Books of 2008

Here are the books released in 2008 that caught my interest. As I read them, I will link to my notes. Where I can, or where I remember, I will provide links to how I heard about them. For the non-fiction, the interview often gives you the gist of the whole book.

Fiction of various flavors:

Read so far
Anathem, by Neal Stephenson Hugo Nominee, Locus Award winner
Alchemy of Stone, by Ekaterina Sedia Locus Recommended Reading
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman Hugo Nominee, Locus Award winner
author’s website Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow Hugo and Nebula Nominee, Locus Recommended Reading
Merchant’s War, by Charles Stross
All the Windwracked Stars, by Elizabeth Bear
author’s website Sly Mongoose, by Tobias S. Buckell
Matter, by Iain M. Banks Locus Recommended Reading
Incandescence, by Greg Egan Locus Recommended Reading
Won’t be read
Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, by Carol Berg Mythopoetic Nominee
Pandemonium, by Daryl Gregory Mythopoetic Nominee
Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin Mythopoetic Nominee
The Bell at Sealey Head, by Patricia A. McKillip Mythopoetic Nominee
An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolfe Mythopoetic Nominee
excerpt Once Upon A Time In The North, by Philip Pullman Locus Recommended Reading
Saturn’s Children, by Charles Stross Hugo Nominee, Locus Recommended Reading
Zoe’s Tale, by John Scalzi Hugo Nominee, Locus Recommended Reading


Read so far
HarperCollins First Look Alex and Me, by Dr. Irene Pepperberg
interview on Science Friday The Age of Wonder: how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and terror of science, by Richard Holmes
interview on The Brain Science Podcast Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain, by David Bainbridge
interview on Quirks and Quarks Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin
The Latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir, by Kao Kalia Yang
segment on All Things Considered Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely
sepment on The Splendid Table 660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking, by Raghavan Iyer
Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper, by Fuschia Dunlop
segment on All Things Considered Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
interview on Fresh Air God’s Problem : how the Bible fails to answer our most important question–why we suffer, by Bart Ehrman
two excerpts on Morning Edition Falling For Science, edited by Sherry Turkle
segment on All Things Considered Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach
segment on Good Food The Shameless Carnivore by Scott Gold
interview on On Point The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, by Brian Fagan
Won’t be read
segment on To The Best of Our Knowledge A Crime So Monstrous, by Benjamin Skinner
interview on Science Friday In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
interview on Fresh Air Banana: The Fate of a Fruit, by Dan Koepel
interview on Quirks and Quarks Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of The Human Mind, by Dr. Gary Marcus
interview on On Point and paper “National Time Accounting: The Currency of Life”, by Alan B. Krueger et al
segment on All Things Considered Recovering America’s Food Traditions, by Gary Nabhan
interview on All Things Considered Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
interview on Morning Edition The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins
interview on All Things Considered The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies, by E. O. Wilson
interview on KUOW Weekday Bastard Tongues: A Trailblazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World’s Lowliest Languages, by Derek Bickerton
interview on Science Friday Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston
interview on Talk of The Nation Who’s Your City?, by Richard Florida
interview on Fresh Air Your Government Failed You, by Richard Clarke
interviews on Good Food and KUOW Weekday Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, by Taras Grescoe