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Reading Resolutions 2007

Last year I resolved to read two out of The Brothers Karamazov, Catcher in the Rye, In Search of Lost Time, Mrs Dalloway, Things Fall Apart and The Tin Drum and to finish both Don Quixote and Little Women. Well, I managed three from the top and one from the bottom. I am impressed with cassave   's efforts on Proust; I resolve therefore either to read In Search of Lost Time, or else finish Don Quixote and read Catcher in the Rye and The Tin Drum.

Last year I resolved to read five out of A Clockwork Orange, The Space Merchants, A Princess of Mars, Tau Zero, Grey Lensman, Again, Dangerous Visions, The Female Man, Last and First Men, Deathbird, and Dhalgren; I managed, er, two. I shall more modestly aim for three of the remaining eight this year.

Last year I resolved to read four of The Einstein Intersection, Rite of Passage, A Time of Changes, The Falling Woman, The Healer's War, Stations of the Tide, and The Terminal Experiment - in fact I read them all.

Last year I resolved to read four more of the Time list of 25 must-read comics. I read only one and didn't enjoy it. I resolve to read another two this year but also to find another list.

Last year I resolved to read a third of the books on my unread list. I came close but didn't quite manage it (41 out of 135). I shall aim to read another third this year (my unread list is now up to 143). The unread books, in order of Librarything popularity (the ones in italics are only in my catalogue and nobody else's), are:

The Art of War, Tzu, Sun
Sourcery, Pratchett, Terry
Blindness, Saramago, Jose
Gilead, Robinson, Marilynne
Quidditch through the ages, Rowling, J. K.
The Mill on the Floss, Eliot, George
Wild Swans, Chang, Jung
The Kalahari typing school for men, McCall Smith, Alexander
Dhalgren, Delany, Samuel R.
The full cupboard of life, McCall Smith, Alexander
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence, T. E.
The Prince of Tides, Conroy, Pat
Summerland, Chabon, Michael
Oscar and Lucinda, Carey, Peter
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, Smith, Alexander McCall
Sailing to Sarantium, Kay, Guy Gavriel
The pilgrim's regress, Lewis, C. S
The Conquest of Gaul, Caesar, Julius
Abarat, Barker, Clive
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales,
The Book of Imaginary Beings, Borges, Jorge Luis
Harpist in the Wind, McKillip, Patricia A
Expiration Date, Powers, Tim
Postwar, Judt, Tony
The Duke And I, Quinn, Julia
Vellum, Duncan, Hal
The Atrocity Archives, Stross, Charles
The English, Paxman, Jeremy
The Road from Coorain, Conway, Jill Ker
The Owl Service, Garner, Alan
The Faded Sun Trilogy, Cherryh, C. J.
No great mischief, MacLeod, Alistair
The embarrassment of riches, Schama, Simon
The Ill-Made Mute, Dart-Thornton, Cecilia
The go-between, Hartley, L. P.
Resurrection, Tolstoy, Leo
Earth is Room Enough, Asimov, Isaac
To Engineer Is Human, Petroski, Henry
The Cornelius Quartet, Moorcock, Michael
City of Illusions, Le Guin, Ursula K.
Peace, Wolfe, Gene
Teranesia, Egan, Greg
The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Wilde, Oscar
Music & silence, Tremain, Rose
Great War Breakthroughs, Turtledove, Harry
Spin State, Moriarty, Chris
Rocks of Ages, Gould, Stephen Jay
The seeds of time, Wyndham, John
Last and first men, Stapledon, Olaf
In Search of the Dark Ages, Wood, Michael
Between the Woods and the Water, Fermor, Patrick Leigh
The Age of Kali, Dalrymple, William
Red Branch, Llywelyn, Morgan
The Child Garden, Ryman, Geoff
Misspent Youth, Hamilton, Peter F.
The Golden Transcendence, Wright, John C.
The Phoenix Exultant, Wright, John C.
Trillion year spree, Aldiss, Brian Wilson
Three to see the king, Mills, Magnus
Variable Star, Heinlein, Robert A.
The Medieval Cookbook, Black, Maggie
Appleseed, Clute, John
Back Home, Magorian, Michelle
Daughters of Britannia, Hickman, Katie
The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Second Annual Collection,
National Lampoon's Doon, Weiner, Ellis
Wilt In Nowhere, Sharpe, Tom
White Crow, Gentle, Mary
No Present Like Time, Swainston, Steph
Cities of salt, Munif, Abd al-Rahman
Jennie, Gallico, Paul
The Devil's Highway, Urrea, Luis Alberto
Blind Voices, Reamy, Tom
Doctor Who-Caves of Androzani, Dicks, Terrance
The Shore of Women, Sargent, Pamela

