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Books read, September 2010

Offered with brief commentary because I've got places to be!

68. The Old Knowledge & Other Strange Tales (2010) by Rosalie Parker -- A slim collection of quiet tales that makes a good rainy afternoon read. (It was originally to be published by Ex Occidente; I don't know what happened, but I'm glad Brian J. Showers ended up with it instead, as I'm still waiting for some EO titles from more than a year ago.) The stories that were simply unsettling generally worked better than the stories that attempted a twist at the end. A good collection, but I'm not sure it'll stick with me. [The Swan River Press | Amazon]

67. Redemption in Indigo (2010) by Karen Lord -- I think Small Beer Press may be unique among publishers in having yet to offer a title I've read and not enjoyed. This is a charming and delightful little novel that inspired more laughs and smiles than anything else I've read in some time. [Amazon]

66. Haunted Legends (2010) edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas -- A slightly above-average anthology that didn't have any duds, but also didn't get me in the gut or down the spine as often as I'd expected or hoped for. Still, a majority of strong stories from a nice mix of writers make this worth checking out. [Amazon]

65. The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion (2008) by Matt Taibbi -- Taibbi gets American politics. He's also very funny. Unfortunately, lack of footnotes combined with several lazy errors (the period from August 29 - September 26 is not "just over three weeks" but is, in fact, four whole weeks, and Aaron is renamed Joe for a paragraph) have me wondering what factual mistakes may have been made. Still, a very enjoyable (and quite scary) book. [Amazon]

64. Star Wars: Legacy (2006-2010) by John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, et al. -- Midrange work from Ostrander. The politics and battles were good, but the ongoing saga of Cade "I'm not a Jedi" Skywalker got old fast. Still, the best of the Star Wars comics published over the last few years. Major drawback: Dark Horse has decided to restructure their Star Wars line, so decided, to the surprise of readers and creative team alike, to cancel the solidly-selling book at a point when the end was nowhere in sight. So this book ended at the end of a story arc but not at the end of the story. Then they announced that there would be a miniseries in a few months to actually let the story end. As it stands, this is a decent book without an end. Next year we'll see if six more issues can bring this to a proper close. [Volume 1: Broken | Volume 2: Shards | Volume 3: Claws of the Dragon | Volume 4: Alliance | Volume 5: The Hidden Temple | Volume 6: Vector | Volume 7: Storms | Volume 8: Tatooine | Volume 9: Monster | Volume 10: Extremes]

63. Sourdough and Other Stories (2010) by Angela Slatter -- Loved it. Gorgeous, enthralling book of linked short stories. The stories were great on their own and better together. [Tartarus Press | Amazon]

62. One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (2007) by Dani Rodrik -- A series of essays that, together, reinforce the idea that different places with different situations need different, localized approaches to development. Familiar ideas, but with more math and specific examples and policy suggestions than in more popular books in the genre. [Amazon]

61. Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (2009) by Robert Shearman -- This book co-won the Shirley Jackson award for best collection. I mostly picked it up because I loved the title. The stories were sharp, occasionally painful, and quite clever, but they were also mostly written in a single voice, a very British conversational style that reads kind of like Neil Gaiman at his most twee, which I ultimately found more annoying than endearing, diminishing my appreciation for the book a bit. [Big Finish | Amazon]


