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Mahsdad's (Jeff) 2016 Thread - Part 4

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75 Books Challenge for 2016

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Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:33pm Top

Welcome to the Fourth thread 2016. Come on in! Amazing that we're headed into the home-stretch

If you're new, my name is Jeff. I live in Southern California. I'm an avid reader (obviously, why else would I be doing this :) ), but I also enjoy photography, hiking and playing games and hanging out with my family. Book-wise, I have a pretty eclectic taste in what I read and I hope to give you not so much reviews but my impressions about what I read.

What you will find here is mostly my rambling, way too many (according to some :) ) Wishlist and TBR pile temptations and a smattering of my photography.

This is my 4th year in the group, but my 3rd after stepping out of the shadows and started being an active participant.

My 2013 Reading Thread
My 2014 Reading Thread
My 2015 Reading Thread

Come on in and sit a spell...


Edited: Dec 29, 2016, 12:26pm Top

2016 Statistics

Owned - 10
Bought 2016 - 11
Free/Found - 5
Library - 4
Gift - 5
Audio - 18
eBook -
Early Review - 6
Graphic Novel - 39

102. The Vegetarian - Han Kang (ER)
101. Preacher Vol. 4 - Garth Ennis (GN)
100. Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
99. Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Stephen King (A)
98. Preacher Vol. 3 - Garth Ennis (GN)
97. Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood (ER)

96. The Woman and the Ape - Peter Hoeg
95. Preacher Vol. 2 - Garth Ennis (GN)
94. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
93. Preacher Vol. 1 - Garth Ennis (GN)

92. At Dawn We Slept - Gordon Prange
91. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan (L)
90. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
89. The Dispatcher - John Scalzi (A)
88. The Pier Falls - Mark Haddon (A)
87. I Am No One - Patrick Flanery (ER)

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:37pm Top

86. The Final Solution - Michael Chabon (L)
85. One More Thing - BJ Novak (A)
84. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
83. Robogenesis - Daniel Wilson (A)
82. The Fold - Peter Clines
81. Sandman: Overture - Neil Gaiman (GN)

80. Gun Machine - Warren Ellis
79. Y: The Last Man Vol 10: Whys and Wherefores - Brian Vaughan (GN)
78. Y: The Last Man Vol 9: Motherland - Brian Vaughan (GN)
77. Shovel Ready - Adam Sternbergh (L)
76. Y: The Last Man Vol 8: Kimono Dragons - Brian Vaughan (GN)
75. Lord of the Flies - William Golding (A)
74. Y: The Last Man Vol 7: Paper Dolls - Brian Vaughan (GN)
73. Y: The Last Man Vol 6: Girl on Girl - Brian Vaughan (GN)
72. The Talisman - Stephen King/Peter Straub (A)
71. Y: The Last Man Vol 5: Ring of Truth - Brian Vaughan (GN)
70. The Book of Speculation - Erika Swyler
69. Y: The Last Man Vol 4: Safeword - Brian Vaughan (GN)
68. Grief is a Thing with Feathers - Max Porter
67. Y: The Last Man Vol 3: One Small Step - Brian Vaughan (GN)
66. Y: The Last Man Vol 2: Cycles - Brian Vaughan (GN)
65. L.A. Noir - John Buntin

64. Y: The Last Man Vol 1. : Unmanned - Brian Vaughan (GN)
63. Saga, vol. 6 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
62. Saga vol. 5 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
61. Saga vol. 4 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
60. Smoke: A Novel - Dan Vyleta (A)
59. Saga vol. 3 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
58. Saga vol. 2 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
57. Souvenirs: And Other Stories - Matt Tompkins (ER)
56. Earth Afire - Orson Scott Card
55. Saga vol. 1 - Brian Vaughan (GN)
54. Batman : The Killing Joke - Alan Moore (GN)
53. Criminal Vol 6: Last of the Innocents - Ed Brubaker (GN)
52. Criminal Vol 5: Sinners - Ed Brubaker (GN)
51. Fortress of Solitude - Jonathan Lethem (A)
50. Criminal Vol 4 : Bad Night - Ed Brubaker (GN)
49. Criminal Vol 3 : Dead and Dying - Ed Brubaker (GN)

