Bookbanter’s Best Reads of 2017



Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Paradox Bound by Peter Clines

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Darkness of Evil by Alan Jacobson

Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

Books Read in 2017

When I come to put together my “books read” list at the beginning of a new year, I always spend way to much time organizing and structuring and finagling so it looks right in a post, when I should’ve been doing something else all along.

This year I’m electing to just provide a link to my Goodreads account that shows you all the glorious covers the books I read last year in one great layout, with minimal work involved.

And here you have it . . .

Books Read in 2016

I kind of blew the reading list out of the water this year with being able to get a ton of reading done via audiobooks at my work. I read through the entire Hercule Poirot series, as well as the Aubrey-Maturin series. I don’t know how it’s going to be for 2017, but I expect to get a lot of audiobooks read again, but perhaps not to quite the extent as 2016, which ended at a total 202 books read! For previous years, go here.






1 Chimera Mira Grant Horror Audiobook
2 Warriors of the Storm Bernard Cornwell Historical Fiction
3 Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall Aaron Safronoff Fantasy Ebook
4 The Boiling River Andres Ruzo Science
5 The Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson Fantasy
6 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #1: A Long, Cold Winter Lindsay Smith Fanasy Audiobook
7 Hostage Rachel Manija Brown Young Adult Ebook
8 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #2: A Voice on the Radio Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
9 EI8HT, Vol. 1:Outcast Rafael Albuquerque Graphic Novel
10 The Witch Who Came in Form the Cold #3: Double Blind Max Gladstone Fantasy Audiobook
11 Xenowealth: A Collection Tobias Bucknell Science Fiction Ebook
12 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #4: Stasis Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
13 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #5: The Golem Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
14 Welcome to Night Vale Joseph Fink Science Fiction
15 Revisionary Jim C. Hines Fantasy
16 Dr. Tenace Yves Bernas Science Fiction
17 The Passage Justin Cronin Science Fiction Audiobook
18 Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Timbuktu Vasudev Murthy Mystery
19 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #6: A Week Without Magic Michael Swanwick Fantasy Audiobook
20 The Twelve Justin Cronin Science Fiction Audiobook
21 Blood Infernal James Rollins Thriller
22 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #7: Radio Free Transmegistus Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
23 Rivers of London: Body Work Ben Aaronovich Graphic Novel
24 Quantum Night Robert J. Sawyer Science Fiction
25 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #8: Cover the Silence Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
26 All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders Science Fiction
27 A Vision of Fire Gillian Anderson Science Fiction
28 Sleeping Giants Syvain Neuvel Science Fiction
29 Chu’s Day at the Beach Neil Gaiman Children’s
30 A Dream of Ice Gillian Anderson Science Fiction
31 Dark Matter Blake Crouch Science Fiction
32 Written in Fire Marcus Sakey Science Fiction
33 Calamity Brandon Sanderson Young Adult
34 Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire Fantasy
35 Arkwright Allen Steele Science Fiction
36 The Deep Peter Benchley Thriller Audiobook
37 Jaws Peter Benchley Thriller Audiobook
38 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #9: Head Case Max Gladstone Fantasy Audiobook
39 Virtually Criminal John Broughton Science Fiction Ebook
40 Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
41 And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
42 The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
43 Murder on the Links Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
44 The Murder of Rogert Ackroyd Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
45 The Big Four Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
46 The Fireman Joe Hill Science Fiction
47 The Mystery of the Blue Train Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
48 Peril at End House Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
49 Lord Edgware Dies Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
50 Three Act Tragedy Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
51 The Sittaford Mystery Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
52 Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury Fiction Audiobook
