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What I read in 2013

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NPR book meme

Jul. 28th, 2013 | 10:44 pm

From starcat_jewel:

NPR's top 100 SF/F books

Bold = have read
Underline = haven't read, but have seen the movie
Italic = didn't finish
! = a favorite
strikethru = you couldn't pay me enough to read this
? Is this really worth reading, or is it over-hyped?

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien !
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams !
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (read the first three, no more)
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan ?
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore !
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman !
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (And all the other Pern books up thru The White Dragon. After that I slowly lost interest.) (the preceding is starcat_jewel's comment, but it applies to me too....)
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings ?
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle !
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson (read the first two trilogies, but not the third)
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold !
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind (read the first one, not the rest)
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke !
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (again, first one and not the rest)
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge !
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis [1]
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (Anything beyond the first 3 books is a waste of ink.) (again I agree with starcat_jewel)
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

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What I read last year

Jan. 1st, 2013 | 05:06 pm

Time for my annual post about the books I've read last year. Under a cut:
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SCIENCE FICTION: THE 101 BEST NOVELS, 1985-2010 By Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo The Meme

Dec. 16th, 2012 | 06:27 pm

Gacked from james_nicoll
Italics for having read, bold for own
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Jenna Moran ebooks

Dec. 4th, 2012 | 04:41 pm

I contributed to the IndieGoGo for Jenna Moran's Enemies Endure. One of the rewards for my level was the ebooks of An Unclean Legacy and The Fable of the Swan. Only trouble is, I'd already bought both of those when they first went up. So now I have duplicates.

Anybody out there want 'em?

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The fallow season

Apr. 7th, 2012 | 11:56 pm

On this last day of the candy year, let's take a moment to contemplate before the fallow season starts.

You all know the seasons of the candy year, right? September 1st through October 30th is Halloween. October 31st through December 24th is Christmas, December 25th to February 13th is Valentine's, and February 14th through Holy Saturday is Easter. Then Easter Sunday through August 31st is the fallow season, when there is no actually seasonal candy being pushed. It gives us all some months to rest before the new candy year starts.

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A meme

Feb. 2nd, 2012 | 12:57 am

Gacked from kouredios

I’m running a test to see who’s reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don’t just post a word and not copy – that’s not as much fun!

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What I read in 2011

Jan. 2nd, 2012 | 03:46 am

Time for my annual roundup of what I read last year.

Total number of titles was way down, although I suspect the number of words and pages was comparable: it was a year of doorstops! I read the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography, then I re-read all of A Song of Ice and Fire, then I read A Dance With Dragons, then I read the first volume of Brandon Sanderson's new doorstop series, and then I said to myself, "Self, you've been reading all these doorstop novels, why not cap it off with the ultimate doorstop?" So I went and read War and Peace.

(As it happened, a friend had given me a copy of it as a gift some years ago, so I had it on my shelf.)

Here's the full list, behind a cut:
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MP3 player meme

Nov. 15th, 2011 | 05:30 pm

Because I'm a little bored, and this sounds like it might be fun. From caper_est:

Instructions

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 20 songs that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration.

1. Hey now everybody now, hey now everybody, hey now everybody now.
2. I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
3. How I remember sleepless nights, when we would read by candlelight.
4. I am sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner.
5. I heard a sound. I turned around. I turned around to find the thing that made the sound.
6. All the people are so happy now, their heads are caving in. I'm glad they are a snowman with protective rubber skin.
7. Asked the girl what she wanted to be. She said, "Baby, can't you see?"
8. The world is treating me bad.
9. All dressed up, with nowhere to go.
10. Well, I was born an original sinner, I was born from original sin.
11. I used to see in my reflection a hundred broken hearts.
12. You know you made me cry. I see no use in wondering why.
13. What would you think if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and walk out on me?
14. I walk the streets alone. On feeble bones I ride. My sins are etched in stone. I got no place to hide.
15. Nobody knows what it's like, to be the bad man. To be the sad man.
16. Got a little black book with my poems in, got a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in.
17. I never should have traded you. Is there anything, anything I can do to start to try and make amends?
18. "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief.
19. It won't be easy. You'll think it strange, when I try to explain how I feel.
20. I was working all night in my office, when a man I had recently killed called me up from the phone near my building, so I looked out the window at him.

My music runs a lot to instrumentals -- #20 here is #94 on the player. (I did have to skip over some that had a title drop early on.) I counted "Evolution of the Daleks" and "Duel of the Fates" as instrumentals, as I didn't care to try to transcribe their lyrics phonetically.

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Ursus of Ultima Thule finally available for sale!

Nov. 9th, 2011 | 10:11 pm

So, two weeks ago I got a message from acx.com saying that my recording of Ursus of Ultima Thule had been approved, that it would undergo a final quality check which would take about a week, and then go up in places like audible.com. I've kept looking on audible.com and not seen it; I decided to wait for it to be two complete weeks before sending a message asking "What's going on?". Just before starting the process of sending that message, I looked again...and there it is!

So if you think you'd like to spend 7+ hours listening to me read you a quirky swords-and-sorcery novel with some stream of consciousness bits in and an ending which inverts the usual Freudian analysis of the sword-and-sorcery genre, I encourage you to go and buy it.

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