Last Year’s List

March 25th, 2010 § 2 comments

Unlike the year before, I compiled the 2009 list less from hope of starting conversation than for reasons of internal housekeeping. Last year’s list is really pretty thin, less than a book a week on average and many of them short; I’ve already read half as many books in the first two months of this year. I can’t account for this meagreness, except to hope I read a lot of short stories I didn’t keep track of, and to cite six summer weeks where I read only the work of Clarion contemporaries. Yet again, I’ve been less than scrupulous about listing graphic novel reads, though a few are grouped at the bottom.

Again, the rules: this doesn’t count books I re-read, books I read ¾ of and abandoned, or essay and story collections I dipped into once, twice, or repeatedly, but failed to finish cover to cover. Nothing’s here unless I read, for better or for worse, every word. That means excluding many fine books I wanted to pore over more closely, and at greater length, prolonging the pleasure so to speak, and collections where, for one reason or another, I left a few stories unread. Similarly, however, if I began reading a story collection the previous year, but didn’t finish it until this year, it appears here.

Titles are listed more or less in chronological order of completion, rather than when I started them, though I omit all dates, which might otherwise go an embarrassingly long way toward explaining sudden long lapses in reading.

Richard Feynman, The Meaning of It All

Kelly Link, Pretty Monsters

George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Les Intermittences d’Icare

Jean-François Prevost, Credo

Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, L’Autre rive

Zachary Mexico, China Underground

Noël Devaulx, La Dame de Murcie

Noël Devaulx, Le Visiteur Insolite

Thomas McMahon, Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry

Arika Okrent, In the Land of Invented Languages

Elizabeth Hand, Generation Loss

Jean Muno, Voice of Blood, Glove of Passion

Bernard Quiriny, L’Angoisse de la première phrase

Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Le Congrès de la fantomologie

Bill Morris, Motor City

Maurice Pons, Douce-amère

Pierrette Fleutiaux, Métamorphoses de la reine

Steve Erickson, Zeroville

Taichi Yamada, Strangers

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Loïc Secheresse, Raiju

Ludovic Debeurme, Lucille

Frédérik Peeters, Pachyderme

Lucie Durbiano, Le Rouge vous va si bien

Tom Siddell, Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 1

§ 2 Responses to Last Year’s List"

  • I love seeing people’s reading list for the year. I’m not familiar with most of the French authors. Are their books fantasy? Why did you not delve into the work of our Clarion teachers?

  • Edward says:

    I did, I just didn’t finish whole books: stories here and there in anthologies, halves of collections. And I’ve since read more, just this year. But all the French is fantasy.

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