It's been a while since I've updated my reading list, but there's a good reason for that. I haven't been doing a whole lot of novel reading. I never said it was a good reason!
Anywho, I managed to polish off one other book in 2012 to bring that years grand total up to... 12! Here's the final list for those curious.
1. Gotrek & Felix: The Second Omnibus by William King
2. Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
3. Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
4. From the Front Porch to the Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth Century America by Beth L. Bailey
5. Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
6. MM9 by Hiroshi Yamamoto
7. Caledor by Gav Thorpe
8. The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Louis Borges
9. Palace of the Plague Lord by C.L. Werner
10. Maohden by Hideyuki Kikuchi
11. Real World by Natsuo Kirino
12. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters by August Ramone
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters was a rather enjoyable non-fiction book detailing the life and career of, surprise, Eiji Tsuburaya! For those who don't know, he's the man behind the special effects for a good chunk of the early Godzilla movies, including the miniatures, matte paintings, suit effects and more. He'd go on to found his own studio, and to create Ultraman, a Japanese sci-fi/superhero franchise which continues to this day. There's a full and more thorough review on my review blog, here.
Meanwhile I've also started off on my 2013 list, with two books down already!
1. Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand
2. Ninja Attack!: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
Errantry was a pretty damn enjoyable short story collection from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Hand. I did a full write up for it on my blog, here. While the whole book is pretty enjoyable, easily the best story of the volume is the deeply unsettling "Near Zennor". Definitely worth a look.
Ninja Attack! is the second book in a series of factoid/reference books from Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda. It's full of entries about the historical Ninja, their exploits, enemies, allies and more, and includes a few sections on their general history and their influence on Japanese and world wide pop culture. It follows a format similiar to that of their first book, Yokai Attack! and I found it to be just as enjoyable! Now I've got to get around to picking up their third book in the Attack! series, Yurei Attack! a guide to Japanese ghosts.
I'm not sure where to go from here book wise. I'm back in school and the amount of reading I have to do for it has increased a bit, so I'm a little worried that I might not be able to read quite as much as I wanted to. In addition a lot of my reading time is now dedicated to manga as my weekly column at Comics Should Be Good rolls on. I've got plenty of things lying around though, just got to figure out what I'm in the mood for.