Monday, January 02, 2012

Books I finished reading in 2011 (inc. audio)

You must have self-esteem to have self-esteem issues. One of my self-esteem things has been to, for a couple of years now, record for posterity what books I done gone and reads me up a storm with each calendar year. Being a fan of podcasts I have now added to "books read" to include audio books listened to.

So here's the list for 2011. Mainly fantasy on the fiction front and histories for the non-fiction section. And even some schlocky stuff like a book about Great Mysteries!; Bermuda Triangle! Greys! Gray Greys! etc. Lots of fun.

Adios 2011 list. And welcome to the 2012 list. Which remains as yet blank. Hey ... it's only day two!

Notes on the 2011 list
The order is last read downwards

The non-fiction book I got the most from was A First-Rate Madness. If you "suffer" from any form of mental difference to the norm, such as depression, bipolar, or hypomania, this book will make you feel better. In that the author shows how people who suffer mental health difference to the norm, if properly supported (either medically or through psychological assistance, or both) actually have an advantage over normals, and in political leaders, it can even be a distinct benefit.  It also handsomely destroys that mentally-deficient chain email of 'which military leader would you want?; HA—you chose Hitler! (1)

The fiction book I enjoyed the most would probably have to be The Left-Hand of God. It grabbed me from the first page and didn't let me go. The concepts explored, the archetypes used, the writing ... sheer bliss. Totally worth cracking the spine (or dialling up on the e-book reader unit of your choice).

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ... by Benjamin Franklin
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
Blood and rage: a Cultural History of Terrorism by Michael Burleigh
My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
Too fat to fish by Artie Lange
The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt
White Wolf by David Gemmell
The 100 Most Influential Military Leaders by LTCOL Michael Lee Lanning
Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Great Mysteries of the Modern World by John Pinkney
The Last Four Things By Paul Hoffman
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Last Guardian by David Gemmell
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann
The Most Dangerous Man in the World by Andrew Fowler
A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaem
Quarterly Essay 43: Bad News by Robert Manne
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir, by Neil White
The Jerusalem Man by David Gemmell
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf
Hunter's Moon by David Devereux
Days That Changed the World: The 50 Defining Events of World History by Hywel Williams
Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War by Bob Drogin
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
The Protector's War by S.M. Stirling
Jarhead by Anthony Swofford
Secrets and lies - a History of CIA Mind Control & Germ Warfare by Gordon Thomas
The Victors: The men of World War Two by Stephen E Ambrose
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Shellacking: Obama Presidency, The Tea Party, and The 2010 Midterm Elections by Guy Rundle
Master of the Grove by Victor Kelleher
Enigma by Robert Harris
Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling
The National Lampoon's Animal House Book by Chris Miller
Debunking History: 152 Popular Myths Exploded by Ed Rayner and Ron Stapley
Trouble on Titan by Alan E Nourse
Coal: A human history by Barbara Freese
What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan
Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race by the writers of The Daily Show
Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose
Lifeboat by Harry Harrison and Gordon R Dickson
The Technicolour Time Machine by Harry Harrison
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Best of Harry Harrison by Harry Harrison
Marching Powder by Rusty Young
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
Swords against Ice Magic by Fritz Leiber

(1) Meme can be found on this website; but here it is replicated for ease of knowing what the fuck I am talking about. 

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates.

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two Mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 Martinis a day.

Candidate B He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

The author of a First-Rate Madness explores Hitler's case history and notes that Hitler was almost certainly bipolar and that his condition was disastrously exacerbated, for both the patient and greater humanity, by the daily injection of amphetamines and testosterone ... the latter made from ground-up bull testes. Chain email, you have been served. 



    That is all.


  2. I haven't read enough books lately to justify making a list. I might get through a few this year, though, at least while I'm overseas!

  3. Interesting. Why dat one?

    And Casso, given your current life place I think you get a pass on having reading expected of you. Especially given your day gig.

  4. Ya. My eyeballs get tired. :p

  5. I could totally imagine. Mine as well.

    Today I went to the foodcourt. My phone was dead and I finished my lunch. My brother was on an errand and was to meet me in the foodcourt. So I had to wait for him. It was about 20 minutes.

    It was the longest I've been awake without reading something for the longest time.

  6. What a horrible ordeal!

  7. Actually it was pretty Zen. I spent the time drinkig in the surrounds, watching the blue collar sanitation dudes going about their business; those in the queue at Hungry Jack's; and assorted young people with their limbee normal bodies and imagining what it would be to have had a body that worked and looked right. So Zen with a massive chunk of morbid angst. Woody Allen meets Buddha.

  8. I went shopping today and noticed some of those types of young people...

  9. Limber youth with their ... bodies! (shakes fist at the young people)

  10. Now I am old I 100% support the sentiment that youth is wasted on the young...

  11. Pshaw, you still have the flush of youth! I, however, have implants. Ergo, my body is WAY older than yours!

    I win the game of failing physiology!

  12. ...congratulations?

  13. Indeed. Read it and weep still-clearly-blessed-with-her-youthful-countenance.

  14. You with your pretty visage and ... and ... book smarts! (shakes fist with envy)


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