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1. Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Stories--IAC ★★★1/2
2. The Ghost Line ★★★1/2
3. Lolly Willowes--BAC ★★★
4. The lay of Aotrou and Itroun ★★★1/2
5. The tale of Mr. Tod ★★★★
6. Deadpool: What happened in Vegas ★★★1/2
7. Liza of Lambeth--BAC ★★★
8. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit--BAC &1001 ★★★1/2
9. Penric's Demon ★★★★1/2
10. Highland Fling--BAC ★★★1/2
11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--BAC ★★★★
12. Beneath the Sugar Sky ★★★★
13. Death: The High Cost of Living ★★★★1/2
14. Penric and the Shaman ★★★★1/2
15. Penric's Fox ★★★★1/2
16. Ninefox Gambit ★★★★
17. Rivers of London: Body Work ★★★1/2
18. Rivers of London: Night Witch ★★★1/2
19. The Lathe of Heaven ★★★1/2
20. Kitchen--1001 ★★★
21. Binti ★★★1/2
22. A Pale View of Hills--BAC & 1001 ★★1/2
23. Witches of Lychford ★★★1/2
24. Binti: Home ★★★1/2
25. Rolling in the Deep ★★★★
26. The Dark Side of the Sun--BAC ★★★
27. The God Beneath the Sea--BAC ★★★★★
28. The Bottle Factory Outing--BAC ★★
29. The Grass Is Singing--BAC & 1001 ★★
30. Binti: The Night Masquerade ★★★
31. The Lost Child of Lychford ★★★1/2
32. Killing Gravity ★★1/2
33. Ironclads--BAC ★★★1/2
34. The Praise Singer--BAC ★★★★
35. Human Voices--BAC ★★★★
36. High-Rise--BAC & 1001 ★★★★
37. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont--BAC ★★★1/2
38. A Taste of Honey ★★★★
39. Hurry on Down--BAC ★★★1/2
40. Felicia's Journey--IAC & 1001 ★★
41. The Unlimited Dream Company--BAC ★★★1/2
42. Sun Horse, Moon Horse--BAC ★★★
43. An Alien Heat--BAC ★★★★
44. Rendezvous with Rama--BAC ★★★★1/2
45. Doomsday Book ★★★★★
46. Wild Justice ★★★
47. Silk ★★★★
48. Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth ★★★1/2
49. Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef ★★★1/2
50. Akata Warrior ★★★★
51. Snakes' Elbows--IAC ★★★1/2
52. Of Sorrow and Such ★★★★
53. Pieces of Hate ★★★
54. Mrs. Miniver ★★★
55. Deadpool v Gambit ★★★
56. The Thirty-Nine Steps--BAC & 1001 ★★★1/2
57. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet ★★★1/2
58. All Systems Red ★★★★
59. Mandelbrot the Magnificent ★★★1/2
60. Deadpool, Vol. 7: Deadpool Does Shakespeare ★★
61. You Should Have Left ★★1/2
62. Memories of My Melancholy Whores ★★
63. Watcher in the Shadows--BAC ★★★
64. Songs of Innocence and of Experience--BAC ★★★1/2
65. The Temple ★★★1/2
66. The Fall of Arthur--BAC ★★★1/2
67. Beowulf: A New Telling--BAC ★★★★
68. Tristan and Iseult--BAC ★★★1/2
69. Ashenden--BAC ★★★1/2
70. Hellraiser: The Toll ★★
71. A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes ★★★1/2
72. Lyrical Ballads--BAC ★★1/2
73. Pestilence Volume 1 ★1/2
74. Passing Strange ★★★★1/2
75. Raven Stratagem ★★★★★
76. Careless Rambles--BAC ★★★
77. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Volume 1 ★★★1/2
78. The Corsair--BAC ★★★1/2
79. Beowulf: Dragonslayer--BAC ★★★1/2
80. Beowulf--BAC ★★★
81. The Twelfth Hour--BAC ★★★1/2
82. Waiting for Godot--IAC ★★★★
83. The Carpet People--BAC ★★★★
84. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Volume 2 ★★★
85. Y Gododdin--BAC ★★★★
86. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Volume 3 ★1/2
87. The Sword in the Stone--BAC ★★★★★
88. The Fisher of Bones ★★★1/2
89. Robin Hood--BAC ★★
90. The Tea Master and the Detective ★★★★
91. Look Back in Anger--BAC ★★★
92. The Transfigured Hart ★★★★
93. The Sword and the Circle--BAC ★★★★
94. Burn Bright ★★★1/2
95. The Light Beyond the Forest--BAC ★★★
96. The Atrocities ★★★
97. The Girl in the Tower ★★★★1/2
98. The Cartographer's Daughter--BAC ★★★★
99. The Only Harmless Great Thing ★★
100. Dresden Files: Dog Men ★★★1/2
101. The Emissary ★★1/2
102. The Table of Less Valued Knights--BAC ★★★★
103. The Idylls of the Queen ★★★
104. Speak Easy ★★1/2
105. Cover Her Face--BAC ★★★1/2
