Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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Eighty-four books read in 2012. Whoa.

That's right, 84 books. Advantage to not having full-time work for a lot of 2012, huh?

I've been in Purge Mode, so a lot of these books I won't be reading again, but instead selling or donating. Many I already have. But quite a few of these were rediscoveries: I re-read them after years or decades and thought These are nice, I'm going to keep them. I've mixed up light reading and heavier reading: I'm now into the 550-page The Peloponnesian War, a fifth-century B.C. work by Thucydides; that's going to take a while (I'll whittle my way through it). And the library will keep me well-supplied with what I don't want (or have the space) to buy, though there's still plenty of purchase-worthy books coming up: greygirlbeast's Blood Oranges and kradical's Leverage: The Zoo Job come right to mind. I have Powell's gift money and I'm not afraid to use it!

Anyway, as I've done since 2004, I've kept track of the books I've read. Read on if you'd like:

January
The Ghost Brigades
-- John Scalzi, 2006
Under the Dome -- Stephen King, 2009
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 6 -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, collects issues 60-71 (originally published 2004 and 2005)
"L" is for Lawless -- Sue Grafton, 1995 -- Maybe my favorite of Kinsey Millhone books so far; and I appreciate that I like it more post-"K" is for Killer, which I hadn't liked that much.

February
The Hugo Winners - Vols. 1 and 2
-- edited by Isaac Asimov. Hugo-winning short stories and short novels from 1955 to 1970.
The Last Colony -- John Scalzi, 2007
Deep Focus - A Novel Approach to Cinema: They Live -- Jonathan Lethem, 2010. A smart-assed treat, talking about a smart-assed film.
Ultimate Spider-Man issues 72-85 -- Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley
I Shall Wear Midnight -- Terry Pratchett, 2010 (a Discworld/Tiffany Aching/Nac Mac Feegle novel)

March
Zoe's Tale
-- John Scalzi, 2008
D*U*C*K -- Poppy Z. Brite (docbrite), 2006
Selected Poetry and Prose of John Dryden -- Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by Earl Miner (UCLA) -- originally compiled 1969. Purchased for UO English course when I was in college. Read over the course of several months (I remember taking it with me to the Geek Olympathon in June 2011).
The Night Circus -- Erin Morgenstern, 2011. Lovely, vivid and strong. I hope she keeps up the interesting work. (Trivia: I won this book by writing this.)

April
Pulp Fiction: A Quentin Tarantino screenplay
-- Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary, 1994
Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth -- written by Malachai Nicolle (then age 6), drawn by Ethan Nicolle (now age 30), 2011
Moby-Dick -- Herman Melville, 1851. A mind-altering book, but one that rewards slowly working through it.
Hard Magic: Paranormal Scene Investigations Book One -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2010
Thinner -- Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman, 1984
About A Boy -- Nick Hornby, 1998
Pack of Lies: Paranormal Scene Investigations Book Two -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2011
The Drowning Girl: A Memoir -- Caitlin R. Kiernan (greygirlbeast), 2012. I need to re-read this. Kiernan's work is very much worth revisiting.

May
The Hunger Games
-- Suzanne Collins, 2008
"M" is for Malice -- Sue Grafton, 1996
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister -- Gregory Maguire, 1999
Axe Cop Volume 3 -- Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle, 2012
Tricks of the Trade: Paranormal Scene Investigations Book Three -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2011
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale -- story by Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon, art by Chris Samnee, 2010
The Dark Half -- Stephen King, 1989
"N" is for Noose -- Sue Grafton, 1998
Justice For Some -- Kate Wilhelm, 1993
The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script -- screenplay and notes by Frank Darabont, 1996
The World's Most Sensual Films -- Jim Herni, 1965. Very lightweight, and badly-written, presentation of sex in Japanese films post-WWII. Embarrassing and dumb (though some of the photography is satisfying). Sex deserves better.

June
20 Under 30: Best Stories By America's New Young Writers
-- edited by Debra Sparks, 1986. Bought used for a college lit class in the first half of the Nineties. Finally I read the whole thing.
From a Buick 8 -- Stephen King, 2002
Catching Fire -- Suzanne Collins, 2009. A book that made me say "Oh, my God" many times.
William Goldman: Four Screenplays -- screenplays (plus essays) for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, and Misery, published 1995

July
William Goldman: Five Sceenplays
-- screenplays (plus essays) for Harper, The Great Waldo Pepper, All the President's Men, Magic, and Maverick, published 1997
Mockingjay -- Suzanne Collins, 2010
The Count of Monte Cristo -- Alexandre Dumas, 1844. Abridged (511 pages). Nicely ridiculous, and that's a compliment. A page-turner of another time.
Adventures in the Screen Trade -- William Goldman, 1983
Which Lie Did I Tell? More Adventures in the Screen Trade -- William Goldman, 2000
A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey -- Kevin Murphy (alum of Mystery Science Theater 3000), 2002

