read in 2003

  • 1-1 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  • 1-2 Possession by A.S. Byatt
  • 1-6 Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
  • 1-12 The Best of Pulphouse edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • 1-12 Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn (reread)
  • 1-14 Fitting in Fitness by the American Heart Association
  • 1-14 The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 1-14 The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick & Woolcott Smith
  • 1-16 The Very Slow Time Machine by Ian Watson
  • 1-23 Life Form by Alan Dean Foster
  • 1-24 Declare by Tim Powers
  • 1-27 Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  • 1-28 Tepper isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin
  • 1-30 Them Bones by Howard Waldrop
  • 2-03 My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
  • 2-06 Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • 2-07 Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • 2-10 Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
  • 2-10 Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino
  • 2-12 Riding Shotgun by Rita Mae Brown
  • 2-13 A Rush of Dreamers by John Cech
  • 2-15 Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • 2-19 The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • 2-24 Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
  • 2-27 I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • 3-3 What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson
  • 3-7 Trader by Charles De Lint
  • 3-11 TSOG by Robert Anton Wilson
  • 3-13 Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • 3-17 Stark by Ben Elton
  • 3-22 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • 3-25 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • 3-26 The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning
  • 3-27 My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • 3-29 Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
  • 3-31 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Acehbe
  • 4-3 Blue Moon over Thurman Street by Ursula K. LeGuin & Roger Dorband
  • 4-5 The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
  • 4-7 The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod
  • 4-7 Weight Training for Dummies by Liz Neporent and Suzanne Schlosberg
  • 4-10 Velocities by Stephen Dobyns
  • 4-13 Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
  • 4-16 CodeNotes for Web-Based UI by Gregory Brill
  • 4-19 Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  • 4-21 A Far Rockaway of the Heart by Lawrence Ferlinghatti
  • 4-21 Bento: Story Art Box edited by Allen Spiegel
  • 4-23 Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  • 4-25 Uncle Boris in the Yukon by Daniel Pinkwater
  • 5-04 The Seeds of Time by Kay Kenyon
  • 5-05 From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
  • 5-6 The Reader's Quotation Book by Steven Gilbar, ed
  • 5-15 City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
  • 5-19 Programming Interviews Exposed by John Mongan and Noah Suojanen
  • 5-21 Eater by Gregory Benford
  • 5-24 On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • 5-27 A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • 5-28 Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins
  • 6-03 The Armchair Economist by Steven E. Landsburg
  • 6-05 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • 6-06 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
  • 6-07 Feersum Endjinn Iain M. Banks
  • 6-10 Creatures of Light and Dark by Roger Zelazny
  • 6-12 Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
  • 6-15 Bone, vol 1. by Jeff Smith
  • 6-16 Bone, vol 2. by Jeff Smith
  • 6-16 McSweeney's 6
  • 6-18 Bone, vol 3. by Jeff Smith
  • 6-19 The Grapes of Ralph by Ralph Steadman
  • 6-19 Real Things by Jim Elledge and Susan Swartwout, eds
  • 6-22 Capolan by Nick Bantock
  • 6-24 Fluke by Christopher Moore
  • 6-26 Conjunctions:39
  • 6-30 Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
  • 6-30 Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 7-1 Falling Sideways by Tom Holt
  • 7-4 A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • 7-5 Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • 7-6 The Complete Maus by Art Siegelman
  • 7-7 Tourists by Lisa Goldstein
  • 7-7 Rubicon Beach by Steve Erickson
  • 7-9 Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk
  • 7-9 Underground by Haruki Murakami
  • 7-10 Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick
  • 7-12 The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • 7-15 Seek by Rudy Rucker
  • 7-16 The Last Harbor George Foy
  • 7-17 Gridlinked by Neal Asher
  • 7-18 Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  • 7-22 The U.N. for Beginners by Ian Williams
  • 7-23 Little Doors by Paul Di Filippo
  • 7-24 Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 7-25 Timbuktu by Paul Auster
  • 7-26 Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  • 7-29 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • 7-30 Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  • 7-30 City of Glass by Douglas Coupland
  • 7-31 The End of the Road by Tom Bodett
  • 7-31 Skellig by David Almond
  • 8-2 Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • 8-6 Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
  • 8-7 Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • 8-12 Spaceland by Rudy Rucker
  • 8-12 The Fat Man in History by Peter Carey
  • 8-13 A Year in the Linear City by Paul Di Filippo
  • 8-15 Bone vol 4 by Jeff Smith
  • 8-21 Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton
  • 8-24 the Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • 8-27 King Rat by China Mieville
  • 8-30 Bone vol 5 by Jeff Smith
  • 9-1 New Ideas from Dead Economists by Todd G. Buccholz
  • 9-5 A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • 9-9 Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 9-9 Headlong by Simon Ings
  • 9-11 The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • 9-15 Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
  • 9-18 Why is Sex Fun? by Jared Diamond
  • 9-20 The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  • 9-20 The Dream Years by Lisa Goldstein
  • 9-23 Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 9-23 Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • 9-24 Bone vol 6 by Jeff Smith
  • 9-26 Futurama-O-Rama by Matt Groening
  • 10-2 The Innocent by Ian McEwan
  • 10-9 Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
  • 10-12 Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
  • 10-14 Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  • 10-15 From David's Pure Vegetarian Kitchen by Gabbe, David A.
  • 10-16 Stupid, Stupid Rat Tales by Jeff Smith, Tom Sniegoski & Stan Sakai
  • 10-16 Bone vol 7 by Jeff Smith
  • 10-17 Monstrous Regiment by Pratchett, Terry
  • 10-20 Black Projects, White Knights by Kage Baker
  • 10-20 The Education of Robert Nifkin by Pinkwater, Daniel
  • 10-23 Bone vol 8 by Jeff Smith
  • 10-24 Orient Gateway by Vittorio Giardino
  • 10-24 The Morning Star by Nick Bantock
  • 10-24 Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
  • 10-26 Into the Deep by Ken Grimwood
  • 10-27 The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
  • 10-30 Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  • 11-5 How to Write a Dirty Story by Susie Bright
  • 11-6 Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
  • 11-10 Pasquale's Angel by Paul J. McAuley
  • 11-13 Fuzzy Dice by Paul DiFilippo
  • 11-20 The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • 11-20 Across the Nighingale Floor by Lian Hearn
  • 11-21 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • 11-26 Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis
  • 12-05 Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks
  • 12-08 The Scar by China Mieville
  • 12-09 Ultimate Punishment by Scott Turow
  • 12-14 Passage by Connie Willis
  • 12-16 Night Moves & Other Stories by Tim Powers
  • 12-24 Risk Pool by Richard Russo
  • 12-27 Midnight Days by Neil Gaiman
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I'm glad you mentioned Tepper. I meant to put that on my to-read list, but totally forgot. Did you like it?

