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Happy New Year!

So that was 2007. I got a new job (but with the same company, working in an office for the first time) and kb98 left hers to write her book. We went to India, Prague and Egypt and I played lots of D&D. Amy Winehouse was officially the Most Annoying Person of 2007.

At the start of the year, I made a New Year's Resolution to read at least 25 books, having read a dismal 12 in 2006. I'm pleased to report that I read 31 books this year. Cynics will point out that some of these are graphic novels. To them I say, pish tish: Perdido Street Station is over 850 pages and A Feast For Crows is nearly as long. It's only fair to be able to offset these with some shorter works.

1. War in Tethyr by Victor Milan
2. Temeraire by Naomi Novik
3. City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
4. Artesia by Mark Smylie
5. Artesia Afield by Mark Smylie
6. Bridge of Souls by Fiona McIntosh
7. Live Bait by P J Tracy
8. A Fire in the Sun by George Alec Effinger
9. The Exile Kiss by George Alec Effinger
10. The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe
11. The Darkness That Comes Before by R Scott Bakker
12. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
13. The Visitor by Lee Child
14. Echo Burning also by Lee Child
15. The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
16. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
17. Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
19. Ptolus: City by the Spire by Monte Cook
20. Captain Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte
21. Artesia Afire by Mark Smylie
22. Empire of Blue Water by Stephen Talty
23. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik:
24. Dungeon Crawlin’Fools by Rich Burlew
25. Start of Darkness by Rich Burlew
26. A Feast For Crows by George R R Martin
27. Without Fail by Lee Child.
28. No Cure For the Paladin Blues by Rich Burlew
29. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
30. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
31. The Boys by Garth Ennis

I enjoyed nearly all of these but if I had to pick one as my Book of the Year, I'd go for The Lies of Locke Lamora which anyone who likes imaginative fantasy or well-written novels about conmen should read.

For this year, I'm going to keep riding my bike halfway to work in an effort to get fitter and lose some weight. I'm going to read some more books and get some more decorating and other stuff done around the house. More interesting are my D&D Resolutions:

- To develop the city of Parsantium enough to run a campaign there.
- To run or play something other than D&D this year.
- To play in someone else's campaign rather than just GMing.
Happy New Year everyone!

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