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I started this post in 2005 to keep track of this life goal I have to read all of the Modern Library Top 100 Novels (yes, I know all the critiques of it, I'm not doing it because I agree they are the best 100 novels of the English language in the 20th century, but because it is a fun goal and provides a certain cultural and intellectual literacy that I have already benefited from). My Ancestry job has made it easier to listen to audiobooks and get back on track with the list, so I updated it and redated this post...

Thus far: 79/100

1. ULYSSES by James Joyce (2000)
2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (high school)
3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce (November 2005)
4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov (2004)
5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley (high school)
6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner (August 2009)
7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller (October 2009)
8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler (August 2009)
9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence (high school)
10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (high school)
11. UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry (August 2014)
12. THE WAY OF ALL FLESH by Samuel Butler (March 2015
13. 1984 by George Orwell (high school)
14. I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves (September 2014)
15. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf (July 2009)
16. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser (December 2016)
17. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (August 2005)
18. SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut (high school)
19. INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison (August 2014)
20. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (September 2014)

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Giant Step, Full Stop
By THOMAS MALLON, The New York Times, July 12, 2009

(ROCKET MEN: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, By Craig Nelson, Illustrated. 404 pp. Viking. $27.95)


(VOICES FROM THE MOON: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences, By Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl, Illustrated. 201 pp. Viking Studio. $29.95)

The story of the moon landings is an oft-told tale, but one that feels stranger with each new telling. Walter Cronkite’s prediction, that after Apollo 11 “everything else that has happened in our time is going to be an asterisk,” wound up playing out backward. In our pop-historical memory of the 1960s, Project Apollo is the footnote, an oddball offshoot from assassinations, Vietnam and Charles Manson. Since 1972, no human has traveled beyond low-Earth orbit, a situation that makes one imagine what things might be like if, after Lindbergh’s flight, the species had contentedly gone back to making do with boats and trains.

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Children’s Books: From Laika to the Lunar Module
By JACK SHAFER, The New York Times, July 12, 2009

(T-MINUS: The Race to the Moon, By Jim Ottaviani, Illustrated by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon, 124 pp. Aladdin. $21.99. (Ages 8 to 12))


(ONE SMALL STEP: Celebrating the First Men on the Moon, By Jerry Stone, Illustrated. Unpaged. Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press. $24.95. (Ages 6 to 10))


(MISSION TO THE MOON: By Alan Dyer, Illustrated. 80 pp. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. $19.99. (Ages 8 to 12))

The early space race was really a chase, with the United States trailing its superpower rival — the So­-viet Union — badly. The Soviets took a strong lead by tossing Sputnik 1 into Earth orbit in 1957 and smacking the moon in the face with the Luna 2 probe in 1959. Although the United States launched its first Earth satellite in 1958, its less powerful rockets had a tendency to detonate on the launch pad like short-fused bombs or break up after takeoff and sizzle like Fourth of July fireworks, or veer off course.

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100th-Birthday Tributes Pour in for Lévi-Strauss
By STEVEN ERLANGER, The New York Times, November 29, 2008

PARIS — Claude Lévi-Strauss, who altered the way Westerners look at other civilizations, turned 100 on Friday, and France celebrated with films, lectures and free admission to the museum he inspired, the Musée du Quai Branly.

Mr. Lévi-Strauss is cherished in France, and is an additional reminder of the nation’s cultural significance in the year when another Frenchman, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Michiko Kakutani’s 10 Favorite Books of 2008
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI, The New York Times, November 28, 2008

APPLES & ORANGES by Marie Brenner. In this deeply affecting memoir, a journalist uses the prism of her love and grief for her dead brother — and her bewilderment over the twists and turns of his eccentric life — to create a haunting portrait of him and their uncommon family.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2008
By JANET MASLIN, The New York Times, November 28, 2008

WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? by Kate Atkinson. Another smart, tricky expansion on the mystery format from an author whose doppelgängers, parallel plots and beguiling characters keep her on a winning streak.

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And if you need more ideas:
100 Notable Books of 2008 from the New York Times

And then once you realize you have too many books...

Essay: The Well-Tended Bookshelf
By LAURA MILLER, The New York Times, November 30, 2008

In order to have the walls of my diminutive apartment scraped and repainted, I recently had to heap all of my possessions in the center of the room. The biggest obstacle was my library. Despite what I like to think of as a rigorous “one book in, one book out” policy, it had begun to metastasize quietly in corners, with volumes squeezed on top of the taller cabinets and in the horizontal crannies left above the spines of books that had been properly shelved. It was time to cull.

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Essay: I’m Y.A., and I’m O.K.
By MARGO RABB, The New York Times, July 20, 2008

When my agent called to tell me that my novel, “Cures for Heartbreak,” had sold to a publisher, she said, “I have good news and bad news.” The good news: an editor at Random House had read it overnight and made an offer at 7:30 a.m. The bad news: the editor worked at Random House Children’s Books.

