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Books 2005

Well, reading continued to be one of my chief pleasures in life. I did a lot of it while traveling to and fro, but I also sat down and got absorbed into all sorts of wondrous books. And a few crappy ones.

Before I post the whole list of what I read, here are some "awards":

Favorite Five Books:

The Persian Boy - by Mary Renault
Parable of the Sower - by Octavia Butler
Fire From Heaven - by Mary Renault
The King Must Die - by Mary Renault
The Color Purple - Alice Walker

This was hard, as there are about 5 other books I really loved, including another Renault one and Storm's grimoire, which is amazing.

Least Favorite Five Books:

Here On Earth - by Alice Hoffman
The Etched City - K.J. Bishop
The Gods Themselves - by Isaac Asimov
Sexual Generations: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Gender - by Robin Roberts
The Long Emergency (partial read) - by James Howard Kunstler

I found all of these books disappointing. Storm had recommended Hoffman to me but I found the New England setting and the characters to be trite and, frankly, annoying. Etched City was almost good but then not. Totally overrated. Gods Themselves was a study in theory. Sexual Generations was academic crapola. Long Emergency was boring (see below).

Book I Could Not Finish:

The Long Emergency (partial read) - by James Howard Kunstler

I agree with the main thesis of the book, which is that oil is running out and we're all doomed, but I just found the first few chapters so BORING, all about the history of global economics, that I could not go on.

Books That Were Rereads:

Bridge to Terabithia - by Katherine Paterson
Nightrunner series - by Lynn Flewelling
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions - by Edwin A. Abbott

The biggest revelation was Siddhartha, which I'd read in high school... or at least I thought I had. I now realize I had no understanding of that book at all. It is deep sh*t.

Favorite "New" Author:

Mary Renault! I'd been told I "had" to read The Persian Boy -- by several folks, including Storm and also Lynn Flewelling -- but until I read it, I hadn't imagined that sort of writing. Sublime! I am now hooked and working my way through all her stuff.

BOOKS 2005

FICTION
The Hienama - by Storm Constantine
Lost Souls - by Poppy Z. Bright
Ghosts of Blood and Innocence - by Storm Constantine
The Persian Boy - by Mary Renault
Bridge to Terabithia - by Katherine Paterson
Night's Master - by Tanith Lee
Here On Earth - by Alice Hoffman
Parable of the Sower - by Octavia Butler
The Gods Themselves - by Isaac Asimov
The Handmaid's Tale - by Margaret Atwood
Nightrunner series (reread) - by Lynn Flewelling
Fire From Heaven - by Mary Renault
The King Must Die - by Mary Renault
The Etched City - K.J. Bishop
The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Ammonite - Nicola Griffith
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
The Bull from the Sea - Mary Renault

POETRY
Colurastes - Storm Constantine

PLAYS
The Importance of Being Ernest - by Oscar Wilde

NON-FICTION
The Pianist - by Wladyslaw Szpilman
Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews - by Chaim Potok
Sexual Generations: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and Gender - by Robin Roberts
Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions - by Edwin A. Abbott
Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin - by Mel Gordon
The Long Emergency (partial read) - by James Howard Kunstler
Herren's: An Atlanta Landmark - by Ed Negri w/Michael J. Cain
Grimoire Dehara: Book One: Kaimana - by Storm Constantine

I also read a dozen manuscripts, several of them multiple times, as I was editing them. And a few of the books on this list (like Ghosts of Blood and Innocence) are ones I edited and later read through as actual printed books.
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