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So many books, so little time. So, what the heck am I doing writing this interminable list when I should be READING???
Reading List 2001
104
23,122 pgs
Reading List 2002
80
20,767 pgs
Reading List 2003
101
24,050 pgs
Reading List 2004
81
21,653 pgs
Reading List 2005
106
24,846 pgs
Reading List 2006
82
21,436 pgs
Reading List 2007
69
22,268 pgs
Reading List 2008
111
30,900 pgs
Reading List 2009
98
29.878 pgs
Reading List 2010
78
23,946 pgs
Reading List 2011
83
24,133 pgs
Reading List 2012
77
22,319 pgs
Reading List 2013
67
22,412 pgs
Reading List 2014
68
21,248 pgs
Reading List 2015
65
19,081 pgs
Reading List 2016
46
14,060 pgs
Reading List 2017
58
17.801 pgs
Reading List 2018

    If you're curious, or simply nosey, this section is a listing of the books I've been reading lately. My reading habits tend to be all over the map as far as genre, and I also seem to have the retention ability of a screen door with the screens ripped out, and the door held open. So, more to the point, this list helps me to remember what books I've read so I don't end up buying them again. Wow, using the internet to store extra memory, how futuristic can you get?
     Now, enjoy! (Oh, and feel free to send me free books. No pressure, just a suggestion... )
~ 2018 ~

    January 2018
        Midnight Riot ~ Ben Aaronovitch (2011) fantasy (298 pgs)
Fun, clever urban fantasy, magic on the police force in London. Lots of historical referencing, a good read.
        No Way to Treat a First Lady ~ Christopher Buckley (2002) novel (288 pgs)
Another winner from Buckley, skewering both politics and the legal system in a hilarious satire of the worst of both.
        Frank R. Paul, Father of Science Fiction Art ~ Stephen D. Korshak (ed) (2009) bio/art book (127 pgs)
Wonderful collection of the work of classic sf artist Paul. When you think of early sf images, it will often be his work!
        Zeitgeist ~ Bruce Sterling (2000) novel (280 pgs)
Often not sure what was going on, but always having a good time on the ride with this one.
        Bossypants ~ Tina Fey (2011) autobiography (284 pgs)
Funny, smart writing-- plus she nails what it is to be able to do good improv/collaboration in only two pages!
        Vernon God Little ~ DBC Pierre (2003) novel (278 pgs)
Huck Finn meets Catcher in the Rye, with much more cursing, in this pointed satire of modern justice system.
        Why Evolution is True ~ Jerry A. Coyne (2009) science, evolution (276 pgs)
Presents the clear, obvious evidence of the evolution of life, and the process of discovering this fact. A good read.
        Robots versus Slime Monsters ~ A. Lee Martinez (2013) short stories, fantasy (201 pgs)
Ten wonderful new short stories based off of characters from his ten previous novels. Another great Martinez read.

    February 2018
        The Apocalypse Codex ~ Charles Stross (2012) science fiction (355 pgs)
More bizarre advetnures of the agents of the super-secret Laundry, scary love-child of Ian Fleming and HPL. Great fun.
        Pretty Monsters ~ Kelly Link (2010) short stories, fantasy (404 pgs)
Wonderful voice, subtle but engrossing, creepy ideas hidden in everyday observations of people, a great read.
        The Men Who Stare At Goats ~ Jon Ronson (2004) technology, military (259 pgs)
The truth truly is stranger than you think, or even want to know. Military experiments with woo, and the men who did it.
        Riding Rockets ~ Mike Mullane (2006) autobiography, science (360 pgs)
Memoir of space shuttle astronaut, lots of behind the scenes, the science and the emotions involved.
        (Not that You Asked) ~ Steve Almond (2007) essays (288 pgs)
Wonderful collection of essays, good snark, good depth, best one is looking at Kurt Vonnegut as his inspiration.

    March 2018
        Non-Stop ~ Brian Aldiss (1958) science fiction (241 pgs)
Early Aldiss, hard-core sf as people discover they are inside of a giant damaged starship. Fun read.
        That's Not Funny, That's Sick ~ Ellin Stein (2013) history (423 pgs)
A detailed history of The National Lampoon, the people involved, and offshoots like Sat Night Live. Good stuff.
        Mort(e) ~ Robert Repino (2015) science fiction (358 pgs)
Sentient cats and dogs at war with giant mutant ants over the last few humans on the planet. Weirder than that sounds!

    April 2018
        Odysseus Abroad ~ Amit Chaudhuri (2014) novel (204 pgs)
Dustjacket blurbs promised: “stunning prose.. surreal comedy..wry, self-mocking, often hilarious sex.” Contained none of that.
        The Wisdom of the Bones ~ Alan Walker and Pat Shipman (1996) Anthropology, history (301 pgs)
Fascinating look at the history of discovering and analyzing evidence of human past evolution
        Looking for Jake ~ China Miéville (2005) short stories, fantasy (303 pgs)
More wonderful writing, this time in smaller bites. Even a touch of satirical humor in one. Always loving me some China!


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