My 2012 Book List

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Here's a list (via Bagcheck) of the books I read in 2012. For the most part, it was a great year. I had two stinkers (in a row unfortunately), but in general, there were some damn good books here. Some high level comments.

  • "11/22/63" is easily the best time travel book I've read. If someone asked for an example of the genre, this is what I'd offer. It is light on the SciFi and heavy on the character drama, a bit unusual for King. (In comparison, "Under the Dome" was a good SciFi book with pretty shallow characters.)
  • Speaking of King, his son, Joe Hill, is a damn good writer. I read two books by him this year and both were stellar.
  • One of the stinkers, "The Witch of Hebron", was truly disappointing. The second in the series, it has a very detailed, very realistic view of a post-economic crash America. That aspect is very well done. But for some reason the author felt the need to include a bit of magic and to me, it ruins it.
  • Speaking of apocalypse books, "The Last Policeman" was also a very well done book.
  • I loved the Star Trek trilogy I read. I haven't read a Star Trek book since I was in high school and I forgot how much I enjoy it.
  • Finally, the high point of my year, the books I devoured, were the Kingkiller books by Patrick Rothfuss. "The Name of the Wind" and "The Wise Man's Fear" are easily two of the best fantasy novels I read in my life.
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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Simon MacDonald posted on 1/1/2013 at 2:55 AM

I've been hearing a lot of good things about "11/22/63" and I haven't read Stephen King in a long time so I should pick it up and add it to my 80 book to read list. I really have to stop buying books I don't have time to read.

I read Horns at exactly the wrong time and even though I thought it was a really good book I was not in the right frame of mind to truly enjoy it.

Rothfuss Kingkiller books are right up there with some of the best fantasy books I've ever read along with George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. If you liked the Kingkiller series you should dip a toe in Lois McMaster Bujold's fantasy novels starting with The Curse of Chalion.

What did you think of Reamde? I'm waiting for the HC to go on sale before I pick it up.

Comment 2 by Eric Belair posted on 1/1/2013 at 9:12 PM

Just bought 11/22/63 on your recommendation.

Comment 3 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/1/2013 at 10:03 PM

I found Reamde to be fascinating, but a bit long at points.

Comment 4 by Matt Gifford posted on 1/2/2013 at 1:51 PM

11/22/63 was an amazing book - it makes my top three "all time" book list. The characters were fantastic and the attention to detail was superb - King pulled that one out of somewhere.

I would recommend that to anyone and everyone.