Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2011
Diary
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 11:44:50 AM EST) Reading (all tags)
See also 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

Breakdown:
Non-fiction 51
SF 27
Non-SF fiction 10
Comics 3



The List
Title links to my diary, author links to amazon.

Non-fiction

  1. The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett
  2. Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine
  3. The Book Of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges
  4. Pro-Social and Anti-Social Behaviour by David Clarke
  5. Shooting History by Peter Snow
  6. Everyone Dead by Teatime by Neil Rafferty, Paul Stokes
  7. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
  8. Plato's Podcasts by Mark Vernon
  9. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  10. Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
  11. We Are a Muslim, Please by Zaiba Malik
  12. Marcus Aurelius by Anthony R. Birley
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  14. Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars by William Patry
  15. Bandits by Eric Hobsbawm
  16. Michael Faraday and the Electrical Century by Iwan Rhys Morus
  17. The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy by Donald Robertson
  18. Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday
  19. Gridlock Economy by Michael Heller
  20. Myth in Human History by Grant L. Voth
  21. The Inner Citadel: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Pierre Hadot
  22. Obliquity by John Kay
  23. The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani
  24. The Parthenon by Mary Beard
  25. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon
  26. Emotional Intelligence by Christine Wilding
  27. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Spencer Johnson
  28. The Introverted Leader by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
  29. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  30. Fall and Rise of China by Richard Baum
  31. How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne
  32. Dating for Dummies by Joy Browne
  33. The Book of Kells by Bernard Meehan
  34. Games People Play by Eric Berne
  35. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  36. Why Socrates Died by Robin Waterfield
  37. America and the New Global Economy by Timothy Taylor
  38. What Do Astrologers Believe by Nicholas Campion
  39. Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich
  40. 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman
  41. Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates by John Hawks
  42. The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict by Geoff Dench, Kate Gavron, Michael Young
  43. The Zong by James Walvin
  44. English Legal System by Penny Darbyshire
  45. The Cosmopolitan Guide to Online Dating by Georgia Barlow
  46. Skeptics and Believers by Tyler Roberts
  47. The Solitary Self by Mary Midgely
  48. Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past by Allen C. Guelzo
  49. Jerome K. Jerome: A Critical Biography by Joseph Connolly
  50. Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner
  51. Art of Conflict Management by Michael Dues
  52. My Life and Times by Jerome K. Jerome
SF
  1. Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks
  2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  3. The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton
  4. Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove
  5. Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
  6. Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero by Dan Abnett
  7. The Hammer by K. J. Parker
  8. Generation A by Douglas Coupland
  9. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
  10. Age of Odin by James Lovegrove
  11. Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday
  12. New Model Army by Adam Roberts
  13. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  14. The Trade of Queens by Charles Stross
  15. Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan
  16. Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts
  17. Winterstrike by Liz Williams
  18. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
  19. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross
  20. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  21. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  22. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  23. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  24. Zendegi by Greg Egan
  25. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  26. Blood and Iron by Tony Ballantyne
  27. Slan by A.E. Van Vogt
Non-SF fiction
  1. Walkin' the Dog by Walter Mosley
  2. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  3. Maigret at the Gai-Moulin by Georges Simenon
  4. Lustrum by Robert Harris
  5. Critique of Criminal Reason by Michael Gregorio
  6. Bubbles All the Way by Sarah Strohmeyer
  7. A Pretty Face by Rafael Reig
  8. The Intuitionist by Colsom Whitehead
  9. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
  10. Of the Farm by John Updike
Comics
  1. New York: Life in the Big City by Will Eisner
  2. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean
  3. Pride of Baghdad by Brian Vaughan, Niko Henrichon
Graphs
Non-comics overall numbers:
Book Totals 2011

By type:
Books by Type 2011

Quite similar to last year. I thought I noticed a trend to non-fiction last year: if so it's stayed similar rather than increasing. Very few comics this year, I haven't seen that much of interest lately.

