Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Fifty. Nice round number. Even when spelled out.+

Fifty Fifty-one books were read by me in the year that's now passing.



January
Batman: The Killing Joke -- Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
The audio book (abridged) of World War Z -- Max Brooks
Zeppelins West -- Joe R. Lansdale

February
The Graveyard Book
-- Neil Gaiman
Flaming London -- Joe R. Lansdale
Spider-Man: Down These Mean Streets -- Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical)

March
New Moon
-- Stephenie Meyer
(half of) Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse -- edited by John Wesley Adams. Read it for specficbooks, ran out of time to read it.

April
Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance
-- Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger. A pretty funny history book about the weird careers of every single vice president up through Cheney.
The Ginger Star -- Leigh Brackett
A Simple Plan -- Scott B. Smith
Powers: The Sell-Outs -- Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak. Another way to portray Death, who's the narrator of this story.
Powers: Forever -- Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
I Am Legend -- Richard Matheson

May
Wolverine: Election Day
-- Peter David
Eclipse -- Stephenie Meyer

June
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny
-- Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical). A shake-up of the Star Trek universe far more traumatizing than what happened in J.J. Abrams's film. VERY good, and I'm not just saying that because it was written by a friend and has cameos by friends of mine. (zarhooie's mentioned as part of a starship bridge crew!)
Skeleton Crew -- Stephen King. I laughed out loud at "Survivor Type."
Insomnia -- Stephen King

July
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
-- Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith+ (I'd forgotten to list that one. Now, come Oct. 6th, 2010, I'm actually bothering to re-list it!)
A Hat Full of Sky -- Terry Pratchett
Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-Earth -- John Garth (biography of J.R.R. Tolkien before and during his service in World War I)
Star Trek: S.C.E. Book 1: Have Tech, Will Travel -- featuring The Belly of the Beast (Dean Wesley Smith), Fatal Error (kradical), Hard Crash (Christine Golden) and Interphase, Book 1 (Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore)

August
Young Hercules: Cheiron's Warriors
-- kradical. This was intentionally light, funny reading for my blood donation day on Aug. 1st, 2009. I like to be in a goofy mood when giving blood. This fit the bill.
The Dead Zone -- Stephen King
Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings of Mark Twain
The Red Tree -- Caitlin R. Kiernan (greygirlbeast)
Hearts in Atlantis -- Stephen King
"The Body" (novella) -- Stephen King. I re-read this part of Different Seasons in preparation for seeing its adaptation, Stand By Me, again.

September
Young Hercules: The Ares Alliance
-- kradical. I wanted something quick, funny and light. Again.
A Guide to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 -- David C. Brown. Not all that interesting or well-written. Oh, well.
Darkness of the Light: Book 1 of The Hidden Earth -- Peter David
Geek Love (finally, after working on it for about a year; it was a tough book for me) -- Katherine Dunn
The Golden Apples of the Sun -- Ray Bradbury (short stories)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout -- kradical
Around the World in 80 Days With Michael Palin -- Now I want to read Jules Verne's original.
Pure Drivel -- Steve Martin.
The Screwtape Letters -- C.S. Lewis. Read as part of my "see if I want to get rid of these books I've had for ages" effort. This one I wound up keeping.
Fight Club -- Chuck Palahniuk. Fascinating novel, fascinating writer, but I'm truly and deeply glad I do not think like Chuck Palahniuk or his characters.
Surprised By Joy: The shape of my early life -- C.S. Lewis

October
Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly
-- various authors, including kradical ("'The Train Job' Didn't Do the Job"), w/ introductions by Jane Espenson
The Demolished Man -- Alfred Bester
The Best of Fritz Leiber by (the cover says redundantly) Fritz Leiber
The 10th Victim -- Robert Sheckley
Hunter/Victim -- Robert Sheckley
Web of Everywhere -- John Brunner

November
Summerland
-- Michael Chabon
And Another Thing... Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Part Six of Three -- Eoin Colfer
The Day After Tomorrow (original title: Sixth Column) -- Robert A. Heinlein

December
The Talisman
-- Stephen King and Peter Straub
Breaking Dawn -- Stephenie Meyer
The Food of the Gods - and how it came to Earth -- H.G. Wells. Often almost tongue-in-cheek, especially in the first half. Wasn't expecting Wells to show a sense of humor...
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