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My list of books to check out as of December 31, 2009.  I identified these from various book communities and, in some cases, from my flist.  And yes, I'm (a) bonkers, and (b) eclectic.  :D   

  1. 1632 Series - Eric Flint and David Weber  March 27/10 - Can I just say that when I rule the world, there's going to be a law that says "if you're going to carry books 2, 3, 4, and 7 of a series, you're also going to freakin' carry books 1, 5, and 6!!!" I've been stalking lurking browsing my nearest bookstore (from work, I mean) for weeks - and they have two books entitled 1634 (not sure how many are in that part of the series), and one for 1635 - but 1632?  Nowhere to be found.  I may have to google this series, make sure I didn't note the wrong year.  :( 

  2. 5th Horseman - James Patterson

  3. About a Boy - Nick Hornby

  4. Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, The - Sherman Alexie

  5. Abundance of Katherines, An  - John Green

  6. After Dachau - Daniel Quinn

  7. After the Ice:  A Global Human History 20,000 - 50,000 BC - Steven Mithen

  8. Alchemist, The - Paulo Coelho

  9. Alienist, The - Caleb Carr

  10. All Seated on the Ground - Connie Willis

  11. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging - Louise Rennison

  12. Archivist's Story, The - Travis Holland

  13. Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff

  14. Bad to the Bone, by Jeri Smith-Ready

  15. Barcode Tattoo, The - Suzanne Weyn

  16. Beach House, The - Jane Green   March 27/10 - I read this a week and a bit ago, I think.  Pleasant enough, although I did find the plot twists (for lack of a better term) extremely predictable.  As in, I figured out every one of them except for one - but I figured out the end of that one anyway.  Ummm...I'm trying not to spoil anything...so I'll just say I also found the resolution to the problem at the end of the book a bit too much like deus ex machina - although to be fair, that's just the way life goes sometimes.  I just thought it was a cheap and easy way to "solve the problem".  But that's just me.  :)  Pleasant enough read; I certainly don't feel like "there's four hours of my life I'll never get back..." (unlike my reaction to Avatar *cough* - although to be fair, that one was only an hour...hour and a half too long.  :D ) Anyway, this one will be going to my sisters..

  17. Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006, The - Edited by Dave Eggers

  18. Best Friends Forever - Jennifer Weiner

  19. Beyond Black - Hilary Mantel

  20. Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil 

  21. Bloody Jack Adventure Series - L.A. Meyer

  22. Bone Collector, The - Jeffery Deavers

  23. Boneshaker - Cherie Priest

  24. Bonk:  The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science - Mary Roach 

  25. Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale

  26. Book Thief, The - Markus Zusak

  27. Books by Dorothy L. Sayers

  28. Books by Orbitowski and Urbaniuk (if translated from the Polish).

  29. Boy Did It and Ran Away, A - Christopher Brookmyre

  30. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace

  31. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The by Junot Díaz

  32. Brown Girl in the Ring - Nalo Hopkinson

  33. Burnt House, The - Faye Kellerman

  34. Button, Button – Richard Matheson

  35. By the Waters of Babylon - Stephen Vincent Benet

  36. Capital Code trilogy (Forty Days of Rain; Fifty Degrees Below; Sixty Days and Counting) - Kim Stanley Robinson  Sept. 12/09 - Picked these up in mid-August; haven't read them yet, though.

  37. Case of the Missing Books, The - Ian Sansom

  38. Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made Us Human - Richard Wrangham

  39. Celia Garth - Gwen Bristow  

  40. Charlemagne Pursuit, The - Steve Berry  March 27/10 - I picked this up in January, I believe.  Don't know if I noted it or not.  :)

  41. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith   March 15/10 - Bought this book a week ago and read it the same night.  In my Mission 101 update, I called it grim, uncompromising, disturbing, heartbreaking, uncomfortable - but compelling and, for all of that, a very fast read.   

