Friday, September 10, 2010

What I Read (2007)

The last one of these for a while, unless I stumble upon another book log.

Jan. 2007 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling "Good book."

Jan. 23, 2007 Clark's Law by Jim Mortimore "Great Babylon 5 book about an execution on the station and the drama and moral tumult it causes."

Feb. 11, 2007 Treason Against God by Leonard W. Levy "History of blasphemy up to 1700."

Feb. 18, 2007 Blasphemy and the Law in Ireland by Neville Cox "As per title."

Feb. 28, 2007 Word Crimes: Blasphemy, Culture, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century England by Joss Marsh "Rambling and literary."

Apr. 4, 2007 Finding Lost by Nikki Stafford "A pretty interesting guide to the first 2 seasons of the show."

Apr. 7, 2007 Signs of Life by Frank Thompson "The first Lost novel I've read. It focuses on Jeff Hadley, an artist & teacher. I was pretty pleased with it."

Apr. 2007 The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies "Interesting books focused on art, scholarship, and opera."

Apr. 20, 2007 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling "Quite a fun read and the time travel plot was more sensible than in the movie."

Apr. 21, 2007 The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers "A really good Star Wars novel featuring soul-sucking, droid-powering aliens."

Apr. 24, 2007 Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers: Writers on Comics edited by Sean Howe "Average essays."

Apr. 26, 2007 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling "Harry and the Tri-Wizard tournament. Solid, but not as charming as others."

May 2007 These Our Actors by Ashley McConnell & Dori Koogler "A really good Spike & Willow story."

May 11, 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling "A good book as Harry is forced to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts."

May 16, 2007 Serenity by Keith R.A. DeCandido "Novelization of the movie, adds some background."

May 18, 2007 Cloak of Deception by James Luceno "Star Wars novel set before Phantom Menace. Good insight into politics, but a bit slow."

May 22, 2007 Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene "Basic story of W.W. II train depot."

May 28, 2007 A Brief History of Blasphemy: Liberalism, Censorship, and the Satanic Verses by Richard Webster "The first two chapters are very thought-provoking."

May 29, 2007 Beasts by John Crowley "A really engaging, deep book about a man-lion in a broken up USA."

June 2007 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling "# 6, looking forward to # 7!"

June 14, 2007 The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster "Obi-Wan, Anakin, Luminara, and Bariss Offee travel to Ansion to settle an internal dispute that might lead to secession. A bit draggy in the middle, but good political intrigue."

July 2, 2007 Blasphemy: Impious Speech in the West by Alain Cabantous "Mostly focussed on French blasphemy from a cultural perspective."

July 8, 2007 The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton "A great Star Wars novel, full of humor and action."

July 8, 2007 The Philosophy of Humanism by Corliss Lamont "Fairly boring."

July 9, 2007 History, Philosophy, and Structure of the American Constitution by various authors "As per title, some conservative bias."

July 11, 2007 Star Wars Revised Core Rulebook (D20, second edition) "Needlessly rule-based."

July 26, 2007 Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress "An amazing thought-provoking novel about genetically-modified Sleepless. Social and political. Great."

July 31, 2007 Lost: Secret Identity by Cathy Hapka "A fairly boring Lost novel about a poor kid who pretends to be rich to impress his girlfriend."

Aug. 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling "Action-packed final book."

Aug. 9, 2007 Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn "Story of a massive Jedi-led exploration project. Great portrayal of Master Ch'boath & Sidious."

Aug. 15, 2007 Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink "A collection of really well-written short stories about different types of love. Recommended."

Aug. 15, 2007 Blasphemy and the Battle for Faith by F. Lagard Smith "Odd book on blasphemy from a conservative Christian perspective, with some interesting legal elements."

Aug. 16, 2007 Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry "The story of Prince Xizor's rivalry with Vader and entangled Skywalker. Starts weak but exciting ending."

Aug. 19, 2007 Blasphemy by David Lawton "Odd & unfocussed discussion of blasphemy in culture and literature."

Aug. 20, 2007 Rogue Planet by Greg Bear "Slow-moving Star Wars novel."

