read in 2002

  • 1-1 Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (reread)
  • 1-2 The Body Artist by Don DeLillo
  • 1-4 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • 1-7 Introducing Jung by Maggie Hyde and Michael McGuinness
  • 1-10 Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • 1-16 The Three Clocks by James Thurber
  • 1-27 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • 1-28 Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
  • 1-29 Pixel Juice by Jeff Noon
  • 1-30 Voice of Our Shadow by Jonathan Carroll
  • 2-3 When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 2-4 The Discworld Companion by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs
  • 2-6 Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster
  • 2-9 Mort by Terry Pratchett
  • 2-12 Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll
  • 2-15 Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt
  • 2-19 The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson
  • 2-19 From the Teeth of Angels by Jonathan Carroll
  • 2-20 Smoke Screen by Marianne MacDonald
  • 2-26 The Amazing Adventues of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 3-3 Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll
  • 3-9 Lamb by Christopher Moore
  • 3-11 The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll
  • 3-16 Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
  • 3-22 Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan
  • 3-24 The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart
  • 3-29 A Child Across the Sky by Jonathan Carroll
  • 4-1 Valentine by Lucius Shepard
  • 4-3 The Discoverers by Daniel J. Boorstin
  • 4-4 Effective C++ by Scott Meyers (2nd edition)
  • 4-4 Little Lit Strange Stories for Strange Kids edited by Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly
  • 4-12 The Skinner by Neal Asher
  • 4-15 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rats by Terry Pratchett
  • 4-15 Harlequin Valentine by Neil Gaiman & John Bolton
  • 4-17 Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll
  • 4-29 The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • 5-1 Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  • 5-2 Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler
  • 5-4 The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
  • 5-5 The Adventures of Barry Ween Boy Genius by Judd Winick
  • 5-6 The Adventures of Barry Ween Boy Genius 3 by Judd Winick
  • 5-7 Headcrash by Bruce Bethke
  • 5-8 The Book Shop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • 5-9 Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
  • 5-10 Full Exposure by Susie Bright
  • 5-14 100 Best Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith
  • 5-19 Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • 5-22 The Architect of Ruins by Herbert Rosendorfer
  • 5-23 The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
  • 5-29 Gain by Richard Powers
  • 5-30 Replay by Ken Grimwood
  • 6-2 The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
  • 6-3 Patternmaster by Octavia E. Butler
  • 6-4 Stealing My Rules by Don Webb
  • 6-7 Slug Tossing by Meg DesCamp
  • 6-8 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • 6-8 Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis
  • 6-12 The Gumshoe, the Witch & the Virtual Corpse by Keith Hartman
  • 6-14 The Hot Jazz Trio by William Kotzwinkle
  • 6-16 Nebula Award Stories Eleven edited by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 6-26 Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • 6-30 All the Names by Jose Saramago
  • 7-1 As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem
  • 7-3 Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • 7-4 Cities of the Fantastic: Brusel by Schuiten and Peeters
  • 7-7 Arabs & Israel for Beginners by Ron David
  • 7-11 Speaking in Tongues by Ian McDonald
  • 7-11 Now Wait for Last Year by Philip K. Dick
  • 7-26 Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
  • 7-27 The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  • 8-3 A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • 8-5 The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll
  • 8-11 Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton
  • 8-12 Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  • 8-18 4 Fantastic Novels by Daniel Pinkwater
  • 8-19 Barry Ween Boy Genius 4 by Judd Winick
  • 8-21 Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujols
  • 8-25 He, She & It by Marge Piercy
  • 8-26 A Walking Tour of the Shambles by Gene Wolfe & Neil Gaiman
  • 8-27 Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  • 9-2 The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh
  • 9-15 The Adventures of Barry Ween Boy Genius 2.0 by Judd Winick
  • 9-15 Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (reread)
  • 9-22 Roots by Alex Haley
  • 9-24 The Grand Complication by Allen Kurzweil
  • 9-25 Our Lady of Chernobyl by Greg Egan
  • 9-26 Alexandria by Nick Bantock
  • 9-26 Toast and Other Rusted Futures by Charles Stross
  • 9-30 Transreal! by Rudy Rucker
  • 10-2 Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart
  • 10-3 After Silence by Jonathan Carroll
  • 10-7 Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • 10-9 Destroy All Brains! by Paul Di Filippo
  • 10-11 The Merry Heart by Robertson Davies
  • 10-12 The Deep by John Crowley
  • 10-12 Strange Monsters of the Recent Past by Howard Waldrop
  • 10-16 Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
  • 10-19 User Interface Design for Programmers by Joel Spolsky
  • 10-22 Otherness by David Brin
  • 10-23 Illusions by Richard Bach
  • 10-26 Tale of the Unknown Island by Jose Saramago
  • 10-29 Guns Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond
  • 11-2 The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch & Michael Martchenko
  • 11-3 White Apples by Jonathan Carroll
  • 11-8 Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • 11-11 Shenanigans edited by Sarah Champion & Donal Scannell
  • 11-11 Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
  • 11-11 Divided We Fall by Haynes Johnson
  • 11-13 Kissing the Beehive by Jonathan Carroll
  • 11-17 Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  • 11-18 The Chosen by Kate Chopin
  • 11-19 Little Birds by Anais Nin
  • 11-22 Wonders, Inc by Crawford Kilian
  • 11-23 The Panic Hand by Jonathan Carroll
  • 11-28 Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card
  • 11-30 The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 11-30 Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  • 12-2 Waiting by Ha Jin
  • 12-5 The Heidelberg Cylinder by Jonathan Carroll
  • 12-6 Valhalla by Tom Holt
  • 12-8 Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis
  • 12-8 Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl
  • 12-15 Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
  • 12-17 Southern Discomfort by Rita Mae Brown
  • 12-29 Aqua Erotica by Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • 12-25 My Name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok
  • 12-26 Djinn Rummy by Tom Holt
  • 12-29 Whites by Norman Rush
  • 12-29 Roads by Larry McMurtry
Author Comments: 