106. Acts of Worship ★★★1/2
107. The Black Tides of Heaven ★★★1/2
108. James Bond: Kill Chain ★★★1/2
109. Whose Body?--BAC ★★★
110. Vendetta--BAC ★★★★
111. The Case of the Late Pig--BAC ★★
112. The Guards--IAC ★★1/2
113. The Red Threads of Fortune ★★★1/2
114. Mapping the Interior ★★
115. Proof of Concept--BAC ★★1/2
116. The Man in the Queue--BAC ★★★
117. I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land ★★
118. Artificial Condition ★★★★
119. Forest of Memory ★★★★
120. The Quest of Julian Day--BAC ★★★
121. The Yermakov Transfer--BAC ★★★★
122. The Witch in the Wood--BAC ★★★★
123. The Devil You Know ★★★★★
124. The Chronicles of Robin Hood--BAC ★★★★
125. Runtime ★★
126. The Nine Tailors--BAC & 1001 ★★1/2
127. The Killing of the Tinkers--IAC ★★1/2
128. The Big Four--BAC ★
129. Ha'penny ★★★★★
130. Blue and Gold ★★★1/2
131. The Saint Peter's Plot--BAC ★★★
132. Passenger to Teheran--BAC ★★★
133. Blue Thirst--BAC ★★★1/2
134. Still Midnight--BAC ★★
135. The Power-House--BAC ★★★
136. Cold-Forged Flame ★★★1/2
137. Hand in Hand We'll Go--BAC ★★★1/2
138. A Song About Myself--BAC ★★★
139. Riding to the Tigris--BAC ★★★
140. Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons--BAC ★★★★★
141. Fillets of Plaice--BAC ★★★1/2
142. Half a Crown ★★★★★
143. Selected papers on anthropology, travel & exploration--BAC ★★★
144. The Whispering Land--BAC ★★★★
145. The Shootout Solution ★★★★
146. The Absconded Ambassador ★★★★
147. The Man Who Was Saturday--BAC ★★★1/2
148. The Bafut Beagles--BAC ★★★★
149. A Bird in the Hand--BAC ★★1/2
150. Durrell in Russia--BAC ★★★★
151. A Zoo in My Luggage--BAC ★★★★
152. Bleak Expectations--BAC ★★★★
153. The Crossing Places--BAC ★★★1/2
154. The Mermaids Singing--BAC ★★
155. The Cupid Reconciliation ★★★1/2
156. The Substitute Sleuth ★★★1/2
157. Lady Mechanika, Vol. 4: The Clockwork Assassin ★★★★
158. Penric's Mission ★★★★★
159. Mira's Last Dance ★★★★1/2
160. Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood--IAC ★★★1/2
161. Thalaba the Destroyer--BAC ★★★1/2
162. Midnight Riot ★★★★
163. The Prisoner of Limnos ★★★★1/2
164. Stardust ★★★★
165. The Testament of Mary--IAC ★★1/2
166. The Winter Prince ★★★★
167. Casino Royale--BAC ★★★1/2
168. Island of the Mad ★★★★
169. Roots--BAC ★★★1/2
170. Cove ★★★★
171. The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner--BAC ★★★1/2
172. Revenant Gun ★★★★1/2
173. Starless ★★★★
174. A Closed and Common Orbit ★★★1/2
175. The Caretaker--BAC ★★
176. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance--BAC ★★
177. Touchstone ★★★★
178. Queen Mab--BAC ★★★
179. The Greatest Adventure ★★1/2
180. The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May ★1/2
181. The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest ★★
182. The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle and Pain ★★1/2
183. The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades ★★★
184. The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood ★★★1/2
185. I Like It Here--BAC ★★★
186. A Dark-Adapted Eye--BAC ★★★1/2
187. The Princess and the Lion ★★★
188. The Time Machine--BAC ★★★
189. A Hidden Magic ★★★1/2
190. The Bones of Paris ★★★★
191. Time Was--BAC ★★★1/2
192. The Last Witness ★★★★
193. Rocannon's World ★★★1/2
194. Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald ★★★1/2
195. Everything Must Go--BAC ★★1/2
196. The Hamlet of Stepney Green--BAC ★★★
197. The Hollow Lands--BAC ★★★★
198. Torchwood: Into the Silence--BAC ★★★
199. The Fifty Year Sword ★★
200. Xena: Penance ★★★
201. Rogue Protocol ★★★
202. Adrift in Soho--BAC ★★★1/2
203. Lucifer Book One ★★★★
204. Watchtower ★★★
205. Tonight, Again ★★★1/2
206. Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium ★★★
207. Infernal Parade ★★1/2
208. Hellblazer, Vol. 7: Tainted Love ★★★★
209. Planetfall--BAC ★★★1/2
