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TBR April 2009

            So the month is over- which means that we are just 9 short months away from 2010.  (Isn’t THAT a scary thought.  All my life, 2010 represented a) a future of hovercars, jet packs, and exotic foodstuffs, and b) the setting for the 2nd Arthur C. Clarke novel.  Sadly, I don’t see anything in the air that has not been there for a century before hand, and 2010 WILL be the first book in read in 2010.  But I digress..


            This past month was yet another one of high stress and distraction for me.  As many people know, my father started his chemo in March, as well as going for a 2nd surgery; this has resulted in more stress and more headaches and restless nights for me.  In the meantime, I have been busy trying to get a new car (which I finally got- the end of an era of truck driving for me), and working as much as possible- so that I could pay for the rental car and so that I could end up loaning out a percentage of my check to people who have been hit pretty hard by the downturn the economy has taken.    No to mention more changes in my personal life- but this is a posting about BOOKS, damn it.  And Books it will be about…


            My reading this month was sporatic; I was often times distracted by things to find the time to do much reading- most of the reading  I did accomplished was either while at work, when things were slow, or when I was relaxing before bed.  But, I did manage to read three books- one of which is a new series that I am getting into….


· Gambit- Rex Stout- I have a weird relationship with Nero Wolfe novels- I know they are great and are a nice way to relax and unwind.  The books have a comfortable feeling about them- you know that Wolfe is going to be an ass; that Archie is a smart ass; and that the crime will be solved and the orchids will be tended to.  But- but- I have to read and finish the book within a few days of starting it, or else I loose the drive and desire to read the book.  Luckily, this time around, I was excited about the book (it was one I was to read 16 years ago for class, but at the last minute, was changed to a different Rex Stout novel by the prof), and was able to finish it in like 4 days.


· Clockwise Man- Justin Richards- My first Dr. Who novel.  And it wasn’t too bad.  Sort of reminded me of a combination of a few other Dr. Who episodes- but then, at the time of writing, these episodes had not yet been written, so really, the concept would have been new and original.


· ST:Titan Over a Torrent Sea- Christopher L. Bennett- Ever since the relaunching of the TNG/ Voyager/ DSN novels, a few years ago, (and including the newly launched Titan series) I have had more and more excited to read the continuing adventures of the crews from the 24th Century.   And this one is no exception.  Following up on the events of ST: Destiny Series, but before the shocking events of ST A Singular Destiny, the crew of Titan discover a water-planet, that holds a mystery (and gives writers a chance to have some character development in some of the non-televised characters that have been created over the past few years).   But I have to ask- it is wrong that the whole time I was reading the book, I had a craving for Calamari?



Trek Related

· ST: Day of Honor Saga- Various Authors

· ST:Enterprise- Rosetta- Dave Stern

· ST:Vanguard: Reap the Whirlwind- David Mack

· ST:TNG Genesis Wave Book 3 – John Vornholt

· ST: DSN- Rising Son – S.D. Perry

· ST:TOS # 13 Wounded Sky- Diane Duane

· ST:Voyager #17 Death of a Neutron Star- Eric Kotani

· ST: Mirror Universe Shards and Shadows- Various Authors

· ST:Titan  Over a Torrent Sea- Christopher L. Bennett


Star Wars Related

· Star Wars: Clone Wars- Shatterpoint – Matthew Stover

· Star Wars: New Jedi Order-  Agents of Chaos- Hero’s Trial- James Luceno

· Star Wars: Clone Wars- Wild Space- Karen Miller


Doctor Who/ Torchwood

· Clockwise Man- Justin Richards

· Monsters Inside- Stephen Cole

· Winner Takes All- Jacqueline Rayner

· Deviant Strain- Justin Richards

· Only Human- Gareth Roberst

· Stealers of Dreams- Steve Lyons

· Stone Rose- Jacqueline Rayner

· Feast of the Drowned- Stephen Cole

· Resurrection Casket- Justin Richards

· Made of Steel- Terrence Dicks


· Torchwood: Slow Decay- Andy Lane


Media Tie In Novels

· Quantum Leap: Pulitzer- L. Elizabeth Storm

· 4400: Vesuvius Prophecy- Greg Cox

· 24 Declassified: Veto Power- John Whitman

· Red Dwarf Omnibus- Grant Naylor

· Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: Child of the Hunt


Sci Fi

· Earth- David Brin

· Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat- Harry Harrison


Military/ Adventure

· Op Center: Line of Control

· Net Force: Spring Board - Steve Perry & Larry Segriff

· Splinter Cell - David Michaels

· Special Forces - Tom Clancy

· Last World War- Dayton ward


Comic Book Related books

· Batman: Dead White - John White

· Captain America: Liberty's Torch

· Wolverine: Weapon X- Marc Cerasini

· DC Universe: Helltown

· Spiderman: The Darkness Hours- Jim Butcher

· Spiderman: Down These Mean Streets- Keith R.A. Decandido

· Lois and Clark- C.J. Cherryh

Fiction /Mystery/ Legal Thriller

· Camel Club- David Baldacci

· Up Country - Nelson DeMille

· Department Thirty- David Kent

· The Company- Robert Littell

· Assassini- Thomas Gifford

· Conspiracy- Allan Topol

· Avenger-Frederick Forsyth

· Inside Ring- Mike Lawson 

· Then We Came to the End- Joshua Ferris

·Monkey's Raincoat- Robert Crais

· K is for Killer- Sue Grafton

· Four to Score- Janet Evanovich

· Blowfly - Patricia Cornwell

· Violets are Blue- James Patterson

· State of Fear- Michael Crighton

· Hard Rain- Barry Eisler

· Cruel Justice- William Berhardt

· The Red Box- Rex Stout

· Gambit- Rex Stout

· The Gun Seller- Hugh Laurie

· Tunnel Vision- Sara Paretsky

· One Fearful Yellow Eye- John D. MacDonald

· Two for Tanner- Lawrence Block

· Black Betty- Walter Mosley

· Rising Phoenix- Kyle Mills


Sherlock Holmes Novel

· A Slight Trick of the Mind- Mitch Cullin

· Sherlock Holmes: the Missing Years- Jamyang Norbu

· Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorized Biography- Nick Rennison

· Shadows over Baker Street- Various


Nonfiction/ Humor

· Dragons of Eden- Carl Sagan

· Nerds 2.0.1

· Dilbert Future - Scott Adams

· Why Do Men Have Nipples-  Billy Goldber & Mark Leyner

· Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex-  Billy Goldber & Mark Leyner

· Just Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive Compulsive- Emily Colas (this one is a personal issue with me)




( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
This gets me wondering. In 1984, the graduating class had to read 1984. I wonder since Bobby is the class of 2010 if he will have to read 2010. How cool would that be?
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
That would be an excellent. I know that from what I remember of the book, it really would be one that could be taught in a class- it is a classic of sci-fi and if schools are going to have students read either Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, they should balance it out with some sci-fi to go with the fantasy.

(And while I could think of two or three things that could used as lesson plans, I am sure that Drewshi over there could come up with ALOT more and on a more professional, teacherly level...)
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