August
The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
-- Carl Sagan, produced by Jerome Agel, 1973
Pet Sematary -- Stephen King, 1983
The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night -- Bill Carter, 1994
The Thurber Album: a collection of pieces about people -- James Thurber, 1952 (essays written for the New Yorker starting in 1942)
Coraline -- Neil Gaiman (illustrations by Dave McKean), 2002
The Time Machine: an Invention -- H.G. Wells, 1895
The Dune Storybook -- Joan D. Vinge, adapted from a screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel by Frank Herbert, 1984. Kid's tie-in to Lynch's film adaptation. Yes, that it exists surprised me, too.
The Making of Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- Don Shay and Jody Duncan, 1991
Life of Python -- George Perry, 1983. A history of Monty Python written right after they'd made what turned out to be their last film, six years before Graham Chapman died.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The Book of the Film: An Illustrated Screenplay -- James Cameron and William Wisher, 1991. Introduction by James Cameron, production notes by Van Ling.
Myth-Taken Identity -- Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, 2005

September
Myth-Fortunes -- Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, 2008
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures -- Brian Selznick, 2007. Neat book, one Alicia let me borrow because she's very keen on it. I've heard good things about Scorcese's film version of it.
Out of Oz -- Gregory Maguire, 2011
Dragon Justice: Paranormal Scene Investigations Book Four -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2012
What Is Life? with "Mind and Matter" and "Autobiographical Sketches" -- Erwin Schrödinger. "What is Life?" first published 1946 (essay was one of the spurs towards the 1952 discovery of DNA); "Mind and Matter" first created 1956. Combined 1967 reprint. One of my college books.
Vision of the Future: The Art of Robert McCall -- Ben Bova, 1982

October
Nightmare of Ecstasy: the Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr.
-- Rudolph Grey, 1992. Part of the basis for the film Ed Wood (writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karasewski, directed by Tim Burton).
Clementine -- Cherie Priest (cmpriest), 2010
Staying Dead: A Retrievers Novel -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus), 2004
Stories by Katherine Mansfield -- collection published 1956, collects stories written from 1910 to 1924
The Art of Living Single -- Michael Broder, Ph.D., 1988. Given to me in the 1990s by T.J. as a gift; still has a Nineties-vintage Borders Books and Music bookmark
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There -- Catherynne M. Valente (catvalente), 2012
11/22/63 -- Stephen King, 2011. I really think this is one of the best books King's done in years; I also significantly preferred this to his other recent work Under the Dome, which I finished in January.

November
Broadcast News: the screenplay of the widely acclaimed film
-- James L. Brooks, 1988
"O" is for Outlaw -- Sue Grafton, 1999
The Trouble With Tribbles -- David Gerrold, 1973. Gerrold's write-up of how he sold and wrote his first script for Star Trek, and started his writing career.
Dubliners -- James Joyce, 1914
A Fish Called Wanda: The Screenplay -- John Cleese, 1988
The Truman Show: The Shooting Script -- Screenplay and notes by Andrew Niccol; forward (with "A Short History of The Truman Show") by director Peter Weir, 1998
Beowulf: The Script Book With insights from the authors, their early concept art, and the first and last drafts of the script for the film -- Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, 2007
Roman Fever and other stories -- Edith Wharton, short stories written between 1899 and 1936; collection published 1964
The Sound and the Fury -- William Faulkner, 1929
Return of the Jedi: The Storybook Based on the Movie -- Joan D. Vinge, adapting the story by George Lucas and the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas, 1983

December
All the Myriad Ways
-- Larry Niven, 1971
The Sandman: King of Dreams -- Alisa Kwitney, 2003
Collared: a Gin & Tonic Mystery -- Laura Anne Gilman (suricattus) writing as L.A. Kornetsky, 2012
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers: What's Past -- published 2010, collecting six novellas originally published 2006:

Progress -- Terri Osborne (terri_osborne)
The Future Begins -- Steve Mollmann and Michael Schuster
Echoes of Coventry -- Richard C. White
Distant Early Warning -- Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
10 Is Better Than 01 -- Heather Jarman
Many Splendors -- Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical)
The Key to Rebecca -- Ken Follett, 1980. War thriller. I enjoyed it, but I didn't completely "buy" the story. But hey, wars should be won or lost through sex! (But it can be sex that sounds like the characters having sex are actually enjoying it?)
The View from the Bridge: Memories of Star Trek and a Life in Hollywood -- Nicholas Meyer, 2009
Redshirts -- John Scalzi, 2012
The Fisher King: the Book of the Film -- with the screenplay written by Richard LaGravenese, introduction by Terry Gilliam, 1991
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