210. After Atlas--BAC ★★★★★
211. Just One Damned Thing After Another--BAC ★★★★
212. A Symphony of Echoes--BAC ★★★★
213. The Magician ★★★1/2
214. Griffin & Sabine ★★★
215. Sabine's Notebook ★★★1/2
216. The Golden Mean ★★★
217. Lucifer Book Two ★★★★1/2
218. A Second Chance--BAC ★★★1/2
219. Good Behaviour--IAC ★★★1/2
220. A Trail Through Time--BAC ★★★★
221. No Time Like the Past--BAC ★★★★
222. Brilliant--IAC ★★★
223. The Gryphon ★★★1/2
224. Alexandria ★★1/2
225. The Morning Star ★★1/2
226. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?--BAC ★★★★
227. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography ★★★★
228. Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology ★★1/2
229. Hellblazer, Vol. 8: Rake at the Gates of Hell ★★★1/2
230. Their Finest Hour and a Half--BAC ★★★1/2
231. Knots and Crosses--BAC ★★★
232. Hellblazer, Vol. 9: Critical Mass ★★★1/2
233. The Dead Boy Detectives ★★
234. Hellblazer, Vol. 10: In the Line of Fire ★★★★
235. The Little Endless Storybook ★★★
236. Hellblazer, Vol. 11: Last Man Standing--BAC ★★★★
237. A Month in the Country--BAC ★★★★
238. Hellblazer, Vol. 12: How to Play with Fire ★★★1/2
239. Hellblazer, Vol. 13: Haunted ★★★★1/2
240. Hellblazer, Vol. 14: Good Intentions ★★★1/2
241. Chiliad ★★★
242. Dark Entries ★★★
243. Fire from Heaven--BAC ★★★★
244. Hellblazer, Vol. 15: Highwater ★★★1/2
245. Hellblazer, Vol. 16: The Wild Card ★★★★1/2
246. A Sickness in the Family--BAC ★★★1/2
247. A Murder in Macedon--BAC ★★★
248. Fogtown ★★★1/2
249. Drag Hunt ★★★1/2
250. Sea Prayer ★★★★★
251. Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts ★★★
252. Exit Strategy ★★★1/2
253. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day--BAC ★★★★★
254. 2001: An Odyssey in Words ★★★1/2
255. Carpe Jugulum--BAC ★★★★1/2
256. The Silence of the Lambs ★★★★
257. One Day at Horrorland ★★★
258. Cold Comfort Farm--BAC & 1001 ★★★★1/2
259. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn--BAC ★★★1/2
260. An Ideal Husband--IAC ★★★1/2
261. War Cry ★★★1/2
262. The Book of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives ★★1/2
263. James Bond: The Body ★★★1/2
264. Annihilation ★1/2
265. Monstrous Regiment--BAC ★★★★1/2
266. Supernatural: Beginning's End ★★★
267. Sindbad: From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights ★★★★
268. Supernatural: The Dogs of Edinburgh ★★1/2
269. Yvain: The Knight of the Lion ★★★★
270. How Many Miles to Babylon?--IAC ★★★★★
271. Supernatural: Origins ★★★
272. Supernatural: Rising Son ★★★
273. War Horse--BAC ★★★1/2
274. Regeneration--BAC & 1001 ★★★★★
275. The Return of the Solider--BAC & 1001 ★★★★
276. Private Peaceful--BAC ★★★★★
277. The Boy I Love--BAC ★★★1/2
278. The Citadel of Weeping Pearls ★★★
279. Sindbad in the Land of Giants ★★★★
280. Emma Donoghue: Selected Plays--IAC ★★★
281. I Am, I Am, I Am--IAC ★★★1/2
British Author Challenge
January: Debut Novels
1. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner ★★★
2. Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham ★★★
3. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson ★★★1/2
4. Highland Fling by Nancy Mitford ★★★1/2
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★★
6. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro ★★1/2
7. The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing ★★
8. The Twelfth Hour by Ada Leverson ★★★1/2
9. The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
10. The Cartographer’s Daughter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave ★★★★
February: The 1970s
1970: The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen ★★★★★
1971: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor ★★★1/2
1972: An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock ★★★★
1973: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke ★★★★1/2