My agent recounted the story of my novel’s sale, its rejections and close calls, and its particularly close call with editors at two Random House adult imprints. Both had wanted to buy it until the editor in chief decided the novel would be “better served” by the young adult division.

My literary novel about death and grief, which I’d worked on for eight years, was a young adult book?

Apparently, I had unintentionally slipped across an increasingly porous border, one patrolled by an unlikely guard. “The line between Y.A. and adult has become almost transparent,” said Michael Cart, a former president of the Young Adult Library Services Association and a columnist for Booklist. “These days, what makes a book Y.A. is not so much what makes it as who makes it — and the ‘who’ is the marketing department.”

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Various and Sundry articles that I found interesting as I went through my email from the long holiday weekend:

Recycled Toys
August 29, 2007, (presentation by Ron Salvatore)

Toy "recycling" is a well-known practice in the toy industry. To keep production and tooling costs down, companies will occasionally borrow a figure, vehicle, or accessory from one of their previous lines to repurpose for a new line. Kenner Products, and later Hasbro, were certainly no strangers to this, and consequently repurposed many of the toys from properties such as Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Scout, Batman, and others to become part of their famed Star Wars lines. What's more, in the years since the original Star Wars toys were released, other toy properties like The Real West, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Batman movies have borrowed select pieces from our favorite galaxy to be re-imagined as a "sonic neutralizer", a Sherwood Forest, and a "Glamour Gals" stage, among others.

Collector Ron Salvatore recently discussed some of the toys recycled into or from the Star Wars lines as part of the Celebration IV and Celebration Europe collecting panels taking place last summer. Here is an overview of that panel...
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Cancer Society Focuses Its Ads on the Uninsured
By KEVIN SACK, The New York Times, August 31, 2007

ATLANTA, Aug. 30 — In a stark departure from past practice, the American Cancer Society plans to devote its entire $15 million advertising budget this year not to smoking cessation or colorectal screening but to the consequences of inadequate health coverage.
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Starting Over
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER, The New York Times, September 2, 2007

By Alan Weisman. Illustrated. 324 pp. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. $24.95.

When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was published in 1963, the chemical giant Monsanto struck back with a parody called “Desolate Spring” that envisioned an America laid waste not by pesticides but by insects: “The bugs were everywhere. Unseen. Unheard. Unbelievably universal. ... On or under every square foot of land, every square yard, every acre, and county, and state and region in the entire sweep of the United States. In every home and barn and apartment house and chicken coop, and in their timbers and foundations and furnishings. Beneath the ground, beneath the waters, on and in limbs and twigs and stalks, under rocks, inside trees and animals and other insects — and yes, inside man.”

To Alan Weisman, this nightmare scenario would be merely a promising start. In his morbidly fascinating nonfiction eco-thriller, “The World Without Us,” Weisman imagines what would happen if the earth’s most invasive species — ourselves — were suddenly and completely wiped out. Writers from Carson to Al Gore have invoked the threat of environmental collapse in an effort to persuade us to change our careless ways. With similar intentions but a more devilish sense of entertainment values, Weisman turns the destruction of our civilization and the subsequent rewilding of the planet into a Hollywood-worthy, slow-motion disaster spectacular and feel-good movie rolled into one.
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The most touching "before and after" pictures I've ever seen:

Sean Fritz, left, and Timothy McQuillan, awaiting their marriage certificate at the Polk County Clerk’s Office.

Sean Fritz, 24, left, and Timothy McQuillan, 21, sealed their union in a ceremony performed by the Rev. Mark Stringer, right.

Iowa Permits Same-Sex Marriage, for 4 Hours, Anyway
By MONICA DAVEY, The New York Times, September 1, 2007

DES MOINES, Aug. 31 — From towns around the state, places like Cedar Falls, Ames and Cedar Rapids, same-sex couples converged on this city as early as dawn on Friday as word spread that a judge had overturned a state law banning gay marriage.

“Imagine this — right here in Iowa,” Amanda Duncan said as she and her partner of three years, Aleece Ramirez, filled out their application for a marriage license and put down $35. “Hopefully, this starts a fire that spreads to other places.”

The chance was fleeting. After four hours, Robert B. Hanson, the same county judge who had deemed the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, delayed further granting of licenses until the Iowa Supreme Court decided whether to consider an appeal.
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Read Any Good Books Lately?
The New York Times, June 3, 2007

We asked a handful of writers what books they’ve enjoyed most over the last few months, and why. Their choices — from best sellers to poetry collections to a philosophy of science — are idiosyncratic and instructive.


