Print Story Books I've Read This Year 2002
Diary
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 04:54:46 PM EST) Reading (all tags)
List by category inside.

SF: 43
Non-SF fiction: 17
Biography: 16
Other non-fiction: 20
Graphic novels: 4
Abandoned books (misc): 8

Totals: 108 books started, 100 actually finished.

Poll: How many books have you read this year?

Note: putting the 2002 edition here for reference as the rusty isn't keeping the original up, and seems to have switched off the Wayback Machine



List
SF:
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett
"A Second Chance at Eden" by Peter F. Hamilton
"The Hope" James Lovegrove
"The Heaven Makers" by Frank Herbert
"Limit of Vision" by Linda Nagata
"Archer's Goon" by Diana Wynne Jones
"Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman" by Walter M. Miller
"A Mirror for Observers" by Edgar Pangborn
"Reality Dust" by Stephen Baxter/"Making History" by Paul J. McAuley.
"The Subtle Knife" by Philip Pullman
"Nova" by Samuel R. Delany
"Probability Moon" by Nancy Kress
"Fatherland" by Thomas Harris
"The Ogre Downstairs" by Diana Wynne Jones
"The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" by Terry Pratchett
"Penumbra" by Eric Brown
"A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge
"Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman
"Watching Trees Grow"/ "Tendeléo's Story"
"Power of Three" by Diana Wynne Jones
"Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang" by Kate Wilhelm
"Walk in Hell" by Harry Turtledove
"Hexwood" by Diana Wynne Jones
"Who Censored Roger Rabbit" by Gary Wolf
"Silverheart" by Michael Moorcock, Storm Constantine
"Smoke and Mirrors" by Neil Gaiman
"Forever Free" by Joe Haldeman
"The Last Hero" by Terry Pratchett
"Manifold: Origin" by Stephen Baxter
"Perdido Street Station" by China Mieville
"Web Site Story" by Robert Rankin
"A Deepness In The Sky" by Vernor Vinge
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
"Silmarillion" by Tolkien
"Schild's Ladder" by Greg Egan
"Year of the Griffin" by Diana Wynne Jones
"Wild Cards" (re-read series edited by George R.R. Martin)
"The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant", by Stephen Donaldson (re-read series)
"A Clash of Kings" by George R.R. Martin
"On" by Adam Roberts
"The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett
"The Iron Dream" by Norman Spinrad
"Fevre Dream" by George R.R. Martin

NON-SF FICTION:
"Bad Chili" by Joe Lansdale
"If Not Now, When?" by Primo Levi
"Porno" by Irvine Welsh
"The Man Who Fought Alone" by Stephen Donaldson/Reed Stephens
"Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"The Man Who Killed His Brother" by Stephen Donaldson/Reed Stephens
"Enigma" by Robert Harris
"Archangel" by Robert Harris
"Canteen Culture"by Ike Eze-anyika
"Dulcie Goes Native" by Sue Limb
"Alexander at the World's End" by Tom Holt
"Bridge on the River Kwai" by Pierre Boulle
"The Man Who Tried to Get Away" by Stephen Donaldson/Reed Stephens
"Olympiad" by Tom Holt.
"The Bottoms" by Joe Lansdale
"Three Men on the Bummel" by Jerome K. Jerome
"Bone in the Throat" by Antony de Bourdain

BIOGRAPHY:
"Prince Eddy and the Homosexual Underworld"
"Paul: the Mind of the Apostle" by A.N. Wilson
"Ho Chi Minh : Legend of Hanoi"
"The Shah's Last Ride" by William Shawcross
"The Bride of Science: a Life of Ada Lovelace"
"My Name Escapes Me" by Alec Guinness
"Savage: the Life and Times of Jemmy Button"
"Harry Houdini"
"Alec Guinness: Master of Disguise" by Garry O'Connor
"Blessings in Disguise" by Alec Guinness
"Summer of a Dormouse" by John Mortimer
"Churchill"
"The Lost Boy" by Dave Pelzer
"Spitfire on my Tail" by Ulrich Steinhilper
"I Knew I Was Right" by Julie Burchill
"A Positively Final Appearance" by Alec Guinness

NON-FICTION:
"The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible"
"Weaving the Web" by Tim Berners-Lee
"Bad Land" by Jonathon Raban
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weight Training"
"It Ain't Necessarily So" by Richard Lewontin
"The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age"
"The Mystery of Capital: Why capitalism triumphs in the west and fails everywhere else"
"Studying Poetry"
"1700: Scenes From London Life"
"Rebuilding the Matrix" by Denis Alexander
"How Wars End" by A.J.P. Taylor
"The Second World War" by John Keegan
"Stoics Without Pillows : A Way Forward for the Somalilands" by John Drysdale
"Black Hawk Down"
"A Blood-Dimmed Tide: Dispatches from the Middle East" by Amos Elon
"The Korean War" by Max Hastings
"Afghanistan: Inside a Rebel Stronghold" by Mike Martin
"The Last Camel: True Stories of Somalia" by Jaime D'Haem
"Origins of the Second World War" by A.J.P. Taylor
"Philosophy of Religion" by Mel Thompson

