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Offline Sawyer

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Favorite Books of 2014
« on: December 06, 2014, 02:22:21 PM »
I don't feel like typing out all my books for a third time, so this seems a little more sensible - what are your favorite books you have read in the last year? 


Non-fiction
The Code Book by Simon Singh - awesome book on cryptography
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee - a book about cancer that talks about actual science instead of sob-stories
Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes - definitive history of the bomb
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin - Lincoln bio
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson - everything you ever wanted to know about cholera and the birth of modern medicine
The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett - everything you didn't want to know about dozens of other infectious diseases

Fiction
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin - seems to be everyone's favorite ASoIAF book
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The World According to Garp by John Irving - glad I sold my stick-shift car this year
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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 04:50:09 PM »
Not a good year on the favorite book front. Many good ones, but few outstanding ones. There is one that stands out, by sheer nail-baiting and WTF moments:

"Command and Control: Nuclear weapons, the Damascus accident, and the illusion of safety" by Eric Schlosser. Watch Dr. Strangelove before and after the book. Two different movies.
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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 05:05:04 PM »
Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
The Long Mars Terry Pratchett/Stephen Baxter
Skin Game Jim Butcher
Cibola Burn James SA Corey
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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2014, 06:46:03 PM »
Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson
The Widow's House Daniel Abraham
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
The Long Mars Terry Pratchett/Stephen Baxter
Skin Game Jim Butcher
Cibola Burn James SA Corey

You liked Cibola Burned?

As far as books released this year that I thought were fantastic, Patrick Rothfuss's A Slow Regard of Silent Things was really lovely.

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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2014, 09:50:36 PM »
My favs I read this year are Excluded by Julia Serrano and A History of White People by Nell Painter. I probably have a few others, but those spring immediately to mind.
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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2014, 10:09:10 PM »
I forgot everyone else here is far more hip than I am, and actually read books that came out this year.  I'm looking forward to my actual best of 2014 list, that I will have ready by 2039.

The one new non-fiction book I managed to read this year was The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Pretty good snapshot of all the species that we are almost certainly responsible for driving off the face of the earth.

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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2014, 10:23:36 PM »
I forgot everyone else here is far more hip than I am, and actually read books that came out this year.  I'm looking forward to my actual best of 2014 list, that I will have ready by 2039.

The one new non-fiction book I managed to read this year was The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Pretty good snapshot of all the species that we are almost certainly responsible for driving off the face of the earth.
Oh, jeez, I don't think I've read anything that came out this year, I have too many backlogged for that. I am currently reading "Ancillary Sword" by Ann Leckie, and that technically came out this year, but I haven't finished it, so it doesn't count.

Now that I'm on a computer:
Them by Jon Ronson
Beyond Binary edited by Brit Mandelo
Indexing by Seanan McGuire
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Stars Change by Mary Ann Mohanraj
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Saga Vol 1-2 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I read a lot this year, but not nearly as much as I'd hoped :(
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Re: Favorite Books of 2014
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2015, 10:10:59 AM »
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I forgot everyone else here is far more hip than I am, and actually read books that came out this year.  I'm looking forward to my actual best of 2014 list, that I will have ready by 2039.

You are not alone. Unfortunately, the only bookstores nearby are fairly lackluster (such as Chopra placed beside Bertrand Russel. Is bile an emotion? It is at the very least a reaction.)

So my favourite books from last year are:
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (i probably overrated the book because i hadn't read anything by Pratchett for a few years.)
Arguable: Selected Essays, Christopher Hitchens (possibly an emotional response)

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