1974: The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge ★★
1975: High-Rise by J.G. Ballard ★★★★
1976: The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett ★★★
1977: Sun Horse, Moon Horse by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★
1978: The Praise Singer by Mary Renault ★★★★
1979: The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard ★★★1/2
March: Classic Thrillers
1. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan ★★★1/2
2. Watcher in the Shadows by Geoffrey Household ★★★
3. Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham ★★★1/2
4. Vendetta by Derek Lambert ★★★★
5. The Quest of Julian Day by Dennis Wheatley ★★★
6. The Yermakov Transfer by Derek Lambert ★★★★
7. The Saint Peter’s Plot by Derek Lambert ★★★
8. The Power-House by John Buchan ★★★
9. The Man Who Was Saturday by Derek Lambert ★★★1/2
April: Folklore, Fables and Legends
1. The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★1/2
2. Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye ★★★★
3. Tristan & Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★1/2
4. Beowulf by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★1/2
5. Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo ★★★
6. Y Gododdin by Aneirin translated by John Williams Ab Ithel ★★★★
7. The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White ★★★★★
8. Robin Hood by Henry Gilbert ★★
9. The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★★
10. The Light Beyond the Forest by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★
11. The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips ★★★★
12. The Witch in the Wood by T. H. White ★★★★
13. The Chronicles of Robin Hood by Rosemary Sutcliff ★★★★
14. Hellblazer, Vol. 11: Last Man Standing by Paul Jenkins ★★★★
May: Queens of Crime
1. Cover Her Face by P.D. James ★★★1/2
2. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers ★★★
3. The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham ★★
4. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey ★★★
5. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers ★★1/2
6. The Big Four by Agatha Christie ★
7. Still Midnight by Denise Mina ★★
8. A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves ★★1/2
9. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths ★★★1/2
10. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid ★★
11. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell ★★★1/2
12. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Mina ★★★1/2
June: Travel Writing
1. Passenger to Teheran by Vita Sackville-West ★★★
2. Blue Thirst by Lawrence Durrell ★★★1/2
3. Riding to the Tigris by Freya Stark ★★★
4. Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons by Gerald Durrell ★★★★★
5. Fillets of Plaice by Gerald Durrell ★★★1/2
6. Selected Papers on Anthropology, Travel and Exploration by Richard Burton ★★★1/2
7. The Whispering Land by Gerald Durrell ★★★★
8. The Bafut Beagles by Gerald Durrell ★★★★
9. Durrell in Russia by Gerald Durrell and Lee Durrell ★★★★
10. A Zoo in My Luggage by Gerald Durrell ★★★★
July: Angry Young Men
1. Hurry on Down by John Wain ★★★1/2
2. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne ★★★
3. Roots by Arnold Wesker ★★★1/2
4. The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe ★★★1/2
5. The Caretaker by Harold Pinter ★★
6. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden ★★
7. I Like It Here by Kingsley Amis ★★★
8. Everything Must Go by Keith Waterhouse ★★1/2
9. The Hamlet of Stepney Green by Bernard Kops ★★★
10. Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson ★★★
August: Science Fiction
1. Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★1/2
2. Proof of Concept by Gwyneth Jones ★★1/2
3. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells ★★★
