Monday, January 02, 2006

[Blog Entry] Books of 2005

Books of 2005

For those curious as to what I've been reading for the past year, here's the list. I'll try to make a one-liner comment on each:


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll; It's a classic... that's actually too metaphorical that I didn't like it.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... by Richard Carlson, PH.D.; Just goes to show that I do read nonfiction.
The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John C. Maxwell; Learned a lot. Too bad applying it in real life needs more work on my part.


Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon; Okay in a Robert Jordan-ish sort of way.
Shadow Game by Christine Feehan; A book I ordered by mistake. Avoid it at all cost unless you're a fan of romance... and psychics. Sorry, if you're a fan of cheesy romance and unscientific psychic powers.


Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton; It's my guilty pleasure.
Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton; My guiltier pleasure.
Marked for Death by Matt Forbeck; Only if you're a fan of D&D's Eberron campaign setting. And even then...
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois; Simply the best.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk; I can't believe I haven't seen the movie.
Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon; Reading it via sheer momentum.
Culture and History by Nick Joaquin; Surprisingly controversial... at least for conservative and close-minded nationalists.


Destiny by Elizabeth Haydon; It's finally over!
Requiem for the Sun by Elizabeth Haydon; A good example on how you can breathe life into a dead commercialist horse.
Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee; Shadow Game isn't the worst book I read for the year. This one is.
Dissolution by Richard Lee Byers; It's a book with evil protagonists!
Insurrection by Thomas M. Reid; More evil-party fun.
Condemnation by Richard Baker; For a party of evil characters, boy do they live long.
The City of Towers by Keith Baker; More passable than the other Eberron novels.
Flying Dutch by Tom Holt; Fantasy comedy... I still prefer Pratchett more.
Faust Among Equals by Tom Holt; More enjoyable than Flying Dutch.


Here Comes the Sun by Tom Holt; I don't know where Holt comes up with all these wacky British ideas.
Odds and Gods by Tom Holt; Tom Holt has a distinct writing style.
Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories by Lucius Shepard; I like it, I like it.
The Crimson Talisman by Adrian Cole; Leave your brain at the door. That means you, Eberron readers.
Dune: The Battle of Corrin by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson; It's finally over. And can you say plot hook for a Dune sequel?
Faust first part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Classic anti-hero fantasy.
The Best of Fantasy 2004 edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan; An anthology in which I liked majority of the stories.
The Black Company by Glen Cook; If there's a book that defines gritty war fantasy, this is it.
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi translated by Kevin Leahy; If you've seen the original 1980+ movie, this is the novelization. Nothing more, nothing less.
Shadows Linger by Glen Cook; The plot thickens.


The White Rose by Glen Cook; And the first series comes to a close.
The Best of Science Fiction 2004 edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan; I was hoping it was as good as the fantasy anthology; I was disappointed.


Memoranda by Jeffrey Ford; Am I the only one who loves his novels?
Extinction by Lisa Smedman; The evil party still lives!
Annihilation by Philip Athans; Isn't the evil-party saga over yet? It's an enjoyable read though.
The Binding Stone by Don Bassingthwaite; Made me rethink why I'm still reading the Eberron books.


The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov; SF + Mystery = Asimov.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami; So that's why so many people talk about it...
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk; Ah, horror.
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson; Ah, a Gibson novel I could appreciate and understand.
Slayers Vol. 3: The Ghost of Sairaag by Hajime Kanzaka; Funny without being Pratchett, Adams, or Gaiman.
After the Quake by Haruki Murakami; Quality not quantity.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; It's really SF!
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip; You have redeemed yourself, McKillip.
The Knight by Gene Wolf; It's like reading pre-Tolkien fantasy.
The Two Swords by R.A. Salvatore; Drizzt!!!
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto; My own Murakami.
Three Hearts & Three Lions by Poul Anderson; Only because I'm a fan of paladins.


The O. Henry Prize Stories edited by Laura Furman; I'm sticking with my fantasy anthologies.
Philippine Speculative Fiction edited by Dean Francis Alfar; Yay! The only thing that would have made it better was if my name was on the table of contents. =)
Slayers Vol 5 by Hajime Kanzaka; It was okay...
Elic of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock; Elric's my #2 Anti-hero.

Tune in next time for Manga of 2005


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