2005 Books

Best and Worst Books of 2005

Books Read:

New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer, Bill Maher
The Number: What Do You Need for the Rest of Your Life and What Will It Cost?, Lee Eisenberg (Review)
Man-Made Monsters, Mad Marv (Review)
In the Country of Last Things, Paul Auster
Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us, Allen Salkin (Review)
Fog Facts: Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin, Larry Beinhart (Review)
Godless, Pete Hautman
mental floss presents Forbidden Knowledge (brief review; BC review)
Jesus Land, Julia Scheeres
Serenity, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Extreme Encounters, Greg Emmanuel (brief review)
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
The Truth (with jokes), Al Franken
Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala
Hunger: An Unnatural History, Sharman Apt Russell
The Legend of Bushistotle, Steven Hanley
Galileo’s Children, Gardner Dozois (ed.)
The Da Vinci Fraud, Robert M. Price
Radicals in Robes, Cass Sunstein
Faith at War, Yaroslav Trofimov
Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork, Mike Huckabee
Moondust , Andrew Smith
Looking for Bigfoot, Mike Palecek
Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless Otherwise Instructed, Mike Sharpe
Live Fast, Die Young, Lawrence Frascella
The Irritable Male Syndrome, Jed Diamond
Why Do Men Have Nipples?, Mark Leyner
A Man Without A Country, Kurt Vonnegut
The Art of Getting Bent, M. Sahm
Accelerando, Charles Stross
How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, Francis Wheen
Conquering Diabetes, Anne Peters
Magical Mystery Tours, Tony Bramwell
What’s My Name, Fool?, Dave Zirin
The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks
Atonement, Ian McEwan
They Don’t Play Hockey in Heaven, Ken Baker
You Are a Dog, Terry Bain
My Friend Leonard, James Frey
Perfect Soldiers, Terry McDermott
God vs. the Gavel, Marci Hamilton
Finding Serenity, Jane Espenson (ed.)
Terry Jones’s War on the War on Terror, Terry Jones
Iron Sunrise, Charles Stross
Spin , Robert Charles Wilson
Five Stars!, Christopher Null
Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams
Lies, Inc., Philip K. Dick
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Umberto Eco
The God Particle, Richard Cox
Nam-A-Rama, Phillip Jennings
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, John Kelly
Foop!, Chris Genoa
Wonderdog, Inman Majors
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
The Atrocity Archives, Charles Stross
Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind, Charles Nicholl
Time’s Eye, Arthur Clarke & Stephen Baxter
Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Saturday, Ian McEwan
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell
The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light, Tom Harpur
Articles of War, Nick Arvin
The Society of Others, William Nicholson
Endkampf: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich, Stephen Fritz
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror, Mahmood Mamdani
Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller, Martin Lunn
A Thread of Grace, Mary Doria Russell
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism, Jonathan Kirsch
The Disinformation Book of Lists, Russ Kick
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
The War on Civil Liberties: How Bush and Ashcroft Have Dismantled the Bill of Rights, Elaine Cassel
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, Martin Greenberg (ed.)
Introducing Buddha, Jane Hope
Newton’s Wake: A Space Opera, Ken MacLeod
Polaris, Jack McDevitt