Books Read in 2008

  1. Ragamuffin by Tobias Buckell
  2. Baudolino by Umberto Eco
  3. The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
  4. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  6. The Lost Men by Kelly Tyler-Lewis
  7. God’s Demon by Wayne Barlowe
  8. The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
  9. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  10. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  11. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  12. The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin
  13. The Nutmeg of Consolation by Patrick O’Brian
  14. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  15. Saturday by Ian McEwan
  16. 1491 by Charles C. Mann
  17. The Reality Dysfunction: Part 1 by Peter F. Hamilton
  18. Killer Germs by Barry and David Zimmerman
  19. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  20. The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller
  21. The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond
  22. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  23. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
  24. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  25. Parallel Worlds by Michio Kaku
  26. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  27. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  28. Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
  29. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  30. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  31. The Black Company by Glen Cook
  32. The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
  33. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  34. Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
  35. The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
  36. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  37. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  38. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  39. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
  40. City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer
  41. Warped Passages by Lisa Randall
  42. All That Matters by Wayson Choy
  43. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  44. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
  45. Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon
  46. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  47. The Truelove by Patrick O’Brian
  48. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  49. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  50. Shadows Linger by Glenn Cook
  51. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
  52. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  53. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  54. Deliverance by James Dickey
  55. Matter by Iain M. Banks
  56. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  57. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
  58. The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
  59. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  60. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  61. Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
  62. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
  63. Nazi Germany and the Jews, Vol. 1 by Saul Friedlander
  64. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
  65. Sly Mongoose by Tobias S. Buckell
  66. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


  1. I was interested to read your review of ‘Suite Francaise’ as I am currently reading it for the book group I’m a member of. I mentioned to a friend that I was struggling to get through it before the next group meeting which is next week. She suggested looking onine to see if there were any reviews and ‘pinch’ a few phrases. However I didn’t look for that reason; I was curious as to whether anybody else felt like I did about the book – according to reviewees mentioned, it is a masterpiece. I’m no literary expert and maybe I’m too lowbrow to appreciate a literary masterpiece but I certainly don’t see it as one. I find the writing style a bit ‘jumpy’ in places – there are very quick descriptions of incidents before moving on to the next thing; it doesn’t flow well. And for myself, so far there have been no characters I can engage with or even any to dislike. I’ve resorted to speed reading in an attempt to finish it.



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