48. Criminal Vol 2 : Lawless - Ed Brubaker (GN)
47. Criminal Vol 1 : Coward - Ed Brubaker (GN)
46. The Invoice - Jonas Karlsson (ER)
45. Redeployment - Phil Klay (A)
44. The Walking Dead vol 2 - Robert Kirkman (GN)
43. Straight Man - Richard Russo
42. The Walking Dead vol 1 - Robert Kirkman (GN)
41. Sandman vol 10 - Neil Gaman (GN)
40. Sandman vol. 9 - Neil Gaiman (GN)
39. Fortune Smiles - Adam Johnson (AUDIO)
38. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey - Gabrielle Zevin
37. Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
36. Sandman vol. 8 - Neil Gaiman (GN)

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:39pm Top

35. The Math Book - Clifford Pickover
34. Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King (AUDIO)
33. Sandman vol. 7 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
32. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
31. Sandman vol. 6 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
30. Sandman vol. 5 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
29. Burning Paradise - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Sandman vol. 4 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
27. Armada - Ernest Cline
26. Sandman vol. 3 - Neil Gaiman (GR)

25. Sandman vol. 2 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
24. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
23. Sandman vol. 1 - Neil Gaiman (GR)
22. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (AUDIO)
21. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander (Rowling)
20. Dodgers - Bill Beverly (ER)
19. Love Among the Particles - Norman Lock

18. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
17. Atonement - Ian McEwan
16. God of Beer - Garret Keizer (ER)
15. Headhunters - Jo Nesbo (AUDIO)
14. The Girl with all the Gifts - M. R. Carey

13. The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides (AUDIO)
12. Cell - Stephen King
11. The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan
10. My Father Bleeds History (Maus) - Art Spiegelman (GN)
9. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage - Sydney Padua (GN)
8. The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers (AUDIO)

7. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - Karen Russell
6. Moose - Max de Radigues (GN)
5. A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre (AUDIO)
4. Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
3. The Revenant - Michael Punke
2. Revival - Stephen King (AUDIO)
1. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth - Kevin Wilson

Edited: Dec 12, 2016, 1:59pm Top

Currently Reading

Men At Arms - Terry Pratchett - S: 12/8/16

Edited: Nov 21, 2016, 9:36pm Top

Pulitzer's Read

Ongoing bucket list to read all the Pulitzer winning novels.

2016 -
2015 - All the Light We Cannot See
2014 - The Goldfinch
2013 - The Orphan Master's Son
2012 - NO AWARD
- Swamplandia - Nominee
2011 - A Visit from the Goon Squad
2010 - Tinkers
2009 -
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2007 - The Road
2006 - March
2005 - Gilead
2004 -
2003 - Middlesex
2002 -
2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2000 -
1999 -
1998 -
1997 -
1996 -
1995 -
1994 -
1993 - A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
1992 - A Thousand Acres
- My Father Bleeds History (Maus) (Special Awards & Citations - Letters)
1991 -
1990 -
1989 -
1988 -
1987 -
1986 -
1985 -
1984 - Ironweed
1983 - The Color Purple
1982 -
1981 - A Confederacy of Dunces
1980 -
1979 - The Stories of John Cheever
1978 -
1977 - NO AWARD
1976 -
1975 - The Killer Angels
1974 - NO AWARD
1973 -
1972 - Angle of Repose
1971 - NO AWARD
1970 -
1969 -
1968 - The Confessions of Nat Turner
1967 -
1966 -
1965 -
1964 - NO AWARD
1963 -
1962 -
1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1960 -
1959 -
1958 -
1957 - NO AWARD
1956 -
1955 -
1954 - NO AWARD
1953 -
1952 - The Caine Mutiny
1951 -
1950 -
1949 -
1948 -
1947 -
1946 - NO AWARD
1945 -
1944 -
1943 -
1942 -
1941 - NO AWARD
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:47pm Top