53 Inflection Point Traci Rosow-Medford Biography
54 Whisper of Death Christopher Pike Young Adult Ebook
55 Crooked House Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
56 The Golden Apples of the Sun Ray Bradbury Science Fiction Audiobook
57 Weekend Christopher Pike Young Adult Ebook
58 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
59 A Hole in Science Ted Christopher Science Ebook
60 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #10: Anchises Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
61 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #11: King’s Gambit Accepted Ian Tregillis Fantasy Audiobook
62 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #12: She’ll Lie Down in the Snow Cassandra Rose Clarke Fantasy Audiobook
63 The Witch Who Came in From the Cold #13: Company Time Lindsay Smith Fantasy Audiobook
64 The Pale Horse Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
65 They Came to Baghdad Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
66 Passenger to Frankfurt Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
67 Farewell Summer Ray Bradbury Fiction Audiobook
68 The Darwin Sin L. R. Hughes Science Fiction Ebook
69 Remember Me Christopher Pike Young Adult
70 Remember Me 2: The Return Christopher Pike Young Adult
71 This Year’s Class Picture Dan Simmons Horror
72 The Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury Science Fiction Audiobook
73 The ABC Murders Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
74 Death in the Clouds Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
75 Murder in Mesopotamia Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
76 Children of Earth and Sky Guy Gavriel Kay Fantasy
77 Codex Ocularis Ian Pyper Science Fiction
78 Master of Murder Christopher Pike Young Adult
79 Cards on the Table Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
80 Monster Christopher Pike Young Adult
81 Saga Volume 5 Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
82 Death on the Nile Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
83 Dumb Witness Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
84 Appointment with Death Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
85 Interview with a Vampire Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
86 The Party Christopher Pike Young Adult
87 The Dance Christopher Pike Young Adult
88 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
89 The Return Anthony M. Strong Horror
90 The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
91 The Murder at the Vicarage Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
92 Chain Letter Christopher Pike Young Adult
93 Queen of the Damned Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
94 The Graduation Christopher Pike Young Adult
95 Sparkling Cyanide Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
96 Tale of the Body Thief Anne Rice Horror Audiobook
97 Walking Dead Volume 20 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
98 City of Mirrors Justin Cronin Horror
99 Witching Hour Anne Rice Horror Audibook
100 Sad Cypress Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
101 Walking Dead Volume 21 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
102 Evil Under the Sun Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
103 Walking Dead Volume 22 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
104 Walking Dead Volume 23 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
105 Walking Dead Volume 24 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
106 One Two, Buckle My Shoe Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
107 Five Little Pigs Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
108 Taken at the Flood Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
109 Kronos Rising: Kraken Max Hawthorne Science Fiction
110 The Hollow Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
111 Grunt Mary Roach Science
112 Spook Mary Roach Science Audiobook
113 Outcast Volume 1 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
114 Descender Volume 1 Jeff Lemire Graphic Novel
115 End of Watch Stephen King Horror
116 Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection Mira Grant Horror
117 The Unexpected Guest Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
118 Body in the Library Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
119 Secret of Chimneys Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
120 The BFG Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
121 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
122 Bluescreen Dan Wells Young Adult
123 Blindsided Jeff Carlson Science Fiction ebook
124 Gimme a Kiss Christopher Pike Young Adult
125 Mrs. McGinty’s Dead Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
