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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:40pm on 01/01/2010 under , ,
…and the books I read in the past year, not counting the many read to Beth! I got through sixty books this year, which is a good increase on last year. I still spend too much time in front of a screen when I could be reading.

As usual, a good bit of detective fiction. I made an effort to read more non-fiction, but with non-fiction I find I don’t have the enthusiasm to keep reading, and a book will last me weeks. Fiction, on the other hand, I read with avidity.

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr (1959)
Cover Her Face P. D. James (1962)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman P. D. James (1972)
The Black Tower P. D. James (1975)
Original Sin P. D. James (1994)
The Murder Room P. D. James (2003)
The Lighthouse P. D. James (2005)
The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
The Private Patient P. D. James (2008)
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror John Mortimer (2006)
The Death of Dalziel Reginald Hill (2007)
The Act of Roger Murgatroyd Gilbert Adair (2006)
The Mysterious Affair of Style Gilbert Adair (2007)
And Then There Was No One Gilbert Adair (2009)
Verdict of Twelve Raymond Postgate (1940)
Doors Open Ian Rankin (2008)
Past Imperfect Julian Fellowes (2008)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale Iain Banks (2007)
Break No Bones Kathy Reichs (2006)
Nation Terry Pratchett (2008)
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (2008)
Venn That Tune Andrew Viner (2008)
One City (2005)
The Witches Roald Dahl (1983)
This is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin (2006)
Matilda Roald Dahl (1988)
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson (1961)
Things to do with Dad Chris Stevens
Oor Wullie (2008)
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? — An Autobiography Tom Baker (1997)
Editor — An Inside Story of Newspapers Max Hastings (2002)
Feast: A History of Grand Eating Roy Strong (2002)
A Mind to Murder P. D. James (1963)
A Taste for Death P. D. James (1986)
Matter Iain M. Banks (2008)
The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole John Mortimer (2007)
Inversions Iain M. Banks (1998)
I Am Legend Richard Matheson (1954)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Anthony Bourdain (2000)
The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate between the Scots and the English Allan Massie (2005)
Devices and Desires P. D. James (1989)
Doctor Who The Writer's Tale: The untold story of the BBC series Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook (2008)
Oor Wullie (2002)
Performing Music in the Age of Recording Robert Philip (2004)
Death in Holy Orders P. D. James (2001)
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon Michael Adams (2003)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1894)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1905)
His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1927)
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler (1939)
Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler (1939)
The High Window Raymond Chandler (1943)
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler (1944)
The Little Sister Raymond Chandler (1949)
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler (1953)
Playback Raymond Chandler (1958)
Death of an Expert Witness P. D. James (1977)
A Certain Justice P. D. James (1997)
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:40pm on 01/01/2010 under , ,
…and the books I read in the past year, not counting the many read to Beth! I got through sixty books this year, which is a good increase on last year. I still spend too much time in front of a screen when I could be reading.

As usual, a good bit of detective fiction. I made an effort to read more non-fiction, but with non-fiction I find I don’t have the enthusiasm to keep reading, and a book will last me weeks. Fiction, on the other hand, I read with avidity.

A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr (1959)
Cover Her Face P. D. James (1962)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman P. D. James (1972)
The Black Tower P. D. James (1975)
Original Sin P. D. James (1994)
The Murder Room P. D. James (2003)
The Lighthouse P. D. James (2005)
The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
The Private Patient P. D. James (2008)
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror John Mortimer (2006)
The Death of Dalziel Reginald Hill (2007)
The Act of Roger Murgatroyd Gilbert Adair (2006)
The Mysterious Affair of Style Gilbert Adair (2007)
And Then There Was No One Gilbert Adair (2009)
Verdict of Twelve Raymond Postgate (1940)
Doors Open Ian Rankin (2008)
Past Imperfect Julian Fellowes (2008)
The Steep Approach to Garbadale Iain Banks (2007)
Break No Bones Kathy Reichs (2006)
Nation Terry Pratchett (2008)
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga (2008)
Venn That Tune Andrew Viner (2008)
One City (2005)
The Witches Roald Dahl (1983)
This is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin (2006)
Matilda Roald Dahl (1988)
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson (1961)
Things to do with Dad Chris Stevens
Oor Wullie (2008)
Who On Earth Is Tom Baker? — An Autobiography Tom Baker (1997)
Editor — An Inside Story of Newspapers Max Hastings (2002)
Feast: A History of Grand Eating Roy Strong (2002)
A Mind to Murder P. D. James (1963)
A Taste for Death P. D. James (1986)
Matter Iain M. Banks (2008)
The Anti-social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole John Mortimer (2007)
Inversions Iain M. Banks (1998)
I Am Legend Richard Matheson (1954)
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Anthony Bourdain (2000)
The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate between the Scots and the English Allan Massie (2005)
Devices and Desires P. D. James (1989)
Doctor Who The Writer's Tale: The untold story of the BBC series Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook (2008)
Oor Wullie (2002)
Performing Music in the Age of Recording Robert Philip (2004)
Death in Holy Orders P. D. James (2001)
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon Michael Adams (2003)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1894)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1905)
His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1917)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle (1927)
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler (1939)
Farewell My Lovely Raymond Chandler (1939)
The High Window Raymond Chandler (1943)
The Lady in the Lake Raymond Chandler (1944)
The Little Sister Raymond Chandler (1949)
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler (1953)
Playback Raymond Chandler (1958)
Death of an Expert Witness P. D. James (1977)
A Certain Justice P. D. James (1997)
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:25pm on 01/01/2010 under , , ,
Ninety five films watched this year; increasingly watched in HD, either on TV or on Blu-ray. Modern films look as good as expected, but I am finding the real joy in high definition to be finding older films that look wonderful. Highlights this year have been the Blu-ray of North by Northwest, and seeing the original Star Wars trilogy in HD on ITV.