Hugos Read

Ongoing bucket list to read all the Hugo winning novels

2016 -
2015 -
2014 - Ancillary Justice (DNF)
2013 - Redshirts
2012 -
2011 -
2010 -
2009 - The Graveyard Book
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen's Union
2007 -
2006 - Spin
2005 -
2004 -
2003 -
2002 - American Gods
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2000 -
1999 - To Say Nothing of the Dog
1998 -
1997 -
1996 - The Diamond Age
1995 -
1994 -
1993 -
1992 -
1991 -
1990 -
1989 -
1988 - The Uplift War
1988 - Watchmen - category : Other forms
1987 - Speaker for the Dead
1986 - Ender's Game
1985 - Neuromancer
1984 - Startide Rising
1983 -
1982 -
1981 -
1980 -
1979 -
1978 -
1977 -
1976 - The Forever War
1975 -
1974 - Rendezvous with Rama
1973 -
1972 -
1971 - Ringworld
1970 - Left Hand of Darkness
1969 - Stand on Zanzibar
1968 -
1967 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
1966 - Dune
1965 -
1964 - Way Station
1963 -
1962 - Stranger in a Strange Land
1961 - A Canticle for Leibowitz
1960 - Starship Troopers
1959 -
1958 -
1956 -
1955 -
1953 - The Demolished Man

Retro Hugos - this are given for years when no award was given (more than 50 years ago). Of those...

1939 - The Sword in the Stone
1951 - Farmer in the Sky
1954 - Fahrenheit 451

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:48pm Top

National Book Award Winners:

2015 - Fortune Smiles
2014 - Redeployment
2001 - The Corrections
1988 - Paris Trout
1983 - The Color Purple - hardback award
1981 - The Stories of John Cheever - paperback award
1980 - The World According to Garp - paperback award
1953 - Invisible Man

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 7:49pm Top

2015 Recap Statistics

Total Read - 67

Owned - 11
Bought 2015 - 15
Free/Found - 3
Library - 7
Gift - 4
Audio - 19
eBook - 1
Early Review - 5
Graphic Novel - 2

The full list is obviously still in my 2015 Thread (see above), but in no particular order, here are my 5 favs from last year.

Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Bright Earth by Philip Ball
Thirty Seconds Over Toyko by Ted Lawson

Oct 30, 2016, 7:52pm Top

Now that I've created a whole new thread, I suppose I should make some new content. :)

So here's a couple reviews...

Edited: Oct 30, 2016, 9:16pm Top

91. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan - A must read for literary geeks, this is somewhat of a thriller in the world of books.

Clay is an out of work Dot-Com marketing guy who gets a job at a mysterious bookstore. Working the nightshift, he doesn't so much sell books as lend out old encrypted tomes to various eclectic people that come it. Curious as to who they are and what the books are for, he starts building a visualization data model of the store and the books (like you do) and after eliciting the help of his girl friend, who works at Google and his roommate, who works at ILM, he discovers a secret literary society that goes back to one of the earliest publishers and a typeface designer in the 16th century.

Kind of a stretch as a thriller, but a really fun read about books and codes and the battle between what was and what will be (paper vs. technology). Recommend.