126 The Labours of Hercules Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
127 Professional Security Manual Charles White Humor ebook
128 Hickory Dickory Dock Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
129 Master and Commander Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
130 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
131 Ancient Evil Christopher Pike Young Adult
132 Walking Dead Volume 25 Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
133 Post Captain Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
134 Hard Times Charles Dickens Classic Audiobook
135 Mostly Void, Partially Stars Joseph Fink Science Fiction
136 Road to Nowhere Christopher Pike Graphic Novel
137 The Great Flowing Coils of the Univers Joseph Fink Science Fiction
138 HMS Surprise Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
139 Mauritius Command Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
140 Cat Among the Pigeons Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobok
141 Wayward Pines: The Journey of McCall Mark Len Mayfield Science Fiction ebook
142 The Hatching Ezekiel Boone Horror Audiobook
143 The Colony F. G. Cottam Horror Audiobook
144 Halloween Party Agatha Christie Mystery Audiboook
145 Desolation Island Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
146 Witch Christopher Pike Young Adult
147 Fortune of War Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
148 Amazon Adventure Willard Price Children’s ebook
149 Elephants Can Remember Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
150 Curtain Agatha Christie Mystery Audiobook
151 Spire Aaron Safronoff Science Fiction
152 The Surgeon’s Mate Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
153 The Terror Dan Simmons Horror Audiobook
154 Apes and Angels Ben Bova Science Fiction
155 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J. K. Rowling Play ebook
156 South Sea Adventure Willard Price Children’s ebook
157 Ionian Mission Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
158 Treason’s Harbour Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
159 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
160 Saga Volume 6 Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
161 We Stand on Guard Brian K. Vaughan Graphic Novel
162 The Far Side of the World Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
163 The Reverse of the Medal Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
164 Feedback Mira Grant Horror
165 The Halloween Tree Ray Bradbury Children’s
166 Shutter Volume 1 Joe Keatinge Graphic Novel
167 Shutter Volume 2 Joe Keatinge Graphic Novel
168 Of Saints and Shadows Christopher Golden Horror
169 Rama II Arthur C. Clarke Science Fiction Audiobook
170 The Letter of Marque Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
171 Thirteen Gun Salute Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
172 The Nutmeg of Consolation Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
173 The Truelove Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
174 The Wine-Dark Sea Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
175 Coraline Neil Gaiman Children’s ebook
176 The Singing Bones Shaun Tan Graphic Novel
177 Powers of Darkness Bram Stoker Horror
178 The Commodore Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
179 Dracula Bram Stoker Horror Audiobook
180 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
181 The Yellow Admiral Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
182 Esio Trot Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
183 The Hundred Days Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
184 The Enormous Crocodile Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
185 Blue at the Mizzen Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
186 The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey Patrick O’Brian Historical Fiction Audiobook
188 Goldenhand Garth Nix Young Adult
189 The Magic Finger Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
190 Ancestor’s Tale Richard Dawkins Science Audiobook
191 Elixir Briand Fagan Science Audiobook
192 George’s Marvelous Medicine Roald Dahl Children’s ebook
193 Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs Lisa Randall Science Audiobook
194 Arcanum Unbounded Brandon Sanderson Fantasy
195 Third Chimpanzee Jared Diamond Science Audiobook
196 Not Dead Yet Phil Collins Autobiography Audiobook
197 Flame Bearer Bernard Cornwell Historical Fiction Audiobook
198 Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Classic ebook
199 Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovich Fantasy Audiobook
200 Drood Dan Simmons Horror Audiobook
201 Ocean of Storms Christopher Mari Science Fiction
202 Fellowship of the Ring J. R. R. Tolkien Fantasy Audibook

