Monday, December 18, 2006

Dune - Battle of Corrin - Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson

Overall Rating : B- .
A sequel in a prequel to Frank Herbert's "Dune" Trilogy. Written by his son Brian, and Kevin Anderson. Tell me, how do two authors write one story? Does one of them write the nouns, and the other one the verbs? Methinks Brian Herbert is here mostly so the family name is on the cover.
As in any prequel, the main raison d'etre for this book is to line up everything for the original Dune episode. But the basic plot is the overused "humans versus machines" line. Gee, where have we seen that before? Terminator, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and so on. Is it now politically incorrect to slay any living beings? Can't anyone come up with a storyline that doesn't involve the evils of Artificial Intelligence?
Literature-wise, this is "Dune Lite". Which is not necessarily a bad thing. The original Dune was an awesome book, but Dune Messiah and Children Of Dune were each a new level of tediousness and obscurity compared to their predecessors. Reading CoD was (for me at least) more of a labor than a pleasure.
This decline in quality seems to be inherent in Trilogies. Clan of the Cave Bear is a masterpiece, interweaving a captivating storyline with a bunch of great archaeology. But its sequels go downhill quickly. Valley of Horses slowed to a crawl, and The Mammoth Hunters is nothing more than a 600-page Harlequin Romance set in caveman times. Pee-Yoo!
And don't even get me started about Robert Jordan's Dragon Reborn series. We're on what, Book 11 now? And the plot hasn't progressed one bit since about Book 5. But I will still buy and read the newest one - out just in time for Christmas.
But back to Dune Battle of Corrin. Overall, it keeps one's interest despite the trite storyline. Papa Herbert's chapter-beginning quotes are better (and of course, more esoteric), but at least there's less mysticism and more action in DBoC. And none of the characters (including the Bots) are the essence of pure evil and/or pure good. So we'll give it a B-, and go dust-off and re-read Dune.

Monday, December 4, 2006

2020 Book List

01) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
02) Memories Of Ice by Steven Erikson
03) When the Walls Fell by Monique Martin
04) Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
05) The Chronicles of Banarnia by Robert Rankin
06) The Book of Dust (Vol.. 1 - La Belle Sauvage) by Philip Pullman
07) Boom! A Baby Boomer Memoir 1947-2022 by Ted Polhemus
08) A Dead Red Alibi by R.P. Dahlke
09) The Last Oracle by James Rollins
10) The Cyberiad Stories by Stanislaw Lem
11) Dark Remains by Sean McMahon
12) Skinny Legs And All by Tom Robbins
13) Last Train To Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
14) Wilderness Volume 1 - The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison
15) Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
16) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
17) The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais
18) Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall
19) Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
20) Inspector Hobbes and the Curse by Wilkie Martin
21) Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
22) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
23) Altdorf - The Forest Knights by J.K. Swift
24) The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
25) Exultant by Stephen Baxter
26) Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
27) The Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake
28) H2O by Irving Belateche
29) Milk! by Mark Kurlansky
30) One Step Behind by Henning Mankell
31) Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
32) The Years Ran Like Rabbits by Anna Taylor
33) Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
34) The Missing Link by Brandon Meyers and Bryan Pedas
35) The Janson Command by Paul Garrison
36) Defining Moments in (Black) History by Dick Gregory
37) The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon
38) Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
39) Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
40) The Great Wall by Julia Lovell
41) An Orc on the Wild Side by Tom Holt

