dance.
19. Legacies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) I liked this book a lot and it's setting me up for the rest of the RJ series.
20. Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson (Kindle) Didn't like it as much as the last one, but it was still entertaining.
21. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle) Loved it. Joe Ledger is one bad dude.
22. The Dragon Factory by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle) Great book. Looking forward to part 3 in, gasp, 2011!
23. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (Kindle) I dug it!
24. Swan Song by Robert McCammon (Kindle) A little long, but kept my interest throughout.
25. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo (library) LOVED it. Fans of Harry Bosch should check this out.
26. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (library) Long and convoluted, but pretty excellent. Will need to re-read it to fully digest it.
27. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (library) Another winner by Nesbo. Harry Hole has become my new favorite detective.
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

DNF
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (library) Too many wordz.
The Enemy by Lee Child (Kindle) Tired of the Lee Child formula.
As The World Dies: The First Day by Rhiannon Frater (Kindle) Couldn't handle the author's writing style.
The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten (Kindle)
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 06:44:39 PM »

Gears of War Jacinto's Remnant. I am in love with Karen Traviss' writing style. She did an amazing job of adding depth to the Gears characters in Aspho Fields and one ups the story in this one.  It's not combat heavy so most of the book focuses on developing the characters further. It's just excellent.  Completed 20/Feb/10 5/5

City of Pearl: Traviss' own series. I loved everything about it. 5/5
Crossing the Line:  Book Two. Solid. Drags a little compared to the first. 4/5
The World Before: Book Three. Favorite of the Series so far. 5/5
Matriarch: Book Four: Very enjoyable.  Love Traviss' writing style. 5/5

One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism  Ken Ham and others. 4/5  
Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church  Mark Driscoll 5/5
Porn Again Christian <booklet>: Mark Driscoll. 2/5
Evangelism and the Soverignty of God: J.I. Packer  5/5
Biblical Eldership: Alexander Strauch 5/5


Now Reading:

Sacred Marriage- Gary Thomas
Pilgrim's Progress- John Bunyon
Book Five: Ally- Karen Traviss
Financial Peace University- Dave Ramsey
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War- Max Brooks
Hell in a Very Small Place - Bernard B. Fall (stuck at about 100 pages. It's a good read, but very technical in its discussion of military tactics). Not sure when or if I'll finish it.

In the Queue:

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends- Sarah Mally

In Pursuit of God: A.W. Tozer
Gears of War: Anvil Gate- Karen Traviss


Books Read 2009: 14
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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 07:58:49 PM »

Books Read

Perdido Street Station
Incredible book and is among one of my all-time favs. An unbelievably good book. Sci-fi / fantasy / mystery / steampunk / love story all rolled up into one.

The Scar
Not as good as Perdido Street Station but still quite good. Would recommend people to read PSS over The Scar.

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The Sex.com Chronicles - heard this on NPR and, seeing as how I'm an internet marketer guy and do a little bit of domaining, it sounded interesting.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010, 08:12:45 PM »

Books Read:

The Last Oracle - James Rollins

Currently Reading:

The Gathering Storm
- Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
The Keeper - Sarah Langan [Kindle]

On Standby:

New York - Edward Rutherfurd [Kindle]
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010, 10:40:26 PM »

I didn't keep my list updated very well at all last year, but I guess I might as well try again.

Finished:
Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr
Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
Plan B by Jonathan Tropper
Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper

Currently Reading:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Partially Read, need to get back to (someday):
The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
1000 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On Deck:
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Special Topis in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Spook Country by William Gibson
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 11:12:30 PM »

Reserved. Read 16 books in 2009.  Pretty good compared to my paltry 4 of the year before!