Comments can be usually found in my book log

Did you enjoy the Auster and the DeLillo?

Thurber's always fun.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

The Auster I really liked. The DeLillo was my least favorite of his so far. A slow read for such a short book.

How was Salt? I heard about that a few months ago, and it sounded intruiging.

I enjoyed it. It was a fairly fast read and quite informative though he had a bit of a tendency to jump around and insert a bunch of little stories here and there without necessarily a lot of attempt to tie them together.

I had no idea that Gandhi's march was about salt (at least partially), that salt used to be heavily tax, or that wars were fought over it.

Funny, I just read one of Susie Bright's older books. How was Full Exposure for you?

I enjoyed it but think I like the earlier ones better.

WOW, that's quite a list. It seems like we have some similiar reading tastes. I just finished _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ a couple weeks ago, I love Jonathan Lethem but haven't read _As She Climbed Across the Table_ yet. I've read and enjoyed a couple books by Bill Bryson and Octavia Butler too. I've only read _Black Cocktail_ and _A Child Across the Sky_ by Jonathan Carroll but I really like him. How do you find all his books? Are you from England, some of his stuff is pretty hard to find in the US. (and actually I sold both of those books I read for about $20 a piece on

My real question though is, How did you like _Perdido Street Station_, _Headcrash_ and _The Gumshoe, the Witch & the Virtual Corpse_? I've read _PSS_ but not the other 2.

I got a bunch of the Jonathan Carroll books off of or ebay. I've not read all of them yet but I've got all of them. (I'm spacing them out a little just because).

I really liked PSS though I'm not sure about the ending. Headcrash was fun but not astounding (parts felt dated). The Gumshoe, The Witch & the Virtual Corpse was fun but not for the closeminded.

I've actually been trying to write about everything I read lately in a book log.

I checked out your book log. That's pretty cool, I do that too, but on the Amazon message boards with a couple of friends. That way we can talk about the stuff we read and keep up with each other's daily lives. It's fun. Saying that you decided to read a little more before you went to bed and then starting a finishing a novel just blows my mind. I do have friends that do that too, but it still amazes me everytime I hear it. A good 400 page novel will take me 3 or 4 weeks to finish.