Losing Myself in Science

Shortly after the dark night and the eerie shell-shocked following day of the 2016 US election I found myself yearning to read some nonfiction, specifically in audiobook, as I listen to a lot of books at work that way and get through them quicker. I picked a couple I’d been meaning to read for a while: The Ancestor’s Tale and The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, Elixir by Brian Fagan, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall, and The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond.


It’s been over a month now since the disgusting result of that ugly night and I’ve read three of these and am half-way through the fourth. It was only last week that I started thinking:

  • What was it that made me decide to start reading nonfiction all of a sudden?
  • Why did I choose these titles in particular?
  • Why did I decide shortly after the results of the election to start reading them?

Like many people in this country, after that fateful Tuesday I was feeling pretty low in many respects. So my subconscious response – and it was subconscious because it’s only in the last week that I’ve put it together when I started reading these books and why – was to embed and lose myself in science books. On anthropology. On science. On the history of water. On humanity. On history. On astronomy. On particle physics. On biology. On the story of homo sapiens and the homo species.

Because here I was able to finds some answers. Not to the whats and whys of November 4th, but to hypothesis and theory and fact and the scientific method and evolution and how humanity has gone through many highs and many lows. This planet has almost had all life on it wiped out five times with a possible sixth currently in the works.

It’s some very enlightening reading . . . and also some very grim reading.

It’s humbling and also hopeful.

That’s what I’m taking from this reading and why I plan to continue doing it into 2017.

“Deadline” has arrived

UPDATE: Add links and cover as I couldn’t do this from my phone — or I probably could, but couldn’t be bother to spend the time working out how to do it.


Was delighted to find at work today that the UPS guy had dropped off a package from my old address where it never would’ve reached me – because he’s awesome like that – and lo and behold it was a beautiful finished copy of Deadline by Mira Grant, the sequel to Feed which we’ve all been waiting for. Needless to say I’ll be reading it on my lunch break.

And for those waiting impatiently, be sure to check out Seanan McGuire’s blog, where every day this month leading up to the release of Deadline she has a post with a snippet.

When to Quit on a Book

It was interesting to discover that Nancy Pearl and I have something in common: we both know when to quit on a book.  In a recent article she wrote for The Globe and Mail, Pearl discussed her “Rule of 50,” which is one she has always employed when reading a book.  It is essentially that when she gets to page 50 she stops and decides whether she is still enjoying the book or not: if she is, she keeps reading; if she isn’t, she stops and gives up on the book and goes on to another.

I’ve developed pretty much the same rule over my years of reading and reviewing books.  It didn’t take me long to realize, and each year this “philosophy” is confirmed all the more: there are simply too many books in this world that I want to read, and more of them being published each and every month; also it’s not going to stop.  So over the years I’ve developed my own rule for starting a book: I’ll give it fifty pages to hook me and make me interested; if I’m not engrossed by that fiftieth page, I’ve got plenty more books to read, and in my opinion the author didn’t do their job, at least for what I was hoping to get out of the book.  Sometimes, if I’m mildly interested, I’ll give it a hundred pages and then decide.

I believe this is definitely a good practice to acquire and use when reading, and I encourage others to do it.  That way you’ll be wasting less time on reading something you’re not enjoying — just like wasting time on something else you don’t enjoy and don’t have to keep doing — and spending lots more time on reading books you want to read, and perhaps feel a little less like all this reading is hopeless, as you’ll never get to read everything you want.  This way at least, you stand a shot at it.

Books Read in 2010

And now it’s time for the annual round up of all the books, graphic novels, and audiobooks I read in 2010.  You can see past lists here: 2009, 2008 (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3), 2007, 2006, and 2005.

