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book roundup 
22nd-Dec-2010 12:51 pm
Because I have been lax in pretty much everything of late, I'm doing all my remaining books in one post.

These are in approximate order as to when I read them, most recent at the bottom. I don't actually have the notebook where I track all this stuff with me, so I can't remember when I read half of these. Sometime in the last 2 or 3 months though.

Watch by Robert J. Sawyer | 368p
Second in the WWW trilogy, this left me with a more concrete feeling than the first one, Wake. Every page of Wake that I read I remember thinking "I don't know if I like this :S" but that wasn't the case with Watch. Maybe it was because all of the set-up was done in the first book and so the second was all meat. Either way, I enjoyed it and await the third novel, Wonder, in 2011.

Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne | 200p

Wanted to read this for a while, but couldn't find it anywhere. LPL finally got it in and I snapped it up. I really liked the diary-style writing, and the pictures and scribbles really added effect. Good story as well. Have the second one waiting for me on my Kindle.

The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey | 256p
Partnership by Anne McCaffrey & Margaret Ball | 323p
The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey & Mercedes Lackey | 320p

I love Anne McCaffrey. I've wanted to read this series since I was a young teenager after reading a GW fic based on the brain-brawn idea. Finally got around to it all these years later. I really liked The Ship Who Sang, Partnership was a little ehhh, and The Ship Who Searched was also good. I have two more in the series waiting on my Kindle for when I have time.

Starfish by Peter Watts | 368p
After reading Robert Sawyer, I was interested in reading more Canadian SF, so I raided the Canadian Fiction genreflecting guide at the resource center and wrote down like 20 titles I thought looked good. Unfortunately, the LPL had almost none of them, except this one (and the rest of the series). I'm glad they did, because it turned out to be pretty awesome. Really dark, part psychological thriller, some horror, and some techno thriller bits all mixed up. Made me a bit shivery.

Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen | 241p
I saw this on the shelf at Coles and couldn't not take it home with me. It's been forever since I'd actually done that at the bookstore and I wasn't sorry (until I found the ebook a few weeks later). Hilarious and bloody, this is some awesome zombie entertainment. The couple who stars has an on-the-rocks marriage and their bitching is pretty funny. Some of the most entertaining zombie kills I've seen as well, including death by toilet seat. The first of a series, apparently. Can't wait for more.

The Unit by Ninni Holmquist | 268p
This was book talked in my Reader's Advisory class by my prof and I absolutely had to read it. I'm such a sucker for the dystopian future genre. Loved the bittersweet ending.

The Less-Dead by April Lurie | 219p
This and the next four boos were found on Kirkus' list of 2010 best books for teens (although looking at it now, some of these titles aren't there o.o). This particular title had murder, intrigue, a little gay romance, and a slightly weak ending. Not a complete waste of time, but it could have been better.

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand | 135p
I think some of my fanfiction preference guided me to chose this book. The main characters are kissing cousins (who do more than kiss) and the angst they go through because of it. Not bad, kind of satisfying, could stand to be more detailed, but that's just my preference for epic fiction coming through.

Hush by Eishes Chayil | 359p
A random pick by me, outside of my usual reading preferences. It talks about the secular world of the Jewish community and the lengths they will go to to keep outsiders out and secrets secret. An intriguing read about a serious subject. Highly recommend.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan | 310p
Picked this one for the whiff of gay romance it offered. And it turned out to be a bit more gay than I expected, but it a good way. So much teen angst, it reminded me of high school. Hilarious and heartwreching in parts, it made me remember what being a teenager was like, and glad that I no longer am one XD

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher | 458p
A failed utopia, a society that doesn't age, and an amnesiac prisoner who might be a missing prince are the keystoes to this story. Mysteries and secret plots abound, as do action and adventure. Protagonist is a bit whiny for my liking, but I enjoy the female lead and her mentor, as well as her somewhat scary father. My love for secondary characters is coming out for this one.

The Age of Zeus by James Lovegrove | 678p

By far the longest book I read this year, by almost 200 pages, I wasn't sure I actually wanted to read it after I picked it up from the library. I read the first book in the 'series' earlier in the year (The Age of Ra) and was fairly disappointed with it. I'm glad I did finally read it though, because Zeus was much better, and more along the lines of what I was expecting from the series as a whole. Am looking forward to the third, The Age of Odin.

I'm also going to include the book that I am reading right now, because I will be finished it before the end of 2010, but I don't know if I'll have anything to add after that.

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher | 464p
The sequel to Incarceron, I've been on-again, off-again reading this. Having not yet made it to the end, I haven't discovered all the answers, but the slow reveal is killing me.

Also, some graphic novels.

The Walking Dead, Volumes 1-4 by Robert Kirkman et al. | 552p
In preparation for the Walking Dead TV series, I started reading the comics. Incredibly satisfying zombie killing action, gruesome storyline, some annoying characters, but there always are. Don't really care for the comic protagonist, he can't seem to get his act together. Will read more though.

The Authority, 13 volumes, by about a million authors/artists | 2,096p
I read the first volume of the series, plus one of the side stories in the summer, and then dled digital copies of the rest of the series and read it all. Never recorded it, but when I was creating my list I thought I would add these as well. Dark and dirty superheroes, I heart them so hard. Very happy that there is new material coming out. Unhappy that it's such a pain in the ass to find print editions of the series. Boo.

Alright, so the final count.

2009 numbers:
56 novels @ 22,184 pages (average 396p)
10 GN @ 2,664 pages (average 266p)

2010 numbers:
58 novels @ 19,011 pages (average 328p)
50 GN @ 9,082 pages (average 181p)

Larger quantities, although fewer physical pages for the novels. I read a lot of YA titles this year which usually have lower page counts. Read a shit tonne of graphic novels, which can't be equated exactly to novels, but considering that there are 50 in addition to the 58 novels, I think it's safe to say that I read more this year than I did last year. And some of these were even for class!

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