Thursday, January 05, 2012

Books I read in 2011

I didn’t read as much in 2011 as in previous years, probably because I’ve been so busy writing, not only Don Powell’s biography, but also stuff of my own. You see, after 30 years of paper books, publishers and 15% royalties, I’ve decided to go indie, so hopefully no less than five of my works are going to get out in 2012 as indie ebooks.

Anyway, when reading through my book list, it is fairly simple to see what has interested me in 2011: manga, sci-fi, horror, mysteries, fantasy and high quality literature. And then of course 2011 was the year, when I stopped smoking! :-)

Here’s the list:
Aki, Katsu: “Manga Love Story”, vol. 1
Aki, Katsu: “Manga Love Story”, vol. 2
Arden, William: “The Mystery of The Shrinking House”
Arthur, Robert: “The Mystery of The Stuttering Parrot”
Barker, Clive: “Abarat”
Bradbury, Ray: A Graveyard for Lunatics”
Bradbury; Ray: “Something Wicked This Way Comes”
Bradbury, Ray: The Illustrated Man”
Carey, M. V.: “The Mystery of The Flaming Footprints”
Carleton, Barbee Oliver: “The Witches’ Bridge”
Carr, Alan: “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking”
Coope, Katy: “How to Draw Manga”
Garner, Alan: “Elidor”
Garner, Alan: “The Moon of Gomrath”
Gray, Peter: “How to draw Manga – Heroes and Villains”
Hart, Christopher: “Kids draw Manga Shoujo”
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 14
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 15
Hatori, Bisco: “Ouran High School Host Club”, vol. 16
Higgins Clark, Mary: “Loves Music, Loves to Dance”
Jones, Terry: “Furious Resonance”
Keene, Carolyn: The Clue in the Crumbling Wall”
Murakami, Maki: “Gravitation” vol. 1
Nakamura, Shungiku: “Junjo Romantica” vol. 13
Patterson, James & Peter de Jonge: “Miracle on the 17th Green”
Straub, Peter: “Ghost Story”
Tolkien, J. R. R.: “The Hobbit or There and Back Again”
Trudeau, G. B.: “Doonesbury”, vol. 20
Trudeau, G.B.: “Doonesbury”, vol. 28
Zwigtman, Floortje: “Auf Leben und Tod”

I especially recommend the books by Floortje Zwigtman (I was really sorry to see her Adrian Mayfield series come to an end with “Auf Leben und Tod” as they are the best books I have ever read), Terry Jones (I met him on the train to Birmingham, smashing bloke) and Alan Carr (I stopped smoking because of his book). Happy reading!


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