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About meBOOKS READ IN 2008
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
3. The Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson
4. Time Enough For Love by Robert Heinlein
5. Making Money by Terry Pratchett
6. Steel Beach by John Varley
7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
8. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
9. The Fabulous Riverboat by Philip Jose Farmer
10. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
11. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
12. The Dark Design by Philip Jose Farmer
13. Road Story by Julienne van Loon
14. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
15. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
17. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
19. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
20. Watership Down by Richard Adams
21. The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
22. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
23. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
24. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
25. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
26. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
27. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
28. Neuromancer by William Gibson
29. The Magic Labyrinth by Philip Jose Farmer
30. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
31. Down Under by Bill Bryson
32. The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
33. City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
34. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
35. The Barbie Murders by John Varley
36. Flight (Volume One) by Kazu Kibuishi
37. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
38. The General In His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
39. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
40. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
41. World War Z by Max Brooks
42. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
43. Alive by Piers Paul Read
44. The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
45. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
46. Nation by Terry Pratchett
47. Following The Equator: Volume I by Mark Twain
48. Following The Equator: Volume II by Mark Twain
49. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
50. The Odyssey by Homer

BOOKS READ IN 2009
1. Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson
2. The Langoliers by Stephen King
3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
4. A Passage To India by E.M. Forster
5. The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
6. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
7. Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami
8. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
9. Typee by Herman Melville
10. The First 49 Stories by Ernest Hemingway
11. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
12. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
13. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
14. The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
15. Inverted World by Christopher Priest
16. Fugue For A Darkening Island by Christopher Priest
17. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
18. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
19. Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
20. The Dark Tower Volume I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
21. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
22. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
23. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
24. The Starry Rift by Jonathan Strahan
25. The Dark Tower Volume II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
26. The Dark Tower Volume III: The Wastelands by Stephen King
27. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
28. The Dark Tower Volume IV: Wizard And Glass by Stephen King
29. number9dream by David Mitchell

BOOKS READ IN 2010
1. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
2. The Dark Tower Volume V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
3. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
4. The Dark Tower Volume VI: Song of Susannah by Stephen King
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. The Dark Tower Volume VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
7. American Journeys by Don Watson
8. Sabriel by Garth Nix
9. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
10. A Model World by Michael Chabon
11. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
12. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
13. The Space Machine by Christopher Priest
14. A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest
15. The Beach by Alex Garland
16. Dune by Frank Herbert
17. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
18. Down And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell
19. Look To Windward by Iain M. Banks
20. The Fall Of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
21. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevera
22. Long Way Round by Robert Uhlig
23. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
24. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
25. On Writing by Stephen King
26. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
27. Shooting An Elephant, And Other Essays by George Orwell
28. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
29. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
30. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
31. The Death of Grass by John Christopher (re-read)
32. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
33. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
34. Endymion by Dan Simmons
35. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
36. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
37. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
38. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
39. The Passage by Justin Cronin
40. The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

BOOKS READ IN 2011
1. Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon
2. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (re-read)
3. The Scar by China Mieville
4. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (re-read)
5. The Golden Globe by John Varley (re-read)
6. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
7. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (re-read)
8. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
9. The Coma by Alex Garland
10. Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
11. Count Zero by William Gibson
12. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. I by Alan Moore
13. Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve (re-read)
14. Best Australian Stories, 2010, edited by Cate Kennedy
15. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. II by Alan Moore
16. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve (re-read)
17. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
18. The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard, Vol. I by J.G. Ballard
19. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell (re-read)
20. The Road To Wigan Pier by George Orwell
21. Stories edited by Neil Gaiman
22. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
23. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (re-read)
24. The Book of Other People edited by Zadie Smith
25. In The Winter Dark by Tim Winton
26. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
27. Lost On Earth by Steve Crombie
28. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve (re-read)
29. That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
30. The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
31. The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
32. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
33. Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
34. Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
35. Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
36. Quarterly Essay 43: Bad News by Robert Manne
37. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
38. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
39. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
40. The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
41. The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham (re-read)
42. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
43. Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
44. Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff Vandermeer
45. Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell
46. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (re-read)
47. Maus by Art Spiegelman
48. A Web of Air by Philip Reeve
49. If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
50. Pure by Andrew Miller
51. The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
52. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
53. Quarterly Essay 44: Man-Made World by Andrew Charlton
54. Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve
55. Foundation by Isaac Asimov

