Books I Read in 2004 - Final List
- Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon (12-Jan-04).   Good.
- The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher (06-Feb-04).   Good.
- This Immortal by Roger Zelazny (17-Feb-04).   Very good.
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (29-Feb-04).   Good.
- Behindlings by Nicola Barker (26-Apr-04).   Overlong and unsatisfying.
- Do It Yourself . . . House . . . Conveyancing - by Joseph Bradshaw.   Packed full of useful information.
- The Liar by Stephen Fry (13-May-04).   Clever and occasionally amusing.
- Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets by David Simon (03-July-2004).   Excellent and absorbing.
- Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac (19-July-2004).   OK but not great.
- How to Make Money from Property by Adam Walker (26-July-2004).   Lots of good information.
- The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson (04-Aug-2004).   OK.
- Lord Of Light by Roger Zelazny (30-Aug-2004).   OK.
- Time and Again by Jack Finney (08-Sept-2004).   OK (ish).
- Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln by James C. Humes (30-Sept-2004).   OK.
- A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. (26-Oct-2004)   OK but not great.
- Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague De Camp (04-Nov-2004).   Good.
- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (11-Nov-2004).   OK.
- The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman (18-Nov-2004).   Good.
- When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs (21-Nov-2004).   OK.
- 'My Life by Jesus Christ: A story' by Christopher Miller (finished 07-Dec-2004).   Very good.
- The Cosmic Rape by Theodore Sturgeon (finished 15-Dec-2004).   Good.
21 books read this year - about average by my standards. However, I am hugely disappointed with their quality - IMHO (for quality read 'my enjoyment'). Whilst there have been a couple of good reads, I have not added a single title to my list of all time favourites. As a direct result of this I am going to be far more selective in the Books I Plan To Read In 2005, and plan my list out very carefully in the hope that I enjoy the coming (reading) year a lot more. No more random selections dependent on mood or whim. (This does crystallise my previously unadmitted acceptance that I will never read every book on my unread bookshelf.)
The dates shown are the dates completed, though I usually only read one book at a time, and finish it before starting the next (usually).
Carried over to 2005 (not quite finished):
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, translated by Ronald Wilks - 187 pages.
Complete nonsense, and unfunny. I may struggle to finish this book of short stories.
"... we seem to have completely neglected the Important Person, who, in fact, could almost be said to be the real reason for
the fantastic turn this otherwise authentic story has taken." ???
See also my List for 2003 "Books I Read in 2003 - Final List"   (click on the link)
See also my planned list for 2005 "Books I Plan To Read in 2005"   (click on the link)
(Such original titles !)
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