Apr. 17th, 2007 07:56 am
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The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced:
Letters, Drama and Music Awards:

FICTION: The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf)

DRAMA: Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire

HISTORY: The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf)

BIOGRAPHY: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate (Doubleday)

POETRY: Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin)

GENERAL NONFICTION: The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf)

MUSIC: Sound Grammar by Ornette Coleman

PUBLIC SERVICE: The Wall Street Journal

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING: The Staff of The Oregonian, Portland

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING: Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham (Ala.) News

EXPLANATORY REPORTING: Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times

LOCAL REPORTING: Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald

NATIONAL REPORTING: Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe

INTERNATIONAL REPORTING: The Wall Street Journal Staff

FEATURE WRITING: Andrea Elliott of The New York Times

COMMENTARY: Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CRITICISM: Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly

EDITORIAL WRITING: Arthur Browne, Beverly Weintraub and Heidi Evans of the New York Daily News

EDITORIAL CARTOONING: Walt Handelsman of Newsday, Long Island, NY

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY: Oded Balilty of the Associated Press

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee
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Beliefs: Books on Atheism Are Raising Hackles in Unlikely Places
By PETER STEINFELS, The New York Times, March 3, 2007

Hey, guys, can’t you give atheism a chance?

Yes, it is true that “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins has been on The New York Times best-seller list for 22 weeks and that “Letter to a Christian Nation” by Sam Harris can be found in virtually every airport bookstore, even in Texas.

So why is the new wave of books on atheism getting such a drubbing? The criticism is not primarily, it should be pointed out, from the pious, which would hardly be noteworthy, but from avowed atheists as well as scientists and philosophers writing in publications like The New Republic and The New York Review of Books, not known as cells in the vast God-fearing conspiracy.

The mother of these reviews was published last October in The London Review of Books, when Terry Eagleton, better known as a Marxist literary scholar than as a defender of faith, took on “The God Delusion.”

“Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds,” Mr. Eagleton wrote, “and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology.” That was only the first sentence.

James Wood’s review of “Letter to a Christian Nation” in the Dec. 18, 2006, issue of The New Republic began, “I have not believed in God since I was fifteen.” Mr. Wood, a formidable writer who keeps picking the scab of religion in his criticism and fiction, confessed that his “inner atheist” appreciated the “hygienic function” of Mr. Harris’s and Mr. Dawkins’s ridiculing of religion and enjoyed “the ‘naughtiness’ of this disrespect, even if a little of it goes a long way.”

But, he continued, “there is a limit to how many times one can stub one’s toe on the thick idiocy of some mullah or pastor” or be told that “Leviticus and Deuteronomy are full of really nasty things.”

H. Allen Orr is an evolutionary biologist who once called Mr. Dawkins a “professional atheist.” But now, Mr. Orr wrote in the Jan. 11 issue of The New York Review of Books, “I’m forced, after reading his new book, to conclude that he’s actually more of an amateur.”
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King and Abrams in Talks for Dark Tower
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, February 14, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed an earlier IGN story that said Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are in talks to bring King's "Dark Tower" book series to the screen.

They are not sure, however, if the project will be a feature film or a TV series. Abrams' Bad Robot production company has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not yet set up at either company.

The trade adds that King's tale -- which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres -- might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment. On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment.

It is also unclear whether Abrams would take on the project solely as a producer or whether he would direct as well.
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  1. Fables, Volume 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham
  2. Teenagers from Mars by Rick Spears and Rob G.
  3. Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America by Judith A. Houck
  4. House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live by Winifred Gallagher
  5. How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered The World: A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen
  6. Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Anne Fenn
  7. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 4
    Comics: 2
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 4

  8. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. The Amazing Joy Buzzards: Volume 1 by Mark Smith and Dan Hipp
  10. Zombieworld: Champion Of The Worms by Mike Mignola and Pat McEown
  11. Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham
  12. In the Shadows of Their Fathers (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 6) by Thomas Andrews, Scott Allie, Adriana Melo, and Michel LaCombe
  13. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 1

    Male: 2
    Female: 0

  14. Possession: A Romance by A.S. Bryatt
  15. Supermarket by Brian Wood (Author) and Kristian Donaldson (Illustrator)
  16. Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, The American Home from 1790-1840 by Jack Larkin
  17. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
  18. Fables (Volume 7): Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham

    Fiction: 2
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 2
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 2

  19. 100 Bullets (Volume 2): Split Second Chance by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Grant Goleash, and Clem Robins
  20. The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
  21. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13: The End by Lemony Snicket
  22. Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read by Alan Goldsher
  23. Listen to Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife by Margaret Charles Smith and Linda Janet Holmes
  24. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 4
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 2

    Male: 4
    Female: 1

  25. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  26. The Wrong Side of the War (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 7) by Welles Hartley, Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, and David Michael Beck
  27. Ex Machina (Vol. 4: March to War) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Tony Harris (Illustrator)
  28. Fables Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham (Author), Mark Buckhingham (Illustrator), and Shawn McManus (Illustrator)
  29. Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  30. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
  31. Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style by Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 0

    Male: 2
    Female: 2

  32. Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation by Ellen Bravo
  33. Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease by Dr. Sharon Moalem with Jonathan Prince
  34. 100 Bullets Vol. 3: Hang Up on the Hang Low by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 0
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
    Female: 1

