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Old December 10 2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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What Have You Read In 2009?

So we're not quite halfway through December yet, but I think it's okay to have our annual "What did you read this year?" thread about now. The question of the hour should hopefully be fairly self-explanatory.

Not counting books I started and didn't finish, or re-reads:
-The Meaning of Night and The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
-American Creation and Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (I got on a little American Revolution kick after watching John Adams.)
-1776 and The Path Between The Seas by David McCullough
-Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling
-Tales From The Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien (Had read "Farmer Giles of Ham" before, but nothing else in the book.)
-Different Seasons, The Green Mile, the first two Dark Tower books, and On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft by Stephen King
-The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker (Edited by Leslie S. Klinger)
-Citizen of The Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
-Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
-The Making of 'Star Wars' by J.W. Rinzler
-Gentlemen of The Road, The Final Solution, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon
-Three Doc Savage books: The Man of Bronze, The Phantom City, and The Monsters
-Marco Polo: From Venice To Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen
-A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
-In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
-The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
-Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
-The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
-The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
-Crime Stories, and Other Writings and Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
-The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I'm hoping to be able to pick up The Help by Kathryn Stockett before the year's out, but I don't exactly have the money to buy it and the library has a hundred holds on it.

In the realm of audiobooks, all of which I had read in print before:
-The Graveyard Book and Stardust by Neil Gaiman
-The Ladies of Grace Adieu, and Other Stories and Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Read by Simon Prebble and Davina Porter)
-The first five Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling (Read by Jim Dale)
-Dune by Frank Herbert (Read by Simon Vance and Others)
-Every James Bond novel from Casino Royale to On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Ian Fleming (Read by Simon Vance)

All that, and it still felt like I didn't read as much this year as I normally do.
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Old December 10 2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

Endurance, by Alfred Lansing (nonfiction)
Dreadnaughts Curse, by Howard Hoyt Hilton (fiction)
Telex From Cuba, by Rachel Kushner (fiction)
Havana Nocturne, by TJ English (non-fiction)
The Airmen and the Headhunters, by Judith Heimann (nonfiction)
Intrepid, by Bill White (nonfiction)
The American Home Front, by allister cooke (nonfiction)
A Dawn Like Thunder, by Robert Mrazek (nonfiction
Destoyermen trilogy, by Taylor Anderson (fiction)
Fidel Castro: my life, by Fidel Castro (arguably nonfiction)
By Order of the President, by WEB Griffin (fiction)
Variable Star, by Robert Heinlein and Spyder Robinson (fiction)
The Great Escape, by Kati Marton (nonfiction)
The War Journal of Major Damon 'Rocky' Gause, by Damon 'Rocky' Gause (nonfiction)
Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale (nonfiction)
A Trip to the Beach, by Melinda Blanchard (nonfiction)
The Lost Fleet, books 1-4, by Jack Campbell (fiction)
The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (fiction)
Designated Targets, trilogy by John Birmingham (fiction)
The Race Beat, by Gene Roberts (nonfiction)
Silent Thunder, by Iris Johanson (fiction)
Flory, by Flory Van Beek (nonfiction)
Easy Company Soldier, by Don Marlarkey (nonfiction)
Voyage of the Devilfish, by Michael DiMercurio (fiction)
Starks War, by John Birmingham (fiction)
The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (fiction)
FLAK, by Michael Veitch (nonfiction)
Red Phoenix, by Larry Bond (fiction)
The Bedford Boys, by Alex Kershaw (nonfiction)
The Ghost Mountain Boys, by James Campbell (nonfiction)
Charlatan, by Pope Brock (nonfiction)
The Last Colony, by John Scalzi (fiction)
Resistance, by Agnes Humbert (nonfiction)
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Old December 10 2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

Not quite as much diversity as I'd have hoped for. Perhaps I'll read a wider range of books in 2010.

The Appeal - John Grisham
The Dresden Files: Storm Front - Jim Butcher
The Dresden Files: Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
Star Trek - A Singular Destiny - Keith R.A. DeCandido
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Losing the Peace - William Leisner
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Soul Key - Olivia Woods
Star Trek: Voyager - Full Circle - Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Voyager - Unworthy - Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Titan - Over a Torrent Sea - Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek: Titan - Synthesis - James Swallow
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Old December 10 2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

Wow. I have not read nearly as much as you guys, so I am feeling a tad illiterate right now. I've read Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and to my knowledge that's about it. I feel embarrassed. I need to read more.
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Old December 11 2009, 12:05 AM   #5
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

  • Armor by John Steakley [2/15 - 2/19]
  • God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert [2/19 - 2/24]
  • Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson [3/2 - 3/9]

After so much reading for school, I just couldn't bring myself to read for pleasure much this year. Next year, it will be different.
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Old December 11 2009, 12:44 AM   #6
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

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Wow. I have not read nearly as much as you guys, so I am feeling a tad illiterate right now. I've read Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and to my knowledge that's about it. I feel embarrassed. I need to read more.
Dude, you're busy making movies and writing screenplays. Good reasons to not have time for reading.
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Old December 11 2009, 01:02 AM   #7
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker, a re-read of the Calvin & Hobbes collection and about 30 textbooks.
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Old December 11 2009, 01:09 AM   #8
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

An incomplete list of what I've read this year, not including books I started and didn't finish and those I reread:

Lots of Trek:

