Books I Read in 2014

Books I read in 2014

Once again, here’s a photo of (most of) the books and comics I read last year. 94 items in all: 50 novels and short story collections, 8 non-fiction books, and 36 comics collections.

Each title is linked to its page on my book tumblr. The covers to some of my favorites are sprinkled throughout.

Stories of Your Life and OthersNovels and Short Story Collections:

Beowulf (ca. 1000)

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818/1831)

Jules Verne: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870)

Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island (1883)

Robert W. Chambers: The King in Yellow (1895)

L. Frank Baum: Landet Oz (1904)

Philip Wylie: Gladiator (1930)

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Nathanael West: The Day of the Locust and The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1939/1931)

P. G. Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters (1938)
P. G. Wodehouse: The Mating Season (1949)

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)
Raymond Chandler: Farewell, My Lovely (1940)

John Steinbeck: The Moon is Down (1942)
John Steinbeck: The Pearl (1947)

George R. Stewart: Earth Abides (1949)

Beautiful Darkness

John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids (1951)
John Wyndham: The Kraken Wakes (1953)
John Wyndham: The Chrysalids (1955)
John Wyndham: Chocky (1968)

Theodore Sturgeon: More Than Human (1953)
Theodore Sturgeon: Caviar (1955)

Ward Moore: Bring the Jubilee (1953)

William Golding: Lord of the Flies (1954)

V. S. Naipaul: A House for Mr Biswas (1961)

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (1962)

The Code of the Woosters

John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)

Stanislaw Lem: The Futurological Congress (1971)

Norman Spinrad: The Iron Dream (1972)

Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice (2009)

Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K. Dick & Roger Zelazny: Deus Irae (1976)

Arthur C. Clarke: The Fountains of Paradise (1979)

The Love Bunglers

Michel Faber: Under the Skin (2000)

Patrick Modiano: Lilla smycket (2001)

Ted Chiang: Stories of Your Life and Others (2002)

Zadie Smith: On Beauty (2005)

John Ajvide Lindqvist: Hanteringen av odöda (2005)
John Ajvide Lindqvist: Pappersväggar (2006)
John Ajvide Lindqvist: Låt de gamla drömmarna dö (2011)

Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
Scott Lynch: Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)

Alice Munro: New Selected Stories (2011)

Gravity's Rainbow

Steve Moore: Somnium (2011)

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

Kim Newman: Anno Dracula: Johnny Alucard (2013)

Iain Banks: The Quarry (2013)

Kalle Holmqvist: Bränn biblioteken (2014)

Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham: Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (2014)

Elin Boardy: Mary Jones historia (2014)

Non-fiction:

Horst Schröder: De första serierna: Dagspresserier i USA från sekelskiftet till 30-talet (1981)
Horst Schröder: Framtiden i serierutor: Science fiction-serier i USA, Frankrike och England (1981)

Fury: My War Gone By

Evan Wright: Generation Kill (2004)

Andreas Ekström: Hemliga pappan (2006)

Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins: Unearthing (2012)

Fredrik Backman: Saker min son behöver veta om världen (2012)

J.F. Roberts: The True History of the Black Adder (2012/2013)

Jesper Roine: Thomas Pikettys Kapitalet i det tjugoförsta århundradet – sammanfattning och svenskt perspektiv (2014)

Graphic Novels and Comics Collections:

Raymond Briggs: When the Wind Blows (1982)
Raymond Briggs: The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman (1984)
Raymond Briggs: Ethel & Ernest (1998)

Under the Skin

Chris Claremont, John Byrne & Terry Austin: X-Men: Days of Future Past (1980-1981)

Gary Panter: Cola Madnes (1983/2000)

Alan Moore, Alan Davis, John Ridgway, Chuck Beckum & Rick Veitch: Miracleman, Book Two: The Red King Syndrome (1990)
Alan Moore & Steve Parkhouse: The Bojeffries Saga (2014)
Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill: Nemo: The Roses of Berlin (2014)

Howard Chaykin, José Luis García-López & Steve Oliff: Twilight (1990-1991)