The essence of computer programming : "Imagine that you are cooking. But instead of following the recipe step-by-step and hoping for the best, you can actually take ingredients in and out of the pot whenever you want. You can add salt, taste it, shake your head and pull the salt back out. You can take a perfectly crisp crust, isolate it, add whatever you want to the inside. It's no longer just a linear process ending in success or frustrating failure. Instead it's a loop or a curlicue or a little scribble. It's play"


S: 10/19/16 - F: 10/26/16 (8 Days)

Oct 30, 2016, 9:27pm Top

92. At Dawn We Slept - Gordon Prange - An ambitious, academic work on the causes, reasons, outcomes and aftermaths of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Its probably one of the most well known events of WWII, but there was a lot that I never knew. Especially on the Japanese side, where the idea came from? how and when it was decided to go, and the logistical problems that arose. Not the least of which was that they had to completely redesign torpedo bombs, as they would not work in the shallow draft of the harbor. On the US side, I was amazed to see that bureaucracy and partisanship is nothing new and existed even during the unifying events of the war.

In the rear-view mirror of history, it is very easy to see where things went wrong and how the attack couldn't have been anticipated or prevented. In the book relatively little time is spent on the actual attak itself and the last big section deals with the aftermath, mostly around the many hearings and investigations that were undertaken to assign blame. Someone has to be blamed, right? To be honest, it was here that I tapped out and put the book down and decided to call it finished. The politics and who did what to whom, or who didn't do what to some other whom, didn't really interest me.

Despite this disappointing finish (for me), it is a worthwhile read for any history buff. Truth is always stranger and more interesting than fiction, or at least it usually is.

"He stands before the inquisitive historian in taut watchfulness, courteous, painstaking, and inscrutable, forever holding the citadel of his own personality"


S: 6/26/16 - F: 10/30/16 (127 Days)

Oct 30, 2016, 10:36pm Top

Happy Sunday, Jeff. Happy New Thread. Good review of Mr. Penumbra. I liked that one too.

Hope you are enjoying The Goldfinch. It is big and challenging in spots but I am definitely a fan.

Oct 31, 2016, 10:42am Top

Happy New Thread, Jeff!

I thought Mr. Penumbra's was a lot of fun, too. I'm another fan of The Goldfinch. Topnotch, IMO.

Oct 31, 2016, 10:50am Top

Good morning, Jeff, and happy new thread. It looks great!

>11 mahsdad: I've added Penumbra to my 2017 TBR list.

Oct 31, 2016, 11:44am Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 4, 2016, 7:04pm Top

87. I Am No One - Patrick Flanery - I got this book thru LibraryThing's Early Review program. Initially this was a very engaging book. A college professor comes back to the US from an extended teaching gig in England. He reconnects with his estanged daughter, settles into his new life and job, but then has a memory gap/fugue. He misses an appointment with a student, but finds that he had sent an email rescheduling it, and has no memory of doing so. I thought it was going to be some sort of medical/Alzheimers family drama. Then he gets an anonymous box that contains hardcopies of all of his internet activity going back years. Where is this going, I ask myself?

Someone is watching him, but who and why. The book flashes back and forth between the present and to his time in the UK, where he has an affair with an Egyptian grad student, whose brother maybe part of a terrorist organization. On the surface, it should be excellent fodder for drama, sex, intrique, modern politics, tension in the Middle East. But for me, it just kind of rambled along. I finished it, but I really didn't connect with the characters and the open ended ending didn't leave me wanting more.


S: 9/22/16 - F: 10/13/16 (22 Days)

Nov 4, 2016, 9:02pm Top

I requested that one a couple of times from ER, never got it. Sounds like it's not such a bad thing... :)

Edited: Nov 4, 2016, 9:55pm Top

>17 mahsdad: We had very similar feelings about this one, Jeff. I may not have finished it, if it wasn't an ER book. I hope you are having a better time with The Goldfinch.

>18 drneutron: Call yourself lucky, Jim.

Nov 4, 2016, 10:25pm Top

Don't know how I missed your new thread Jeff but a belated happy one buddy.

I am never good from photos at spotting a sunrise from a sunset but it is a great opening shot anyway.

Have a great weekend.

Nov 5, 2016, 12:09am Top

>19 msf59: I'm enjoying Goldfinch a lot. About a third thru, no idea where it's going. That's a good thing.

>20 PaulCranswick:. I agree Paul, but in this case, givin my locale, there's a better than even chance it's a Set. And it is.

