December 30th, 2002

Nonsense

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Following in the footsteps of last year, though a few days early, these are the books I read in 2002:

*A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E Feist (Fantasy, I finally finished the Rift War saga. Seeing The Two Towers makes me wish someone would bring this series to the silver screen. Have I mentioned how much I love epic battles?)

*Unclaimed Treasures by Patricia MacLachlan (Childrens, A sweet little story that I should have picked up for Lauren for Christmas.)

*Tamsin by Peter S Beagle (Fantasy, Good ghost story fantasy, but thinner in plot than some of Beagle's other books.)

*The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (Mystery, Intriguing if you can love an antihero.)

*Love Letters of Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper edited by Jane Benedetti (Non-Fiction, This collection got me through one of the worst colds I ever had.)

Four Weddings and a Funeral by Richard Curtis (Screenplay, The first on my list I wouldn't generally recommend. It was a fun, quick read, but I don't remember much of what differentiated it if from the movie.)

*A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (Fantasy, This series came highly recommended. I've enjoyed all three in the series thus far though I am concerned about where the plot is going. Slow starting.)

Among the Missing by Richard Laymon (Horror, Disappointing, considering the praise it had received.)

Ripley Underground by Patricia Highsmith (Mystery, Not disappointing, but not as good as the first one.)

Selections from Screening the Sacred edited by Joel Martin and Conrad Ostwalt Jr. (Non-Fiction, Several interesting papers about how religious iconography is potrayed in the movies. Good, if that's your cup of tea.)

Friday Night in the Beast House by Richard Laymon (Horror, An entertaining little novella if you're a follower of the Beast House.)

*The Temple of Gold by William Goldman (Fiction, Lovely and bittersweet. The novel that should be read instead of Catcher in the Rye.)

*Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier (Fiction, A "literary" novel that actually caught and kept my interest.)

*A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin (Fantasy, The second in the series.)

*From Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury (umm...Horror?... A great little book. All the lovingly ghoulish things that Bradbury can do best.)

*A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (Fantasy, The third in the series. I didn't realize I went through #2 and 3 nearly consecutively. No wonder I've been having fantasy series withdrawl. Also, see note about epic battles above.)

*Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg (Non-Fiction, I think I read or re-read a book by Goldberg every year.)

Brothers by William Goldman (Thriller, A good book until I tried to explain the plot to someone. Still, there are some great details.)

Night in Lonesome October by Richard Layman (Horror, Good, but not out-standing.)

*The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (Horror, Still one of the best horror novels around.)

Relax, It's Only a Ghost by Echo Bodine (Supposedly Non-Fiction, If anything, a good selection of ghost stories.)

*The Cellar by Richard Laymon (Horror, The first of the Beast House bunch, and definitely the best.)

Total read in 2002: 21
Total read in 2001: 24
Total read from Oct-Dec 1999 and 2000: 21
Nonsense

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