Wednesday, 5 January 2011

2011 Book List

What I read in 2011:
  1. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie (enjoyable, very Rushdie)
  2. The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angaelien Apocalypse, Thoraiya Dyer/Matthew Chrulew ()
  3. Bleed, Peter M. Ball (great read)
  4. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, Dubravka Ugresic (lovely style, thought provoking)
  5. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay (readable, not too gory)
  6. Dearly Devoted Dexter, Jeff Lindsay (better than #1)
  7. Dexter in the Dark, Jeff Lindsay (a bit supernatural)
  8. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer (*rolls eyes*)
  9. The Tax Inspector, Peter Carey (admirable)
  10. Dexter by Design, Jeff Lindsay (not as good as previous)
  11. Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson (took a while to warm up but got there in the end!)
  12. Worlds Next Door, ed. Tehani Wessley (good kids anthology)
  13. Naked, David Sedaris (end chapters won me over)
  14. What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt (excellent, gripping)
  15. Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman (wonderful stories, very Shearman-like)
  16. Years Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy V. 4, Ed. Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt (a solid enough collection)
  17. The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf (thought provoking)
  18. Slow Man, J.M Coetze (think I read it too fast...)
  19. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie (Poirot's first case!)
  20. Above/Below, Stephanie Campisi/Ben Peek (thought provoking but too short!!)
  21. The Help, Kathryn Stockett (unexpectedly gripping)
  22. The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie (love Tommy and Tuppence)
  23. Nightsiders, Sue Isle (fantastic future Perth tales)
  24. Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie(Hastings falls in *LOVE*!)
  25. Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity Book 1), Justina Robson (sf meets fantasy. a bit crazy.)
  26. Going Under (Quantum Gravity Book 3), Justina Robson (wtf, wtf, cliffhanger, wah!)
  27. Love and Romanpunk, Tansy Rayner Roberts (charming, substantial and crunch history. love!)
  28. The Shattered City, Tansy Rayner Roberts (didn't see that coming!)
  29. Selling Out (Quantum Gravity Book 2), Justina Robson (reading book two helped things make sense...)
  30. The Constant Gardener, John le Carre (fascinating thriller)
  31. Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (good story, but BIG time commitment - tho two thumbs up for pulling off a fairly WTF ending!!)
  32. The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie (still contemplating this one)
  33. How to Suppress Women's Writing, Joanna Russ (still shocking, even when i knew what to expect)
  34. Chasing the Dragon (Quantum Gravity Book 4), Justina Robson (series is deeper than expected)
  35. The Female Man, Joanna Russ (beautifully written, both familiar and unfamiliar)
  36. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga (more depressing India, though with a bit of a twist)
  37. White Cat, Holly Black (skeptical at first, but it did suck me in with its con...)
  38. The Ghost Writer, John Harwood (nicely eerie, though a bit flat at the end)
  39. Life without Limits, Nick Vujicic(inspirational, impressive, but very evangelical)
  40. Secret Ones, Nicole Murphy (flimsy)
  41. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (a bit hippy)
  42. The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas (fantastic modern Australiana)
  43. Diamond Eyes, A.A. Bell (weak)
  44. Thief of Lives, Lucy Sussex (very solid collection)
  45. Perfume, Patrick Suskind (fantastic descriptions of scent)
  46. Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb (developed into an intriguing tale)
  47. Eona, Alison Goodman ()
  48. Exile, Rebecca Lim ()
  49. Hades, Alexandra Adornetto ()
  50. Poirot Investigates, Agatha Christie (flash fiction, Christie style)
  51. Silvermay, James Moloney ()
  52. Assassin's Apprentice, Robin Hobb (developed into an intriguing tale)
  53. City of Darkness, City of Light, Marge Piercy (fantastically detailed)
  54. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (a leetle clunky but very compelling)
  55. The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie (hum drum)
  56. Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld(great read)
  57. Days Like This, Alison Stewart ()
  58. The Sender, Isobelle Carmody ()
  59. Finniken of the Rock, Melina Marchetta (excellent, gripping)
  60. Froi of the Exiles, Melina Marchetta(ZOMG CLiffhanger!)
  61. Walking the Tree, Kaaron Warren (seemed aimless)
  62. Votive, Karen Brooks()
  63. Dangerously Placed, Nansi Kunse ()
  64. Beast Child, Ben Chandler ()
  65. Thyla, Kate Gordon ()
  66. Stray, Andrea K Host()
  67. Burn Bright, Marianne de Pierres ()
  68. Lab Rat One, Andrea K Host ()
  69. The Scourge of Jericho, Stuart Daly ()
  70. Gamer's Challenge, George Ivanoff ()
  71. Angel Arias, Marianne de Pierres ()
  72. The Army of the Undead, Stuart Daly ()
  73. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (OMG. Cliffhanger!!)
  74. Bloodsong, Rhiannon Hart ()
  75. The Outcasts, John Flanagan ()
  76. The Laws of Magic 6: Hour of Need, Michael Pryor ()
  77. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (well that was pretty awesome *sob*)
  78. Goliath, Scott Westerfeld ()
  79. Only Ever Always, Penni Russon ()
  80. Black Glass, Meg Mundell ()
  81. Muse, Rebecca Lim ()
  82. The Fifth Shadow - Phoenix, Alison Ashley ()
  83. The Wilfull Eye, Tales from the Tower V1, Ed Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab()
  84. The Wicked Wood, Tales from the Tower V2, Ed Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab()
  85. Clash of Kings, Gorge R R Martin (loooong, but most readable)
  86. Alone: Survivor, James Phelan ()
  87. Alone: Quarantine, James Phelan ()
  88. The Extraordinaires, Michael Pryor ()
  89. Five Little Maids, Barry White ()
  90. The Phoenix Files #4 Underground, Chris Morphew ()
  91. Shift, Em Bailey ()
  92. Being Here, Barry Jonsberg ()
  93. The Golden Day, Ursula Dubosarsky ()
  94. The Shattering, Karen Healey ()
  95. Tripple Ripple, Brigid Lowry ()
  96. The Fifth Shadow - Phoenix, Alison Ashley ()
  97. Being Here, Barry Jonsberg ()
  98. The Golden Day, Ursula Dubosarsky ()