Nathan (mastadge) wrote,

Books read in 2011

Discovery of the year was Sarah Monette. I finally read her stories of Kyle Murchison Booth, which were exquisite and delightful and unsettling and sad and often very funny -- as, it turns out, are most of the rest of her stories. I can't wait to read her novels, both the old Doctrine of Labyrinths series and her new novel (written pseudonymously as Katherine Addison), this year.

Some of the other fictions that most tickled my fancy this year include:
The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories (2008) by Brian J. Showers
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2011) by Genevieve Valentine
Sensation (2011) by Nick Mamatas
Pym (2011) by Mat Johnson

As far as series stuff, I tore through the first six or seven of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga books at the end of 2010, and made it through the next six or seven at the beginning of 2011. Very enjoyable romps; I'll probably read the most recent couple this year. Also read the first four of George C. Chesbro's Mongo Mysteries. I started off enjoying them immensely but am quickly losing interest; I may or may not continue with them this year. I read more trilogies than I'd have expected this year, of which I particularly enjoyed Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces books, which are among the very few nouveau-urban fantasy series I've been able to get into; N. K. Jemisin's intimately epic Inheritance Trilogy; and D. M. Cornish's extremely imaginative Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy, recently repackaged with generic covers as The Foundling's Tale.

The nonfiction books that've most stuck in my head this year include Ryan and Jethá's Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (2010), Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) and Bourke's What It Means to Be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present (2011). I only read one volume of essays in 2011, Thomas Glave's Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (2005), and I liked it a lot. I plan to check out his fiction this year.

Didn't read many comics of interest. Read a few good ones at the beginning of the year, and caught up on a bunch of X-Men stuff toward the end. By far the most memorable was been Gerry Alanguilan's ELMER, which, come to think of it, would make an interesting pairing with Joseph D'Lacey's novel MEAT.

114. Unnatural Creatures (2011) by Sarah Monette

113. Somewhere Beneath Those Waves (2011) by Sarah Monette [Amazon]

112. Guards! Guards! (A Novel of Discworld) (1989) by Terry Pratchett [Amazon]

111. What It Means to Be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present (2011) by Joanna Bourke [Amazon]

110. Making Money (A Novel of Discworld) (2007) by Terry Pratchett [Amazon]

109. The Beasts of Valhalla (1985) by George C. Chesbro [Amazon]

108. Evolutionary Restraints: The Contentious History of Group Selection (2010) by Mark E. Borrello [Amazon]

107. On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System (1978) by Judi Chamberlin [Amazon]

106. Zoo City (2010) by Lauren Beukes [Amazon]

105. Factotum (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book Three) (2010) by D. M. Cornish [Amazon]

104. The Kingdom of Gods (Book Three of the Inheritance Trilogy) (2011) by N. K. Jemisin [Amazon]

103. The Broken Kingdoms (Book Two of the Inheritance Trilogy) (2010) by N. K. Jemisin [Amazon]

102. What Is Calculus About? (1961) by W. W. Sawyer [Amazon]

101. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy) (2010) by N. K. Jemisin [Amazon]

100. Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book Two) (2008) by D. M. Cornish [Amazon]

99. Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One) (2006) by D. M. Cornish [Amazon]

98. MEAT (2008) by Joseph D'Lacey [Amazon]

97. Dark Harvest (2006) by Norman Partridge [Amazon]

96. An Affair of Sorcerers (1979) by George C. Chesbro [Amazon]

95. In a Glass Darkly (1872) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [Amazon]

94. Astonishing X-Men (2008-2011) by Warren Ellis et al [Ghost Box | eXogenetic | Xenogenesis]

93. The Wolf's Tooth: Keystone Predators, Trophic Cascades, and Biodiversity (2010) by Cristina Eisenberg [Amazon]

92. The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories (2008) by Brian J. Showers [Amazon]

91. Dracula: The Company of Monsters (2010-2011) written by Daryl Gregory, art by Scott Godlewski et al, from a story by Kurt Busiek [Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3]

90. The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us (2011) by Sheril Kirshenbaum [Amazon]

89. Let's Play White (2011) by Chesya Burke [Amazon]

88. City of Whispering Stone (1978) by George C. Chesbro [Amazon]

87. Heart of Iron (2011) by Ekaterina Sedia [Amazon]

86. The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth (2009) by John Kricher [Amazon]

85. New Mutants (2009-2011) by Zeb Wells et al [Vol. 1: Return of Legion | Vol. 2: Necrosha | X-Men: Second Coming | Vol. 3: Fall of the New Mutants]

