Read in 2004

  • 1-1 How to Read a French Fry by Russ Parsons
  • 1-4 The Cartoon History of the Universe vol 3 by Larry Gonick
  • 1-6 Cages by Dave McKean
  • 1-7 Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  • 1-7 This Shape We're In by Jonathan Lethem
  • 1-18 My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad
  • 1-18 Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • 1-19 Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1-20 Freud for Beginners by Oscar Zarate & Richard Appignanesi
  • 1-23 Engine Summer by John Crowley
  • 1-24 Dude Where's My Country by Michael Moore
  • 1-25 Love in Vain by Lewis Shiner
  • 1-26 Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
  • 1-28 The Rainy Season by James P. Blaylock
  • 1-31 The Music of Chance by Paul Auster
  • 2-05 Snakes and Ladders by Gita Mehta
  • 2-08 Faust Among Equals by Tom Holt
  • 2-12 River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins
  • 2-18 The New Becoming Vegetarian by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis
  • 2-23 Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • 2-27 Radios by Jerome Stern
  • 3-1 Gun with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
  • 3-2 On Writing by Stephen King
  • 3-8 Skipping Towards Gomorrah by Dan Savage
  • 3-14 Kiln People by David Brin
  • 3-20 The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
  • 3-22 On Sex, Motherhood, Porn & Apple Pie by Susie Bright
  • 3-25 MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country
  • 3-28 Tea: Addiction, Exploitation and Empire byRoy Moxham
  • 3-30 Wanderings by Chaim Potok
  • 4-1 Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • 4-2 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • 4-3 The Laughing Sutra by Mark Salzman
  • 4-7 69 by Ryu Murakami
  • 4-9 Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
  • 4-15 Islam for Beginners by N.I. Matar
  • 4-18 Underworld by Don DeLillo
  • 4-19 The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • 4-19 Zeitgeist by Bruce Sterling
  • 4-21 The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin
  • 4-25 Worlds Enough and Time by Dan Simmons
  • 5-3 Firewatch by Connie Willis
  • 5-7 The Red Magician by Lisa Goldstein
  • 5-10 Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
  • 5-12 The Ends of the Earth by Robert D. Kaplan
  • 5-16 Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
  • 5-27 Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
  • 5-29 The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski
  • 5-30 Glimpses by Lewis Shiner
  • 6-12 Lanark by Alasdair Gray
  • 6-18 Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • 6-21 A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin
  • 6-24 Fat Land by Greg Critser
  • 6-25 Into the Looking-Glass Wood by Alberto Manguel
  • 6-25 The Sterile Cuckoo by John Nichols
  • 6-28 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • 6-30 The Emperor by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • 7-6 Gumshoe Gorilla by Keith Hartman
  • 7-6 We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
  • 7-12 Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton
  • 7-18 Louis Riel by Chester Brown
  • 7-19 As Above, So Below by Rudy Rucker
  • 7-28 Cunt by Inga Muscio
  • 7-30 Bone vol 9 by Jeff Smith
  • 8-3 Angelica by Sharon Shinn
  • 8-10 The Story of Libraries by Fred Lerner
  • 8-11 Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker
  • 8-11 Eat, Drink and Be Healthy by Walter Willett
  • 8-16 Time out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
  • 8-16 The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • 8-23 Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson
  • 8-26 Faster by James Gleick
  • 8-31 Slaughtermatic by Steve Aylett
  • 9-11 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
  • 9-15 Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
  • 9-17 Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
  • 9-20 Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal
  • 9-21 A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • 10-5 1968 by Mark Kurlansky
  • 10-13 The Impossible Bird by Patrick O'Leary
  • 10-15 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • 10-18 Bios by Robert Charles Wilson
  • 10-19 The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook by Shaw, Diana
  • 10-22 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • 10-29 Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  • 11-2 Jingo by Terry Pratchett
  • 11-5 After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  • 11-8 Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
  • 11-8 Franklin Flyer by Nicholas Christopher
  • 11-9 Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  • 11-14 The Red Couch by Kevin Clarke, Horst Wackerbarth, William Least Heat Moon
  • 11-15 Pollen by Jeff Noon
  • 11-18 My Life as a Fake by Peter Carey
  • 11-21 Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • 11-25 American Pie by Pascale Le Draoulec
  • 11-30 Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
  • 11-30 The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
  • 12-7 Adventures in the Dream Trade by Neil Gaiman
  • 12-13 Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  • 12-20 The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 12-24 The Jungle by Peter Kuper
  • 12-26 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • 12-28 Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl
  • 12-30 Interstate Dreams by Neal Barrett, Jr
  • 12-30 Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom by A.L. Haskett
  • 12-31 Puzzles and Essays from "The Exchange" by Charles R. Anderson