Thanks, Jim, Joe and Brodie for stopping by

Nov 5, 2016, 7:51am Top

The Goldfinch bogged down in a few places for me, but always bounced back. It is almost mesmerizing in places. Enjoy.

Nov 5, 2016, 8:24am Top

>1 mahsdad: WOW, what an incredible opening photo!

Nov 5, 2016, 9:07pm Top

Thanks Linda.

I'm pretty sure I took that on the Redondo Beach pier.

Nov 6, 2016, 1:22am Top

Happy new thread!

Nov 10, 2016, 8:13pm Top

I should have done this years ago, but I started actually cataloging the books in my house. My collections always started out (and I'm sure will remain) a way to record the books that I want to read, Am reading and Have Read. A lot of those books are ones that I don't actually have in my possession.

So I recently decided to gradually touch every book in the house and put it into a special collection, called "In My House"

Using the LT app is a really easy tool to do this. On the first scan, you can set the collections you want to add to, and the app remembers for the remainder of that session. It will also find duplicats when you scan. Only downside, which is a shortcoming in LT itself, is that the duplicate is added before it finds the duplicate, so you have to delete it. But that's really easy to do. If I have a duplicate, its easy to goto the original book in the catalog (on the phone) and update the collection information.

I put in a shelf 25+ books in under 5 minutes. Only had 1 book I couldn't do, because it was an old paperback with no barcode.

One interesting thing I learned, mass-market paperbacks (which the bulk of my books are) do not have the proper ISBN on the outside, and the LT app lets you know. The "real" ISBN barcode is generally on the inside of the front cover.

Cool stuff.

I also changed my Tinycat library to only point to the books I have in the house. I could actually be a lending library, when I get it all done.

Nov 11, 2016, 9:23am Top

Hi, this is Becca--I wanted to stop by and say thank you for the book I got from you for the Book Exchange--I had never heard of it before, and am so excited to read it!

Nov 11, 2016, 10:58am Top

I'm glad you got the book, also that you don't have it and hadn't heard of Jess Walter.

The exchange "chain" letter was an interesting idea. I know I had a couple friends of mine who said they'd do it. Not too sure how far past there it went

Edited: Nov 11, 2016, 5:52pm Top

Well its time. I thought it was too early, but I checked when I created last years thread and today's the day.

The thread for the 75 Group Christmas Swap is live. Come one, come all.


ETA - Created the original in last year's group. New link is...


Nov 11, 2016, 6:05pm Top

And that post reminded me that its November (eek) and I haven't posted a Foto Friday in a while, so here's the penultimate image from my calendar for this year. (another Eek, I got to build 2017's calendar. I'm thinking this might be a "best of" year. Not a great image taking year)

Anyway, here's the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Enjoy...

Edited: Nov 14, 2016, 2:01pm Top

90. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch - Jason was a wunderkind physicist, who's life went a different direction when he had to marry an artist and started a family. He's happy with the choices he made, teaching, raising a son, typical non-descript life. One night after meeting an old (more successful) friend in a bar, Jason is kidnapped, tied up and drugged in an abandoned industrial building. He wakes up in a medical faclity surrounded by people congratulating him on his success and welcoming him back. How long was he gone? 14 months!

But things aren't exactly right. He's not the Jason they think he is.

This is a really excellent sci-fi thriller that I highly recommend and don't want to spoil too much. Trust me. I'll just say that it took a couple turns that took things in a completely different direction from where I thought things were going. Usually, there might be one big turn in a story, but this one had several, to great effect.

"Whole Foods smells like the hippie I dated before Daniela - a tincture of fresh produce, ground coffee and essential oils."


S: 10/13/16 - F: 10/18/16 (6 Days)

Nov 14, 2016, 1:09pm Top

>31 mahsdad: Oh, I'm glad you had a good time with Dark Matter, Jeff. I think it's a standout book this year.

