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By Vulch (Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 10:34:47 AM EST) reading list, bookshelf full of books, rain (all tags)
Looks like I was for much of the year. 196 books read according to my log, although there are a few more items (eg Equoid by Charles Stross and the original collection of Metrozone short stories from Simon Morden) not recorded that add up to tip me over the 200 mark.

The total was pushed up by going through the entire 32 volume Dumarest series in August. Published between the late 60s and mid 80s they vary from 110 to 160 pages so the whole lot are the equivalent of a couple of Neal Stephenson or  Peter F Hamilton books. As a counterbalance though, "Outlaws of the Marsh" and "Three Kingdoms" are 2100 and 2300 pages each.

The usual comfort reading happened, Harry Dresden in January and the Vorkosigans in May and June. Theophile Escargot has mentioned the Virga series in his diaries, physical copies are hard/expensive to come by but I managed to find two more and was able to borrow the remainder. The later ones are less Banksian but still worth me tracking down affordable copies when I can.

"Outlaws of the Marsh" and "Three Kingdoms" are translation of classic Chinese stories. The first was the basis for the TV series "The Water Margin" from the 1970s and a chapter or so from the second is the story nehind the film(s) "Red Cliff". I suspect "Journey to the West" will make an appearance on next years list.

I picked up a Nook ereader when the price dropped to 29 quid so a bit more reading was done in electronic form. I still prefer actual books when I can get them, although it is handy for stuff from Project Gutenberg and the like. I need to work out a way of recording those sort of books directly though, currently I look for the ISBN of a print version if one exists and record that. This occasionally leads to confusion when the log says I own a copy of something but I can't find it on the shelf.

Anyway, on with the page lengthening...













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Heh by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 11:12:47 AM EST
I surprised to see that we read the Vorkosigan Saga at almost the same time.  I read it while I was in the hospital.  Good stuff. 

You've given me some things to think about in terms of new books.  Thanks much!

Hey, are you on Good Reads?  I'm there as Gedvondur.  Great site for this kind of thing.

" isn't like I dug up her great-grandmother and fucked her in the eye socket." - clock
I don't think so by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 11:51:21 AM EST
I have a feeling when I last looked at Good Reads they wanted money for a library the size of mine, I'll have to wander back and check.

Once upon a time I was working on expanding my book log into something along the lines of Good Reads, but then Good Reads came along. One day I'll think of a killer feature, rewrite it and make my fortune...

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Hmmm by Gedvondur (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 03:15:25 PM EST
Well they are owned by Amazon now, as far as I know they don't charge for anything.

Anyway, think about it, I'd like to connect to you there, we read a lot of the same kind of books.

" isn't like I dug up her great-grandmother and fucked her in the eye socket." - clock
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Apparently... by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 05:49:46 PM EST
I did set up an account there ages ago but only ever added half a dozen books to it around three years ago when I was going through a mediaeval/ historic (Two Cadfaels, Name of the Rose, Pillars of the Earth, Instance of the Fingerpost and a Peter Wimsey) phase. I've bolted their book adding widget into my log so as long as I remember to click that when I'm logging I should land up with matching lists, this year has started with Childhoods End and The Stone Canal.

Possibly unsurprisingly I'm Vulch there as well...

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That's a lot of books! by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 02:01:52 PM EST
Is the "Metrozone" series much good, and could it be picked up partway through? Think I've seen it in the library.
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It is quite a few by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 03:19:55 PM EST
I've been pondering trying to get a page count and see how much that varies from year to year.

I like the Metrozone stuff but I wouldn't recommend reading the novels out of sequence. The original short stories are available as a PDF from the authors site under a Creative Commons licence and introduce a lot of the characters. The short stories are some of his earlier works and the later novels have benefited from practice and possibly proper editing.

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I am completely jealous by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 2) #6 Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:11:06 AM EST
of the sheer volume of what you have read. I thought I consumed volumes but my own count this past year is nothing in comparison.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

It helps that... by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 11:23:34 AM EST
I work part time and am single with no dependents. All I have to do is ignore the little voice that tells me I ought to be doing housework, or mowing the lawn, or looking for a bit of extra freelance work...

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