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Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.
  1. Steve McGuire, Writing Solid Code (8-, circa 1999 era book from a Microsoft C expert, that I snagged from HPB to work on my LPC. Only about a third of the book was applicable, mostly because LPC runs all the time without the ability to step through code, but I still learned some things, so not a complete waste of time. The book is just written for a different audience, not that it is bad in and of itself.
  2. Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber (6, sparse prose and non-stop action don't quite make up for a no-longer-striking story now that everyone has copied him, but enough going on to continue and see where this is going...)
  3. e.e. doc smith, The Skylark of Space* (5, hopelessly dated pulp fiction from one of the original masters, as I recall the rest of the series becomes a little less formulaic)
  4. Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon (9, engaging first novel in a pseudo-Arab fantasy setting; our heroes are terrifically charming and the story is both classic and fresh at the same time; unfortunately it looks like he has yet to write any sequels)
  5. Roger Zelazny, Guns of Avalon (6, I accidentally spoilered myself on a few things, but it hardly matters since the book is so predictable overall... I hear the third one is better, so I'm going to give it one more try. Zelazny's writing style is so chaotic it's distracting when he switches tense, dialect, etc mid-paragraph)
  6. Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn (6, the big twist at the end was about the only part of this that was really intriguing, though I enjoyed Corwin's visit with his friend on Earth who badly wants to figure him out)
  7. Roger Zelazny, The Hand of Oberon (7.5, three and a half books in and we finally get an interesting plot twist! again, much of this is because the world of fantasy has evolved and moved on since Amber burst on the scene in the 70s, but now that I want to finish the series the fifth book isn't in the library collection....yeesh)
  8. e. e. 'Doc' Smith, Skylark Three* (3, power creep and rampant sexism/what-these-people-need-is-a-honky problems abound; definitely a product of its time that hasn't aged well. In addition to its other sins, it's full of how-the-ship-works/builds and technobabble)
  9. Brian K. Vaughn, Saga (Volumes 1-6) (6-8, starts as a timeworn Romeo-and-Juliet-in-space story but gets much more interesting about the time we meet the reclusive author; interesting and varied aliens are probably the best part, though the English-isms (and Esperanto aliens!) can be distracting at times)
  10. Mark Millar, Red Son (8, odd Elseworlds story of Communist Superman, with a fun series of twists at the end)
  11. e. e. 'Doc' Smith, Skylark of Valeron* (6, a little more interesting but no less silly)
  12. T.M. Williams, Undead Winter: The Apocalypse (8, taut little zombie romp that is both surprisingly disturbing and disturbingly surprising, especially for a self-publish; some nice plot twists)
  13. Phillip K. Dick, Second Variety* (8, I forgot I read this as part of the Minority Report novelization, which includes some short stories after it; it's a fun one with some pithy things to say though - but I already said it was PKD...)
  14. Clifford D Simak, A Choice of Gods (6, hippie scifi that wanders about didactically; Simak is apparently the forefather of 'pastoral scifi', a benevolently Luddite branch)
  15. Clifford D. Simak, The Goblin Reservation (7, more entertaining exploration of many of the same themes from above, with much more absurdity and action; still obviously a product of the 60s/70s at times but overall better constructed as a novel)
  16. Clifford D. Simak, Special Deliverance (6? another weird one, wandering along the route of paternalistic aliens trying to 'save' humanity by stress-testing abductees; imagine Cube crossed with Pilgrim's progress)
  17. Theodore Sturgeon, Venus Plus X (7.5, dated but daring look at non-binary-gendered 'aliens' in scifi, the first of its kind apparently! the plot is really an excuse for some surprisingly insightful commentary on sexism, religion, and humanity in all its neurotic glory)
  18. Theodore Sturgeon, The Perfect Host (8, surprise metafictional horror novella about possession and need)
  19. Kevin Smith et al, Green Arrow: Quiver (6, Smith's dialogue overwhelms and buries the story of Ollie's resurrection, with a cameo by just about everybody in DC)
  20. Theodore Sturgeon, Some Of Your Blood (7, metafictional horror again, this time an epistolary look at a possible vampire in a mental hospital; not as strong as Perfect Host, but interestingly written and engaging from start to almost-finish)
  21. Kevin Smith et al, Green Arrow: Sounds of Violence (5, a villain named Onomatopoeia? really?)
  22. e. e. 'Doc' Smith, Skylark DuQuesne (6, y'know I had thought that I read the entire series as a youth, but I don't remember ANY of this nonsense...written much later, it's possibly loopier than the others, what with the psychics and strippers and whatnot)
  23. James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games (2, interminably repetitious diatribe that would in a later decade have been a damn blog post)
  24.  Roger Zelazny, The Courts of Chaos (6, no real resolution or sense to the outcome, which just feeds into the next series that I am no longer interested in; the best part was noting the basic similarities that may have inspired Robert Jordan, for example)
  25. Jason Latour et al, Spider-Gwen (7.5, solid alternate universe Spider-person story with cute-but-not-cutesy variations of the usual cast; punk rock Mary Jane is my favorite)
  26. Ward Rutherford, Druids: Magicians of the West (8, surprisingly coherent lit-review of the state of scholarship in the early 1990s, not the 70s as insinuated by the dreadful cover art)
  27. Jane McGonigal, Reality is Broken (7-8, McGonigal's ideas are great but her scholarship seems sketchy; or maybe we're just jaded now about how online games really work. she has an unflagging belief in the ability of games to better the world, but it takes some assumptions I'm not quite willing to follow about human/corporate nature; also, most of the games she cites are no longer in existence, which is frustrating for testing her thesis or even just playing along)
  28. White Wolf Publishing, How Do You DO That? (7, much less obscure than most WW books, this one lays out just about every way to run a Mage you can think of in excruciating detail; the sidebars that are in-character are actually better than the mechanics text)
  29. Patricia Briggs, Dragon Bones (7.5, entertaining fantasy piece with nothing terribly new going on; the main twist at the end is telegraphed quite a ways away, but the dialogue and characters are good)
  1. Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures
  2. Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
  3. Bruce Tulgan, The 27 Challenges Managers Face
  4. Neil Gaiman, American Gods*