Ooh, what'd you think of Culture of Fear?

It was pretty good. It went more into how the media blows things out of proportion than how to fix it though.

How did you like Gun with Occasional Music?

I enjoyed it. It's kinda near-future noir with some funky ideas. I liked it a lot better than Amnesia Moon but probably less so than Motherless Brooklyn. I'll need to read the rest of his books now.

That's a very interesting reading list!

A couple of questions:

What Jonathan Lethem book would you recommend?

What food books are your favorites? Have you read Calvin Trillin's Feeding a Yen?

Well, of the things I've read by Lethem no two were really alike:

Amnesia Moon: SF, didn't like that much
As She Climbed Across the Table: strange SF, liked
Gun, With Occasional Music: SF meets hardboiled mystery, liked
Motherless Brooklyn: modern America, main character has Tourette's liked
The Shape We're In: odd novella

So depending on what you'd like I'd suggest either Motherless Brooklyn or Gun, With Occasional Music.

As for food... Haven't read Feeding a Yen, though liked his Tummy Trilogy, it's a series of short articles about food and travelling. How to Read a French Fry was good from a more-scientific perspective. Kitchen Confidential, was good also.

Volume 9 of Bone is out?! Really? So you read the conclusion of the series? Hardcover or trade paperback? Wow, I'm so excited!

Yeah, I just noticed it so ordered, and read. Trade paper from amazon....

Looks like they're going to release the entire series in one volume soon.

I'm being very good here and not mentioning anything about the end :)

Thanks for not going into specifics! But did you like it?

Of course.

What did you think of The Story of Libraries?

Kinda dry but ok.

Had you read The Secret History before?

Nope. That was my first exposure to Tartt.

Impressive list. &nbsp How does this compare with your list '100 Books To Read In 2004'?

I have a &nbsp list to read in 2005, &nbsp but I rarely get through more than 20-25 books per year.

I've read Time Out Of Joint by Philip K. Dick (what did you think?), and I have Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair on my (ever expanding) list to be read.

If you look at the 100 books list the ones I've gotten through are in gray now. I've got 31 left so it's not going to happen, but we'll see how close I can get.

Time Out of Joint was ok, though not my favorite of his so far.

It's probably my monitor or the room lighting, but they all look the same shade to me, although I did miss your explanation re the black and the grey (sorry).

Not on this list, on the other one.

What did you think of Blankets? I loved it, partially because it spoke to my own experience with eerie acuity.

Which were your favorite nonfiction books you read in 2004?

Cartoon History of the Universe was good fun. 'On Writing' was a good, brisk read.

And hey, a good title goes a long way: how was "On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Apple Pie?" I'm considering reading "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands" even though I'll never have a male spouse, partially because it's got a great title.

Blankets was pretty and a decent read, but I found it somewhat painful, which I suppose says something for its accuracy in a way, but I've also drifted a very different way from that religiously so I didn't love it.

As for non-fiction.. I really liked How to Read a French Fry, Kitchen Confidential, The Evolution of Useful Things and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families.

On Sex, Motherhood, Porn, and Apple Pie was fun, though probably not for everything. The title is pretty accurate :)

Thanks, I'll have to look those up!

What do you mean by "...was fun, though probably not for everything"?

Oops, typo. "not for everyone"