Thursday, April 26, 2012

Books read so far.

With the first 3rd of the year nearing a close, I felt I would post a list of what I've read so far. Needless to say, due to school, this list is much shorter than it typically is by this time of year. The last two years I set myself the, at the time, highly manageable, goal of reading 150+ books. 2010 I exceeded that and nearly cleared 170. 2011 I started school in the fall, and it became a truly monumental struggle to meet my goal of 150 volumes, I did it, but only barely.

This year I opted to set my goal lower, 75 books, for the year.  

1. Gardens of the Moon - Malazan: Book of the Fallen #1 - Steven Erikson *****
2. Tree of Smoke - Denis Johnson ****
3. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Neitzsche ***
4. The Maker of Universes - World of Tiers #1 -  Phillip Jose Farmer ***
5. The King and the Cowboy - David Fromkin **
6. The Gates of Creation - World of Tiers #2 -Phillip Jose Farmer ***
7. Pigeon Feathers - John Updike *** (Read for school)
8. Quag Keep - Andre Norton ***
9. A Private Cosmos - World of Tiers #3 - Phillip Jose Farmer ***
10. Deadhouse Gates - Malazan: Book of the Fallen #2 - Steven Erikson ***
11. The Things they Carried - Tim O'brien *** (Read for school)
12. Beyond the Walls of Terra - World of Tiers #4 - Phillip Jose Farmer **
13. The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan ** (Read for School)
14. The Rise of the West - William Hardy Mcneil ****
15. The lavalite World - World of Tiers #5 -Phillip Jose Farmer **
16. In Love and Trouble - Alice Walker ** (Read for School)
17. The Oracle Betrayed - Oracle #1 - Catherine Fisher ****
18. World War One British Poets - Candace Ward *** (Read for school)
19. 1421: The Year China Discovered America - Gavin Menzies  * (Read for school, Utter Crap)
20. A Vocation and a Voice - Kate Chopin *** (Read for school)
21. Magician: Apprentice - Riftwar #1 - Raymond E. Feist ****
22. Red Orc's Rage - World of Tiers #6 - Phillip Jose Farmer *
23. Memories of Ice - Malazan: Book of the Fallen #3 - Steven Erikson ****
24. More than Fire - World of Tiers #7 - Phillip Jose Farmer **
25. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones ****
26. Tolkien and the Great War - John Garth ****
27. House of Chains - Malazan: Book of the Fallen #4 - Steven Erikson ***


Currently working on House of the Wolfings by William Morris, Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson and Magician: Master by Raymond E. Feist.

4 comments:

Keith said...

I curious about your sentence, which implies that you read more than one book at a time. How do you manage that? I can barely make time for one book, much less multiple ones.

I'm also curious why you think 1421: The Year China Discovered America is utter crap.

Lagomorph Rex said...

Well I don't have a very long attention span. I'll pick a book up and read a chapter then pick up a different book and read a chapter. I never have any particular problems in keeping them separate.

As for 1421, I feel Michal at One Last Sketch pretty much sums up the problems with the book.. http://onelastsketch.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/from-china-to-atlantis/

Keith said...

Thanks for the link. I wasn't aware of the other books Menzies had written nor have I read 1421, only heard about it. I certainly won't waste my time reading it now.

Lagomorph Rex said...

Yeah it is effectively, like the book "Black Athena", an attempt to basically swipe western culture and give it to some one else.


I mean, at least they didn't try to say that Europeans are scientifically developed killing machines put on earth by aliens to keep a brother down like the stuff that Dwight York's Nuwabians used to (maybe they still do?) publish.