January

    * Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen) by Steven Erikson

February

    * I WILL BEAR WITNESS: A DIARY OF THE NAZI YEARS 1933 - 1941 by Victor Klemperer (reading)
    * The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    * Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    * 1984  by George Orwell

March

    * Shogun by James Clavell (reading)
    * Bush at War by Bob Woodward
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 11:57:56 PM »

January
“The Modigliani Scandal” by Ken Follett
“The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller
“Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
“The Salmon of Doubt” by Douglas Adams
“Philosophy of Natural Science” by Carl Hempel
“The Worthing Saga” by Orson Scott Card

February
“Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer
“Invasive Procedures” by Orson Scott Card
“Progress and Its Problems” by Larry Laudan

March
“Laboratory Life” by Bruno Latour & Steve Woolgar
“The Social Construction of What” by Ian Hacking

April
“Eye For Eye” by Orson Scott Card
“Wyrms” by Orson Scott Card
“Beyond the Hoax” by Alan Sokal
 “Technology in World Civilization” by Arnold Pacey
“Leonardo to the Internet” by Thomas Misa

May
“The Zahir” by Paulo Coelho
“By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept” by Paulo Coelho
“The Gingerbread Girl” by Stephen King
“Reading Like a Writer” by Francine Prose
“The Garden of Rama” by Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee

June
“Legacy of Ashes” by Tim Weiner
“Rama Revealed” by Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee
“The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown

July
“The Bourne Ultimatum” by Robert Ludlum
“War Beneath the Waves” by Don Keith
“Eiger Dreams” by Jon Krakauer
“The Hammer of God” by Arthur C. Clarke
“Prison Writings” by Leonard Peltier
“Directive 51” by John Barnes
“Hitler’s Willing Executioners” by Daniel Goldhagen
“The King of Torts” by John Grisham

August
“Jack London in Paradise” by Paul Malmont
“Genghis Kahn” by Jack Weatherford
“Hitch 22” by Christopher Hitchens
“The Greatest Show On Earth” by Richard Dawkins
“Odd Hours” by Dean Koontz

September
“Just After Sunset” by Stephen King
“Letter to a Christian Nation” by Sam Harris

October

“Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East” by Michael Oren
“Worlds at war the 2,500-year struggle between east and west” by Anthony Pagden

November
“Charlatan” by Pope Brock
“A Second Opinion: Rescuing America’s Health Care” by Arnold Relman
“City at the End of Time” by Greg Bear
“The Trial of Henry Kissinger” by Christopher Hitchens

December
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” by Ron Hansen
“Salt: A World History” by Mark Kurlansky
“A World Lit Only By Fire” by William Manchester
“House of Thunder” by Dean Koontz
“The Island at the Center of the World” by Russell Shorto

Total in 2010: 50
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2010, 12:23:26 AM »

Hey, quit hogging the places guys.... I want in on this action!

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2010, 12:31:17 AM »

Currently Reading
The Diamond Age -Neal Stephenson
  • Pre-read thought: It was this or Cryptonomicon for book 2 of my Stephenson marathon, and I've seen this one recommended more often.  Much more humor in the first few chapters than I expected after Diamond Age, but so far so good.
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The Diamond Age -Neal Stephenson
  • Pre-read thought: My first Stephenson book, and really liking it so far.  Probably going to turn this into the beginning of a Neal Stephenson mini-marathon.
  • Verdict: Absolutely loved the first two thirds; thought it fell flat in the final act.  Still really liked it overall despite that.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2010, 12:46:21 AM »

The Well of Ascension (Book 2 of the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages (Book 3 of the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson
The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives
They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies behind the Lines in Nazi Germany
Aircraft Down!: Evading Capture in WWII Europe
Coraline
Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams
Shanks for Nothing by Rick Reilly
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Missing Links
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Another Fine Myth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
    Novels
    • A Study In Scarlet
    • The Sign of the Four
    • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    • The Valley of Fear
      Short Story Collections
      • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
      • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
      • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
      • His Last Bow
      • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
      The War Lovers : Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
      The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 by Mike Cox
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      The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency
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      « Reply #12 on: January 02, 2010, 12:54:06 AM »

      Quote from: wonderpug on January 02, 2010, 12:31:17 AM

      My first Stephenson book, and really liking it so far.  Probably going to turn this into the beginning of a Neal Stephenson mini-marathon.

