The OF Blog: October 2012 Reads

Thursday, November 01, 2012

October 2012 Reads

One of the busiest reading months so far this year, with 57 books read/re-read.  Several were re-reads of the Steven Erikson/Ian Cameron Esslemont Malazan Re-Read Project I've been doing (still have three commentaries/reviews to write, as well as finishing the re-read of The Crippled God).  Then there was the re-read/reading of all of the Spanish translations of Andrzej Sapkowski's works that I own (review of The Warriors of God/Los guerreros de Dios to come in the near future), as well as the World Fantasy Award novel finalists and several finalists in various categories of the National Book Awards.  So there's about a quarter of the read books in languages other than English, a mixture of literary and speculative fictions, and fewer books by women authors than I would like.  But enough of the breakdowns, here are the titles read in October 2012:

345  Steven Erikson, Reaper's Gale (re-read; already reviewed)

346  Ian Cameron Esslemont, Return of the Crimson Guard (re-read; already reviewed)

347  Steven Erikson, Blood Follows (re-read; review forthcoming)

348  Steven Erikson, The Lees of Laughter's End (re-read; review forthcoming)

349  Steven Erikson, The Healthy Dead (re-read; review forthcoming)

350  Steven Erikson, Crack'd Pot Trail (re-read; review forthcoming)

351  Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (review forthcoming)

352  C. Alberto Bessa, Poética efêmera:  Poemas Reunidos (Portuguese; poetry; very good)

353  Carlos Nejar, Árvore do Mundo (Portuguese; poetry; good)

354  Mario de Andrade, Macunaíma (Portuguese; good)

355  Ian McEwan, Atonement (very good)

356  Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (review forthcoming)

357  Steven Erikson, Toll the Hounds (re-read; already reviewed)

358  Ian Cameron Esslemont, Stonewielder (re-read; already reviewed)

359  Will Self, Umbrella (review forthcoming)

360  Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (review forthcoming)

361  Padgett Powell, You & Me (review forthcoming)

362  Steven Erikson, Dust of Dreams (re-read; already reviewed)

363  Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (poetry; review forthcoming)

364  Andrzej Sapkowski, El último deseo (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

365  Andrzej Sapkowski, La espada del destino (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

366  Andrzej Sapkowski, La sangre de los elfos (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

367  Andrzej Sapkowski, El tiempo de odio (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

368  Andrzej Sapkowski, Bautismo de fuego (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

369  Andrzej Sapkowski, La torre de la golondrina (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

370  Andrzej Sapkowski, La dama del lago:  volumen 1 (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

371  Andrzej Sapkowski, La dama del lago:  volumen 2 (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

372  Andrzej Sapkowski, Camino sin retorno (re-read; Spanish; review forthcoming)

373  Andrzej Sapkowski, Narrenturm (re-read; Spanish; already reviewed)

374  Andrzej Sapkowski, Los guerreros de Dios (Spanish; review forthcoming)

375  Steven Erikson, The Wurms of Blearmouth (review forthcoming)

376  Karin Tidbeck, Jagannath:  Stories (review forthcoming)

377  Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (poetry; review forthcoming)

378  David Ferry, Bewilderment:  New Poems and Translations (poetry; already reviewed)

379  Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (YA; review forthcoming)

380  Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (YA; review forthcoming)

381  The Twelve Apostles, The Didache (religious)

382  Stephen King, 11/22/63 (already reviewed)

383  Susan Wheeler, Meme (poetry; already reviewed)

384  Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (YA; review forthcoming)

385  Brontops Baruq, O grito do sol sobre a cabeça (Portuguese; review forthcoming)

386  Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (review forthcoming)

387  William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (YA; review forthcoming)

388  Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (review forthcoming)

389  Brandon Sanderson, The Emperor's Soul (review forthcoming)

390  Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again (re-read; one of my all-time favorite novels)

391  David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (re-read; thoughts covered in passing in movie review)

392  Lavie Tidhar, Osama (re-read; already reviewed)

393  G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen (review forthcoming)

394  Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son (review forthcoming)

395  Louise Erdrich, The Round House (review forthcoming)

396  Ferenc Molnár and Joseph O'Brien, The Devil (good)

397  Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow (review forthcoming)

398  Stephen W. Sears (ed.), et al., The Civil War:  The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It (excellent gathering of primary sources from January 1862-January 1863)

399  Thomas Wolfe, The Hills Beyond (very good collection of membra disjecta)

400  Jennifer duBois, A Partial History of Lost Causes (review forthcoming)

401  Steve Sheinkin, Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal – the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (YA; review forthcoming)

Needless to say, there are a lot of "review forthcomings" listed above.  Good thing I plan on writing 30 new reviews (as well as reposting some Faulkner reviews from earlier this year over at Gogol's Overcoat – where will also appear my National Book Award finalist reviews this month) this month, with hopefully 1 (if not 2 or even 3) appearing virtually every day of November.  You may feel spoiled/cursed now.

Which one(s) of these have you read/want to know more about?

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