2019 Book List

01) Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
02) Fuzzy Navel by J.A. Konrath
03) Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi
04) Unlikely (Kingdoms Gone - Book One) by Frances Pauli
05) Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
06) A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
07) The Bat by Jo Nesbo
08) Valhalla by Tom Holt
09) Inspector Hobbes and the Blood by Wilkie Martin
10) Paper - Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky
11) The Highlander by Zoe Saadia
12) Liandra and the Dream Reader by Belart Wright
13) Aye, Robot by Robert Kroese
14) The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
15) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
16) Stalking The Angel by Robert Crais
17) Under The Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
18) Trumpet of Triton & Mesmerized by Marlin Williams
19) What If? by Randall Munroe
20) Imperium by Robert Harris
21) Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
22) Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle
23) Storykeeper by Daniel A. Smith
24) Dead To The World by Charlaine Harris
25) Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters
26) Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
27) To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip José Farmer
28) Hero in a Halfling by William Tyler Davis
29) Gulp by Mary Roach
30) Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
31) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
32) The Cat Who Played Brahms by Lilian Jackson Braun
33) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
34) Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
35) Snowfall On Mars by Branden Frankel
36) The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
37) Patricians and Emperors by Ian Hughes
38) The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip José Farmer
39) The Enigmatologist by Ben Adams
40) The Future, Imperfect by Ruth Nestvold
41) Death Masks by Jim Butcher
42) Cherry Bomb by J.A. Konrath
43) The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
44) The Sleeping Dragon by Jonny Nexus
45) Thunderhead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
46) Blood and Steam by Jamie Sedgwick
47) The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland by Barbara Silkstone
48) Veins by Drew
49) Grand Portage by Scott Seeger
50) End of Empires by Toby Frost
51) Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
52) From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun
53) Magnus Chase - The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
54) Russian Roulette by Mike Faricy
55) Slabs of the Sunburnt West by Carl Sandburg
56) Embassytown by China Miéville
57) High Five by Janet Evanovich
58) The Bridge at Andau by James Michener
59) Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
60) Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez
61) The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
62) Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
63) Murder By Misrule by Anna Castle
64) 27 by Howard Sounes
65) Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
66) An Idiot In Love by David Jester
67) The Long Mars by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
68) Unthinkable by Helen Thomson
69) The Management Style of the Supreme Beings by Tom Holt
70) Q Is For Quarry by Sue Grafton
71) Hokas Pokas by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson
72) The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block

2018 Book List

01) Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
02) 1968 by Mark Kurlansky
03) Torpedo Juice by Tim Dorsey
04) The God King by James A. West
05) Seven Dials by Anne Perry
06) Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese
07) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
08) The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
09) White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
10) The Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner
11) The Wizard of Time by G.L. Breedon
12) Guardian of the Red Butterfly by D.S. Cuellar
13) The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
14) Doughnut by Tom Holt
15) Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson
16) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
17) Bonk by Mary Roach
18) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
19) The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
20) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
21) Bill the Galactic Hero, Volume 1 by Harry Harrison
22) The Riddler's Gift by Greg Hamerton
23) Speaks the Nightbird, Volume 1: Judgment of the Witch by Robert McCammon
24) Tinker's War by Jamie Sedgwick
25) Burglar In The Rye by Lawrence Block
26) Dead Wake by Erik Larson
27) Beyond Hades by Luke Romyn
28) Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali
29) The Eclective - The Celtic Collection by Various Authors
30) Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
31) A Dead Red Oleander by R.P. Dahlke
32) Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley
33) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
34) Speaks the Nightbird, Volume 2: Evil Unveiled by Robert McCammon
35) A Brief History of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis
36) The Fridgularity by Mark A. Rayner
37) Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
38) Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
39) Lion In The Valley by Elizabeth Peters
40) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
41) The Infernal Aether by Peter Oxley
42) Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
43) Who Discovered America? by Gavin Menzies
44) Stupefying Stories 21 edited by Bruce Bethke
45) Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
46) Pride and Honour by Nathaniel Burns
47) Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
48) The Sword of Unmaking - G.L. Breedon
49) All Things True by Greg James
50) On Giants' Shoulders by Melvyn Bragg
51) Just Add Water by Jinx Schwartz
52) The Kaiser Affair by Joseph Robert Lewis
53) The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
54) Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
55) Mort by Terry Pratchett
56) Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
57) Four To Score by Janet Evanovich
58) Redliners by David Drake
59) The Congo, and Other Poems by Vachel Lindsay
60) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
61) Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman
62) The Brentford Chainstore Massacre by Robert Rankin
63) The Voynich Cypher by Russell Blake
64) We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
65) The Edge of Eternity by G. L. Breedon

