aethel: (books [by morebutterflys])
So basically I read nothing but fanfic in 2014:

The Christian Delusion
Dayworld - Philip Jose Farmer
Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
The Spell Sword - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fortune's Pawn - Rachel Bach
Honor's Knight - Rachel Bach
Astonishing X-Men: Northstar
Revolting Librarians Redux
Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
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Finally accepting the fact that it's 2014, and I totally failed to read anything much beyond fanfic last year...

Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett
*The Hobbit - JRRT
**A Companion to Wolves - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
The Planet Savers - Marion Zimmer Bradley
**Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
Under The Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
The Tempering of Men - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Hogfather - Terry Pratchett
World Without Stars - Poul Anderson
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History - Brian Fagan
*Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
*Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
*The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett
Untold - Sarah Rees Brennan
***I Sold My Soul on Ebay - Hemant Mehta
**Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

***So boring I'm not sure why I bothered to finish. I was definitely not the intended audience for this, though I don't know if the intended audience (Christian churchgoers) would want to read it either. Mehta visits churches of various denominations and reviews the program/sermon/mass/event/thingy. I found myself in the strange position of wanting to defend the churches against what was either genuine misplaced criticism or a rather passive aggressive argument for atheism. Mehta's claims about what would convince him are things that church does not provide. With evangelical Christianity at least, the point is to believe it despite, not because of, the evidence. And I guess in mainline Protestantism people believe it's a nice metaphor for something (instead of the gore-fest I remember reading). Intellectual rigor isn't the point, one of many reasons I don't waste everyone's time by going to church and writing a foregone conclusion book about how they failed to convert me, surprise ending! It was like shooting fish in a barrel. On the other hand, maybe some churched Christians truly don't understand why nonbelievers are unswayed by the church experience, and this book is actually news to them. Meanwhile, I still have years of unread birthday and Christmas presents sitting on my bookshelves that I could have cracked open, even the self?-published-by-a-friend-of-my-aunt one. (I still feel guilty about that one.) The problem with books as presents is that no one gives me sf or fantasy books or I would have read them all by now.

"Shooting fish in a barrel" was also how I felt about The Christian Delusion, which I didn't manage to finish in 2013. Everyone should go read A History of God by Karen Armstrong instead.

Maybe I've just watched too many atheist YouTube videos. It was validating at first, but then I thought, ugh, you jerks, those fish are in a BARREL, they can't exactly swim away. People believe it because they want to, just like they believe Sterek is a plausible interpretation of Teen Wolf, despite having actually watched the show.
aethel: (stiles reading [by circa77])
New X-Men v.1-2 - Grant Morrison
The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews - Saul Friedlander
When Memory Comes - Saul Friedlander
Red Planet - Robert A. Heinlein*
Astonishing X-men: Exogenetic
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted - Harry Harrison
The Vegetarian Myth - Lierre Keith
Astonishing X-Men: Children of the Brood
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
New X-Men: Assault on Weapon Plus (139-145)
Magneto: Testament
Jeeves and the Tie that Binds - P.G. Wodehouse
Faceless Killers - Henning Mankell
Gay New York - George Chauncey
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Truth - Terry Pratchett
Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
X-Men: Monstrous
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Gone for Good - Harlen Coben

I have plans for 2013 that involve a lot more reading of published fiction than in 2012, but then I probably said that last year....

*TRIPEDAL MARTIANS!!! Old-school sf tropes are so cute.
aethel: (geoffrey tennant's method)

Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
Guards, Guards - Terry Pratchett (reread)
Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik
Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey (reread)
Inside the TARDIS: the worlds of Doctor Who - James Chapman
Ouran High School Host Club, volume 1
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (reread)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling (reread)
Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett (reread)
The Last of the Wine - Mary Renault
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett (reread)
Spock's World - Diane Duane
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide - Andrea Smith
Asimov on Science Fiction - Isaac Asimov
Science Fiction Culture - Camille Bacon-Smith
The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan
A Mind To Murder - P.D. James
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron
Tough Cookie - Diane Mott Davidson
In the Frame - Dick Francis
Watchmen - Alan Moore and David Gibson
Killing Time - Della Van Hise
Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

fanfic (novella and novel-length)

Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive by Dira Sudis. Torchwood.
A Matter of Time by Demotu. Torchwood.
The Theory of Two Centres by Copperbadge. Torchwood.
The Doctor and Mr. Jones by Copperbadge. Torchwood.
What Lies Within by x-tricks. Torchwood.
Pocket Watch Boy. Torchwood.
The Windhovers by sarcasticchick. Torchwood.
Drastically Redefining Protocol by Rageprufrock. Merlin.
Unintended by cim. Star Trek TOS.
Breaking Points by ragdoll. Star Trek Reboot.
Anima by j s cavalcante. Due South.
You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While) by seperis. Star Trek Reboot.
Break by yahtzee. Star Trek Reboot.
We Reach Our Apogee Slowly by [ profile] kowaiyoukai. Star Trek Reboot WIP.
Four Minor Interludes for the Solo Violin by [ profile] katieforsythe. Sherlock Holmes.
Cauldron: a love story by [ profile] katieforsythe. Sherlock Holmes.
So Wise We Grow by captanddeastar. Star Trek Reboot kidfic.
We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup by paperclipbitch. Merlin AU.
Forget Me Not by maisierita. Stargate Atlantis.
aethel: (fraser oh dear)
January - July

Njal's Saga
A Short History of Canada - Desmond Morton
The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World - Robert McGhee
Canada 2007 - Wayne C. Thompson
Elves, Trolls and Elemental Beings: Icelandic Folktales II - trans. Alan Boucher
Like the Sound of a Drum: Aboriginal Cultural Politics in Denendeh and Nunavut - Peter Kulchyski
Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik
Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
Jingo - Terry Pratchett

Evolution for Everyone - David Sloan Wilson
Changing Planes - Ursula K. Le Guin

September - December

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
The Fellowship of the Ring - JRRT
Why I Hate Canadians - Will Ferguson
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
aethel: (geoffrey tennant's method)
In an alternate universe I would have posted lucid and illuminating reviews of every book I read this year. Perhaps next year the reviews will be posted in this universe.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory McGuire
Throne of Jade - Naomi Novik
Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
A Brief History of Canada - Richard Riendeau
No Man's River - Farley Mowat
Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. Le Guin
Tehanu - Ursula K. Le Guin
Tales from Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Canadian Television Programming Made for the United States Market - Marsha Ann Tate
The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters
Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling (reread)
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters
Girl, Interrupted
The Tempest - William Shakespeare
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik (reread)
The Highest Tide - Jim Lynch
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
King Lear - William Shakespeare (Quarto version)
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Men At Arms - Terry Pratchett
Nationalism and the Politics of Culture in Quebec - Richard Handler
The Gnostic Gospels - Elaine Pagels
Lies, Legends, and Cherished Myths of World History
The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (reread)
aethel: (cloud)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
*Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Wyrd Sisters - Pratchett
Witches Abroad - Pratchett
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fford
Eirik the Red's Saga and The Saga of the Greenlanders
Reaper Man - Pratchett
The Male Body - Susan Bordo
Never Let Me Go - Ishiguro
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - Carson McCullers
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
The Fellowship of the Ring - You Know Who
The Ancient Greeks: a Critical History - John Fine
*Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet
*Fire from Heaven - Mary Renault
*Extra(Ordinary) People - Joanna Russ
Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy
Guilty Pleasures - Laurell K. Hamilton
The Ponder Heart - Eudora Welty

Books aborted:
The Old Testament
Bleak House
The Well of Lost Plots

*books most awesome


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