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31 December 2008 @ 02:32 am
Books Read 2008  

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[RE-READ] Not the first time I've read this one

1. The Places that Scare You - Pema Chödrön [new: Powell's] [buddhism] [April]

-. A Song for Arbonne - Guy Gavriel Kay [used] [fantasy] too dramatic

-. Invader - C.J. Cherryh 456 pages [used] [science fiction: space opera] too complicated

2. Rain Fall - Barry Eisler 363 pages [loan from kfrye] [fiction: spy] [January]

3. Bone Woman - Clea Koff 271 pages [used: uw twice sold tales] [non-fiction: forensic anthropology, genocide] [January]

-. Gear Wheels Simply Explained - A. W. Marshall 63 pages [new: Powell's Technical Books] [non-fiction: mechanical engineering] better as a reference than a read

4. The Last Herald Mage Book 1: Magic's Pawn - Mercedes Lackey 349 pages [used] [fantasy] [January]

5. The Last Herald Mage Book 2: Magic's Promise - Mercedes Lackey 320 pages [used] [fantasy] [February]

6. gods behaving badly - marie phillips 292 pages [new: elliott bay books] [fiction] [March]

7. UNIX Systems for Modern Architectures: Symmetric Multiprocessing and Caching for Kernel Programmers - Curt Schimmel 333 pages [loan from chitah] [non-fiction: computer engineering] [May]

-. The Last Herald Mage Book 3: Magic's Price - Mercedes Lackey 351 pages [new: powell's] [fantasy] too dramatic

8. The Passion - Jeannette Winterson [new: B&N] [fiction] [February]
    "You play, you win. You play, you lose. You play."

9. Dresden Files Book 1: Storm Front - Jim Butcher 341 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy] [February]

--. The Violet Phoenix - Marc Moorash [loan from moorash]

10. The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch 719 pages [loan from gkr] [fantasy] [March]
    brilliantly fun read, looking forward to reading the rest of the series

11. The Malady of Death - Marguerite Duras 55 pages [loan from moorash] [drama] [March]

12. Clementine - Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee 136 pages [loan from dj_stitch] [children's] [March]

13. someday this pain will be useful to you - Peter Cameron [new: Powell's] [fiction: self-perception] [March]

14. Discworld: Making Money - Terry Pratchett 394 pages [new: Powell's] [fantasy: satire] [April]

15. [RE-READ] Nude Men - Amanda Filipacchi 288 pages [used: Amazon] [fiction] [April]
    a co-worker gifted this to me 8+ years ago, read it, loved it, haunting me ever since; been meaning to re-read it for ages

16. Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden 286 pages [loan from kfrye] [fiction] [April]

17. Something from the Nightside - Simon R. Green 230 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy] [April]
    strong start, weak follow-through.

18. The Dispossessed - Ursula K. LeGuin 387 pages [used] [science fiction: space opera] [taoism] [May]
    Wow. Adding this to my Taoist canon, and it's well worth a re-read.

19. Midnighters Book 1: The Secret Hour - Scott Westerfeld 383 pages [loan from kfrye] [science fiction: young adult] [May]

20. The Green Glass Sea - Ellen Klages 318 pages [new: Schuler Books, East Lansing, MI] [historical fiction: young reader] [May]
    Ellen Klages was a panelist and MC at WisCon32. I wish I'd read this book when I was 8 and 10 and 13 and 17 and 19 and 21, but I finally got caught up at 31. Plan to send this to several 8-12 year old and a few 30-something reader friends of mine. Little girl geek perspective historical fiction about the Manhattan Project.

21. Midnighters Book 2: Touching Darkness - Scott Westerfeld 439 pages [new: WisCon Dealer's room] [science fiction: young adult] [May]

22. You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More fulfilling Life - Eleanor Roosevelt 203 pages [new: A Room of Our Own bookstore, Madison, WI] [autobiography] [October]

23. Midnighters Book 3: Blue Noon - Scott Westerfeld 505 pages [new: WisCon Dealer's room] [science fiction: young adult] [June]

24. Hero - Perry Moore 428 pages [new] [science fiction: young adult] [June]
    recommended by Tamora Pierce at WisCon32. Was good. Would have been awesome if the Editor had caught a variety of consistency issues and loop holes in the plot. A month later I wish to amend my opinion: it's a brilliant book. I'm still thinking about some of the wonderfully unlikely heroes Perry Moore chose to write about.

25. The Te of Piglet - Benjamin Hoff 257 pages [loan from abstractmonkeys] [taoism] [July]
    I liked this much better than the Tao of Pooh

26. The Good, the Bad and the Undead - Kim Harrison 453 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy] [July]

27. Me talk pretty one day - David Sedaris 272 pages [loan from kfrye] [humor] [July]
    "The cat's death struck me as the end of an era. [...] The end of my safe college life, the last of my thirty-inch waist, my faltering relationship with my first real boyfriend: I cried for it all and wondered why so few songs were written about cats."
The chapters are mostly like individual essays and if you read only one, I highly recommend "Jesus Shaves", which had me howling with laughter in my bedroom by myself in the middle of the night.

