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...and yes, I'm on a one-word title kick. It amuses me.

There's always more reading I want to do. (I first wrote "treading," and there's that, too.) Below the cut are the 54 books I got into my head in 2011. I'm currently working on Stephen King's Under the Dome, and other books are circling the airport, ready to enter the airspace of my mind, so to speak.


January
The Brothers K
-- David James Duncan, 1992. Big, sprawling story that appealed to my inner Stephen King fan. By the way, I tend to watch football but tend to experience stories about baseball, but if you have a good football novel to recommend, I'm all ears!
"G" Is For Gumshoe -- Sue Grafton, 1990

February
Dreadnought
-- Cherie Priest (cmpriest), 2010. I liked but didn't love Boneshaker; this, though, is where Priest's Clockwork Century stories really clicked in for me. I'm enjoying this ride.

March
Devil in a Blue Dress
-- Walter Mosley, 1990. I'll be reading more Mosley.
Going Too Far: The Rise and Demise of Sick, Gross, Black, Sophomoric, Weirdo, Pinko, Anarchist, Underground, Anti-Establishment Humor -- Tony Hendra, 1987
"H" is for Homicide -- Sue Grafton, 1991
The Rare Coin Score -- Donald Westlake writing as Richard Stark, 1967

April
"I" is for Innocent
-- Sue Grafton, 1992
Darius Logan: Super Justice Force -- D.F. Walker, written 2009, first published 2011. So THAT'S what David was up to (he'd been talking about what he wanted a young adult novel to do while he was actually doing it, and doing it well). I'm especially glad to be along on this ride. Publishers, give this book a try!
Wintersmith -- Terry Pratchett, 2006. Nice, with a fantastic fake-out of an opening. A writing trick I hadn't really seen before.
"J" is for Judgment -- Sue Grafton, 1993
How to Train Your Dragon -- Cressida Cowell, 2003

May
The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
-- Poppy Z. Brite (docbrite), 1998
Myth-Gotten Gains -- Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, 2006
And Then There Were None (original title Ten Little Indians) -- Agatha Christie, 1939
The Secret of Staying in Love -- John Powell, S.J., 1974
Star Trek: The Trial of James T. Kirk -- Peter David, originally published in Star Trek comics in 1989 and 1990
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making -- Catherynne M. Valente (catvalente), 2011
Myth-Chief -- Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, 2008

June
Fathom
-- Cherie Priest, 2008
Who Censored Roger Rabbit? -- Gary K. Wolf, 1981
Little Dorrit -- Charles Dickens, originally published serially 1855-1857. This seemed to take as long to read as it did to publish, but I'm glad I did.
Axe Cop Vol. 1 -- written by Malachai Nicolle (age 5 when he started Axe Cop) (really) and Ethan Nicolle (age 29 when he started Axe Cop), 2010. Cackled. I CACKLED AT THIS, I tell you.

July
Bimbos of the Death Sun
-- Sharyn McCrumb, 1988 (murder mystery set at an SF convention)
Incarceron -- Catherine Fisher, 2007. An especially strong recommendation by my friend Alicia. Thank you for letting me borrow this.
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted -- writer Joss Whedon, artist John Cassaday, 2004. Whedon's first Astonishing X-Men storyline, about a mutant "cure." Good stuff. Better than the faint-sounding praise "It's better than X-Men: The Last Stand, which is also about a mutant cure."
Heart-Shaped Box -- Joe Hill, 2007
Transformers: Dark of the Moon -- novelization by Peter David, based on the screenplay by Ehren Kruger, 2011
Sapphique -- Catherine Fisher, 2008, sequel to Incarceron
Hulk: The End -- Peter David, collected 2008. Includes "Hulk: Future Imperfect" written by Peter David & illustrated by George Perez (1992-1993) and "Hulk: The Last Titan" wrutten by Peter David & illustrated by Dave Keown (2002)

August
Blockade Billy
-- Stephen King, 2010
Just A Geek -- Wil Wheaton, 2004
Perdido Street Station -- China Mieville, 2000

September
Zombie Economics - A Guide to Personal Finance: How to Slay Your Bills, Decapitate Debt, and Fight the Apocalypse of Financial Doom
-- Lisa Desjardins and Rick Emerson
A Treasury of Fantasy: Heroic Adventures in Imaginary Lands -- edited by Cary Wilkins, 1981. Includes...
The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany, 1924
Supercarrier: An Inside Account of Life Aboard the World's Most Powerful Ship, the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy -- George C. Wilson, 1986
The Last Detective Alive: by the writer of 59 episodes of The Simpsons -- John Swartzwelder, 2010

October
Brisingr
-- Christopher Paolini, 2008 (3rd of four books in Inheritance)
Star Trek - Corps of Engineers: Wounds -- 2008 collection of Star Trek SCE novels originally published online in 2005; includes:
Malefactorum by Terri Osborne (terri_osborne);
Lost Time by Ilsa J. Bick;
Identity Crisis by John J. Ordovor;
Fables of the Prime Directive by Cory Rushton;
Security by Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical);
and Wounds by Ilsa J. Bick
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility (issues 1-13 from 2000-2002) -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley

November
Mirror Mirror
-- Gregory Maguire, 2003
"K" Is For Killer -- Sue Grafton, 1994
The Golden Compass -- Philip Pullman, 1995

December
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2: Learning Curve
(issues 14-27 from 2002) -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
The Subtle Knife -- Philip Pullman, 1997
Curse the Dark: a Retrievers novel -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2005
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble (issues 28-39 from 2002-2003) -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 4 (issues 40-45, 47-53) from 2003-2004) -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
The Amber Spyglass -- Philip Pullman, 2000
Old Man's War -- John Scalzi, 2005
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 (USM issues 46, 54-59, Ultimate Six #1-7) from 2003-2004) -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
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