Friday, August 27, 2010

What I Read (2006)

Without further ado, here's what I read in 2006:

Jan. 1, 2006 Alice Henderson's Night Terrors "Really good Buffy choose-your-own about night demon that attacks."

Jan. 2, 2006 Daniel Justice's Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History "Proof-reading."

Jan. 8, 2006 Charlaine Harris' Dead in Dixie "A really fun vampire trilogy with psychic Sookie Stackhouse in Louisiana."

Jan. 11, 2006 Henry James' The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories "Classic ghost (?) story. Not as compelling as reputation."

Jan. 24, 2006 John Vornholt's Seven Crows "One of the best Buffy novels so far, really fun w/ Riley & Sam."

Jan. 26, 2006 Peter Filene's Joy of Teaching "Lots of good advice and examples."

Feb. 2, 2006 James M. Lang's Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year "A pretty interesting account of an English prof's first year on the job."

Feb. 8, 2006 Stephen King's Misery "What a page-turner!"

Feb. 16, 2006 Marcel Proust's Swann's Way "Interesting study of memory and feeling, focussed on Swann's tortured love for Odette."

Feb. 17, 2006 Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History "A good history, introduction, to socialism in Canada."

Feb. 23, 2006 Pierce Askegren's Afterimage "Caliogstro, evil alchemist, runs an evil drive-in movie place. Moderately fun."

Mar. 1, 2006 Ian Brodie's Friends of the Court: The Privileging of Interest Group Litigants in Canada "A book critical of the influence and public funding of interest groups."

Mar. 9, 2006 Harlan Coben's No Second Chance "Thriller involving murder and kidnapped daughter. Surprisingly interesting."

Mar. 14, 2006 Christopher P. Manfredi's Judicial Power and the Charter: Courts and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism "A sophisticated and persuasive argument that courts have too much power in Canada."

Mar. 27, 2006 Christopher P. Manfredi's Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court "A look at LEAF's success in the SCC, very detailed."

Mar. 27, 2006 Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder's Immortal "Buffy book about immortal vamp. Average, but good subplot with Joyce being sick."

Mar. 2006 With Malice Toward Some "Book on how people make civil liberties judgments; difficult to slog through, but some insights."

Apr. 2, 2006 J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians "A very nice book about a magistrate of a lone outpost."

Apr. 4, 2006 Diane Duane's A Wizard Alone "The sixth Young Wizard book, about an autistic child. Not very good."

Apr. 11, 2006 Yvonne Navarro's The Willow Files, Vol. 2 "Novelization, straight-forward, of 3 season 3 eps."

Apr. 14, 2006 Ravenloft Core Rulebook "Not an especially well thought out book."

May 13, 2006 Hans J. Hillerbrand's The Protestant Reformation "Selections of historical documents. Boring as heck in parts, but educational."

May 13, 2006 Scott Westerfield's Touching Darkness: Midnighters Vol. 2 "Really good novel continuing The Secret Hour."

May 18, 2006 Diane Duane's Wizard's Holiday "Bit of a slow-pacer."

May 27, 2006 John Vornholt's Voices "The first B-5 novel--very good! Talia is framed for a bombing of Psi-Corp & has to go on the run."

June 2, 2006 W.A. Bogart's Courts and Country: The Limits of Litigation and the Social and Political Life of Canada "A pretty good book arguing for less litigation and more politics."

June 10, 2006 Samuel Walker's In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU "A great, readable history."

June 15, 2006 Patrick Fitzgerald & Barry Wright's Looking at Law: Canada's Legal System "A good survey introduction."

June 19, 2006 Lois Tilton's Accusations "A pretty good B5 novel where Ivanova is framed for a murder."

June 24, 2006 Chuck Zerby's The Devil's Details: A History of the Footnote "Not as much fun as I thought it would be."

June 27, 2006 Isaiah Berlin's Liberty "Collection of Berlin's writings on liberty. Negative/positive not as exciting/persuasive as I remember."

July 8, 2006 James Howe's Howliday Inn "A pretty good kids' book about a cat (Chester) and a dog (Harold) taken to a 'haunted' boarding house."

July 17, 2006 Scott Westerfield's Midnighters Volume 3: Blue Moon "Last in the trilogy about the secret midnight hour. Decent, but I think book 2 was better."

July 24, 2006 Ted Barris' Juno "Impressionistic, individual stories about Canadians at Normandy. Pretty interesting."

July 27, 2006 Amy E. Sloan's Basic Legal Research: Tools & Strategies "Okay."

Aug. 7, 2006 Enemies of Promise: Publishing, Perishing, and the Eclipse of Scholarship "Short and polemical, everytime a point is started the topic changes before becoming convincing."

Aug. 22, 2006 Hendrik Hertzberg's Politics: Observations and Arguments "Reasonably interesting collection of New Yorker essays."

Sep. 2006 Terry Pratchett's Jingo "A satire on nationalism and war-mongering. Pretty funny in spots."

Sep. 15, 2006 William Gibson's Pattern Recognition "Story of Cayce Pollard, a coolhunter, and a search for the origin of The Footage. Damned good book, though bit of a let down ending."

Sep. 17, 2006 James Howe's Bunnicula "Cute story of a 'vampire' rabbit."

Oct. 2006 Mel Odom's Cursed "Decent Spike/Angel novel."

Oct. 2006 John T. Noonan's The Lustre of Our Country: The American Experience of Religious Freedom "A surprisingly good book on various facets of religious history."

Nov. 11, 2006 Pratchett & Gaiman's Good Omens "Funny-in-spots story of Armageddon."

Nov. 26, 2006 Joan Hess' A Holly, Jolly Murder "A 'Claire Malloy' mystery. A used book dealer investigates a New Age murder. Some good parts, but not really a very good mystery. Some tin-eared dialogue."

Dec. 5, 2006 Stephen King's Cell "Cell phone users become zombies. Not great, but pretty good."

Dec. 8, 2006 Dan Raviv's Comic Wars "A history of Marvel's bankruptcy and the battle between tycoons to control it. Less interesting than I thought."

Dec. 11, 2006 Will Kymlicka's Multicultural Citizenship "A very important book on nationalism and citizenship with a lot of great distinctions."

Dec. 13, 2006 John Vornholt's Blood Oath: Babylon 5 Book # 3 "G'kar fakes his own death to avoid assassins. A good look at the Narn homeworld, but otherwise a bit bland."

Dec. 15, 2006 Alexander M. Bickel's Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics "Bickel's famous book advocates the 'passive virtues' of judicial restraint through tools like standing, ripeness, etc."

Dec. 21, 2006 J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone "Movie sticks very close to it, but still fun."

Dec. 2006 Shakespeare's The Tempest "Prospero's island. Not tragic as expected."

Dec. 2006 Creatures of Habit "A very good Buffy novel about drug raves. Great artwork."

Dec. 28, 2006 John Hart Ely's Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review "Argues for a process- and participation- based theory of judicial review. Starts well, then muddled."

Dec. 29, 2006 James Howe's Celery Stalks at Midnight "Kids' book with crazy cat Chester & dog Harold. Actually kind of boring."

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