The Gumshoe story looked pretty interesting, I was just worried it might be really silly. I'm about as open minded as it gets (I like to think that anyway) the only things that really bother me in books are cruelty to animals or kids, graphic sex scenes that are not needed in the story and when authors use stories as an excuse to tell everyone their philosophies on life (if they're subtle it's ok).

Gumshoe isn't really silly, no. I can see how the premise could lead one to guess that though :)

Thanks. Maybe I'll pick it up if I see it.

Hey kbuxton, I figure of all people you might be able to help me with recommendations. I've been reading some Japanese authors lately and I've been blown away. I've liked Haruki Murakami for a while now, but I just recently discovered Mishima and Ishiguro. Definitely most impressed by Mishima. Anyways, could you give me recommendations on Japanese authors that you've enjoyed reading? I've heard of Tanizaki and Kawabata, have you read them?

I've actually been expanding my own horizons in that direction lately as well. It started with Murakami. You might try Ryu Murakami as well. Ishiguro seems to be as much British as Japanese (at least culturally) and I've had about a 50/50 hit rate on him so far. I've picked up books by Tnizaki and Mishima lately but have yet to get around to reading them (I buy books much faster than I read them). You might try Kobo Abe. I've read two and they were very different from each other. Two that I had recommended but haven't read yet is Oe and Banana Yoshimoto.

Oh, just remembered another suggestion. It's a book of short stories by modern Japanese authors called Monkey Brain Sushi. I've not finished yet but have been slowing working my way through it (I generally don't sit down and read books of short stories straight through).

This is exceedingly nifty. I should do this meself, but I'm afraid it would hold a lot fewer entries. Regardless, I admire your curiosity and breadth of interest...

I started keeping track in 97. I wish I'd started sooner but that was when I ran into someone else's list that gave me the idea.

Did you enjoy The Grand Complication? I thought it was slow at the beginning, but just when I was about to give up, it got quite interesting.

I liked it and enjoyed reading it, but wouldn't put it in my top 10 or anything. I can't say the very end made me that happy either.

It's actually a pretty funny book to do a web search on. You get some very strange reviews that are all over the spectrum.

ok, thanks to you, I'm going to record which books I read next year. this list is fab as always.

thanks :)

How was Survivor? I've been thinking about reading some Palahniuk for awhile, but haven't gotten around to it. Perhaps if you liked it that would provide the final nudge to get me to the library.

Interestingly I really didn't like it at the beginning, but by the end did. I've actually been doing a little bit of a writeup on everything I read (though sometimes I'm a few days behind) at

Wow, that's great Kristen! Does Blogger generate newsfeeds? I'd subscribe to your weblog in a second. I'm running Radio and I love using its news aggregator. One of the things I'm going to build for Listology is extensive XML feeds. Access to them might be a "Listology Pro" feature, but that's just one of the things I'm kicking around in my craw at the moment.

It looks like it does if you're using the Pro version, but I'm still doing the free one.

Though it looks like there's some 3rd party solutions like:

I've used some for news aggregation, but still mostly just go look at a bunch of things daily.

Pretty nifty! Although I think the first step in that link is for you to set up your Blogger weblog with templates such that it is output as XML to your hosting server. Then on your hosting server you need PHP to output the XML as HTML or an RSS channel. So I don't think I could subscribe to your site "as is" (although I know there are other third-party tools that will scrape a plain HTML site and convert it to RSS, but that seems expensive to me.

Okay, I see that Jonathan Carroll appears on here 12 times. Tell me more about him! I gather you like him. What's a good starter book?

His stuff generally starts out seeming like straight fiction and then goes weird (in a good way) somewhere in the middle. His last two books have been my least favorites though, so I wouldn't start there. My favorites have been Outside the Dog Museum (out of print), Bones of the Moon, The Land of Laughs and The Marriage of Sticks.

He has a nice website too.

Hey, I just thought of a suggestion: usually when I see this list has updated I read it to see what's new and then I click on over to your book log. Perhaps you could add a link to that in the comments to save me finding it in my bookmarks? I bet others would be interested in reading it as well.

Will do. I've never been sure how many people are interested in such things.