Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reading Envy 018: Dystopia is My Religion

In episode 18, Jenny and Scott talk about the best of 2014!

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Some of the books mentioned (the ones we've read, at least):

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Chimpanzee by Darin Bradley
The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Open Door: 100 Years of Poetry Magazine
The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
The Most Dangerous Book by Kevin Birmingham
Everything Annie Dillard has written
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (read by Wil Wheaton)
The Zimmermann Telegram by Barbara Tuchman
Jesus: A Pigrimage by James Martin

And some lists:

NPR Book Concierge 2014

NY Times 100 Notable Books

GoodReads Best of 2014 (user-voted)

Audible Best Books of 2014

Tor.com Reviewers Choice - Best Books of 2014

Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Feb 2014


  1. The fact that Jenny read over 200 books in 2014 has only confirmed my suspicions that she is in fact not human, but some advanced form of robotic intelligence masquerading as one of us. You have tipped your hand and revealed your ambition for world domination Colvin! And too soon for your diabolical plans to succeed!

    1. Agreed, Phil. Jenny is the empyrean ideal of librarianship: knowledgeable as all get out, *and* reading a lot!

  2. So many tasty titles in this one.
    I'm looking forward to _Orfeo_, as a fan of Powers' earlier novels. I had the good fortune to talk with him over lunch - terrifyingly smart man, utterly without ego.

    Bone Clocks, Geek Love: looking forward to these.

    1. I have another Powers' at home and hope to read it this year!

      You are very lucky to have had a lunch with him.

    2. Goldbug Variations is immense. One of the best novels about information.
      Galatea 2.0 is a heartbreaking novel about AI.
      Plowing the Dark is about memory, imaginations, and VR.

    3. Oh I need to read all of these! The one I have at home is The Echo Maker. You are the second person to mention Goldbug Variations to me.


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