4. Time Was by Ian McDonald ★★★1/2
5. The Hollow Lands by Michael Moorcock ★★★★
6. Torchwood: Into the Silence by Sarah Pinborough ★★★
7. Planetfall by Emma Newman ★★★1/2
8. After Atlas by Emma Newman ★★★★★
9. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor ★★★★
10. A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor ★★★★
11. A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor ★★★1/2
12. A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor ★★★★
13. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor ★★★★
14. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor ★★★★
September: Historical Fiction
1. Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald ★★★★
2. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans ★★★1/2
3. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr ★★★★
4. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault ★★★★
5. A Murder in Macedon by P. C. Doherty writing as Anna Apostolou ★★★
October: Comedic Novels
1. Bleak Expectations by Mark Evans ★★★★
2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson ★★★★★
3. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
4. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons ★★★★1/2
5. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett ★★★★1/2
1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo ★★★1/2
2. Regeneration by Pat Barker ★★★★★
3. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West ★★★★
4. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo ★★★★★
5. The Boy I Love by Marion Husband ★★★1/2
December: British Series
1. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming ★★★1/2
2. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin ★★★
3. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris ★★★1/2
Wildcard: The Romantics
1. Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake ★★★1/2
2. Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge ★★1/2
3. Careless Rambles by John Clare ★★★
4. The Corsair by Lord Byron ★★★1/2
5. Hand in Hand We’ll Go by Robert Burns ★★★1/2
6. A Song About Myself by John Keats ★★1/2
7. Thalaba the Destroyer by Robert Southey ★★★1/2
8. Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley ★★★
Irish Author Challenge
Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Stories by Edna O'Brien ★★★1/2
Felicia's Journey by William Trevor ★★
Snakes' Elbows by Deirdre Madden ★★★1/2
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Guards by Ken Bruen ★★1/2
The Killing of the Tinkers by Ken Bruen ★★1/2
Stumbling into Motherhood by Anne Enright ★★★1/2
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín ★★1/2
Good Behaviour by Molly Keane ★★★1/2
Brilliant by Roddy Doyle ★★★
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde ★★★1/2
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Jennifer Johnston ★★★★★
Selected Plays by Emma Donoghue ★★★
I Am, I Am, I Am; Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell ★★★1/2
>13 mstrust: Thanks! I've been reading a lot of novellas and short-ish books this year which makes it easy for me to finish a book every day or so.
171. The Loneliness of the Long-distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
Bleak but well-written.
172. Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Brilliant. I hope Lee writes more set in this world.
173. Starless by Jacqueline Carey
The first two-thirds are well-executed, with excellent world-building and interesting characters. The last third introduces a bunch of new characters, a missing prophecy and an epic quest. It was a really enjoyable read, but it would have been so much better if it was about 200 pages longer.
174. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Kind of fluffy, feel-good science fiction. Not something I'll read again soon, but good.
