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Rest of the books for this year

Kizuna 1 and 2: Kizuma Kodaka
These are being published in English- and it's rather enjoyable reading, I find. Pretty sensual, though, and awfully queer. Not for everyone.
Will and the World: Stephen Greenblatt
Interestingly indepth analysis of what we can factually know about Shakespeare, as well as the crazy-ass theoretical stuff people came up with in the past.
A History of Venice: John Julius Norwich
Between the details of this book and the details in Norwich's various Constantinople histories, I wonder if Guy Gavriel Kay is ever going to acknowledge his co-author for the Sarantine Mosaic and Tigana. Sheesh.
The Third Man & The Fallen Idol, Our Man In Havana: Graham Greene
Author I'd always meant to read. Found myself in Las Vegas without reading material, picked up a couple. Enjoyable read.
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords: George R. R. Martin
Re-read these on an act of faith that Martin would actually have book 4 in to his publisher soon. There was a hell of a lot of these I had forgotten.
The Runes of the Earth: Stephen R. Donaldson
A heck of a lot better than the 2nd chronicles of Thomas Covenant, this- he's obviously been learning a bit about how to write. Interestingly, he seems to be gleefully running through the first 6 books, grabbing loose ends that were just left laying around, and tying them up. As yet (I have not yet finished it) there is a great deal of coherency to the drama in it- and no Thomas Covenant save for the main character remembering him. Which means we get a lot more about the setting, and a lot less "WOE IS ME I AM IMPOTENT AND WISH TO FIX THINGS OH THE TORMENT".
The Light Ages: Ian R. MacLeod
I really wanted to like this better than I did: steampunk fantasy with a victorian bend could, I dunno, have been better.
Furies of Calderon: Jim Butcher
First book written by an acquaintance that I have seen on an end-cap face-out at Barnes and Noble. Enjoyable high fantasy, too.
A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine: John K. Nelson
Interesting read! A good way for a gaijin to figger out what the hell place in society a Shinto shrine occupies.
Marlene Dietrich's ABC, Marlene Dietrich
I love this book. Not just for the recipes.
The Stress Of Her Regard, Tim Powers
Byron and Shelley and Keats, oh my! And angels, and giants that walked the earth. Good stuff.
Quin's Shanghai Circus, Sinai Tapestry, Jerusalem Poker, Nile Shadows, & Jericho Mosaic: Edward Whittemore
The first is completely separate from the 4 that make the Jerusalem Quartet. The fellow was... well, recommended to anybody who likes Tim Powers. I'd add Pynchon as another similar author.
  • First, I want to wish you a Happy 2005, packed with good things for you.

    Second, of all the books in the list, I've only read the Graham Greene one. I hate reading books because I have to, and this was one of two English language books* that fell under that category. It was part of an English test I had to take. I enjoyed reading it but I believe it was a simplified (and summarized, I suspect) version for us foreign readers. My copy (still have it, all yellow now), included The Third Man and The Fallen Idol. It's a pocket book, 150 pages long, including both prefaces. Is your copy that short too?

    *The other one was The Talented Mr. Ripley, years later for a nightmarish test.
    • Yeah- The Third Man, and The Fallen Idol, are both short-stories (or novellas) intended to be the inspiration for a film script. So, yeah, they're both pretty short.
      If this surprises you, look at what they did to Arturo Perez-Reverte's novel 'The Club Dumas' to make the Depp film 'The Ninth Gate'.
      • Haven't read the book or watched the movie. I guess this is one of the times in which I should read the book before thinking of renting the movie.
  • I'm a huge Tim Powers fan... well, his early stuff really. He's one of those authors who I felt grew sloppy when he hit the big time. Stress is a terrific book. My favorites of his are Drawing of the Dark and On Stranger Tides.
  • The Stress Of Her Regard, Tim Powers
    Byron and Shelley and Keats, oh my! And angels, and giants that walked the earth. Good stuff.

    Oh, god. I have to pick this up NOW.

    Shame I've never been into Tim Powers. I can't quite explain it, though.
    • It's a good one. It's also very out of print and quite pricey. Supposedly it'll be back in print sometime soon by the folks who published James Morrow's recent shorts collection (of which I forget the name- The Cat's Pyjamas?)
      • It's also very out of print and quite pricey.

        • The 'it's pricey' thing is ONLY applicable if you don't find it in person. I got my much-abused massmarket for literally free.
          I've been offered a twenty for it.
          • These days, I'm wondering if I even exist in person. Some day when I'm out of debt, maybe I'll find some pricey copy online.
  • Since I just finished Life of Pi today, my book list is now up to 865. But I don't remember how many of those are from this past year. I really need to add a date field to the database.
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