cloverr (e_phemera) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Bookworm totals for 2010

BOOKS for 2010
84 books.
29 Non fiction (11 on running or fitness; 9 biographies, miscellaneous etc..)
55 Fiction (30+ some horror, supernatural (including entire Sookie Stackhouse series), or thrillers; 6 Young adult; 3 graphic novels, miscellaneous etc..)
2 re-reads (lol, one of which I didn't realize until I was about halfway through it again!)

Best Book:
Cory Doctorow. MAKERS.

Other Favorites:
Jean Turner. DUST.
China Meiville. KRAKEN.
John Lundqvist. LET ME IN.

1)Karnazes, Dean. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner. Tarcher: 2006.
And if you think *I* am a crazy about this ultra athlete who regularly runs 100+ mile events, ran a 199 mile "Relay" as a solo one person team, and who did a marathon at the South Pole! And he manages to have a wife, kids, and a job too...
Lol...wish I could get by on his average of 4 hours of sleep a night!
2) Harris, Charlaine. DEAD UNTIL DARK. Ace: 2001. A couple of weeks ago, I finally gave in and decided to watch some of the TRUE BLOOD vampire series. Then I decided to start reading the Sookie Stackhouse: Southern Vampire novels as well. Ok, I can see the appeal, but I'm still on my highbrow highhorse and boycotting TWILIGHT.
3) Bitter ice : a memoir of love, food, and obsession / Barbara Kent Lawrence.
New York, N.Y. : Rob Weisbach Books, c1999.
4)Running within [electronic resource] : a guide to mastering the body-mind-spirit connection for ultimate training and racing / Jerry Lynch, Warren A. Scott. Champaign, Ill. : Human Kinetics, c1999.
5)Running past 50 [electronic resource] / by Richard Benyo Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c1998.
6)Froer, Jonathan Safran EATING ANIMALS. LIttle Brown Company: 2009.
7) Harris, Charlaine. DEAD AS A DOORNAIL. Ace Books: 2005. More escapist paranormal fiction in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I've recently been hiding out in (the pages of) Bon Temps, LA; and I've got still more books in this series to read. (along with some other deeper fiction and some non-fiction as well..I get to feeling "guilty" if all I read is pop-lit fluff.)
8) Harris, Charlaine. LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS. Berkeley: 2002
9) Gamman, Lorraine and Merja Makinen. FEMALE FETISHISM. NYU Press: 1995. (from book description) "Fetishism, one of the most intriguing and mysterious forms of sexual expression, is still cast as an almost exclusively male domain. The first book on the subject, Female Fetishism engagingly documents women's involvement in this form of sexuality and describes a wide array of female fetishisms, from the obsessional behavior of pop fans to fetishism in advertising to women's involvement in the world of dress clubs and fetish magazines. The authors provide provocative evidence of food fetishism among women, arguing that many eating disorders are best understood from this perspective."
10) Rules of Normal Eating. (reread)
11) Harris, Charlaine. CLUB DEAD.
Book #12 Charlaine Harris. DEFINITELY DEAD. Ace Books: 2006. Sookie is beginning to show irritating signs of SupernaturalSweetieSyndrome; she's a telepath and now finds out she's also got fairy blood, she's involved with more and more sexy handsome powerful men and various leaders of the "supe" community. I think I may take a suspension of my suspension of disbelief and take a break from the series; I'm beginning to prickle at PerfectParanormalPrincesses.
13) Grant, Stephanie. PASSION OF ALICE. Houghton Mifflin: 1994. Coming of age novel set in a clinic/inpatient program for young women with eating disorders.
14) Cook, Claire. THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB. Hyperion: 2009. Fluffy Chick-Lit, but I liked the walking club motif.
15)Irving, John. LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER. Random House: 2009. Finally, a novel with a bit of density to it! Odd note: author John Irving is a distant cousin of UAH shooter Amy Bishop.
16) Harris, Charlaine. ALL TOGETHER DEAD. Ace: 2010 More Sookie.
17) Bull, Debby. BLUE JELLY: LOVE LOST AND LESSONS OF CANNING. Hyperion: 1998.
Recipes and witty metaphors.
18)Kidd, Sue Monk & Ann Kidd Taylor. TRAVELING WITH POMEGRANATES. Viking 2009.
