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2017 was a good year for books. I came in at just under 50 for the year. Next year I’d like to have a few more non fiction books in the list.  Here is the list:

  • 1 # No God But One: Allah or Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi – Jan
  • 2 # The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers – Jan
  • 3 # Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asguard – The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan – Jan
  • 4 # Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asguard – The Hammer of the Gods – Rick Riordan – Jan
  • 5-9 # The Heroes of Olympus – Books 1-5 – Rick Riordan – Jan
  • 10 # Down on the Farm – Charles Stross – Jan
  • 11 # The Nightmare Stacks – Charles Stross – Jan
  • 12-14 # The Kane Chronicles – Books 1-3 – Rick Riordan – Feb
  • 15 # Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer – Feb
  • 16 # Greywalker – Kat Richardson – Feb
  • 17 # Perfect State – Brandon Sanderson – Feb
  • 18 # A Conversation in Blood – Paul S. Kemp – Feb
  • 19 # Saturn’s Children – Charles Stross – Feb
  • 20 # A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers – Mar
  • 21 # Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman – Mar
  • 22 # Fuzzy Nation – John Scalzi – Mar
  • 23 # The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski – Mar
  • 24 # The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi – Mar
  • 25 # Steeplejack – A. J. Hartley – Mar
  • 26 # White Sand – Brandon Sanderson – Mar
  • 27 # Beyond the Blue Moon – Simon R. Green – Apr
  • 28 # Blue Moon Rising – Simon R. Green – Apr
  • 29 # The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan – May
  • 30 # The Club of Queer Trades – G. K. Chesterton – May
  • 31 # Earthsea: A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin – May
  • 32-37 # Codex Alera – Books 1-6 – Jim Butcher – June
  • 38 # Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson
  • 39 # Edgedancer – Brandon Sanderson
  • 40 # Thief of Time – Terry Pratchett
  • 41 # Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asguard – The Ship of the Dead – Rick Riordan
  • 42 # Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas
  • 43 # Firebrand – A. J. Hartley
  • 44-48 # Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians – Brandon Sanderson – Dec
  • 49 # The Prophecy of Amos – Matthew Bartlett
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Day 5, 6: Back on the Road

Chicago was beautiful.  The weather was cool, and the wind off the lake did not disappoint.  I checked out the Shedd Aquarium and the beluga whales and dolphins put on a show.  I saw the…


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Nature meets Technology, Otubet, Uganda

One of the things that struck me while in Africa, and continues to strike me, is the odd gap between technology and primitive conditions seen everywhere. Modern SUV’s next to mud huts, cell phones carried…


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Prayer in Distress

heal me father, for i suffer
i am in sore distress
lay your cooling touch
upon my troubled brow
bestow peace unsurpassing
upon the turmoil of my heart
— 4/10/10 – 143