84. Denying Science: Conspiracy Theories, Media Distortions, and the War Against Reality (2011) by John Grant [Amazon]

83. The Desolate Presence and other uncanny stories (1984) translated by Iain White from the French by Thomas Owen [Amazon]

82. Already Dead (2005) by Charlie Huston [Amazon]

81. Circle of Enemies (A Twenty Palaces Novel) (2011) by Harry Connolly [Amazon]

80. X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost (writers) and Gabriele Dell'Otto (artist) [Amazon]

79. X-Force (2008-2010) by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost et al [Vol. 1: Angels and Demons | Vol. 2: Old Ghosts | Vol. 3: Not Forgotten | Necrosha | X-Men: Second Coming]

78. Mirror in the Mirror: A Labyrinth (1986) translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn from Der Spiegel im Spiegel: Ein Labyrinth (1984) by Michael Ende [Amazon]

77. Cable (2008-2010) by Duane Swierczynski et al. [Vol. 1: War Baby | Vol. 2: Waiting for the End of the World | Messiah War | Vol. 3: Stranded | Vol. 4: Homecoming]

76. Shadow of a Broken Man (1977) by George C. Chesbro [Amazon]

75. New X-Men (2005-2008) by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost et al. [Vol. 1: Childhood's End | Vol. 2: Crusade | Vol. 3: Nimrod | Vol. 4: Mercury Falling | Vol. 5: The Quest for Magik | X-Men: Messiah CompleX]

74. New Mutants and New X-Men: Academy X (2003-2005) by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir et al. [New Mutants, Vol. 1: Back to School | Vol. 2: The Ties That Bind | New X-Men: Academy X, Vol. 1 – Choosing Sides | Vol. 2: Haunted | Vol. 3: X-Posed | New X-Men: Hellions]

73. Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline [Amazon]

72. Game of Cages (A Twenty Palaces Novel) (2010) by Harry Connolly [Amazon]

71. Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (2007) by Ádám Miklósi [

70. Child of Fire (A Twenty Palaces Novel) (2009) by Harry Connolly [Amazon]

69a. The Shadow out of Time: The Corrected Text (1936, 2001) by H. P. Lovecraft [Amazon]

69. The Dunwich Horror and Others (corrected edition; 1963, 1984) by H. P. Lovecraft [Amazon]

68. Never Learn Anything From History: A Collection of Comics (2009) by Kate Beaton [TopatoCo]

67. Ghouls in My Grave (1965) translated by Lowell Bair from the French by Jean Ray [Amazon]

66. The Stepsister Scheme (Book One of the Princess series) (2009) by Jim C. Hines [Amazon]

65. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) by Michelle Alexander [Amazon]

64. Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry (2010) ed. by Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy & Alys Willman [Amazon]

53. Toward Truth: A Psychological Guide to Enlightenment (2010) by Daniel Mackler [Amazon]

62. A Haunting Beauty: Stories of the Macabre (1983, 2000) by Charles Birkin [Amazon]

61. The Damned Busters (To Hell and Back) (2011) by Matthew Hughes [Amazon]

60. Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (2011) by Genevieve Valentine [Amazon]

59. Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (2005) by Thomas Glave [Amazon]

58. Falling in Love: Why We Choose The Lovers We Choose (second edition; 1999, 2005) by Ayala Malach Pines [Amazon]

57. Pym (2011) by Mat Johnson [Amazon]

56. One-Dimensional Woman (2009) by Nina Power [Amazon]

55. Deathless (2011) by Catherynne M. Valente [Amazon]

54. Sensation (2011) by Nick Mamatas [Amazon]

53. Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab—the Body Farm—Where the Dead Do Tell Tales (2003) by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson [Amazon]

52. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart (2008) by Bill Bishop with Robert G. Cushing [Amazon]

51. Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp, with the collaboration of Joshua Paulson and the assistance of Christopher A. Miller and Hardy Merriman [Amazon]

50. True Notebooks (2003) by Mark Salzman [Amazon]

49. Meat Market: Female Flesh under Capitalism (2011) by Laurie Penny [Amazon]

48. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) (2010) by Suzanne Collins [Amazon]

