Saturday, April 25, 2009

Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Vol 2: Stone of Farewell Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Vol 2: Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is part of a great series that I am happily revisting after many years. It was one of those books that years after I read it, I could remember bits and pieces of the story, but didn't remember which book they came from. Reading it again I am running into those bits and pieces that are fondly familiary. It is like running into a friend that you haven't seen in years, and you instantly rediscover all of your common interests, so you walk away wondering why you didn't keep in touch.

Unfortunately, I did notice that this book seems to get bogged down at times. To put it simply, Williams sometimes takes 10 words/paragraphs/pages to accomplish what could have been done in 2 words/paragraphs/pages. Still, it is just below the four-star level, and I am looking forward to the book 3... ok, book 3, volume 1. (Williams went yard with the third book.)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

2008 Booklist

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And here is my list for 2008. I actually made time to jot down some notes on each of them. I made a goal to read 52 books (150 pg+/ea) and I made it. By one book. Not bad considering everything else I had to do that year.

#BookAuthorDate Completed
53SabrielGarth Nix30 December
52Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the BoxArbinger Institute18 December
51Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and LifeMike Krzyzewski and Donald T. Phillips18 November
50The Tale of DespereauxKate DiCamillo17 November
49Ralph S. MouseBeverly Cleary15 November
48StorytellerEdward Myers31 October
47Beezus and RamonaBeverly Cleary29 October
46The Candy Shop WarBrandon Mull26 October
45Home on the Prairie: Stories from Lake WobegonGarrison Keillor23 October
44Superior SaturdayGarth Nix18 October
43Birnbaum's Walt Disney World For Kids By KidsWendy Lefkon15 October
42I Am America (And So Can You!)Stephen Colbert13 October
41Rage of a Demon KingRaymond E. Feist6 October
40Mrs. Piggle-WiggleBetty MacDonald27 September
39Rise of a Merchant PrinceRaymond E. Feist25 September
38Lady FridayGarth Nix12 September
37Shadow of a Dark Queen Raymond E. Feist5 September
36Should I Do What I Love?: Or Do What I Do - So I Can Do What I Love on the Side? Katy McColl26 August
35Sir ThursdayGarth Nix23 August
34Drowned WednesdayGarth Nix21 August
33Grim TuesdayGarth Nix17 August
32Half MagicEdward Eager5 August
31Mister MondayGarth Nix2 August
30Prince of the BloodRaymond E. Feist27 July
29The King's BuccaneerRaymond E. Feist11 July
28The Book of LiesJames Moloney2 July
27Fablehaven: The Grip of the Shadow PlagueBrandon Mull27 June
26A Darkness at SethanonRaymond E. Feist21 June
25The StarstoneGrace Chetwin5 June
24Gregor and the Code of ClawSuzanne Collins31 May
23Jason's Seven Magical Night RidesGrace Chetwin28 May
22SilverthornRaymond E. Feist26 May
21The Crystal StairGrace Chetwin7 May
20The Riddle and the RuneGrace Chetwin5 May
19Magician: MasterRaymond E. Feist30 April
18Magician: ApprenticeRaymond E. Feist26 April
17Charlie Bone and The BeastJenny Nimmo20 April
16The Great BrainJohn D. Fitzgerald9 April
15Gom on Windy MountainGrace Chetwin2 April
14Charlie Bone and the Hidden KingJenny Nimmo28 March
13Charlie Bone and the Castle of MirrorsJenny Nimmo26 March
12How to Make Big Money In Your Own Small BusinessJeffrey J. Fox24 March
11Charlie Bone and the Invisible BoyJenny Nimmo21 March
10Charlie Bone and the Time TwisterJenny Nimmo20 March
9The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien17 March
8Midnight for Charlie BoneJenny Nimmo9 March
7The Bartimaeus Trilogy Bk 3: Ptolemy's GateJonathan Stroud1 March
6The Goal: A Process of Ongoing ImprovementEliyahu M. Goldratt19 February
5The Bartimaeus Trilogy Bk 2: The Golem's EyeJonathan Stroud6 February
4The Bartimaeus Trilogy Bk 1: The Amulet of SamarkandJonathan Stroud25 January
3Gregor and the Marks of SecretSuzanne Collins20 January
2Gregor and the Curse of the WarmbloodsSuzanne Collins18 January
1Gregor and the Prophecy of BaneSuzanne Collins13 January

2007 Booklist

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Several years ago I started making a list of all of the books I read, and it turned out to be something I have really enjoyed. I wanted to re-post my older lists because they were scattered, and for me at least, are fun to look back at. These are the books I read in 2007.

#BookAuthorDate Completed
1MagykAngie SageJanuary
2FlyteAngie SageJanuary
3Wizards First RuleTerry GoodkindJanuary
4Sometimes the Magic WorksTerry BrooksFebruary
5The Miserable MillLemony SnicketFebruary
6The Austere AcademyLemony SnicketFebruary
7The Stone of TearsTerry GoodkindMarch
8The Indian in the CupboardLynne Reid BanksMarch
9The Ersatz ElevatorLemony SnicketMarch
10The Blood of the FoldTerry GoodkindApril
11The Temple of the WindsTerry GoodkindApril
12The Vile VillageLemony SnicketApril
13The Hostile HospitalLemony SnicketMay
14The Carnivorous CarnivalLemony SnicketMay
15Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneJK RowlingMay
16Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJK RowlingJune
17Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJK RowlingJune
18The Slippery SlopeLemony SnicketJune
19The Grim GrottoLemony SnicketJune
20Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireJK RowlingJuly
21Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixJK RowlingJuly
22Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded PrinceJK RowlingJuly
23Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsJK Rowling22 July
24FablehavenBrandon MullJuly
25Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening StarBrandon MullJuly
26The Penultimate PerilLemony SnicketJuly
27The EndLemony Snicket20 July
28The Book of Story BeginningsKristin Kladstrup2 August
29Artemis FowlEoin Colfer28 August
30Artemis Fowl: The Arctic IncidentEoin Colfer31 August
31The Edge Chronicles: Beyond the DeepwoodsPaul Stewart and Chris Riddell15 September
32Artemis Fowl: The Eternity CodeEoin Colfer30 September
33The One Minute ManagerKenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson30 November
34Gregor the OverlanderSuzanne Collins15 December
35How to Be a Great BossJeffrey J. Fox17 December