Today is our last day living with our Christopher Eccleston. Tomorrow he’ll wake up having regenerated into David Tennant.
Huh. I never did a 2012 roundup. What’s WRONG with me?
Books read in 2004: 21
Books read in 2005: 28
Books read in 2006: 40
Books read in 2007: 30
Books read in 2008: 41
Books read in 2009: 22
Books read in 2010: 44
Books read in 2011: 28
Books read in 2012: 31
1. Installing Linux on a Dead Badger by Lucy A. Snyder
2. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
5. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
6. A Hat Full of Sky: A Tiffany Aching Adventure by Terry Pratchett
7. Snuff by Terry Pratchett
8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
9. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
10. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
11. Restaurant Success by the Numbers: A Money-Guy’s Guide to Opening the Next Hot Spot by Roger Fields
12. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by R.R. Martin
13. God, No! by Pen Jillette
14. Rhubarb by M.H. Van Keuren
15. You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
16. Mercury Falls by Robert Kroese
17. Mercury Swings by Robert Kroese
18. Mercury Rises by Robert Kroese
19. A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two by George R.R. Martin
20. A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three by George R.R. Martin
21. A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Four by George R.R. Martin
22. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) by George R.R. Martin
23. Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga Book 1) by Hugh C. Howey
24. Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing by Neal Stephenson
25. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiassen
26. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
27(x). The Force is Middlling in this One (and Other Ruminations from the Outskirts of the Empire) by Robert A. Kroese – ABANDONED
27. Forbidden Gospels and Epistles by Archbishop Wake
28. I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
29. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
30. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
31. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The Beggar King: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale by Oliver Potzsch
It’s depressing to me that it is February 1st, and all I’ve read this year is a Young Adult fantasy by Terry Pratchett and… this.
The author lives in Munich, and comes from a line of executioners, so obviously he’s done some family research to come up with this tale.
Let’s be clear: I’ve never written a book. I don’t know that I could write a book of any worth.
But I would not have been happy with this book had I written it.
I guess there’s a lot of historical research of the time period, and I’m sure it’s accurate. The novel was originally translated in German, so perhaps it just didn’t translate very well.
But I was annoyed with the bizarre reactions of the characters. The heroine and her beau were always getting in fights at these really critical times. I mean, they are in real, physical danger, surrounded by enemies, and one of them stomps off in a huff. Repeatedly. They are under suspicion by the entire town for arson, and the heroine is not bothered by the fact that her boyfriend has wandered out of the inn unannounced and not returned, so she goes off to a fancy dress ball.
Other than that, not a very interesting story, dull characters, little humor.
I only read it because it was available through Amazon’s lending library. I need to be more particular.
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Another Tiffany Aching YA novel.
Enjoyable mind candy like the others.