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And the last bunch of books for '07

68, 69, 70. His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman)
I decided it was important to re-read these before I saw the movie, so as to have one last "clean" read-through before the movie infected my brain. The books were even better than I remembered them. They are a lovely read. The first one is my absolute favourite, hands down: the other two get a little more complex, and a little less "fun". Also Lyra is way more fun to read about than Will. *****
(short movie review: awfully pretty, but a bit of a disappointment otherwise)

71. Darker Jewels (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
This felt much more like a single cohesive story than many of the other St-Germain books I've read, and it worked well. It still ended rather abruptly, as though a predetermined date or page-count or something had been reached, but at least it was at the end of one story. The excessive research issue that I noticed in earlier books seems to be receding as well. ****

72. Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Book vol. 1 (Terry Moore)
WTF? I picked this up at the library expecting a love triangle, character-driven little story. Instead I got an increasingly bizarre soap opera on steroids. It started out as a perfectly nice story about people who were all in love with the wrong person, and then all of a sudden there were assassins and call girls and quasi-ninjas. It was... not what I was expecting. Pretty art, though. **

73. 100 Bullets, vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call (Brian Azzarello)
Now this is an interesting graphic novel. It's gritty and realistic, and there's clearly more going on than is yet apparent. The possibility of getting away with (justified?) murder is a fascinating one, and the way the various characters approach it is appropriately varied. This isn't my usual kind of thing, but I'm definitely intrigued. ****

74. Blindsight (Peter Watts)
Wow. This is an amazing, and incredibly unsettling book. It's about first contact with an alien species, but it's also about the nature of humanity and consciousness. The characters are a collection of completely messed up individuals (and one multiple-personality collective), and yet Watts manages to make them sympathetic and accessible. I almost can't say anything for fear of giving something away, but this is one not to finish just before bed. *****

75. Magic for Beginners (Kelly Link)
This is a collection of bizarre, absorbing, semi-nonsensical, inconclusive short stories. They're fantasy stories, but not that far from the magic-realism border. Impossible things happen -- or maybe they don't -- but everything comes from the characters and their perspectives. The stories don't generally resolve themselves, leaving themselves open to further interpretation. This is probably the most 'literary' fantasy I've read in a while, but it's very readable and enjoyable. Recommended. *****

76. Fun Home (Alison Bechdel)
I am not the first reviewer to say that this is a great book. In fact, anything I could say would be redundant. Read it! *****


Books of 2007
1. The Geographer's Library (Jon Fasman) **
2. The Way the Crow Flies (Ann-Marie Macdonald) *****
3. Eastern Standard Tribe (Cory Doctorow) ***
4. The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler) ***
5. Inkspell (Cornelia Funke) ***
6. Don Quixote (Cervantes) ****
7. Fables: Wolves (Bill Willingham et al.) *****
8. Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) ****
9. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (Simon Winchester) **
10. The Innkeeper's Song (Peter S. Beagle) ****
11. His Majesty's Dragon (Naomi Novik) *****
12. Perdido Street Station (China Mieville) *****
13. The Last Light of the Sun (Guy Gavriel Kay) ***
14. King and Goddess (Judith Tarr)
15, 16. Lucifer: Children and Monsters and a Dalliance with the Damned (Mike Carey et al.)
17. When Abortion Was a Crime (Leslie J. Reagan)
18. The Scar (China Mieville)
19. James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (Julie Philips) *****
20. Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman) *****
21. Lucifer: The Divine Comedy (Mike Carey et al.) ****
22. Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape) (Bill Willingham et al.) ****
23. The New Moon's Arms (Nalo Hopkinson) ****
24. The Metamorphosis (Peter Kuper, based on Franz Kafka) *****
25. Throne of Jade (Naomi Novik) ****
26. Mulengro (Charles De Lint) ***
27. The Marriage of Sticks (Jonathan Carroll) ***
28. Zorro (Isabel Allende) ****
29. Epileptic (David B.) ****
30. Hammerfall (C.J. Cherryh) ****
31. Cages (Dave McKean) ****
32. Fables: Sons of Empire (Bill Willingham et al.) ****
33. The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood) ****
34. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) ****
35. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) ****
36. Prodigal Summer (Barbara Kingsolver) **
37. A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.) ****
38. Black Powder War (Naomi Novik) ****
39. Iron Council (China Miéville)*****
40. The Necessary Beggar (Susan Palwick) *****
41. Savage Grace (Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson) ***
42. Factoring Humanity (Robert J. Sawyer) ****
43. King Rat (China Miéville) ****
44. Hôtel Transylvania: A Novel of Forbidden Love (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) ****
45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling) ****
46. The Furies (Suzy McKee Charnas) ***
47. The New Single Woman (E. Kay Trinberger) ***
48, 49, 50. The Neanderthal Parallax: Hominids, Humans, Hybrids (Robert J. Sawyer) ****
51, 52, 53. Sabriel, Liriel, Abhorsen (Garth Nix) *****
54. Tempting Fate (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) ****
55. The Eight (Katherine Neville) ****
56. Farthing (Jo Walton) *****
57. Path of the Eclipse (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro) ***
58. House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III) ****
59. The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper) *****
60. The Furies (Mike Carey et al.) ***
61. The Sunne in Splendour (Sharon Kay Penman)
62. The Passion (Jeanette Winterson)
63. A Spendor of Letters: the Permanence of Books in an Impermanent World (Nicholas A. Basbanes)
64. Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
65. Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of the Mass Media (Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)
66. Use of Weapons (Iain M. Banks)
67. Testament (Nino Ricci)


Phew. That's a lot of reading.
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