Peter Milligan & Brett Ewins: Johnny Nemo (2014)

Grant Morrison, Steve Yeowell, Jill Thompson et al: The Invisibles: The Deluxe Edition, Book One (2014)
Grant Morrison, Jill Thompson, Phil Jimenez, Steve Yeowell, Paul Johnson, Tommy Lee Edwards, Mark Buckingham, Philip Bond et al: The Invisibles: The Deluxe Edition, Book Two (2014)
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant: Absolute All-Star Superman (2010)

Very Casual

Matt Fraction & Gabriel Bá: Casanova, Volume 1: Luxuria (2007)
Matt Fraction & Fábio Moon: Casanova, Volume 2: Gula (2011)

Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak, Farel Dalrymple & Paul Hornschemeier: Omega: The Unknown (2008)

Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët: Beautiful Darkness (2009)

Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey: The Comic Book History of Comics (2012)

Johnny Ryan: Prison Pit, Book 4 (2012)
Johnny Ryan: Prison Pit, Book 5 (2014)

Jaime Hernandez: God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls (2012)
Jaime Hernandez: The Love Bunglers (2014)

Farewell, My Lovely

Michael DeForge: Lose #4 (2012)
Michael DeForge: Very Casual (2013)
Michael DeForge: A Body Beneath (2014)
Michael DeForge: Ant Colony (2014)
Michael Kupperman: Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Volume Two (2013)

Garth Ennis & Russ Braun: Battlefields, Volume 8: The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova (2013)
Garth Ennis, David Lapham, Si Spurrier, Raulo Caceres & Miguel Ruiz: Crossed, Volume 6 (2013)
Garth Ennis & Craig Cermak: Red Team (2014)
Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov: Fury Max: My War Gone By (2014)
Garth Ennis & Michael DiPascale: Rover Red Charlie (2014)

Frank Quitely et al: Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely (2014)

Peter Hogan, Chris Sprouse & Karl Story: Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril (2014)

Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis & Joseph Bergin III: Prophet, Volume 3: Empire (2014)

Michel Fiffe: Copra Round One (2014)

Books I Read in 2013

Here’s a photo of most of the (printed) fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels I read last year. (Excluded are library books, some re-reads, and all things digital.)

Books I read in 2013

All 66 titles are listed below, sorted into six categories, and linked to my book tumblr. I’ve marked my 10 personal favorites with green. Plenty of the others were fine as well, but these ones were particular standouts for me. (Or at least that’s how it feels at this exact moment. I reserve the right to change my mind tomorrow.)

Classics
Dante Alighieri: Inferno (1317)
Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
G. K. Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908)
Joseph Heller: Catch-22 (1961)
George Orwell: Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1945/1995) [illustrated by Ralph Steadman]

Literary Fiction
Cormac McCarthy: Child of God (1973)
Cormac McCarthy: The Crossing (1994)
Cormac McCarthy: The Counselor (2013)
Michael Chabon: A Model World and Other Stories (1991)
Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go (2005)
Dave Eggers: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (2006)
James Frey: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011)
Alan Warner: The Deadman’s Pedal (2012)
Iain Banks: Stonemouth (2012)
Jerzy Kosinski: Being There (1970)
Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace (1996)
Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake (2003)
Margaret Atwood: The Year of the Flood (2009)

Science Fiction
Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (1937)
Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination (1956)
Stanisław Lem: Solaris (1961)
H. P. Lovecraft: The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus 1: At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror (1964)
Arkady & Boris Strugatsky: Roadside Picnic (1972)
Joe Haldeman: The Forever War (1974)
Walter Tevis: Mockingbird (1980)
Grant Morrison: Lovely Biscuits (1998)
Kim Newman: The Bloody Red Baron (1995)
Kim Newman: Dracula Cha Cha Cha (1998)
Kim Newman: Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles (2011)
Stephen King: The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003)
Stephen King: The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004)
Stephen King: The Dark Tower VI: The Dark Tower (2004)

Crime
Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley Under Ground (1970)
Patricia Highsmith: Ripley’s Game (1974)
Patricia Highsmith: The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980)

