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Since I'm not going to finish either of the two books I'm working on in the next few days I'll put this up now.

2011 was almost identical to 2010 as far as reading went. Fewer physical books got read, but a few more audio books made up the difference. The big problem is that my "to read" list went up by 50(!) books. A good chunk of that is audio books that I picked up through my Audible membership (now canceled). The rest came in via book sales and picking up the latest from my usual authors.

43 books finished
17 physical books
26 audio books
808 books left to read

I am still using LibraryThing for my book catalog, but I also signed up with Goodreads. I figured I'd check out the features there and see what it is like. There I'm only tracking the fiction I read and not worrying about the rest.

The 2011 list ) 

Book Log

Dec. 28th, 2011 01:40 pm
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43. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones *

Young adult fantasy and the inspiration for the movie of the same name. Love the movie, and really enjoyed the book and while they share a lot they are different stories.
 

Book Log

Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:45 am
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42. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline *

Set in the not too distant future, where the planet is going to pot and most folks spend all their time in the virtual world of the Oasis. This is the story of one boy and his quest to discover and unlock an easter egg left by the creator of the Oasis, thus earning himself vast wealth and control of the company which runs the Oasis. Chock full of 80s references (maybe a little too full at times) it made for a fun and engaging read.
 

Book Log

Dec. 13th, 2011 11:27 am
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40. Snuff - Terry Pratchett

Vimes goes on a nice relaxing vacation to the countryside. Yeah, right!

41. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes *

Excellent classic SF about an experiment which raises the IQ of a retarded man to beyond genius levels.
 

Book Log

Dec. 4th, 2011 12:43 pm
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39. The Dying Earth - Jack Vance *

With his superous
descriptions and fancimus
style of writing prose
I bet that Jack Vance would have
no problems writing tankas.
 

Book Log

Nov. 29th, 2011 01:51 pm
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36. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin."
Classic surreal short story.

37. The Meowmorphosis - Franz Kafka, Cook Coleridge
Quirk Classic version of the above - this time Gregor wakes up as a kitten. Did nothing for me.

38. A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin *
Latest but not last book in the Game of Thrones series. There are many final twists at the end of the book which made me wish I saved those last few chapters until the next book shows up. Still a great story.

Book Log

Oct. 28th, 2011 12:20 pm
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35. A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin *

I finished listening to this a week or so ago, just never got around to writing it up. This book only covers a few of the characters we are following in the previous books. The afterward explains that the book got too larger so only the stories from half the characters were put in. Fortunately for me I didn't need to wait 5 years between this book and the next one.

Book Log

Sep. 29th, 2011 04:47 pm
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33. A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin *

Epic book is epic! A few things I guessed at, and a few were surprises. The epilogue was a complete surprise.

34. Tiassa - Steven Brust

Not my favorite of the series - felt too disjointed, but still enjoyable.

Book Log

Sep. 22nd, 2011 04:53 pm
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32. Cursor's Fury - Jim Butcher

Finished book three of the Codex Alera series. Loving this series, but I found it mixing with Game of Thrones. Both follow multiple characters across a world filled with war and politics. They have different feels to them, and different focuses, but I kept expecting character from one to appear in the other :)
 

Book Log

Aug. 31st, 2011 09:01 am
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31. Ghost Story - Jim Butcher *

The latest Dresden book - yay! I won't say anything about the story, other then - I really liked it :)

Book Log

Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:16 pm
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30. Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan

A very well done cyberpunk detective novel. The main tech they have is the ability to digitize people and load them into different bodies (sleeves). Punishment for crimes is being put into storage for a number of months or years (while your body may or may not get rented out). This is book one in a series, though they may all be stand alone stories.

Book Log

Aug. 16th, 2011 04:09 pm
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28. Hounded - Kevin Hearne

Free LibraryThing ARC. Book one of a three part urban fantasy set in the Phoenix area. The main character is the last Druid - several thousand years old and in hiding from a God. The easy comparison is to the Dresden stories, but this is a much lighter read. All the characters throw around lots of power, so we won't have the progressive building that the Dresden series had. It has a good deal of humor, mostly from the dog, and was a quick enjoyable read.

29. A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin *

Book two of A Song of Fire and Ice (yes, this is as far as I've gotten in the series - will listen to the rest of it after Ghost Story).

