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Books I've Read In 2010 Part One (Check Out Part Two As Well!)

K. Cadigan
The list author says: "Here is a list of books that I've read in 2010, along with a short review. Check out my 2009 lists as well!"
Open: An Autobiography
Open: An Autobiography
"A fascinating read that kept me interested from start to finish."
Columbine
Columbine
"Sensational book that really does open your eyes and expose a number of myths and misconceptions about the Columbine tragedy.  Highly recommended reading."
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
"Very interesting book that sometimes gets bogged down a little too much with the science of running, but otherwise a great read."
A Drink Before the War
A Drink Before the War
"A great start to the Kenzie/Gennaro series."
The Lincoln Lawyer : A Novel
The Lincoln Lawyer : A Novel
"A departure from the Harry Bosch series, this was a good read until the very end, when all of the events seemed very rushed and the ending abrupt."
Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival
Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival
"I found that this book gets bogged down in too many details in certain sections (especially about surfing), but on the whole, an entertaining read."
John Dies at the End
John Dies at the End
"Hilarious in some parts, but the arc of the story just didn't do it for me."
The Quickie
The Quickie
"Yet another terrible "James Patterson" novel that he probably did not have anything to do with, aside from having his name on the cover."
Void Moon
Void Moon
"Definitely not up to the standards of most of the fantastic Harry Bosch series, but it was an entertaining read (although I did find that it was often slow paced)."
Worst Case (Michael Bennett)
Worst Case (Michael Bennett)
"It seems like Patterson's best work (or whoever wrote this) is starting to come from the Mike Bennett series instead of the Alex Cross series.  An entertaining read."
The Bad Guys Won!
The Bad Guys Won!
"An entertaining read that goes behind the scenes with the 86 Mets."
Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero
Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero
"Very disappointed in this book, it just retreads what we already know about Barry Bonds (he's a jerk) without adding much more perspective on him."
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
"An interesting read, but easily forgettable after you put it down.  Most of the more salacious bits were covered by mainstream media after the release of the book, so other than those, the book basically retreads much of what we already know."
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
"A fascinating and entertaining read that is seems much more conversational in tone than most books (to be fair, the information for the book was gathered, through stories passed orally).  Highly recommended."
The Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
The Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
"Definitely an interesting and entertaining read, but I felt the final reveal was disappointing after such a great buildup.  Still highly recommended."
Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel)
"While the quality of the writing and pacing is still top notch, the plot in this book relied much too heavily on coincidences and outlandish circumstances, and therefore really took away from the impact of the book."
The Ghost Writer: A Novel
The Ghost Writer: A Novel
"The first Robert Harris book that I've read, but not the last.  I really enjoyed the whole premise of the book, and found that it was a good read.  Definitely recommended."
The Monkey's Raincoat  (Elvis Cole)
The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole)
"The initial Elvis Cole novel from Robert Crais, Cole seems a bit too glib for my liking, but aside from his wisecracks, it was an entertaining read."
House of Leaves
House of Leaves
"A mindbender of a book, I found the story of the house more interesting than that of Johnny.  It's worth a read, but it's not an easy read."
Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole, Book 2)
Stalking the Angel (Elvis Cole, Book 2)
"Another entertaining book, but it doesn't have the depth of books from someone like Michael Connelly.  Many of the plot twists were easily recognizable, but there were so many that it seemed like a bit much at the end."
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession
"Part One of this book of previously published articles was a fantastic read, especially the stories of The Chameleon and The Strange Death Of A Sherlock Holmes Fanatic.  Unfortunately, I found that the remainder of the book was a letdown, with less interesting articles that I found uninteresting."
The Two Minute Rule
The Two Minute Rule
"After enjoying the first two books of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole series, this standalone novel was a huge letdown.  I found the characters acted irrationally, and there was no one to root for.  Definitely a disappointment."
Caught
Caught
"Although it did contain a few too many twists for my liking, those twists brought the plot together and made it a great read."
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures
"Similar to The Devil and Sherlock Holmes above, this is a collection of previously published articles that were pulled together for a book.  As a whole, the book just doesn't come up to the high level of writing that the earlier works did."
The Ghosts of Belfast (The Belfast Novels)
The Ghosts of Belfast (The Belfast Novels)
"Very much a book that repeats itself a number of times, with vengeance killings happening at regular stages throughout - Death Wish for the mind's sake."
In the Woods
In the Woods
"Too long and an unsatisfying conclusion, this book would have been much better if an editor cut it down by 20% (something easy to do due to the large number of red herrings).  Even with these faults in mind, I really enjoyed it."
Storm Front (Dresden Files)
Storm Front (Dresden Files)
"An interesting read, and I'll continue to read the series when I can, but this didn't grab me like I hoped it would (after hearing so much positive word of mouth on the series)."
The Likeness
The Likeness
"The followup to In The Woods, this second novel is a definite improvement over the debut from French."
The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club)
The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club)
"The plot itself is similar to what you would see on any number of police procedural shows that you see on TV, but this book as a whole was enjoyable, and was actually an improvement over the last couple novels of the series."
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man
When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man
"A highly entertaining novel that details the Forrest Gump-like life of Jerry Weintraub."
Sacred
Sacred
"While fairly transparent with many a few too many twists, this is still an entertaining read, especially if you are a Lehane fan."
Dark Origins Level 26: Bk 1
Dark Origins Level 26: Bk 1
"A huge disappointment, this book often borders on torture porn, with no redeemable (or likable) characters. Avoid!"
Lullaby Town : An Elvis Cole Novel
Lullaby Town : An Elvis Cole Novel
"The third of the Elvis Cole series, and up to this point, the best."
Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel
Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel
"I haven't read Life Of Pi, but based on great word of mouth, I thought that I'd try to book.  Very disappointed in this novel, but I still plan to give Life of Pi a try."
Sharp Objects
Sharp Objects
"A great debut novel, but the ending felt rushed.  Still highly recommended though."
Dark Places: A Novel
Dark Places: A Novel
"Another very entertaining read, but one with an unsatisfying ending, IMO.  Definitely recommended though."
Between the Bridge and the River
Between the Bridge and the River
"I was mildly disappointed with this, given the great reviews and word of mouth that this book received."
Blockade Billy
Blockade Billy
"An entertaining short read."
Makers
Makers
"Although a bit too long and slow at times, but a good story that I'd mildly recommend"
Sh*t My Dad Says
Sh*t My Dad Says
"Very funny read, definitely recommended."