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      Make Snow Crash your next one. Or Cryptonomicon.
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      « Reply #13 on: January 02, 2010, 01:30:41 AM »

      Quote from: Moliere on January 02, 2010, 12:54:06 AM

      Quote from: wonderpug on January 02, 2010, 12:31:17 AM

      My first Stephenson book, and really liking it so far.  Probably going to turn this into the beginning of a Neal Stephenson mini-marathon.

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      Make Snow Crash your next one. Or Cryptonomicon.

      Definitely Snow Crash.
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      « Reply #14 on: January 02, 2010, 01:32:04 AM »

      Read:

      His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novak

      Currently Reading:
      On hold, waiting for my Nook to arrive. And for a trip to the library to get the next Repairman Jack novel.
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      « Reply #15 on: January 02, 2010, 02:41:27 AM »

      Reserved!

      I just finished City of Thieves and absolutely loved it.  I finished it today, so I will count that as my first of 2010.

      2010 Books Read So Far
      City of Thieves by David Benioff
      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson
      The Girl that Played with Fire by Larsson
      The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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      « Reply #16 on: January 02, 2010, 03:24:27 AM »

      Quote from: Eco-Logic on January 02, 2010, 02:41:27 AM

      Reserved!

      I just finished City of Thieves and absolutely loved it.  I finished it today, so I will count that as my first of 2010.

      2010 Books Read So Far
      City of Thieves by David Benioff

      Currently Reading
      Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

      I read City of Thieves last year and it was in my top 5 books read, if not the best one I read. Loved it.
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      « Reply #17 on: January 02, 2010, 05:41:47 AM »

      Reading - The Apocalypse Shift by Derek Goodman and cracking up!
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      « Reply #18 on: January 06, 2010, 02:08:56 AM »

      Finished:
      Well of Ascension (Book 2 of the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson

      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.

      Can we get this stickied to replace the 2009 thread?
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      « Reply #19 on: January 06, 2010, 03:37:56 AM »

      Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 06, 2010, 02:08:56 AM

      Finished:
      Well of Ascension (Book 2 of the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson

      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.

      Well of Ascension was my favorite of the trilogy though I think I'm in the minority in that.  I have a soft spot for siege novels and I also have a soft spot for:

      Spoiler for Hiden:
        stories where someone untried is forced into a position of leadership and has difficulty sticking by their principles
      , so it was pretty tailor-made for me. 

      Hero of Ages is really good but I found it the worst in the trilogy (again a minority opinion it seems).  The last 100 pages is fantastic (as usual for Sanderson) but I think the rest of the book is kind of spinning his wheels since he did the vast majority of the character development in the first two books. 

      Warbreaker (unrelated to Mistborn) is excellent as well.  He definitely pulled the rug out of me a couple of times with some plot twists that also had some nice meta-commentary on the genre. 

      Sanderson has kind of ruined me for other author's magic systems.  He lays the rules out in such a clear manner than proceeds to come up with so many fantastic ways to use them (all internally consistent with said rules), that I'm now disappointed when I read another fantasy book and characters are throwing out spells left and right with little rhyme or reason to their relative power levels, uses, etc.  Allomancy would make a fantastic magic system for a video game. 

