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Wrapping up books for 2008

93. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
This is a lovely book. It makes me want to read The Jungle Book, so that I can see what it's playing with. It's about a boy who grows up in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, but it's really a cleverly-disguised story about growing up in general. Applause for Mr. Gaimain! *****

94. Recursion (Tony Ballantine)
This book is very interesting and very weird. There are three storylines, each taking place about 100 years apart, but they are all tied together in the end. I spent much of the book trying to work out exactly what was going on, and why -- this is a book where nothing is quite what it seems, where everything is really something else. It's a book that makes you look at things sideways. My only complaint would be that, while the characters were potentially interesting, we didn't get to learn enough about them; too much time was spent on the world-building and misdirection, and not enough was spent getting to know the people there. But generally, a good read. ****

95. Of Love and Other Demons (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
This book was something of a disappointment; it's definitely not up to Marquez' usual high standard. Everyone in the book is somehow degraded and debased, especially the women. Nobody shows any feeling that could really be described as human. There's supposedly "love", but considering that the love object is a twelve-year-old girl who hardly speaks to white people, it's more than a little problematic. The prose is lovely, but the subject matter is all so ugly that it's hard to apreciate it. **


1. Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid (Douglas E. Hofstadter) ****
2. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) ****
3. Od Magic (Patricia A. McKillip) ****
4. The Walking Boy (Lydia Kwa) *
5. The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed (Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter) ****
6. The Girl Who Was Plugged In/Screwtop (James Tiptree, Jr./Vonda N. McIntyre) *****
7. Tori Amos: Piece By Piece (Tori Amos and Ann Powers) ***
8. Coldheart Canyon (Clive Barker) ***
9. The Infinite Plan (Isabel Allende) **
10. Ysabel (Guy Gavriel Kay) ****
11. Stardust (Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess) *****
12. Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson) ****
13.The Ladies of Grace Adieu (Susanna Clarke) *****
14. An Embarassment of Mangoes (Ann Vanderhoof) **
15. The Lions of Al-Rassan (Guy Gavriel Kay) ****
16. Shake Hands with the Devil (Romeo Dallaire) ****
17. Rollback (Robert J. Sawyer) ****
18. Singularity Sky (Charlie Stross) ****
19. The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America (Susan Faludi) *****
20. White as Snow (Tanith Lee) ***
21. Fire Upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge) *****
22. The Visitor (Sherri S. Tepper) ***
23. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Bryan Lee O'Malley) *****
24. Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection (ed. Ellen Datlow, Kelley Link and Gavin J. Grant) ****
25. Madras on Rainy Days (Samina Ali) **
26. The Prestige (Christopher Priest) ****
27. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon) ****
28. The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham) ****
29. The Android's Dream (John Scalzi) ****
30. Promethea Volume 1 (Alan Moore et al.) ****
31. Starman Omnibus (James Robinson et al.) ***
32. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) *****
33. Slipstreams (ed. Martin Greenberg) ****
34. Flat Earth: the History of an Infamous Idea (Christine Garwood) ****
35. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Bryan Lee O'Malley) *****
36. Promethea Volume 2 (Alan Moore et al) ***
37. Dust (Elizabeth Bear) *****
38. Path of Fate (Diana Pharaoh Francis) ***
39. The Lottery and Other Stories (Shirley Jackson) *****
40. The Drawing of the Dark (Tim Powers) ****
41. Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair (Laurie Perry) ****
42. Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping (Judith Levine) **
43. Understanding Comics (Scott McCloud) ****
44. Promethea vol. 3 (Alan Moore et al.) ***
45. The Colour of Magic (Terry Pratchett) ****
46. Gender Trouble (Judith Butler) ***
47, 48. Path of Honor/Path of Blood **
49. Empire of Ivory (Naomi Novik) ****
50. Reading Comics (Douglas Wolk) ****
51. Quicksilver (Neal Stephenson) ****
52. Blood and Iron (Elizabeth Bear) *****
53. The Alchemist's Daughter (Katharine McMahon) ***
54. The Powerbook (Jeanette Winterson) ****
55, 56. Promethea vol 4, vol. 5 (Alan Moore et al.) ****
57. Carnival (Elizabeth Bear) ****
58. The Mismeasure of Women (Carol Tavris) ****
59. The Confusion (Neal Stephenson) ****
60. Mélusine (Sarah Monette) ****
61. Whiskey and Water (Elizabeth Bear) *****
62. The Light Fantastic (Terry Pratchett) ****
63. Black Wine (Candas Jane Dorsey) *****
64. The Tower at Stony Wood (Patricia A. McKillip) ****
65. Ring of Swords (Eleanor Arnason) ****
66. The Virtu (Sarah Monette) ****
67. The White Mare (Jules Watson) ***
68. A Companion to Wolves (Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear) *****
69, 70, 71, 72. 52: vols 1, 2, 3, 4 (Geoff Johns, J.G. Jones, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, et al) **
73. Ultra: Seven Days (the Luna brothers) ***
74. Lavinia (Ursula K. LeGuin) ****
75. The Mirador (Sarah Monette) ****
76, 77. Y: the Last Man (vol. 9, 10) (Brian K. Vaughan et al) ***
78. Fables (vol. 10): The Good Prince (Bill Willingham et al) *****
79. The System of the World (Neal Stephenson) ****
80. Fire and Hemlock (Diana Wynne Jones) ****
81. Tam Lin (Pamela Dean) *****
82. The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat (Eric Roston) ***
83. The Steerswoman's Road (Rosemary Kirstein) -- omnibus of The Steerswoman and The Outskirter's Secret *****
84. Teseracts 11 (ed. Cory Doctorow and Holly Phillips) ****
85. The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (Ursula K. LeGuin) *****
86. Love and Sex with Robots (David Levy) ***
87. The Stone Gods (Jeanette Winterson) ****
88. The Lost Steersman (Rosemary Kirstein) *****
89. The Language of Power (Rosemary Kirstein) ****
90. Victory of Eagles (Naomi Novik) ****
91. The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson) *****
92. All the Windwracked Stars (Elizabeth Bear) *****
 
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