  35. Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky (Sandra Smith, translator)
  36. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 7: Paper Dolls) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  37. DMZ (Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist) by Brian Wood (Author) and Riccardo Burchielli (Illustrator)
  38. The Inquest by Jeffrey Marshall
  39. The Walking Dead (Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire) by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (penciler/inker), and Cliff Rathburn (Gray Tones)
  40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
  41. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  42. The Walking Dead (Vol. 5: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (penciler/inker), and Cliff Rathburn (Gray Tones)
  43. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

    Fiction: 5
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 4

    Male: 1
    Female: 3

  44. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
  45. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  46. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  47. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  48. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
  49. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  50. Perfect Daughters by Robert J. Ackerman
  51. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Volume one: Commencement) by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Travel Foreman, and Michael Atiyeh

    Fiction: 5
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 1

    Male: 2
    Female: 2

  52. Runaways, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan (Author), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), and Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrator)
  53. The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up too Much? by Leslie Bennetts
  54. The Terror: A Novel by Dan Simmons
  55. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  56. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 9: Motherland) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  57. Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture by Annalee Newitz
  58. The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator)

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 2

  59. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  60. I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 0
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
    Female: 1

  61. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  62. 13 Moons: A Novel by Charles Frazier
  63. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
  64. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles (author) and Ben Templesmith (illustrator)
  65. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

    Fiction: 2
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 0

    Male: 3
    Female: 1

  66. Ex Machina, Vol. 5: Smoke, Smoke by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Tony Harris (Illustrator)
  67. Conan Volume 3: The Tower Of The Elephant And Other Stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, and Michael Kaluta
  68. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  69. Fables, Volume 9: Sons of Empire by by Bill Willingham (Author), James Jean (Author), Mike Allred (Illustrator), and Joelle Jones (Illustrator)

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 3
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
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Thanks to Brad for this nice link for Comics for people who don't like comics:

Comics for people who don't read comics
By Whitney Matheson

Some of you don't want me to go to Comic-Con.

It's OK, I know what you're thinking: You don't read comic books, and you don't understand people who do. You don't know the difference between Harvey Pekar and Harvey Kurtzman, and, on top of that, you don't really care.

But you know what? I'm still not giving up. Below, I've outlined some of my favorite graphic novels -- that's just a fancy term for "long-form comics" -- and compared them to things you probably do know, like movies, musicians and TV series.

I omitted titles I've recommended repeatedly, like Y: The Last Man, Maus and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. I've also left out books that have been adapted into movies (Ghost World, Sin City, V for Vendetta, American Splendor, etc.). Though these are all worth reading, they've already gotten their fair share of press.

One more thing: Even though some of these books incorporate elves and animals, be aware that all of them are adult titles.

  • If you like ... The Princess Bride, Animal Farm, Faerie Tale Theatre, Harry Potter
    Then try ... Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (Vertigo, $9.99)
    Why? Because it's the best bedtime reading a grown-up could ask for. Willingham's addictive and imaginative stories follow the residents of Fabletown, including Snow White, Prince Charming, Pinocchio and the Big Bad Wolf. Unlike the characters we heard about as kids, though, these folks cope with with everything from unplanned pregnancies to cheating spouses to bloody crime sprees. Seven trade volumes have been published so far, and I've read every one.
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Eva Green in The Golden Compass, Too
Source: Variety, August 2, 2006

Just a couple of days after Nicole Kidman was announced as the villain Mrs. Coulter in New Line's The Golden Compass, Eva Green has also come on board as the queen of witches. The project is the first installment of a potential trilogy based on Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials."

Green, who plays Vesper Lynd in the 21st James Bond movie Casino Royale, has signed a deal for one film, with an option for two more if the studio completes the trilogy.

Green will play Serafina Pekula, the witch who guides Lyra Belacqua (to be played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards) on her journey to a parallel universe.

Chris Weitz is directing his adaptation of the novel; filming begins Sept. 4 at Shepperton Studios in London. New Line has set a November 16, 2007 release date for the film, which is produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro.
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Kidman the Villain in The Golden Compass
Source: Variety, July 31, 2006

Nicole Kidman will star in New Line Cinema's The Golden Compass, playing the villainous and glamorous Mrs. Coulter, reports Variety.

Shooting on the $150 million production, based on the first part of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, is set for September at London's Shepperton Studios.

Chris Weitz is directing from his own script. British newcomer Dakota Blue Richards has already been cast for the lead role of Lyra Belacqua, who travels to a parallel universe to battle the forces of evil and rescue her best friend.

