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 This month, slowly catching up: 

The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (audio)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami (audio)
Unholy Dimension, Jeffrey Thomas (Kindle)
Rasputin's Bastards, David Nickle (paperback)
The Tiger's Wife, Téa Obrecht (audio)

in process:

The Inner Citadel, Pierre Hadot
On the Abolition of all Political Parties, Simone Weil
Alone with the Alone, Henri Corbin
The Narrator, Michael Cisco
Use of Weapons, Iain M. Banks
Something Coming Through, Paul McAuley

Year-to-Date List:

Night of Knives, Ian C. Esslemont (Kindle)
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (audio)
Metrophage, Richard Kadrey (Kindle)
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Kindle)
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Picking up speed, now; I think that the my commute will help, now that I've got a queue of audiobooks to work on. 

This month:

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (audio)
Metrophage, Richard Kadrey (Kindle)
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes

in process:

The Inner Citadel, Pierre Hadot
On the Abolition of all Political Parties, Simone Weil
Alone with the Alone, Henri Corbin
The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks
The Narrator, Michael Cisco

Last month:

Night of Knives, Ian C. Esslemont


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laughingsquid.com/an-incredibly-detailed-cross-section-illustration-of-kowloon-walled-city-in-hong-kong/

Wow! I first learned about Kowloon Walled City in a William Gibson novel (Virtual Light, I think) and have always found it fascinating.  These cross-sections are really cool!
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At the rate I'm going, 52 books in a year is going to be pretty hard. Oh well!

Read

Night of Knives, Ian C. Esslemont

In-Progress

The Inner Citadel, Pierre Hadot
The Narrator, Michael Cisco
Metrophage, Richard Kadrey
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
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Well, 2014 was not my best reading year. I kept up a pretty good clip, but fell short of reading a book a week, and 2015 is probably not going to be the best year for reading either. I have other, more important stuff that will keep me occupied. :)

1. Revival, Stephen King
2. Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
3. The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi
4. City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett
5. The Magic of Recluce, L. E. Modesitt Jr.
6. Brilliance, Marcus Sakey
7. Swords and Deviltry, Fritz Leiber
8. The Dog Said Bow-Wow, Michael Swanwick
9. Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
10. Acceptance, Jeff Vandermeer
11. Authority, Jeff Vandermeer
12. The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer
13. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
14. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
15. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling
22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
23. Single & Single, John Le Carré
24. Our Game, John Le Carré
25. Far North, Marcel Theroux
26. Strange Bodies, Marcel Theroux
27. Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
28. White Fire, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs
29. The Lovers, John Connolly
30. A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
31. Hild, Nicola Griffith
32. Of Dice and Men, David M. Ewalt
33. Learning To Breathe Fire, J. C. Herz
34. His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik
35. Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
36. Caliban's War, James S. A. Corey
37. The Light is the Darkness, Laird Barron
38. The Peripheral, William Gibson

Re-Read:

39. The Knight, Gene Wolfe
40. The Wizard, Gene Wolfe
41. Neuromancer, William Gibson
42. Count Zero, William Gibson
43. Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
44. All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson
45. Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
46. Spook Country, William Gibson
47. Zero History, William Gibson
48. The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart

Edited to add the following, which I had forgotten. Thanks, Amy! <3

49. Over Sea, Under Stone, Susan Cooper
50. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
51. Greenwitch, Susan Cooper
52. The Grey King, Susan Cooper
53. Silver on the Tree, Susan Cooper
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My July reading update (a bit late!). I'm now at 33 books for the year, and we're in week 32, so I've pulled ahead. Now I just need to keep it up! Amy has several books I'm interested in (Dresden Files, here I come), and the library has a bunch of good stuff, so hopefully I can keep up the pace. I also just got a L. E. Modesitt Jr. book in yesterday's Kindle Daily Deal, so that might open up a big new series for me to devour. :)


First-TimeRe-Reads
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling
Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik
Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King

Previously (July 1st, 2014)

First-TimeRe-Reads
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
Single and Single, John Le Carré
Swords and Deviltry, Fritz Leiber
 

Previously (June 9, 2014):

First-Time

Re-Reads

The Dog Said Bow-wow, Michael Swanwick
The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer
Authority, Jeff Vandermeer
Of Dice and Men, David M. Ewalt
The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart



Previously (May 16, 2014):

