Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books I Watched in 2009

Duma Key by Stephen King ****1/2
Double Wonderful by John Swartzwelder ****
The Terror by Dan Simmons *****
How I Conquered Your Planet by John Swartzwelder ***
Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael J. Neufeld *****
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks ****
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming ***
Wild Cards: Inside Straight edited by George R. R. Martin ***
Spook Country by William Gibson **1/2
Stupid to the Last Drop by William Marsden *****
Recursion by Tony Ballantyne *1/2
Tar Sands by Andrew Nikiforuk *****
The Upside of Down by Thomas Homer-Dixon ****
One Jump Ahead by Mark L. Van Name ***
Nixonland by Rick Perlstein *****
The War Within by Bob Woodward ****
Bring on the Apocalypse: Essays on Self-Destruction by George Monbiot *****
What Really Sank the Titanic by Jennifer Hooper McCarty and Tim Foecke ***
Dead Men Scare Me Stupid by John Swartzwelder **1/2
The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams ***1/2
The Ten-¢ent Plague by David Hajdu ***1/2
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirkey *****
Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer *****
Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson by William McKeen ****
Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen ****
Paingod and Other Delusions by Harlan Ellison ****
Kayaking the Inside Passage by Robert H. Miller ****
Old Man's War by John Scalzi ****
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi ***1/2
The Last Colony by John Scalzi ****
Zoë's Tale by John Scalzi ****
Was Superman a Spy? by Brian Cronin ***
Moonraker by Ian Fleming ****
The Exploding Detective by John Swartzwelder ****
Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks ****
Rolling Thunder by John Varley ****
Crossing the Ditch by James Castrission ****
Titanic's Last Secrets by Brad Matsen ***1/2
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess *****
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher ***1/2
Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson edited by Anita Thompson ****
The Boys on The Bus by Timothy Crouse ****
The Greatest Sc-Fi Movies Never Made by David Hughes ***1/2
Earth vs. Everybody by John Swartzwelder ***1.2
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris ****
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut ****
Hammered by Elizabeth Bear ***1/2
Scardown by Elizabeth Bear ***1/2
Worldwired by Elizabeth Bear ***1/2
Dark Summit by Nick Heil ***1/2
Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson ****
Blindsight by Peter Watts ***1/2
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell ***1/2
Superclass by David Rothkopf **
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman *****
The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland ****

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