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TBR Pile & economics

Posted by Q on December 24, 2009

Among other things, the TBR of January ’09 had me purportedly reading the following

  • Alan Furst – The Foreign Correspondent
  • Brent Weeks – Night Angel Trilogy
  • Don Wilson – California Fire & Life
  • Donald Thomas – Sherlock Holmes & The Voice from the Crypt
  • James M. Cain – The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy Of Dunces
  • John Levitt – New Tricks
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Breakfast Of Champions
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Malcolm Lowry – Under The Volcano
  • Matthew Woodring Stover – Heroes Die
  • Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Tobias Buckell – Sly Mongoose
  • Walter Jon Williams – Implied Spaces

     

Well then, in the 12 months since, I’ve managed 5 out of the 14 luminaries mentioned before. Which is a pretty decent strike rate (35% whereabouts). Putting on my 65%-rated economics hat, I can comfortably predict that people only really enjoy fruits from 35% of the total money that they spend on enjoying in the first place. I dub thee, the marginal happiness law

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Books Read – November

Posted by Q on November 27, 2008

Okie, it’s still a few days before November ends. But i have free time only now 😉 was thinking of doing it for October also, but never got around to actually doing it; guess iwll update as soon as November ends

Peter V. Brett: The Painted Man (aka The Warded Man)

Brilliant fantasy debut. I’d say 8.5/10

Robert Charles Wilson: The Divide

Was the usual RCW Spin style book. Interesting, but the ending felt flat. 6.5/10

Simon R. Green: The Author of the month, i’d say. Read tonnes of his stuff. All of them would be 7-7.5/10

Nightside Series

Something from the Nightside
Agents of Light and Darkness
Nightingale’s Lament
Hex and the City
Paths not Taken
Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth
Hell to Pay
The Unnatural Inquirer

Deathstalker Series

# Deathstalker
# Deathstalker Rebellion

Hawk & Fisher Series

Hawk & Fisher; No Haven for the Guilty

T.A. Pratt: (YAUFA) Yet Another Urban Fantasy Author. 7/10

Marla Mason Series

Blood Engines
Poison Sleep
Dead Reign

Scott Lynch: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Book 2 of the Gentleman Bastards)

Did not have quite the flavor of the first book, Lies of Locke Lamorra…but still quite an entertaining read 7.5/10

Brent Weeks: Way of The Shadows

Good fantasy debut. Assassin, trainee assassin, court intrigue…all checks in place 😉 8/10

Michael Moorcock: Elric of Melnibone

somehow did not get into the book at all. a weak 4.5/10

Richard Kadrey: Butcher Bird

good writing and a stronger plot than the usual urban fantasy mess. i’d like to read more from this guy. 8/10

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