Scholastic Media's Deborah Forte is producing with Bill Carraro. New Line is eyeing a November 16, 2007 release date.
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  1. That Yellow Bastard by Frank Miller
  2. Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley
  4. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  5. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
  6. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 1 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  7. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  8. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  10. Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge by Philip Hilts
  11. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 2 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  12. The Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
  13. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 3 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  14. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire: A Visionary Naturalist by Herve Le Guyader (Marjorie Grene, Translator)
  15. The Sandman: Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
  16. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 4 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  17. Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
  18. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Fall of the Sith Empire by Kevin J. Anderson
  19. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic by Tom Veitch, Chris Gossett, Janine Johnston, and David Roach
  20. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War by Kevin J. Anderson, Dario Carrasco Jr., Variou, and Mark G. Heike

  21. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  23. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
  24. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  25. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson
  26. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
  27. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  28. Asa Gray by A. Hunter Dupree
  29. The Sandman: Worlds End by Neil Gaiman
  30. Star Wars: Infinities - Return of the Jedi by Adam Gallardo, Ryan Benjamin, and Saleem Crawford
  31. Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller

  32. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  33. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
  34. Conan Volume One: The Frost Giant's Daughter and other Stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart
  35. Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  36. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 5: The Best Blades by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  37. Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 4: The Heart of the Rebellion by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  38. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 5 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  39. Conan Volume Two: The God in the Bowl and other stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart
  40. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 6: On the Fields of Battle by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  41. The Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman
  42. Star Wars: Jango Fett: Open Seasons by Haden Blackman, Ramon Bachs, and Raul Fernandez
  43. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  44. In the Footstep of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo by Michela Wrong

  45. Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy Volume 1: Homeland by R. A. Salvatore, Andrew Daab, and Tim Seeley
  46. Star Wars: General Grievous by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  47. What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery by Francis Crick
  48. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich
  49. The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America by Daniel Kevles
  50. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  51. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 6: When They Were Brothers by Dark Horse Comics (editor)

  52. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad
  53. The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  54. Ex Machina Vol. 2: Tag by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
  55. Y the Last Man: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka and Jose Marzan, Jr.
  56. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
  57. The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  58. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  59. Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account of a New England Sea Captain Enslaved by North African Arabs by James Riley
  60. The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  61. Star Wars: Visionaries by Aaron McBride, Erik Tiemens, Mike Murnane, Derek Thompson, Alex Jaeger, Stephen Martiniére, Robert E. Barnes, Sang Jun Lee, Ryan Church, Feng Zhu, and Warren J. Fu
  62. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  63. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

  64. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
  65. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
  66. Wellspring of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  67. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
  68. Star Wars: Jedi Council: Acts of War by Randy Stradley, Davide Fabbri, and Christian Dalla Vecchia
  69. Star Wars: Jango Fett by Ron Marz and Tom Fowler
  70. Death: The Time of Your Life by Neil Gaiman
  71. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  72. Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
  73. Star Wars Empire Vol. 5: Allies and Adversaries by Jeremy Barlow, Ron Marz, Brandon Badeaux, and Jeff Johnson
  74. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
  75. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

  76. The Weathermakers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
  77. Ordermaster by L.E. Modesitt
  78. The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
  79. See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
  80. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

  81. Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales by Jake Halpern
  82. Bad Twin by "Gary Troup"
  83. Crossing the Tracks for Love: What to Do When You and Your Partner Grew Up in Different Worlds by Ruby K. Payne
  84. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  85. The Last Siege, The Final Truth (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 8) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, and Brad Anderson
  86. Ex Machina: Fact v. Fiction by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris (Illustrator), and Tom Feister (Illustrator)
  87. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

  88. Six Modern Plagues and how We Are Causing Them by Mark Jerome Walters
  89. The Collected Stories of Greg Bear by Greg Bear
  90. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  91. Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas
  92. Star Wars: Chewbacca by Darko Macan, Brent Anderson, Igor Kordey, Jan Duursema, Dave Gibbons, Dusty Abell, John Nadeau, Martin Egeland, and Kilian Plunkett
  93. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  94. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
  95. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue 13 by Editors of McSweeney's (Compiler) and Chris Ware (Editor)
  96. Beat to Quarters by C.S. Forester

  97. Fables Volume 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham
  98. Star Wars Tales: Volume 6 by Robert Williams, Thomas Andrews, Ian Edginton, Lucas Maragnon, Brandon Badeaux, Cully Hamner, Michael Lacombe, and Steve Pugh
  99. The Better of McSweeney's, Volume 1 by Dave Eggers (Editor)
  100. DMZ Vol. 1: On the Ground by Brian Wood (author) and Riccardo Burchielli (Illustrator)
  101. Cultural Conceptions: On Reproductive Technologies and the Remaking of Life by Valerie Hartouni
  102. Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

  103. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  104. The Abandoned by Ross Campbell
  105. Dead West by Rick Spears and Rob G.
  106. 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call by by Brian Azzarello
  107. 100% by Paul Pope
  108. Escapo by Paul Pope
  109. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn (author) and Niko Henrichon (illustrator)
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Here it is folks, your way too detailed book list and reviews of 2005.

2005 Book Reviews

Best Non-Fiction:
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis – So readable, so interesting, and so important if you like baseball.
  • Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy – A few problems but overall one of the best feminist critiques, especially of pornography, that I’ve read recently.
  • Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks – Perfect little book dispelling all the myths and lies about feminism.
  • Imperial Bodies: The Physical Experience of the Raj, C.1800-1947 by E. M. Collingham – If you are into colonialism or body politics, this is revolutionary.
  • The Deadly Truth: A History of Disease in America by Gerald N. Grob – Nothing mind blowing, just a good concise overview of my field.