19) Carey, Jacqueline. SANTA OLIVIA. Grand Central Publishing: 2009. By the author of the KUSHIEL series, but more furturistic fiction than epic fantasy. Like Kushiel, uses a strong female protagonist and includes alternative relationships in a recognizable yet different world setting. However, I couldn't avoid thinking it read like a YA novel. It called to mind Scott Westerfield's PRETTIES, and James Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE, series with genetically altered teenage heros/heroines coming of age. Well, there's certainly worse teeny bopper tripe to read...
20) Shapiro, Larry. ZEN AND THE ART OF RUNNING. Adams Media:2009.
21) Hamilton, Laurel K. FLIRT. Berkely: 2010. About time again. An Anita Blake novel I enjoyed reading. Because a)it was a quick read, not overly long and drawn out. b)focused more on Anita's roots and job as a necromancer (raising zombies) rather than just on her relationship-to-other-paranormal-lovers stuff. c)Laurel included an afterword essay about where she gets her ideas and how she writes. d)also included was a comic strip version of the "flirt" incident that sparked the book, drawn by Jennie Breeden of the web comic
22)Muir, Nancy. PLAIN & SIMPLE: MICROSOFT OFFICE POWERPOINT 2007. Microsoft: 2007.
For work; read at work.
23) Nasaw, Jonathan. WHEN SHE WAS BAD. Bantam Book: 2007. Interesting thriller about two escaped mental patients, one a serial killer, and both with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and the psychiatrist and detective after them. As one of the characters quips, "Multiples in love; imagine the possibilities."
24)West, Cameron. FIRST PERSON PLURAL: MY LIFE AS A MULTIPLE. Hyperion: 1999.
Nonfiction memoir of a man (He's a Phd in Psychology) with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
25) Grandin, Temple. THINKING IN PICTURES: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism. Doubleday: 1995. Interesting memoir of how living with autism has transformed the author's world and ours. Temple describes the way her visual mind works and how she first made the connection between her impairment and animal temperament. She is renowned as a designer of livestock holding equipment, and her unique empathy for animals helped her to create systems which are humane and cruelty free.
26) Walls, Jeannette. THE GLASS CASTLE. Scribners: 2003. Dysfunctional family memoir. Sometimes your parents really are crazy.
27)deLint, Charles. MYSTERY OF GRACE. Tor: 2009 A new novel by one of my favorite fantasy authors!(Contemporary Urban Fantasy genre)'d almost think he was writing a "Mary Sue" story for me...the protagonist being a spunky, quirky heavily tattooed girl! And it's a ghost story with an interesting take on a possible afterlife. Felt a bit short and hurried at the end (maybe I was just enjoying the world), but a decent read.
28)Freveletti, Jamie. RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL. WIlliam Morror: 2009. Meh. I wanted to like this novel, since the protagonist was described as an endurance marathon runner who uses her skills to save the day. But it was just so-so writing and cliched action plotting, with larger than life exploits where our leading lady thwarts guerrilla terrorists and an industrial espionage plot while saving herself and the other passengers of a hijacked plane in Columbia). And there wasn't enough attention (or accurate details) given to how our heroine utilized her athletic edge.
29)Hart, Josephine. OBLIVION. Viking: 1995. Short novel about death and obsession. Interesting ruminations on the idea that there is death (physically dying) which is eventually followed by oblivion (when we are gone AND forgotten). So this novel is composed of living characters obsessed with their dead loved ones, and the dead obsessed with the living not forgetting them....
30)Rich, Katherine Russell. RED DEVIL: To Hell with Cancer and Back. Crown: 1999.
The Red Devil is a bold, wickedly funny tale of illness, joy, and the improbable triumph of life in the midst of despair.
31) Jamison, Neal. RUNNING THROUGH THE WALL: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon. Breakaway Books: 2003 Learn what it feels like to run an ultra from the champions, the newcomers, and the veterans of the sport in this inspiring collection of 39 personal stories from ultramarathoners.
32) Harris, Charlaine. DEAD AND GONE. Ace Books: 2009.
