Jan. 4th, 2010

Okay, so I did read a good deal last year. This is (almost) all the books, including what I read to Matt and the manga.

Behold the mighty cut! )

Now onto the awards

Best Fiction Book I Read This Year: 2666 by Roberto Bolano
Best Non-Fiction Book IRTY: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
Best Book IRTY that Doesn't Make Me Sound Like a Pretentious Twit: The Graveyard Book - by Neil Gaiman
Best Anthology IRTY: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Best Book (Not From My Childhood) IRTY to Matt: Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett
Best Manga/Graphic Novel: Skip Beat - True Watchmen is probably better overall, but I had read it before.

Best Book that Made Me Reconsider the Author: Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I hated Cryptonomicon but I gave Anathem a shot and loved it. So I tried Snow Crash which was okay. I'm willing to try some more of his stuff now

Harry Turtledove Award for "Why Am I Still Reading This?: The Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon. She managed to make space opera dull.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't: The Shack by William P. Young. I magnanimously gave it 2 stars because the author really means well. But he can't write and he can't break out of his own little christian paradigm.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't (Sci-Fi/Fantasy): The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It's okay, I suppose, but the characters did not have the style of Ocean's 11 and were all career criminals. There was no one to root for in this book.

Author Everyone Loves Who Didn't Impress Me: Charlaine Harris. Didn't read any of her novels, but several short stories were disappointing enough.

Worst Book: Kurohime Vol 1 by Kakatura Masanori - Pretty much every bad anime trope you can think of can be found here.

I didn't like it but you might: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. I kinda knew what I was getting into with this one, not so much a mystery as a procedural and lots of gory detail. Still, I felt the setting fell flat, but if you like CSI-esque stuff, it's worth checking out.

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