Monday, December 29, 2014

This was the year that was ... reading during 2014 #2014Books #2014inReview

I started the year with the short story extract from Underworld, "Pafko at the Wall" by Don DeLillo. For my trip to Australia, I read the still brilliant, On the Beach by Nevil Shute and The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, an interesting 19th century mystery by Fergus Hume. Carl Malamud sent me a couple of his printed works and those were quite interesting. Also for travelling, I read The Singapore Grip, by J.G. Farrell was an excellent read for my visit to the City-state.

2014.09.21-IMG_1622For my trips to Panama and Sweden, I ready David Mcullough's brilliant The Path Between the Seas, an early 20th century travel account, Prowling About Panama. Dr. Glas and Delusions by Hjalmar Söderberg were undiscovered gems; August Strindberg's The Red Room, less so.  Tomas Transtromer's memoir, Memories Look at Me was an excellent read.

Following on my reading of On the Beach, I read some more nuclear era books, Red Alert (which Dr. Strangelove was based on), Fail Safe, Alas Babylon, The Manchurian Candidate (a brilliant and darkly funny book), and The Day the Earth Stood Still (and other stories).

IMG_20141227_153805780Classic Arthur C. Clarke works for the year included 2001: A Space Odyssey, Expedition to Earth, and Rendezvous with Rama. Likewise, I continued to work my way through the Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. canon reading Welcome to the Monkey House, Deadeye Dick, Breakfast of Champions, Timequake, and Bluebeard.

Robin Sloan's novella, Ajax Penumbra 1969 (a follow on to his novel from last year) was very good. The Museum of Literary Souls by John Connolly, along with Ajax, were among the best books I read this year.

From the Wool/Silo series, I read works by Ann Christy, W.J. Davies (ed. of a short story collection), Michael Joy, and Patrice Fitzgerald. I also re-read LeGuin's Earthsea books (the first four), Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, and Herman Hesse's The Journey East.

Biographies this year included Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids, a biography of Leonard Cohen, and an excellent biography of Led Zeppelin, When Giants Walked the Earth.

Short stories included "The Six Fingers of Time," and three stories/novellas by Steve Berry. Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone collection, and Episode 4 of Margaret Atwood's Positron series.

Poetry included Vikram Seth's brilliant collection, All You who Sleep Tonight, Ezra Pound's Diptych Rome-London, Virgil's Ecologues, Leonard Cohen's 15 Poems. Lynda Barry's The Freddie Stories was my foray into graphic novels.

In non-fiction, I focused on a lot of reports, including the NY Times Innovation report, a number of OCLC reports, Hugh McGuire's collection, Book: A Futurist's Manifesto, a collection of writings about the Japanese earthquake, a dialog between E.O. Wilson and poet Robert Hass, and also Peter Morville's disappointing Intertwingled, but also consumed Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw.

I closed out the year with Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors and Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano (which I started for my trip to Mexico and was still reading as the year was ending).

Smoke and Mirrors
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1)
Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything
When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin
Memories Look at Me: A Memoir
Expedition To Earth
The Red Room (Unabridged Start Classics)
Doctor Glas
The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass
The Path Between the Seas
Prowling about Panama (1919)
Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, #4)
The Eclogues: Dual Language Edition
WOOL Gathering
Stories from the Twilight Zone
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1)
Invisible Cities
The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle, #3)
Diptych Rome-London
The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode 4
Reordering Ranganathan Shifting User Behaviors Shifting Priorities
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
The Museum of Literary Souls
The Day the Earth Stood Still & Other Classic SF Novellas
At the Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries
2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake
The Manchurian Candidate
Fifteen Poems
The Freddie Stories
Alas, Babylon
Fail Safe
Red Alert
Breakfast of Champions
Three Tales from the World of Cotton Malone: The Balkan Escape, The Devil's Gold, and The Admiral's Mark (Short Stories)
The Evolving Scholarly Record
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen
Deadeye Dick
All You Who Sleep Tonight
Welcome to the Monkey House
The Six Fingers of Time
A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)
Book: A Futurist's Manifesto
The Journey to the East: A Novel
Flying Season for the Mis-Recorded (Silo 49, #4)
Just Kids
Ajax Penumbra 1969
Silo Saga: Surface (Kindle Worlds Novella)
Dark Till Dawn (Silo 49, #3)
Silo Saga: SILO SECRETS: Daniel (Kindle Worlds Short Story)
The Singapore Grip
On Crime and Access to Knowledge
10 Rules for Radicals
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
On the Beach
Pafko at the Wall
Under the Volcano

1 comment:

MASRT said...

My calvino was If on a winter's night, a traveler...