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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Books I Read in 2013

Since 2011 I've been keeping track of what I read. Here are the 112 books I read in 2013, listed in order of completion and ending with Tarzan and the Leopard Men, which I just finished.

The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling, 1894)
Steel and Other Stories (Richard Matheson, 2011)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu, circa late 5th century BCE)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain, 1934)
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (Horace McCoy, 1935)
Man Plus (Frederik Pohl, 1976)
Yellow Submarine (Charlie Gardner, 2004)
Earthbound (Joe Haldeman, 2011)
Impulse (Steven Gould, 2012)
The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka, 1915)
Thieves Like Us (Edward Anderson, 1937)
Star Trek The Next Generation: Losing the Peace (William Leisner, 2009)
Star Trek Titan: Fallen Gods (Michael A. Martin, 2012)
The Tomb (F. Paul Wilson, 1984)
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Philip Pullman, 2010)
Star Trek Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions (David Mack, 2011)
Redshirts (John Scalzi, 2012)
Hitchers (Will McIntosh, 2012)
Star Trek Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night (David R. George III, 2012)
Star Trek Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn (David R. George III, 2012)
Star Trek Typhon Pact: Brinkmanship (Una McCormack, 2012)
Star Trek: Allegiance in Exile (David R. George III, 2013)
The Cassandra Project (Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick, 2012)
Tintagel (Paul H. Cook, 1981)
Arctic Rising (Tobias S. Buckell, 2012)
Cadillac Beach (Tim Dorsey, 2004)
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Michael Lewis, 2011)
The Big Clock (Kenneth Fearing, 1946)
Sci-Fi Savant (Glenn Erickson, 2011)
Torpedo Juice (Tim Dorsey, 2005)
Robopocalypse (Daniel H. Wilson, 2011)
Amped (Daniel H. Wilson, 2012)
The Big Bamboo (Tim Dorsey, 2006)
Hurricane Punch (Tim Dorsey, 2007)
Phases of Gravity (Dan Simmons, 1989)
Vintage Season (Catherine L. Moore, 1946)
In Another Country (Robert Silverberg, 1989)
High-Rise (J.G. Ballard, 1975)
On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise (Denise and Michael Okuda, 2013)
The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks, 1984)
Atomic Lobster (Tim Dorsey, 2008)
The Human Front Plus… (Ken MacLeod, 2013)
The Bridge (Iain Banks, 1986)
The Dark Fields (Alan Glynn, 2001)
Little Book of Vintage Horror (Tim Pilcher, 2012)
Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi (Tim Pilcher, 2012)
He is Legend (Christopher Conlon, editor, 2009)
The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross (Alex Ross, 2011)
The Long Earth (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, 2012)
Joyland (Stephen King, 2013)
Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1914)
The Return of Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1915)
The Beasts of Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1916)
The Son of Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1917)
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1918)
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1919)
Tarzan the Untamed (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1920)
Tarzan the Terrible (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1921)
Tarzan and the Golden Lion (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1923)
Tarzan and the Ant Men (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1924)
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1963)
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1928)
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1929)
The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde, 2001)
At the Earth’s Core (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1922)
Pellucidar (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1923)
Tanar of Pellucidar (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1930)
2312 (Kim Stanley Robinson, 2012)
New Taboos Plus… (John Shirley, 2013)
Existence (David Brin, 2012)
Tarzan at the Earth’s Core (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1930)
Slow Apocalypse (John Varley, 2012)
Tarzan the Invincible (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1931)
The Dead Man’s Brother (Roger Zelazny, 2013)
Tarzan Triumphant (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1932)
Tarzan and the City of Gold (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1933)
The Hercules Text (Jack McDevitt, 1986)
Year’s Best SF 4 (David G. Hartwell, Editor, 1999)
Star Trek: From History’s Shadow (Dayton Ward, 2013)
Singularity Sky (Charles Stross, 2003)
Iron Sunrise (Charles Stross, 2004)
White Fang (Jack London, 1906)
Angels of Vengeance (John Birmingham, 2011)
Accelerando (Charles Stross, 2005)
The Complete Peanuts, 1987 to 1988 (Charles M. Schulz with an introduction by Garry Trudeau, 2013)
The Quantum Thief (Hannu Rajaniemi, 2010)
Bloom (Wil McCarthy, 1998)
Web of the City (Harlan Ellison, 1958)
The Bottom Line: The Truth Behind Private Health Insurance in Canada (Diana Gibson and Colleen Fuller, 2006)
7 Against Chaos (Harlan Ellison, 2013)
The Wellstone (Wil McCarthy, 2003)
Star Wars Art: Visions (J.W. Rinzler and Eric Klopfer, editors, 2010)
All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada (Susan Scott, 2007)
The Sharing Knife, Volume One: Beguilement (Lois McMaster Bujold, 2006)
New Stories from the Twilight Zone (Rod Serling, 1962)
The Sharing Knife, Volume Two: Legacy (Lois McMaster Bujold, 2007)
The Sharing Knife, Volume Three: Passage (Lois McMaster Bujold, 2008)
The Art of Vampirella (Josh Green, editor, 2010)
Neuromancer (William Gibson, 1984)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Lois McMaster Bujold, 2012)
The Sharing Knife, Volume Four: Horizon (Lois McMaster Bujold, 2009)
The Art of Star Wars (Carol Titelman, Editor, 1979)
Turbulence (Samit Basu, 2013)
Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library (Larry Nemecek, 2013)
Lost in Transmission (Wil McCarthy, 2004)
Tarzan and the Lion Man (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1934)
To Crush the Moon (Wil McCarthy, 2005)
The Ten Commandments: An Epic Journey (Michael McMurtrey, 2013)
The Complete Peanuts, 1989 to 1990 (Charles M. Schulz with an introduction by Lemony Snicket, 2013)
Supergods (Grant Morrison, 2011)
Robots Have No Tails (Henry Kuttner, 1952)
Tarzan and the Leopard Men (Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1935)

Science fiction:38
Star Trek:10
Tarzan: 19
Peanuts collections:2
Top Authors
Edgar Rice Burroughs (22)
Lois McMaster Bujold (5)
Tim Dorsey (5)
Wil McCarthy (4)
David R. George III (3)
Charles Stross (3)
Iain Banks (2)
Harlan Ellison (2)
Tim Pilcher (2)
Charles M. Schulz (2)
Daniel H. Wilson (2)

Books by Decade
-500s: 1
1890s: 1
1900s: 1
1940s: 2
1970s: 3

Oldest Title: The Art of War (circa 5th century BCE)
Newest Title: Turbulence (2013)

Female Authors: 8
Male Authors: 62

Final Thoughts
This year's list isn't quite as genre-heavy as last year's, but I didn't read as many women authors as I should have - something to address next year. I made it almost all the way through Burrough's Tarzan and Pellucidar series, with just a few left in each; they're as entertaining as ever. Lois McMaster Bujold continues to impress, though the Sharing Knife series isn't quite as strong as her other work, but middling Bujold is still much better than most fantasy and science fiction out there.

This year I intended to read The Lord of the Rings and finish the Harry Potter series, but for whatever reason the mood never struck. Maybe I'll tackle them in 2014. 

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