First-Time

Re-Reads

Hild, Nicola Griffith
A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
Far North, Marcel Theroux
The Lovers, John Connolly
White Fire, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
Strange Bodies, Marcel Theroux
Our Game, John Le Carré
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
The Knight, Gene Wolfe
The Wizard, Gene Wolfe
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Count Zero, William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
Spook Country, William Gibson
Zero History, William Gibson
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Time for my June reading update! Even with a busy schedule, I was able to get through quite a few books this month - yay Kindle and extra yay for an awesome girlfriend who lends me excellent books! :)

On week 27 for the year, I've finished 22 new books and 10 re-reads; not quite on target for a new book every week, but close! I still have the last 3 Harry Potters to work on, and Amy has some other classics which I have not read (The Neverending Story, how have I not read this?), plus I'm going to be getting my library card(s) in Clear Lake this week. I'm really excited!

First-TimeRe-Reads
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
Single and Single, John Le Carré
Swords and Deviltry, Fritz Leiber
 

Previously (June 9, 2014):

First-Time

Re-Reads

The Dog Said Bow-wow, Michael Swanwick
The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer
Authority, Jeff Vandermeer
Of Dice and Men, David M. Ewalt
The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart



Previously (May 16, 2014):

First-Time

Re-Reads

Hild, Nicola Griffith
A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
Far North, Marcel Theroux
The Lovers, John Connolly
White Fire, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
Strange Bodies, Marcel Theroux
Our Game, John Le Carré
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
The Knight, Gene Wolfe
The Wizard, Gene Wolfe
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Count Zero, William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
Spook Country, William Gibson
Zero History, William Gibson

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Time for another reading update! Amy lent me the Hunger Games trilogy, and the first four Harry Potter books - these are both series that I'll be happy to have read. My first-time to re-read ratio is improving, but I still have 3 more Mary Stewart books in the queue to be re-read. 

First-Time

Re-Reads

The Dog Said Bow-wow, Michael Swanwick
The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer
Authority, Jeff Vandermeer
Of Dice and Men, David M. Ewalt
The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart



Previously (May 16, 2014):

First-Time

Re-Reads

Hild, Nicola Griffith
A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
Far North, Marcel Theroux
The Lovers, John Connolly
White Fire, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
Strange Bodies, Marcel Theroux
Our Game, John Le Carré
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
The Knight, Gene Wolfe
The Wizard, Gene Wolfe
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Count Zero, William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
Spook Country, William Gibson
Zero History, William Gibson
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 There are quite a few cool books in the Kindly Daily Deal today, but the standout is the first collection of Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar books, Swords and Deviltry. Hooray for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser!
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Hey, future self, this book looks interesting; check around at various libraries (or just ILL it)!

The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert

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 Damn it. I just learned that Jay Lake succumbed to cancer. Another great author, gone. 
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Wow, another short story collection from another great author is featured in the Kindle Daily Deal!

Michael Swanwick has written some classics (Iron Dragon's Daughter, Stations of the Tide, Vacuum Flowers) and his collection The Dog Said Bow-Wow is available for $1.99. Nice!
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 One of my favorite authors is available as a Kindle Daily Deal, hooray!

Jeff VanderMeer's short story collection The Third Bear is available for $1.99 - this is one of the few VanderMeer books I don't own, so it's a no-brainer for me. If you like bizarre fantasy with a literary bent, check it out!
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I just finished Solaris, and realized that I hadn't posted anything about my year-to-date reading, so here it is!



First-Time

Re-Reads

Hild, Nicola Griffith
A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich
Far North, Marcel Theroux
The Lovers, John Connolly
White Fire, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer
Strange Bodies, Marcel Theroux
Our Game, John Le Carré
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
The Knight, Gene Wolfe
The Wizard, Gene Wolfe
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Count Zero, William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
All Tomorrow's Parties, William Gibson
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
Spook Country, William Gibson
Zero History, William Gibson

There are some books that I'll read over and over again; looks like 2014 was the year of Gibson. I'm about halfway through the second of Jeff Vandermeer's trilogy of Southern Reach novels (Authority), and feel the need to revisit Mary Stewart as well. Not a bad year, so far, but I think I'll fall far short of the 52 books I was hoping to read for the year. Oh well!

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Mary Stewart passed away: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/15/mary-stewart (I was unaware of many of the books that she had written - lots of new reading material for me). 

If you're a fan of the Arthurian saga, you should pick up her series on Merlin (start with The Crystal Cave).
 

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