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72 Books for 2007

Jan 7, 2008

2007-01: 4 books

Programming Language Processors in Java: Compilers and Interpreters by David Watt (In preparation for the Vodka language)

Chess With a Dragon by David Gerrold (Much better than I expected)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bobby Fischer Vs. the Rest of the World by Brad Darrach

2007-02: 6 books

Effective Java(TM) Programming Language Guide (The Java Series) by Joshua Bloch (Great Java programming book)

The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. Raymond (Loved it)

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1) by J. R. R. Tolkien

Crypto: How The Code Rebels Beat The Government – Saving Privacy In The Digital Age by Steven Levy (Pretty good)

Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Dragonlance Chronicles) by Margaret Weis (Did not stand up to the adult test)

The Crystal Shard: The Icewind Dale Trilogy, Part 1 (Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt, Book IV) by R.A. Salvatore (Read while out in CA for Google interview)

2007-03: 6 books

Object-Oriented Programming: An Evolutionary Approach by Brad J. Cox (Re-read required in the future)

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria by Lin Carter

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Ghost Ship (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 1) by Diane Carey (Worse than fanfic)

2007-04: 2 books

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson (Not as good as all that)

The Return of the King (The Lord of The Rings, Part 3) by J. R. R. Tolkien

2007-05: 3 books

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Started great… middle was good… ended badly)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (Pretty good, more Vonnegut required)

2007-06: 7 books

The Scarlet Letter (Penguin Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Probably should have read this 15 years ago. Oh well.)

Crash by J. G. Ballard (The genesis of transgressional)

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (Best crime fiction I’ve ever read.. so far)

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by Jim Butcher (Like the show. Probably will not continue the series)

27 Men Out: Baseball’s Perfect Games by Michael Coffey (Liked the historical contexts, did not care for the box-score annotations)

The Night Stalker (Pinnacle True Crime) by Philip Carlo (Quickly read)

Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq by Michael R. Gordon (Iraq is a pit of despair)

2007-07: 9 books

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Musical Tie-in Edition) by Gregory Maguire (Started well, finished OK)

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (Pretty good system… with some of my own mods of course)

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (Not as good as LOTR, but a good legendarium nonetheless)

The Brief History of the Dead: A novel by Kevin Brockmeier (Not bad. Interesting viewpoint.)

Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Should have read this 15 years ago. :()

Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software by Scott Rosenberg (Nice book about programming. Pretty accurate.)

The Burning World by J. G Ballard (Pretty good story. To read again.)

Dark Shadows by $detail.getAuthor()

Victoria Winters (A Paperback Library Gothic Romance) by $detail.getAuthor()

2007-08: 8 books

Crooked Little Vein: A Novel by Warren Ellis (Too much like Warren Ellis, very preachy, structured like a Family Guy episode)

Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear (As hard as Hard SciFi gets)

The Trial of Socrates by I.F. Stone (Finally a non-rose-colored look at Socrates)

Spontaneous Human Com by J. Randles (Not good as far as Art Bell-esque things go)

Xombies by Walter Greatshell (Not good.)

Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, Book 2) by Frank Herbert (A nice follow-up to Dune. I will continue the series)

Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge (I did not like this. I hate books about kids.)

Stranger at Collins House by Marilyn Ross (Same plot as last two DS novels. WTF?)

2007-09: 9 books

After Dark by Haruki Murakami (Amazing. Loved it. Want to read again.)

Perfume by Patrick Suskind (The story of scent was excellent, the story of murder, meh)

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1) by Naomi Novik (Great companion to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell)

The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth by Ruth S. Noel (More of a dictionary than a linguistic analysis of Tolkien’s languages.)

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens (I adore Mr. Hitchens (on religion anyway))

Spock Must Die! (Star Trek) by James Blish (Horrible. Worse than fanfic)

I, Robot (Bantam Spectra Book) by Isaac Asimov (I vaguely remember reading this in high-school. Vert quaint little robot tales)

The Wasp Factory: A Novel by Iain Banks (Good, but not as good as it should have been)

Ficciones (English Translation) by Jorge Luis Borges (The false document stories are top-notch)

2007-10: 7 books

The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jorge Luis Borges (A nice little bestiery… good motivation for Uth)

Galatea 2.2: A Novel by Richard Powers (The story of the neaural net was good, otherwise meh)

Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories by Poppy Z. Brite (Not as hard-core as other Poppy Z Brite I’ve read)

Animal Farm: Centennial Edition by George Orwell (Should have read this 10-15 years ago. After 1984 would have been nice)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R.R. Martin (Best fantasy book ever. Puts that Salvatore dreck to shame.)

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Not bad.. Not good. Hitchin’s stuff is much better)

Fifty-One Tales by $detail.getAuthor() (51-tales in 61 minutes. :p)

2007-11: 3 books

Earth Hive (Aliens, Book 1) by Mark Verheiden (Horrible! Takes all that makes Aliens great and poos on it)

The Bill James Handbook 2008 by Baseball Info Solutions (Tons of baseball charts, great Bill James-ness)

On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore by Brian Bagnall (Finally a book about Commodore. Liked it, but not the people)

2007-12: 6 books

Very Good, Jeeves! by P.G. Wodehouse (Read more Wodehouse)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R.R. Martin (Excellent continuation by GRRM. 1875 pages and I want more!)

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin (Nice vampire story by GRRM)

The Dying Earth by Jack Vance (Excellent prose style. Nice stories.)

Dead Sea by Brian Keene (Boring zombie book. Unforgivable.)

The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America by Robert Damon Schneck (Not good. But not bad. Disjointed and without focus. Had a couple good parts.)

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