28. Saving the World - James Patterson 407 pages [loan from John Fawcett] [science fiction: young adult] [July]
    Great brain candy. It's part of a series.

29. A Dictionary of the Lycian Language - H. Craig Melchert [UW Suzallo-Allen Library] [non-fiction: language] [July]

30. War for the Oaks - Emma Bull 332 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy] [July]

--. Olympica Hippica: Horses, Men and Women in the Ancient Olympics - Theodore G. Antikas 270 pages [used: Twice Sold Tales] [non-fiction: ancient history] better as a reference than a read

31. Glass Houses - Laura J. Mixon 213 pages [loan from abstractmonkeys] [science fiction: cyber punk] [July]
    I tore through this in three hours. Brilliant book.

32. The Stress of Her Regard - Tim Powers 470 pages [loan from abstractmonkeys] [horror] [August]
    An alternate justification of Shelley, Byron and Keats. I didn't like it very much.

--. The PowerBook - Jeannette Winterson 289 pages [snagged from dj_stitch] [fiction]
    started strong with great aphorisms and then got too inanely monotonous, although maybe that was her point

33. Morganville Vampires Book One: Glass Houses - Rachel Caine 239 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy: young adult] [August]
    Aw, this book so took me back to my vampire-book-loving 14-year-old days. Fun and quick read. Looking forward to grabbing book 2 soon.

34. Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch 760 pages [new: Barnes & Noble] [fantasy] [August]
    Brilliant. My Review.

35. "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character - Richard Feynman 246 pages [loan from nplusm] [non-fiction: autobiography] [September]
    Outstanding! The perfect wake up call that I've gotten lazy about letting my innate curiousity guide me in life. High time I start being pestery and inexhaustibly inquisitive again.

36. Longitude - Dava Sobel 175 pages [new from Elliott Bay Book Co.] [non-fiction: horology astronomy history] [September]
    We should read more history books like this and Lionel Casson's Ancient Mariners in our public schools... easy read, fun, inspiring

37. Dresden Files Book 2: Fool Moon - Jim Butcher 342 pages [loan from kfrye] [fantasy] [September]

38. Science Friction - Michael Shermer 268 pages [new: Elliott Bay Book Co.] [non-fiction: science philosophy] [October]

39. Bellwether - Connie Willis [new: Elliott Bay Book Co.] [science fiction] [October]
   Brilliant book. Anyone who loved William Gibson's Pattern Recognition should read this. Great example of a hard sci fi in one of the non-traditional "sciences" that qualifies a sci fi to be "hard": sociology.

40. Morganville Vampires Book Two: The Dead Girls' Dance 238 pages [new: Barnes & Noble, MA] [fantasy: young adult] [October]

--. World War Z - Max Brooks 342 pages [fantasy] still indifferent to zombies

41. Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian - Raymond Faulkner ©1970 [UW Suzallo-Allen Library] [non-fiction: language] [December]

42. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld 425 pages [loan from dj_stitch] [fantasy: young adult] [October]
    Post-apocalyptic must read!

43. The Female Brain - Louann Brizendine, M.D. 187 pages [new: Elliott Bay Book Co.] [non-fiction: brain physiology] [October]

44. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld 370 pages [new: Barnes & Noble] [fantasy: young adult] [October]
    "She started spending more time looking out the window than at her own reflection, as is often the case with troublesome girls."

45. Luna - Julie Anne Peters 248 pages [loan from dj_stitch] [fiction: transsexual] [October]
    The struggle of two teenage sisters - a biological girl, Regan, and a transsexual girl that was born as a biological boy, Luna. I didn't need Kleenexes until the end, but then I really needed them. An amazing story, and made me so proud of Seattle and the shy teenage girl two years ago who recommended a different Peters book in the young adult section while Lauren, Maxx and I were at Barnes & Noble.

46. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories - Franz Kafka 88 pages [used] [horror] [November]
    Don't let the 88 pages fool you. Kafka's meaning and word use is so dense that it's more like reading 300 pages consolidated into 88. This volume includes "The Judgment", "The Metamorphosis", "In the Penal Colony", "A Country Doctor", and "A Report to an Academy". I'm re-listing this as horror, because this is the kind of macabre writing that fascinates and terrifies -me-.

47. Letter to a Christian Nation - Sam Harris 91 pages [Seattle Public Library via nplusm] [non-fiction: atheism] [November 4 Obama]
    Wow. One of my long held, deeply believed views is that religious tolerance is not just important, but imperative. This book has caused me to take a good hard look at how I practice that belief. No conclusions yet.

