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Books read in 2009

Tim Woods
 
Watchmen
Watchmen
"'A dazzling transformation was at hand for mankind.' A dark and highly layered graphic novel, with depth of characters so thick and broad, I was lost in this masterpiece from start to finish."
Irrationality
Irrationality
"A very dense, example filled, read. And certainly no holding back by Sutherland. It's entertaining and informative - but it is a long read I think."
The Little Sister
The Little Sister
"My fifth Chandler novel. They're such addictive pleasures, I can't get enough of this author. Great writing style, and brilliant characters. Going to struggle when I've read them all."
The Long Good-bye
The Long Good-bye
"The Chandler epic. It's a massive development from his earlier work, and it's brilliant, I enjoyed every page of it."
Playback
Playback
"The final novel. It's short and brisk - and it sums it all up for Marlowe. A satisfying close to one of the best characters I've ever come across. Chandler is my hero, terrific novels!"
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
"The science of networks is still developing, so don't expect the full answers here. It's a bit lengthly, and I think Linked is a bit better, but it was ok."
Out
Out
"Gloomy, depressing, and miserable. But not without merit, I found it quite a captivating read."
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Harper Perennial Modern Classics
"Majestic gonzo'ism. Hunter was a fine writer indeed. Read this whilst in Tenerife consuming vast quantities of alcohol, quite appropriate. Absolutely fabulous book."
R.G. Collingwood: An Autobiography
R.G. Collingwood: An Autobiography
"Probably only interesting to a reader of Philosophy, or the History of Ideas. An interesting and frank insight into a thoroughly decent chap."
Ubik (Panther science fiction)
Ubik (Panther science fiction)
"Thought it was going to be tough, too geeky for me. But actually it's very strongly character driven, and quite a charming read. Enjoyed it."
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
"Terrific. A refreshing crime novel. It does drag on at times, and it's a large book. But, it's very subtle and delicate, a quite fascinating read."
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
Down and Out in Paris and London (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Orwell is one of my favourite writers, I enjoy anything written by the man. This was a ghastly account of his time in dire poverty in Paris and London, and it's absolutely fascinating."
The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
"One of the strangest books I've read. It's partly good, and partly a waste of time. Much of it lacks any coherence. But the ending finally brings something interesting back into the story. Odd."
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
"I thought this would be a weak Gladwell book, capitlizing on his past two books success. But it's pretty good. Entertaining and enjoyable, sometimes enlightening."
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
"I like Gladwell's style of writing, it's engaging and full of real life examples. This was a very entertaining read, with some highly quotable case studies in tipping points. Very good."
Snuff
Snuff
"Overhyped for sure. At times quite funny, but only for a moment or two, it's not riproaring by any means. Quite boring on the whole, and pointless, but luckily it was short."
Winning Ugly
Winning Ugly
"For a notive tennis player, this book was absolutely fascinating. A passionate and fiesty account from legendary coach Brad Gilbert. Really good fun."
Web 2.0 Heroes: Interviews with 20 Web 2.0 Influencers
Web 2.0 Heroes: Interviews with 20 Web 2.0 Influencers
"A cosy warm chat with Web 2.0 famous people - but really, nothing new or insightful at all, seems rather dated, and lacking visionary opinions."
The One That Got Away
The One That Got Away
"An outstanding true story of SAS soldier Chris Ryan. I found this utterly captivating and inspiring. Loved it."
How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
"Not as sublime as Good to Great, but still a really positive and sound study. Jim Collins is all round excellent."
Bravo Two Zero
Bravo Two Zero
"Pretty good. The Chris Ryan account was a little better in my opinion, but this is still an excellent book."