Books Read in 2008

Every year my little group of friends share our lists of the books we’ve read over the course of the previous year. Below is my list from 2008. Many of these books showed up as Danger Gal profiles, so if you’d like additional information on them, check out the Danger Gal archives. For a bit more book-geek fun, peruse my reading lists for 2006 and 2005. And while you’re at it, my friend Berty is the first of my tribe to get his list out.

What’s on my list for 2009? I’m still working through Susan Grant’s backlist, as well as William Gibson’s. Also, I tried to get Linnea Sinclair’s SHADES OF DARK in for 2008, but wasn’t able to. I’m still engrossed in Lara Adrian’s Breed trilogy and just picked up the latest. I also have John’s Scalzi’s AGENT TO THE STARS and GHOST BRIGADES, both of which I’m roughly halfway through. There are at least 15 books sitting next to me right now begging to be read, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

You can keep tabs on my progress through my Shelfari page. Also, there are a few of us who enjoy talking about Science Fiction Romance in our very own SFR Shelfari forum as well.


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The Weekly Roundup is back. I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after a few weeks of insanity in my life. I think this kind of post needs a “re-imagining” of sorts, though, so I’m looking for a new name for the roundup. Please send me your ideas in the comments.


Farscape is coming back! Come along 1812! Can I get a “Hell, yeah”? (Imaginary crowd: Hell, yeah.) Remember why this show was fantastic?

Subversive and sparkly Kresley Cole. I have some reading to catch up on. To quote Dear Author: “Cole’s books are female-centric with the female myths playing larger roles. Instead of the brotherhood or the male cadre of warriors, you have a group of sword wielding, smart mouthed, head chopping Valkryries that like sparkly things, nail polish and video games or devious witches that are so beautiful they have to spell themselves to protect others from their personal glory.”

Post gender marines? We might be seeing women in more combat roles sooner than we realized. Let me know if anyone can direct me to where on the interwebs we can see the print ad described by Broadsheet: “…a print ad that depicts a woman commanding a group of men, with the tag line ‘There are no female marines. Only marines.'”

More than eye candy. Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow and Maggie Gyllenhaal talk with the Underwire about their roles in the upcoming Ironman, Hulk and Batman movies. I’m glad these female roles are more than eye candy, but ultimately they’re still sidekick characters. Someday there will be a Wonder Woman movie…Which reminds me…

Wonder Woman’s new look. Pure awesome.

io9 Spoilerage. Sarah Connor Chronicles, scene script from BSG ep. 18, and Superman. Oh my. No Michael Biehn, but Brian Austin Green will be a regular. I can deal with that so long as Sarah keeps kicking arse.

What to do with those improper nights? Read my critique partner Leslie Dicken’s new story, Improper Nights.

Hey ewe! Don’t be a sheep. Amy Richards’ new book Opting In talks about the faux “Mommy Wars,” and how Feminism has created just as rigid a role for mothers as society has created. Also, Richards’ observation that couples aren’t sharing the primary caregiver role. Good article.

Funny girls. Salon interviews Amy Poehler about her new movie with Tina Fey, “Baby Mamma,” which is being hailed as the first female buddy movie in a long time.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg posits all sorts of interesting insights into the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” She asks “What kind of biology would an alien species have to have to avoid this submission-for-fun-and-reproduction dilemma humans face?” I mean, really, most of the time someone’s got to be on top…unless you know something about the the Comma Sutra that I don’t. (I really am still waiting for the “I diagram sentences naked” t-shirt.)

And you thought LOLCATS were funny. Puntabulous has three LOL funny LOLCAT posts using Battlestar Galactica puns. Chamalla iz teh shiz, people. (The image with this post came from Puntabulous! Thanks very much for letting me use it.)

So I got a little excited. io9 was talking about Science Fiction Romance and, of course, I had to chime in with my comments. Author Linnea Sinclair also stopped by with a few great points to make on the topic.

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Weekly Roundup

-Real Women don’t do technology. NOT! Zuska explains women geeks.

-Men really do have two brains. Someone tell Steve Martin. Evidence that Men Think With Their Junk.

-Fire burn, and cauldron bubble: Soap bubbles recreate Jupiter’s turbulent storms

-The deal is strong with this one. Stay tuned for a Star Wars Deal or No Deal special.

-You knit what? For those cold nights on the Millennium Falcon.

Q and A with Science Fiction author Linnea Sinclair.

-I must have one. Fun toys from Kidrobot (via IO9).

-“I do believe you’ve spic’d my span.”
Homestar Runner comes to Wii.

-What am I reading this week? DESTINY (ROGUE ANGEL BOOK 1) by Alex Archer. Read a Realms of Fantasy Interview with Archer.

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My fellow playpal from the Writers At Play group blog Terri Garey has finaled in the RITA for paranormal and Best First Book for DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY.

Dead Girls Are EasyWhat’s a RITA? It’s the romance-publishing industry’s highest award of distinction sponsored by the Romance Writers of America to honor RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, and has become the symbol for the best in published romance fiction.
Up to 1,200 romance novels from 12 different categories are entered each year in the RITA competition. Novels can be entered either by their authors or by the books’ publisher. After the first round of judging by fellow published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists. Click here to see the whole list of nominations at the SBTB web site. Garey is up against another favorite of mine in the Paranormal category: Linnea Sinclair for her book GAMES OF COMMAND. Good luck to both of you!

Double whammie! This was a great book and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Nikki Styx. Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels that way too:

“Nicki Styx is a heroine to die for in this witty and wonderful new series. DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY will both thrill and chill you as talented Terri Garey brings to life a fresh and funny cast of characters.” -– Teresa Medeiros, NYT bestselling author

From Terri’s site:

What do you get when you cross a hip young woman with a dark side
with some uninvited ghosts?

You get Nicki Styx and her very strange life in Dead Girls Are Easy.

Poor Nicki just wanted to earn a living with her vintage clothing store in Little Five Points, Georgia, and maybe have a little fun on the side. One near death experience later, and Nicki’s life is changed forever by the ability to see and hear spirits.

It’s dark humor with a Southern slant – the angst of a young woman on the edge, a healthy dash of sex and voodoo, a sprinkling of spookiness.

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