GRAPHIC NOVELS:
"Skizz" written by Alan Moore, drawn by Jim Baikie.
"Maus 1" by Art Spiegelman.
"Ethel and Ernest: a true story" by Raymond Briggs
"Batgirl: a Knight Alone" by Kelley Puckett

ABANDONED BOOKS (MISC):
"The Unconsoled" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Jung and Tarot"
"Truth Vibrations: From TV Celebrity to World Visionary" by David Icke
"Byzantium: the Imperial Centuries"
"The Hinge Factor: How Chance and Stupidity Have Changed History" by Erik Durschmied.
"Life's Lottery" by Kim Newman
"The Week France Fell"
"The Last Jet-Engine Laugh"

Thoughts
Got most of these by going back through my "What I'm Reading" diaries for this year. Added a few more by hand: probably a few still missing.

It's about what I expected. I thought there'd be a bit less SF / Fantasy: a lot of those books are either very short, fast reads or re-reads, so it feels like less.

Abandoned books: the only one I feel I ought to have persevered with is "Byzantium: the Imperial Centuries". Most of the others were library books I picked up on impulse. I like the way libraries let you experiment with new areas like that.

This might seem a lot of books, but I don't have a job right now, so I've got time to read like I used to. Also I don't play computer games and only watch a few hours TV per week. Plus I read pretty fast. It's annoying watching Futurama or the Simpsons with flatmates now, whenever some funny text flashes past they ask me to repeat it. No, I don't "speed-read". Reading is like mental arithmetic (which I'm utterly crap at) in that some people are just able to do it both faster and more accurately than others. Life is unfair that way.

The Best
Best of the bunch then...

SF: two explosively brilliant books; the lyrical "Nova" by Samuel R. Delany, and the virtuoso hard-SF masterpiece "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge.

Fiction: The cynical, gritty, touching "Alexander at the World's End" by Tom Holt. "Remains of the Day" we all know about.

Biography: "Savage: the Life and Times of Jemmy Button", "Spitfire on my Tail" by Ulrich Steinhilper; both of which take you into familiar areas from a strange new angle.

Non-fiction: "The Mystery of Capital..." is a brilliantly insightful discussion of the failures of capitalism in the third world, which everyone with a vote ought to read. "The Korean War" by Max Hastings is an incisive, even-handed study of a conflict everyone would love to forget.

Comic: the best one is "Ethel and Ernest: a true story", Raymond Briggs's extraordinarily moving biography of his very ordinary parents.

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I read one book. by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 09:36:01 PM EST
It might be 3 by the end of the year. Could be 5, but I am doubting it.

I haven't been in the habit of reading lately. I picked up Childhood's End a while ago, since I was failing to read it electronically. Still haven't read it. Instead, I started Legend of the Galactic Heroes. That worked.

Related: a book I have read, The Man in the High Castle is making for excellent viewing fodder. Like LotGH, I think it may be more effective on-screen than on paper. But they did pull out some heavy artillery to make it happen.

I have been reading papers. Not very many this year but I feel like responsible professionals should make it a habit, just as anyone ought to read books.

Chill out, snowflake.

10 or more? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Dec 19, 2016 at 02:36:40 PM EST
Read the Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations books, which are a lot of fun, and those lead me into some other recent Star Trek books, so I know the origin and end of the Borg in the Star Trek EU. Just finished rereading Dune, about to start Dune Messiah. Probably reread LoTR over Christmas break in Utah. Did a lot of reading last winter and spring when I was dealing with Dad's stuff. Almost all of it was comfort reading. Old guilty pleasures.

Have you read Vinge's "Peacemakers" and "Marooned in Realtime"? The second, especially, would make an interesting, if slow, miniseries.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I'm at 36 by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Dec 19, 2016 at 04:28:37 PM EST
I'll probably hit 38 by year end.  I seem to be reading less lately.  (Though part of it is that I decided to read Gibbon, which is taking forever.)
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Fevre Dream! by gzt (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Dec 19, 2016 at 08:02:01 PM EST
I read that last year, or maybe the year before. It was okay.

Man, you went on an Alec Guinness kick there, didn't you?

The secret to reading quickly is not reading it aloud in your head.

Target reached by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Dec 20, 2016 at 06:13:50 AM EST
I hit my GoodReads target of 122 books last week sometime, two more to log (No ISBNs) currently and I think there's another 5 or so as Goodreads doesn't think you'll ever re-read a book.

Looks like I didn't start logging until 2005 so I don't know what my 2002 score was, but there's 17 overlaps in your SF fiction list and a couple of maybes in the others.



Sandman a bit by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Dec 21, 2016 at 10:19:33 PM EST
A firefly comic.
A book about cells.
And oh yeah still working on Infinite Jest

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