48. As Simple As Snow - Gregory Galloway 308 pages [loan from dj_stitch] [fiction: puzzles self-perception] [November]
    67370 Erich & Bess answer tell pray-answer look tell answer-answer tell Owens Boothe Borden Hamilton Devon Druitt Furniss Burke Gurney Bruno Gibson Gorky EWH Carnegie Hilliker Shale Joplin Laughener Madden Compton Maenza Godley Sumire double dactyl

49. Old Man's War - John Scalzi 313 pages [loan from kfrye] [military science fiction] [November]
    WOW! Finally! A military sci fi that doesn't lean on sexual violence for dimensionalizing women in lieu of ACTUAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! Scalzi is my new hero. Compelling narrative, interesting aliens, funny, heartful, cool tech, a great adventure. I highly recommend it.

50. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli 186 pages [loan from kfrye] [fiction: self-perception] [November]
    A tear jerker about the ways in which being truly different disquiets us.

51. Petra: Lost City of the Ancient World - Christian Auge & Jean-Marie Dentzer 118 pages [new: Metropolitan Museum book store, NY] [non-fiction: archaeology history] [November]

52. [RE-READ] Song of the Lioness Book 1: Alanna, The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce 216 pages [fantasy: young adult] [November]

53. [RE-READ] Song of the Lioness Book 2: In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce 209 pages [fantasy: young adult] [November]

54. [RE-READ] Song of the Lioness Book 3: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce 228 pages [fantasy: young adult] [November]

55. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart 342 pages [loan from kfrye] [fiction: free thinkers] [November]
    If you want to be a member of our secret society, you have to read this book. If you don't read this book ... what secret society?

56. White Sands, Red Menace - Ellen Klages 337 pages [loan from kfrye] [historical fiction: young reader] [December]
    "Papa used to say that science is just people figuring out the instruction manual that should have come with the world. Like God left it out of the box, and our job is to keep measuring and experimenting until we know all the rules."

57. Looking for Jake - China Mieville 302 pages [loan from loopback] [dark fantasy: short stories] [December]
    The stories I enjoyed the most:
    • Reports of Certain Events in London
    • Details
    • Go Between
    • Different Skies
    • An End to Hunger
    • The Tain

58. Little Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz - L. Frank Baum 226 pages [loan from jithero] [fantasy: children's] [December]

59. Searoad: Chronicles of Klatsand - Ursula K. LeGuin 190 pages [used: Elliott Bay Book Co.] [fiction] [December]
    Wow. I would not share this with just anyone. Only someone I could trust to not come back to me and break my heart with those terrible words, "I didn't get it."

60. Seven Taoist Masters: a Folk Novel of China - trans. Eva Wong 176 pages [used: Twice Sold Tales] [taoism]

61. The New Space Opera 640 pages [science fiction: space opera short stories]
    The stories I enjoyed the most:
    • "Saving Tiamaat" by Gwyneth Jones
    • "Winning Peace" by Paul J. McAuley

1. Polyglot and Spleen no. 3 by seraphemera [comic book] [February]
2. Polyglot and Spleen no. 4 by seraphemera [comic book] [February]
3. Polyglot and Spleen no. 5 by seraphemera [comic book] [February]
4. Planetary Book 3 by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday [comic book] [loan from nplusm] [March]
5. "Kip, Running" by Genevieve Williams (rimrunner) [e-fiction] [March]
6. Polyglot and Spleen no. 6 by seraphemera [comic book] [April]
7. The Tick Omnibus vol. 3 by Ben Edlund [loan from abstractmonkeys] [comic book] [June]
8. The Tick Omnibus vol. 1 by Ben Edlund [loan from abstractmonkeys] [comic book] [June]
9. Born One Thousand Years Too Early: Fat, Dark-Skinned, Gay and Adopted By White Folks - Chad Goller-Sojourner [chapbook] [July]
10. Athena no. 0-6 by Dean Hsieh [loan from tenshiemi] [comic book] [August]
11. The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons [loan from sleet01] [comic book] [October]
12. Discover Presents the Whole Universe (Fall 2008) 88 pages [magazine: astronomy] [October]
13. angry little girls! A Little Book of Friendship - Lela Lee [gift mini book] [November]
14. Athena act 2 scenes 1-7 by Dean Hsieh [loan from tenshiemi] [comic book] [December]
15. the invisibles: say you want a revolution by Grant Morisson, etc. [comic book]
Schmischmi on May 2nd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
UNIX Systems for Modern Architectures: Symmetric Multiprocessing and Caching for Kernel Programmers - Curt Schimmel

You are my hero.

I added you btw. We were introduced last night by thevfrchick.
Kburgunder on May 2nd, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hi, schmi! Are you a Unix geek too? I take forever adding people to my LJ, because omg am I a prolific blogger and I get to know people really well before subjecting them to it ;> In the meantime, welcome; I post the occasional armchair philosophy and Tao of the Day, and am always looking for an engaging conversation :>
Schmischmi on May 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
and am always looking for an engaging conversation
Oh better not add me then. ;D

I'm the same way as you - I'm really hesitant to add people unless I know them well, but Anita and Ilsa vouched for you, so... ;D

I used to be a Unix geek until I got assimilated by the Evil Empire. :(
Schmischmi on May 3rd, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Of course, didn't intend to sound like an asshat in the previous statement.