Nov 14, 2016, 7:20pm Top

>31 mahsdad: Nice review of Dark Matter, Jeff. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Nov 14, 2016, 7:24pm Top

Thanks Joe and Brodie.

Its one of the things I love about LT, plenty of encouragement, and lots of recommendations for great books.

I know I would have never heard of this book if it wasn't for the group.

Nov 15, 2016, 2:01am Top

I love that over 500 pages in, with 200 to go, a book can still surprise you. The Goldfinch

Nov 18, 2016, 7:30pm Top

Happy Friday Everyone!

Since SantaThing went live and OUR Christmas Swap (go, there's still time :) ) has been live for a week, I thought I'd share another "christmas" image.

First, here's the link again to our Christmas Swap Thread : https://www.librarything.com/topic/239733

Oh and in case you missed it, here's the link to our Christmas Swap Thread (I know, I'm getting kind of annoying, I promise, I'll stop next Wednesday :) )


Nov 20, 2016, 4:13am Top

How is the cataloguing coming along Jeff?

I have all mine catalogued via an excel spreadsheet and most of them are already on LT.

I am presently on a major culling exercise as you have seen to get from a 4,000+ physical TBR down to only 750. Let's see.

Nov 20, 2016, 12:43pm Top

I'm probably about a third of the way through, Paul.

I'm taking a shelf at a time, hard part is moving the stuff that's on the shelf or in front of that hides the books. :)

Most of my current stuff is in LT already, it's the pre-LT books that I refuse to get rid of that I'm tackling

Nov 21, 2016, 9:39pm Top

Finished books 94 and 95 today. Is there time to break 100? Maybe, I'm going to start some traveling next week. If so, it will be the first time I break the century mark.

Finished Vol 2 of Preacher. Very interesting series. Not exactly what I was expecting.

Finished #25 on my read all the Pulitzer's Life List : The Goldfinch. Really enjoyed it. It was long, but not a slog. More eventually. :)

Edited: Nov 21, 2016, 10:13pm Top

Hi, Jeff. Good review of Dark Matter. Thumb. That one sure ended up being a big LT hit.

Look forward to your further thoughts on The Goldfinch.

Nov 24, 2016, 8:17am Top

Happy new thread and Happy Thanksgiving, Jeff!

Nov 24, 2016, 12:13pm Top

I am thankful for your presence in the group, Jeff

Nov 24, 2016, 7:17pm Top

Nov 25, 2016, 11:36am Top

Good morning and Happy Belated Thanksgiving. I hope it was a good one for you.

Did you ever read The Atlantis Gene?

Nov 25, 2016, 11:42am Top

Morning Brodie, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. It was pretty mellow, we actually went to Medevil Times. It was weird and fun.

No I haven't read Atlantis Gene. Looks interesting, I'll have to WL it.

Nov 25, 2016, 5:53pm Top

Happy Friday, Jeff. Hope you had a fine Thanksgiving. I think you would like Darktown. Just sayin'...

Nov 25, 2016, 6:49pm Top

Happy Friday to you too, kind sir. I do believe I would like Darktown. I thank you for your just sayin'... :)

BTW, I think I finalized the Swap picks. Had to run the random number generator a couple times to try to bypass a couple exceptions. Not the least of which was you and I. The first time I did it, you were picking for me again. That's too easy, had to throw the numbers back into the virtual bowl. :)

Nov 25, 2016, 7:27pm Top

I NEED to get my Swap wishlist in order...

Nov 27, 2016, 8:17pm Top

Nice article in the LA Times today about Michael Chabon and his new book Moonglow. I didn't know he had a new book coming out. Gotta put that one on the list...


Dec 6, 2016, 4:46pm Top

Hey there friendly friends. I've been absent for a bit because I'm starting a new job that's taking up more of my time.

But wanted to pop in and share the new Vlogbrothers video. About half way thru, John Green gives his book recommendations for the year, and they are pretty much all BB headshots for me.



