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Books I've Read This Year.

January - February:
1. The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
2. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
3. Nation - Terry Pratchett
4. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman; my absolute favourite character throughout the Northern Lights trilogy was Lee and Hester, I cried more for their death than anyone else.  This book was a delight as a result.
5. Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
6. The Road - Cormac McCarthy; fascinating narrative technique.  Absolutely immersive

7. Looking Backwards 1887-2000 - Edward Bellamy; utopia/dystopia fiction from the Victorian period will never cease to fascinate me.

8. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess; A fascinating exploration in the readers own tolerance of 'ultra-violence' and how quickly your loyalty can be gained by the self confessed and well established villain of the piece. Wonderfully written, my narrative theory inclinations were aroused.
9. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi; Better than the film
10. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel; oh god it's ike academic graphic novel (autobiography) porn! Describing your own life events in terms of narrative theory? YES. 

May - July (inclusive):
11. Moby Dick - Herman Melville; Without a doubt, now one of my favourite Romantic novels.  Fascinating to see the Romantic impulse directed to descriptions of 'the Levianthan' (Sperm whales) and the 'iron soul' of man; "Alike, joy and sorrow, hope and fear, seemed ground to finest dust, and powdered, for the first time, in the clamped mortar of Ahab's iron soul"

12. Snakes & Earrings - Hitomi Kanehara (perhaps in need of a better translation? Very clumpy)
13. Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein Brilliant. Much better than expected. Made me reconsider my thoughts about capital punishment and military endeavour which is no small feat.

14. Phonogram: Rue Britannia - Jamie Mckelvie & Kieron Gillen Phenomenal. A leaving gift from a friend in Brighton and all about being a(n obsessive) music fan and, in particular, a Manics fan.

15. Phonogram: The Singles Club - Jamie Mckelvie & Kieron Gillen Different in music content than Rue Britannia but I felt the characters were better drawn (narratively speaking, not artistically!)
16. The Outsider - Albert Camus Was still thinking about those 118 pages long after I finished it.  Awesome.

17. The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry Everything I hate about autobiographies, endlessly ego masturbation, lists of 'celebrity' names and uninspiring 448 pages covering just 9 years? In no detail? 9 years in which NOTHING HAPPENS? Never read a book in such serious need of editing.

18. Sherlock Holmes; A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle  Finally reading the glorious tome I was given last Christmas and enjoying it ever bit as much as I anticipated.  So far it is only the first story I can tick off, but yes, glorious. 
19. Y: The Last Man. Vol 1. Unmanned - Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Not brilliant, but certainly very engaging. The dialogue lags in places, but on the whole it works; I'll be buying volume 2, so that says it all really.


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