|Marking progress up the slopes of Mount TBR
||[Mar. 30th, 2012|01:28 am]
And now, the entire list in one place, with annotations!
I'm rather inconsistent with how I'm approaching this pile of books, and as you can see I've now gone beyond the Everest count, as I keep adding books. The rate of progress has picked up a bit lately, however, with the recent doctors orders confining me to bed for much of my time (more on this later, as I'm having to ration my time at the computer.) As I'm also spending more time in doctor's offices, I'm getting more read there too, rather than relying on the MP3 player. It should be noted, however, that I'm also getting library books into the mix, as always -- right now I'm finishing up Fred Olen Ray's The New Poverty Row, which is an admittedly biased view from an exploitation producer about the exploitation film industry, with a focus on the distribution angle.
Books in progress are italicized, finished books are struck out and annotated. There's still a long way to go, but now I've figured out how I can more easily read in bed, I'm in good shape to get well into this.
01) Stephen Fry - Making History
Caleb Carr - Killing Time
-Oh, good lord, it's a Verneian polemic set in the future, with super-scientists out to fix the world. I got through it, but it wasn't easy.
Frederik Pohl - The Voices Of Heaven (audio)
-I was disappointed with this, unfortunately. It's nicely written and thoroughly unenthralling.
04) David Brin - Sundiver
05) Todhunter Ballard - High Iron
06) Dean Owen - Last Chance Range
07) D. B. Newton - Shotgun Guard
08) Alan LeMay - Thunder In The Dust
09) Eugene Cunningham - Riders Of the Night
10) L.L. Foreman - The Renegade
11) Lewis B. Patten - The Odds Against Circle L
12) Richard S. Prather - Lie Down, Killer
13) Cornell Woolrich - Fright
14) Richard Aleas - Songs Of Innocence
15) Richard S. Prather - Darling, It's Death
16) James A. Michener - The Bridges At Toko-Ri
17) Alan Ryan (ed.) - Vampires: two Centuries Of Great Vampire Stories
18) Janet Evanovich - Fearless Fourteen
19) James Kakalios - The Physics Of Superheroes
20) DC Showcase Presents Dial H For Hero
21) Edward S. Aarons - Assignment Cong Hai Kill
22) John Zakour - The Frost-Haired Vixen
23) DeCandido/Mack/York - Star Trek S.C.E. Book 6 Wildfire
24) Sharyn McCrumb - Bimbos Of the Death Sun
25) Ed McBain - Widows
26) Bradford Scott - Curse Of Texas Gold
27) John Brunner - The Dramaturges Of Yan
28) Shelby Foote - Shiloh
29) John Zakour & Lawrence Ganem - The Plutonium Blonde
30) Stephen Bly - Friends And Enemies
Stephen King - Hearts In Atlantis (audio)
-You know, King's writing isn't bad, and he has moments of absolute brilliance, and he can certainly paint quite the picture when he's working at it...but there are times when I wish he'd just bloody well get to the point! This was a hard one to get through, even in audiobook form.
32) The Essential Iron Man Vol. 1
33) Ellis Peters - The Funeral Of Figaro (audio)
34) Alan Paton - Cry, The Beloved Country (audio)
35) Marvel Essential Tomb Of Dracula Vol. 4
36) Alastair Reynolds - Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
37) Sandra McDonald - The Stars Down Under
38) Peter F. Hamilton - The Reality Dysfunction
39) David Toop - Ocean Of Sound: Aether Talk, Ambient Sound, And Imaginary Worlds
40) David Manning (Ed.) - Vaughan-Williams On Music
James Patterson - London Bridges (audio)
-I don't know what happened with this book, but it comes across as though Patterson was writing sections of it furiously while sitting in airport lounges on the way to various places. I have the shape of the story somewhat but I'll be damned if it actually makes sense. This is without bringing up the multiple endings.
42) Janet Evanovich - Plum Lucky (audio)
Frederik Pohl - The Best Of
-What's to say? An excellent selection of short stories and novelettes from Fred.
44) Greg Palast - Vulture's Picnic
45) Charlotte MacLeod - Exit The Milkman
46) Charles De Lint - Medicine Road
47) Charles Stross - Halting State
48) J. G. Ballard - The Burning World
49) Nevada Barr - Endangered Species (audio)
Various - Dinosaur Fantastic (anthology)
- The nice thing about anthologies is that you're not stuck with a bad story for very long. It's interesting to see the various ways that people meet the criterion of getting dino-related elements into their tales. A couple are flat out wonkily weird.
51) Frederik Pohl - Platinum Pohl
Max Estes - Hello, Again
-A cute and quick read from Top Shelf
Loren D. Estleman - General Murders (audio, read by Robert Forster)
-I was initially thrown by Forster's voice, as it initially seemed wrong for Estleman's Amos Walker character. Ten minutes in, it seemed perfect, just the right worn, deep tone. It's a short collection, but very enjoyable.
54) Pierre Boulle - The Bridge Over The River Kwai
55) Robert Terrall - Kill Now, Pay Later
Jack Prelutsky - Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant And Other Poems (audio)
-Needs another listen, I think. It's the audio version of three of his kid's books.
