Wednesday, 9 January 2008

2008 Booklist

What I'm reading in 2008:
  1. Power without Glory, Frank Hardy (a slog)
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle (not a slog!)
  3. War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells (wow)
  4. The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Salman Rushdie (self indulgent, but I still liked it :-) )
  5. Travels in the Land of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo (opulent)
  6. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis (love, Love, LOVE)
  7. The Bodysurfers, Robert Drew (languid)
  8. Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years, Sue Townsend (flaccid)
  9. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (*wonderful*)
  10. The Inner Life, Thomas a Kempis (religious)
  11. Shade's Children, Garth Nix (slight)
  12. Mucha, Renate Ulmer (decorative)
  13. Peeps, Scott Westerfeld (fun!)
  14. Amy's Children, Olga Masters (bemusing)
  15. Eichman and the Holocaust, Hanna Arendt (thought provoking)
  16. Undead and Unemployed, Mary Janice Davidson (light but satisfying)
  17. White Time, Margo Lanagan (ok, but she's no Peter Carey)
  18. Black Juice, Margo Lanagan (not fussed about this one)
  19. Red Spikes, Margo Lanagan (*really* not fussed about this one)
  20. Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Sue Townsend (a great end to the bookbag)
  21. Odd One Out, Monica McInerney (bleh)
  22. The Encyclopedia of Fonts, Gwyn Headley (somewhat overwhelming, fontwise)
  23. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (not as good as I'd been lead to believe)
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling (completion)
  25. The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (bookmarkable)
  26. War Crimes, Peter Carey (not as stunning as 'The Fat Man in History')
  27. The Art of War, Sun-tzu (poetry)
  28. The Pleasure of Hating, William Hazlitt (instructive)
  29. Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk (fun, but derivative)
  30. The Symposium, Plato (adorable!)
  31. Urn Burial, Kerry Greenwood (also fun, but not Agatha Christie)
  32. Splashdance Silver, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Pratchettesque)
  33. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (logical!)
  34. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck (charming!)
  35. Extras, Scott Westerfeld (notasgoodasthetrilogy)
  36. How to Achieve Greatness, Baldesar Castliglione (like the Symposium, but not as good)
  37. Rynosseros, Terry Dowling (enjoyable linked shorts)
  38. Tithe, Holly Black (haphazard)
  39. Blue Tyson, Terry Dowling (more good Dowling)
  40. The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards (the cover was better than the insides...)
  41. The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld (fawesome!)
  42. 2012, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne (solid)
  43. tiny deaths, Robert Shearmen(excellent)
  44. Prismatic, Edwina Grey (interesting)
  45. Wicked, Gregory Maguire (tedious)
  46. Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (very good, but didn't meet (very) high expectations)
  47. Moon Palace, Paul Auster (short, but lengthy)
  48. The Other Boleyn Girl, Phillipa Gregory (historically edifying)
  49. Until I Find You, John Irving (satisfying)
  50. Cenotaxis, Sean Williams (non-plussing)
  51. Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, Simon Haynes (unexpectedly amusing)
  52. SG1: The Barque of Heaven, Suzanne Wood (slashy!!)
  53. Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett (fun, but not groundbreaking)
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (war. what is it good for?)
  55. Stardust, Neil Gaiman (*not* as good as the movie)
  56. The Six Sacred Stones, Matthew Reilly(as expected)
  57. SG1: Do No Harm, Karen Miller (a bit weird to read when sick myself, but otherwise good)
  58. His Illegal Self, Peter Carey (dreamy)
  59. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (oblique)
  60. Amberlight, Sylvia Kelso (uninspiring)
  61. Death by Water, Kerry Greenwood (better than the first I read)
  62. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse (Om)
  63. The Catarbie Conspiracy, Sabrina DeSouza(naive)
  64. Astropolis: Earth Ascendant, Sean Williams (space opera-ry goodness)
  65. Incandescence, Greg Egan (hard science)
  66. Daughters of Moab, Neil Gaiman (apocolyptic australiana)
  67. The Economy of Light, Jack Dann (interesting mishmash)
  68. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (nice use of London)
  69. Time Machines Reparied While-U-Wait, K. A. Bedford (time travelling mystery)
  70. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Sean Williams (a different kind of space opera)
  71. Without Warning, John Birmingham (depressing)
  72. Chao Space, Marianne de Pierres (aimless until the end)
  73. Jack Maggs, Peter Carey (excellent, plus subtext!! or mebbe I mean metatext)
  74. Time for the Stars, Robert Heinlein (twin paradox!!)
  75. The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin (zomg. excellent.)
  76. The Riddle and the Knight, Giles Milton (illuminating)
  77. The Music of Chance, Paul Auster (compelling)
  78. Daughters of Earth, Justin Larbalestier (ed.) (excellent)


Joshua said...

Fabulastic damn genial! PALAVROSSAVRVS REX!

Anonymous said...

Overtaken! Damnit!

jennannej said...

Very amusing.
I love your way of keeping track of books read.