Best Fiction:
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – I can’t praise this book enough. It’s the sort of book that requires some work on the part of the reader, but the kind you are rewarded for.
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass – Surprisingly good and touching.
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith – Like three amazing books in one.
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – The only Modern Library top 100 book that actually made my favorite list. If you don’t cry by the end of this book, you’re not human.
  • The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov – I’m so glad I read these, entertaining and "foundational" to modern science fiction.

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback:
  • V for Vendetta – Not only is the story great, but there is some great pacing, structure and concepts in here.
  • Y the Last Man – I don’t know why you haven’t read this yet. Sure, the concept is amazing, but Brian Vaughn isn’t resting on his laurels and keeps pushing the story.
  • The Sandman: Preludes and Noctures by Neil Gaiman – Glad I finally got around to reading these, although it is amusing to read it after American Gods and see where all those ideas started.
  • Channel Zero by Brian Wood – Do yourself a favor and try this out, you won’t be sorry.
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore – Think Superheroes are played out? Try this.

Best Narration on an audio book:
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Somehow he made even the footnotes playful and interesting.
  • Series of Unfortunate Events – This whole series just has the best narration.
  • Ender’s Game – Used multiple voice actors (which a book like A Game of Thrones could really use).
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – There is just something about an Irish accent reading this book.

Modern Library top 100 books read:
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • A Passage to India by EM Forster
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

Honorable Mention:
  • A Game of Thrones
  • Ender’s Game
  • American Gods
  • Close Range
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • All the Pretty Horses (which gave me my favorite line of the year: "In history there are no control groups.")

Worst Non-Fiction:
  • Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss – Useless if you want to learn anything, insulting and pretentious.
  • What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank – A poorly structured argument with questionable evidence.
  • Wash and Be Healed: The Water-Cure Movement and Women's Health by Susan E. Cayleff – An example of how one should NOT write a history book.
  • Domesticity in Colonial India: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice by Judith Walsh – A great topic, but it should have been an article and I put it on here because too many historians try this trick. If it’s an article length concept that restrict it to an article, don’t drag it out into a repetitive book.
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain – Just not impressed. Didn’t learn anything and found it rather childish.

Worst Fiction:
  • Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – What might happen if a 15 year old boy read Shapin and Scaeffer and decided to do a NaNoWiMo on the topic. I cannot count the ways I hated this book. It made me retroactively hate his other work and I sold them on so that my house would cleansed.
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini – So derivative and uninventive. I mean, Tolkein is bad enough, do we need a bad imitation of him?
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Am I the only person that hated this? To me, this was the epitome of all that is wrong with modern fiction.
  • Walk Through Darkness by David Anthony Durham – I wanted to like this, his first book was so good, but this was predictable and unimaginative.
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Woodring Stover – If I hadn’t listened to this, with all the nifty sound effects, I would have put it down after the first chapter. Really poorly written and trite.

Worst Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback:
  • Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith – Written by someone who has no idea what Star Wars canon is.
  • Star Wars: Union – Were they trying to appeal to women here? Either way – it’s insulting.
  • Star Wars: Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire – Someone just thought it would be cool to have Boba Fett fight Darth Vader. Just because something sounds cool to a fanboy does not make it a good idea.

MOST productive Month:
December (although August was the most productive month as far as non-graphic novels)

LEAST productive Month:
February – what the hell was I doing?

Books: 51
Audiobooks: 27
Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks: 38
Male: 46
Female: 31
TOTAL: 116

The Complete List, Month by Month )
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  1. The Dark Tower by Stephen King
  2. Three Junes by Julia Glass
  3. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  4. Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford
  5. The Carnivorous Carnivale (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 9) by Lemony Snicket
  6. Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990 by Sandra Morgen
  7. The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10) by Lemony Snicket
  8. The Women's Health Movement: Feminist Alternatives to Medical Control by Sheryl Burt Ruzek
  9. The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers Carl Becker

  10. The Origins of American Social Science by Dorothy Ross
  11. Our Band Could be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad
  12. Victorian Anthropology by George Stocking

  13. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  14. The Liberal Mind in a Conservative Age: American Intellectuals in the 1940s and 1950s by Richard H. Pells
  15. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
  16. Victorian Social Medicine: The Ideas and Methods of William Farr by John M. Eyler
  17. Death Is a Social Disease: Public Health and Political Economy in Early Industrial France by William Coleman
  18. Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band by Neal Karlen
  19. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

  20. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  21. Seers of God: Puritan Providentialism in the Restoration and Early Enlightenment by Michael P. Winship
  22. Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth A. Fenn
  23. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  24. Tales from Fishcamp by [ profile] alaskadanielle

