Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Books I finished in 2007

These are the books I read in 2007:

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Bill Watterson

Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, Robert Draper

I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle (note: noisy website)

Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire

Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery, D. T. Max

The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas, Robert H. Frank

Requiem for an Assassin, Barry Eisler

Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign, Stephan Talty

The Best American Sports Writing 2006, ed. by Michael Lewis

Ghost World, Daniel Clowes

Ice Haven, Daniel Clowes

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, Neil Strauss

The Assault on Reason, Al Gore

Looking for Rachel Wallace, Robert B. Parker

The Judas Goat, Robert B. Parker

Nightmare in Pink, John D. Macdonald

The Deep Blue Good-by, John D. Macdonald

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, Chalmers Johnson

The Secret History of the American Empire, John Perkins

The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler

Promised Land, Robert B. Parker

Nobody, Alex Amado, Sharon Cho, Charlie Adlard

Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins

Mortal Stakes, Robert B. Parker

Tunnels of Blood, Darren Shan

The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins

The Vampire's Assistant, Darren Shan

Cirque du Freak, Darren Shan

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling

Mormon Mavericks: Essays on Dissenters, ed. by John Stillto and Susan Staker

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling (review)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon

God Save the Child, Robert B. Parker

The Godwulf Manuscript, Robert B. Parker

The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki

Goldfinger, Ian Fleming

Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Pop Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, Steven Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Geoffrey C. Ward

For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

Breaks of the Game, David Halberstam

Cross, James Patterson

Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah

The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, Sophocles, trans. by Paul Roche

The Immortal Game: A History of Chess, David Shenk

To the Heart of the Storm, Will Eisner

Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw

Moby Dick, Herman Mellville, retold by Will Eisner

Frank Miller's Sin City Volume 5: Family Values, Frank Miller

The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue, Will Eisner

The Prophet Puzzle: Interpretive Essays on Joseph Smith, Bryan Waterman, ed.

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader, ed. by Daniel O'Connor

300, Frank Miller

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Mary Mary, James Patterson

London Bridges, James Patterson

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan

Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?, Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Grayson, Lynne Cox

The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do, Michael Mandelbaum

One Train later, Andy Summers

Two Ton: One Fight, One Night—Tony Galento vs. Joe Louis, Joseph Monninger

Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

Ten Great Mysteries, Edgar Allan Poe

Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley with Ron Powers

Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!, Bob Harris

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Michael Lewis

Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America, Scott M. Beekman

Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, William C. Rhoden

Frank Miller's Sin City Volume 4: That Yellow Bastard, Frank Miller

Star Wars on Trial, David Brin, Matthew Woordring Stover, et al.

The Crow: Dead Time, James O'Barr

Size Matters: How Height Affects the Health, Happiness, and Success of Boys - and the Men They Become, Stephen S. Hall


  1. So what did you think of The Prophet Puzzle?

  2. Very nice. It gave me a lot of perspective on Joseph's milieu. It also made me want to read more Eugene Englund.

  3. I'm glad you liked the book. It was one of my favourites.

    As for England, I've read very little of his stuff, just an odd article here and there. He comes across as a reasonable Mormon, and that is something that appeals to me.


  4. In my humble opinion, The Deep Blue Good-By is a remarkable piece of work by whatever standards you’d like to apply. I’m not talking about McGee’s comic book like superhero antics in subduing and killing Junior Allen (after all, one of the main purposes of this kind of fiction is to entertain); rather, the intricacy of the plotting, the razorsharp characterizations, the finely tuned and highly observant sense of place (which MacDonald fails with, somewhat, in the McGee novels that he moves outside of Florida), the observations and ruminations of McGee – these are all superb, even amazing.


What do you think?