Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Best of 2007: books
1. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks: This book transported zombies from their normal horror genre to the realm of historical fiction and it really worked. It wasn't scary unless you actually thought about the world being taken over by the undead. I think that since this book was such a success the time is right for me to publish that zombierotica novel that I've been working on.
And the rest:
2. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas by Chuck Klosterman
3. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
4. The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice by Phineas Mollod & Jason Tesauro
5. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain
6. Cell by Stephen King
7. On the Wealth of Nations by P.J. O'Rourke
8. Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenom of Christian Rock by Andrew Beaujon
9. The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge by David Kamp and Steven Daly
10. The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash by David Urbanski
11. The Hollywood Project: A Look into the Minds of the Makers of Spiritually Relevant Films by Alex Field
12. The Christian Culture Survival Guide: The Misadventures of an Outsider on the Inside by Matthew Paul Turner
Hey, look at that! I averaged one book a month last year.
Note: This list contains only one book published in 2007 because: a) I rarely buy books right when they are released; b) I have a HUGE reading pile; and c) I'm a pretty slow reader. But the above is what I read - and dug - this past year.