Best books I Read in 2008

A Listmania! list by Richard LeComte "richlec" (Tuscaloosa, AL)
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The list author says: "As in previous years, my reading ranges from the you-haven't-read-that-before to the I've never even heard of that."
The Assassin's Song (Vintage Contemporaries)
1.  The Assassin's Song (Vintage Contemporaries) by M. G. Vassanji
The list author says:
  "A wonderful book, especially for fathers and sons. Great details on life in India and a sweeping, jarring plot told with a strong, sure voice."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
2.  The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
The list author says:
  "A wonderful survey of the personalities and movements that contributed to 20th century music."
$15.83   Used & New from: $6.77
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest Another "Novel" by Chris Elliott
3.  Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest Another "Novel" by Chris Elliott by Chris Elliott
The list author says:
  "Chris Elliott always cracks me up; his novels combine metafiction techniques with outrageous parody."
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Zeroville
4.  Zeroville by Steve Erickson
The list author says:
  "Could be the best novel I read all year, along with Assassin's Song. I'll never watch a movie the same way again."
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The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel
5.  The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel by Paul Auster
The list author says:
  "A very generous novel set in a borough I remember fondly. I loved the rant about the lives of authors."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Company
6.  Company by Max Barry
The list author says:
  "Hilarious. Beware the 13th floor."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing)
7.  The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing) by Elaine Svenonius
The list author says:
  "A well-written introduction to descriptive cataloging and classification, written for people who want to go deeper into the process."
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The Great Gatsby
8.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Finally got around to reading it."
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Stardust
9.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "A lightly likable fantasy, different enough from the movie to be entertaining in its own right."
$9.18   Used & New from: $2.63
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Bad Monkeys
10.  Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
The list author says:
  "An entertaining and provocative read with a fun twist at the end."
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The Castle
11.  The Castle by Edwin Muir
The list author says:
  "So does he ever get to the castle? We'll never know."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Vanilla Bright like Eminem
12.  Vanilla Bright like Eminem by Michel Faber
The list author says:
  "A bright group of stories, and hardly vanilla."
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You Must Be This Happy to Enter: Stories (Punk Planet Books)
13.  You Must Be This Happy to Enter: Stories (Punk Planet Books) by Elizabeth Crane
The list author says:
  "Love the run-on sentences."
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The Night Climbers: A Novel
14.  The Night Climbers: A Novel by Ivo Stourton
The list author says:
  "Like Secret History except at Cambridge and with a not so great ending, but I liked it nonetheless. Good plane reading."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-Flat
15.  Ellington Boulevard: A Novel in A-Flat by Adam Langer
The list author says:
  "I read this during a stay in New York, which was perfect, because I could visit the places Langer mentions."
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A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men
16.  A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "More Terry Pratchett, this time for younger readers."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

Maskerade (Discworld )
17.  Maskerade (Discworld ) by Terry Pratchett
The list author says:
  "The book's not over until the main character sings."
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Revolutionary Road (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries)
18.  Revolutionary Road (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) by Richard Yates
The list author says:
  "I managed to read it before the movie came out; selfish people seek fulfillment in the shadow of adulthood and the memory of war."
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The Blood Countess
19.  The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu
The list author says:
  "You can't help but read this with Codrescu's voice in your head. The sex and violence get to be overwhelming, but the journalist and would-be king is a great character."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories
20.  Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories by John McNally
The list author says:
  "A fine collection of stories that explore many aspects of super-beinghood, from the Meerkat man to a creep who's one child's hero."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A Case of Exploding Mangoes
21.  A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
The list author says:
  "A relevant feast of recent Pakistani history mixed the the plight of one air force cadet; the plot interlaces with the film "Charlie Wilson's War.""
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The Gum Thief: A Novel
22.  The Gum Thief: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
The list author says:
  "Another clever contemporary character study by Coupland."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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My Life: The Musical
23.  My Life: The Musical by Maryrose Wood
The list author says:
  "I loved this YA novel about a boy and a girl obsessed with a musical; it reminded me of my childhood on Long Island."
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The Writing Class
24.  The Writing Class by Jincy Willett
The list author says:
  "Not so much a whodunit than a whowrote it with a wonderful main character -- a writer drawn out of isolation."
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Watchmen
25.  Watchmen by Alan Moore
The list author says:
  "A graphic novel for people who don't read graphic novels."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,394 customer reviews) | 35 customer discussions

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel
26.  Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You: A Novel by Peter Cameron
The list author says:
  "This really isn't a YA book; it's a fine personality portrait by a fine writer."
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Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10)
27.  Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) by Jim Butcher
The list author says:
  "I enjoy this urban fantasy series."
$9.74   Used & New from: $0.87
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

Shakespeare's Kitchen: Stories
28.  Shakespeare's Kitchen: Stories by Lore Groszmann Segal
The list author says:
  "A woman moves through a life of love and scholarship with tragedies and joys along the way."
$10.65   Used & New from: $0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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