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In which I am a bad, bad, blogger.

So 2011 turned into a bit of a sucky year for personal blogging and 2012 isn't starting off on a sparking note either.


Anyway, I figured I'd do a round-up of 2011 anyway for those who are interested. (Assuming, of course, that anyone is still reading this thing).

1. The Demon Trappers: Forsaken by Jana Oliver.

2. Taking Flight by Sheena Wilkinson.

3. Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood.

4. Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge.

5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

6. Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge.

7. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.

8. Soulless by Gail Carriger.

9. Changeless by Gail Carriger.

10. Innocent House by P. D. James.

11. Blameless by Gail Carriger.

12. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney.

13. The Demon Collector by Jon Mayhew.

14. Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen.

15. Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

16. The Electric Church by Jeff Somers.

17. The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers.

18. Amortals by Matt Forbeck.

19. MuncleTrogg by Janet Foxley.

20. The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan.

21. Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters.

22. My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.

23. The Magnificent 12: The Call by Michael Grant.

24. Necroscope by Brian Lumley.

25. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin.

26. Nickel Plated by Aric Davis.

27. Changeling: Demon Games by Steve Feasey.

28. Divergent by Veronica Roth.

29. Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp.

30. Rot And Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

31. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr.

32. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

33. White Cat by Holly Black.

34. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

35. The Hero And The Crown by Robin McKinley.

36. Duty Calls: Dunkirk by James Holland.

37. Undead by Kirsty McKay.

38. Wish Me Dead by Helen Grant.

39. Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari.

40. There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff.

41. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.

42. Random by Craig Robertson.

43. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur.

44. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd.

45. My Side of the Matter by Truman Capote.

46. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.

47. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

48. Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

49. Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater.

50. Octopussy And 007 In New York by Ian Fleming.

51. Diary Of A Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins.

52. Otherwise Pandemonium by Nick Hornby.

53. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz.

54. Liberator by Richard Harland.

55. The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne.

56. The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

57. Brother/Sister by Sean Olin.

58. A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis.

59. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.

60. The Genius In My Basement by Alexander Masters.

61. Hunting Lila by Sarah Anderson.

62. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

63. Lost Christmas by David Logan.

64. The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood.

65. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

66. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

67. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch.

68. The Sad Tale Of The Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington.

69. Hidden by Miriam Halahmy.

70. Heartless by Gail Carriger.

71. The Queen In Hell Close by Sue Townsend.

72. The Fear by Charlie Higson.

73. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgewick.

74. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts.

75. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor.

76. Heartstone by C. J. Sansom.

77. From The Dead by Mark Billingham.

78. Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy.

79. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt.

80. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

81. Changeling – Zombie Dawn by Steve Feasey.

82. The Memory Cage by Ruth Eastham.

83. Heist Society by Ally Carter.

84. Skellig by David Almond.

85. Diary Of A Wimpy Vampire: Prince Of Dorkness by Tim Collins.

86. The History Keepers by Damian Dibben.

87. Soul Beach by Kate Harrison.

88. The Thief-Takers Apprentice by Stephen Deas.

89. Strange Angels: Defiance by Lili St. Crow.

90. Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson by Hunter S. Thompson.

91. Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen by Gabriel García Márquez.

92. Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech by Andrew Lane.

93. Adventures Of A Wimpy Werewolf by Tim Collins.

94. Being Billy by Phil Earle.

95. Watching by Judy Allen.

96. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran.

97. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

98. Beastly by Alex Flinn.

99. Variant by Robison Wells.

100. Down The Angel … And Up Holloway Edited by Pulp.net.

1. Season of the Witch (Cert. 15)

2. Drive Angry 3D (Cert. 18)

3. Unknown (Cert. 12A)

4. Thor (Cert. 12A)

5. Hanna (Cert. 12A)

6. Attack The Block (Cert. 15).

7. X-Men: First Class (Cert. 12A)

8. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (Cert. 12A)

9. Captain America: The First Avenger (Cert 12A)

10. The Inbetweeners Movie (Cert. 15)

11. The Guard (Cert. 15)

12. Kill List (Cert. 18)

13. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Cert. 15)

14. Jane Eyre (Cert. PG)

15. Drive (Cert. 18)

16. Warrior (Cert. 12A)

17. Tyrannosaur (Cert 18)

18. Troll Hunter (Cert 15).

19. The Awakening (Cert 15).

20. Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game Of Shadows (Cert 12A).

21. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Cert. 18)

Yeah, I know. Some of the movies on the list are awful. In my defence, the two Nicolas Cage films were hilarious.

Unfortunately, reading all those books didn't really reduce my reading list. In fact my

1. Untold Stories by Alan Bennett.

2. The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman.

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

4. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

5. The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox.

6. Don’t Know A Good Thing Edited by Kate Pullinger.

7. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James.

8. The Accidental by Ali Smith.

9. The Collected Stories by Arthur C. Clarke.

10. On Writing by Stephen King.

11. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft.

12. On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

13. Saturday by Ian McEwan.

14. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson.

15. Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre.

16. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

17. Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin.

18. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.

19. China Shakes The World: The Rise Of A Hungry Nation by James Kynge.

20. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.

21. The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise.

22. The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

23. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.

24. Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson.

25. Leviathan by Paul Auster.

26. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

27. The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

28. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.

29. The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

30. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

31. A Handbook On Hanging by Charles Duff.

32. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

33. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

34. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

35. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

36. Blood and Oil by Michael Klare.

37. Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis by Jeremy Leggett.

38. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass.

39. Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg.

40. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.

41. Jaws by Nigel Andrews.

42. Nemesis by Bill Napier.

43. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond.

44. Gridlinked by Neal Asher.

45. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.

46. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer.

47. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker.

48. Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold.

49. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones.

50. Summer Chills Edited by Stephen Jones.

51. Past Magic by Ian R. MacLeod.

52. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

53. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

54. Making Money by Terry Pratchett.

55. Movie Idols by John Wrathall and Mick Molloy.

56. Kings of Comedy by Johnny Actob and Paul Webb.

57. Winter Warriors by David Gemmell.

58. Dark Moon by David Gemmell.

59. Glasshouse by Charles Stross.


60. The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

61. The Golden Age of Censorship by Paul Hoffman.

62. Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

63. He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott.

64. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

65. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.

66. Middle Eastern Mythology by S. H. Hooke.

67. The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

68. The Penguin Book of Columnists edited by Christopher Silvester.

69. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

70. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson.

71. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

72. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer.

73. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

74. The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock.

75. The Shadow Of The Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

76. The Beach by Alex Garland.

77. The Consolation Of Philosophy by Alain de Botton.

78. Regeneration by Pat Barker.

79. Empire by Niall Ferguson.

80. Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

81. How To Be Good by Nick Hornby.

82. The English by Jeremy Paxman.

83. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

84. Wannabe A Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones.

85. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.

86. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.

87. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

88. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz.

89. Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry.

90. Dream-Songs by George R. R. Martin.

91. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

92. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich.

93. Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich.

94. Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich.

95. Austerity Britain 1945 - 1951 by David Kynson.

96. Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin.


97. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

98. The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham.

99. The Graduate by Charles Webb.

100. Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen.

101. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

102. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence.

103. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

104. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

105. Triskellion 2: The Burning by Will Peterson.

106. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre.

107. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

108. Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

109. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

110. A Journal Of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.

111. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.

112. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers.

113. The Lady With The Little Dog And Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.

114. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox.

115. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

116. The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland.

117. Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell.

118. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.

119. The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer.

120. Marketing Your Book: An Author’s Guide by Alison Baverstock.

121. The Faerie Conspiracies by Holly Stacey.

122. Midsummer Legend by Janet Foxley.

123. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.

124. Family Britain 1951 – 1957 by David Kynaston.

125. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.


126. Nation by Terry Pratchett.

127. Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.

128. The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan.

129. Tunnels Of Blood by Darren Shan.

130. The City & The City by China Mieville.

131. Angel of Death by J. Robert King.

132. A Web Of Air by Philip Reeve.

133. Heretic by Sarah Singleton.

134. Alice In Time by Penelope Bush.

135. The Liberators by Philip Womack.

136. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.

137. Sea Djinn by Linda Davies.

138. Fire Djinn by Linda Davies.

139. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

140. Company Of Liars by Karen Maitland.

141. The Lost City of Z by David Grann.

142. Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett.

143. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

144. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory.

145. The Oath by Michael Jecks.

146. The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans.

147. Of Saints And Shadows by Christopher Golden.

148. Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie.

149. Time Riders: Day Of The Predator by Alex Scarrow.

150. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.

151. Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy L. Sayers.

