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Last books of 2010!

So, it's only a few days late, right? Here's the wrap-up for my 2010 reading list. 

102. Les voyageurs malgré eux (Elisabeth Vonarburg)
Vonarburg starts with a French-speaking Enclave de Montréal surrounded by an English-speaking and somewhat oppressive Canada, takes us to the quasi-mythical Royaume du Saguenay, and then things start to get really weird. This is a book with so much going on in it that every time you think you've figured it out, it changes. The ultimate explanation seems to come from a completely different genre from the book's beginning, and yet it all ties together so that you hardly notice. This is a good story. My only complaint would be that it bogs down a bit in the middle while Catherine is healing and learning and nothing much seems to happen for quite a while. ****

103, 104. 105. The Deed of Paksennarion: Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, Oath of Gold (Elizabeth Moon)
This is such a strange trilogy; I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. It's set in an almost completely clichéd fantasy world, full of elves and dwarves and magic potions that are like something out of a role-playing game, and yet it starts out with a completely detailed and down-to-earth description of life as a trainee in a mercenary company. Even as the world opens up and the magic gets increasingly present, there's a persistant sense of hard-headed reality attached to everything that happens. You wouldn't have thought a story about a Paladin that involves a Great Destiny and restoring a King to his throne could be so resolutely mundane. It's quite incredible, really (Mundane doesn't mean boring, here, by the way -- Moon has a rare skill with the everyday, and it's quite absorbing reading). ****

1. The Hickory Staff *
2. Shelter (Susan Palwick) *****
3. Cast in Shadow (Michelle Sagara) ***
4,5,6. The Book of Jhereg (Steven Brust): Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla *****
7. Brokedown Palace (Steven Brust) ****
8,9. The Book of Taltos (Steven Brust): Taltos, Phoenix
10. Fray (Joss Whedon et al) ****
11. The Court of the Air (Stephen Hunt) ****
12, 13, 14, 15, 16. Buffy Season 8 vol. 1-5 ***
17, 18. Angel After the Fall vol. 1-2 **
19. War for the Oaks (Emma Bull) ****
20. Ink (Hal Duncan) ****
21, 22. The Book of Athyra (Steven Brust): Athyra, Orca ****
23. Undertow (Elizabeth Bear) ****
24. The Phoenix Guards (Steven Brust) ****
25, 26, 27. Hammered, Scardown, Worldwired (Elizabeth Bear) ****
28. Five Hundred Years After (Steven Brust) ****
29. Dragon (Steven Brust) ****
30. Issola (Steven Brust) ****
31. Dzur (Steven Brust) ****
32. The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire (Edward Luttwak) ***
33. The Viscount of Adrilanka vol. 1: The Paths of the Dead (Steven Brust) ****
34. Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely) *****
35. The Viscount of Adrilanka vol. 2: The Lord of Castle Black (Steven Brust)
36. Preacher vol. 1: Gone to Texas (Garth Ennis et al) ****
37. The Viscount of Adrilanka vol. 3: Sethra Lavode (Steven Brust)
38. Death Note vol. 1: Boredom (Oba Tsugumi) ****
39. Fruits Basket vol. 1 (Takaya Natsuki) *
40. The Gears of the City (Felix Gilman) *****
41. Transmetropolitan vol. 1: Back on the Street (Warren Ellis et al.) ***
42. Dust (Elizabeth Bear) *****
43. Chill (Elizabeth Bear) *****
44. The Good Fairies of New York (Martin Millar) ****
45. Jhegaala (Steven Brust) ****
46. Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection (Sarah Blaffer Hrdy) *****
47. Un Lun Dun (China Mieville) ****
48. Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man (Marshall McLuhan)
49. Preacher vol. 2: Until the End of the World (Garth Ennis et al) ***
50. Transmetropolitan vol. 2: Lust for Life (Warren Ellis et al) ****
51. Under Heaven (Guy Gavriel Kay) ****
52. Wild Life (Molly Gloss) *****
53. The Margarets (Sherri S. Tepper) **
54. Horse Heaven (Jane Smiley) *****
55. Death Note, vol. 2: Confluence (Oba Tsugumi) ***
56. The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon) **
57. Tesseracts 12 (ed. Claude Lalumière) ***
58. Tesseracts 13 (ed. Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell) ****
59. Pretties (Scott Westerfeld) ***
60. Come, Thou Tortoise (Jessica Grant) ****
61. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (Kate Summerscale) ****
62. By the Mountain Bound (Elizabeth Bear) *****
63. Dreamsnake (Vonda N. McIntyre) *****
64. The Unwritten, vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (Mike Carey et al) ****
65. The Stepsister Scheme (Jim C. Hines) ****
66. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (Bryan Lee O'Malley) ****
67. Specials (Scott Westerfeld) ***
68. Kindred (Octavia Butler) *****
69. Bone and Jewel Creatures (Elizabeth Bear) *****
70. China Mountain Zhang (Maureen F. McHugh) ****
71. Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (ed. Justine Larbaleister) ****
72, 73, 74, 75. Seed to Harvest: Wild Seed, Mind of my Mind, Clay's Ark, Patternmaster (Octavia Butler) **** (overall)
76. Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis) ****
77, 78. Jack of Fables vol. 2: Jack of Hearts
Jack of Fables vol. 3: The Bad Prince ****
79. Death Note vol. 3: Hard Run ***
80. Preacher vol. 3: Proud Americans ***
81. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) *****
82. Death Note vol. 4: Love ***
83. Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard ***
84. Losing It: America's Obsession with Weight and the Industry that Feeds on It (Laura Fraser) ****
85. Tithe (Holly Black) ****
86. Modesty Blaise (Peter O'Donnell) *****
87. Traitors' Gate (Kate Elliott) ****
88. Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis) *****
89. Starfish (Peter Watts) *****
90. Never Too Thin: Why Women are at War with their Bodies (Roberta Pollack Seid) ***
91. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) ****
92. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows) *****
93. Jaran (Kate Elliott) ***
94. Sweet Tooth vol. 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Jeff Lemire) ***
95. White Cat (Holly Black) *****
96. Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) ****
97. Sailing to Sarantium ****
98. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N.K. Jemisin) *****
99. The Stupidest Angel (Christopher Moore) *
100. Cold Magic (Kate Elliott) ***
101. The Broken Kingdoms (N.K. Jemisin) *****
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