60. The Lifecycle of Software Objects (2010) by Ted Chiang [Amazon]
59. When the Hands Are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti (2001) by Jennie M. Smith [Amazon]
58. Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing (2009) edited by Delia Sherman & Christopher Barzak [Amazon]
57. Unthinkable (2009) by Mark Sable (words) and Julian Totino Tedesco (pictures) [Amazon]
56. The Ethics of Memory (2002) by Avishai Margalit [Amazon]
55. Scott Pilgrim (2004-2010) by Bryan Lee O'Malley [Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life | Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World | Vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness | Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together | Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe | Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour]
54. A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees (2010) by Clare Dudman [Amazon]
53. A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories (2010) by Beth Bernobich [Amazon]
52. The Sword (2007-2010) by the Luna Brothers [Vol. 1: Fire | Vol. 2: Water | Vol. 3: Earth | Vol. 4: Air]
51. Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir (2010) by Ander Monson [Amazon]
50. Tough Choices: Structured Paternalism and the Landscape of Choice (2010) by Sigal R. Ben-Porath [Amazon]
49. "Remember You're a One-Ball!" (2010) by Quentin S. Crisp [Amazon]
48. Criminal (2006-2007) by Ed Brubaker (words) and Sean Phillips (pictures) [Vol. 1: Coward | Vol. 2: Lawless]
47. Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (2010) by Daniel Abraham [Amazon]
46. Who Fears Death (2010) by Nnedi Okorafor [Amazon]
45. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2006-2010) by John Jackson Miller et al. [Volume 1: Commencement | Volume 2: Flashpoint | Volume 3: Days of Fear, Nights of Anger | Volume 4: Daze of Hate, Knights of Suffering | Volume 5: Vector | Volume 6: Vindication | Volume 7: Dueling Ambitions | Volume 8: Destroyer | Volume 9: Demon]
44. Madeleine Is Sleeping (2004) by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum [Amazon]
43. The Specific Gravity of Grief (2010) by Jay Lake [Fairwood Press]
42. Memory's Tailor (1998) by Lawrence Rudner [University Press of Mississippi | Amazon]
41. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (2009) by Wells Tower [Amazon]
40. Through the Drowsy Dark: Short Fiction and Poetry (2010) by Rachel Swirsky [Aqueduct Press | Amazon]
39. God of War (2010) by Matthew Stover and Robert E. Vardeman [Amazon]
38. Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular (2009) by Graham Joyce [Amazon]
37. Best Served Cold (2009) by Joe Abercrombie [Amazon]
36. Narrative Power: Encounters, Celebrations, Struggles (2010) edited by L. Timmel Duchamp [Amazon]
35. Producing Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School (2009) by Peter Demerath [Amazon]
34. Occultation and Other Stories (2010) by Laird Barron [Amazon]
33. Gringos in Honduras: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (1995) by Guillermo Yuscarán [Amazon]
32. Passion Play (2010) by Beth Bernobich [Amazon]
31. GrimJack: The Manx Cat (2007-2008) by John Ostrander (words) and Timothy Truman (pictures) [Amazon]
30. Feed (2002) by M.T. Anderson [Amazon]
29. Moonshine (2010) by Alaya Johnson [Amazon]
28. Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (1998, revised 2003) by Muhammad Yunus with Alan Jolis [Amazon]
27. Ship Breaker (2010) by Paolo Bacigalupi [Amazon]
26. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection (2004) by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing [Amazon]
25. Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival (2007) by Daniel Jaffee [Amazon]
24. Expiration Date (2010) by Duane Swierczynski [Amazon]
23. Planetary (1999-2009) by Warren Ellis (words) and John Cassaday (pictures), et al. [Book 1: All Over the World and Other Stories | Book 2: The Fourth Man | Book 3: Leaving the 20th Century | Book 4: Spacetime Archaeology]
22. The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa (2007) by Helen Epstein [Amazon]
21. Cuba's Academic Advantage: Why Students in Cuba Do Better in School (2007) by Martin Carnoy with Amber K. Gove and Jeffery H. Marshall [Amazon]
20. Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century (2006) by Jonathan Zimmerman [Amazon]
19. Horns (2010) by Joe Hill [Amazon]
18. Chasing the Dragon (2009) by Nicholas Kaufmann [ChiZine Publications]
17. I Kill Giants (2008) by Joe Kelly (words) and JM Ken Nimura (art) [Amazon]
16. Action Philosophers! (2005-2009) by Fred Van Lente (words) and Ryan Dunlavey (pictures) [Amazon]
15. Rules of '48 (2009) by Jack Cady [Amazon]
14. Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (2006) by Sally Engle Merry [Amazon]
13. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (2002) by Rachel Simmons [Amazon]
12. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To (2010) by DC Pierson [Amazon]
11. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006) by William Easterly [Amazon]
10. Ultra: Seven Days (2004-2005) by The Luna Brothers [Amazon]
9. Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008) by Jeffrey D. Sachs [Amazon]
8. Words of Birth and Death (2006) by Hannu Rajaniemi [Writers’ Bloc]
7. Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story (1992) by Paul Monette [Amazon]
6. Sleepless (2010) by Charlie Huston [Amazon]
5. Bone Black: memories of girlhood (1996) by bell hooks [Amazon]
4. The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas translated by Gregory Rabassa from Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1881) by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis [Amazon]
3. The City & The City (2009) by China Miéville [Amazon]
2. Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (2009) by Mary Robinette Kowal [Amazon]
1. Soulless (Book One of The Parasol Protectorate) (2009) by Gail Carriger [Amazon]
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