2017 Book List

01) Doctor Who - The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter
02) Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
03) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
04) A Game of Battleships by Toby Frost
05) Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
06) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
07) Myth-Fits by Jody Lynn Nye
08) The Doctor and the Kid by Mike Resnick
09) The Damnation Game by Clive Barker
10) Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
11) Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
12) The Dragon's Breath by Jamie Sedgwick
13) Ringworld by Larry Niven
14) Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
15) Just Needs Killin' by Jinx Schwartz
16) The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
17) Chronicles of M by Nicholas Forristal
18) Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
19) Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
20) Mourningtide by Diana Wilder
21) Voyage of the Pale Ship by Greg James
22) Djinn Rummy by Tom Holt
23) Lickety Split by Marlin Williams
24) The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
25) Paratime by H. Beam Piper
26) A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
27) Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
28) Board Stiff by Piers Anthony
29) Harvest Of Stars by Poul Anderson
30) Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide by Peter Cave
31) Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett
32) Map Of Bones by James Rollins
33) The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
34) A Dead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke
35) Little Bee by Chris Cleave
36) The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung
37) The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and Larry Niven
38) Black Harvest by Alex Lukeman
39) The History Buff's Guide to the Civil War by Thomas R. Flagel
40) Nolander by Becca Mills
41) Why Me? by Donald E. Westlake
42) The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
43) Flapjack by Daniel Ganninger
44) Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
45) Skeleton Man by Tony Hillerman
46) The Cat Who Brought Down The House by Lilian Jackson Braun
47) Origins by Andy Wallace
48) The Japanese Devil Fish Girl by Robert Rankin
49) Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
50) The Seventh Plague by James Rollins
51) The Essential Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg
52) A Dead Red Heart by R.P. Dahlke
53) Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
54) The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
55) Gilgamesh The King by Robert Silverberg
56) Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod
57) The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
58) The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters
59) The Bite On The Line by Simon Cantan
60) Railsea by China Miéville
61) The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentice
62) Road Games and Other Weird Tales by Marlin Williams
63) To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey
64) Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
65) Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
66) The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted by Harry Harrison

2016 Book List

01) Weaveworld by Clive Barker
02) Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
03) The Good, The Bad and the Smug by Tom Holt
04) Fires of Alexandria by Thomas K. Carpenter
05) Killing The Machine by Jamie Sedgwick
06) The Ruby Rattlesnake by Nicholas Erik
07) The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
08) The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
09) The Martian by Andy Weir
10) The Ultimate Inferior Beings by Mark Roman
11) Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans and Esther M. Friesner
12) The Girl In The Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
13) Wool by Hugh Howey
14) Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann
15) Lord Vishnu's Love Handles by Will Clarke
16) A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born by Harry Harrison
17) The Tinkerer's Daughter by Jamie Sedgwick
18) The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
19) Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
20) Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey
21) The Beginning of This, The End of That - Part 1: The End by James Matteson
22) The Door of Dreams by Greg James
23) Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
24) The Last Colony by John Scalzi
25) A Raucous Time by Julia Hughes
26) McNally's Dilemma by Lawrence Sanders
27) Dark Inheritance by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
28) The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
29) A Provençal Mystery by Ann Elwood
30) Hour of the Octopus by Joel Rosenberg
31) One Summer - America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
32) Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson
33) Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
34) Cybill Disobedience by Cybill Shepherd
35) The Abominable Showman by Robert Rankin
36) Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
37) Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman
38) Quozl by Alan Dean Foster
39) The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin
40) Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
41) The Last Goddess by C.E. Stalbaum
42) Myth-ion Improbable by Robert Asprin
43) Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts
44) The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg
45) Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
46) High Druid of Shannara - Jarka Ruus by Terry Brooks
47) Monster by A. Lee Martinez
48) The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
49) Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds
50) Driving Me Nuts by P.J. Jones