  25. Public Health and Social Justice in the Age of Chadwick: Britain, 1800-1854 by Christopher Hamlin
  26. Edwin Chadwick and the public health movement, 1832-1854 by R. A Lewis
  27. The Stastical Movement in early Victorian Britain: The foundations of empirical social research by M. J Cullen
  28. The Grim Grotto (Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11) by Lemony Snicket
  29. Salem's Lot by Stephen King

  30. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  31. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
  32. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  33. Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
  34. Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers's Stone by JK Rowling
  36. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

  37. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  38. Walk Through Darkness by David Anthony Durham
  39. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  40. Wash and Be Healed: The Water-Cure Movement and Women's Health by Susan E. Cayleff
  41. A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
  42. Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898–1918 by Gerald McFarland
  43. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  44. Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  45. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

  46. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
  47. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  48. Y the Last Man: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist)
  49. Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka (writer) and J.G. Jones & Wade von Grawbadger (illustrators)
  50. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  51. Gout: The Patrician Malady by Roy Porter and G. S. Rousseau
  52. The Deadly Truth: A History of Disease in America by Gerald N. Grob
  53. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  54. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  55. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  56. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  57. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  58. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  59. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

  60. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller
  61. Science and the Raj, 1857-1905 by Deepak Kumar
  62. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Woodring Stover
  63. Channel Zero by [ profile] brianwood
  64. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  65. Machines As the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance by Michael Adas
  66. Medicine Without Doctors: Home Health Care in American History edited by Guenter Risse, Ronald Numbers and Judith Walzer Leavitt

  67. Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
  68. Y the Last Man: Cycles by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist)
  69. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India by Gauri Viswanathan
  70. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman (writer), Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove (Illustrators)
  71. Y the Last Man: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist)
  72. Imperial Bodies: The Physical Experience of the Raj, C.1800-1947 by E. M. Collingham
  73. From Catharine Beecher to Martha Stewart: A Cultural History of Domestic Advice by Sarah A. Leavitt
  74. The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods and Cities by Dolores Hayden
  75. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  76. Domesticity in Colonial India: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice: What Women Learned When Men Gave Them Advice by Judith Walsh

  77. Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller
  78. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller
  79. Y the Last Man: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist)
  80. Y the Last Man: Ring of Truth by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Pia Guerra (artist)
  81. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
  82. A Passage to India by EM Forster
  83. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (writer) and David Lloyd (artist)
  84. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  85. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  86. The Defense of Kamino and Other Tales (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 1) by John Ostrander, Haden Blackman, Jan Duursema, Thomas Giorello
  87. Victories and Sacrifices (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 2) by Haden Blackman, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Brian Ching, Tomas Giorello
  88. Last Stand on Jabiim (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 3) by Haden Blackman, Brian Ching, John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
  89. Sin City: Booze, Broads, & Bullets by Frank Miller
  90. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman
  91. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  92. The Sandman: Preludes and Noctures by Neil Gaiman
  93. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnball

  94. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  95. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
  96. What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
  97. Light and Dark (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 4) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema
  98. Outlander - The Exile of Sharad Hett (Star Wars: Ongoing, Volume 2) by Timothy Truman, Tom Raney, Rick Leonardi, Al Ri
  99. Twilight (Star Wars: Ongoing, Volume 4) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Rick Magyar
  100. Sin City: Family Values by Frank Miller
  101. The Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
  102. The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
  103. The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
  104. Star Wars: Jedi Vs. Sith by Darko Macan, Ramon F. Bachs, and Raul Fernande
  105. Star Wars: Infinities by Chris Warner, Drew Johnson, Ray Snyder, Al Rio, and Neil Nelso
  106. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson
  107. Star Wars: Boba Fett: Enemy of the Empire by John Wagner and Ian Gibson
  108. Star Wars: Empire: Betrayal by Scott Allie, Ryan Benjamin, and Curtis Arnold
  109. Star Wars: Dark Empire I by Tom Veitch, Cam Kennedy
  110. Star Wars: Union by Michael A. Stackpole, Robert Teranishi, and Christopher Chuckr
  111. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  112. Star Wars: Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery by John Wagner and Cam Kennedy
  113. Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squandron: Requiem for a Rogue (Volume 5) by Michael A. Stackpole, Jan Strnad, Variou, Michael A Stackpole, Mike W. Barr, Gary Erskine
  114. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Author) and Dave Gibbons (Artist)
  115. Star Wars: Empire: Darklighter by Paul Chadwick, Doug Wheatley, and Tomas Giorello
  116. Star Wars: Darth Maul by Ron Marz, Jan Duursema, and Rick Magyar
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Not only did my former advisor, Kevin Boyle, win for best non-fiction, but one of his daughters (Abby) got to be part of Judy Blume's medal presentation.

Listen to NPR review of Arc of Justice (about 6 minutes).

Watch a video from Ohio State interviewing Kevin (about 3 minutes long).

