Thursday, January 03, 2008

December 2007 Reading

Here is my final reading list for 2007, linked up with the reviews written for these books.

1. Destiny's Way - Walter Jon Williams
2. Scarlet Sister Mary - Julia Peterkin
3. The Graveyard Game - Kage Baker
4. Naked Economics - Charles Wheelan
5. Sung in Blood - Glen Cook
6. The Sandman: The Doll's House - Neil Gaiman
7. The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson
8. The Natural Ordermage - L. E. Modesitt, Jr
9. Death Star - Michael Reaves and Steve Perry
10. She is the Darkness - Glen Cook
11. Republic Commando: True Colors - Karen Traviss
12. The Sword-edged Blonde - Alex Bledsoe
13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon

The Long Way Home is Book Number 226 for the year. I have a difficult time imagining I will ever read this many books in a single year again. Doesn't even make sense.

It appears I missed reviewing Republic Commando: True Colors. Here's a quicky: It's really damn good. Traviss gives us a very tight perspective on elite clone troopers during the Clone Wars and it is a bleak vision, but Traviss is one hell of a storyteller and I have never been disappointed with one of her novels.

Book of the Month: The Sword-edged Blonde – Even non fantasy readers should enjoy this one.

Worst Book of the Month: Death Star – I may not have expected greatness, but Reaves and Perry have individually written good Star Wars, and together they wrote the Medstar duology, but this was baaaaaad.

Pleasant Surprise of the Month: The Long Way Home – Not that I expected this first trade paper of Buffy Season Eight to suck, per se, but I did not expect it would feel just like the show. Certain aspects may be a bit more graphic than would be aired on television, and the television budget would have to be higher to cover this detail, but The Long Way home is a great continuation of the show. This counts as my mini-review.

Disappointment of the Month: Sung in Blood – The best thing about the book is Glen Cook’s name on the cover. I had hoped for so much more.

The Rest of the Year in Reading and Reviews

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