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Twenty and counting.


I want to read at least a hundred books this year, but here in the twelfth week I'm already falling behind. But, so far:
 
 
Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shape Our Nation by Mitch Horowitz. 2009. Bantam Books, New York.
 
Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express by Christopher Corbett. 2003. Broadway Books, New York.
 
Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan. 2007. Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill.
 
The Magic Thief: Book One by Sarah Prineas. 2008. HarperCollins, New York.
 
Foundling by D.M. Cornish. 2006. Speak, New York.
 
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. 2003. Miramax Books, New York.
 
Cosmonaut Keep by Ken MacLeod. 2000. Tor Books, New York.
 
Dark Light by Ken MacLeod. 2002. Tor Books, New York.
 
Engine City by Ken MacLeod. 2003. Tor Books, New York.
 
The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton. 1996. Orbit, New York.
 
The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton. 1997. Orbit, New York.
 
The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton. 2000. Orbit, New York.
 
Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms by Charles Hudson. 1997. University of Georgia Press, Athens.
 
Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643 by Neal Salisbury. 1982. Oxford University Press, New York.
 
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell. 2008. Riverhead Books, New York.
 
Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the New World by Douglas Hunter. 2009. Bloomsbury Press, New York.
 
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. 1895. Longmeadow Press, New York.
 
Kentucky Union Railway: Lexington & Eastern Railroad, Lexington, Kentucky, 1852-1915 by William M. Ambrose. 2007. Limestone Press, Lexington.
 
Peculiar Power: A Quaker Woman Preacher in Eighteenth-Century America by Cristine Levenduski. 1996. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.
 
Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America by Meredith Mason Brown. 2008. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge. 

Comments

Would you recommend "Orphans Preferred?"

Sure. It's okay "pop history," and seems to be a pretty good overview of the subject. Corbett definitely writes more like a mainstream magazine feature writer than an engaged historian though, so be aware of that. In fact, the article he has in the current, I think, American Heritage is pretty much this book boiled down to five or six pages. What it's really got going for it is his bifurcation strategy--the first half of the volume is a short history of the express and the second is a short history of the legend of the express. It's repetitious in spots, and lacks the depth of a truly scholarly work, but it's fun, interesting, and seems mostly free of errors.

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