1 Death Masks Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
2 Galileo’s Dream Kim Stanley Robinson Science Fiction
3 The Unwritten Volume 1 Mike Carey Graphic Novel
4 The Lost City of Z David Grann History
5 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith Horror
6 The Stand: American Nightmares Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Graphic Novel
7 Let the Right One In John Ajvide Lindqvist Horror
8 Altar of Eden James Rollins Thriller
9 Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Kids Audiobook
10 A Dark Matter Peter Straub Horror
11 Makers Cory Doctorow Science Fiction
12 Chew, Volume 1 John Layman Graphic Novel
13 The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik Graphic bio
14 A Local Habitation Seanan McGuire Fantasy
15 Burning Land Bernard Cornwell Historical Fiction
16 The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt Patricia MacLachlan Kids
17 Horns Joe Hill Horror
18 From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg Kids
19 Cat’s Claw Amber Benson Fantasy
20 Pleasure Model Christopher Rowley Science fiction
21 Alcestis Katharine Beutner Historical Fiction
22 Booth C. C. Colbert & Tanitoc Graphic Novel
23 Feed Seanan McGuire Horror
24 The 13th Hour Richard Doetsch Thriller
25 The Devil and Sherlock Holmes David Grann Collection
26 Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N. K. Jemisin Fantasy
27 Subterranean James Rollins Mystery
28 Fables Vol. 13 The Great Fables Crossover Bill Willingham Graphic Novel
29 Bodyworld Dash Shaw Graphic Novel
30 Peter & Max Bill Willingham Fantasy
31 The Popourrific Great Big Bag of Get Fuzzy Darby Conley Comic Strip
32 The History of the Medieval World Susan Wise Bauer History
33 Watch Robert J. Sawyer Science Fiction
34 Black Hills Dan Simmons Historical Fiction
35 I am Not a Serial Killer Dan Wells Horror
36 Northlanders Volume 3 Brian Wood Graphic Novel
37 The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss Fantasy
38 Transmetropolitan Volume 1 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
39 Under Heaven Guy Gavriel Kay Fantasy
40 Transmetropolitan Volume 2 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
41 The Talisman: The Road of Trials Stephen King & Peter Straub Graphic Novel
42 Audrey’s Door Sarah Langan Horror
43 Reckless Andrew Gross Mystery
44 Blockade Billy Stephen King Mystery
45 Transmetropolitan Volume 3 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
46 Blood Rites Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
47 Transmetropolitan Volume 4 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
48 Freedom Daniel Suarez Science Fiction
49 For the Win Cory Doctorow Young Adult
50 Warriors George R. R. Martin Anthology
51 One Bloody Thing After Another Joey Comeau Horror
52 Transmetropolitan Volume 5 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
53 Transmetropolitan Volume 6 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
54 Transmetropolitan Volume 7 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
55 Transmetropolitan Volume 8 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
56 Transmetropolitan Volume 9 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
57 Transmetropolitan Volume 10 Warren Ellis Graphic Novel
58 Empires and Barbarians Peter Heather History
59 Neverland Douglas Clegg Horror
60 Deep Fathom James Rollins Mystery
61 Treasury of the Lost Litter Box Darby Conley Comic
62 Cro-Magnon Brian Fagan Anthropology
63 The Passage Justin Cronin Horror
64 Proven Guilty Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
65 Flood Stephen Baxter Science Fiction
66 Ark Stephen Baxter Science Fiction
67 So Cold the River Michael Koryta Mystery
68 North by Northwestern Sig Hansen Biography
69 Little Brother Cory Doctorow Young Adult
70 Tongues of Serpents Naomi Novik Fantasy
71 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Young Adult
72 Test William Sleator Middle Reader
73 Small Favor Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
74 Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love Chris Roberson Graphic Novel
75 Mysterium Robert Charles Wilson Science Fiction
76 Turn Coat Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
77 The Unwritten Vol 2: Inside Man Mike Carey Graphic Novel
78 The Chamber of Ten Christopher Golden Horror
79 The Grand Design Stephen Hawking Physics
80 Changes Jim Butcher Fantasy Audiobook
81 The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson Fantasy
82 The Golden City John Twelve Hawks Science Fiction
83 Among the Ghosts Amber Benson Kids
84 An Artificial Night Seanan McGuire Fantasy
85 Handling the Undead John Ajvide Lindqvist Horror
86 Mr. Monster Dan Wells Mystery
87 Kraken China Mieville Fantasy Audiobook
88 Packing for Mars Mary Roach Astronomy
89 American Vampire Scott Snyder, Stephen King Graphic Novel
90 The Halloween Tree Ray Bradbury Children’s
91 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving Fiction
92 Johnny Halloween Norman Partridge Horror
93 Velocity Alan Jacobson Mystery
94 Luka and the Fire of Life Salman Rushdie Fiction
95 Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel Jonathan Stroud Graphic Novel
96 Bone Tall Tales Jeff Smith Graphic Novel
97 Broken Kingdoms N. J. Jemisin Fantasy
98 Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King Horror
99 Side Jobs Jim Butcher Fantasy
100 The Bards of Bone Plain Patricia A. McKillip Fantasy
101 The Fort Bernard Cornwell Fiction
102 Walking Dead1 Days Gone By Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
103 Walking Dead 2 Miles Behind Us Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
104 Walking Dead 3 Safety Behind Bars Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
105 Walking Dead 4 Hearts Desire Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
106 Walking Dead 5 The Best Defense Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
107 Walking Dead 6 The Sorrowful Life Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
109 Walking Dead 7 The Calm Before Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
110 Walking Dead 8 Made to Suffer Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
111 Walking Dead 9 Here We Remain Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
112 Walking Dead 10 The Road Ahead Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
113 Walking Dead 11 Fear the Hunters Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
114 Walking Dead 12 Life Among Them Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
115 Northlanders Vol 4: Plague Widow Brian Wood Graphic Novel
116 Emerald Storm Michael J. Sullivan Fantasy
117 Walking Dead 13 Too Far Gone Robert Kirkman Graphic Novel
118 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Fiction
119 Omnitopia Dawn Diane Duane Science Fiction
120 Fables Volume 14 Witches Bill Willingham Graphic Novel
121 The Chimes Charles Dickens Fiction
122 The Ring of Solomon Jonathan Stroud Kids
123 Sweet Tooth 2 In Captivity Jeff Lemire Graphic Novel
124 Tomten Astrid Lindgren Kids
125 A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin Fantasy

