2008 – My Year in Books

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I never got around to writing any year end “best of lists.”  There are plenty of those out there.  Just Google your favorite thing and I’m sure someone has compiled as list.

Instead, what I’ve decided to do is share my year in books.

I’m a steady if not voracious reader.  I’ve always got a book going and a few lined up on the nightstand ready to go.  My interests, as I’m sure has become evident, are all over the place.  There will be crime fiction, science fiction, urban fantasy, business books and biographies.

I generally try to read at least one classic each year.  This year I’ll be stretching the definition with “I Am Legend.”

I gave the world of Star Wars fiction a try for the first time since the early 80s, mainly because my kids are so hugely into Star Wars right now.

This was also the year I dove into Hard Case Crime and the Texas noir of Joe R. Lansdale.

Some I reviewed for GonzoGeek this year.  Some I intended to.

Yes, I count those trade paperbbacks I read.

And yes, I keep a list.

If I didn’t, how could I share with you, my dear reader(s)?

And now, without further ado, the list…

Half the Blood of Brooklyn – Charlie Huston
Walking Dead Vol. 7
100 Bullets – Once Upon a Crime
Blond Faith – Walter Mosley
Soon I Will Be Invincible – Austin Grossman
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – Crystal Zevon
Artemis Fowl:  Arctic Incident – Eoin Cofler
Surfing Samurai Robots – Mel Gilden
Slide – Ken Bruen & Jason Starr
Wanted – Mark Millar
Made to Stick – Heath & Heath
LA Rex – Will Beall
The Final Solution – Michael Chabon
BPRD – The Dead
BPRD – The Black Flame
Top of the Heap – Earle Stanley Gardner
Darkness Take My Hand – Dennis Lehane
Kindness Goes Unpunished – Craig Johnson
The Camel Club – David Baldacci
The White Shadow – Ace Atkins
Summer Knight – Jim Butcher
Mucho Mojo – Joe R. Lansdale
The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly
Hellblazer – Original Sins
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon
Market Forces – Richard K. Morgan
The Million Dollar Man – Ted Dibiase
Swan Peak – James Lee Burke

Chasing Darkness – Robert Crais
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
Freezer Burn – Joe R. Lansdale
Walking Dead  Vol. 8
Fables Vol. 10
Killing Yourself to Live – Chuck Klosterman
The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril – Paul Malmont
Hellblazer – Dangerous Habits
The Vengeful Virgin – Gil Brewer
The Question – 5 Books of Blood
The Question – Zen & Violence
The Question – Poisoned Ground
Reengineering the Corporation – Hammer & Champey
Hundred Dollar Baby – Robert B. Parker
Fargo Rock City – Chuck Klosterman
Every Last Drop – Charlie Huston
100 Bullets – Dirty
Yoda:  Dark Rendezvous – Sean Stewart
The Brass Verdict – Michael Connelly
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By the Sword – F. Paul Wilson
The Joker – Brian Azzarello
JLA:  The Nail
Sunset & Sawdust – Joe R. Lansdale
Batman – Broken City
Lobster Johnson – The Iron Prometheus
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot – Joe Millard
Hellblazer:  Fear & Loathing
The Fourth Bear – Jasper Fforde
Fables – War & Pieces
The Dirt – Motley Crue
A Touch of Death – Charles Williams
The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 3
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