33) Moore, Christopher. BITE ME. William Morrow: 2010. A painfully hip and wacky romp of a book, the third in Moore's Slacker Vampire Love Story series. But it's CM, and I loved it! Nice antidote to all the vampire fic that takes itself way too seriously. How can you go wrong with a huge shaved vampyre kitty named Chet menacing the city of SanFrancisco and teenaged gothchick-wannabe-nosferatu Abby Normal to save the day and embrace the night?
34) Little, Larry. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 2010. Self published self-help book about personality awareness, interpersonal relationships, and models for business leadership. Not my cup of tea and I disagree with the personality analysis, but I read it because our library director mentioned wanting to have the author at our next staff development day. Oh joy. :/
35) Yasso, Bart. MY LIFE ON THE RUN: the wit, wisdom, and insights of a road racing icon. Rodale: 2008. Entertaining runner's memoir.
36)Wallace, Daniel. MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN. DOubleday: 2007.
Another quirky novel, set in a 1950's carnival sideshow, full of stories within stories, and truth within lies, by the author of BIG FISH.
37) Kastner, Charles B. BUNION DERBY : the 1928 footrace across America. University of New Mexico Press: 2007. On March 4, 1928, 199 men lined up in Los Angeles, California, to participate in a 3,400-mile transcontinental footrace to New York City. The route largely followed U.S. Highway Route 66, then new and mostly unpaved, that subjected the runners to mountains, deserts, mud, and sandstorms. The Bunion Derby, as the press dubbed the event, was the brainchild of sports promoter Charles C. Pyle. The runners represented all walks of American life, from immigrants to millionaires, with a peppering of star international athletes. Interesting factual account, but not as lively as Tom McNab's novel FLANAGAN'S RUN based on the event.
38) Kellerman, Jonathan. DECEPTION. Ballentine: 2010 Another in the Alex Delaware psychological suspense/mystery series. Been reading them for years.
39) Armstrong, Lance with Sally Jenkins. ITS NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: my journey back to life. Berkley: 2001. Armstrong's cancer memoir and winning the Tour de France. Bicycling isn't my sport, but his story is an inspiration.
40) Straub, Pater. A DARK MATTER. Doubleday: 2010. Lengthy literary horror novel; just what I was in the mood for.
41)Rose, M.J. THE HYPNOTIST. Mira Books: 2010 The Hypnotist combines times both modern and ancient, a strong paranormal motif, and a setting in one of the world's great museums, with a cast of fascinating characters. M. J. Rose tells an intricately plotted story that is mystery, romance, and engaging thriller. It appealed to me with its interwoven inclusion of topics, plots, and themes involving museums, libraries, art & artists and reincarnation.
42)Aronne, Louis. THE SKINNY: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry,the Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success. Broadway Books: 2009.
43) Warner, Jackie. THIS IS WHY YOU'RE FAT(and how to get thin forever)
New York : Wellness Central, 2010. Fitness trainer Jackie Warner shares her two-tiered approach providing a complete nutritional makeover and a condensed workout routine. Contains some good nutritional advice and tips on the concept of "eating clean".
44) Nasaw, Jonathan. THE GIRLS HE ADORED. New York: Pocket Books, 2001.
Creepy psychological mystery/thriller. Same good guys (FBI Agent E.L. Pender and therapist Irene Cogan) and bad guy(Or is that bad guys? Ulysses Maxwell, diagnosed DID multiple personalities patient and serial killer) whose story is continued in the novel WHEN SHE WAS BAD. I'd read the later one, published in 2008, first, but both books worked all right as stand alone stories as well as a series.
45) Nasaw, Jonathan. THE BOYS FROM SANTA CRUZ. Atria Books: 2010. Nasaw's latest thriller mystery with FBI agent E.L. Pender. (I think there is only one more Nasaw novel I haven't read yet.)
46) Peale, Samantha. THE AMERICAN PAINTER EMMA DIAL. W. W. Norton: 2009. Contemporary novel about the New York art scene, as Emma struggles to find her own vision after years as a famous painter's assistant.
47) Hill, Joe. HORNS. William Morrow: 2010. Not as good as his first novel, but not a bad supernatural thriller. This story, and the earlier HEART SHAPED BOX, also share a central theme: that there is something more after death, and you can ultimately set a wrong to right. HORNS is about love and loss, friendship and betrayal and ultimately humanity. What Hill does so well with his story is to turn upside down the normal notion of good guy and bad guy (or God and the Devil).