      I can't wait for "Way of Kings" this year since Sanderson seems to be positioning it as his magnum opus. 
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      « Reply #20 on: January 06, 2010, 04:33:28 PM »

      Reserved in case I get around to reading again...
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      « Reply #21 on: January 07, 2010, 03:59:27 AM »

      Finished:
      Quarry in the Middle - Max Allan Collins
      Helmet Under My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific - Robert Leckie
      Genesis Rider - Will Cade
      Under the Dome - Stephen King
      Nobody's Angel - Jack Clark
      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
      The Black Ice - Michael Connelly
      Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
      Sleepless - Charlie Huston
      The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen

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      « Reply #22 on: January 10, 2010, 08:42:26 PM »

      January:
      The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Steig Larsson
      A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (on a GT recommendation... FANTASTIC book)
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      « Reply #23 on: January 11, 2010, 02:10:35 AM »

                                        

           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

      • The Innocent Mage Bk.1 Kingmaker Series  Karen Miller
      • Half Broke Horses A True Life Novel Jeannette Walls
      • 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
      • 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


      • By Blood We Live Vampire Stories John J Adams (ed.)
      • Boneshaker A Novel Cherie Priest
      • The War After Armageddon A Novel Ralph Peters
      • The Caryatids A Science Fiction Novel Bruce Sterling

        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
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      • 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
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      • 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 PacificHugh 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

      • A Dark Matter A Novel* Peter Straub
      • The Infinities A Novel* John Banville
      • The Library : An Illustrated History Stuart A.P. Murray
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      « Reply #24 on: January 12, 2010, 03:03:14 PM »

      Finished

      The Face on Your Plate by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson - 4.5/5

      Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - 5/5

      The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer - 2/5

      Perdido Street Station by China Miéville - 4.5/5

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      Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment by David Kirby
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      « Reply #25 on: January 14, 2010, 03:05:42 AM »

      In!! Finished 120 books in 2009, hoping to do as well this year.

      Finished (latest at top):
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      « Reply #26 on: January 14, 2010, 03:12:01 AM »

      1. Pirate Latitudes - Michael Crichton
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      « Reply #27 on: January 17, 2010, 02:06:29 AM »

      The Hero of Ages (Book 3 of the Mistborn series) by Brandon Sanderson

      This book ramped up the action and the plot so far in the second half that I really wanted to keep going to finish it ... and now I'm sad that it's over.  Truly an excellent series all around.  I think some people might not care for the ending, but I enjoyed it.  I highly recommend the series for anyone with a love for fantasy.

      The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives
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      « Reply #28 on: January 20, 2010, 12:14:01 AM »

      Leaving out comics and RPG stuff.
       
      Mort by Terry Pratchett
      How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
      You are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
      Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
      Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
      Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
      The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
      The Cold War: A History by Martin Walker  (afterword is a bit dated, but still recommended!)
      Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
      Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
      The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
      Making Money by Terry Pratchett
      And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer
      Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual by Philip Matyszak  (a very fun and informative read.  two testudos up!)
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      « Reply #29 on: January 28, 2010, 11:31:41 PM »

      Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

      I saw the movie based on this book 20+ years ago and always wanted to read the book it was based on. The movie uses events from the book but it is different in emphasis.

      I enjoyed the book but not as much as the last Doctorow book I read (Billy Bathgate). It was slow getting started and you are introduced to so many characters that it is hard to see where he is going. For some reason I have become infatuated with books based in the 20's and I did enjoy the look into NYC and it's surrounds at that time. The book wraps up all the characters and plot lines well but it just seemed like to much.

      *** of 5.
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      « Reply #30 on: January 29, 2010, 10:25:41 PM »

      The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives

      A book that plays right to my interests.  Written in 2000, the author sets out to tell the stories of the unnamed stars on the CIA Memorial wall.  At the time of the writing there were 69 stars (there are now 90) representing those that lost their lives in the service of the CIA, 40 of these 69 without a name recorded in the Book of Honor, marked only by a year and a star.

