My 2013 Reading List

This is the year I finally stopped using Bagcheck, which is a good thing since it died earlier this year. I switched over to Goodreads.com, which is OK, but frankly, I'm not terribly interested in the social aspects of the site. I like tracking what I've read and what I thought about what I read, but I don't necessarily care to track what others are reading. I do like getting recommendations, but my queue of books (thanks to folks who hit my wishlist) has provided me with reading material over the past few years. Anyway, for folks who may be curious, here is my list from 2013. I've got a few thoughts at the end.

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<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/7962326-raymond?shelf=2013&amp;utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" style="text-decoration: none;">Raymond's 2013 Bookshelf</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/597787900?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="A Song for Lya: And Other Stories"><img alt="A Song for Lya: And Other Stories" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348298313m/13498.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/597787900?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">A Song for Lya: And Other Stories</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/346732.George_R_R_Martin">George R.R. Martin</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646095772?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Cipher"><img alt="The Cipher" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327883859m/341930.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646095772?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Cipher</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/69317.Kathe_Koja">Kathe Koja</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646096286?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Red Wolf Conspiracy</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2845500.Robert_V_S_Redick">Robert V.S. Redick</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1159886.Arkady_Strugatsky">Arkady Strugatsky</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/833007.Marty_Halpern">Marty Halpern</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646097864?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Learning Javascript Design Patterns</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4731125.Addy_Osmani">Addy Osmani</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646099297?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2960227.Robin_Sloan">Robin Sloan</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646098311?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Stalin's Hammer: Rome</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33505.John_Birmingham">John Birmingham</a>
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        <img alt="2 of 5 stars" class=" staticStars" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/stars/red_star_2_of_5.png" title="2 of 5 stars, it was ok" />
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646098664?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Star Wars: Scoundrels</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12479.Timothy_Zahn">Timothy Zahn</a>
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        Disappointing. Pretty much &quot;Oceans 11&quot; in Star Wars, which sounds cool, but wasn't. 
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646101766?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Dungeon (Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, #1-2)"><img alt="The Dungeon" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1166725189m/16540.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646101766?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Dungeon</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10088.Richard_A_Lupoff">Richard A. Lupoff</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646101972?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Dungeon 2 (Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, Omnibus Volume 2: Valley of Thunder/Lake of Fire)"><img alt="The Dungeon 2" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1166725190m/16544.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646101972?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Dungeon 2</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8456.Charles_de_Lint">Charles de Lint</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/647394536?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Dungeon 3 (Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, Omnibus Volume 3: Hidden City/Final Battle) "><img alt="The Dungeon 3 (Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, Omnibus Volume 3: Hidden City/Final Battle)" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1173460889m/291913.jpg" /></a>
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        <img alt="1 of 5 stars" class=" staticStars" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/stars/red_star_1_of_5.png" title="1 of 5 stars, did not like it" />
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/647394536?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Dungeon 3 (Philip José Farmer's The Dungeon, Omnibus Volume 3: Hidden City/Final Battle)</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8456.Charles_de_Lint">Charles de Lint</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/648632705?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="Third-Party Javascript"><img alt="Third-Party Javascript" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366276190m/14289125.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/648632705?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Third-Party Javascript</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5989830.Ben_Vinegar">Ben Vinegar</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/648633593?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="Effective JavaScript: 68 Specific Ways to Harness the Power of JavaScript"><img alt="Effective JavaScript: 68 Specific Ways to Harness the Power of JavaScript" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1372042097m/13705402.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/648633593?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Effective JavaScript: 68 Specific Ways to Harness the Power of JavaScript</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/67516.David_Herman">David Herman</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/663808901?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="Wolfhound Century"><img alt="Wolfhound Century" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1353855563m/15790887.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/663808901?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Wolfhound Century</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230189.Peter_Higgins">Peter Higgins</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/670872523?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)"><img alt="The Wind Through the Keyhole" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328001524m/12341557.jpg" /></a>
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        <img alt="5 of 5 stars" class=" staticStars" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/stars/red_star_5_of_5.png" title="5 of 5 stars, it was amazing" />
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/670872523?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Wind Through the Keyhole</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3389.Stephen_King">Stephen King</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/673519792?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="Learning Kendo UI Web Development"><img alt="Learning Kendo UI Web Development" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1370224576m/17995507.jpg" /></a>
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        <img alt="1 of 5 stars" class=" staticStars" src="https://www.goodreads.com/images/layout/stars/red_star_1_of_5.png" title="1 of 5 stars, did not like it" />
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/673519792?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Learning Kendo UI Web Development</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2171399.John_Adams">John   Adams</a>
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        Don't buy it. Period. Kendo UI looks very damn cool. But this book has too many issues.
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/689497954?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget" title="The Ocean at the End of the Lane"><img alt="The Ocean at the End of the Lane" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1351914778m/15783514.jpg" /></a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/689497954?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">The Ocean at the End of the Lane</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1221698.Neil_Gaiman">Neil Gaiman</a>
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        Wonderful book. Probably the best this year.
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/691019245?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Lexicon</a>
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        <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/713477135?utm_medium=api&amp;utm_source=custom_widget">Dragon America</a>
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/54475.Mike_Resnick">Mike Resnick</a>
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        Disappointing. Interesting concept - but boring execution.
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1916427.Blake_Charlton">Blake Charlton</a>
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        The story was... decent. Good, but not great. But the magic system was *incredible*. The design was very reminiscent of programming. 
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        Read this on the plane. Holy crap was it good. Amazing story - amazing art - so happy I picked this up.
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        by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3389.Stephen_King">Stephen King</a>
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        Can't believe I took so long to read this.
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        Loved it - but was disappointed by the lack of pictures. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but seriously, when discussing airline logos (and yes, I think that's interesting) it seems silly to not actually *show* them. Ditto for various plane...
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Overall, this was a year of disappointments. I had some bad luck this year in my choices. As an example, I almost never reread old books (again, I've got too much new stuff to read!) but I made an exception for The Dungeon series. I had fond memories of it from when I was a teenager. It was ok for the first 5 books, but the last book was so horrible it made me want to throw the books away. I was also really disappointed by "Scoundrels". It had everything going for it - a crime-centered Star Wars book - but failed to deliver. I guess it isn't fair to say it was a bad year, it just seems like I read more bad books this year then I have in the past.

It wasn't all bad of course. Neil Gaiman's book was good - and I wasn't surprised at all by that - but I forget just how damn good he is. I was also very impressed with King's Wasteland book, "The Wind Through the Keyhole." I loved the Wasteland series in general and was happy for the opportunity to return to that world. Overall the biggest surprise was "It's Superman!", a novelization of the Superman story. This book had probably been on my shelf for over a year and I wished I had read it sooner.