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Monday, January 1, 2018

Books read 2017

1. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Lionel Shriver.
2. Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle, Vladimir Nabokov.
3. The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air Disasters, Christine Negroni.
4. Kill Process, William Hertling.
5. Through Fire (Darkship #4), Sarah Hoyt.
6. The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts.
7. The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, Ken MacLeod.
8. Blade of p'Na, L. Neil Smith.
9. Email to the Universe and Other Alterations of Consciousness, Robert Anton Wilson.
10. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke.
11. Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota #1), Ada Palmer.
12. Angeleyes, Michael Z. Williamson.
13. Autobiography, John Stuart Mill.
14. The Politics of Ecstasy, Timothy Leary.
15. Cold Air Return: A Novel, Patrick Lawrence O'Keeffe.
16. Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer.
17. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, Kevin Kelly.
18. On Turpentine Lane, Elinor Lipman.
19. The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary, Eric S. Raymond.
20. Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany.
21. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, Tyler Cowen.
22. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1), Becky Chambers.
23. The Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques for Navigating the New Economic Reality, Gordon White.
24. Troublemakers, Harlan Ellison.
25. Love for Sale: Pop Music in America, David Hajdu.
26. Rose Motel: Fanzine Pieces, 1980-2014, William Breiding.
27. Wolf Moon (Luna #2), Ian McDonald.
28. Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, Antonio Garcia Martinez.
29. Flying the Lindbergh Line: Then and Now, Robert F. Kirk.
30. Walkaway, Cory Doctorow.
31. Constantius II: Usurpers, Eunuchs and the Antichrist, Peter Crawford.
32. 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S., Brent D. Glass.
33. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland.
34. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance.
35. The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart, Lawrence Block.
36. Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes, Harlan Ellison.
37. Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors, Peter Ackroyd.
38. Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta.
39. Lake Winds Poems, Larry Smith.
40. Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, Jan Swafford.
41. Drug Lord, Douglas R. Casey and John Hunt.
42. The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse.
43. Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works, Phil Goulding.
44. The Berlin Project, Gregory Benford.
45. The Cleveland Connection, Les Roberts.
46. Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, Scott Horton.
47. Change Agent, Daniel Suarez.
48. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien.
49. The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome, Christopher Kelly.
50. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin.
51. The Genius Plague, David Walton.
52. Apostle: Travel Among the Tombs of the Twelve, Tom Bissell.
53. The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, Kelly Harper.
54. The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson.
55. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin.
56. The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin.
57. Betaball, Eric Malinowski.
58. The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin.
59. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
60. The Corporation Wars: Emergence, Ken MacLeod.

As in past years, I haven't tried to distinguish between audiobooks and books I actually read, books that I read for the first time and books that I read for the nth time (e.g., The Fellowship of the Ring).

Favorite fiction that I read for the first time: Ada, Vladimir Nabokov; Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer, Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta, The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse (thanks, Gregory Arnott!), The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson. The MacLeod works well as a trilogy.

Favorite first-time nonfiction: The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, Alan Watts (great recommendation, Supergee!), The Politics of Ecstasy, Timothy Leary;  Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance; Fool's Errand, Scott Horton; The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome, Christopher Kelly; The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, Kelly Harper.

Kind of surprised I didn't read any Iain Banks in 2017, but I'll do better in 2018.


Joshua Hallenbeck said...

Wow Tom what a list!I was thinking about doing something similar on the RAW fans facebook page but this will do.Here's what i managed to get through this past year.
#1 Jerusalem by Alan Moore
#2 Email to the Universe by Robert Anton Wilson
#3 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
#4 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by P.K.Dick
#5 Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzibski
#6 Chaos and Cyberculture by Timothy Leary
#7 Masks of the Illuminati by Robert Anton Wilson
#8 The 8 Circuit Brain by Antero Ali
#9 Postsingular by Rudy Rucker
#10 The Law of One Books 1-5 by RA
#11 Selected by Extraterrestrials by William Tompkins
#12 The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock
#13 Digital Mcluhan by Paul Levinson
#14 The Anti-Christ by Friedrich Nietzsche
#15 Principia Discordia by Malacalypse the Younger
#16 Harlots Ghost by Norman Mailer(technically haven't finished it yet,but i am close)

Happy 3184!
Hail Eris!

Eric Wagner said...

Very Wilsonian lists.