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Books read in 2006:

1. Justice Hall (fiction; Laurie R. King; 1/4)

The sixth Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes book. Enjoyable as always.

2. Sky Coyote (Kage Baker, fiction; 1/5)

Second in "The Company" series. More lighthearted and happier than "In the Garden of Iden" and from the viewpoint of Joseph, not Mendoza.

3. The broker (John Grisham; fiction; 1/6)

Enjoyable fluff. I'm hit and miss on Grisham; some of his stuff is just too out there for me to suspend my disbelief. This one made enjoyable reading at work.

4. Night Work (fiction; Laurie R. King; 1/27)

The fourth Kate Martenelli book. Great as always, though it took me awhile to pick up. Note to self, the fifth one will be out in May.

5. S is for Silence (fiction; Sue Grafton; 1/2)

The upteenth alphabet mystery from Sue Grafton. This one had something that recent entries in the series had been lacking. The mystery was more enjoyable than R, and flashbacks that weren't from Kinsey's point of view added to the story.

6. Sensei / John Donohue (fiction, 1/11)

Second in a series. Very, very good.

7. The Partly Cloudly Patriot (Sarah Vowell; non-fiction, essays; 1/28)

Snarky. Bite-sized. Good short attention span theater, and I agree with her politics for the most part, so, this was an enjoyable read.

8. The Boys of My Youth (Joann Beard; non-fiction, essays; 1/4)

January book club selection. Some of the stories were all right, one was very very good, but I didn't identify with the author at all. Not something I enjoyed, in the end.

9. The Well of Lost Plots (Jasper Fforde; fiction; 2/15)

Loved it.

10. Cell (Stephen King; fiction; 2/18)

Stephen King is turning into a softy. The middle third of this book was something to be waded through; the beginning was crisp and well written, and I thought the end was resolved well. Not quite a zombie book, and certainly not your typical world-rebuilding apocolyptic fiction (in fact, it didn't touch on those issues at all.

It is very jarring to be reading fiction written recently enough to refer to Katrina.

11. Something Rotten (Jasper Fforde; fiction; 3/8)

The fourth in the Thursday Next series. I love, love, love these books. They're meta about books, but in a sly sort of way, satirical, and just a lot of fun.

12. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides; fiction; 3/17)
February's book club selection. Vast, rich, overdone in places, beautiful in others, dense overall, but very, very good.

13. Crazy Eights (Elizabeth Gun; fiction; 5/11)
Great characters, good police procedural. Whole series is highly recommended.

14. The Game (Laurie R. King; fiction; 5/14)
Loved, as always. I think I'm going to hold off on the next of the series, however, as I'm dangerously close to overdosing on Mary Russel and Holmes.

15. A Small Farm in Maine / Terry Silber (non-fiction, 5/21)

16. Mendoza in Hollywood / Kage Baker (fiction, 5/23)

The next book in The Company series. As always, Baker's immortals are fun to read about and sad in their humanity, despite the attempts of their makers to prevent it. The middle drug a bit, and it could have been more tightly editted, but man, the ending, and the possibilities for the rest of the series. I want the next one, like, now. I have it on request at the library.

17. Calculating God / Robert J. Sawyer (fiction, 5/29)

18. Locked Rooms / Laurie R. King (fiction, 6/8)

What can I say? I love LRK. Love, love, love. I read most of this one in a day, slurping it down nearly whole. If you like Sherlock Holmes but have always wanted to see him against an equal, not Watson, read this series, but start at the beginning.

19. Ex-libris / Ross King (fiction, 6/12)

Mystery set in mid-seventeenth century England. Required much more history than I possess. Slow. Felt ripped off by the ending. Feh.

20. 84, Charing Cross Road / Helene Hanff (non-fiction, 6/13)

21. The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax / Dorothy Gilman (fiction, 6/17)

22. The Graveyard Game / Kage Baker (fiction, 7/8)

23. The Art of Detection / Laurie R. King (fiction, 7/12)

Really, there are no words for how much I love Laurie King.

24. The Tipping Point / Malcolm Gladwell (non-fiction, 7/25)

25. Black Projects, White Knights / Kage Baker (fiction, 8/6)

26. A Life on the Road / Charles Kuralt (non-fiction, 8/8)

27. The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax / Dorothy Gilman (fiction, 8/12)

28. Farmer Boy / Laura Ingolds Wilder (fiction, 8/19)

29. Zoo Vet / David Taylor (non-fiction, 9/9)

30. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street / Helene Hanff (non-fiction, 9/16)

31. Twelve Sharp / Janet Evanovich (fiction, 9/26)

32. Winter's Child / Margaret Maron (fiction, 10/16)

33. Full Dark House / Christopher Fowler (fiction, 10/26)

34. Under Orders / Dick Francis (fiction, 11/3)

35. The Devil's Hearth / Phillip DePoy (fiction, 11/12)

36. Booked to Die / John Dunning (fiction, 11/17)

37. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax / Dorothy Gilman (fiction, 11/25)

38. The Yellow-lighted Bookshop / Lewis Buzbee (non-fiction, 11/25)

39. Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie (fiction, 11/26)

40. The Water Room / Christopher Fowler (fiction, 12/7)

41. Murder at the Vicarage / Agatha Christie (fiction, 12/18)

42. Q's Legacy / Helene Hanff (non-fiction, 12/22)

43. Memory in death / J.D. Robb (fiction, 12/26)

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