  42. Children of Men, The - P.D. James

  43. Come Hell or High Water - Michael Eric Dyson

  44. Conspiracy of Paper, A - David Liss

  45. Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis

  46. Crosscut – Meg Gardiner

  47. Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang - Katie MacAlister

  48. Crucifix Killer - Chris Carter

  49. Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

  50. Crystal Skull, The - Manda Scott

  51. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

  52. Dairy Queen – Catherine Gilbert Murdock

  53. Day of the Barbarians, The - Alessandro Barbero

  54. Death Collector, The – Justin Richards

  55. Death in Kashmir - M.M. Kaye

  56. Death Takes the Cake - Melinda Wells

  57. Deep Dish – Mary Kay Andrews

  58. Deviant Ways - Chris Mooney

  59. Devil You Know, The - Mike Carey

  60. Devil, The: Perceptions of Evil from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity by Jeffery Burton Russell (and the other volumes:  Medieval, Renaissance, Modern Times)

  61. Divine by Choice - PC Cast

  62. Divine by Mistake - PC Cast

  63. Dogs and Goddesses - three authors

  64. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones 

  65. Don of the Dead - Casey Daniels

  66. Dresden Files - Jim Butcher  March 27/10 - Picked up the first book in the series today - which was, I believe, the first time it was actually in the store. 

  67. Dune Road - Jane Green March 27/10 - Hmmmm...given the previous book of hers I read, I'm not sure I'm willing to read this one now.  Although, of course, you shouldn't judge an author by one story.  I may see if I can get it out of the library with my spankin' new library card.  :D 

  68. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

  69. Evan and Elle - Rhys Bowen

  70. Every Secret Thing - Laura Lippman

  71. Expendable - James Alan Gardner 

  72. Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev

  73. Faking It - Jennifer Crusie

  74. Fallen - David Maine

  75. Fate of Mice, The - Susan Palwick

  76. Field Guide for Female Interrogators, A - Coco Fusco

  77. Fixer Upper, The – Mary Kay Andrews

  78. Flashman Series - George MacDonald Fraser  April 24/10 - Got this out of the library on Thursday.  Read one chapter and that was enough for me.  Wow.  Did not like it at all.   I did skim through other parts of it but nothing changed my mind.  Ah, well.  I only said I had to try these books, not that I had to finish and/or like them.  :) 

  79. Flatland - Edwin Abbott

  80. Flesh and Spirit - Carol Berg 

  81. Fluffy - Simone Lia

  82. Forgotten Garden, The - Kate Morton

  83. Forty Words for Sorrow - Giles Blunt

  84. Gates, The – John Connolly

  85. Geek Chic:  Smart Women in Popular Culture - Sherrie A. Innes

  86. Gertruda's Oath: A Child, A Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II - Ram Oren

  87. Ghost of a Chance - Yasmine Galenorn

  88. Ghost Song - Sarah Rayne

  89. Ghost Writer, The - John Harwood

  90. Ghost, Interrupted - Sonia Singh

  91. Ghost/Aliens - Trey Hamburger

  92. Gift of Stones, The - Jim Grace

  93. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The - Stieg Larsson

  94. Glass Books of the Dream Eaters - Gordon Dahlquist

  95. Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines

  96. Goblin Quest - Jim C. Hines

  97. Goblin Tower, The - L. Sprague de Camp

  98. Goblin War - Jim C. Hines

  99. God In the White House - Randall Balmer 

  100. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips

  101. Gone - Michael Grant

  102. Goose Girl, The - Shannon Hale

  103. Gospel According to Judas, The by Benjamin Iscariot 

  104. Graceling - Kristin Cashore

  105. Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris

  106. Graveyard Book, The - Neil Gaiman  March 27/10 - Picked this up today!!  Yaaaay!!!  :D  March 31/10 - I read this on Sunday (Mar. 28th).  Awwww...I really liked it. Complicated?  No.  Predictable?  Yeah, a bit.  But it was just so sweet, and a little dark, and a little sad and a lot hopeful - and it was just a really nice way to spend a Sunday evening.  :)

  107. Great Influenza, The: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry

  108. Green Grass, Running Water - Thomas King

  109. Greenstone Grail, The by Amanda Hemmingway 

  110. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  111. Harry Potter and Philosophy - David Baggett and Shawn E. Klein