Dayton Ward - Star Trek Vanguard: Open Secrets
William Leisner - Losing The Peace
Dave Galanter - Troublesome Minds
Mere Anarchy
Christopher L. Bennett - Star Trek Titan: Over A Troubled Sea
Keith R.A. DeCandido - A Singular Destiny

William Shatner - Academy: Collision Course
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch - Enterprise: By The Book
Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens - Federation
Andrew J. Robinson - A Stitch in Time
S. D. Perry - Avatar Book One & Two
David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang - Abyss
The Mission Gamma books
S. D. Perry - Rising Son
S. D. Perry - Unity


non-Trek:

John Peel - Doctor Who: Mission To The Unknown
John Peel - Doctor Who: The Mutation of Time
Donald Cotton - Doctor Who: The Mythmakers
Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman - Doctor Who: The Celestial Toymaker
Theodor Fontane - Irrungen Wirrungen
Theodor Fontane - Effi Briest
Homer - Illiad
Homer - Odyssey
Friedrich Nietzsche - Der Fall Wagner
Friedrich Nietzsche - Götzendämmerung (I'm about to finish that)


Well, that looks really embarassing with all the tie-in literature. Maybe I should read less of that, but there's so much TrekLit I want to read. In all likelihood, I've forgotten a bunch.
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Old December 11 2009, 09:44 AM   #9
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I haven't read very much this year. I've read the first 8 Inspector Rebus novels back to back, and enjoyed them thoroughly. Also enjoyed seeing Rankin's writing style develop (and imporve). I also read Dan Brown's Lost Symbol in the middle of all that. It was nice to get back to Rebus!
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Old December 11 2009, 06:52 PM   #10
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Dayton Ward - Star Trek Vanguard: Open Secrets
For some reason, I completely left this of my above list. It and a re-read of the previous Vanguard novels were the extent of my TrekLit this year, unfortunately (I so need to get caught up).
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Old December 11 2009, 07:01 PM   #11
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About 19,000 test papers.
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Old December 11 2009, 11:43 PM   #12
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

I'm not very good at keeping track, from what I remember:

Non-fiction:
Hyperspace - Michio Kaku, fun pop-physics with a nice look at subject in relation to history, literature, and the arts.
Emergence - Richard Sole, and interesting read despite the theory rather untangling at the end.
The Demon-Haunted World - Carl Sagan, awesome, of course.
The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox - Stephen J. Gould, fantastic.
2009 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market - A necessary evil.

Fiction:
The Good Faeries of New York - Martin Miller, fantastic.
Mysterious Skin - Scott Heim, one of the most affecting and personally important novels I've ever read.
We Disappear - Scott Heim, good, though not as good as his first.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain, brilliant.
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - PG Wodehouse, the best for a laugh.
(reread) the Harry Potter series
(reread) The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, awesome, of course.
The Lost World and Other Stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Accidental Time Machine - John Haldeman, fun start, trite resolution.
Contact - Carl Sagan, awesome, of course.
The Liar - Stephen Fry, absolutely delightful, dirty, dirty, linguistic fun.
The Man in the Brown Suit - Agatha Christie, so-so.
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie, fantastic.
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie, pretty darn good.
The Time-Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger. LAME. MARY SUES GALORE!
The Mermaids Singing - Val McDermid, fun, if trashy crime drama.
The Wire in the Blood - Val McDermid, same.
The Last Temptation - Val McDermid, same.
The Torment of Others - Val McDermid, same.
Beneath The Bleeding - Val McDermid, same.
Two DS9 novels (because I'm a nerd)
Time's Enemy
The Abyss


There are probably more that I can't remember, plus a kids picture book or two every work day.

I'd say the book that affected me the most this year was Mysterious Skin, and the book I found most disappointing was the dreadfully snobbish Time Traveler's Wife.
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Old December 12 2009, 01:17 AM   #13
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Re: What Have You Read In 2009?

I haven't kept track, but to the best of my memory, this is what I have read.

Fiction:

Weapons of Choice - John Birmingham
Designated Targets - John Birmingham
Final Impact - John Birmingham
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Pandora's Star - Peter F. Hamilton
Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski
To Dream in the City of Sorrows - Kathryn M. Drennan
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

Non-Fiction:

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill - Matthieu Ricard

Currently Reading:

The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
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Old December 12 2009, 06:22 PM   #14
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Recently I've been reading Ellis Peters' Cadfael series.
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Old December 12 2009, 07:31 PM   #15
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Haven't read nearly as much as I wanted to due to the workload at the office.
Here's the books I found time for apart from technical literature:

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore (read it for the 5th time and enjoyed it just as much as the first time)
Fluke - Christopher Moore
The Floating Girl - Sujata Massey
Hades - Russes Andrews
Terrorist - John Updike
Fatal Error - Michael Ridpath
The Swiss, the Gold, and the Dead - Jean Ziegler
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
The Trudeau Vector - Juris Jurjevics
Magma - Thomas Thiemeyer
All the Life On Mars (UK) tie-in books
Star Trek: Titan - Taking Wing - Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels
Star Trek: Titan - The Red King - Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin
Star Trek: Titan - Orion's Hounds - Christopher L. Bennett
Star Trek: Vanguard - Harbinger - David Mack
Star Trek: Vanguard - Summon the Thunder- Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore

Add to that a ton of audio books on my MP3 player and you get the picture.
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