Non-fiction
Sean Howe: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story (2012)
Gary Spencer Millidge: Alan Moore: Storyteller (2011)
Lance Parkin: Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore (2013)
Ransom Riggs: The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World’s Greatest Detective (2009)
Alan Partridge with Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Armando Iannucci & Steve Coogan: I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan (2011)
Manne Forssberg: Pappalogi (2013)

Comics and Graphic Novels
Harvey Kurtzman et al: Corpse on the Imjin! and Other Stories (2012)
Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips: Criminal: The Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 (2012)
Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill: Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition (2013)
Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy: The Best of Milligan & McCarthy (2013)
Johnny Ryan: Take a Joke (2011)
Jim Woodring: Fran (2013)
Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano, Jacen Burrows & Leandro Rizzo: Crossed, Volume 4 (2012)
Garth Ennis, Russ Braun & Darick Robertson: The Boys, Volume 12: The Bloody Doors Off (2012)
Garth Ennis & Aaron Campbell: The Shadow, Volume 1: The Fire of Creation (2012)
Garth Ennis & Mike Wolfer: Stitched, Volume 1 (2012)
Garth Ennis & Carlos Ezquerra: Battlefields, Volume 7: Green Fields Beyond (2013)
Alan Moore & Brian Denham: Violator vs. Badrock: Rocks and Hard Places (1995)
Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren, Antony Johnston & Facundo Percio: Fashion Beast (2013)
Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill: Nemo: Heart of Ice (2013)
Archie Goodwin & Walter Simonson: Alien: The Illustrated Story (1979)
Howard Chaykin: The Shadow: Blood and Judgment (1987)
Brett Lewis & John Paul Leon: The Winter Men (2010)
H. P. Lovecraft & I. N. J. Culbard: At the Mountains of Madness (2010)
Jody LeHeup (ed.): Strange Tales II (2011)
Phil Hester & Brook Turner: Golly!, Volume 1: Catching Hell (2011)
Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple & Giannis Milonogiannis: Prophet, Volume 2: Brothers (2013)
Joe Keatinge & Ross Campbell: Glory, Volume 2: War Torn (2013)
Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson: Happy! (2013)

40 Pretty Good Movies from 2012

As tradition dictates (2009, 2010, 2011), I’ve once again tried to arrange my favorite movies from last year in order of ”greatness”, i.e. how much I liked them. However, I thought 2012 was a mediocre film year, so the post title is even more accurate than usual – many of these are only pretty good (especially towards the bottom of the list). I did thoroughly enjoy the top five or so, but even the year’s best movie – Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master – didn’t really improve on There Will Be Blood, did it?

Anyway, you can either click on the image gallery or scroll down for a list in text form.