  112. Havemercy - Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett 

  113. Heart of Stone - C.E. Murphy

  114. Henry VIII:  The King and His Court - Allison Weir

  115. Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen

  116. High Crusade, The - Poul Anderson

  117. History of God, A:  The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - Karen Armstrong

  118. Holy Disorders - Edmund Crispin

  119. Holy, The - David Quinn

  120. Hopeless Romantic's Handbook, The - Gemma Townley

  121. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

  122. Hunger Games, The - Suzanne Collins

  123. Hungry Cities series - Philip Reeve

  124. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick

  125. Icarus Girl, The - Helen Oyeyemi

  126. Impossible - Nancy Werlin

  127. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

  128. Index, The:  Mages - Katherine Gilraine

  129. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr 

  130. Inkheart series - Cornelia Funk

  131. Intelligencer, The - Leslie Silbert

  132. Intent to Kill - James Grippando

  133. Interred with Their Bones - Jennifer Lee Carrell

  134. Intertwined - Gena Showalter

  135. Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk

  136. It's All About You - Tony Murphy

  137. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

  138. Just One of the Guys - Kristan Higgans

  139. Lamb:  The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore

  140. Lamentation - Ken Scholes

  141. Language of Goldfish, The by Zibby O’Neal

  142. Last Night at the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan  April 24/10 - Got this out of the library on Thursday, too.  Fast read; character study, really.  A little sad...but not crying sad.  It was okay although not one I'll read again.  

  143. Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld

  144. Liar - Justine Larbalestier

  145. Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong - James W. Loewen

  146. Lies of Locke Lamora, The – Scott Lynch

  147. Little Brother - Cory Doctorow 

  148. Lobster Chronicles:  Life on a Very Small Island - Linda Greenlaw

  149. Mairelon the Magician - Patricia C. Wrede

  150. Making of a Marchioness, The - Frances Hodgson Burnett

  151. Making of the English Working Class, The - E.P. Thompson

  152. Mama Fish – Rio Youers

  153. Man Who Invented Christmas, The – Les Standiford

  154. Marriage Bureau for Rich People, The - Farahad Zama

  155. Mayan Equinox - Keith Jones

  156. Maze Runner, The - James Dashner

  157. Mean Streets - anthology

  158. Melissa/Honey trilogy - Hester Browne

  159. Men Who Stare at Goats, The – Jon Ronson

  160. Miles Vorkosigan Series - Lois McMaster Bujold

  161. Monster - A. Lee Martinez

  162. Murder at Hazelmoor, The – Agatha Christie

  163. Murder at Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson

  164. Music of the Spheres, The - Elizabeth Redfern

  165. My Man Michael - Lori Foster

  166. Name of the Wind, The - Patrick Rothfuss

  167. Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton

  168. Natural History of the Senses, A - Diane Ackerman

  169. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro 

  170. New Ceres Nights - Anthology

  171. Nova - Samuel R. Delaney

  172. Novels by Raymond Feist.  March 27/10 - Picked up the first (sensing a theme??  LOL ) book in, I believe, the Darkwar Saga.  I've read his short stories before but couldn't tell you any names of some.  :) 

  173. Olympiad – Tom Holt

  174. On Beauty - Zadie Smith

  175. On the Beach - Nevil Shute 

  176. On the Prowl - Patricia Briggs

  177. One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night - Christopher Brookmyre  April 24/10 - Yep, the library on Thursday.  :D  This one is up next, I think, unless I go back to the bodice rippers I've been reading all month.. April 25/10 - OMG - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!  It was awesome and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.  WOW!!.

  178. Only Begotten Daughter - James Morrow 

  179. Orpheus Trail,  The - Maureen Duffy 

  180. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

  181. Other Routes - edited by Tabish Khair, Martin Leer, Justin D. Edwards, and Hanna Ziadeh

  182. PatternMaster - Octavia Butler

  183. Physick Book of Deliverance, The – Katherine Howe

  184. Picture of Dorian Grey, The - Oscar Wilde

  185. Pirate Latitudes – Michael Crichton

  186. Pirates! Series, The - Gideon Defoe

  187. Polysyllabic Spree, The - Nick Hornby

  188. Postman, The - David Brin

  189. Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman  April 24/10 - The last one I picked up at the library on Thursday.

  190. Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink

  191. Purity Myth, The:  How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women - Jessica Valenti

  192. Q&A by Vikas Swarup

  193. Quiet Belief in Angels, A - R.J. Ellory

  194. Rainbow Opera - Elizabeth Knox

  195. Raintree Rebellion, The - Janet McNaughton

  196. Rape:  A Love Story - Joyce Carol Oates

  197. Raphael Affair, The – Iain Pears

  198. Raven Prince, The - Elizabeth Hoyt

  199. Redbreast - Jo Nesbo

  200. Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

  201. Restoration London:  Everyday Life in London 1660-1670 - Liza Picard

  202. Restoration:  Awakenings - Faith King/Laura Josephsen

  203. Retribution Falls - Chris Wooding

  204. Rings of the Master Series - Jack L. Chalker

  205. Rise and Fall of Alexandria, The: Birthplace of the Modern World -  Justin Pollard and Howard Reid 

  206. Road, The by C. McCarthy 

  207. Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire December 22/09 – Picked this one up today.