A Halloween Post with Some Recommended Halloween Reads

It’s that time of year again — Hallowe’en — and this year I continue a tradition I started in 2007 where I read my personal favorite Halloween book: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.  Since ’07 I have built on the Halloween reading, adding some Edgar Allan Poe and whatever else I think my be fun and enjoyable and Halloweeny during the week leading up to the fated night.

This year I enjoyed:

“October in the Chair” by Neil Gaiman

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

And it seems like Neil Gaiman himself wants to do something similar with his modest proposal to have more days during the year where we give books as gifts, and proposes for Halloween to give scary books to people — kids or adults — as well as to read scary stories.  He even put up a quick website that will grow and build over the coming year in time for next Halloween.  On the site there’s a page of recommended articles with suggested Halloween reading from the Washington Post, Joe Hill’s blog, The Huffington Post, and How Stuff Works.

And here are some recommended reviews for books you might to read yourself or to each other this Halloween:


Among the Ghosts Coraline The Graveyard Book

Halloween Tree



Neverland I am Not a Serial Killer Feed Horns Death Troopers The Strain The Terror The Living DeadWorld War Z


Another Great Serendipitous Crossover

In an earlier post, titled “Foiled Again,” I managed to get in a literary snag by reading two books at the same time about vampires.  Well, lo and behold, fate has struck me again.

I’m currently working my way through Cory Docotrow’s For the Win, a fun and entertaining book about massive multi-player online games such as World of Warcraft and the gold farmers and people who play them to make a profit.  And I also just finished up Daniel Suarez’s Freedom™, which is the sequel to Daemon, and all about a daemon being set loose through the internet and essentially bringing down the world.  A big part of Suarez’s novels involves MMOs and the people who play them.

Thankfully, while it was a little hard to keep the two vampire stories separate mentally, For the Win and Freedom™ are more two different sides to MMOs and the people who play them.

Foiled Again . . .

I’ve managed to do it again: read two books at the same time on a similar subject.  In this case, I’m currently reading Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist and the forthcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.  Now don’t get me wrong, these are two good books that I’m enjoying to read, but they’re both on the subject of vampires.  And with something like vampires, each other has their own way of having vampires live and exist in the worlds they create, how they attack and defend themselves, and most importantly how they can be harmed or killed.  So I find myself starting to read and wondering for a moment, “Now, which vampires were these again?”  But it’s my own fault for doing this.

Oh well, I’m still enjoying both books a lot and I’ll get through it, and I’m sure they’ll be a time — perhaps even again this year — where the same thing will occur and the moons will align with the planets and I’ll be reading another two books on the same subject and be getting a little confused.

C’est la vie . . .