Thursday, January 17, 2008

Books I read during 2008

These are the 102 books I read during 2008.

**** Highly recommended
*** Recommended
** Meh
* Don't bother

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell ****

Watchmen, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons ****

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, vol. 2, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jess Ruffner-Booth, Brett Booth, Ron Lim ***

Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Walter Mosley ****

Pale Gray for Guilt, John D. Macdonald ***

One Fearful Yellow Eye, John D. Macdonald ***

The Widening Gyre, Robert B. Parker ****

Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty, Jeff Pearlman ***

My Early Life, Winston Churchill **** (review)

The Children of Hurin, J. R. R. Tolkien ****

Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks ****

Gone Fishin', Walter Mosley ****

The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling ****

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski ****

The Forever War, Joe Haldeman ****

Color of Rage, Kazuo Koike and Seisaku Kano ***

The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL, Mark Bowden ***

A Little Yellow Dog, Walter Mosley ****

The Open Curtain, Brian Evenson ****

Ceremony, Robert B. Parker ***

Lady Snowblood Volume 1, Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura **

Faith of My Fathers, John McCain and Mark Salter ***

It's Superman! A Novel, Tom De Haven ****

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri ****

Black Betty, Walter Mosley ****

Father of Lies, Brian Evenson ***

The Chosen, Chaim Potok ****

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One), Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, trans. by Thomas P. Whitney ****

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, Thomas Hauser ****

White Butterfly, Walter Mosley ****

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama ***

Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland ***

Child 44, Tom Rob Smith ****

Buying In, Rob Walker ****

A Red Death, Walter Mosley ***

Blue at the Mizzen, Patrick O'Brian ****

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, Tony Horwitz ****

A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, Augusten Burroughs ***

Devil in a Blue Dress, Walter Mosley ****

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain, Mark Twain ****

The Complete Peanuts 1967–1968, Charles Schulz ****

Bringing Down the House : The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, Ben Mezrich ***

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, Rick Perlstein ****

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, Neil Shubin ***

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel, Michio Kaku ****

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis N/A

Walking Shadow, Robert B. Parker ***

Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob, Kevin Weeks **

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, Jonathon Rosen ***

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi ***

The Moon and Sixpence, W. Somerset Maugham ***

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Dan Ariely ****

The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury ****

The Stranger, Albert Camus, translated by Matthew Ward ****

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan *** (review)

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, Gary Taubes **** (review)

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust ***

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy ****

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's, John Elder Robison ****

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls ***

Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko, translated by Andrew Bromfield ****

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, James Patterson **

Maximum Ride: School's Out -- Forever, James Patterson **

The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders, Fred Schaaf (review) ****

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson ***

Spare Change, Robert B. Parker **

The Complete Peanuts 1965-1966, Charles Schulz ****

Caricature, Daniel Clowes ***

The Complete Peanuts 1963-1964, Charles Schulz ****

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life, Steve Martin ***

The Complete Peanuts 1961-1962, Charles Schulz ****

Darker than Amber, John D. MacDonald ***

Bright Orange for the Shroud, John D. MacDonald ***

The Complete Peanuts 1959 - 1960, Charles Schulz ****

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, James Patterson **

Remove Child Before Folding: The 101 Stupidest, Silliest, and Wackiest Warning Labels Ever, Bob Dorigo Jones **

The Heartless Stone: A Journey through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire, Tom Zoellner (review) ***

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, Sudhir Venkatesh ***

Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936, David Clay Large **

Rat: How the World's Most Notorious Rodent Clawed Its Way to the Top, Jerry Langton **

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, Tim Weiner ****

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby, trans. by Jeremy Leggatt ***

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein ****

Black Hole, Charles Burns

David Boring, Daniel Clowes ***

The Complete Peanuts 1957-1958, Charles Schulz ***

The Complete Peanuts 1955 - 1956, Charles Schulz ***

Now and Then, Robert B. Parker **

A Savage Place, Robert B. Parker ***

Early Autumn, Robert B. Parker ***

Why Not Catch 21? The Stories Behind the Titles, Gary Dexter ***

Cold Service, Robert B. Parker **

The Quick Red Fox, John D. MacDonald ***

A Purple Place for Dying, John D. MacDonald ***

The Complete Peanuts 1953 - 1954, Charles Schulz ***

The Complete Peanuts 1950 - 1952, Charles Schulz ***

Red Sky at Morning, Richard Bradford ****

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell ***

How to Lie with Statistics, Darrell Huff, ill. by Irving Geis ***

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, David Michaelis (review) ****

Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky ***

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer ****

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