  208. Rule of Four, The - Ian Caldwel and Dustin Thomason

  209. Sailing the Wine Dark Sea:  Why the Greeks Matter - Thomas Cahill

  210. Santa Olivia - Jacqueline Carey

  211. Satan Burger - Carlton Mellick III

  212. Satanic Verses, The - Salman Rushdie

  213. Saturn's Children - Charles Stross

  214. Saugus to the Sea - Brad Yung

  215. Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries - C.S. Harris

  216. Secret Heart of Stealing, The - Christopher Brookmyre

  217. Secret of Joy, The – Melissa Senate

  218. Secret Under My Skin, The  - Janet McNaughton

  219. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs - Chuck Klosterman

  220. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby

  221. Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

  222. Sherlock Holmes Books - Laurie R. King (e.g., The Language of Bees)

  223. Short History of Nearly Everything, A - Bill Bryson

  224. Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn

  225. Sluts, The - Dennis Cooper

  226. Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman

  227. Song for Nero, A - Thomas Holt

  228. Space Captain Smith - Toby Frost

  229. Stepsister Scheme, The - Jim C. Hines

  230. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach

  231. Stupidest Angel, The - Christopher Moore

  232. Summoning, The - Kelley Armstrong

  233. Super in the City - Daphne Uviller

  234. Taken - Kathleen George

  235. Tapas on the Ramblas - Anthony Bidulka

  236. Technicolor Time Machine - Harry Harrison

  237. That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts – Rivka Solomon

  238. Third Pig Detective Agency, The - Bob Burke

  239. Tranquility Alternative, The - Allen Steele

  240. Tripping the Prom Queen - Susan Shapiro Barash

  241. Triptych - Karin Slaughter

  242. Turkish Gambit, The - Boris Akunin

  243. Twentieth Century Eightball - Daniel Clowes

  244. Uglies - Scott Westerfield

  245. Un Lun Dun - China Mieville

  246. Unwind - Neal Shusterman 

  247. Uses of Enchantment, The - Heidi Julavits

  248. Vanished Arizona - Martha Summerhayes

  249. Villains by Necessity – Eve Forward

  250. War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, The - Louis de Bernieres

  251. War of the Soulites - Natasha Bennett

  252. Wasp Factory, The - Iain Banks

  253. Watchmen - Alan Moore

  254. What Angels Fear - C.S. Harris

  255. What Price Liberty?  How Freedom was Won and Is Being Lost - Ben Wilson

  256. When the Elephants Dance - Tess Uriza Holthe

  257. White Tiger, The - Aravind Adiga

  258. Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? - Hugo Ross Williamson

  259. Wicked Game - Jeri Smith-Ready

  260. Wiloughbys, The - Lois Lowry

  261. Windup Girl, The - Paolo Bacigalupi

  262. Winter Queen, The - Boris Akunin

  263. Woman in Black, The - Susan Hill

  264. Wordy Shipmates, The - Sarah Vowell

  265. World War Z - Max Brooks 

  266. World Without Us, The - Alan Weisman

  267. Year of the Flood, The – Margaret Atwood

  268. Year of the Hare, The - Arto Paasilinna

  269. Yiddish Policemen's Union, The - Michael Chabon

  270. Zen and the Art of Vampires - Katie MacAlister



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onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
7. After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000 - 50,000 BC - Steven Mithen
This sounds interesting!

27. Books by Dorothy L. Sayers
I love British mysteries -- and Lord Peter Wimsey rules! ^^

121. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
I had no idea there was a book -- I have to read this!

145. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong - James W. Loewen
I'm always curious to read this sort of book.

Murder at Hazelmoor, The – Agatha Christie
This was a good book -- I love Agatha Christie!

167. Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
Oh, wow! That sounds cool!

184. Picture of Dorian Grey, The - Oscar Wilde
I read that once upon a time. It was an interesting book.

188. Postman, The - David Brin
I know a lot of people hated this book, but I actually kind of liked it.

266. World Without Us, The - Alan Weisman
Another subject that interests me.

Edited at 2009-12-31 04:53 pm (UTC)
shirleyann66
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
27. Books by Dorothy L. Sayers
I love British mysteries -- and Lord Peter Wimsey rules! ^^


...and I don't think I've ready any of these books...which is hard for me to fathom. ;D

121. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
I had no idea there was a book -- I have to read this!