SINGLE/STAND-ALONE
Clive Barker, Coldheart Canyon
Clive Barker, The Scarlet Gospels
Jennifer Bresnick, The Last Death of Tev Christini
Emma Bull, The War For The Oaks
Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (and the short story Truncat which follows it)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Jeffrey Gantz (trans), Early Irish Myths and Sagas (we own it)
David Gerrold, The Man Who Folded Himself
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
Muriel Gray, The Trickster
M. John Harrison, Viriconium (we own it)
Joe Hill, Horns
Homer, The Odyssey*
Alexander Irvine, A Scattering of Jades (we own it)
Douglas Kennedy, The Big Picture
Mark Martin (ed), I'm With the Bears
A. Lee Martinez, Divine Misfortune or Gil's All Fright Diner
Paul J. McAuley, Cowboy Angels
Terry Pratchett, The Bromeliad (we own it)
Phillip Roth, The Plot Against America (we own it, somewhere)
Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country
Tyler Rush, Kockroach
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (we own it)
Ekaterina Sedia, The Alchemy Of Stone
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
Charles Stross, Accelerando
Charles Stross, Glasshouse
Various, Worlds That Weren't
Jack Williamson, Terraforming Earth
Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog
Catherynne M. Valente, Radiance
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

SERIES, STARTED
Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series (next is Bearing an Hourglass - we own it)
Kage Baker, The Company novels (next is In the Garden of Iden)
Elizabeth Bear, Seven for a Secret (we own it)
Brian Michael Bendis et al, Powers: Roleplay or Powers: Little Deaths (next)
Boom Comics, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep: Dust to Dust (Vol. 2-6)
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire and Mockingjay
Paul Cornell, The Severed Streets (so far)
Stephen King et al, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black (we own it)
Dean Koontz, Seize the Night* and Fear Nothing* (so far; we own them)
Image Comics, The Walking Dead: Vol. 27: The Whisperer War
James Knapp, Element Zero
Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt (we own them)
Naomi Novik, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, Blood of Tyrants, and League of Dragons (May 2016)
Terry Pratchett, Snuff, Raising Steam, The Shepherd's Crown
Melinda Snodgrass, The Edge of Ruin and The Edge of Dawn
Charlie Stross, The Delirium Brief

Jim Butcher, Peace Talks (2018)
John Ringo's On Hero's Trail (not written yet/ever)