1. The Master (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 86)
2. Moonrise Kingdom (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 84)
3. The Cabin in the Woods (Rotten Tomatoes: 90% / Metacritic: 72)
4. Zero Dark Thirty (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 95)
5. Lincoln (Rotten Tomatoes: 89% / Metacritic: 86)
6. Django Unchained (Rotten Tomatoes: 89% / Metacritic: 81)
7. La piel que habito/The Skin I Live In (Rotten Tomatoes: 81% / Metacritic: 70)
8. The Avengers (Rotten Tomatoes: 93% / Metacritic: 69)
9. 21 Jump Street (Rotten Tomatoes: 85% / Metacritic: 69)
10. The Bourne Legacy (Rotten Tomatoes: 56% / Metacritic: 61)
11. Excision (Rotten Tomatoes: 81%)
12. Beyond The Black Rainbow (Rotten Tomatoes: 42% / Metacritic: 49)
13. Amour (Rotten Tomatoes: 94% / Metacritic: 94)
14. Sound of My Voice (Rotten Tomatoes: 74% / Metacritic: 67)
15. Chronicle (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 69)
16. Serbuan Maut/The Raid: Redemption (Rotten Tomatoes: 84% / Metacritic: 73)
17. Prometheus (Rotten Tomatoes: 82% / Metacritic: 62)
18. The Dark Knight Rises (Rotten Tomatoes: 87% / Metacritic: 78)
19. Skyfall (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 81)
20. Damsels in Distress (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 67)
21. Killer Joe (Rotten Tomatoes: 77% / Metacritic: 62)
22. The Queen of Versailles (Rotten Tomatoes: 95% / Metacritic: 80)
23. Killing Them Softly (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 64)
24. Seven Psychopaths (Rotten Tomatoes: 82% / Metacritic: 66)
25. Haywire (Rotten Tomatoes: 80% / Metacritic: 67)
26. Les Misérables (Rotten Tomatoes: 69% / Metacritic: 62)
27. The Loneliest Planet (Rotten Tomatoes: 70% / Metacritic: 76)
28. Bernie (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 75)
29. Äta sova dö/Eat Sleep Die
30. Looper (Rotten Tomatoes: 93% / Metacritic: 84)
31. The Hunger Games (Rotten Tomatoes: 85% / Metacritic: 67)
32. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Rotten Tomatoes: 65% / Metacritic: 58)
33. Flight (Rotten Tomatoes: 78% / Metacritic: 76)
34. Arbitrage (Rotten Tomatoes: 84% / Metacritic: 73)
35. Wreck-it Ralph (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 72)
36. Silver Linings Playbook (Rotten Tomatoes: 92% / Metacritic: 81)
37. Livide (Rotten Tomatoes: 88%)
38. Premium Rush (Rotten Tomatoes: 76% / Metacritic: 66)
39. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Rotten Tomatoes: 86% / Metacritic: 86)
40. Argo (Rotten Tomatoes: 96% / Metacritic: 86)

53 Pretty Good Movies from 2011

Once again, here are a bunch of films from last year that I liked (or kind of liked), listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses. 1. Drive (79) Stylish neo-noir. I wouldn’t have guessed it would turn out to be my favo…

Once again, here are a bunch of films from last year that I liked (or kind of liked), listed in order of decreasing greatness. Metacritic score in parentheses.

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1. Drive (79)

Stylish neo-noir. I wouldn’t have guessed it would turn out to be my favorite movie from last year, but there you go. ’80 nostalgia!

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Serieprat: Bildspel, källor och noter

K??llor och noter till mitt prat p?? N??rdcaf?? (hela f??rel??sningen filmades): 1 Symbolerna kommer fr??n Brat Pack av Rick Veitch 2. Bamse nr 11-1982 3. Meka-Nicke av Rune Andreasson och Francisco Tora. Ur Bamse nr 11-1982 4. 91:an nr 26-1986 (omslag a…

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Källor och noter till pratet

1. Symbolerna kommer från Brat Pack av Rick Veitch.

2. Bamse nr 11-1982.

3. Meka-Nicke av Rune Andreasson och spöktecknaren Francisco Tora. Ur Bamse nr 11-1982.

4. 91:an nr 26-1986 (omslag av Krister Petersson) och Fantomen 1-1987 (omslag av Rolf Gohs)

5. Hans Lindahl. Ur Fantomen nr 18-1986.

6. Omslag av Frank Miller, John Byrne respektive George Pratt.

7. Marvel Universe-poster av Ed HanniganJoe Rubinstein.

8. X:en nr 8-1985 av Chris Claremont, John Byrne & Terry Austin.

9. Jean Grey återvände egentligen i X-Factor #1 (i Sverige publicerad i Marvel Mutanter nr 2-1990).

10. Alan Moore. Foto: Dave Ma.

11. The Yellow Kid av Richard F. Outcault.

12. ?

13. Rodolphe Töpffer (ca 1831).

14. Urbanus en Isabel av en nederländsk konstnär (ca 1750).

15. Bayeuxtapeten (ca 1076).

16. ibid

17. Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics (1993) (på svenska som Serier: den osynliga konsten).

