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So, I kept track of the new books I read in 2006. I set myself a goal of 60- 5 a month. I managed 66. Not too shabby...

1If Chins Could KillBruce CampbellNFMemoir
2Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor PadMinister FaustFFantasy
3The White SpiderHeinrich HarrerNFHistory/Memoir
4Keys to the Kingdom: Mr. MondayGarth NixFFantasy
5The Merlin EffectT. A. BarronFFantasy
6The Third EagleR. A. MacAvoyFSF
7The Moon by Whale LightDiane AckermanNFNatural History
8Redemption ArkAlastair ReynoldsFSF
9Absolution GapAlastair ReynoldsFSF
10A History of WalesJohn DaviesNFHistory
11The Wizard of KarresMercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave FreerFSF
12Napalm and Silly PuttyGeorge CarlinNFHumor
13My Life with the SpiritsLon Milo DuQuetteNFMemoir/Occult
14Days from a Dream AlmanacDennis TedlockNFPoetry/Anthro
15The Curse of ChalionLois McMaster BujoldFFantasy
16Classic FeynmanRichard Feynman with Richard LeightonNFMemoir/Science
17Keys to the Kingdom: Grim TuesdayGarth NixFFantasy
18The Dreaming PlaceCharles DeLintFFantasy
19Coroner's PidginMargery AllinghamFMystery
20Keys to the Kingdom: Drowned WednesdayGarth NixFFantasy
21Samurai WilliamGiles MiltonNFHistory
22Gerard Durrell - the Authorized BiographyDouglas BottingNFBiography
23Golden Bats and Pink PigeonsGerard DurrellNFNatural History
24The Road to UbarNicholas ClappNFTravel/Archaeology
25Master of the CauldronDavid DrakeFFantasy
26The Glorious PoolThorne SmithFFantasy/Humor
27MicahLaurell K. HamiltonFFantasy/Noir
28The Coast WatchersEric A. FeldtNFHistory
29The King of Elfland's DaughterAlfred, Lord DunsanyFFantasy
30The Wizard WarJ.V. JonesNFHistory
31Reading the Maya GlyphsMichale Coe and Mark Van StoneNFArchaeology
32The Last FrontierAntony KammNFHistory
33Furies of CalderonJim ButcherFFantasy
34LambChristopher MooreFFantasy/Humor
35Medicine RoadCharles DeLintFFantasy
36The War of the FlowersTad WilliamsFFantasy
37Tikal: A Handbook of the Ancient Maya RuinsWilliam CoeNFArchaeology
38Kushiel's DartJacqueline CareyFFantasy
39The Philosopher and the DruidsPhilip FreemanNFCeltic
40Angels, Demons & Gods of the New Millennium Lon Milo DuQuetteNFOccult
41The DruidsAnne RossNFCeltic
42Uninvited VisitorsIvan SandersonNFUFO/Forteana
43Shakespeare: the BiographyPeter AckroydNFBiography
44A Salty Piece of LandJimmy BuffettFMagic Realism
45Three Days to NeverTim PowersFFantasy
46China to 1850: A Short HistoryCharles O. HuckerNFHistory
47DzurSteven BrustFFantasy
48Moby-Dick: or, the WhaleHerman MelvilleFClassic
49Spirit Knife, Soul BoneCrow SwimsawayNFAnthro/Spirituality
50Star Risk, Ltd.Chris BunchFSF
51The Blood KnightGreg KeyesFFantasy
52The Scoundrel WorldsChris BunchFSF
53 Voodoo and HoodooJames HaskinsNFOccult
54The Ladies of Grace AdieuSusanna ClarkeFFantasy
55Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle KingdomsMiriam Lichtheim(tr/ed)NFArchaeology
56Behind the MaskIan Buruma NFSociology/History
57Paladin of SoulsLois McMaster BujoldFFantasy
58Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763Frederick Pottle (ed.)NFMemoir/History
59Elizabethans ErrantDavid William DaviesNFHistory
60First LightPeter AckroydFGeneral
61Heroes DieMatthew Woodring StoverFSF/Fantasy
62Three Men on the BummelJerome K. JeromeNFMemoir/Humor
63The Way of the SamuraiRichard StorryNFHistory
64Pushing IceAlastair ReynoldsFSF
65The Haitian Vodou HandbookKenaz FilanNFReligion/Spirituality
66The Poor MouthFlann O'BrienFSatire

Interested in a mini-review of any of these? Answer in the comments- I will take the first twelve requests. One per person, first-come, first-served; I promise I will write the reviews, but not when...

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I'd love to know what you thought of Ackroyd's Shakespeare biography. I have his bio of Thomas Moore and found him to be very detailed and an interesting while scholarly read. How was his take on Will and Co?

Not a review request just a comment. #1 is on my headboard now, staring at me, waiting. #48 isn't on my list but the memoir of the first mate from the Essex is. The Essex was the basis for the book. If you haven't read it I can reccoment Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick which is about the Essex.

I was checking ljseek to see if anyone else had read "Three Days to Never," and I couldn't help noticing your running bat avatar. If you don't mind me asking, where did you get it? Because I think I may have made it. I scanned those pictures from Science News and made a gif of it in early 2005. I haven't looked at it in a long time, and I don't remember the background moving that smoothly; it was one of the first gifs I ever made. So either:

a) I did a better job than I thought I did, or
b) Somebody else had the same idea, and did a better job than I did

Either one is cool.

Three Days to Never is great, by the way.

If you don't mind me asking, where did you get it?

Somebody using the forums at Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs had it as their icon, so I grabbed it.

Three Days to Never is great, by the way.

I thought so, too... I'm a big Tim Powers fan.

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