57) Randy Kennedy - Subwayland (non-fiction about the New York subways and underground life)
Jon Ronson - The Psychopath Test
-Narrated by Ronson, thankfully, and much more organized than his The Men Who Stare At Goats. He takes a trip through the Mental Health industry, with a focus on how psychopathy is defined, and finds himself branching out to examine the Scientologists and those who stalk the halls of power and the dungeons of Wall Street.
59) Elizabet Peterzen - The Last Draw (Sista Stcket in Sweden)
60) Lawrence Block - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep
61) Chuck Rosenthal - The Heart Of Mars
62) Christopher Moore - You Suck
63) Elmer Kelton - Shotgun
Lawrence Block - Some Days You Get The Bear
The title story in this was a pleasant surprise, quirky, with an odd ending that makes me wonder about the further story of the man who need to sleep with a teddybear and the woman who slept with her boa constrictor. Overall, a quite enjoyable collection that ended up as my traveling book.
Ed McBain - Fiddlers
A pretty basic 87th Precinct mystery, with a lot of odd interaction with the characters -- all sorts of romances staggering into being, falling apart, maintaining. Meanwhile someone is killing older people. Oddly, all of the polie characters seem to be established here as being i their mid-thirties...apparently since the first book, published in 1958.
66) Jack Gantos - I am Not Joey Pigza (audio)
Rick Geary - The Fatal Bullet
I was surprised to find myself being drawn into this graphic adaptation of the story of the assassination of President Garfield and the sorry, sordid tale of his assassin. I'm now looking forward to the other Geary books.
68) Rick Geary - The Case Of Madeleine Smith
69) Rick Geary - The Mystery Of Mary Rogers
70) Sir John Betjeman - Summoned By Bells (audio)
71) Stephen King - Blood And Smoke (audio)
72) Ray Bradbury - From The Dust Returned (audio)
Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Company (audio)
-While I can enjoy the historical detail, I've felt that sometimes the novels get bogged down, and somewhat repetitive and tedious. At the same time I'm fascinated by Cornwell's historical afternotes.
Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Sword (audio)
-This was hard to get through at times, as Sharpe has an antagonist here who's genuinely horrible.
75) Loren D. Estleman - Retro (audio)
raúlrsalinas - Red Arc: a call for liberacion
-Southwestern beat poetry, listening to it, with Fred Ho on sax. It's unfortunately on the whiny end of beat poetry, but I'm going to give it another go.
77) Leslie Ernenwein - Rampage West
78) Adam Hall - Quiller
-Adam Hall was a major influence on my writing. This is now my traveling book.
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day (audio)
- Sometimes salty, often pithy, and at times very funny. I was suitably amused.
80) John C. Dofflemeyer (ed.) - Maverick Western Verse
81) Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Trafalgar (audio)
82) Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - The Palace
83) Martin H. Greenberg (ed.) - The Further Adventures Of The Man Of Steel
84) John Whitman - 24 Declassified: Cat's Claw
85) Steve Frazee - Tumbling Range Woman
85) Harutoshi Fukui - Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 Vols. 1 & 2 (doing both of these together as they're a complete story)
86) Brian W. Aldiss - Bow Down To Nul
87) Richard S. Prather - The Cheim Manuscript
88) Richard S. Prather - The Shell Scott Sampler
89) Richard North Patterson - Protect And Defend (audio)
90) Al Franken - Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them (audio - maybe, as I have this in a large print edition as well as on cassette)
91) Martin H. Greenberg (ed.) - The Further Adventures Of Batman, Vol. 2
92) Eddie Campbell - The Black Diamond Detective Agency
Jon Ronson - The Men Who Stare At Goats
-This rambles a bit more than I'd like, unlike The Psychopath Test. Even so, when I finally got to the movie I was very annoyed that the reporter character was an American...it took me a while to swallow the fictionalized element of the production. Ronson himself is such a quirky character that they really should have had Ewan MacGregor playing an analogue of him, rather than a generic neurotic American,
94) Brian K. Vaughan - Runaways: Teenage Wasteland
95) Brian K. Vaughan - Runaways: The Good Die Young
96) Runaways - True Believers
Ray Bradbury - Himself (audio) (Bradbury reading nineteen stories)
-And not a one of them unfamiliar, which is okay. Enjoyable performances from Bradbury.
98) Ray Bradbury - Dandelion Wine (audio)
99) Bernard Cornwell -- Sharpe's Honor (audio)
100) Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe's Rifles (audio)
101) Richard Wilbur - The Voice Of The Poet (audio/text)
102) Armistead Maupin - The Night Listener (audio)
103) Jonathan Lethem - You Don't Love Me Yet (audio)
104) Sena Jeter Naslund - Four Spirits (audio)
105) Anthony Lloyd - My War Gone By, I Miss It So (audio)
Len Deighton-Funeral In Berlin
-With the ongoing enforced moribundity, with me confined to bed much of the time, I've been wandering about amongst the audiobooks. I started in on this one yesterday evening, and just never stopped with it. The tapes, though, are in rather questionable shape. My dead tree copy of the novel is in one of the stacks under the coffee table. And as I've done The Ipcress File (last year), I suppose I'll soon have to reread The Billion-Dollar Brain and Horse Under Water.
E. E. "Doc" Smith - Triplanetary
-My friend Tribs got a flea in her ear about reading these books, and that got me interested in reading them again, and so here we are. Oh, was this ever starchy space opera fun. I don't think it's aged all that well. Still and all, expect the other books in the series to follow on in this list.