Dec 15, 2016, 2:00am Top

Time to catch up on some much ignored thoughts on finished books...

85. One More Thing - B.J. Novak (audio) - a laugh out loud collection of over 60 short (some VERY short) stories. I listened to this on audio, borrowed from the library. He reads most of the stories, with help from some friends including Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson and Cary Mulligan. Some of the more esoteric titles are; "Wikipedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Bicycle", "Chris Hanson at the Justin Beiber Concert" and "The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela"


S: 9/15/16 - F: 9/27/16 (13 Days)

Dec 15, 2016, 2:04am Top

Just got Human Acts from last month's ER.

That means I have 3 outstanding books, including 2 by Han King.

The Vegetarian
Sunlight Pilgrims

With these, and our 75 Christmas Swap and SantaThing, I got the beginning part of 2017 all mapped out.

Woo Hoo!

Dec 15, 2016, 8:52pm Top

88. The Pier Falls - Mark Haddon (audio) - a collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Some really good, some just okay, some really excellent, like the title story. It is slow-motion telling of tragedy unfolding. Literally, the pier falls. Worthwhile read (at least a library borrow) for that story alone.


S: 9/27/16 - F: 10/15/16 (19 Days)

Dec 17, 2016, 3:53am Top

>54 mahsdad: Caro (where the heck is she?) brought me that one the last time we met up in Kuala Lumpur. Must get to it soon.

Have a great weekend, buddy.

Dec 19, 2016, 9:19pm Top

89. The Dispatcher - John Scalzi (audio) - An audio short story by Scalzi. It was free on Audible for a time. Its an interesting story where the world has cheated death, 999 times out of 1000, when you die, you immediately come back. A new industry arises, licensed "dispatchers" cn be hired to make sure that no matter what crazy thing you do, you are insured a quick death (if necessary) and a reset. When there can be no murder, what do you do when it happens.

If you get the audible version, Zachary Quinto is the narrator. Great listen.


S: 10/17/16 - F:10/18/16 (2 Days)

Dec 19, 2016, 10:21pm Top

Hi, Jeff! I also had a good time with the audio, of One More Thing, Fun stuff.

I was also curious about The Pier Falls, so glad to hear you liked it.

Dec 22, 2016, 11:31am Top

Boom, that's the century.

Just finished Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms for my 100th book of the year. A feat I never even remotely contemplated accomplishing.

I doubt I'll be able to repeat next year, but I'm sure I'll have fun trying.

Dec 22, 2016, 2:59pm Top

Thank you, Jeff, for the 2015 Christmas swap books. I finished The Orphan Master's Son early this morning. Excellent novel. And earlier in the year (July to be specific), I read March by Geraldine Brooks. Also excellent. Thanks again for two very enjoyable reads.

Dec 22, 2016, 8:19pm Top

You are very welcome, Bill. Hopefully your Santa this year got you some tasty morsels. Did you get something yet?

Dec 22, 2016, 8:24pm Top

Podcast suggestion!!!


New York Public Library's podcast. I originally signed up because someone pointed to the current episode, which is Neil Gaiman reading A Christmas Carol (which I haven't listened to yet)

I am, however, listening to #134, which is Margaret Atwood and Fiona Shaw (Mrs. Dursley from the Potter movies) talk about Shakespeare and Atwood's latest book Hag-Seed.

Interesting thing, I've learned so far, is that Hag-Seed is one of 8 books, where the premise was, take a Shakespeare play and turn it into prose. Have to look for the others.

Dec 23, 2016, 1:28pm Top

>60 mahsdad: As a matter of fact, Jeff, I have not gotten anything as yet. Postman has been through for today, but the UPS guy comes mid to late afternoon. There's still time.

Be happy, man.

