Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Books I've read during 2009

These are the books I read during 2009.

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

123. The Hunter, Darwyn Cooke and Richard Stark

122. Free Fall in Crimson, John D. MacDonald ***

121. The Green Ripper, John D. MacDonald ****

120. The Hundred Days, Patrick O'Brian ****

119. Harlequin Valentine, Neil Gaiman and John Bolton ***

118. Death: The Time of Your Life, Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo ****

117. The Empty Copper Sea, John D. MacDonald ***

116. The Dreadful Lemon Sky, John D. MacDonald ***

115. Mental, Eddie Sarfaty ****

114. Pygmy, Chuck Palahniuk ****

113. My Uncle Oswald, Roald Dahl ****

112. The Outfit, Richard Stark ***

111. The Man with the Getaway Face, Richard Stark ***

110. Signal to Noise, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean ***

109. Turquoise Lament, John D. MacDonald ***

108. The Scarlet Ruse, John D. Macdonald ***

107. The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch, Neil Gaiman ***

106. Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, ed. by Rob Spillman ****

105. The Hunter, Richard Stark ***

104. Blonde Faith, Walter Mosley ***

103. Stardust, Robert B. Parker ***

102. Playmates, Robert B. Parker ****

101. A Tan and Sandy Silence, John D. MacDonald ***

100. The Long Lavender Look, John D. MacDonald ****

99. The Yellow Admiral, Patrick O'Brian ****

98. The Commodore, Patrick O'Brian ****

97. London's Burning: True Adventures on the Front Lines of Punk, 1976 - 1977, Dave Thompson ****

96. Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum **

95. Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution, Nick Lane ***

94. PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, Frank Warren ***

93. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout ***

92. American Gods, Neil Gaiman ****

91. Why Evolution Is True, Jerry A. Coyne ****

90. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey ****

89. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson ****

88. The Wine-Dark Sea, Patrick O'Brian ****

87. The Truelove, Patrick O'Brian ****

86. The Good Soldiers, David Finkel ****

85. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ****

84. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield ****

83. The Evolution of God, Robert Wright ****

82. The Nutmeg of Consolation, Patrick O'Brian ****

81. The Thirteen-Gun Salute, Patrick O'Brian ****

80. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman ****

79. The Letter of Marque, Patrick O'Brian ****

78. Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, Noah J. Goldstein, et al. ***

77. The Reverse of the Medal, Patrick O'Brian ****

76. The Far Side of the World, Patrick O'Brian ****

75. Treason's Harbour, Patrick O'Brian ****

74. The Ionian Mission, Patrick O'Brian ****

73. The Surgeon's Mate, Patrick O'Brian ****

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

71. The Fortune of War, Patrick O'Brian ****

70. Desolation Island, Patrick O'Brian ****

69. The Mauritius Command, Patrick O'Brian ****

68. H. M. S. Surprise, Patrick O'Brian ****

67. Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing, George Kimball ***

66. Post Captain, Patrick O'Brian ****

65. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, David Grann ***

64. The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking to Unleash a New Prosperity, Matt Miller ***

63. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian ****

62. As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires, Bruce Weber ****

61. My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up, Russel Brand **

60. The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right, David Neiwert ****

59. The Chosen, Chaim Potok ****

58. All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot ****

57. Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit, Matt McCarthy ***

56. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith **

55. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien ****

54. People I Have Loved, Known, or Admired, Leo Rosten * (sort-of review)

53. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, C. S. Lewis **

52. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew, C. S. Lewis **

51. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, C. S. Lewis ***

50. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis **

49. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis ***

48. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis ***

47. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis ****

46. Crimson Joy, Robert B. Parker **

45. The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972, Charles Schulz ****

44. Count Zero, William Gibson ***

43. The Reader, Bernhard Schlink (trans. by Carol Brown Janeway) ****

42. Dress Her in Indigo, John D. MacDonald ***

41. The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, John D. MacDonald ***

40. Neuromancer, William Gibson ****

39. Fault Line: A Novel, Barry Eisler ***

38. Columbine, Dave Cullen ***

37. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien ****

36. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien ****

35. Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday: My Life with Brian, Kim "Howard" Johnson **

34. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien ****

33. Cinnamon Kiss, Walter Mosley ***

32. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood ****

31. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Jon Meacham **

30. The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

29. A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn ****

28. The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman ****

27. The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds' End, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

26. Let the Right One In: A Novel, John Ajvide Lindqvist, trans. by Ebba Segerberg **** (Review)

25. The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

24. The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

23. The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

22. The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman, et al.****

21. Little Scarlet, Walter Mosley ****

20. Six Easy Pieces: Easy Rawlins Stories, Walter Mosley ***

19. The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country, Neil Gaiman, et al.***

18. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel, Barbara Kingsolver ****

17. The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

16. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman, et al.***

15. A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project), Howard Zinn ***

14. Taming a Seahorse, Robert B. Parker ****

13. Life of Evel: Evel Knievel, Stuart Barker ***

12. The Best American Sports Writing 2008, ed. by William Nack ****

11. Coraline, Neil Gaiman ****

10. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz ****

9. A Catskill Eagle, Robert B. Parker ***

8. High Profile (Jesse Stone), Robert B. Parker ***

7. Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century, ed. by Orson Scott Card **** (review)

6. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez ****

5. Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the World Will End..., Philip Plait ***

4. The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 (Vol. 10), Charles Schulz ****

3. Ghost Soldiers, Hampton Sides ****

2. Rough Justice, Robert B. Parker ***

1. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama ****



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