175. The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
176. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden
>15 amanda4242: Glad that you sort of liked the Sillitoe and your reaction to Pinter is pretty much my normal feeling upon trying to read him.
>16 PaulCranswick: Admire might be a better word for my opinion of Sillitoe; it's really hard to like something so depressing!
I haven't read Long Distance Runner yet, but there was a time when I was reading as much of The Angry Young Man writers as I could find. I liked Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Yes, a depressing view of England. The Caretaker was by far my favorite Pinter. The creepy brothers, the slow dawning that something wasn't right. And the film, starring Robert Shaw, Alan Bates and Donald Pleasence, was wonderful.
>18 mstrust: I've not read much of them, but I don't think the Angry Young Men and I will ever be on particularly good terms.
177. Touchstone by Laurie R. King
A little wordy, but a good mystery.
178. Queen Mab by Percy Bysshe Shelley
In which Shelley proclaims the perfectibility of mankind and the evils of governments, organized religions, and war while conveniently overlooking that government, religion, and war are human inventions. Full points for passion and poetry, but points deducted for blind optimism.
179. The Greatest Adventure by Bill Willingham
Mediocre graphic novel that seems to haven been written just to name drop a bunch of Edgar Rice Burroughs characters.
Received via NetGalley.
180. The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May by Mark Z. Danielewski
181. The Familiar, Volume 2: Into the Forest by Mark Z. Danielewski
182. The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle and Pain by Mark Z. Danielewski
183. The Familiar, Volume 4: Hades by Mark Z. Danielewski
184. The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood by Mark Z. Danielewski
The first volume is really bad, but each successive book is a little better. By volume five, all the hints in the previous works have coalesced into something tangible and it's become an intriguing read. Unfortunately the series had been "paused" due to low sales, so I don't have high hopes for ever seeing volume six.
185. I Like It Here by Kingsley Amis
Story of a British guy who doesn't mind the idea of going abroad, but isn't so sure about having to be around foreigners. Amusing, but not a favorite.
186. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell
The first half was so freaking slow I almost quite reading. It got really good in the second half, but getting there was a major effort.
187. The Princess and the Lion by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Slight, but lovely.
188. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
I was surprised how blatantly political it is.
189. A Hidden Magic by Vivian Vande Velde
Charming tale of a princess who has to save a prince from his own stupidity.
190. The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Another solid mystery from King.
191. Time Was by Ian McDonald
Lovers Ben and Tom have become unstuck in time for wibbily wobbly reasons, and communicate with each other via letters left in books at certain book shops. The story's really more about the book dealer who stumbles across the correspondence, but it's still an oddly touching book.
192. The Last Witness by K. J. Parker
193. Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin
A re-read I appreciated a little more the second time through.
194. Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald story by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Rafael Albuquerque
Graphic novel adaptation of one Gaiman's short stories. The art is very good, but I prefer the text-only version of the story that's done up like a vintage newspaper.
196. The Hamlet of Stepney Green by Bernard Kops
An amusing spin on Hamlet, where the ghost is a Jewish father trying to get his flighty son to settle down and marry a nice girl.
197. The Hollow Lands by Michael Moorcock
The second book in The Dancers at the End of Time series is possibly more enjoyable than the first.
198. Torchwood: Into the Silence by Sarah Pinborough
The alien threat in this tie-in novel is interesting and the ending, while tragic, is appropriate to the story and in keeping with the tone of the show. Unfortunately, the pacing isn't great and the dialogue is pretty bad, especially the banter between the Torchwood team.
199. The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski
The story isn't bad, but the book design is gimmicky and annoying.
200. Xena: Penance by Meredith Finch
This graphic novel is a bit of a reboot, with Xena and Gabrielle meeting in an entirely different way than they did in the TV series. Finch did a decent job at portraying Xena at the start of her journey to redemption, but her Gabrielle is kind of annoying.
The art is good, but I'd like to know who thought it was a good idea to put all of the female characters in high-heel boots and give Xena a red superhero cape.
Received via NetGalley.
201. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
Not bad, but the plot is basically the same as it was in the two previous novellas.
