Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: The Year in Books

I've been keeping track of the books I read each year for about two decades now, initially on paper and electronic notes, then on this blog. The yearly average tends towards something greater than 60 (I always seem to make at least 60). Some years I'm more careful in making notes (occasionally I overlook a book or three!). I usually finish what I read, only on a few occasions do I give up.

I also tend to read a large number of books simultaneously. I can put a book down for days, weeks, even a year, pick it up and begin again. I think I'm reading something like 50 books right now. Some will be finished this year, some not.

Book count: 106 (as of December 31, 2013).

Rick Atkinson: The Long Grey Line (July).

Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Idylls of the King (online version found here) (February).

Iain M. Banks: Consider Phlebas (April). The Player of Games (April).

Stephen Baxter: Gravity Dreams (November). Starfall (November).

Gary W. Bray: After My Lai: My Year Commanding First Platoon, Charlie Company (January).

Lois McMaster Bujold: Captain Vopatril's Alliance (July).

Michael L. Burgoyne, Albert J. Marckwardt, E.D. Swinton: The Defense of Jisr al_Doreaa with E.D. Swinton's The Defence of Duffer's Drift (February).

Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities (October).

Arthur C. Clarke: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke 02: The Sentinel (See here for omnibus review of Clarke short stories) (January). The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke 03: The Star (May). The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke 04: A Meeting with Medusa (May).

Glen Cook: Dread Brass Shadows (July). Deadly Quicksilver Lies (December).

Paul Cornell, et al: Saucer Country, Volume One (July).

Samuel R. Delany: The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (Revised and Expanded Edition) (April). Nova (September and twice in October). Starboard Wine: More Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (December).

Gordon R. Dickson: Necromancer (December). Tactics of Mistake (December).

David Drake: Paying the Piper (November).

Harlan Ellison: Dream Corridor (Volume 01) (December). Dream Corridor (Volume 02) (December).

Richard Feynman: "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman": Adventures of a Curious Character (November).

C.S. Forester: Rifleman Dodd (February).

Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (October). American Gods (10th Anniversary Edition) (November). Anansi Boys (November). Sandman 01: Preludes & Nocturnes (November). Sandman 02: The Doll's House (November). Dream Country (December). Season of Mists (December). A Game of You (December). Fables & Reflections (December). Brief Lives (December). World's End (December). The Kindly Ones (December). The Wake (December). The Ocean at the End of the Lane (December).

William Gibson: Distrust That Particular Flavor (April). Pattern Recognition (May). Pattern Recognition (November) (yes, again). Spook Country (November). Zero History (November). Distrust That Particular Flavor (yes, again) (November).

Mira Grant: Blackout (July).

Martin H. Greenberg (author) and John Helfers (editor): I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg (July).

Robert A. Heinlein: Beyond This Horizon (previous review here) (January)

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez: Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks (July).

Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (editors): The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (July).

Stephen King: Dark Tower 01: The Gunslinger (June).

John Kovalic: Understanding Gamers (The Collected Dork Tower Volume V) (December).

Fritz Leiber: Ghost Light (September).

Russell Lewis: Company Commander (January).

Karl Marlantes: What It Is Like To Go To War (October).

Andre Norton: The Time Traders (omnibus, made up of Time Traders and Galactic Derelict) (legal and free version here and here) (March). Star Soldiers (omnibus, made up of Star Guard and Star Rangers) (legal and free version here and here)(March).

Jeff Patterson: Don't Tweet Where You Eat (June).

Edgar Allen Poe: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (February).

Tim Powers: Salvage & Demolition (February).

Terry Pratchett: Monstrous Regiment (July). Lords and Ladies (July).

Christopher Priest: The Book on the Edge of Forever (July). Alastair Reynolds: Thousandth Night (July). Troika (July).

Kim Stanley Robinson: 2312 (June).

Spider Robinson: Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (February). Time Travelers Strictly Cash (February). Callahan's Secret (February) (omnibus review here).

John Scalzi: The Human Division (February). Redshirts (May).

Cordwainer Smith (Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger): When the People Fell (December).

Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (editors): Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who (July).

Neal Stephenson: (This edition is the version found in paperbacks and audiobooks, rather than the fatter volumes found in hardcover or eBook.) Quicksilver (December). King of the Vagabonds (December). Odalisque (December). Bonanza (December). The Juncto (December). Solomon's Gold (December). Currency (December). The System of the World (December).

Bryan Talbot: Grandville BĂȘte Noire (July).

Howard Tayler & Travis Walton: Schlock Mercenary Volume Seven: Random Access Memorabilia (July).

Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (editors): Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them (July).

Jack Vance: The Dying Earth (May).

Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples: Saga, Volume One (July). Saga, Volume Two (November). Saga, Volume One (December). Saga, Volume Two (December).

David Weber: On Basilisk Station (January) (July). The Honor of the Queen (July). The Short Victorious War (August). Field of Dishonor (September). Flag in Exile (September). Honor Among Enemies (October). In Enemy Hands (October). Echoes of Honor (October). Ashes of Victory (November).

Bing West: The Village (January).

Jim Zubb (author) & Andrew Huerta, Jake Bilbao, Ivan Anaya, Ross Campbell, Mohan, Marshall Dillon and Matteo Scalera (artists, colorists and letterers): Pathfinder Volume 01: Dark Waters Rising (May).

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