The Fog (1980)
Carry On Screaming (1966)
Die Another Day (2002)
Carry on Cleo (1964)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Goonies (1985)
Dr No (1962)
Thunderball (1965)
Love Happy (1949)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
St Trinian's (2007)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Mama Mia (2008)
Manhunter (1986)
Stormbreaker (2006)
Silver Streak (1976)
Robocop (1987)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Batman (1966)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Crooks in Cloisters (1964)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Escape from New York (1981)
Hairspray (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
The Peacemaker (1997)
Jackie Brown (1997)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Fathom (1967)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)
My Name Is Bruce (2008)
Red Heat (1988)
My Name Is Bruce (2008)
Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Gladiatress (2004)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Urban Legend (1998)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Total Recall (1990)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Carry On Up The Khyber (1968)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Grease (1978)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Resident Evil (2002)
Army of Darkness (1993)
The Faculty (1998)
St Trinian's (2007)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Death Proof (2007)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Planet Terror (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
The Thing (1982)
The Dam Busters (1954)
Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Purple Rain (1984)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Hellraiser (1987)
Pinocchio (1940)
Enchanted (2007)
First Blood (1982)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Dragonwyck (1946)
Day of the Dead (2008)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Brief Encounter (1945)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Dam Busters (1954)
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
Star Wars (1977)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
location: KY16 8JY
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 01:25pm on 01/01/2010 under , , ,
Ninety five films watched this year; increasingly watched in HD, either on TV or on Blu-ray. Modern films look as good as expected, but I am finding the real joy in high definition to be finding older films that look wonderful. Highlights this year have been the Blu-ray of North by Northwest, and seeing the original Star Wars trilogy in HD on ITV.

The Fog (1980)
Carry On Screaming (1966)
Die Another Day (2002)
Carry on Cleo (1964)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Goonies (1985)
Dr No (1962)
Thunderball (1965)
Love Happy (1949)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
St Trinian's (2007)
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Mama Mia (2008)
Manhunter (1986)
Stormbreaker (2006)
Silver Streak (1976)
Robocop (1987)
Bugsy Malone (1976)
Batman (1966)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Crooks in Cloisters (1964)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Escape from New York (1981)
Hairspray (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
The Peacemaker (1997)
Jackie Brown (1997)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Fathom (1967)
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)
My Name Is Bruce (2008)
Red Heat (1988)
My Name Is Bruce (2008)
Carry On At Your Convenience (1971)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Gladiatress (2004)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Urban Legend (1998)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Total Recall (1990)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Carry On Up The Khyber (1968)
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Grease (1978)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Resident Evil (2002)
Army of Darkness (1993)
The Faculty (1998)
St Trinian's (2007)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Death Proof (2007)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Planet Terror (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
The Thing (1982)
The Dam Busters (1954)
Thirteen Ghosts (2001)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Purple Rain (1984)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Hellraiser (1987)
Pinocchio (1940)
Enchanted (2007)
First Blood (1982)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Dragonwyck (1946)
Day of the Dead (2008)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Brief Encounter (1945)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
North by Northwest (1959)
The Dam Busters (1954)
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
Star Wars (1977)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
location: KY16 8JY

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