[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:
JanuaryAlice'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.
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.
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.
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
MayHere 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.
JuneThe 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.
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.
SeptemberThe 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.
DecemberThe 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