48) Nasaw, Jonathan. TWENTY-SEVEN BONES. Atria: 2004. Another Nasaw thriller; rats--I've now read all the books the library has by this author.
49) Stein,Garth. ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. Harper Collins: 2008. I picked this novel because the title grabbed me, but I quite enjoyed it (even though the referenced "racing" is auto not running). “I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.” (Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True)
50) Simmons, Dan. BLACK HILLS. New York : Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2010. When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on George Armstrong Custer as he lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the general's spirit enters him. The voice of Custer's ghost will speak to Paha Sapa for the rest of his event-filled life. (ummm...much of what is related as Custer's story, at least in the first part of the book, is his obsessive love for his sexually adventurous wife Libby.) However, the main protagonist, his story spanning more than 80 years, is not the legendary general but Paha Sapa. IMO, the book's most interesting segments and plot revolve around his involvement in the carving of the Mount Rushmore monument, on sacred Lakota ground. Meticulously researched, this novel tells its story against a huge historical backdrop.
51) Robison, John Elder. LOOK ME IN THE EYE: My Life With Asperger's. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2008.
Publisher's Weekly: Starred Review. Robison's thoughtful and thoroughly memorable account of living with Asperger's syndrome is assured of media attention due in part to his brother Augusten Burroughs's brief but fascinating description of Robison in RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.
But Robison's story is much more fully detailed in this moving memoir, beginning with his painful childhood, his abusive alcoholic father and his mentally disturbed mother. Robison describes how from nursery school on he could not communicate effectively with others, something his brain is not wired to do, since kids with Asperger's don't recognize common social cues and body language or facial expressions. Failing in junior high, Robison was encouraged by some audiovisual teachers to fix their broken equipment, and he discovered a more comfortable world of machines and circuits, of muted colors, soft light, and mechanical perfection. This led to jobs (and many hilarious events) in worlds where strange behavior is seen as normal: developing intricate rocket-shooting guitars for the rock band Kiss and computerized toys for the Milton Bradley company. Finally, at age 40, while Robison was running a successful business repairing high-end cars, a therapist correctly diagnosed him as having Asperger's.
Robison succeeds in his goal of helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger's to see how it is not a disease but a way of being that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others.
52)Frost, Randy O. and Gail Steketee, STUFF: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Harcourt: 2010
Using case studies that show the identifying traits of a hoarder, the authors explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder while illuminating the psychological and emotional pull that possessions exert on all of us.
53) Mieville, China. KRAKEN: an Anatomy. New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2010.
British author Mieville creates a fantasy London where anything is possible and where something threatens to end the world and burn the city out of existence. When a nine-meter-long dead squid is stolen, tank and all, from a London museum, curator Billy Harrow finds himself swept up in a world he didn't know existed. Being chased by various magical cults, crazies and criminals (including a talking tattoo), and the police/sorcerers of the Fundamentalist and Sect-Related Crime Unit, Billy holds the key to finding the missing squid--that just may be an embryonic god...
Miéville's dark urban fantasy is a rich, dense literary work, full of wordplay and imagery. I quite enjoyed it.
54) Kelly, Linda Armstrong with Joni Rogers. NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH; Raising Lance, Raising Me. Broadway Books: 2005.
Memoir by Lance Armstrong's mother. (I gues since Lance is the bigger celebrity, he got the better co-author...this book was just so-so.)
55) LeCraw, Holly. THE SWIMMING POOL. Doubleday: 2010.
from review: While a brief synopsis of Holly Lecraw's debut might lure you into believing that "The Swimming Pool" is a steamy summer page-turner--it is, in fact, something far more intriguing. Beginning with an unlikely and dangerous affair, Lecraw charts a turbulent, but inevitable, path that rips apart two families. But more important than the crimes of the flesh and their immediate repercussions, "The Swimming Pool" picks up years later with a haunting story of loss, regret, and those damaged in the wake of past events. In a surprisingly subtle narrative, Lecraw interweaves past and present to create a disturbingly candid portrait of individuals caught up in deceit and emotional crisis.
Book #56 Blum, Jenna. STORMCHASERS: A Novel. Newy York, Dutton: 2010.
