Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

Hey. 52 books in 52 weeks. Wow, it’s almost as if I PLANNED it that way!



Books I finished in January:
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah, Stephen king
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Stephen King
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card – kicked my ass. Again.
Knight Life (revised early novel by Peter David, Writer of Stuff)

…in February:
One Knight Only (Peter David’s sequel to Knight Life)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King. I’d been sick, and wanted comfort reading. docbrite will understand.
Black Orchid, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Primary Colors, Joel Klein (writing as Anonymous) – you know what I liked in this book? The relationship between the narrator and his eventual girlfriend (she sounded kind of like My Type). The rest? A little “meh” for me.
Tietam Brown, Mick Foley – the first novel by Mick “Mankind” Foley, retired wrestler and now a writer. I liked this quite a bit.
The Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Marvel: 1602: Neil Gaiman re-sets the Marvel Comics Universe in the 17th century.

…in March:
’Salem’s Lot, Stephen King. “Could be I’m scared shitless.” “Why?” “I dunno.” might be the funniest exchange in that book…
Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card
Spider-Man (novelization of the 2002 film, by Peter David)
Hulk (novelization of the 2003 film, also by Peter David)
Big Trouble, Dave Barry
Prime, Poppy Z. Brite (the aforementioned docbrite)
Fugitives and Refugees: Chuck Palahniuk’s tour book for Portland

…in April:
The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (both original and revised versions), Stephen King. No joke: I put the two books side-by-side and read them simultaneously, seeing what changes King made with his 2003 revision.
Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Sir Apropos of Nothing Book Three: Tong Lashing, Peter David
Logan’s Run, William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
Batman: Year One, Frank Miller

…in May:
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, Bruce Campbell
I Me Mine, George Harrison
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, Robert E. Howard
Wednesday, May 25th: I completed my first read-through and editing pass of The Night and the Land, the novel by Matt Spencer that Matt’s been nice enough to let me edit.
Meatcake Compilation 1, Dame Darcy
Xenocide, Orson Scott Card

…in June:
Myth Conceptions, Robert Asprin
On June 18th, I finished my second read-through of TN&TL, and started a third run-through. I celebrated the milestone by watching Batman Begins and Sin City on the same night.

…in July:
Children of the Mind, Orson Scott Card
Myth Directions, Robert Asprin
Hit Or Myth, Robert Asprin

…in August:
American Tabloid, James Ellroy. Seriously: a novel with no real good guys.
Green Arrow: Quiver, Kevin Smith’s first Green Arrow storyline
Tricky Business, Dave Barry
half of The Complete Action Stories, a collection of Robert E. Howard stories featuring boxer Sailor Steve Costigan and cowboy Breckenridge Elkins. I needed to return it to the library so the next person with a hold could read it.
The Basic Eight, Daniel Handler
Everything’s Eventual, Stephen King short stories

…in September:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams, Nick Webb. NOT to be confused with the joyless (from what I’ve read of it) unofficial biography of Adams by M.J. Simpson, who seems to have the attitude “No one other than me is treating Douglas’s legacy properly, so here’s exactly why everything done in his name since his death is bad and wrong…”
Young Justice: Sins of Youth, Peter David et al. I wanted more PAD action, but he wrote only the first and last issues. Someone else’s Superman story was so bad (in my opinion) that I skipped it. I rectified the not-enough-PAD problem with…
Supergirl: Many Happy Returns: Peter David brings back the pre-Crisis Supergirl to play off of the Linda Danvers Supergirl.

…in October:
Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
A Contract With God and other tenement stories, Will Eisner

…in November:
After the First Death, Robert Cormier
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book the Eleventh: The Penultimate Peril, Daniel Handler writing as Lemony Snicket
The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light, William Irwin Thompson (analytical work on how myths may have evolved, and how they continue to change)

…in December:
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, novelization of the 1982 film, by Vonda McIntyre
Myth-ing Persons, Robert Asprin
Ultimate Spider-Man Script Book, Brian Michael Bendis
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