Before 2011 Vanishes : The Books

The time has now come to brag, to boast of the books that I have read in 2011. There were a lot of good ones this year and also the joy of discovering some good authors.

Here’s the list :

  1. Everything’s Eventual : Stephen King.
  2. Koko : Peter Straub.
  3. The Rite : Matt Baglio
  4. Amadeus : Peter Shaffer.
  5. The Constant Gardener : John Le Carre.
  6. Legends II – An anthology : Edited by Robert Silverberg.
  7. Lustrum : Robert Harris.
  8. The Italian Secretary : Caleb Carr.
  9. The Concise 48 Laws Of Power : Robert Greene.
  10. Silence Of The Lambs : Thomas Harris.
  11. The Graveyard Book : Neil Gaiman.
  12. The Veteran : Fredrick Forsyth.
  13. The Accidental Billionaires : Ben Mezrich.
  14. Heart Shaped Box : Joe Hill.
  15. The Girl Who Played With Fire : Steig Larsson.
  16. Blood Meridian : Cormac McCarthy.
  17. A Clockwork Orange : Anthony Burgess.
  18. The First Man In Rome : Colleen McCullough.
  19. The Rozabal Line : Ashwin Sanghi.
  20. Black House : Stephen King/Peter Straub.
  21. L.A. Confidential : James Ellroy.
  22. The Groaning Bookshelf : Pradeep Sebastian.
  23. Tinker,Tailor,Solider,Spy : John Le Carre.
  24. Hannibal : Thomas Harris.
  25. The Briar King : Greg Keyes.
  26. The Blaft Anthology Of Tamil Pulp Fiction : Edited by Pritham Chakravarthy.
  27. Eric : Terry Pratchett.
  28. The Road : Cormac McCarthy.
  29. Palpasa Cafe : Narayan Wagle.
  30. Sign Of The Cross : Chris Kuzneski.
  31. Night Train To Lisbon : Pascal Mercier.
  32. The Ring Of Solomon : Jonathan Stroud.
  33. Fragment : Warren Fahy.
  34. The Shadow Of The Wind : Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
  35. Iron Council : China Mieville.
  36. The English Assassin : Daniel Silva.
  37. Garden Of Beasts : Jeffrey Deaver.
  38. The Sunset Club : Khushwant Singh.
  39. Mister Monday : Garth Nix.
  40. Pyre Of Queens : David Hair.
  41. The Snow Leopard : Peter Mathiessen.
  42. Talking About Detective Fiction : P.D.James.
  43. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone : J.K. Rowling.
  44. The Pirate : Harold Robbins.
  45. The Good Man Jesus & The Scoundrel Christ : Philip Pullman.
  46. In The Heart Of The Sea : Nathaniel Philbrick.
  47. Live & Let Die : Ian Fleming.
  48. A Murder Of Quality : John Le Carre.
  49. The Fourth Protocol : Fredrick Forsyth.
  50. Four Past Midnight : Stephen King.
  51. Anansi Boys : Neil Gaiman.
  52. The Dhammapada : The Buddha (Translation by Glenn Wallis)
  53. The Calcutta Chromosome : Amitav Ghosh.
  54. Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets : J.K. Rowling.
  55. Collected Essays : Graham Greene.
  56. Presumed Innocent : Scott Turrow.
  57. Agents Of Innocence : David Ignatius.
  58. Vengeance Of Ravana : Ashok Banker.
  59. Shibumi : Trevanian.
  60. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest : Steig Larsson.
  61. The Eye Of The Needle : Ken Follett.
  62. Icon : Fredrick Forsyth.
  63. True Grit : Charles Portis.
  64. Satori : Don Winslow.
  65. Last Of The Amazons : Steven Pressfield.
  66. The Charm School : Nelson DeMIlle.
  67. The Song Of Kali : Dan Simmons.
  68. Inkheart : Cornelia Funke.
  69. Troy – Shield Of Thunder : David Gemmell.
  70. Night Of The Krait : Sashi Warrier.
  71. Haroun & The Sea Of Stories : Salman Rushdie.
  72. The Secret History Of Moscow : Ekaterina Sedia.
  73. Beatrice & Virgil : Yann Martel.
  74. Ragnarok – The End Of The Gods : A.S. Byatt.
  75. The Left Hand Of Darkness : Ursula K Le Guin.
  76. The Sisters Brothers : Patrick deWitt.
  77. Dreadful Tales : Richard Laymon.
  78. Honor Among Thieves : Jeffrey Archer.
  79. Archangel : Robert Harris.
  80. India Authentic : The Book Of Shiva : Virgin Comics.
  81. Ravanayan : Book 1 : Vijyendra Mohanty & Vivek Goel.
  82. Comic Jump : The Complete Season 1.
  83. Francis Ittikora : T.D. Ramakrishnan.
  84. Thrikkottoor Kathakal (Stories From Thrikkoottoor ) : U.A. Khader.
  85. Pannivetta ( The Pig Hunt) : V.M.Devadas.
  86. Paleri Manikyam : Oru Pathirakolapathakathinte Katha ( A Midnight Murder Story) : T. P. Rajeevan.
  87. Padmarajan Ente Gandharvan ( Padmarajan My Celestial Lover ) : Radhalakshmi Padmarajan.
  88. Thrikkottoor Vilakku ( The Lamp Of Thrikkottoor ) : U.A. Khader

Before 2011 vanishes !

The word tht comes to my mind right now is “cliche” for I am in the process of a ritual which I have repeated time and again. I have come back to my blog. Somehow from some distant work of fiction I remember a crow alighting atop a tree. One that stands stripped naked of leaves and pointing its skeleton of branches up to an overcast sky. Strange even to my own flights of fantasy for it makes no sense !

Another year will come to end in a few hours from now. As in the life of homo sapiens, this year too gave me its share of the good, the bad and the ugly. A lot of books, a much cherished journey to eastern India and the daily challenges that work throws my way. Yes, it was an interesting year. I just closed the browser window for Facebook where the Newsfeed page overflows with Happy New Year wishes from people in different stages of enjoyment. Here’s wishing them all a great 2012 !!

The rains started by ten last night and kept on battering the earth till the day dawned today. Some time at night I stood at the window and watched it pour. In the light of the solitary lamp by my house, the deluge raged on into the night like an angry goddess who was not tired of her primeval dance steps. Trivandrum is under a cloak of water today and there are a lot families who will sleep uneasily or not at all knowing that nature has swiped away their life’s savings in just one night. Another side to the beginning of a year.