And I just found out today there's (apparently?) a movie. I DO live under a rock!

167. Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
Oh, wow! That sounds cool!


It really does! I'm looking forward to finding out if it's as cool as it sounds. LOL

266. World Without Us, The - Alan Weisman
Another subject that interests me.


Me, too. I'm addicted to the show Life After People on the History Channel, which is why I decided to put this one on the list.




onceiwasaturtle
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
27. Books by Dorothy L. Sayers
>I love British mysteries -- and Lord Peter Wimsey rules! ^^
>>;...and I don't think I've ready any of these books...which is hard for me to fathom. ;D

Good, good books. For some reason, I'm stuck on Gaudy Night ... XD Goodness, she wrote a lot of these -- I don't think I read them all! I shall have to remember to request them from the library after I get all of the ones that I snaggged from your list. ^^

121. Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
>I had no idea there was a book -- I have to read this!
>>And I just found out today there's (apparently?) a movie. I DO live under a rock!

That's ok, I had no idea there was a book, so obviously I live under a rock, too! It's an anime move and was pretty good. (But then again, I'm into anime.)

167. Nathaniel's Nutmeg, or The True and Incredible Adventures of the Spice Trader Who Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton
>Oh, wow! That sounds cool!
>>It really does! I'm looking forward to finding out if it's as cool as it sounds. LOL

Me, too!

266. World Without Us, The - Alan Weisman
Another subject that interests me.
Me, too. I'm addicted to the show Life After People on the History Channel, which is why I decided to put this one on the list.

Oh, I think I would be as well if we had cable or satellite or anything like that. ^^ Maybe when I finish the series I'm currently watching on Netflix I'll see if I can request this one!! Ooooh ... I'll definitely need to watch and/or read more shows/books about this before I write some of my novels!!!
shirleyann66
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
I shall have to remember to request them from the library after I get all of the ones that I snaggged from your list. ^^

Well, you'd said you were looking for books to read... ;) Let me know which ones you read and what you thought of them!
onceiwasaturtle
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Hehe, so I did! :-D

I'll try and remember to do that. My memory is noteably horrible, though. *sigh* But I'm going to try and post something about every book that I read this year!
froodle
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Are you actually going to do anything except read in 2010?

The Inkheart series is brilliant, as is the Book Thief.
shirleyann66
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, if only it could be so...well, and writing, too. :D

I was going to start scanning the Jericho comic for you and I seem to have misplaced the cords for the scanner. I'm hoping I didn't toss them out in a fit of "what the hell is this and why am I keeping it?" - but I might have. Which means I need to make a trip to FutureShop in the (very) near future (next week). Aarrggh!!

The positive news is you'll get the second issue much faster (it's due to be released on January 13th).

Sorry, froodle. :( :(

inanna7
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
First of all, I want to wish you a Happy New Year. :-D

Second, I've been debating on reading that trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson also. I really liked his Mars trilogy. Wasn't overly crazy about his "Years of Rice & Salt" but that was partly because I misread the back cover as the plague wiping out 95% of ALL the population in the middle ages, not 95% of the European population. Going in with a different point of view sort of killed it for me. Found some of the other titles amusing "Ghost, Interrupted" gave me a good giggle.

Third, the first edition of the Jericho comic is out already? (Mutters to self "Where the hell have I been?")

Got to run, got to work today. :/
shirleyann66
Jan. 1st, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too! *waves and sends virtual fireworks* All the best to you in 2010. :)

Second, I've been debating on reading that trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson also. I really liked his Mars trilogy.

You know, I don't think I've ever ready any of his novels. I believe I've read some short stories by him - I was looking at one of my (many) anthologies a few weeks ago and went "hey! That's that guy!" LOL But no novels come to mind at all (definitely not the Mars trilogy - but I think I'll be putting those on my next list. :D ).

Found some of the other titles amusing "Ghost, Interrupted" gave me a good giggle.

*nods* I know what you mean. I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for the title alone. I'm about halfway through Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (I'm easily distracted) but again - the title alone is worth the price of admission. However, bar none, the best title of a book I ever bought (although it's still in my "to be read" pile) is The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. Have no idea if it's a good book or not but the title always makes me giggle.

Third, the first edition of the Jericho comic is out already? (Mutters to self "Where the hell have I been?")

Working like a dog. ;)

Got to run, got to work today. :/

Awww - on New Year's Day? :( That sucks. I hope you had a good (relatively) peaceful day at work.

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I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes

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"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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