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Rank Them as You Read Them 2009

Stealing the below from Lateralus' 2007 thread.

This thread is different than the monthly "What are you reading" threads:

1.) Please no book images, keep the images confined to the "What are you reading threads."
2.) Keep your list in one post (edit!) and keep them in some sort of order. Use the below star ranking system if you like (easy way to get the images is to quote this post and copy/paste it out).
3.) When listing a book please use the full title of the book and name of the author.
4.) Write a brief review of the book and tell us why (or why not) you liked the book.
5.) If you like put a link to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a book using the DVDtalk link.

I know there are a wide range of books that are read by people here and I believe that we can introduce some new books to everybody.

Have fun!

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1. Eyes Upside Down - P. Adams Sitney
2. If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! - Sheldon B. Kopp
3. The Urban Hermit - Sam MacDonald
4. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
5. It's All Too Much - Peter Walsh
6. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely
7. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment - Steve Harvey
8. Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! - Lynne Margulies, Bob Zmuda

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One of my goals for the new year is to read a lot more.

Cats Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Darkness At Noon, by Arthur Koestler

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Howards End, by EM Forster
A Passage to India, by EM Forster
Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

Atonement, by Ian McEwan
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Longest Journey, by EM Forster
Maurice, by EM Forster
Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
A Room with a View, by EM Forster
Suttree, by Cormac McCarthy
A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
Wise Blood, by Flannery O'Connor

All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
My Antonia, by Willa Cather
Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe

The Orchard Keeper, by Cormac McCarthy
The Penultimate Truth, by Philip K. Dick
Where Angels Fear to Tread, by EM Forster

Hard Times, by Charles Dickens
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

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The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

Entertaining read that reminded me of mystery theater on the radio when I was a kid. Probably ideal for a mid-teen reader, I just had to get it because it was Gaiman, he doesn't dumb things down and it was a solid read.

1984, by George Orwell
My goal while re-re-reading this is to only refer to the Bush Administration once per chapter. It got to be too political science for me. Started becoming more of a text book than a narrative.

The Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
Kinda went into more directions than could be pulled back together by the end.

Now reading: Duma Key by Stephen King

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Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner

Killing Rommel: A Novel by Steven Pressfield

The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army by Paul Douglas Lockhart

Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan [color="red"]

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles

The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal by Julie Greene

The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban by Sarah Chayes

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester

Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart by Jeffry D. Wert

They Called Him Stonewall by Burke Davis

Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Mack Faragher

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman

Mayflower : A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West by James Donovan

The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Jefferson the President: First Term, 1801-1805 by Dumas Malone

Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America by Charles Cerami

What Was Lost: A Novel by Catherine O'Flynn

The Shack by William P. Young

We the Living by Ayn Rand

Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll

Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon by Ed Offley

The Crusades by Zoe Oldenbourg

The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz

GENGHIS KHAN: The Emperior of All Men By Harold Lamb

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu

America's Great Depression by Murray N. Rothbard

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Say You're One Of Them by Uwem Akpan
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly
Lost Light by Michael Connelly
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Beetle The Bard by JK Rowling (Kids Book)
Prayers For Rain by Dennis Lehane
Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
American On Purpose by Craig Ferguson

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
The Mist by Stephen King
Cross Country by James Patterson
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
The Poet by Michael Connelly
Night by Elie Wiesel
If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Heat Wave by Richard Castle
God Hates Us All by Hank Moody
The Survivor's Club by Ben Sherwood

Fool by Christopher Moore
The Appeal by John Grisham
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
The Graveyard Books by Neil Gaiman
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Stiff by Mary Roach
The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
City Of Bones by Michael Connelly
Dexter By Design by Jeff Lindsay
206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
Lost Paradise by Kathy Marks
Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Steve Dubner

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Dispatches From The Edge by Anderson Cooper
The 5th Horseman by James Patterson
The 6th Target by James Patterson
7th Heaven by James Patterson
The Invisible Man by HG Wells
Run For Your Life by James Patterson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald (short story)
The 8th Confession by James Patterson
The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Free Range Chickens by Simon Rich
A Is For Alibi by Sue Grafton
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame- Smith
The Associate by John Grisham
Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard
My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
Bonk by Mary Roach
Serial by Jack Kilborn
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry
Deception Point by Dan Brown

The Shack by Wm Paul Young
Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson

Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry
Mr Paradise by Elmore Leonard

Dexter In The Dark by Jeff Lindsay


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Re: Rank Them as You Read Them 2009

I don't really feel like ranking my books, I think I'll just keep track of what I'm reading. Maybe I'll rate them at the end of the year.

Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
Anubis Gate by Tim Powers
Software by Rudy Rucker

The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
World War Z by Max Brooks

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Phillip Josť Farmer
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Now Reading: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

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The Poet by Michael Connelly

The Silver Bear by Derek Haas
The Hunter by Richard Stark
The Outfit by Richard Stark
Blood Work by Michael Connelly
Dead I Well May Be by Adrian McKinty
Void Moon by Michael Connelly
The Cutie by Donald Westlake

The Max by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
Trunk Music by Michael Connelly
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
The Man With the Getaway Face by Richard Stark
Rain Storm by Barry Eisler
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
Runner by Thomas Perry

Hit and Run by Lawrence Block
Rain Fall by Barry Eisler
Hard Rain by Barry Eisler
A Darkness More than Night by Michael Connelly

The First Quarry by Max Allan Collins
Loser's Town by Daniel Depp
Killing Castro by Lawrence Block
Fifty-to-One by Charles Ardai
The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty
Killer Year [edited by] Lee Child

Island by Thomas Perry
One Night Stands and Lost Weekends by Lawrence Block
From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

The Manual of Detection by Jebediah Berry
Dead Man's Brother by Roger Zelazny

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  • Profiles in Courage - John F. Kennedy
  • Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  • Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began - Art Spiegelman Review
  • Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir - Doris Kearns Goodwin Review
  • Boone: A Biography - Robert Morgan Review
  • Sideways - Rex Pickett
  • Between the Bridge and the River - Craig Ferguson

  • An American Life: The Autobiography - Ronald Reagan Review
  • Thank You for Smoking - Christopher Buckley Review
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama
  • My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor - Alec Guinness

  • The Looking Glass War - John le Carre
  • "Work Hard, Study...And Keep Out of Politics!" - Adventures and Lessons Learned from an Unexpected Public Life - James A. Baker, III Review
  • Dream Story - Arthur Schnitzler, translated by Otto P. Schinnerer Review
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and A Man Called Horse, The Hanging Tree, Lost Sister: The Great Western Stories of Dorothy M. Johnson - Dorothy M. Johnson Review
  • Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting - William Goldman Review
  • The Gun Seller - Hugh Laurie Review
  • Gods of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs Review
  • The Gallic War - Gaius Julius Caesar with Aulus Hirtius, translated by Carolyn Hammond Review
  • I Am Not a Cop!: A Novel - Richard Belzer with Michael Black Review
  • A Night Without Armor: Poems - Jewel - Review
  • Chicken with Plums - Marjane Satrapi - Review
  • My Word Is My Bond: A Memoir - Roger Moore [run-on sentences cost it half a star]
  • I Lived to Tell It All - George Jones and Tom Carter
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot - Craig Ferguson
  • A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Bubba Ho-Tep - Story by Joe R. Lansdale & Screenplay by Don Coscarelli

  • Splinter of the Mind's Eye - Alan Dean Foster Review
  • Decade - Celebrating Ten Years of Dark Horse Short Stories - Various Writers & Artists Review
  • Star Trek: Countdown - Mike Johnson & Tim Jones, Story by Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Art by David Messina Review
  • The Collected Strangers in Paradise, Volume One - Terry Moore Review
  • The Sexual Life of Catherine M. - Catherine Millet, translation by Adriana Hunter
  • The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

  • The Yankee Years - Joe Torre with Tom Verducci
  • Bodies of Water - Roseanne Cash
  • The Psychologist's Book of Self-Tests: 25 Love, Sex, Intelligence, Career & Personality Tests Developed by Psychologists to Reveal the Real You - Louis Janda, Ph.D
  • Skipping Christmas - John Grisham

  • Cruel Shoes - Steve Martin Review

  • Batman - Novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner based on the story by Sam Hamm and the screenplay by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren and the character created by Bob Kane

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Dreams from My Father Obama

The Sun Also Rises Hemingway

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Le Carre

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Spark

Accelerando Stross

Armor Steakley

Death Comes for the Archbishop Cather

More Than Human Sturgeon

The Moviegoer Percy

Pompeii Harris

A Canticle for Leibowitz Miller

Red Harvest Hammett

Failure Is Not an Option Kranz

The Handmaid's Tale Atwood

Money: A Suicide Note Amis

Startide Rising Brin

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I tried to keep up in the 2008 thread, but going back to school for my MBA really killed my free time in the second half of the year, both for reading and for keeping track of what I'd read. I'm going to try to do better this year.

Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Let the Right One In - Lina Leandersson

The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley
Jingo - Terry Pratchett
The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Summer Knight - Jim Butcher
Death Masks - Jim Butcher
Small Favor - Jim Butcher
Turn Coat - Jim Butcher
Cursor's Fury - Jim Butcher
Captain's Fury - Jim Butcher

The Traveling Vampire Show - Richard Laymon
Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett
Storm Front - Jim Butcher
Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
Dead Beat - Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher
White Knight - Jim Butcher
Furies of Calderon - Jim Butcher
The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
Academ's Fury - Jim Butcher
Under the Dome - Stephen King

City of the Dead - Brian Keene
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert
The Girl Next Door - Jack Ketchum
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris

Crisis on Infinite Earths - Marv Wolfman & George Perez

Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris

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Why Evolution is True - Jerry Coyne
Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

Outliers - Malcom Gladwell
Traffic, Why we Drive The Way We Drive - Tom Vanderbilt

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Originally Posted by benedict
If you build it, they will come!

This was weird. Searching for one of my older threads and saw this in the list of threads started by me, but knew that I had not posted here in quite awhile. Neat trick Benedict.

Reminds me to start reading again. Will throw my next book read into this post.
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Macrophemonal Basketball Almanac by FreeDarko

Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems by Michael Strong
The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs
Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't by Jim Collins
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Beyond the Sky and Moon by Jaimie Zeppa
7 Seconds Or Less by Jack McCallum

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel
Born on a Blue Day by David Tammett

Summerland by Michael Chabon

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Methinks 'tis now time to cut this one loose!

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