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Things I (Mostly) Enjoyed Reading in 2008

Adam beats me to the annual "book list" post, but that's OK, because in large part, he's responsible for the glut of comic trade paperbacks and graphic novels that I read in 2008. It was his early-year recommendations that got me into more actively seeking out works in the medium and picking up stuff I knew of by reputation alone.

All tolled, I read 56 books, 33 of which were comic collections or graphic novels, all of which were first-time reads except for "Out from Boneville," which hardly counts because I first picked it up before my daughter was born, and she'll be 12 in March.

There were 18 new reads: 15 novels plus "The Indiana Jones Handbook”, Sarah Vowell's "Assassination Vacation," and Jon Paul Fiorentino's "Asthmatica." (That last one is the reason for the "mostly" up there in the title. Didn't live up to my expectations, but I finished it anyway.)

Five re-reads were in the mix, as were three audiobooks.

Among my newly-discovered favorites: John Scalzi – digression: It was A Very Scalzi Christmas at our house – Jenn got me the entire Old Man's War trilogy, and I ordered a signed, personalized "Zoe's Tale" for my daughter – Tobias Buckell, Brian K. Vaughan's "Y: The Last Man" and Robert Kirkman's "Invincible." And despite my never having had the desire to read a Western, Oakley Hall's "Warlock" was a-freaking-mazing.

Oh, and I guess I could count "Collect All 21!" because I did write, read and re-read it, and similarly, I did just finish reading a first draft of Adam's "Deus Ex Comica" collection, so I guess that makes 57 total.

So, here's the rundown in chronological order:

“House of M” – Marvel Comics trade paperback by Brian Michael Bendis

“Harsh Cry of the Heron” by Lian Hearn

“The Road to Civil War” – Marvel trade by Brian Michael Bendis

“Owly” – graphic novel by Andy Runton

“Out from Boneville” (Bone saga Vol. 1) by Jeff Smith

“Civil War” – Marvel trade by Mark Millar

“The Great Cow Race” (Bone Vol. 2) by Jeff Smith

“Eyes of the Storm” (Bone Vol. 3) by Jeff Smith

“Red Lightning” by John Varley

“Programmed for Damage” a Scud: The Disposable Assassin
collection by Rob Schrab

“The Dragonslayer” (Bone Vol. 4) by Jeff Smith

“Rock Jaw” (Bone Vol. 5) by Jeff Smith

“Old Man’s Cave” (Bone Vol. 6) by Jeff Smith

“Asthmatica” by Jon Paul Fiorentino

“Ghost Circles” (Bone Vol. 7) by Jeff Smith

“Treasure Hunters” (Bone Vol. 8) by Jeff Smith

“Crown of Horns” (Bone Vol. 9) by Jeff Smith

“Invincible: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1” by Robert Kirkman

“Just A Little Blue” (Owly Vol. 2) by Andy Runton

“Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi

“Invincible: Ultimate Collection Vol. 2” by Robert Kirkman

“Rocket Science” by Jay Lake

“Assassination Vacation” (audiobook) by Sarah Vowell

”Truth, Justin, and The American Way” by Scott Kurtz, Aaron
Williams and Giuseppe Ferrarro

“Invincible: Ultimate Collection Vol. 3” by Robert Kirkman

“The Sparrow” by Maria Doria Russell

“Powers” comic trade by Brian Michael Bendis

“Farewell Summer” (audiobook) by Ray Bradbury

“Marvels” comic trade by Kurt Busiek

“On Writing” by Stephen King

“Time and Again” by Jack Finney

“In Summer” by Jeremy Jackson

“Mara Jade: By the Emperor’s Hand” comic trade by Timothy
Zahn and Michael Stackpole

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury

“The Ghost Brigades” by John Scalzi

“Y: The Last Man” Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

“Crystal Rain” by Tobias Buckell

“The Last Colony” by John Scalzi

“Y: The Last Man” Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

“Leap Years” graphic novel by Ian Bennett

“Preludes & Nocturnes: Sandman Vol. 1” by Neil Gaiman

“Ragamuffin” by Tobias Buckell

“Y: The Last Man” Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

“Zoe’s Tale” by John Scalzi

“The Doll’s House: Sandman Vol. 2” by Neil Gaiman

“Sly Mongoose” by Tobias Buckell

”'Salem’s Lot" by Stephen King

“Patrick the Wolf Boy” Vol. 1 & 2 by Art Baltazar and

“Y: The Last Man” Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

“Y: The Last Man” Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

“Patrick the Wolf Boy” Vol. 3 & 4 by Art Baltazar and

“Dream Country: Sandman Vol. 3” by Neil Gaiman

“The Toy Collector” by James Gunn

"The Indiana Jones Handbook” by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese

“Warlock” by Oakley Hall

“The Happiest Days of Our Lives: Teh Audiobook” by Wil

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Books, Current Affairs, Fiction, geek, Ohio, Weblogs | Leave a comment


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