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Reading Resolutions 2008

Classic literature: Last year I resolved either to read In Search of Lost Time, or else finish Don Quixote and read Catcher in the Rye and The Tin Drum. I managed the latter two, got no further with Cervantes and am just over halfway through Proust. It should not therefore be impossible to finish both Proust and Cervantes this year, and then I think I should reread some of the classics - Middlemarch in particular would probably reward another look.

SF: Last year I resolved to read three out of A Princess of Mars, Tau Zero, Grey Lensman, Again, Dangerous Visions, The Female Man, Last and First Men, Deathbird, and Dhalgren - in fact I managed all but Grey Lensman (which I won't read; I have given up on Smith) and Again, Dangerous Visions, which I should be able to get through if I have some long journeys during the year (which is not unlikely). I need a new list of classic SF, and the SFBC has supplied one; gaps in my knowledge from that list are Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, Little, Big by John Crowley, The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys, Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock and The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I should be able to read at least four of those nine in 2008.

Comics: I got a lot of good recommendations in this post, and will try to work through another five or so of them.

Backlogged Books: This time last year I had 143 books on my unread list, and hoped to get through a third of them. In fact I managed 75, more than half. Of course, there has been a steady process of replacement, and my unread list is almost at the same level again, with 138 on it (one listed twice!), listed below in the order that I logged them on LibraryThing; I should be able to read a third of them. As with the previous entry, you can tick the ones you have read if you like:

Poll #1114000 Books for 2008

Which of these have you read?

