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Old January 1 2013, 07:24 PM   #9
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Re: Books read in 2012


1. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
2. The Sea by John Banville
3. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
4. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
5. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
6. The Wapshot Chronicles by John Cheever
7. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
8. Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
12. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
13. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
14. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
15. Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
16. Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
17. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (translated by Richard Pevear)
18. Troubles by J. G. Farrell
19. The Singapore Grip by J. G. Farrell
20. Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
21. Intruder in the Dust by William Faulkner
22. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
23. The Immoralist by André Gide (translated by David Watson)
24. The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol by Nikolai Gogol (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
25. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
26. Rites of Passage by Sir William Golding
27. Close Quarters by Sir William Golding
28. Fire Down Below by Sir William Golding
29. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
30. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
31. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
32. Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene
33. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (translated by Julie Rose)
34. The Fall of the King by Johannes V. Jensen (translated by Alan G. Bower)
35. Snow Country by Kawabata Yasunari (translated by Edward G. Seidensticker)
36. Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
37. On the Road by Jack Keroauc
38. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (translated by Daphne Hardy)
39. Before the Throne by Naguib Mahfouz (translated by Raymond Stock)
40. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
41. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
42. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
43. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
44. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
45. New and Collected Poems (1931-2001) by Czeslaw Milosz
46. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
47. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
48. Flowering Judas and Other Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
49. Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
50. The Leaning Tower and Other Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
51. The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
52. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
53. Grimus by Sir Salman Rushdie
54. Shame by Sir Salman Rushdie
55. The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero)
56. Cain by José Saramago (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)
57. The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by Jaroslav Seifert (translated by Ewald Osers)
58. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
59. Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
60. The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated by Elaine Gottlieb and Joseph Singer)
61. The Spinoza of Market Street by Isaac Bashevis Singer
62. Short Friday and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated by various)
63. The Séance and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated by various)
64. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (translated by H. B. Willetts)
65. Apricot Jam and Other Stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (translated by Stephan Solzhenitsyn and Kenneth Lantz)
66. Poems New and Collected, 1957-1997 by Wislawa Szymborska (translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak)
67. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Count Leo Tolstoy (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
68. Hadji Murat by Count Leo Tolstoy (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
69. Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset (translated by Tiina Nunnally)
70. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
71. Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
72. Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
73. Omeros by Derek Walcott
74. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
75. Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
76. Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian (translated by Mabel Lee)
77. Red Sorghum by Mo Yan (translated by Howard Goldblatt)

For fiction, standouts would be the completion of the George R. R. Martin novels (which I had started reading the previous year), two of the classic French novels (The Three Musketeers and Les Miserables), The Singapore Grip, and Cloud Atlas. The last novel I read for the year was Arthur & George, which was also excellent. A lot of my reading this year was poetry and short-story collections, which are a bit harder to grade as a whole, but I'm a huge fan of Isaac Bashevis Singer's writing.

Graphic Novels

1. Criminal: Last of the Innocent by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
2. Fables v.16: Super Team by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, et al.
3. Fables v.17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckhingham, et al.
4. The Unwritten v.5: On to Genesis by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
5. The Unwritten v.6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey, Peter Gross et al.
6. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
7. Habibi by Craig Thompson

All of these save Moore are top-form stuff. I continue to be underwhelmed by the League property, which has sucked up so much of Moore's time over the last fifteen years.


1. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (translated by Justin O'Brien)
2. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti (translated by Carol Stewart)
3. The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie by Tim Cook
4. Hitler: 1936-1945: Nemesis by Ian Kershaw
5. William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Life Guided by the Hand of Destiny by Allan Levine
6. Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie
7. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
8. The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz (translated by Jane Zielonko)
9. Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Montefiore
10. The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings by Octavio Paz (translated by Lysander Kemp et al.)
11. One Earth, Four or Five Worlds: Reflections on Contemporary History by Octavio Paz (translated by Helen R. Lane)
12. The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
13. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steve Pinker
14. The Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Investigation: Volume 1 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (translated by Thomas P. Whitney)

Massie's two works of Russian biography are extremely impressive, particularly Peter the Great, which is pretty much the story of the birth of Russia as a state. Pinker's book is fascinating reading for its implications for the present day and the future. Solzhenitsyn's first volume is long and anecdote-heavy, but well worth reading.
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