Monday, December 18, 2006

Dune - Battle of Corrin - Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson


Overall Rating : B- .
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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

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
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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
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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

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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

Saturday, December 2, 2006

2009 Book List

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01) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
02) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
03) Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath
04) Beloved by Toni Morrison
05) Twice Upon a Time edited by Denise Little
06) Echo Park by Michael Connelly
07) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
08) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
09) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
10) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
11) The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum
12) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
13) Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
14) Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
15) Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
16) Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
17) Ariel by Sylvia Plath
18) American Gods by Neil Gaiman
19) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
20) The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
21) Cross Country by James Patterson
22) Snow by Orhan Pamuk
23) Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
24) Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
25) Rusty Nail by J.A. Konrath
26) Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
28) The Book of The Dead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
29) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
30) Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
31) Talking Man by Terry Bisson
32) The 5-Minute Iliad by Greg Nagan
33) Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
35) Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
36) Alternate Warriors edited by Mike Resnick
37) The Eight by Katherine Neville
38) The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
39) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
40) Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
41) Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
42) Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski
43) The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell
44) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
45) Dirty Martini by J.A. Konrath
46) Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
47) Dave Barry's Greatest Hits by Dave Barry
48) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
49) The Pegasus Secret by Gregg Loomis
50) Come On In by Charles Bukowski
51) Feet Of Clay by Terry Pratchett
52) Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
53) Storm Front by Jim Butcher
54) War Trash by Ha Jin
55) Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
56) The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
57) The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
58) Roseanna by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
59) Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
60) Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove
61) You Suck by Christopher Moore
62) Even Cowgirls Get The Blues by Tom Robbins
63) Hoka by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson

Friday, December 1, 2006

2008 Book List

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01) Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
02) The Great War : American Front by Harry Turtledove
03) Fatherland by Robert Harris
04) Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson
05) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
06) God Knows by Joseph Heller
07) On The Oceans Of Eternity by S.M. Stirling
08) Next by Michael Crichton
09) The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder
10) A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
11) Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
12) Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
13) Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
14) Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
15) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16) The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
17) Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
18) What's So Funny? by Donald Westlake
19) The Crossroads of Time by Andre Norton
20) The Bourne Betrayal by Eric Van Lustbader
21) Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
22) A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller
23) The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell
24) and 25) Of Mice and Men and Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
26) Days of Infamy by Harry Turtledove
27) When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
28) The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
29) Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
30) Pirates of the Universe by Terry Bisson
31) The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
32) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
33) Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
34) Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
35) Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
36) The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
37) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
38) Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath
39) I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
40) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
41) Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
42) The Return of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
43) The Stranger by Albert Camus
44) Thud! by Terry Pratchett
45) The Code of Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
46) A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
47) Fantasy Gone Wrong edited by Martin Greenberg and Brittiany Koren
48) The Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
49) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

2007 Book List

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00) Dune - The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
01) Black Market by James Patterson
02) 1812 - The Rivers Of War by Eric Flint
03) The Knife Of Dreams by Robert Jordan
04) Ivan's War by Catherine Merridale
05) Silence Of The Hams by Jill Churchill
06) 1632 by Eric Flint
07) 1633 by Eric Flint & David Weber
08) The Third Secret by Steve Berry
09) Where Have All The Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca
10) The Lake House by James Patterson
11) How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
12) 1634 : The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis
13) Island In The Sea Of Time by S.M. Stirling
14) The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
15) Against The Tide Of Years by S.M. Stirling
16) Watchers by Dean Koontz
17) Prince Of Fire by Daniel Silva
18) The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
19) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut