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Petey's Reading List 2005


Petey's reading list for 2005 is shy a few books (no more than a half-dozen) because, at the beginning of the year, I hadn't yet conceived of this project, and I was less than diligent in keeping track of the books I'd read. When I realized that a reading list afforded me another opportunity to add a new section, and new pages, to the Perfect Text Web site, I started collecting library receipts, as they're an efficient means of keeping an accurate record of the genre fiction that I like to read.

You'll notice that my reading preferences include an eclectic mix of genre fiction—science fiction and fantasy, mystery and suspense, action thrillers, contemporary and popular fiction—with a smattering of non-fiction thrown in for times when I get to feeling that there's too much sanity in my life.

Clicking on a book's title opens a new window and takes you to the specific book on the Powell's Books Web site. There, you can learn more about the book, learn more about the author, or purchase the book if you're so inclined.

Tricky Business, by Dave Barry
Black Notice, by Patricia Cornwell
Split Second, by David Baldacci
The Arraignment, by Steve Martini
Children of the Streets, by Harlan Ellison
Song of Susannah, by Stephen King
The Magic Circle, by Katherine Neville
The Jury, by Steve Martini
Prey, by Michael Crichton
The da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown

The King of Torts, by John Grisham
The Attorney, by Steve Martini
The Christmas Train, by David Baldacci
The Summons, by John Grisham
Isle of Dogs, by Patricia Cornwell

The Matarese Countdown, by Robert Ludlum
Point of Origin, by Patricia Cornwell
The Last Juror, by John Grisham

Lost Boy, Lost Girl, by Peter Straub
The Body Farm, by Patricia Cornwell
Bagombo Snuff Box, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The Bubble of American Supremacy, by George Soros
The Tristan Betrayal, by Robert Ludlum
Blow Fly, by Patricia Cornwell

Eureka, by William Diehl
Darwin's Blade, by Dan Simmons
Changing Planes, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Black Evening, by David Morrell
Dark Justice, by Jack Higgins

The Moment She was Gone, by Evan Hunter
The Protector, by David Morrell
The Conspiracy Club, by Jonathan Kellerman
Dead Lines, by Greg Bear
The Dark Tower, by Stephen King
The Secret, by Harold Robbins
Therapy, by Jonathan Kellerman
Long Lost, by David Morrell
The Scarpetta Collection (volume 2), by Patricia Cornwell

The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure, by Storm Constantine
The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy
Twisted, by Jeffrey Deaver
The Vanished Man, by Jeffrey Deaver
The Winner, by David Baldacci
State of Fear, by Michael Crichton
Life Expectancy, by Dean Koontz

In the Night Room, by Peter Straub
The Clinic, by Jonathan Kellerman
The Rules of Silence, by David Lindsey
Garden of Beasts, by Jeffrey Deaver
Echo Bay, by Richard Barre
Freedomland, by Richard Price
Animosity, by David Lindsey
Hard Freeze, by Dan Simmons
Dead for Life, by Ethan Black
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Hour Game, by David Baldacci
Darwin's Children, by Greg Bear

Samaritan, by Richard Price
Quick, by T.M. McNally
The Murder Book, by Jonathan Kellerman
Basket Case, by Carl Hiaasen
A Winter Haunting, by Dan Simmons
I am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
Parallel Worlds, by Michio Kaku
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
Twisted, by Jonathan Kellerman
The Road to Ruin, by Donald E. Westlake
After the Rain, by Chuck Logan
Blinding Light, by Paul Theroux
The Broker, by John Grisham
Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
Hardcase, by Dan Simmons
Dark Harbor, by David Hosp
League of Shadows, by Ron Terpening
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Velocity, by Dean Koontz
Sea Dragon Heir, by Storm Constantine
The Other Wind, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen
The Power of the Dog, by Don Winslow
One More for the Road, by Ray Bradbury
Trace, by Patricia Cornwell
Marijuana: What's a Parent to Believe?, by Timmen L. Cermak, M.D.
Legacy, by Greg Bear
Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Taverns of the Dead, edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
The Light-years Beneath My Feet, by Alan Dean Foster
Vapor Trail, by Chuck Logan
Primal Shadows, by Alan Dean Foster
The Face of the Assassin, by David Lindsey

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Borderlands 5, edited by Elizabeth E. & Thomas F. Monteleone

For all practical purposes the year is over; the countdown to 2006 is now measured in hours and minutes, rather than in days. Because I know I'm not going to read another book between now and midnight, the total count for books read in 2005 stops at 92, some 12 books shy of my goal of 104-which would have given me a two-books-per-week average. Total pages read in 2005 currently stands at 31,511, with the pages of four books yet to be tallied.

Now that 2005 has drawn to a close, it's time to reflect on the books I've read during the year, and the authors who wrote them. Perennial favorites and some newly discovered authors provided an eclectic mix of stellar fiction, with most genres represented to one degree or another. Westerns and Gothic Romances, about as compelling to read as cereal boxes and non-prescription medication warning labels, are notably absent.

Of the writers whom I read for the first time in 2005, Greg Bear (Dead Lines), Storm Constantine (The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure), Alan Dean Foster (The Light-years Beneath My Feet) and Neil Gaiman (Stardust) are standouts. Runners-up include Richard Price (Freedomland), Richard Barre (Echo Bay) and T.M. McNally (Quick), with an honorable mention for David Hosp (Dark Harbor).

Among the standout novels on my 2005 reading list are Patricia Cornwell's Isle of Dogs, David Baldacci's The Christmas Train, Alan Dean Foster's Primal Shadows, and Don Winslow's The Power of the Dog.

Anthologies edited by Kealan Patrick Burke (The Taverns of the Dead) and Elizabeth E. Monteleone and Thomas F. Monteleone (Borderlands 5) tie for fist place in that category, with T.M. McNally's Quick sliding easily into a close third place.

To be sure, 2005 lead me to some of the best fiction written in the last decade. Dare I hope that 2006 will lead me to more of the same?


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