Aug. 21, 2007 The Touch of Your Shadow, The Whisper of Your Name by Neal Barrett, Jr. "Fifth B5 novel about an anger-inducing entity. Bog standard Star Trek-style. Disappointing.

Sep. 3, 2007 Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves "An excellent Star Wars novel featuring scoundrel Lorn Pavan and his sarcastic droid I-Five."

Sep. 4, 2007 The Firm by John Grisham "Fairly interesting thriller."

Sep. 12, 2007 Blackout by Keith DeCandido "A really strong Buffy novel set in 1977 New York and dealing with Spike and Nikki Wood."

Sep. 24, 2007 Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace edited by Kevin J. Anderson "A pretty good collection of short stories, tied together well."

Sep. 24, 2007 The Invention of Tradition edited by Eric Howbsbaum and Terence Ranger "Deathly boring."

Sep. 27, 2007 Endangered Species by Cathy Hopka "Lost book about a herpetologist used by environmental terrorists. Predictable and boring."

Oct. 1, 2007 Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss "Really interesting look at the mindset of Clone Troopers compared to Jedi. Bit of a sketched plot."

Oct. 10, 2007 Those Who Walk in Darkness by John Ridley "A really interesting look at super heroes and law enforcement in a 'Civil War' world."

Oct. 18, 2007 Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss "Inferior sequel, heavy on torture and executions."

Oct. 21, 2007 Tales of the Slayer, Volume 1 "A strong collection of mostly-grim Slayer stories. I especially liked the French Revolution one."

Oct. 31, 2007 Star Wars: The Mandalorian Armor by K.W. Jeter "Story of rescue of Boba Fett and destruction of the bounty hunters' guild. Okay."

Nov. 4, 2007 Wicked by Gregory Maguire "A really interesting revisionist history of the wicked witch of the West."

Nov. 6, 2007 The Ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Gift "Interesting picture-book style novelization, with some trivia."

Nov. 13, 2007 Around the World with Auntie Mame "Enjoyable and funny collection."

Nov. 20, 2007 Republic Commando: True Colors by Karen Traviss "Third book, focussing on hunt for Kaminoan scientist to extend clones' life span."

Nov. 22, 2007 The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett "Story of a young girl learning she is a witch. Not as good as others."

Nov. 23, 2007 The Christmas Thief by Mary & Carol Higgins Clark "Crappy mystery about theft of Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree."

Nov. 25, 2007 Slave Ship by K.W. Jeter "2nd in Bounty Hunter Wars. Okay but w/ annoying amounts of thought-exposition during conversations."

Nov. 26, 2007 The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies by Monsma & Soper "Focuses on funding and education."

Nov. 27, 2007 All Men are Mortal by Simone De Beauvoir "Interesting & thought-provoking book about an immortal man, but a rushed ending."

Nov. 29, 2007 Ruins of Dantooine by Veronica Whitney-Robinson "Tie-in to online game. Interesting character and unique plot."

Dec. 1, 2007 Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress "Sequel to Beggars in Spain, thought-provoking but some gaps in necessary information."

Dec. 3, 2007 Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanislaw Lem "A spy in a Building tries to figure out his Mission, but is foiled at every turn. Interesting life metaphor."

Dec. 15, 2007 Mistletoe & Murder by Carola Dunn "A solid mystery featuring 1920s characters."

Dec. 14, 2007 Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover "Star Wars novel about Mace Windu trying to bring his Padawan back from the jungle. Quite dark!"

Dec. 16, 2007 Teasing Secrets from the Dead by Emily Craig "Stories from a forensic bone specialist, but not especially well-written or interesting."

Dec. 17, 2007 The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett "The Guards travel on a diplomatic mission."

Dec. 17, 2007 The Frost-Haired Vixen by John Zakour "Futuristic comedy with a sci-fi Christmas theme. Some humor."

Dec. 22, 2007 Going Postal by Terry Pratchett "Con-man forced to take over the post office. Enjoyable."

Dec. 20, 2007 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks "Case studies of neurological disorders with interesting revelations about memory--it's all there!"

Dec. 23, 2007 Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris "Fourth in the series, as witches force Eric to lose his memory. A good entry."

Dec. 28, 20076 Hard Merchandise by K.W. Jeter "Last of the Bounty Hunters books, I'm glad it's over!"

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