Highlights
Non-fiction
Probably the most important book was Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway which took a hard and well-researched look at the way corporations have hired a few science hacks to cast doubt on any research that threatens their profits.

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine was another debunking of sociobiology like "Love of Shopping is Not a Gene"? Is another one really needed: sadly yes, and it focused on gender not just genetics in general.

The New East End is a fascinating and neutral account of the various groups in the modern East End of London.

Finally, things that may only appeal to me: "The Inner Citadel" by Pierre Hadot deepened my knowledge of Marcus Aurelius. My Life and Times by Jerome K. Jerome was a fascinating account of the Edwardian era from the inside.

SF/Fantasy
Winterstrike by Liz Williams was a little flawed, but still a detailed and atmospheric novel set on a future Mars. Lightborn by Tricia Sullivan was pretty good too. I'm a little late to this party, but The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman are great fantasies, smartening up and darkening down the themes of Harry Potter and Narnia.

Non-SF fiction
I'd put it off for ages, but The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov turned out to be a much funnier, faster-paced book than I expected: a satire written and set in the early stages of the Soviet era.

Comics
Very few comics this year, but Will Eisner's Life in the Big City stood out for his great artwork and passion for his subject. It's a large compilation of short pieces, so something to dip into not read in a giant session.

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According to my hipster comic dealer... by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 02:28:30 AM EST
it's been a great year for comics and he wants you to buy and read ChewandThe Walking Dead, or anything else with zombies really. I think he's full of shit. Mostly because he's a fucking hipster.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Surprised the zombie fad is around so long by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 03:14:07 AM EST
Thinking about it, I usually read comics as book-like anthologies not the actual issues, so maybe 2010 was a bad year for comics...
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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The zombie fad has been building for a while by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 08:19:47 AM EST
I think it's a fairy tale thing. More people can relate to zombies than to wicked step-mothers these days. So it's a way to concretize fears that lurk just below the surface of the way that our society is structure. And it does so by means of a mostly harmless narrative that can be good fun to act out.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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That's not *quite* accurate. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 10:07:54 AM EST
Slow zombies never went away. It's the fast zombies and their retarded fans who are so fucking annoying.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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I agree that fast zombies were a fad by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 09:34:36 PM EST
You've got the 28 n later franchise and the remake of Dawn of the Dead.

But that is neither here nor there to the point I was making.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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This might be sacrilege, but... by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 11:58:59 AM EST
I liked The Walking Dead TV show better than the comics.
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heretic! by lm (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 09:36:07 PM EST
I've never even read the comic. Nor do I have any desire to do so. I guess that makes me an infidel.

The TV show, however, kicks ass.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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The diverge quickly by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 10:05:48 PM EST
The TV show is faithful for the first episode or so, then diverges.  The entire first episode was a few pages in the comic.  I felt like the TV show got a  lot more out of a few of the first conflicts and generated more interesting ones.  For instance the racist brother is entirely from the TV serious and the love triangle with the partner is resolved quickly with a bullet in the comic.

There is also a misogynist streak in the comics that I find very bothersome.  The comic is even darker, and there's a lot of self-destruction by damaged personalities, but I often felt like the writers were telling, not showing in this regard.
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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

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A misogynist streak in a comic, you say? by lm (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 05:43:10 AM EST
I'm shocked, absolutely shocked.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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The Walking Dead by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 05:26:03 AM EST
I'm sick to death of zombies, but the few issues of Walking Dead I read were really good.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

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Homicide by Simon by johnny (4.00 / 4) #3 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 08:03:30 AM EST
I read that 2001 or so, before The Wire, etc. It still stays with me. "Gimme a quarter." The child doing his schoolwork in the squalid house. And of course, the central mystery of who killed the little girl.

I admire your reading & reporting. You're always curious & learning, and you're always teaching. Thank you.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

Gosh, thanks! [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 01:44:33 PM EST

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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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