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Autumnal Equinox 2009: The Fall of the Summer Reading List

I’ve been updating the status of various books on this list since shortly after I first published my 2009 Summer Reading List. This post is scheduled to be published at 5:18pm on the 22nd of September, the official start of Fall. Let’s see how much reading I actually got done this summer…

Finished

  1. Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow.

    Rating: ★★★½☆ 

  2. The Touch by F. Paul Wilson.

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

  3. Glasshouse by Charles Stross.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

  4. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire · Book 1) by Naomi Novik.

    Rating: ★★★★★ 

  5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Audio; narrated by William Dufris).

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

  6. Lamb by Christopher Moore.

    Rating: ★★★★½ 

  7. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Audio; narrated by Simon Prebble).

    Rating: ★★★★★ 

  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

  9. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Audio; narrated by Ron Perlman).

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

  10. WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Audio; various narrators).

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

  11. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Audio; narrated by Marguerite Gavin).

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

  12. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

  13. Paranoia by Joseph Finder (Audio; narrated by Scott Brick).

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

  14. Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout.

    Rating: ★★★½☆ 

  15. The Destroyer #14: Judgment Day by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir.

    Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

  16. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.

    Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In Progress

  1. Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Audio; narrated by Bianca Amato).

Not Yet Started

  1. Throne of Jade (Temeraire · Book 2) by Naomi Novik.
  2. Personal Effects: Dark Art by J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman.
  3. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi.

Not too shabby, overall. My peculiar flavor of attention deficit disorder came into play, as I expected it would, and I read or started to read several titles that weren’t on the original list. I also failed to even start a handful from the original list, but maybe I’ll get around to them this fall. Speaking of fall, here (in no particular order) is the 2009 Fall Reading List:

  1. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Audio; narrated by Lyndam Gregory).
  2. The Devil You Know by Mike Carey.
  3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
  4. Batman: The Stone King by Alan Grant.
  5. Black Powder War (Temeraire · Book 3) by Naomi Novik.
  6. Broken Crescent by S. Andrew Swann.
  7. Furies of Calderon (The Codex Alera · Book 1) by Jim Butcher.
  8. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files · Book 2) by Jim Butcher.
  9. Condemned to Repeat It: The Philospher Who Flunked Life and Other Great Lessons from History by Wick Allison, Jeremy Adams and Gavin Hambly.
  10. Ill Wind by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason.
  11. The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan.

Random Stuff for Tuesday, 20 March

Test sites for WordPress themes display several standard elements so theme hunters can see how things like images and bulleted lists look on the page. As it happens, I’m in the process of tweaking the Blue Zinfandel theme and I’ve got a few random things that I wanted to talk about, giving me the perfect opportunity to put the theme through its paces and solicit additional feedback.

  1. I picked up a copy of Fool Moon today, the second book in Jim Butcher’s urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files. I tore through the first book, Blood Moon Storm FrontEDIT: Blood Moon? Where the hell did that come from?, over about two days when I was on vacation in Michigan, so I’m going to start Fool Moon as soon as I finish Eragon, which I’m about two-thirds of the way through.Liar, liar, pants on fire. Technically, I started reading Fool Moon while I was waiting for my General Tso’s Chicken at the China Express.
  2. My father was featured in a documentary that has (I’m told) aired twice in Finland. Laura and I got a copy of the 50-minute DVD in the mail yesterday. I think I’ll talk about it a little more once I’ve had a chance to watch it again.
  3. Laura’s birthday was Sunday. If you’ve been paying attention to My Twitter, you’ll know that my gift to her was food poisoning. I also got her some foul-tasting (but pretty) tea, a birthday card that looked familiar because I gave her the exact same one sometime in the past couple of years, flowers that were supposed to be a surprise but were anything but, and a couple of movies on DVD.
  4. Who’s the Man?
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    Kyle was sick a couple of weeks ago, but he’s feeling much better now. Actually, the entire Johnson household was under the weather; Kyle was the only one who didn’t seem to realize that he was sick. He had a cough and a runny nose, but was acting for the most part like nothing was out of the ordinary. If Laura and I were too slow with the tissues, Kyle would wind up wiping snot all over his face. Bleah.
  5. I didn’t watch the entire premiere of The Riches on FX, but I did see the second episode last night. Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver are both very good, and the show has a dark side that didn’t come across in the ads that drew me to it in the first place. I like what I’ve seen so far, though.
  6. On the topic of new shows, I also enjoyed the premiere of Raines starring Jeff Goldblum. The show has a very cool concept (cop talks to the victim of the homicide he’s trying to solve) and I really like the way Goldblum plays the character; Michael Raines has all of the quirks I associate with Jeff Goldblum, but he’s definitely more ruthless and edgy than I expected him to be. I appreciate that.
  7. Rae promises that Robin Hood will get better with the next episode. The first three episodes weren’t bad, but they could certainly have been better.
  8. I don’t think I like the default styling for ordered lists. Expect tweaks.
  9. It’s Game Night. I’m hoping to play Arkham Horror, but I’ll be happy playing pretty much anything.