152. The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers.

153. Death Most Definite by Trent Jamieson.

154. Sorcery & Cecelia (Or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

155. The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

156. Lustrum by Robert Harris.

157. Hailey’s War by Jodi Compton.

158. Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean by Justin Somper.


159. 13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison.

160. The Survivor by Sean Slater.

161. Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov.

162. Wilful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan.

163. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski.

164. Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski.

165. Taboo by Casey Hill.

166. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

167. Altar Of Bones by Philip Carter.

168. Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy.

169. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.

170. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire.

171. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire.

172. A Death In The Family by Caroline Dunford.

173. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.

174. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr.

175. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire.

176. The Dark And Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan.

177. Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis.

178. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.

179. Fire World by Chris d’Lacey.

180. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

181. The Crowfield Demon by Pat Walsh.

182. Snapshot by Craig Robertson.

183. Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie.

184. The Lancashire Witches by Harrison Ainsworth.

185. Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.

186. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré.

187. The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex by Mark Kermode.

188. Dust by Joan Frances Turner.

189. Already Gone by John Rector.

190. Covenant by Dean Crawford.

191. Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess.

192. The True Tale Of The Monster Billy Dean Telt By Hisself by David Almond.

193. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick.

194. Deadline by Mira Grant.

195. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

196. Runelight by Joanne Harris.

197. The Great And Dangerous by Chris Westwood.

198. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa.

199. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.


200. Steampunk! Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant.

201. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.

202. Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold. (STARTED)

203. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa.

204. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

205. Red Glove by Holly Black.

206. This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

207. The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

208. Muncle Trogg And The Flying Donkey by Janet Foxley.

I didn't really travel much in 2011. I did a writing retreat in Northumbria via the T Party Writers' Group in September, which was lovely and an Arvon Foundation Retreat in Inverness in October.

I'm planning to travel more this year. I'm off to New York in a few weeks as I finally decided to cash in the Airmiles I've been collecting since the 90s and do it in style by upgrading to Business Class. Am already tremendously excited. I'm also going to the States again later in the year as my mate, M, is tying the knot in San Francisco so I'm going to double up a trip to California (including Disney and Universal Studios, naturally) with DragonCon in Atlanta.

In terms of fulfilling my 2011 resolutions, the book is almost done, which is a massive relief. To probably everyone. I've also worked out the plot for the sequel and added a third prequel (of sorts), so there's a package there.

My resolutions for 2012 are as follows:

1. to try and be a little kinder to people;

2. to try and be a little less irritable with people;

3. to be more disciplined with my time; and

4. to moisturise more.

They're not going too badly and if I slip up from time to time, it doesn't make me want to give up completely.

I'm also going to try and be better and maintaining this LJ and to prove it, I'm going to do another ARC giveaway in the next couple of weeks.

In other news, I think I'm one of a very small minority of people who is not enjoying the new series of Sherlock. In fact, having generally been a fan of the previous series I'd been really looking forward to this, so my expectations were probably too high. I've found the stories have sagged, I could have done without the sexism re Irene Adler and the Hound of the Baskervilles update managed to annoy me on so many levels that I lost count. Plus Moriarty sucks.

So ... how's everyone else doing?


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Jan. 15th, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
Your reading list really does put me to shame. Rather than new books, I have a bad habit of lapsing into the re-read.

That aside, Baskerville annoyed me on so many levels. I didn't mind the Scandal in Belgravia so much until the ending really, really annoyed me with the easy way out and "oh look! We beat her anyway! And rescued her!"

Otherwise, have been keeping out of mischief up in the breezy north.
Jan. 15th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I should put a photo up showing what the reading list looks like. I've got books everywhere. In fact, I'm a bit worried about transporting them all as I've got to move flats this spring. The removal blokes aren't going to thank me.

Good to hear you've been keeping out of mischief. How are your family doing?
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Jan. 15th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
The whole series of SHERLOCK this time has just been tedious IMO. I haven't gelled with any of it and the abuse of Molly has really pissed me off because it was so needless.

I've started having facials to try and look after things now that I'm "getting on" and I've invested in decent moisturisers. I kind of hate myself for doing it though.
Jan. 15th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Scary too read list. If the too read is expanding each year it could be time for a cull and donate some to charity unread.

Also California & Dragoncon? JEALOUS.
Jan. 15th, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I did a mini-cull before Christmas but I can't bring myself to cull any more. It would feel like the books are beating me ...
Jan. 15th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
That's a shitload of to read books.
Jan. 15th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)

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