The Mabinogion, Gantz, Jeffrey
Seasons of Plenty, Greenland, Colin
The Druid King, Spinrad, Norman
Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders, Dicks, Terrance
Doctor Who-The Aztecs, Lucarotti, John
Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive, Fisher, David
Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century, Leonard, Mark
Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters, Dicks, Terrance
What Ifs? Of American History,
Visions of Wonder, Hartwell, David G.
Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin, Dicks, Terrance
The Search for Roots, Levi, Primo
The Wizard Knight, Wolfe, Gene
Earth Logic, Marks, Laurie J.
The Space Opera Renaissance, Hartwell, David G.
The epic of Gilgamesh, George, A. R
Sunrise Alley, Asaro, Catherine
Fortunata and Jacinta, Galdos, Benito Perez
Master of Earth and Water, Paxson, Diana L.
Forbidden Acts, Collins, Nancy A.
Peter Abelard, Waddell, Helen
Wandering Stars,
800 Years of Womens Letters, Kenyon, Olga
Sacred Visions, Greeley, Andrew M.
The Way to Babylon, Kearney, Paul
George and Sam, Moore, Charlotte
Mother of Plenty, Greenland, Colin
Astra and Flondrix, Cullen, Seamus
Once in a Blue Moon, Mills, Magnus
"Interzone": Anthology: 5th,
The Secret Visitors, White, James
The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen,
The Discovery of the Germ, Waller, John
The Mind of Mr. Soames, Maine, Charles Eric
Analog 6, Campbell, John W (editor)
Shadowkings, Cobley, Michael
The Nobel Prize, Feldman, Burton
The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer, Spencer, Elizabeth
Hotel Rwanda,
England's Troubles, Scott, Jonathan
Radical Islams Rules, Marshall, Paul
After Dinner Speaking, Boom, Fawcett
The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod,
Kosova Express, Pettifer, James
The Enchanted Isles, Flynn, K.C.
Military Operations Macedonia, Falls, Captain Cyril
The Prisoner of Chillon, Kelly, James Patrick
Endgame in Ireland, Mallie, Eamonn
Islam in Azerbaijan, Yunusov, Arif
Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction, Puschmann-Nalenz, Barbara
Dreams of the Compass Rose [Extended Excerpt], Nazarian, Vera
Athens-Skopje: An Uneasy Symbiosis, Kofos, Evangelos
Μακεδονία (Macedonia): A Greek Name in Modern Usage,
Democratisation in Southeast Europe: An Introduction to Election Issues, Pavlovic, Dusan

The Bessarabian Question in Communist Historiography, Meurs, Wim P. Van
Liberal Democracy and Globalisation, Watson, Graham
Irish tales of terror, McGarry, Jim
Laserlicht, Teng, Tais
Thunderbirds Bumper Storybook: "The Uninvited", "Brink of Disaster", "Sun Probe", "Atlantic Inferno", Morris, Dave
Talkback: The Unofficial and Unauthorised "Doctor Who" Interview Book: Sixties v. 1,
The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might,
Endgame in the Balkans: Regime Change, European Style, Pond, Elizabeth
Half-life of a Zealot, Hunt, Swanee
From Behind a Closed Door: Secret Court Martial Records of the Easter Rising, Barton, Brian

Comments

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lamentables
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
I also want to read Blindness this year, because Don McKellar is currently turning it into a screenplay to be filmed by Fernando Meirelles and the thought of the two of them working on the same film is making me swoon with delight.
swisstone
Dec. 31st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Vicomte de Bragelonne and Lousie de la Valiere, or are you planning on reading The Man In The Iron Mask without the other two?
slovobooks
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Last year I resolved to read four more of the Time list of 25 must-read comics. I read only one and didn't enjoy it. I resolve to read another two this year but also to find another list.

I don't really like that list, anyway, as there's things there I have never heard of, or else wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, and I like to think I know a thing or two about graphic novels...

If you have a list somewhere of what GNs you already have, I'll be glad to recommend you 25 more that you really should read. Even if you don't have a list, I'll try to guess what you have, and pick things I think you're unlikely to have already read.

Anyway, I'm hoping to post a list of series of GNs that are recomended, to go with my list of Top 100 Stand-Alone Graphic Novels which I posted in June. There might be some things there to excite your jaded comicky palate.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
My New Years Resolution? Well to get the TIME to read even 20 of the books you have previously recommended. . .

Vicki(Drama Queen)
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