Twenty years after her bipolar twin brother's penchant for chasing tornadoes leads to deadly consequences and a dark secret they share, Karena Jorge finds out that he has escaped from a psychiatric ward, prompting her to join a band of professional stormchasers in hope of finding her twin.
57) Bauermeister, Erica. SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGEDIENTS. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2009.
It soon becomes clear that each of the 8 students gathering every Monday night for cooking class seek a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand into the secrets of her students' lives. A nice little book of interconnected stories.
Book #58)
Beamer, Amelia. THE LOVING DEAD. Night Shade Books: 2010.
A California party turns bad leaving roommates Kate and Michael struggling to deal with a houseful of zombies. As more people become infected (some from bites, some from sexual activity), it's a crazy jaunt through the city, switching between the perspectives of the two main characters, in a hectic search for truth, safety, and a little bit of love. Playful and darkly humorous. The plot moves along swiftly and the characters are believable as innocent, self involved, good-hearted, and slightly sex-obsessed adults in their 20's. Broader themes about fear, the apocalypse, and STD's are mixed in with witty dialogue and unconventional love. Fans of the the San Francisco Bay Area will enjoy references to local hot spots and contemporary touches like a surprisingly useful iPhone app and overthe-top moments of frantically alternating sex and gore make for a sick, funny romp.
59) Byatt, A. S. THE CHILDREN"S BOOK. Knopf: 2009.
A spellbinding novel, at once sweeping and intimate, spans the Victorian era through the World War I years, and centers around an (artistic) circle of family and friends.
60) Vaughn, Carrie. KITTY'S HOUSE OF HORRORS. Grand Central Publishingg: 2010
61) Chapman, David. AMERICAN HUNKS. Arsenal Pulp: 2009
#62)Borodale, Jane. BOOK OF FIRES. Viking: 2009. Well written historical fiction about a young woman who becomes a fireworks maker's apprentice in 18th century London.
#63)Millar, Mark. KICK-ASS. Marvel: 2010. Graphic Novel about geeky teenager turned superhero. Snarky and edgy; graphic and violent, but I liked it. (lol..sort of "Sin City cuts class from High School?"
#64)Hopkins, Ellen. IDENTICAL. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2008. Interesting (if also sometimes irritating) style; YA fiction written in verse about the dysfunctional family of a set of teenaged twin girls.
65) Moody, David. HATER. Thomas Dunne: 2009.
Originally self-published, Moody's nail-biter of a debut plausibly creates (not quite a zombie story but) a nightmare world in which ordinary people suddenly transform into violent killers, and an everyday man struggles to retain normalcy and recognize who is trustworthy in a society escalating out of control.
66) Doctorow, Cory. MAKERS. Tor: 2009.
Cory Doctorow's work is up to the minute (or perhaps 30 seconds into the future). It is the perfect science fiction and manifesto for Makers, Hackers, DIY'ers and Entrepreneurs. I'm not by any means a tech geek, but I am a fan of Cory Doctorow who can make me see the art & culture of technology! Loved this novel.
68) Gonzales, Laurence. LUCY. Knopf: 2010
Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees, is running for her life with the child of a murdered fellow scientist after a civil war explodes in the Congo. Realizing that the girl has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy's father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part ape, a hybrid human being.
#69 Pearce, Jackson. SISTERS RED. Little Brown: 2010. YA fiction werewolves and fairy tale themes.
#70 Goldsmith, Barbara. OTHER POWERS: the age of suffrage, spiritualism, and the scandalous Victoria Woodhull. Knopf: 1998. Women's Studies nonfiction.
#71 Shepard, Judy. MEANING OF MATTHEW: my son's murder in Laramie, and a world transformed. Hudson Street Press: 2009. Non-fiction memoir. (fyi: Matthew Shepard's murder was years later, but (like Matthew) I attended collage in Laramie at the University of Wyoming)
72) Straub, Peter. LOST BOY, LOST GIRL. Random House: 2003.
This was a thoughtful thriller & ghost story read for Halloween.
73) Gruen, Sarah. APE HOUSE. New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.
When a family of bonobo apes, who know American Sign Language, are displaced after an explosion at a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show propels scientist Isabel Duncan, together with reporter John Thigpen, on a personal mission to rescue them.
Second novel about bonobos I've read recently!
