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My 2012 book list

23 this year if you count comic collections, which I do.
21 if you don't.

  1. The Infernal City
  2. Lord of Souls
  3. Aspho Fields - Karen Traviss
  4. Jacinto's Remnant - Traviss
  1. Anvil Gate - Traviss
  1. Walking Dead Compendium 1
  2. Coalition's End - Traviss
  3. The House Without the Door - Elizabeth Daly
  4. This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Island of Doctor Moreau - HG Wells
  1. The Slab - Traviss
  1. Sanctuary - Edith Wharton
  1. Little Princess
  1. Harry Potter + the Deathly Hallows
  1. Lord of the flies
  1. Blue Lagoon
  1. Dr. Jekyll + Mr. Hyde
  1. Summer - Edith Wharton
  1. Penpal - Dathan Auerbach
  2. Walking Dead Compendium 2
  3. Dune - Frank Herbert
  1. Dune Messiah - Herbert
  1. Children of Dune - Herbert

A pretty good number of these are video game tie-ins. I highly recommend the Gears of War series by Karen Traviss.
Best book that I read this year is decidedly Dune. Honorable mention to Dathan Auerbach's Penpal. It's his first novel and he did a fantastic job.

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thoth_moon
Jan. 1st, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
What do you think of the progression of the Dune books? I read those three and the fourth one, "God Emperor of Dune," in high school, and when one of the board members toured through school and spotted it on my desk, wouldn't believe I was reading it of my own volition, haha. They do start getting a little weird...er, towards the end of the third book, but it's been a few years, so what say you?
five2midnight
Jan. 1st, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
You're totally right. The last 150 pages or so of Children of Dune gets pretty strange and I'm thinking the next book is probably going to continue with that trend. So far, though, I'm really enjoying the series. Initially, I didn't think I would enjoy Children of Dune so much since the kids were the main characters rather than Muad'Dib, but it was a pleasant surprise that they are just as interesting as their father. I'm taking a break from the series because I got a pretty serious pile of books for Christmas, but I can't wait to start God Emperor of Dune.

One thing that I do find really odd about those books, though, is Irulan's character. It seems a little odd that in Dune Messiah, she'd be part of the assassination plot, but after he's dead she suddenly realizes she loves him and then devotes her life to his children. That just seems like an odd change of pace for the daughter of a ruined emperor.
thoth_moon
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Gah, I wish I'd gotten a serious pile of books for Christmas--but then I already have a bunch of books lying around here already, so that may be for the best.

I got into Dune after seeing the SciFi miniseries Children of Dune (I've since then seen their rendition of Dune as well as the movie with Sting in it ... Sonic the Hedgehogging crost my dreamscape for a week after, creepy), so I wasn't turned off by the kids being the protagonists and I think that did help take the edge off some of the latter-page weirdness in the third book. I won't give away anything in God Emperor other than, forewarning, it takes place a millennium after Children of Dune, so heads up, it gets REALLY weird.

As far as Irulan's role change, I think she may have acted the way she did as a cog in the last spurts of her dad's political machine, and after the steam cleared had a revelation of ... maybe a combination of Stockholm Syndrome along with genuine regret, so I think her volte-face was an expression of repentance, especially with Chani dead ergo out of the way/perfect. She may also (and I may not be drawing directly from the book in this speculation; as I said, I read them in high school, and I've been out of college now for two years, so it's been a bit) have recognized that his kids needed a mom that was alive and not nuts, like Alia.
five2midnight
Jan. 1st, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen either miniseries yet. My roommate has the original miniseries that I haven't gotten around to watching yet and I own the David Lynch movie, which I found to be a terrible purchase lol They seem to have just dropped out large portions of the important stuff. Plus there was just some straight up weird stuff that he added, like Hawat having to milk the antidote for his poison out of a cat taped to a rat. That's just... stepping over some pretty weird lines.
I had no idea that the next book was that far into the future. That's pretty cool, though.

I think you're probably right about the motherhood situation with Irulan. She seemed to be just dying to have Muad'Dib's babies for reasons that weren't entirely to do with Bene Gesserit sisterhood.
crimes
Jan. 1st, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Hell yes to the Walking Dead. I don't always count graphic novels but those suckers are way too long not to. I read #1 earlier in 2012 and I am half way done with #2.
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