47. Existence 3.0 (2009-2010) by Nick Spencer (words) and Ronald Salas (art) [Amazon]

46. Existence 2.0 (2009) by Nick Spencer (words) and Ronald Salas (art) [Amazon]

45. Thor: The Mighty Avenger (2010-2011) by Roger Langridge (script) and Chris Samnee (art) with Matthew Wilson (colors) [Volume 1 | Volume 2]

44. The Mermaids Singing (1995) by Val McDermid [Amazon]

43. Catching Fire (The Second Book of The Hunger Games) (2009) by Suzanne Collins [Amazon]

42. Essential Theory for Social Work Practice (2006) by Chris Beckett [Amazon]

41. A Civil Campaign (1999) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

40. Komarr (1998) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

39. Dreamweaver's Dilemma: Short Stories and Essays (1996) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

38. The Hunger Games (2008) by Suzanne Collins [Amazon]

37. A Companion to Wolves (2007) by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear [Amazon]

36. A Game of Thrones (Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire) (1996) by George R. R. Martin [Amazon]

35. The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword (2007-2008) adapted by Ben Avery (script) and Mike S. Miller (pencils) from "The Sworn Sword" (2003) by George R. R. Martin [Amazon]

34. The Hedge Knight (2003-2004) adapted by Ben Avery (script) and Mike S. Miller (pencils) from the "The Hedge Knight" (1998) by George R. R. Martin [Amazon]

33. The Brains of Rats (1990) by Michael Blumlein [Amazon]

32. Memory (1996) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

31. Cetaganda (1995) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

30. Mirror Dance (1994) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

29. Bet Me (2004) by Jennifer Crusie [Amazon]

28. Air (2008-2010) by G. Willow Wilson (words) and M.K. Perker (pictures) [Vol. 1: Letters from Lost Countries | Vol. 2: Flying Machine | Vol. 3: Pureland | Vol. 4: A History of the Future]

27. Scorch Atlas (2009) by Blake Butler [Amazon]

26. The Bone Key (2007) by Sarah Monette [Amazon]

25. Star Wars: Knight Errant (2011) by John Jackson Miller [Amazon]

24. Deep State (2011) by Walter Jon Williams [Amazon]

23. This Is Not a Game (2009) by Walter Jon Williams [Amazon]

22. Above/Below (2011) by Stephanie Campisi and Ben Peek [Twelfth Planet Press]

21. Whose America?: Culture Wars in the Public Schools (2002) by Jonathan Zimmerman [Amazon]

20. The Elements of Investing (2010) by Burton G. Malkiel and Charles D. Ellis [Amazon]

19. ELMER (2006-2008) by Gerry Alanguilan [Amazon]

18. In the Mean Time (2010) by Paul Tremblay [Amazon | ChiZine Publications]

17. Who was Changed and Who was Dead (1954) by Barbara Comyns [Amazon]

16. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality (2010) by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá [Amazon]

15. Among Others (2011) by Jo Walton [Amazon]

14. Market Day (2010) by James Sturm [Amazon]

13. The Unsinkable Walker Bean (2010) by Aaron Renier [Amazon]

12. Star Wars: Red Harvest (2010) by Joe Schreiber [Amazon]

11. The Spirit Ring (1992) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]

10. A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life (2010) by Steven Kotler [Amazon]

9. Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan (2011) by Marita Krivda Poxon, Rachel Hildebrandt, and the Old York Road Historical Society [Amazon]

8. Aspects of Wagner (revised and enlarged edition; 1968, 1988) by Bryan Magee [Amazon]

7. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice (2nd edition, 2000, 2009) by Norman Tyler, Ted J. Ligibel and Ilene R. Tyler -- Originally published in 1994 as Issues of Historic Preservation. [Amazon]

6. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (2010) by Danielle Evans [Amazon]

5. Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self (1990) by Nikolas Rose [Amazon]

4. Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid: A Graphic Novel of Dueling Jewish Folktales in the Wild West (2010) by Steve Sheinkin [Amazon]

3. Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West (2008) by Steve Sheinkin [Amazon]

2. The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West (2006) by Steve Sheinkin [Amazon]

1. Barrayar (1991) by Lois McMaster Bujold [Amazon]
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