Books read in 2007

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  1. Dwellers in the Mirage - A. Merritt
  2. Pirates of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  3. Lost on Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  4. Carson of Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  5. Escape on Venus - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne
  7. The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
  8. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
  9. Igniting the Reaches - David Drake
  10. Thirteen at Dinner - Agatha Christie
  11. Elephants can Remember - Agatha Christie
  12. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
  13. The Taking - Dean Koontz
  14. Old Man's War - John Scalzi
  15. The Short Victorious War - David Weber
  16. Field of Dishonor - David Weber
  17. The A.B.C. Murders - Agatha Christie
  18. Evil Under the Sun - Agatha Christie
  19. Flag in Exile - David Weber
  20. Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie
  21. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
  22. The Enchanted Planet - Pierre Barbet
  23. Farewell, My Lovely - Raymond Chandler
  24. Honor Among Enemies - David Weber
  25. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
  26. In Enemy Hands - David Weber
  27. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John Le Carre
  28. Echoes of Honor - David Weber
  29. Ashes of Victory - David Weber
  30. Earth's Last Citadel - C. L. Moore
  31. Night Train to Memphis - Elizabeth Peters
  32. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. Jirel of Joiry - C. L. Moore
  34. At the Mountains of Madness - H. P. Lovecraft
  35. Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith
  36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling
  37. 1984 - George Orwell
  38. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  39. Wittgenstein's Mistress - David Markson
  40. Erewhon - Samuel Butler
  41. Castle Rackrent - Maria Edgeworth
  42. Princess of Wands - John Ringo
  43. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  44. War of Honor - David Weber
  45. Through the Breach - David Drake
  46. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
  47. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin
  48. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan
  49. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. LeGuin
  50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  51. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
  52. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  53. The Sheepfarmer's Daughter - Elizabeth Moon
  54. I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
  55. The Yellow God - H. Rider Haggard
  56. Grace Based Parenting - Tim Kimmel
  57. Fury - Henry Kuttner
  58. The Castle of Dark - Tanith Lee
  59. The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. LeGuin
  60. Prince on a White Horse - Tanith Lee
  61. Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson
  62. Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  63. Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
  64. Elephantasm - Tanith Lee
  65. Dance Hall of the Dead - Tony Hillerman
  66. The Master of Ballantrae - Robert Louis Stevenson
  67. Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
  68. Skinwalkers - Tony Hillerman
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Listed in the order I finished them, as I'm usually reading 2 or 3 books at a time.

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Did you enjoy Erewhon? For a satire on utopias, I found the book oddly predicted some of our realities...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Over all, I was actually a little disappointed with it. I think this probably has more to do with high expectations than poor writing though. I just kept think… as far as political/social satire goes, I’ve read better… as far as utopia/dystopia stories go, I’ve read better… as far as lost race/lost civilization stories go, I’ve read better.

Still I see what you mean about it predicting some of our realities. I particularly liked the part where he discusses machines getting more efficient even as they got smaller. The passages about machines supplanting humanity as the dominant race on the planet seem rather ordinary in a culture that has been exposed to The Matrix and The Terminator. Then you take a moment to pause and remember this book was published more than a hundred years ago.

I especially enjoyed the sections on criminals being seen as sick and needing treatment from straighteners... years before our psychology-obsessed culture!

I confess the book could be much better, with the observations and satire proving far more durable than any attempt at plot. I do enjoy the pokes, though.

Ever notice the name of the super-secret prison in the middle of the ocean in the film Face/Off is the Erewhon Prison? :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Had you read A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan before? I just finished the series earlier this year, having discovered them last year. Let me know what you think! :D

Yeah, I'm reading them for the first time. They've been on my "maybe someday" list for a long time, and I'm not really sure why I finally decided to give them a try, but I'm glad I did. I thought A Wizard of Earthsea was pretty good, but I enjoyed The Tombs of Atuan more. I was a little unsure of continuing with the rest of the series. Having finished them all, would you recommend them?

I'd recommend them. The themes get progressively more complex and more adult-oriented (though not "adult"). Especially if you liked The Tombs of Atuan more than the first one. I think I liked them because they were more complex than just a coming-of-age story - though that was part of it. There's much less of the "reckless kid" stuff in the others. I hope that this is at least somewhat useful (busy day & I'm not sure I'm making good sense!). :)

Thanks for the recommendation, Faustess. I picked up book three at the library this weekend based on your input, and I’m interested to see how the story continues. I read the descriptions for books four and five and they look even more interesting, so it looks like I’ll probably read the whole series.