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Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I was going through my work PC trying to clean up a few things and found a file with a list of all the books I had read in 2007, including a few re-reads like Changeling and Harry Potter. Normally I don't keep track of what books I read except to say that I have read them, but I think sometime last year or earlier this year I was curious to find out how many I had read in 2007. By no means is this a large list - I'm a slow reader - but it was kind of fun in an ultra geeky way to compile. I've also added the list so far for 2008, you know, for shits and giggles.

My only real New Years Resolution for '08 was to read more books than last year and I suspect I shall accomplish that. God I am Great. I'd be curious to figure out how many in total I have read over the past 20 years of my love of Fantasy and Science Fiction but I suspect I've forgotten too many to bother with an inane task such as that...

---=== 2007 ===---
  1. Steven Erikson - Gardens of the Moon (Malazan 1)
  2. Steven Erikson - Deadhouse Gates (Malazan 2)
  3. Steven Erikson - Memories of Ice (Malazan 3)
  4. Steven Erikson - House of Chains (Malazan 4)
  5. Steven Erikson - Midnight Tides (Malazan 5)
  6. Steven Erikson - The Bonehunters (Malazan 6)
  7. Steven Erikson - Reaper's Gale (Malazan 7)
  8. Chris Kubasik - Changeling (Shadowrun 5)
  9. Kevin J Anderson - Metal Swarm (Saga of Seven Suns 6)
  10. Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird
  11. Glen Cook - The Black Company (Black Company 1)
  12. Terry Pratchett - Making Money
  13. Neil Gaiman - American Gods
  14. Jeff Lindsay - Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter 1)
  15. Jeff Lindsay - Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter 2)
  16. Raymond E Feist - Into A Dark Realm (Darkwar 2)
  17. Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard 1)
  18. Scott Lynch - Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard 2)
  19. Guy Gavriel Kay - The Summer Tree (Fionovar Tapestry 1)
  20. Guy Gavriel Kay - Te Wandering Fire (Fionovar Tapestry 2)
  21. Guy Gavriel Kay - The Darkest Road (Fionovar Tapestry 3)
  22. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter 1)
  23. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter 2)
  24. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter 3)
  25. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter 4)
  26. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5)
  27. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)
  28. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7)
Plus 3 novellas which don't really count:
  • Steven Erikson - Blood Follows (Malazan Novella)
  • Steven Erikson - The Lees of Laughter's End (Malazan Novella)
  • Steven Erikson - The Healthy Dead (Malazan Novella)

---=== 2008 ===---
  1. Mary Gentle - Grunts!
  2. Robert A Heinlein - Stranger In A Strange Land
  3. Karen Miller - The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker 1)
  4. Karen Miller - The Awakened Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker 2)
  5. Joe Abercrombie - The Blade Itself (The First Law 1)
  6. Joe Abercrombie - Before They Are Hanged (The First Law 2)
  7. Ian McDonald - Brasyl
  8. Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs 1)
  9. Simon Hawke - The Outcast (Tribe of One 1)
  10. Simon Hawke - The Seeker (Tribe of One 2)
  11. Simon Hawke - The Nomad (Tribe of One 3)
  12. Raymond E Feist - Wrath of a Mad God (Darkwar 3)
  13. Chelsea Cain - Heartsick
  14. Richard Morgan - Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs 2)
  15. Richard Morgan - Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs 3)
  16. Joe Abercrombie - Last Argument of Kings (The First Law 3)
  17. Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space
  18. R. Scott Bakker - The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing 1)
  19. R. Scott Bakker - The Warrior Prophet (The Prince of Nothing 2)
  20. R. Scott Bakker - The Thousandfold Thought (The Prince of Nothing 3)
  21. John Scalzi - Old Man's War
  22. Ian Cameron Esslemont - Night of Knives (Malazan Companion 1)
  23. Richard Morgan - Market Forces
  24. Tobias Buckell - Crystal Rain (Nanagada 1)
  25. Steven Erikson - Toll The Hounds (Malazan 8)
2008 has been a great year as I've discovered some fantastic new (to me) authors like Richard Morgan, Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch. I've also found the Book Depository web site which has free worldwide shipping and they send each book out in its own individual packaging meaning no orders are delayed because of one hard to get or yet to be published novel. It's cheaper than buying books at the local Dymocks or Borders plus they are delivered to my desk at work. My "to read" shelf is chock full with about 20 books at any one time and I also have another 15 or so sitting in the "to be purchased" bin at the web site; it's an addiction.


Alex said...

Hey hey. Wish I'd read this entry before leaving that last comment. Good stuff. There are a few on there I have no interest in (Rowling, Guy Gavriel Kay, Terry Pratchett), but the bulk of it is stuff I've read and enjoyed, which gives me hope for the ones I haven't read.

Some suggestions: if you haven't already read Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, or the Across Realtime omnibus by Vernor Vinge, check them out. The first two vie for the position as my top sci-fi book, and the latter is mind stretching. Peter Hamilton's Night's Dawn series is another great space opera (the good kind of space opera); in some ways it reminds me of Reynold's works, but darker. Keyes' The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone is another great fantasy series.

Jebus said...

Cheers, will put them on the "to read" list.