BOOKS READ IN 2012
1. Bliss by Peter Carey
2. Shooting Stars and Flying Fish by Nancy Knudsen
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
4. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
5. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
7. AA Gill Is Away by A.A. Gill
8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
9. Iron Council by China Mieville
10. The Lucky Country by Donald Horne
11. Burning Chrome by William Gibson
12. King City by Brandon Graham
13. Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathon Lethem
14. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
15. Night Shift by Stephen King
16. Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda (re-read)
17. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
18. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
19. Previous Convictions by A.A. Gill
20. The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
21. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
22. Quarterly Essay 45: Us And Them by Anna Krien
23. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
24. 11.22.63 by Stephen King
25. An Age Like This: The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters Volume I by George Orwell
26. The Guardians by John Christopher
27. Quarterly Essay 46: Great Expectations by Laura Tingle
28. The Magician King by Lev Grossman
29. Communion Town by Sam Thompson
30. Quarterly Essay 47: Political Animal by David Marr
31. Ringworld by Larry Niven
32. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
33. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
34. Amnesia Moon by Jonathon Lethem
35. My Country, Right or Left: The Collected Essays, Journalism And Letters Volume II by George Orwell
36. A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
37. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
38. Around the World on a Motorycle: 1928-1936 by Zoltan Sulkowsky
39. The Long Walk by Richard Bachman
40. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

BOOKS READ IN 2013
1. The Sea by John Banville
2. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
3. The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
4. The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
5. As I Please: The Collected Essays, Journalism And Letters Volume III by George Orwell
6. The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe
7. The Citadel of the Autarch by Gene Wolfe
8. Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee
9. AA Gill is Further Away by AA Gill
10. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
11. Quarterly Essay 48: After The Future by Tim Flannery
12. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams
13. The Prince in Waiting by John Christopher
14. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr
15. Beyond the Burning Lands by John Christopher
16. As She Climbed Across The Table by Jonathon Lethem
17. The Sword of the Spirits by John Christopher
18. In Front of Your Nose: The Collected Essays, Journalism And Letters Volume IV by George Orwell
19. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
20. Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
21. Oscar & Lucinda by Peter Carey
22. Distrust That Particular Flavour by William Gibson
23. Titan by John Varley
24. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
26. The Best American Comics 2011 edited by Alison Bechdel
27. Girl In Landscape by Jonathon Lethem
28. Finch by Jeff VanderMeer
29. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
30. The Resurrectionist by James Bradley
31. Wizard by John Varley
32. Roughing It by Mark Twain
33. The Gathering by Anne Enright
34. River of Gods by Ian McDonald
35. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
36. Jack Maggs by Peter Carey
37. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
38. Demon by John Varley
39. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
40. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
41. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
42. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

BOOKS READ IN 2014
1. Snuff by Terry Pratchett
2. Illywhacker by Peter Carey
3. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
4. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
5. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
7. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
9. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Boat by Nam Le
12. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
13. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
14. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
15. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
16. The Giver by Lois Lowry
17. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
18. Far To Go by Alison Pick
19. Dubliners by James Joyce
20. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
21. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
22. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
23. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
24. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
25. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
26. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
27. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
28. The Alteration by Kingsley Amis
29. The Forge of God by Greg Bear
30. Regeneration by Pat Barker
31. Collected Stories by Peter Carey
32. The Explorer by James Smythe
33. The City and the City by China Mieville
34. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
35. Harvest by Jim Crace
36. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
37. Greybeard by Brian Aldiss
38. Chocky by John Wyndham
39. Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
40. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
41. Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
42. The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
43. The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker
44. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
45. Dusklands by J.M. Coetzee
46. Will You Please, Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver
47. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
48. The Witch in the Wood by T.H. White
49. Prophet: Remission by Brandon Graham

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Thanks for your review of The Bone Clocks. I, too, loved it, felt the same about Mitchell's luscious prose, and found reviewers like la Kakutani in the NYT to be priggish and utterly lacking in imagination and a sense of whimsy. Nice to read a kindred soul's review!
edgeworth,

My name is Luke Sherwood, and I have read your reviews on LibraryThing for a long while. If you are open to it, there is a pre-publication book by R.C. Binstock, called "Swift River" that's available for review.