Winners of the 55th US National Book Awards pictured left to right, Kevin Boyle, Lily Tuck, Jean Valentine and Pete Hautman on November 17, 2004. (AP)

South America Epic Wins the National Book Award
By EDWARD WYATT, The New York Times, November 18, 2004

"The News From Paraguay," Lily Tuck's historical epic set in 19th-century South America, won the National Book Award for fiction last night, capping a month in which the publishing world debated the merits of the work of five little-known female authors living in New York City and the meaning and purpose of literary awards.

The novel, published by HarperCollins, is the tale of a woman who blunders her way into history and a dictator who both gives her a family and destroys it. Rick Moody, the chairman of the panel of judges who chose the winner and the four other finalists, called it a novel of "astonishing quality" that incorporates a rich mixture of language and imagination.

The imagination portion in particular was evident when, in her acceptance remarks, Ms. Tuck confessed that she had never been to Paraguay and did not intend to go.

"I've often been asked, 'Why Paraguay?' " Ms. Tuck told an audience of about 600 people at the Marriott Marquis in Midtown Manhattan. "I don't have an answer," she said, although she admitted that it did allow her to exercise her penchant for writing about "stuff that most people don't know about" and satisfied her "need to teach or instruct."

"It gives me an edge," she added.

The nonfiction prize went to Kevin Boyle for "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age,'' published by Henry Holt & Company. Mr. Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, wrote of the life of Dr. Ossian Sweet, whose purchase of a house in an all-white neighborhood in Detroit in the early 1920's sparked a race riot and murder trial.

When whites attacked Dr. Sweet's home shortly after he moved in, one of the attackers was shot and killed by a panicked black man who had come to Dr. Sweet's defense. The Sweets and nine other men were charged with murder. Reviewing the book in The New York Times, Patricia Cohen said the story of the trial, and the defense effort headed by Clarence Darrow, "is filled with rich detail and unexpected twists," although not for Dr. Sweet. Though he finally won acquittal, he lived out his life as a bitter, unhappy man in what remains one of the most segregated cities in America.

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Today is Bloomsday. I think that it was invented because successfully reading Ulysses feels like such an accomplishment that it should be celebrated - yearly. This year is the Centenary.

You can listen to NPR's report about the Centenary here.

You can read an excerpt here.

"Stephen, an elbow rested on the jagged granite, leaned his palm against his brow and gazed at the fraying edge of his shiny black coat-sleeve. Pain, that was not yet the pain of love, fretted his heart. Silently, in a dream she had come to him after her death, her wasted body within its loose brown grave-clothes giving off an odour of wax and rosewood, her breath, that had bent upon him, mute, reproachful, a faint odour of wetted ashes. Across the threadbare cuffedge he saw the sea hailed as a great sweet mother by the wellfed voice beside him. The ring of bay and skyline held a dull green mass of liquid. A bowl of white china had stood beside her deathbed holding the green sluggish bile which she had torn up from her rotting liver by fits of loud groaning vomiting."

June 16, 2004
Bloomsday, 1904
The New York Times

"Sixteenth today it is," thinks Leopold Bloom, and the 16th it was, in June 1904. James Joyce, age 22, would walk out that very night in Dublin with Nora Barnacle, whom he later wedded. "Ulysses" is set on that day — Bloomsday, as it has come to be called — in honor of Joyce's meeting Miss Barnacle. Many Joyceans have made of Bloomsday a literary Mardi Gras, an odyssey through Dublin using the points of Joyce's compass, a day to celebrate Irishness and the peculiar verbal fecundity of that nation. In a novel full of celebrated talkers, it is Bloom, Jew and Irishman, who hovers, voice and thought, over the proceedings. As one barroom patron in the novel says, show Bloom a straw on the floor and "he'd talk about it for an hour so he would and talk steady."

All these years later, one somehow thinks of "Ulysses" as being of that day, June 16, 1904, though it was published in February 1922. It is still as defiant a comedy as ever, as fictional as a gazetteer, willing to make a hash of the genres its author inherited. Now and then, a critic feels the need to tilt against "Ulysses," to complain of a byzantine difficulty in certain passages, to lament Joyce's leaps of logic and illogic, his utter sacrifice of plot. But by destroying plot — reducing it to a kind of geography — Joyce succeeds in reinventing time. Bloomsday is the most capacious day in literature. Only the hours of Lear's suffering last longer, and there time passes in a stage direction. Language has almost never had a surer substance — a stronger temporal beat — than Joyce gives it in the thoughts of Leopold Bloom and his wife, Molly, along with Stephen Dedalus and Dublin's assembled hordes.

"Ulysses" has come to stand as the apogee of "elitist" literature, a novel that carries a kind of foreboding in its very title, the prospect of a hard road ahead. But there is really no less elitist novel in the English language. Its stuff is the common life of man, woman and child. You take what you can, loping over the smooth spots and pulling up short when you need to. Dedalus may indulge in Latinate fancy, and Joyce may revel in literary mimicry. But the real sound of this novel is the sound of the street a century ago: the noise of centuries of streets echoing over the stones.


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