18. ibid

19. ibid

20. Frank av Jim Woodring.

21. Dave McKeanPictures That Tick (2001).

22. Exempel på fumetti.

23. Dave Crossley: ”Christopher’s Punctured Romance” (ur Help #24, 1965).

24. Säkerhetsinstruktioner från Lufthansa.

25. Den allra första Peanuts-strippen (1950) av Charles M Schulz.

26. Söndagssida med Peanuts.

27. Bill Watterson: Calvin and Hobbes.

28. Söndagssidor med Little Nemo in Slumberland (1905-14) av Winsor McCay och Krazy Kat (1913-44) av George Herriman.

29. Ruta ur Krazy Kat.

30. En halv söndagssida med Krazy Kat.

31. Action Comics #1 (1938) med Supermans första framträdande. Av Jerry SiegelJoe Shuster. Hela tidningen finns online.

32. Ruta ur Superman.

33. Detective Comics #27 (1939) med Batmans första framträdande. Av Bob Kane & Bill Finger.

34. Detective Comics #241 (1957) och The Dark Knight Returns #2 (1986). Omslag av Sheldon Moldoff och Frank Miller.

35. Ur filmerna Batman (1966) och The Dark Knight (2008).

36. Two-Fisted Tales #27 (1952) (omslag: Harvey Kurtzman) och All True Romance #2 (1951).

37. Tales from the Crypt #22 (1951) (omslag: Al Feldstein) och en bild ur tv-serien med samma namn .

38. Crime SuspenStories #22 (1954) (omslag: Johnny Craig) plus en ruta ur Jack Coles “Murder, Morphine And Me” (1947) som egentligen publicerades i True Crime Comics #2. Serien finns tillgänglig online.

39. Fredric Wertham: Seduction of the Innocent (1954). En liknande svensk bok skrev av Nils Bejerot.

40. ?

41. Mark Chamberlain: Batman and Robin (2008).

42. Sigillet för The Comics Code Authority.

43. De ursprungliga reglerna.

44. Crime Does Not Pay #36 (1942) (omslag: Charles Biro).

45. Archie #271 (1978) och Betty and Me #16 (1968).

46. Självporträtt av Jack Kirby, omgiven av några av sina skapelser.

47. Zap #0 (1968) av Robert Crumb samt en ruta ur Fritz the Cat.

48. Ruta ur Flex Mentallo (1996) av Grant MorrisonFrank Quitely.

49. Alan Moore. Foto: Dave Ma.

50. Alan Moore & David Lloyd: V for Vendetta (1982-89).

51. Masken har bl a använts i demonstrationer mot scientologi och i det polska parlamentet.

52. Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons: Watchmen (1986-87).

53. Första rutan och den del av manuset som täcker första rutan.

54-56. Ur Watchmen.

57. Sida av Rob Liefeld, kanske ur X-Force.

58. Neil Gaiman et al: The Sandman (1989-96) (omslag: Dave Mckean). Ruta ur The Sandman #8 av Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones III.

59. Art Spiegelman: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (del 1: 1986, del 2: 1991).

60. Love & Rockets (1982-96) av Jaime Hernandez och Gilbert Hernandez.

61. Chester Brown: Ed the Happy Clown (1992).

62. Chester Brown: I Never Liked You (1994).

63. Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis (2000).

64. David B: Epileptic (2005).

65. Alison Bechdel: Fun Home (2006).

66. Eddie Campbell: Alec: The Years Have Pants (2009).

67. Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell: From Hell (2000).

68. Daniel Clowes: Ghost World (1997), Ice Haven (2005) och en ruta ur David Boring (2000).

69. Chris WareJimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth (2000).

70. Michael Kupperman: Tales Designed To Thrizzle (2009).

71. Up All Night finns online.

72. Garth Ennis et al: Battlefields (2009). Sida ur ”Dear Billy” tecknad av Peter Snejbjerg.

73. Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume III: Century.

74. Chris Wares Acme Novelty Library publiceras oregelbundet sedan 1993. Sida ur Jimmy Corrigan.

75. ibid

76. Kate Beaton: Hark! A Vagrant (2011). De flesta av bokens strippar finns på Beatons webbplats.

77. ibid

78. Den här sidan