Binstock is best known for "Tree of Heaven" (1995). Here's the starred review from Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/9781569470381

I had the good fortune to read "Swift River" and reviewed it here: http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/2014/08/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-no....

I promised the author I'd try to get as many reviewers to see his book as I could. If you're open to it, you can go to his site http://rcbinstock.com/ , click on the cover art, and follow the link to download your copy and consider reviewing it.

I appreciate your time and consideration!

Luke

Really enjoying your reviews!
I just came by to thank you for your review of *The Magicians* too. Several points taken that I would not have given the time to think through. I don't know that I'm cynical about the book, but I wasn't particularly impressed one way or the other.
Anyway, good job!
Peggy
While I had a more cynical reaction to "The Magicians", there's a lot of good insights in your review that I appreciated; thanks.
Re: your review of 'Pure' by Andrew Miller. Erm, ... where does the cover image come from? (*blushes*) ;)

Great review, btw - and I would have to agree with the 'good but not great' summary.

Of course there is always the matter of whether the author intended the yew/you pun...

Thanks for the comment!
Enjoyed your review of 'Pigeon English' and it is making me feel better about my loathing of the child narrator. :)
I'm looking forward to your review of Infernal Devices; I'm just mulling it over in my 75 Books Challenge thread, and since your reviews had inspired me to read the series in the first place, I was hoping to compare my impressions to your own. I was surprised to see that we're not that far apart in our reading (re-reading, in your case ) of the series. I'm going on to Darkling Plain next, and I hope it's a satisfying end to the story.
Gombrich was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, into an assimilated bourgeois family of Jewish origin :)
Excellent review of Court of the Air! I agree entirely.
Nice review of The Neverending Story.

You mentioned not having seen it published in Australia. Right next to your review there is one of those green Publisher's Info boxes showing Penguin Australia published two editions. It was funny to see as I was reading.
You'll be pleased to know "The Fall of Hyperion" completes the story begun in "Hyperion", picking up right where it left off.
Hey, very good review of House of Leaves. I've been tempted to pick it up, but can't tell if it is all too cute for its own good.

One thing in your review: In the sentence: "His notes are discovered and punished by California deadbeat Johnny Truant" I think you meant published?
my collection told me ur lame. just like ur book collection is lame.

i was thoroughly disapointed with it the one time i looked at them all in ur room. but u definately didnt have this many book s that u have on here. not on the shelf anyways...
pffft whatever haha. some of those items are a whole series listed as one thing aswell.
besides, they're the ones that i OWN and have read. iv read multiple others... i just havent bought them haha.

well I love my collection.
Ah, edgeworth, don't be repulsed by Murakami before reading "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World." This is very different stuff from "Kafka," deeper, with interweaving strands of narrative that each grow stronger because of the other. And it's more straightforward, plotwise, in its (exceedingly) unorthodox way.

You won't regret it!
Edgeworth,

VERY nice job reviewing and appreciating "Cloud Atlas." You captured its essence exactly, and praise it, appropriately, to the skies.
I howled when I read your reviews on the Riverworld series. I have to admit that it beat me. It won.
I loved the idea, I loved the first book, and gave the series up cold at least 4 or 5 times. I may pick it up again just so I can have a t-shirt made. "I survived Riverworld."
Hi there - replying to your question about what I found emotion in the subway scene in 'The Curious Incident with the Dog in the Night-Time". I guess I reacted the way I did because I have a family member with a similar condition. So it hit me when he was trapped in the subway....... everytime a car came, he wanted so much to get on, but then it came and he was overwhelmed and shut down. For hours and hours. The growing frustrating and anxiety and panic and exhaustion of that scene really got to me. I could easily imagine the person I love going through that, I empathized. It really got to me.
Are you truly only 19? Enjoyed your reviews. You should read The Sheltering Sky again in 20 years, though, I think by then you'd enjoy it.

Adios
EF
Sounds like another sci-fi series I read one time it was at least ten books I kept on reading it in the vain hope that it would get better. Alas it never did, it was horrific from the beginning to the bitter end. For the life of me I can't remember what the series was called though I suppose it's just my brain saving me the horror of reliving those awful books again.
Nice reviews very insightful thanks for saving me the pain of reading the Riverworld's saga.
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