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Books I've Read  This Year - 2010

Mark Medellin "carry_the_zero"
The list author says: "I read a wide variety of books: from Classics to Science Fiction and Fantasy. By the end of the year, I can barely recall which books I've read. This is a list to remind me of what I've read and what I thought about each selection..."
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
Cloud Atlas: A Novel
"Unusual book that I normally wouldn't have been interested in. Wrong attitude! A collection of connected stories taking place in different times. Some chapters harrowing, some very funny but all tied together by a very unusual structure to the stories! Very Good Book! Highly recommended!"
A Canticle for Leibowitz
A Canticle for Leibowitz
"An old Sci-Fiction book I read long ago. I Wanted to read it again after hearing it mentioned in some classic SF award-winning anthologies. It does hold up as excellent post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi story. Great Book."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
"This is a Juvenile or Young Adult title, but really it's just an interesting coming of age story suitable for anyone but the very young. (Some Sex and Drugs mentioned.) Good book."
The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel
The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel
"The First James Rollins book I read, since I couldn't find "Altar of Eden" right away. Introduced me to the Rollins style of writing whereby each chapter ends with some sort of cliffhanger that has you turning pages to find out what happens next long into the night. Good Book."
Altar of Eden
Altar of Eden
"My second Rollins novel. I don't usually read thrillers but this one was recommended by Amazon for some reason. Good, solid page turner with suspense and even some sophisticated ideas to ponder. I think I preferred The Doomsday Key better though. Good Book."
Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star
"I don't often read biographies, but this one had some good recommendations. Glad I took the chance: Tab Hunter was a bright young star in the 50's and 60's with a reputation for being a pretty face with little to no brainpower. Very Good Book."
Infected: A Novel
Infected: A Novel
"Very Interesting book. Sort of a Sci-Fi/Horror hybrid. Not for the squeamish, as there are many gruesome details that occur to characters in the story. The Pace of the book is very quick with non-stop action. Great Book."
The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
"Non-Fiction for a change. Interesting stories marred by a "60 Minutes" TV Special writing style in lots of places. The Survivor stories are fascinating but the authors' long winded reasoning and explanations are boring...OK book."
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
"History of recorded music from Edison to the present. Some interesting analogies to cosmology and other non-related topics. It goes into the deepest detail about the recording process and the search for the perfect sweet spot in technical recording. Good Book."
Contagious: A Novel
Contagious: A Novel
"The Second part of the "infected" storyline continues exactly where the first book left off. This is getting to be a very interesting series. The parasite-like aliens are evolving into something very hard to kill and also becoming smarter and more closely tied into the human hosts' own intelligence potential. Very Good Book. (The story suggests that a third novel is on the way!)"
Orphans Of The Sky
Orphans Of The Sky
"Very good book. Old school science fiction I enjoyed immensely."
The Song Is You: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
The Song Is You: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
"A Book about music obsession concerning an Ipod, a singer and a commercial director. Very Good book, highly recommended."
The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)
"Very Good Book! Interesting premise and flawlessly executed! Couldn't stop reading...finished in one weekend!"
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
"Excellent book! I've been very lucky to have found some great choices for my Summer Reading list! Can't wait to read part 2: Catching Fire."
How I Became a Famous Novelist
How I Became a Famous Novelist
"Great Book! Very funny account of a young man writing his first novel and shooting for the top of the best-seller list as his goal. Some really hilarious dialogue!"
A Madness of Angels: Or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift
A Madness of Angels: Or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift
"Great Book. Really enjoyed the different, creative approach to Urban Magicians in this story."
Impact (Wyman Ford Series)
Impact (Wyman Ford Series)
"Good Book - Characters were interesting, story engrossing, but the ending came off as too pat. A young woman  witnesses a meteoroid crash into an island in her home state of Maine. This sets in motion a series of increasingly bizarre events around the world. The story lines all converge and reveal what actually happened during that impact. Nice story, but I was disappointed in the ending."
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
"Great Book! This is aimed at young adults but this adult thought it was hilarious. Not very deep, juvenille at times, but funny none-the-less."
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
"Great book. Collins revisits the Hunger Games and sets up the story to conclude in the last part of her trilogy: Mockingjay. Highly recommended."
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel
"Loved some of the characters in this book...others--not so much. Some interesting plot developments, but ultimately an ordinary novel. Good Book. Book of the year winner."
1959: The Year Everything Changed
1959: The Year Everything Changed
"Great Book. Lots of interesting facts and connections about US history at this time. This book argues that the future would be very bright indeed. So many of our ideas about pop-culture, music and society have been upturned or renewed through the many innovative people mentioned in this book."
Watchers
Watchers
"Good Book. Koontz knows how to weave a tight thriller---however his main characters begin to verge on the implausible...too perfect to be real, they start out flawed but quickly become improbably noble and santimonious. Wish he had kept them slightly flawed."
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991
"Great Book! Fantastic information about all the bands I grew up with! I had no idea at the time how influential all these bands were going to be! Highly recommended!"
Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me
Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me
"Good Book. Some of the short stories were very funny, some not so funny. All had their tongues planted firmly in cheeks! Ha ha! I made a joke!"
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
"Great Book! It started off slowly with many sidetracking forays into philosophy and metaphysics but by the end, I was wiping tears from my eyes! That rarely happens to me when I read!"
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
"Good Book. I don't have much admiration for his writing style. He comes across as a little too impressed with himself in most cases. Oh well, interesting subjects for the most part. Read if you like stories of metal bands and snarky authors."
The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol
"Not a very good book. I found the latest chapter of Robert Langdon's life boring. He has somehow turned into a simpleton who can't seem to figure anything out. Skip this book if you remember when Langdon was an interesting character. Not recommended."
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
"Good Book! My 1st book by him--I'm glad I found this sitting on a shelf at my local Library! It details the tremendous work ethic and dedication required to achieve proficiency in any field of study: Music, Computers, Etc....Luck has little to do with success. Many factors drive some to excel in certain areas while the majority of us tend to fall somewhere below the most successful people."
Go, Mutants!: A Novel
Go, Mutants!: A Novel
"Good Book! Hard to get into at first, but then I started to understand the ground rules Larry Doyle set for himself and came around to his way of thinking....funny."
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
"The final chapter of the Hunger Games Series. One of the best. I would rate the trilogy from best to least as: 1st, 3rd, 2nd. This one tied up all loose ends and resolved who Katniss wound up with. Great Book. Recommended."
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)
The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War)
"Fast-paced and full of intriguing ideas...I am a new convert to John Scalzi's writing! Recommended!"
Palimpsest
Palimpsest
"Boring. Honestly, I couldn't finish it!"
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
"Funny and very insightful...the race-car loving wide loads won't like it, but I found it brilliant! Recommended with reservations along political lines."
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?
The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?
"Interesting novel experiment that works to some extent...but why wouldn't it? Can you read a novel composed completely out of questions? I wonder?"
The Stars My Destination
The Stars My Destination
"Good Book. Written in the old days of Science Fiction....but it holds up rather well! No mention of computers gives it away! Recommended!"
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
"True account of the first recorded serial killer and his connection with the World Fair in Chicago. Recommended."