Monday, January 11, 2010

Books I read during 2010

These are the 108 books I read during 2010.

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


108. The Shotgun Rule, Charlie Huston ***

107. The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, Charlie Huston ****

106. Just Kids, Patti Smith **** (review)

105. The Rare Coin Score, Richard Stark ***

104. My Dead Body, Charlie Huston ****

103. Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert ***

102. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910, Alan Moore, et al. ***

101. Across the Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore, Alan Moore, et al. ***

100. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

99. Split Image, Robert B. Parker **

98. Dearly Devoted Dexter, Jeff Lindsay ***

97. Every Last Drop, Charlie Huston ****

96. Half the Blood of Brooklyn, Charlie Huston ****

95. No Dominion, Charlie Huston ****

94. Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders, Peter Richmond ***

93. The Blue Hammer, Ross Macdonald ****

92. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay ***

91. Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s, Dan Epstein ****

90. You'll Never Blue Ball in this Town Again, Heather McDonald **

89. Sleeping Beauty, Ross Macdonald ****

88. The Underground Man, Ross Macdonald ****

87. The Handle, Richard Stark ****

86. Already Dead, Charlie Huston ****

85. A Dangerous Man, Charlie Huston ****

84. Six Bad Things, Charlie Huston ****

83. The Seventh, Richard Stark ****

82. The Jugger, Richard Stark ****

81. Caught Stealing, Charlie Huston ****

80. The Score, Richard Stark ****

79. The Mourner, Richard Stark ***

78. The Goodbye Look, Ross Macdonald ****

77. The Instant Enemy, Ross Macdonald ****

76. The Chill, Ross Macdonald ***

75. Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

74. The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Howard Bryant ***

73. The Call of the Wild, Jack London ***

72. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery ****

71. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vol. 2, Alan Moore, et al. ***

70. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, vol. 1, Alan Moore, et al. ***

69. Inside Out, Barry Eisler ***

68. Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October, Dayn Perry **

67. The Far Side of the Dollar, Ross Macdonald ****

66. Black Money, Ross Macdonald ****

65. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan ***

64. Catch-22, Joseph Heller ****

63. I, Alex Cross, James Patterson **

62. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Stieg Larsson ****

61. The Zebra-Striped Hearse, Ross Macdonald ****

60. The Wycherly Woman, Ross Macdonald ****

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

58. The Ask, Sam Lipsyte ***

57. Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, Michael Chabon ***

56. Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, Maryn McKenna ****

55. Battle Cry of Freedom, James M. McPherson **** (Review)

54. The Galton Case, Ross Macdonald ****

53. Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, Bryan Lee O'Malley **

52. Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwadine ****

51. The Doomsters, Ross Macdonald ****

50. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson ***

49. Dracula, Bram Stoker ***

48. The Barbarous Coast, Ross Macdonald ***

47. Find a Victim, Ross Macdonald ***

46. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut ****

45. How I Became a Famous Novelist, Steve Hely ***

44. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse ****

43. An Unforgiving Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing, Thomas Hauser **

42. Creatures of the Night, Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli ***

41. The Way Some People Die, Ross Macdonald ****

40. The Ivory Grin, Ross Macdonald ***

39. The Moving Target, Ross Macdonald ****

38. When the Game Was Ours, Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson Jr., and Jackie MacMullan **

37. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Ulysses S. Grant ****

36. The Drowning Pool, Ross Macdonald ****

35. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, Neil Gaiman ****

34. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot ****

33. Time's Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offense, Martin Amis ***

32. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney ***

31. Marvel 1602, Neil Gaiman, et al. ****

30. The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own, David Carr ****

29. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes ****

28. Sixty Feet, Six Inches: a Hall of Fame Pitcher and a Hall of Fame Hitter Talk about How the Game is Played, Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson, with Lonnie Wheeler **

27. I'm Dying up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era, William Knoedelseder ***

26. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition, by Anne Frank; ed. by Otto H. Frank and Mirjam Pressler; trans. by Susan Massotty ****

25. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman ****

24. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, Elna Baker ***

23. Hard Boiled, Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow **

22. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman ****

21. Dune, Frank Herbert ****

20. Anne Frank: the Book, the Life, the Afterlife, Francine Prose ***

19. The Professional, Robert B. Parker **

18. The Sword in the Stone, T. H. White ***

17. Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian, Gail Simone, et al. ***

16. I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog, Diana Joseph ***

15. Eating the Dinosaur, Chuck Klosterman *** (review)

14. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend, Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg ***

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

12. Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business, David Mamet **

11. Bambi: A Life in the Woods, Felix Salten **** (review)

10. Shot in the Heart, Mikal Gilmore ****

9. Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman and David Polonsky ***

8. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson ****

7. The Winter of the Fisher, Cameron Langford ****

6. The Lonely Silver Rain, John D. MacDonald ***

5. Black Orchid, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean ****

4. Cinnamon Skin, John D. MacDonald ***

3. The Last Temptation, Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli ***

2. Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin *** (review)

1. One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing, Katherine Dunn *** (review)

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