2015 Book List

01) The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
02) God Emperor of Didcot by Toby Frost
03) Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader
04) Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
05) Sims by F. Paul Wilson
06) Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie
07) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
08) The Chickens of Atlantis by Robert Rankin
09) Vine: An Urban Legend by Michael Williams
10) Excavation by James Rollins
11) Wrath of the Lemming Men by Toby Frost
12) Fever Dream by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
13) Finding Clarity by Laura Novak
14) Son Of A Witch by Gregory Maguire
15) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
16) Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie
17) The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
18) McNally's Puzzle by Lawrence Sanders
19) Black Notice by Patricia Cornwell
20) Time After Time by Allen Appel
21) The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
22) The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey
23) A Face Turned Backward by Lauren Haney
24) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
25) Proof - The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers
26) Cold Storage, Alaska by John Straley
27) Persona Non Grata by Ruth Downie
28) The Whisper King by Wil Radcliffe
29) Smoke by Donald Westlake
30) The Zombie's Life Is In Danger by Shantnu Tiwari
31) The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
32) The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
33) Redshirts by John Scalzi
34) Little God Blues by Jeffrey M. Anderson
35) The Outsorcerer's Apprentice by Tom Holt
36) Robots Like Blue by Anthony J. Deeney
37) The First Horseman by John Case
38) Cold Vengeance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
39) Money For Old Rope - Part 2 by Albert Jack
40) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
41) The Giver by Lois Lowry
42) The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
43) A Quest of Undoing by John P. Logsdon and Christopher P. Young
44) The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
45) The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies by Martin Millar
46) Manifold Origin by Stephen Baxter
47) Crimson Blade by Corey Soreff
48) Milk Eggs Vodka by Bill Keaggy
49) Average Joe and The Extraordinaires by Belart Wright
50) Bite Me by Christopher Moore
51) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
52) Not Quite Scaramouche by Joel Rosenberg
53) The Last by Michael John Grist
54) Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
55) Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
56) Agatha H and the Voice of the Castle by Phil and Kaja Foglio
57) Pieces of the Puzzle by Jennifer Fowler and Carrie Wahl
58) One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters
59) The History Buff's Guide to World War II by Thomas R. Flagel
60) Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm by Phil and Kaja Foglio
61) The Android's Dream by John Scalzi
62) The 92-Year-Old Lady Who Made Me Steal a Dead Man's Car by Fred Schafer
63) Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston
64) The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
65) The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
66) The Clockwork God by Jamie Sedgwick
67) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