202. Adrift in Soho by Colin Wilson
Slow at the beginning, but it turned into an amusing read.
203. Lucifer Book One by Mike Carey
In contrast to the TV series this inspired, the Lucifer of the book is a charismatic manipulator with his own agenda. I'll definitely be picking up the next volume.
204. Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn
Interesting characters, but nothing much happens.
205. Tonight, Again by Clive Barker
A short collection of very short stories and poems. I really liked it, but the sexual content of most of the works won't be to everyone's tastes.
206. Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive Barker
A decent tale of sex, death, and body modification.
207. Infernal Parade by Clive Barker
Never really went anywhere.
208. Hellblazer, Vol. 7: Tainted Love by Garth Ennis
Constantine spends most of the collection wallowing in self-pity after his girlfriend leaves him. Not a particularly pleasant read, but it's nice to see John in a situation he can't con his way out of.
209. Planetfall by Emma Newman
An interesting look at colony on a distant planet. I would have rated it higher but the narrator is about as exciting as a glass of distilled water and the end makes that last couple of Alien movies look like exemplars of logic.
210. After Atlas by Emma Newman
This stand-alone sequel to Planetfall is so much better than its predecessor. I really hope Newman revisits this part of the Planetfall universe soon.
211. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
212. A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor
Compulsively readable series about time-traveling historians. It has superficial similarities to Connie Willis's Doomsday Book, but it's more action packed and much lighter in tone.
213. The Magician by Clive Barker
An early play, inspired by commedia dell'arte. Pretty good reading, but I'd love to see it staged.
214. Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
215. Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock
216. The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Enjoyable reading with nifty art.
217. Lucifer Book Two by Mike Carey
I really hope my ILL request for book three is filled soon.
218. A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor
More angsty than the previous volumes, but still good.
219. Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
It took me some time to get in to this one because the narrator is completely oblivious to the hypocrisy on which her world runs, but it turned into a solid read.
220. A Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor
221. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
More enjoyable exploits of the time-traveling historians of St. Mary's.
222. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle
In which children combat a giant dog that is causing an epidemic of depression. It's not awful, but it didn't impress me.
223. The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
224. Alexandria by Nick Bantock
225. The Morning Star by Nick Bantock
Inferior continuation of the Griffin and Sabine series.
I make it 96 BAC already this year Amanda, wow!
Have a lovely weekend and I am sorry that I have been MIA so long.
227. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle
For the most part it's gossipy fun and full of completely unrepentant name dropping. There are a number of touching moments when Idle reminisces about late friends, especially when he's discussing George Harrison.
Received via First to Read.
228. Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Françoise Rachmuhl
I found it inconsistent and the illustrations odd. Children may love it, but I think D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths is a much better choice.
Received via NetGalley.
229. Hellblazer, Vol. 8: Rake at the Gates of Hell by Garth Ennis
230. Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans
Enjoyable, but it wanders around a bit too much. I think I prefer the movie.
231. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin
Oh, a damaged male detective. I've never read a book with one of those before.
232. Hellblazer, Vol. 9: Critical Mass by Paul Jenkins, Eddie Campbell, and Jamie Delano
Not one of the better collections. So glad Eddie Campbell's run was so short as his maundering story arc nearly had me throwing the book across the room.
233. The Dead Boy Detectives by Jill Thompson
234. Hellblazer, Vol. 10: In the Line of Fire by Paul Jenkins
235. The Little Endless Storybook by Jill Thompson
Cute and largely inoffensive.
236. Hellblazer, Vol. 11: Last Man Standing by Paul Jenkins
Well, King Arthur does show up in the oddest places! It was interesting to see Constantine deal with specifically British legends, which I don't think he's really done before.
237. A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
A beautiful novella that improves every time I read it.
238. Hellblazer, Vol. 12: How to Play with Fire by Paul Jenkins and Garth Ennis
239. Hellblazer, Vol. 13: Haunted by Warren Ellis, Darko Macan, Paul Jenkins, Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons
Gods, I wish Ellis's run had been longer.