Dec 23, 2016, 6:56pm Top

96. The Woman and the Ape - Peter Hoeg - A ship smuggling wild animals crashes into a pier in an English harbor, allowing a strange ape to escape. He is eventually captured by a behavioral scientist who finds out how preternaturally intelligent this ape is. The scientist wants to to more experiments on the animal, but his alcoholic wife, who is drawn to the creature, thwarts the plan and helps him escape. While on the run, the odd couple falls in love. Is the creature, an animal, a man, or something else?

This is a very bizarre book that explores what it means to be human, and the nature of love. Not sure if it will be everyone's cup of tea, but it is worthy of consideration.

"She turned to face the ape. 'There is no such thing as outside now', she said. 'If there's freedom to be found, it'll have to be in the inside'"

"Contrary to what adults believe the joy of children at play comes not from having no knowledge of Death - every creature has that. It comes from their divining what the grown-ups have lost sight of; that even though Death makes a fierce opponent, it is not invincible."

"You're not what went before. If anything, you're what comes after."


S: 10/28/16 - F:11/30/16 (34 Days)

Dec 23, 2016, 10:24pm Top

Wouldn't it be nice if 2017 was a year of peace and goodwill.
A year where people set aside their religious and racial differences.
A year where intolerance is given short shrift.
A year where hatred is replaced by, at the very least, respect.
A year where those in need are not looked upon as a burden but as a blessing.
A year where the commonality of man and woman rises up against those who would seek to subvert and divide.
A year without bombs, or shootings, or beheadings, or rape, or abuse, or spite.


Festive Greetings and a few wishes from Malaysia!

Dec 24, 2016, 1:32pm Top

Thanks for the PM, Jeff. I'm jumping for joy, since the postman delivered today. And the books are excellent. I'll be excited to read 'em.

Dec 24, 2016, 11:59pm Top

This is the Christmas tree at the end of the Pacific Beach Pier here in San Diego, a Christmas tradition.

To all my friends here at Library Thing, I want you to know how much I value you and how much I wish you a very happy holiday, whatever one you celebrate, and the very best of New Years!

Dec 25, 2016, 9:20pm Top

Dec 26, 2016, 8:53am Top

Happy Merry Christmas Week, Jeff!

Dec 26, 2016, 11:47am Top

Good morning, Jeff, and Merry Belated Christmas! I hope you had a good one.

Dec 26, 2016, 12:32pm Top

Merry Belated Christmas to you too. It was a good one.

Thanks for stopping by...

Dec 26, 2016, 12:34pm Top

Thanks too to Roni, Lynda, Melissa, Bill and Paul for swinging by. I really appreciate it

Dec 26, 2016, 2:47pm Top

97. Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood - I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Review program, in exchange for an honest opinion of the book. And my opinion is that this is a very enjoyable book.

Ostensibly, a retelling of William Shakespeare's play; The Tempest. Atwood wrote this as part of book series, where authors are tasked to retell and reimagine the works of the Bard. I wasn't all that familar with The Tempest, other than the general idea, but that doesn't detract from the accessibility and enjoyment of the work.

Felix, a prominent local theater director, is forced out of the theater festival he runs and loves, partly because of his outlandish plans for staging the Tempest. He goes into a self-imposed exhile with the "ghosts" of his lost family. He eventually emerges to begin teaching literature at a local prison. With a unique troop of actors, he stages productions of the more popular plays, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, etc. With their success, he sees his chance to mount his magum opus and plot his revenge against those who exiled him. The book is really the Tempest within the Tempest, and it worked well for me.


S: 12/1/16 - F:12/8/16 (8 Days)

Dec 29, 2016, 12:32pm Top

I think 102 is going to do it for the year. Just finished the ER book The Vegetarian last night. (Very odd and disturbing little book), as well as Vol 4. of The Preacher

I'm going to kick off next year with The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, that I got from Mark last year, but somehow never managed to read.

I'm also going to try to get my new thread put together so my occassional visitors don't just see a bunch of posts with placeholders in them.

Happy New Year! See you over on the other side.

Dec 31, 2016, 7:17am Top

Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year, Jeff

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