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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
55
17,033 pgs
Reading List 2019
38
12,201 pgs
Reading List 2020

    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... )
~ 2020 ~

    January 2020
        The Physiognomy ~ Jeffrey Ford (1997) fantasy (218 pgs)
Dark new fantasy tale. Different than anything else I’ve read, will try to find rest of the series.
        Out of Line, The Art of Jules Feiffer ~ Martha Fay (2015) biography, cartooning (269 pgs)
Great book with lots of samples of his life and career in comics, cartoons, theater and movies!
        Memoranda ~ Jeffrey Ford (1999) fantasy (262 pgs)
Second volume and even odder things happen, just going along for the weird ride!
        The Beyond ~ Jeffrey Ford (2001) fantasy (218 pgs)
Final volume of the trilogy, different and stronger writing, unexpected ending. Want to read more Ford!
        Matchless: A Christmas Story ~ Gregory Maguire (2009) short story (104 pgs)
Re-telling of Andersons "Little Match Girl", slight effort, only got into print based on Maguires other, stronger work.
        The Postmortal ~ Drew Magary (2011) novel (365 pgs)
Dark and depressing story of what would happen if people could suddenly live forever. Well done, but damn, it’s dark!
        Professor Gargoyle ~Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 ~ Charles Gilman (2012) young adult (168 pgs)
Basic YA, doesn’t do much with the Lovecraft connection, trying for a new "Goosebumps" franchise, I guess.

    February 2020
        We Thought You Would Be Prettier ~ Laurie Notaro (2005) humor, essays (223 pgs)
Frequently laugh out loud material, dark humor, really enjoy her work.
        The Meaning of it All ~ Richard P. Feynman (1998) science essays (133 pgs)
More great almost stream-of-consciousness thoughts from a 1963 series of lecture by Feynman.
        The Asylum of Dr. Caligari ~ James Morrow (2017) fantasy (182 pgs)
Morrow filters WWI through an expressionist art lens, and his usual amazing originality of ideas.
        Egg & Spoon ~ Gregory Maguire (2014) novel (509 pgs)
Another wonderful fantasy tale, this time based around Russian folklore, from Maguire.

    March 2020
        Soon I Will Be Invincible ~ Austin Grossman (2007) novel (318 pgs)
What would it really be like to be a superhero, or supervillain? Clever novel of a world where they do exist.
        Life, God, and Other Small Topics ~ Eric Metaxas (ed) (2011) essays, religion (367 pgs)
Disappointing, mostly sets up strawmen to knock down about those who do not believe. Pascal’s Wager? Seriously?
        Zombie Spaceship Wasteland ~ Patton Oswalt (2011) essays, humor (267 pgs)
Wonderfully weird, twisted and brilliant writing from Patton— he even plays with the "About the Type" page!
        Outside the Dog Museum ~ Jonathan Carroll (1992) novel (304 pgs)
Carroll is always fascinating to read, though a bit disappointed at the abrupt ending, leaving much unresolved.
        Jesus on Mars ~ Philip Jose Farmer (1979) science fiction (256 pgs)
Farmer is always there with the high concept weirdness, but this one kind of just fell flat. Great title though!


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