2014 Book List

02) At Road's End by Zoe Saadia
03) Execution Dock by Anne Perry
04) The Color of Fate by Leilani Dawn
06) The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
07) The Father by Chris Craig
08) Drowned Hopes by Donald E. Westlake
09) A Journey Begins by Lawrence Sylou-Crentz Ojermark
10) Manifold - Time by Stephen Baxter
11) The Last Roman by Edward Crichton
12) The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman
13) Jackpot! by Jackie Pilossoph
14) The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
15) Owl Dance by David Lee Summers
16) The Attic Piranhas by Marlin Williams
17) The Children of Men by P.D. James
18) Dawnwind - Last Man Standing by George R. Shirer
19) Truckers by Terry Pratchett
20) In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
21) Watch Your Back! by Donald Westlake
22) The Eye of God by James Rollins
23) To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson
24) Ravens in the Storm by Carl Oglesby
25) Medicus by Ruth Downie
26) The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde
27) Faust Among Equals by Tom Holt
28) The Templar Concordat by Terrence O'Brien
29) Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
31) Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
32) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
33) Columbus : Flight by J.C. Rainier
34) Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook
35) Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
36) Curse of the Spellman by Lisa Lutz
37) Diggers by Terry Pratchett
38) Twisted Tales by Marlin Williams
39) Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
40) Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
41) Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
42) A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor
43) Wings by Terry Pratchett
44) Blood Faerie by India Drummond
45) Kraken by China Miéville
46) Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess by Phil and Kaja Foglio
47) Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
48) Semper Fidelis by Ruth Downie
49) Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors by Benjamin Wallace
50) Manifold - Space by Stephen Baxter
51) In Her Name - First Contact by Michael R. Hicks
52) Do Llamas Fall In Love? by Peter Cave
54) The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi
55) Lucia In Wartime by Tom Holt
56) Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
57) the Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
58) Dangerous Talents by Frankie Robertson
59) The Fire Engine that Disappeared by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall
60) The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
61) The Eighth Day by John Case
62) When It's A Jar by Tom Holt
63) When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
64) The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Potzsch
65) This Brilliant Darkness by Red Tash
66) The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore
67) A Hardboiled Murder by Michelle Ann Hollstein
68) The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake
69) The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
70) Waiting For Godalming by Robert Rankin
71) Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie
72) The Midget's House by Anita Bartholomew
73) Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost
74) The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
75) The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lilian Jackson Braun
76) Can A Robot Be Human? by Peter Cave
77) Who Framed Santa Claus? by Shantnu Tiwari
78) A Curse of Silence by Lauren Haney
79) Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann

2013 Book List


01) The Attic Piranhas by Marlin Williams
02) Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove
03) The Schliemann Legacy by D.A. Graystone
04) Armageddon The Musical by Robert Rankin
05) The White Tree (The Cycle of Arawn) by Edward W. Robertson
06) A Morbid Taste For Bones by Ellis Peters
07) Out Of Time by Monique Martin
08) Key Out Of Time by Andre Norton
09) A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan
10) The Bound Soul (Halcyon #3) by Joseph Robert Lewis
11) Fluke by Christopher Moore
12) If You Fly With The Crows by Neal Sillars
13) Ice Hunt - James Rollins
14) Mad Science Institute by Sechin Tower
15) Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
16) Attack of the Fairytale Zombies! by P.J. Jones
17) Pharaoh's Son by Diana Wilder
18) Afraid - A Novel of Terror by J.A. Konrath
19) Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
20) The Channel War by M. Edward McNally
21) Khe by Alexes Razevich
22) Flying Dutch by Tom Holt
23) Chosen by Jolea M. Harrison
24) The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
25) The Truth About Sharks and Pigeons by Matt Phillips
26) With A Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony
27) Disappear by Iain Edward Henn
28) Evolution by Stephen Baxter
29) The Fall of House Nemeni by M.D. Kenning
30) The Shells of Chanticleer by Maura Patrick
31) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
32) Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever (edited) by Phoenix Sullivan
33) Welcome to Higby by Mark Dunn
34) Murder and Other Distractions by Michael Estrin
35) Look To Windward by Iain M. Banks
36) Thursday At Noon by William F. Brown
37) The Heretic's Apprentice by Ellis Peters
38) The Wizard, the Farmer, and the Very Petty Princess by Daniel Fox
39) TimeSplash by Graham Storrs
40) The Da-Da-de-Da-Da Code by Robert Rankin
41) Pride and Prejudice and Vampires by P.J. Jones
42) Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
43) Shaman, Healer, Heretic by M. Terry Green
44) Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
45) An Eye of Death by George Rees
46) The Forge by S.M. Stirling & David Drake
47) Z is for Xenophobe by Terry Faust
48) Gabriel's Redemption by Steve Umstead
49) Wild Ducks Flying Backward by Tom Robbins
50) The Janus Reprisal by Jamie Freveletti
51) Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead by Christiana Miller
52) SPQR by John Maddox Roberts
53) First Chosen (Tears of Rage) by M. Todd Gallowglas
54) Watership Down by Richard Adams
55) Keepers of Water by R.G. Porter
56) The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
57) When Pigs Fly by Bob Sanchez
58) Noggle Stones 1½: Bugbear's Travels by Wil Radcliffe
59) The Hammer by S.M. Stirling & David Drake
60) Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
61) The Success of Suexliegh by Zack Keller
62) Impact by Douglas Preston
63) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
64) Finn Mac Cool by Morgan Llywelyn
65) The Spider and The Fly by C.E. Stalbaum

