Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Final Tally

Not too bad for a year with a trans-Atlantic move.

55. Wicked - Gregory Macguire
54. Widdershins - Charles de Lint
53. Daemon - Daniel Suarez
52. Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard
51. Personal Demon - Kelley Armstrong
49. The petty details of so-and-so's life - Camilla Gibb
48. The Wild Hunt - Elizabeth Chadwick
47. Steel Remains - Richard K. Morgan
46. The Warrior's Princess - Barbara Erskine
45. Hawkspar - Holly Lisle
44. Talyn - Holly Lisle
43. Fallen - Tim Lebbon
42. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
41. The Conjurer's Bird - Martin Davies
40. The Edge of the World - Kevin J. Anderson
39. Revenant - Tristan Hughes
38. The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie
37. Pegesus Descending - James Lee Burke
36. Oxygen - Carla Cassella*
35. March Violets/The Pale Criminal - Phillip Kerr
34. Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club - Dorothy Sayers
33. Sons of Heaven - Kage Baker
32. Still Alice - Lisa Genova*
31. Man with the Golden Torc - Simon Green
30. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
29. Lost in a Good Book - Jasper Fforde
28. Zodiac - Neal Stephenson
27. Pariah - Dave Zeltserman
26. A Secret Alchemy - Emma Darwin
25. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard
24. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
23. Just One Bite - Kimberly Raye
22. Iron Council - China Mieville
21. Spook Country - William Gibson
20. Are Men Necessary? - Maureen Dowd
19. Nowhere to Go - Lee Childs
18. Pigs in Heaven - Barbara Kingsolver
17. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis (a perennial favorite)
16. Whiskey and Water - Elizabeth Bear
15. The Alton Gift - Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross
14. Dragon Singer - Anne McCaffrey
13. The Bull from the Sea - Mary Renault March
12. Careless in Red - Elizabeth George
11. New Amsterdam - Elizabeth Bear
10. In the Moon of Red Ponies - James Lee Burke
9. A Different Light - Elizabeth Lynn
8. Little Brother - Cory Doctorow
7. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
6. Undertow - Elizabeth Bear
5. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
4. Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer (phew!)
3. Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
2. New Moon - Stephanie Meyer
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson, translated from Swedish by Reg Keeland.

My resolution for 2010 - more non-fiction! Including, but not limited to The Golden Bough and something about native Irish religious traditions. Native as in original/Celtic/indigenous spiritual traditions. I have some research to be doing...

Here's wishing you all a happy, healthy and book-filled New Year!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My heroines do their own fighting...

I must add my response to Porpoise's very funny lolcats post concerning the whole Twilight phenomenon. I, too, was sucked up into the Twilight books (and spread it around a bit), but never quite got over the feeling that I was doing something quite unhealthy and would need to purge/purify myself after all was said and done.

Luckily, some wonderful folks on the net put together a suitable cleansing response from a thirty-something to all these Twihards:

While you're all "OMG, are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?," I remain (forever and always) Team Buffy. In Whedon vs. Meyer, isn't it a little like slaughtering kittens - mopey, sad-eyed, slightly annoying Mormon kittens?

Now go read The Hunger Games, for heaven's sake. Or start your kids on The Paper Bag Princess. We are the Book Mavens, aren't we? READ.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

OMG. I think I just broke a rib laughing

Now I enjoy some good escapist fiction as much as (or more so) then the next person, and I will admit to having read the entire Twilight Saga (it's aquaphilic's fault, she gave me the first one waaaaay back when). While I enjoyed it, I certainly would never argue that it's particularly good Literature. And I haven't seen either of the movies. That being said...

This is the funniest lolcats I've ever seen.