Yup. Read it all last night after seeing him speak at Powells :)

What did you make of The Corrections? I recently read a book of his essays, and I enjoyed it much, much more than I suspected I would. Now that the novel is in paperback, I may have to slap it on my wishlist!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I liked parts of it a lot, but thought it didn't hold that well together as a cohesive whole. I'm probably going to check out his book of short stories at some point since I think he might excel at shorter works.

What did you think of Pay It Forward. I thought the film was interesting, but that the book might be more so.

My favourite Hermann Hesse books are:

Gertrude &nbsp and &nbsp Rosshalde.

Narziss and Goldmund, Siddartha, and Peter Camezind are also excellent and deserve a mention.
I have read Steppenwolfe but do not rate it amongst his best.

I have also read: The Glass Bead Game (OK), Demian (good), and Strange News from Another Star (short stories - good).

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I haven't seen the movie of Pay it Forward but liked the book more than I was expecting to.

I ordered a copy of Pay it Forward.

Let me know how you find it.

Bone! How do you like it?

Good stuff. I've got a friend who was commenting about not being sure she could be friends with people who didn't like it, so I borrowed the first few collections from her.

So glad you like it! I'm looking forward to sharing it with my daughter when she starts reading. Volume #8 recently came out in trade paperback, and I believe there are nine total planned. I've been reading it for years, and it's so painful to come to the end of the latest volume and know you're going to have to wait months for the next.

I've seen Gridlinked around. How did you like it?

It took me about 30 pages to get into it, but after that I had trouble putting it down. I liked this one better than The Skinner because it felt more like a novel, less like a movie plot.

I think I speak for everyone here when I say, "Holy crap, you read a lot!"

I admire your stamina and attention span. I could never read this many books in just a few months.

Well, my explanation for that last few weeks is that I had surgery on the 27th and have barely left my house. I'm also unemployed ;) But thanks.

How was Night Watch? I've been eagerly awaiting that one in paperback.

Really good. The monks of time make a repeat appearance :) has hardcovers for $9

I really should make the switch, but all my other Pratchett are mass markets, and I'd like to shelve 'em together. Anal, I know...

Ahh. none of mine match. some are book club edition. some hardcover. some mass market (both American and British)

Whoa, nice to see all the new additions here, and that you continue to devour books at a ravenous pace. :-) I see you've come to the bleeding edge of Bone. I can't wait for the 9th and final volume.

I just realized I hadn't updated this list in way too long. Oops.

And yes, I'm also waiting expectantly for the 9th volume. :)

Are you a professional bodybuilder or athlete? I am asking because it's easy to see that many of the books you read are on bodybuilding , fitness and weightlifting. I am myself a bodybuilder, not a professional one though. I would warmly recommend you to read Arnold Schwarzenegger's Weightlifting Bible.