2012 Book List

01) Flashman and the Mountain of Light by George MacDonald Fraser
02) Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett
03) The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan
04) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
05) The Key To Midnight by Dean Koontz
06) The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
07) Bearing An Hourglass by Piers Anthony
08) The Silent Cry by Anne Perry
09) The Greener Shore by Morgan Llywelyn
10) New Atlantis by Francis Bacon
11) Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
12) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
13) Eric by Terry Pratchett
14) Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
15) The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
16) One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde
17) Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil & Kaja Foglio
18) Strega Muirne by William Deen
19) Dead Man's Ransom by Ellis Peters
20) Duma Key by Stephen King
21) Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
22) Humans by Donald Westlake
23) Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t! by Neil Patrick Stewart
24) Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
25) Madmen at the Tombs by Ilow Martin Roque
26) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
27) The Stone Arrow by Richard Herley
28) The Sable City by M. Edward McNally
29) The Portable Door by Tom Holt
30) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
31) Death of a Kingdom by M. Edward McNally
32) Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
33) The Defiant Agents by Andre Norton
34) The Wind From Miilark by M. Edward McNally
35) Defend and Betray by Anne Perry
36) The Flint Lord by Richard Herley
37) Alice's Adventures in Steamland by Wol-vriey
38) Poland by James Michener
39) Devil Town by M. Edward McNally
40) I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
41) The Tide Mill by Richard Herley
42) Merde Actually by Stephen Clarke
43) Timepiece by Heather Albano
44) In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner by Elizabeth George
45) Vaetra Unveiled by Daniel R. Marvello
46) The Philosophical Strangler by Eric Flint
47) The Earth Goddess by Richard Herley
48) Alt Hist Issue 2 (edited) by Mark Lord
49) Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
50) Darling Brenda by Richard Herley
51) Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
52) The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
53) The Broken Sword by Joseph Robert Lewis
54) Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal
55) The Zul Enigma by J.M. Leitch
56) Noggle Stones Book 1 - The Goblin's Apprentice by Wil Radcliffe
57) Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
58) The Tortoise Shell Code by V. Frank Asaro
59) The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
60) The Postmortal by Drew Magary
61) Grailblazers by Tom Holt
62) The Adventures of Augustus Fuller by James Rickon
63) The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury
64) Viele Tausende by Devin Patrick Bates
65) The Haunted Collection by The Eclective
66) The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
67) Snuff by Terry Pratchett
68) The Drowning by Richard Herley
69) The Black Tower by P.D. James
70) Noggle Stones Book 2 : The Tragic Empire by Wil Radcliffe
71) Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
72) The Written by Ben Galley
73) The Apocalypse Collection by The Eclective
74) The City and the City by China Miéville
75) A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
76) Claus : Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski
77) The Burning Sky by Joseph Robert Lewis

