the moon in the bottom of the well

There’s nothing quite like reading three or four books in a row that are so entrancing that you devour them without pause in as many days. Each one is a thick, sweet wine whose taste you never grow tired of, and when you reach the end of one book you surface for a single gulp of fresh air before you dive right on into the next. You could drink this in forever. It’s a thirst you never knew you had being slaked. It’s all your hunger being sated, over and over again.

The books this time:

  • La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
  • The Shadowed Sun by NK Jemisin
  • Annihalation by James VanderMeer

And there would be The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear in there as well, but I have meetings tomorrow that I technically have to be awake for.

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2016 reading tracker

1. Endymion by Dan Simmons
1.5. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
2. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
3. The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
4. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
5. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
6. For The Win by Cory Doctorow
7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. le Guin
8. The Princess Diaries, Volume XI: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
9. Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll
10. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
11. Alone by Kate L. Mary (ED)
12. Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
13. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
14. Last First Snow by Max Gladstone
15. Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen
16. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
17. Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryu Murakami
18. Piercing by Ryu Murakami
19. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
20. This Census-Taker by China Mieville
21. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
22. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
23. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
24. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
25. Moonchild by Kate L. Mary (ED)
26. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
27. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
28. The Adult by Gillian Flynn (novella)
29. In Milton Lumky Territory by Philip K. Dick
30. The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike by Philip K. Dick
31. The Children of Men by PD James
32. The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
33. Drops of Corruption by Jason M. Hardy
34. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
35. Silent World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
35.5. Adventures of Hannah Claire by W.P. Vanderbrook (ED)
36. King of Morning, Queen of Day by Ian MacDonald
37. Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen
38. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
39. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
40. The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
41. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
42. Morning Star by Pierce Brown
43. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
44. The Broken Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin
44.5. The Awakened Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin
45. Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone
46. The Fireman by Joe Hill
47. The Life Cycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang
48. The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
49. Terminal Cafe by Ian MacDonald
50. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
51. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
52. Ares Express by Ian MacDonald
53. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
54. The Alienist by Caleb Carr
55. Updraft by Fran Wilde
56. The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett
57. Cloudbound by Fran Wilde
58. Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
59. Who Fears the Devil? The Tales of Silver John by Manly Wade Wellman (SS collection)
60. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler
61. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
62. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
63. Death’s End by Cixin Liu
64. Playback by Raymond Chandler
65. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Reading Tracker 2015

1. The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
2. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
3. Waiting by Ha Jin
4. Interworld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
5. The Silver Dream by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
6. Desolation Road by Ian McDonald
7. The Devil Within: Exorcism and Possession in the Christian West by Brian P. Levack (NF)
8. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
10. Planesrunner: Everness Book I by Ian McDonald
11. Be My Enemy: Everness Book II by Ian McDonald
12. Empress of the Sun: Everness Book III by Ian McDonald
13. Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
14. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
15. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
16. Idoru by William Gibson
17. Slant by Greg Bear
18. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
18.5. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft
19. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft
20. The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft (Short story collection)
21. Matter by Ian M. Banks
22. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
23. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
24. Lost World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
25. To The People, Food Is Heaven by Audra Ang (NF)
26. Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
27. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
28. The Wreck ofThe River of Stars by Michael Flynn
29. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
30. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
31. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
32. Out On Blue Six by Ian McDonald
33. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
34. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
35. Evolution’s Shore by Ian McDonald
36. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin
36.5. The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (novella)
37. The Ring of Atuan by Ursula K. Leguin
38. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Leguin
39. Tehanu by Ursula K. Leguin
40. The Other Wind by Ursula K. Leguin
41. The Art of Asking: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer (NF)
42. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
43. A Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
44. Absolute Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
45. New World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
46. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
47. The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
48. Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein & Spider Robinson
49. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
50. Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick
51. Pure Justice by Liah Penn (ED)
52. Forgotten World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
53. Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant by Scott Haas (NF)
54. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
55. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
56. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
57. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
58. In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
59. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
60. The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Prachett
61. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
62. Armada by Ernest Cline
63. Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald
64. Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami
65. An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette

no matter how many people are hungry, an egg will still only have one yolk

2014 Reading Tracker

1. Corambis by Sarah Monette
2. Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses by Diane Duane
3. The Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane
4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
5. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
6. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex
7. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
8. Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
9. Psion by Joan D. Vinge
9.5. Legion by Brandon Sanderson
10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
10.5. Backup by Jim Butcher
11. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
12. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
13. Feed by M.T. Anderson
14. Blood Music by Greg Bear
15. Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
16. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
17. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
18. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
19. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
20. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
21. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
22. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
23. Bloodhoud by Tamora Pierce
24. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
25. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
26. Necropath by Eric Brown
27. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
28. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
29. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
30. Skin Game by Jim Butcher
31. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
32. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
33. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
34. Truckers: the Bromeliad Trilogy, book 1 by Terry Pratchett
35. Digger: the Bromeliad Trilogy, book 2 by Terry Pratchett
36. Wings: the Bromeliad Trilogy, book 3 by Terry Pratchett
37. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
38. East o’ the Sun & West o’ the Moon by George Web Dasent (folktale collection)
39. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
40. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
41. The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
42. The Silkworm by Robert Gailbraith
43. Dervish House by Ian MacDonald
44. The Secrets of Alchemy by Lawrence M. Principe (NF)
45. River of Gods by Ian MacDonald
46. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
47. Half World by Hiromi Goto
48. Fudoki by Kij Johnson
49. Look Into the Sun by James Patrick Kelly
50. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilrgrimage by Haruki Murakami
51. Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone
52. Brasyl by Ian MacDonald
53. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
54. Bloody Sexy: Necro-Files Book 2 by C.L. Bledsoe (ED)
55. History of World Mining by Martin Lynch (NF)
56. Broken World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
57. Shattered World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
58. One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear
59. Mad World by Kate L. Mary (ED)
60. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice
61. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
62. Pure Death by Laurie Pennison (ED)
63. Galilee by Clive Barker
64. Under the Black Flag: the Romance and the Reality of Life Among Pirates by David Cordingly (NF)
65. Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear
66. Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
67. The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates (NF)
68. Tall, Dark, & Hairy: Necro-Files Book 3 by C.L. Bledsoe (ED)
69. Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
70. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
71. His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
72. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

the best-laid brick ever

THE READING LIST

Nebula Award Winners

Dune by Frank Herbert
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
The Einstein Intersection, by Samuel R. Delany
Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
Timescape by Gregory Benford
The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
No Enemy but Time by Michael Bishop
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Moving Mars by Greg Bear
The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
Darwin’s Radio by Greg Bear
The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro,
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
Among Others by Jo Walton

Hugo Novel Winners

They’d Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
A Case of Conscience by James Blish
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Way Station by Clifford Simak
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
Startide Rising by David Brin
The Uplift War by David Brin
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
Rainbow’s End by Vernor Vinge
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The City & The City, China Miéville
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi

**I left off the books that were repeated on both lists and ones that I have already read.

and the final score is…

1. Door into Fire, The Tale of the Five v. I by Diane Duane
2. Door into Shadow, The Tale of the Five v. II by Diane Duane
3. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
5. Cold Days, the Dresden Files #14 by Jim Butcher
6. Guardians of the West, The Mallorean v. I by David Eddings
7. King of the Murgos, The Mallorean v. II by David Eddings
8. Demon Lord of Karanda, The Mallorean v. III by David Eddings
9. Sorceress of Darshiva, The Mallorean v. IV by David Eddings
10. Seeress of Kell, The Mallorean v. V by David Eddings
11. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
11.5. Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb–1/2 a book because it was an 80-page novelette.
12. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
13. Door into Sunset, The Tale of the Five v. III by Diane Duane
14. Absolute Midnight, the Abarat Quintet v. III by Clive Barker
15. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
16. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (NF)
17. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (NF)
18. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
19. Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (NF)
20. Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo
21. Paradise Lost by Milton
22. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
23. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
24. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon K. Penman
24.5. The Sea and Little Fishies by Terry Pratchett–novelette of the witches
25. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
26. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
27. Shattered Pillars, Eternal Skies bk. 2 by Elizabeth Bear
28. Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane
29. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
30. A Companion to Wolves by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
31. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
32. The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
33. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, and Other Clinical Tales by Dr. Oliver Sacks (NF)
34. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
35. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
36. Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
37. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
38. The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge
39. Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
40. The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey
40.5. Damnation for Beginners by Alan Campbell
41. Inferno by Dan Brown
42. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
43. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld by Larry Niven
45. The Long War by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
46. The Way of Kings: Book I of the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson
47. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
48. Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain
49. La Cucina: A Novel of Rapture by Lily Prior
50. Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
51. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
52. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
53. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
54. The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
55. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
56. Horns by Joe Hill
57. Time of Death by J.D. Robb
58. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
59. Fitcher’s Brides by Gregory Frost
60. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
61. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
62. The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
63. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
64. Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
65. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
66. Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
67. In the Country of the Blind by Michael Flynn
68. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
69. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
70. A Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
71. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith
71.5. The Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear
72. Melusine by Sarah Monette
73. To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
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I read 73 books this past year. Not a bad effort, I’d say.