240. Hellblazer, Vol. 14: Good Intentions by Brian Azzerello
Good book, but the art for the Hard Times arc is dreadful.
241. Chiliad: A Meditation by Clive Barker
Decent, but insubstantial.
242. Dark Entries by Ian Rankin
A one-off Hellblazer story from Rankin wherein a cash-strapped Constantine agrees to investigate a haunted house where a reality show is being filmed. It's much better than the New 52 stories, but the end is a little muddled and Rankin doesn't quite have the character down--it's hard to imagine Constantine being broke as long as there's a bookie in the UK who doesn't know not to take his bets!
243. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
Slow and dense, but in a very good way.
See that your reading hasn't slowed any since I have been MIA.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, Amanda. xx
>34 PaulCranswick: Howdy, stranger! Sadly my Sunday was filled with house work, but my Monday was spent reading.
247. A Murder in Macedon by P. C. Doherty writing as Anna Apostolou
A historical mystery centered around the final days of Philip of Macedon and the ascension of Alexander the Great to the throne. The plot is overly complicated--although probably not half as complicated as Macedonia politics were at the time--and the ending is terribly satisfying, but it was an okay time-waster.
248. Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych
A decent graphic novel in the style of pulp detective novels.
249. Drag Hunt by Pat Kelleher
It starts with Coyote, a trickster spirit from Native American legends, waking up in a Vegas hotel and discovering his penis has been stolen. While tracking down his missing member he becomes entangled with a down on his luck human, and the two of them get caught up in a plot that involves gods being sacrificed and a cabal intent on a sinister "birth." Strange, irreverent, and wildly entertaining.
251. Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose
This graphic draws its inspiration from Japanese ghost stories and the old EC horror comics. The framing device has a group of famous chefs telling ghost stories to a group of wealthy patrons, with each story having something to do with hunger/feeding. The framing story didn't really hold up well throughout the book and I found the individual stories a bit underwhelming, with the payoffs frequently so insubstantial that I had to re-read sections to make sure I hadn't missed something. Not awful, but not recommended.
252. Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
I think I've pretty much lost interest in this series.
253. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
What dangerous den of vice had she discovered? She must fly before she lost her virtue. Then her common sense unhappily reminded her that no one, now, would care to deprive her of that possession.
254. 2001: An Odyssey in Words
A short story collection written in honor of Arthur C. Clarke, with each story consisting of exactly 2001 words. I'm not overly familiar with Clarke's writing so the stories that relied closest to his works was somewhat lost on me, but on the whole I enjoyed the collection.
A few of my favorites:
255. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
When the Fool* King of Lancre invites vampires to celebrate the birth of his daughter, they take it as invitation to stay permanently and use the locals as a food source. Good thing Granny Weatherwax and the rest of the Lancre witches are there to save the day.
It's always a delight to revisit Discworld, especially Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. I'm glad to report that I enjoyed reading this one even more the second time than I did the first.
*Not an insult: King Verence was trained by the Fool's Guild.
256. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
I expect most psychiatrists have a patient or two they'd like to refer to me.--Hannibal Lecter
Still a great page-turner.
257. One Day at Horrorland by R. L. Stine
I remember finding this a lot scarier when I was eleven. As an adult I appreciate the twist on the lost traveler trope*, but I can't figure out why I found it so disturbing as a child.
*WARNING: Link goes to tvtropes.com. Do not click unless you have a few hours to kill.
258. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Nature is all very well in her place, but she must not be allowed to make things untidy.
I like it even more now that I've read Thomas Hardy.
259. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
It's Halloween and the Tenth Doctor and Martha are in New England to stop a group of long-slumbering aliens destroying a town. Not exactly deep stuff, but a fun adventure.
On a side note, it's very obvious that, despite the American setting, this book is a British product, as Americans tend to think in terms of bills, flashlights, and yards rather than notes, torches, and metres.
260. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
It's a wonder to behold the way Wilde used the English language.
Oh wow! You are already over 250! I'm getting close to the triple at 225, but you are well on your way to the quadruple!
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