74) Lindqvist,John Ajvide. LET ME IN. St. Martins Press: 2010
from amazon review: I am not sure if "Let Me In" was truly a good book, or if it is because it is so different than much of the vampire fiction being published right now, but I found it fascinating. It is not for everyone - not so much for the violence (par for the course in these sorts of books) as much as the peek into damaged psyches. It's to Lindqvist's credit that he presents even the most revolting beings as full-fledged characters and not just drooling, one-note lunatics. The vampire, Eli, is also that rarity in horror fiction - a sympathetic vampire who is by no means "good."
If I was a real purist... I'd have read this book in the original Swedish, but had to settle for reading the translation before allowing myself to watch the Swedish movie version before watching the current American remake....
75) Williams, Carol Lynch. THE CHOSEN ONE. St. Martin's Griffin: 2009.
I wasn't impressed much with this YA novel of a young girl struggling to find her freedom from the repressive polygamous fundamentalist community in which she was raised.
76) Robinson, Alex. TRICKED. Top Shelf Productions: 2005.
I stayed up til 1 am last night reading this graphic novel straight through; really enjoyed it. (*sigh* although my aging bifocaled eyes did not; I had a hard time with the size of some the handlettered text blocks..good grief, do I need to ask our fiction librarian to purchase LARGEPRINT g-novels?) I seem to prefer this style of b/w, edgy and gritty graphic novel to the pretty slickness of Marvel type books.
Publisher's Weekly review:
This dense graphic novel follows the paths of six characters who weave around one another, all finally meeting in the story's violent climax. The six are Ray Beam, a blocked and exhausted rock star; Nick, a small-time grifter; Phoebe, a daughter in search of her father; Steve, the very worst kind of music fan; Lily, a young girl drawn into Ray's artistic drama; and Caprice, a self-defeating waitress. Before the final meeting, each leads a fully realized life, whose detailed individuality and complex relationships mark Robinson as a truly gifted writer. His art is no less impressive, with clear line drawings that hone in on the subtleties of his characters' emotional lives. A master of the slice-of-life indie comic genre, Robinson brings a strong dramatic force to his work as well. Robinson's talent allows his characters to be comprehensible even when they act like spoiled jerks or sabotage their own chances for happiness but his authorial generosity returns them all to their own best selves by the end.
77) Kellerman, Jesse. EXECUTER. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2010.
A grad student meets his intellectual match and seals his dark fate when he responds to a newspaper ad seeking a conversationalist.
78)Bacigalupi, Paolo. THE WINDUP GIRL. San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2009.
Very BladeRunner-esque Sci-fi. What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.
79) Napoli, Donna Jo and Richard Tchen. SPINNERS. Dutton Children's Books: 1999.
YA retelling of the Rumplestiltskin story
80) Cain, Chelsea. EVIL AT HEART. Minotaur: 2009.
Cain's third in her Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan thriller series about a female serial killer and the detective obsessed with the case and the killer. Lol...I got over a third of the way through the novel before my brain kicked in and I realized I had already read it last December! Decided it was entertaining enough to finish it again for a reread though.
Turner, Joan Frances. DUST. Ace: 2010.
Narrated by a sympathetic and believable adolescent protagonist in a near future post-apocalyptic world, Jessie simply happens to be (un)dead. Instead of being yet another typical mindless zombie/violent gorefest, or being played for light thrills and humor, Dust offers something a little bit different in this disturbingly realistic novel. I like sentient revenants. :)
Not a perfect novel (there is some uneven writing, with some characters better developed than others), but this is an original and interesting premise and a mostly engrossing (yes, pun on gross) read.
One of the better books I've read this year!
82) McCrumb, Sharyn. BALLAD OF FRANKIE SILVER, Dutton: 1998
Yes, it was based on a murder ballad.... and that part of the story took place in Morganton NC, where I'll soon be running my New Year's race.
83) Maupin, Armistead. MARY ANNE IN AUTUMN, Harper 2010.
The latest in the author's revived TALES OF THE CITY series.
84) Humphries, Martha. UNTIL WHATEVER. Houghton Mifflin: 1991.
YA fiction by a local Huntsville author about two teenage girl friends, one of whom has AIDS.

And that finishe count for 2010 at 84 books read. :)

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