Book Log

Aug. 8th, 2011 11:42 am
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27. King Rat - China Mieville

King Rat is an early work (first?) of China Mieville, and just as interesting/weird as his other works. This one takes place in London, but on the inner edges (think Neverwhere). The Pied Piper has returned and is on the hunt for the King Rat.

Book Log

Jul. 12th, 2011 11:55 am
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26. Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson *

A math heavy fictional history which covers two time periods intermixed through out the book. The early period is set in and around WWII while the later is basically modern times. Well voiced characters and lots of little gems of humor keep what could have been a very slow story moving along nicely.

Book Log

Jun. 30th, 2011 02:10 pm
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25. Academ's Fury - Jim Butcher

Book two in Jim Butcher's other big series. This book picks up several months after the end of book one. Everything I like about the Dresden books (good characters, well thought out world and magic, leveling challenges as the characters grow) without me getting annoyed at Dresden being (in my mind) an idiot :) Time to track down a copy of book three.

Book Log

Jun. 15th, 2011 10:54 am
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Little Fuzzy - H. Beam Piper *

It was great to return to the original Fuzzy novel and better see what was kept (very little) and what was changed in Fuzzy Nation. The technology and some of the attitudes in Little Fuzzy are very dated, but the story still holds together well.

Book Log

Jun. 8th, 2011 02:08 pm
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23. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

Final book in the Hunger Games. The revolution is under way, but it will bring about the changes for which the Districts hope? Light read.

24. Fuzzy Nation - John Scalzi *

I read "Little Fuzzy" (as well as all the other Fuzzy books) many years ago, so I was very curious to see what Scalzi would do with a "reboot". For my tastes, he knocked this one out of the park - good characterization (while not always nice characters), great humor, and a great story. The story only shares a few things in common with the original, but I think it is much better then a retelling of the same story with updated tech and modern sensibilities. As an added bonus, this audio book version was read by Wil Wheaton. And for a bonus bonus, they also included an audio version of "Little Fuzzy" (different reader though) so I'm re"reading" that one now.
 

Book Log

Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:07 pm
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22. Variable Star - Robert Heinlein & Spider Robinson *

A Spider Robinson story based on an outline for a novel that Robert Heinlein never finished. Read by Spider Robinson. Happy to say it does have the feel of both their input - very enjoyable read/listen.
 

Book Log

Jun. 1st, 2011 05:58 pm
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21. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Book two of the Hunger Games sends our heroes on a victory tour of the districts and the Capital. A simple world, with a hard to swallow premises, but good characters and a good story nonetheless.
 

Book Log

May. 23rd, 2011 05:41 pm
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19. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin *

That's a long audio book, but well worth it. The reader was great and the story lived up to its reputation. Going in to it I was worried about being able to keep track of the many many characters, but it was a non-issue. I'll be reading book two in the near future :)

20. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing - Jasper Fforde

An interesting twist on the Thursday Next series - taking center stage in this volume is the written Thursday - that is the current BookWorld version of Thursday who plays in the fictional accounts of Thursday written for the real world (this makes sense if you know the series...) An enjoyable read.
 

Book Log

Apr. 30th, 2011 10:48 am
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18. With a Little Help - Cory Doctorow *

This self published short story collection also serves as an experiment in publishing methods. The book is available in a variety of formats for a range of prices. The most expensive "edition" was actually commissioning a new story for the volume (the rest of the stories have been printed else where in the past). Overall a very nice collection, full of the sort of neat ideas I've come to expect from Doctorow. (Side note: Cory Doctorow will be the Guest of Honor at Philcon this year)
 

Book Log

Apr. 26th, 2011 11:41 am
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17. Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch

Peter Grant is a probationary constable in London, when he discovers that magic is real. From their he become an apprentice to the only wizard in London (also a cop), charged with protecting the public from the supernatural. The magic system isn't as well developed as that of the Dresden novels (at least not yet), but there is a good mix of science with the magic (in fact Issac Newton is credited with codifying the earliest system of magic). Very enjoyable read, and I'll be keeping an eye out for the next one.
 

Book Log

Apr. 21st, 2011 12:26 pm
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16. Indigara - Tanith Lee *

Short young adult SF novel. Not bad but not great.
 
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