The entries marked with a (*) are rereads.

In what follows:

Do note that my ratings are based on either how much entertainment/escape I had reading the book or how much new stuff I learned/noticed while reading it. This isn't a literary merit rating, except maybe for the exclamation mark books. Which might be exclamation mark for a wide variety of reasons as well, including "it's a classic," and "it details a worldview/scientific information that I think everyone should be aware of."


January 2008
That Hideous StrengthC.S. Lewis Third book in Lewis' science-fiction trilogy. 2 stars

February 2008
Lisey's StoryS. King Psychological horror/non-genre fiction. 5 stars
Mitsurigi: The Master and the StudentW. Watsuki Rurouni Kenshin Manga. 4 stars

March 2008
Gökdelen (Skyscraper)T. Erdogan Novel: Science fiction/social satire. 4 stars
A Journey to the Center of the EarthJ. Verne Science fiction. 4 stars
Only You Can Save Mankind! (If Not You, Who Else?) T. Pratchett A Johnny Maxwell book. 5 stars

April 2008
Main StreetS. Lewis Small-town America. 3 stars
FarthingJ. Walton Alternate history. 4 stars
A Secret AtlasM. Stackpole Fantasy in an Age of Discovery. 4 stars

May 2008
CartomancyM. Stackpole Fantasy in an Age of Discovery. 4 stars
A New WorldM. Stackpole Fantasy in an Age of Discovery. 5 stars

June 2008
UndertowE. Bear Science fiction. 5 stars
The Mystic and the RiderS. Shinn Fantasy. 3 stars

July 2008
The Mystery of the Blue TrainA. Christie An Hercule Poirot mystery. 3 stars
The Second ConfessionR. Stout A Nero Wolfe mystery. 4 stars
CarnivalE. Bear Science fiction. 5 stars
Might As Well Be DeadR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe book. 3 stars
If Death Ever SleptR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe book. 4 stars
A Canticle for LeibowitzW. Miller Post-apocalyptic SF. 5 stars
GambitR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe book. 4 stars
Please Pass the GuiltR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe book. 4 stars
A Family AffairR. Stout Mystery, a Nero Wolfe book. 3 stars

August 2008
The Dark Side of the SunT. Pratchett SF. 3 stars
Let's Hear It for the Deaf ManE. McBain Police procedural 2 stars
Long Time No SeeE. McBain Police procedural 3 stars
The Gutter and the GraveE. McBain Police procedural 3 stars
Old Man's WarJ. Scalzi Science-fiction 4 stars
The Ghost BrigadesJ. Scalzi Science-fiction 4 stars
The Last ColonyJ. Scalzi Science-fiction 4 stars
The Android's DreamJ. Scalzi Science-fiction 4 stars

September 2008
The Demolished ManA. Bester Science-fiction. 4 stars
The GodfatherM. Puzo Organized crime. 5 stars
Dark Moon DefenderS. Shinn Fantasy. 3 stars
Little BrotherC. Doctorow Technothriller. 4 stars
Sailing to SarantiumG. G. Kay Historical fantasy. 5 stars

October 2008
The Lord of EmperorsG. G. Kay Historical fantasy. 5 stars
Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really BeganC. Tudge Nonfiction. 4 stars
NationT. Pratchett Fantastical... alternate... history? Maybe? 5 stars
The Graveyard BookN. Gaiman Fantasy/horror 4 stars

November 2008
Ordeal in OtherwhereA. Norton Science-fiction. 3 stars

December 2008
In the Best FamiliesR. Stout A Nero Wolfe mystery. 5 stars


I sometimes prefer to let some time elapse before I rate a book, to see how well it "ages" in memory.

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