SERIES, COMPLETE
Steven Baxter, Voyage, Titan, and Moonseed
Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses, An Eye For an Eye, Knife Edge, Checkmate, Double Cross, and the short story Callum
Pierce Brown, Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star
Storm Constantine, Stalking Tender Prey, Scenting Hallowed Blood, Stealing Sacred Fire
Alison Croggon, The Naming, The Gift, The Crow, and The Singing
Chris Evans, A Darkness Forged in Fire, The Light of Burning Shadows, and Ashes of a Black Frost
Ursula K. LeGuin, Gifts, Voices, Powers
Sophie Littlefield, Aftertime, Survivors, Rebirth, and Horizon
Simon Morden, Equations of Life, Degrees of Freedom, and Theories of Flight
Lyda Morehouse, Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, and Apocalypse Array
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World (we own them)
Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky
Jack Womack's Dryco series: Random Acts of Senseless Violence, Heathen, Ambient, Terraplane, Elvissey, and Going, Going, Gone

SERIES, ONGOING OR PARTIAL
Various Authors, What Might Have Been (short stories, series of books)
Catherine Asaro's The Lost Continent (or Aronsdale) series
Clive Barker, Imajica and The Reconciliation
Jordanna Max Brodsky, The Immortals
Edgar Rice Burroughs, At the Earth's Core and Tarzan at the Earth's Core*
Tony Daniel, Metaplanetary and Superluminal (so far)
Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger and Sacred Scars (so far)
Steven Erikson, Malazan Book of the Fallen series (first is Gardens of the Moon)
Walter Greatshell, Xombies series
Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact (and possibly the rest of the trilogy, if it's any good)
Stina Leicht, Of Blood and Honey and And Blue Skies from Pain (so far)
Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, The Republic of Thieves (so far, 4 more to go)
George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons (so far; we own them)
Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies
Richard K. Morgan, The Steel Remains, The Cold Commands, and The Dark Defiles
Irene Radford's Merlin's Descendants series
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear (so far; we own them)
John Scalzi, Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Sagan Diary, The Last Colony, Zoe's Tale, and The End of All Things (so far)
Charles Stross Halting State, 419, and Rule 34
Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings (so far)
David Weber, Oath of Swords (we own it), The War God's Own, Wind Rider's Oath, Sword Brother, War Maid's Choice

NON-FICTION
Guare and Dawson, Smart But Scattered Teens
Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational
Dina Bachelor, Break Up or Break Through
Ken Blanchard, The One Minute Manager
Jennet Conant, The Irregulars
Randy Conner, Blossom of Bone
Jared Diamond, Collapse
Tess Dawson, Whispers of Stone
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
Robert S. Fogarty, Desire & Duty at Oneida: Tirzah Miller's Intimate Memoir
Doris Kearnes Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit
Douglas Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas (we own it) and Gödel, Escher, Bach
David McNally, Monsters of the Market
Gunnar Myrdal, An American Dilemma
Eric H. Nicoll, A Pictish Panorama: The Story of the Picts
Friedrich Nietzsche, Basic Writings of Nietzsche
Donald Norman, The Design of Everyday Things and Emotional Design
Charles Pellegrino, Last Train from Hiroshima
Edith Skinner, Speak With Distinction
Alan Small, The Picts: A New Look at Old Problems
Mark S. Smith, The Early History of God
Norman Spinrad, Science Fiction in the Real World (ILL?)
Geoff Tily, Keynes Betrayed
Stephen Tobolowsky, The Dangerous Animals' Club
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror
JD Vance, Hillbilly Elegy
David Wann, Biologic

And in the "Just buy it already!" department:
Asimov's Pebble in the Sky*).

Date: 2010-03-09 08:55 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Snow Crash is better than Anathem, and also a lighter read. D said of Anathem that he had a roleplaying universe he wanted to roll around in for a while. :D

I adored To Say Nothing of the Dog; it is finely-crafted absurdity of manners and timetravel.

I found Paladin of Souls better than The Hallowed Hunt.

Date: 2010-03-13 04:15 pm (UTC)
azurelunatic: Prayer to the Bastard from Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls (bastard)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Paladin of Souls was very much a book for women, which is sort of hilarious for me to say in the context of that entry I just made about the gender binary, but it's not a book about a Big World-Saving Plot, it's definitely the book of her inner journey, her coming to own herself, and the Bastard.

You might actually enjoy The Hallowed Hunt a lot more than I did, come to think of it.


I had a similar experience with The Diamond Age. It's a lovely RPG setting, and he outlines the whole of it very well, but the parts of it feel very disconnected. (Or perhaps that was because I mostly read it while half out of my mind on sleep dep and caffeine in college.)

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