Endgame in Ireland by Eamonn Mallie
6(14.0%)
National Lampoon's Doon by Ellis Weiner
0(0.0%)
No great mischief by Alistair MacLeod
0(0.0%)
Trillion year spree : the history of science fiction by Brian Wilson Aldiss
0(0.0%)
Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction
0(0.0%)
The embarrassment of riches an interpretation of Dutch culture in the golden age by Simon Schama
0(0.0%)
Great War Breakthroughs by Harry Turtledove
0(0.0%)
Letter from America : 1946-2004 by Alistair Cooke
0(0.0%)
The Phoenix Exultant : The Golden Age, Volume 2 by John C. Wright
0(0.0%)
Kosova Express by James Pettifer
0(0.0%)
Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction: A Genre Study by Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz
0(0.0%)
Shadowkings by Michael Cobley
0(0.0%)
Peace by Gene Wolfe
0(0.0%)
The Golden Transcendence by John C. Wright
0(0.0%)
The Faded Sun Trilogy by C. J. Cherryh
0(0.0%)
The English: A Portrait of a People by Jeremy Paxman
0(0.0%)
Astra and Flondrix by Seamus Cullen
0(0.0%)
Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro
0(0.0%)
More Real Than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts
0(0.0%)
Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women by Benito Perez Galdos
0(0.0%)
Quidditch through the ages by J. K. Rowling
0(0.0%)
The go-between by L. P. Hartley
0(0.0%)
Jennie by Paul Gallico
0(0.0%)
Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
0(0.0%)
King Solomon's ring: new light on animal ways by Conrad Z. Lorenz
0(0.0%)
The pilgrim's regress: An allegorical apology for Christianity, reason, and romanticism by C. S Lewis
0(0.0%)
On the place of Gilbert Chesterton in English letters by Hilaire Belloc
0(0.0%)
The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer by Elizabeth Spencer
0(0.0%)
Music & silence by Rose Tremain
0(0.0%)
Sunset at Blandings by P. G. Wodehouse
0(0.0%)
Teranesia by Greg Egan
0(0.0%)
The Enchanted Isles by K.C. Flynn
0(0.0%)
Most Ancient Song by Kenneth C. Flint
0(0.0%)
Misspent Youth by Peter F. Hamilton
0(0.0%)
Red Branch by Morgan Llywelyn
0(0.0%)
The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
0(0.0%)
Sacred Visions by Andrew M. Greeley
0(0.0%)
The Prisoner of Chillon by James Patrick Kelly
0(0.0%)
The lost heart of Asia by Colin Thubron
0(0.0%)
God's Politics : Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It by Jim Wallis
0(0.0%)
The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
0(0.0%)
Cities of salt by Abd al-Rahman Munif
0(0.0%)
Dreams of the Compass Rose by Vera Nazarian
0(0.0%)
The Duke And I by Julia Quinn
0(0.0%)
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
1(2.3%)
Appleseed by John Clute
0(0.0%)
The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
0(0.0%)
Hotel Rwanda: Bringing the True Story of an African Hero to Film
0(0.0%)
The Bessarabian Question in Communist Historiography by Wim P. Van Meurs
0(0.0%)
England's Troubles: Seventeenth-Century English Political Instability in European Context by Jonathan Scott
0(0.0%)
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt
0(0.0%)
The Cornelius Quartet: The Final Program, A Cure for Cancer, The English Assassin, The Condition of Muzak by Michael Moorcock
0(0.0%)
The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar
2(4.7%)
Rocks of Ages by Stephen Jay Gould
0(0.0%)
White Crow by Mary Gentle
0(0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction Twenty-Second Annual Collection
0(0.0%)
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence
0(0.0%)
Liberal Democracy and Globalisation by Graham Watson
0(0.0%)
The seeds of time by John Wyndham
0(0.0%)
Expiration Date by Tim Powers
0(0.0%)
Irish tales of terror by Jim McGarry
0(0.0%)
"Interzone": Anthology: 5th
0(0.0%)
Forbidden Acts by Nancy A. Collins
0(0.0%)
Seasons of Plenty by Colin Greenland
0(0.0%)
Mother of Plenty by Colin Greenland
0(0.0%)
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
0(0.0%)
The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
0(0.0%)
Laserlicht by Tais Teng
0(0.0%)
Visions of Wonder: The Science Fiction Research Association Reading Anthology by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
Thunderbirds Bumper Storybook: "The Uninvited", "Brink of Disaster", "Sun Probe", "Atlantic Inferno" by Dave Morris
0(0.0%)
Back Home by Michelle Magorian
0(0.0%)
The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism by Stephen Schwartz
0(0.0%)
Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook by Stephen Schwartz
0(0.0%)
Vellum by Hal Duncan
0(0.0%)
Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives by Katie Hickman
0(0.0%)
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
0(0.0%)
Radical Islams Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Sharia Law by Paul Marshall
0(0.0%)
Summerland. by Michael Chabon
1(2.3%)
Abarat by Clive Barker
0(0.0%)
The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might
0(0.0%)
Peter Abelard by Helen Waddell
0(0.0%)
Analog 6 by John W Campbell
0(0.0%)
Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks
0(0.0%)
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
0(0.0%)
Half-life of a Zealot by Swanee Hunt
0(0.0%)
The Space Opera Renaissance by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
Tales of Human Waste
0(0.0%)
Fatal Attraction by Patricia Fara
0(0.0%)
The provinces of the Roman Empire, from Caesar to Diocletian by Theodor Mommsen
0(0.0%)
"Star Trek": The Next Generation Companion by Larry Nemecek
0(0.0%)
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Visions of the Future by Nalo Hopkinson
0(0.0%)
Brasyl by Ian Mcdonald
0(0.0%)
Faith in Europe?: The Cardinal's Lectures by Bob Geldof
0(0.0%)
Irish Tales of Terror: Twenty-Two Bewitching Tales of Irish Mystery and Magic
0(0.0%)
Satires and personal writings by Jonathan Swift
0(0.0%)
The Great Tradition by F.R. Leavis
0(0.0%)
Again, Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison
0(0.0%)
The Prodigal Troll by Charles Coleman Finlay
0(0.0%)
The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq
1(2.3%)
Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2007
0(0.0%)
Year's Best SF 12 by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
0(0.0%)
On Liberty and Other Essays by John Stuart Mill
0(0.0%)
Completely Unexpected Tales: "Tales of the Unexpected" and "More Tales of the Unexpected" by Roald Dahl
0(0.0%)
Speaking in Tongues by Ian McDonald
0(0.0%)
Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
0(0.0%)
Brasyl by Ian McDonald
0(0.0%)
Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James
0(0.0%)
Irish Magic II: The Changeling/ Earthly Magic/ To Recapture the Light/ Bride Price by Morgan Llywelyn
0(0.0%)
Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling
0(0.0%)
A House for Mr.Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
0(0.0%)
Heart of Stone Heart of Stone by C. E. Murphy
0(0.0%)
"Interzone": Anthology: 2nd
0(0.0%)
Other Edens: No. 2
0(0.0%)
Other Edens: No. 1
0(0.0%)
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology
0(0.0%)
Contested Island: Ireland 1460-1630 by S.J. Connolly
0(0.0%)
With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child v. 1 by Keiko Tobe
0(0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction by Gardner Dozois
0(0.0%)
Jhereg by S. Brust
1(2.3%)
Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson
0(0.0%)
Naked to the Stars by Gordon R. Dickson
0(0.0%)
The Time Dissolver by Jerry Sohl
0(0.0%)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 by Terry Carr
0(0.0%)
Science fiction hall of fame by Robert Silverberg
0(0.0%)
Spectrum: A Science Fiction Anthology: No. 4 by Kingsley Amis
0(0.0%)
A Functional Cyprus Settlement: The Constitutional Dimension by Tim Potier
0(0.0%)
The Power of Speech: Leadership Speeches by Graham Watson
0(0.0%)
The Case for Global Democracy: Advocating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly by Graham Watson
0(0.0%)
The Doctor Who Storybook 2007 by Russell T Davies
0(0.0%)
Doctor Who Storybook 2008: by Gareth Roberts
0(0.0%)
Night Sky Atlas by Robin Scagell
0(0.0%)
Early Christian lives by Carolinne White
0(0.0%)
The Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens by Deborah Cadbury
0(0.0%)
An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
0(0.0%)
Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass
0(0.0%)
The Lost and Left Behind: Stories from the Age of Extinctions by T Glavin
0(0.0%)
Macedonia by Harvey Pekar
0(0.0%)
Megalithic European: The 21st Century Traveller in Prehistoric Europe by Julian Cope
0(0.0%)

Any book or books on this list that you would parlicularly recommend?

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