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2008 Book List Update!
Book Worm
I did a really bad job of keeping this list in 2007. But I'm going to keep trying and one of these years, I'll get it right! :)

Stuff I Read in 2008:

10. Burning Bright -
Tracy Chevalier
Ok, so I'm not yet halfway through this one, but I felt the need to alert you to its presence anyway. New Chevalier novel = muchmuch happiness in my little world. Now with the added awesomeness of William Blake!!

9. White Night (Dresden Files series)-
Jim Butcher

I've been waiting and waiting for this one in paperback and at last! 'tis here. Without delving into spoilers (although I think Dresden fans seeing this likely read the book before I did), there's one plot point that makes me go a little " Seriously?" but overall Jim Butcher continues to get more awesome. The next installment, Small Favours, just came out in hardback; I think I'll have to attack the library rather than wait this one out.

8. Mr. Monk and the two Assistants -
Lee Goldberg

I had no idea there even were Monk books till I ran across one. After reading some fairly miszed reviews on Amazon, I was wary, but still curious, so I picked up this one. Surprisingly good! Not exactly world-class mystery fiction here, but it was a lot of fun. :) If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably find the books a good read.

7. Geisha, a Life -
Iwasaki Mineko, translated and editied by Rande Brown

The autobiography of a lady who was once of Japan's premiere gieko. Fascinating story, and the translator does a fantastic job preserving her charming voice.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
On the off change there's anyone later to this party than me, I must warn you that there are now spoilers for this in the comments.

Yes, finally. Just finished this one last night. I read it, I think, in a little less than 48 hours. Easily a favourite of the series. I could say a lot of glowing things about this book, and I only have one real complaint: I'd have been happier having not read the epilogue. It's a little depressing to see that even a war didn't change certain attitudes.

4,5. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, Dragons of the Highlord Skies
Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman

I don't have much use for most of the three billion other Dragnolance novels, but I still have a soft spot for the original War of the Lance trilogy and its characters. The authors of the original three (Weiss & Hickman) are in the process of writing a second trilogy that intertwines with the first. Dwarven Depths is the first; it deals primarily with Tanis, Sturm, Tass, and Flint's journey to Thorbardin, which is mentioned but never seen in Autumn Twilight. Highlord Skies primarily follows Kitiara - a very nice treatment of her character. The third and final volume, Dragons of an Hourglass Mage, isn't out yet. Three guesses who it's about. If you're a fan of the original Dragons trilogy, these are worth the read.

1,2,3. The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Phillip Pullman
(though to be fair, I started the first one in December)

The debut of the movie version of The Golden Compass prompted me to start re-reading the series, which is an old favourite. Shortly after I finished this first one, I got to see the film version, which I already talked about over here. :)

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You know, I was all excited about these HP spoilers, but they don't... seem to exist...

Arg, I knew someone would notice that. :) I originally posted this list months ago and Katie and I had a discussion about the epilogue in the comments, so I added that disclaimer. Then yesterday, I was updating with new stuff and wanted to post-date the entry show it would show up on my friends page again. Could not. Make. It work! No matter what I tried. So I finally gave up and re-posted the thing...totally forgetting I'd lose the comments.

But! My thoughts were pretty much this:

"One thing still bugs me, though. I think I'd have been happied if I hadn't read the epilogue. I pretty much knew that Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry would go on to have passles of adorable kids that would attend Hogwarts. But there was the whole thing about one of Harry's kids being afraid of being sorted to Slytherin, worried about what his parents and friends would think...and Ron's crack about disowning his kid if he ended up in Slytherin...Ieven if he was kidding, come on. Gryffindor = good and Slytherin = evil? Wasn't there just a huge war over similar mindsets not two decades ago? I understand a good House rivalry, but how can that good vs evil mentality not have changed, in the wake of war? Snape alone should've torn that down. I wonder if anyone remembers him well but Harry Potter? You can't sell me that every single Voldemort supporter was a Slytherin. I'd lay money that Umbridge was a Hufflepuff. And I've always maintained that I think Dulmbledore himself could have been a Slytherin. :) Are we ever really told?"

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