      This book details a number of stories from the very first man to lose his life in the CIA's service attempting to escape China overland into Tibet to those that lost their lives in the Beirut embassy bombing.  The stories here represent interviews details from current and former CIA officers and the friends and families of those lost.  These stories attempt to tell who these men and women were, what they were like, and the missions that they gave their lives for.  It is a published epitaph for those who knew that they might never get one, yet so honestly deserve it. 
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      « Reply #31 on: January 30, 2010, 03:53:53 PM »

      I'm going on yet another "read or re-read some 'classics'" kick this year, and will be reporting on that.  First off, though, I'm going to pick up Perdido Street Station, as I've been putting it off for far too long.
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      « Reply #32 on: January 31, 2010, 05:37:27 PM »

      My January books:

      “The Modigliani Scandal” by Ken Follett
      “The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller
      “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
      “The Salmon of Doubt” by Douglas Adams
      “Philosophy of Natural Science” by Carl Hempel
      “The Worthing Saga” by Orson Scott Card
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      « Reply #33 on: February 01, 2010, 06:02:54 PM »

      A Tale of Two Valleys by Alan Deutschman

      This is a book about the social and economic histories of Sonoma and Napa Valleys in California. The book explores the wine industries history and follows the "money" trail of the newcomers to the valleys. It also gives some good background on some of the old families in the area. The book was written in 2000 and covers the political and social effects money has made on the areas.

      Having spent a lot of time in the valleys in the 80's I found parts of the book very interesting. However if you have never been there I doubt you would enjoy much of this book.

      1 1/2 of 5
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      « Reply #34 on: February 03, 2010, 05:33:20 PM »

      The Chronicles of the Black Company
      The Books of the North
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      I read these based on recomendations from OO and GT members and they were right. This three book omnibus was great. Easily one of the best books (series) I have read in years.

      It is part Lord of the Rings, part Arabian Nights and part Richard Sharpe. It is well written and has very good characters that you actually care about.

      I will now be picking up the Books of the South to continue the story. In fact, that is the only reason I cannot give this book a 5 of 5, because there is no ending.

      4 7/8 of 5 *'s
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      « Reply #35 on: February 04, 2010, 02:53:25 PM »

      So I just finished Erikson's Garden of the Moon, Malazan Book of the Fallen 1.  It was a great book but I'm not sure whether I'm going to keep going on it.  It probably took me about 2 months to get through (I've been busy with other things) and that book is apparently the smallest one in the series!!  I'd rather read 4 smaller books than one huge book.  I just enjoy the satisfaction of finishing them.  So anyways we'll see.  The quality is definitely there but I'm just not a highschool student anymore so I can't devote 3 or 4 hours every day to reading.  Catcher in the rye is up next! Figured this was a good time to get that one done.
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      « Reply #36 on: February 04, 2010, 08:19:06 PM »

      I am going slow this year even though I'm reading every night and day. First up was a holdover from last winter, Stephen King's Under The Dome. Didn't care for that one too much and it took way too long to read.

      Just finished The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larssen. Loved that book. A book that surpasses the first in the trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Check 'em out!
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      « Reply #37 on: February 09, 2010, 07:35:50 PM »

      The Underground Man by Ross McDonald.....

      Ya gotta love the old fashioned detective books and that's what this is. The book follows Lew Archer as he solves 3 murders over a 15 year period. I had forgotten how much fun these books are. Easy to read, you can do them in one day.

      This one takes place on the west coast..LA area and SF. All the Lew Archers do, which add interest for a California resident like me.

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      « Reply #38 on: February 13, 2010, 06:39:39 PM »

      Quote from: lildrgn on February 04, 2010, 08:19:06 PM

      I am going slow this year even though I'm reading every night and day. First up was a holdover from last winter, Stephen King's Under The Dome. Didn't care for that one too much and it took way too long to read.

      Just finished The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larssen. Loved that book. A book that surpasses the first in the trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Check 'em out!

      I just finished The girl with the Dragon Tattoo and loved it.  I went to B&N to get The Girl Who Played with Fire and realized it won't be out in paperback until March.  You want to sell me your copy ?  Just curious slywink 
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      « Reply #39 on: February 13, 2010, 07:52:05 PM »

      Sorry! I checked it out from the library! Worth the wait. You should check Half-Price Books as well.
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