2011 Book List

01) Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
02) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
03) Voyage to the Red Planet by Terry Bisson
04) Grendel by John Gardner
05) Grunts! by Mary Gentle
06) A Letter Of Mary by Laurie R. King
07) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
08) Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
09) Three Men on a Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
10) The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton
11) Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
12) The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters
13) Last Lion by Peter S. Canellos
14) Lord Valentine's Castle by Robert Silverberg
15) Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
16) Uncle John's Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader by Uncle John
17) The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
18) Fuzzy Sapiens by H. Beam Piper
19) The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
20) Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
21) Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks
22) A Bloody Field By Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
23) Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan
24) The Hyde Park Headsman by Anne Perry
25) Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
26) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
27) Earthman's Burden by Poul Anderson & Gordon R. Dickson
28) The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton
29) Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Alliance by Larry Millett
30) Little People by Tom Holt
31) The Wild Machines (The Book of Ash #3) by Mary Gentle
32) The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
33) The Masters of Solitude by Marvin Kaye & Parke Godwin
34) Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
35) The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
36) The Gunslinger by Stephen King
37) The Temple of the Muses by John Maddox Roberts
38) The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton
39) Nation by Terry Pratchett
40) Indecent Exposure by Tom Sharpe
41) Druids by Morgan Llywelyn
42) The Witches of Chiswick by Robert Rankin
43) Lost Burgundy (The Book of Ash #4) by Mary Gentle
44) Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson
45) The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
46) Pavane by Keith Roberts
47) Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages by Tom Holt
48) First Cycle by H. Beam Piper & Michael Kurland
49) In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
50) The Pyramid by Henning Mankell
51) The Waste Lands by Stephen King
52) Making Money by Terry Pratchett
53) The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
54) Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
55) Stardust by Neil Gaiman
56) The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
57) Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
58) Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley
59) On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
60) Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham
61) The Avatar by Poul Anderson
62) Knees Up Mother Earth by Robert Rankin
63) The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters
64) Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

Sunday, December 3, 2006

2010 Book List

01) The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
02) Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin
03) In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D'Amato
04) Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
05) Black Order by James Rollins
06) The Pickup Artist by Terry Bisson
07) The Husband by Dean Koontz
08) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
09) Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
10) Factotum by Charles Bukowski
11) Hurricane Punch by Tim Dorsey
12) The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells
13) Thursday Next - First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
14) Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
15) A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
16) Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
17) Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
18) Yo, Tyrania by Ric Weiss
19) Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
20) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
21) End Of The Beginning by Harry Turtledove
22) It All Started With Columbus by Richard Armour
23) The Brightonomicon by Robert Rankin
24) The Fire by Katherine Neville
25) Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
26) Tales Of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
27) Sleepy Head by Mark Billingham
28) What Is The What by Dave Eggers
29) Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
30) Funeral Games by Mary Renault
31) Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen
32) Gentlemen Of The Road by Michael Chabon
33) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
34) The House of Thunder by Dean Koontz
35) The Orphan's Tales : In The Night Garden by Catherynne Valente
36) Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
37) In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
38) Lamb by Christopher Moore
39) The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
40) King Rat by China Miéville
41) Sunrise in the West by Edith Pargeter
42) Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
43) The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen (by Wilfred Owen)
44) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
45) Time Traders by Andre Norton
46) Riotous Assembly by Tom Sharpe
47) Ash, A Secret History, Volume 1 by Mary Gentle
48) The Leper of St. Giles by Ellis Peters
49) The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
50) Women by Charles Bukowski
51) Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
52) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
53) Pompeii by Robert Harris
54) Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
55) Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
56) Curious Notions by Harry Turtledove
57) Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
58) Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
59) The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
60) The Embedding by Ian Watson
61) Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
62) Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
63) The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
64) The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
65) The Initiate by Louise Cooper
66) Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde
67) The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
68) Get Real by Donald Westlake
69) Humpty Dumpty In Oakland by Philip K. Dick
70) The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
71) Necrophenia by Robert Rankin
72) Carthage Ascendant (The Book of Ash #2) by Mary Gentle
73) The Rose Rent by Ellis Peters
74) Towers Of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
75) Hammerhead Ranch Motel by Tim Dorsey
76) Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way by Charles Bukowski
77) Inherit The Stars by James P. Hogan