ABC’s Favorite Books of 2009, part B

BookstackAh yes, it’s December, the time of looking over the past year and deciding what was great, what was so-so, and what could be done better next year.  In what is now very much a tradition, the ABC staff has been rootling through the books they read over the past year to decide what were the proper gems and what were the baubles.  Over the next few days and weeks Hayley and I will be posting their favorites.

Which reminds me: we would love to know what your 5 favorite reads of the past year were (they don’t have to be books published in 2009).  Please send them to, and please include your mailing address so we can send you an ABC gift voucher as our thank you.

In this installment (believe me, there are plenty more to come!) you’ll find the favorite reads of Jitse, RonZ and Jouke.  One wants to change a bestseller’s title, one only has time for graphic novels, and one likes his science fiction and fantasy mixed with New Age books.

Click on more to find out!



Genesis by Robert Crumb
Crumb has drawn the entire first book of the Bible, and stays remarkably close to the text. Critics thought he would sneak in some really blasphemous imagery, but his rendition is more factual. However it is still definitely Crumb with lots of voluptious nudity, gory violence and ugly hook-nosed characters.

The Joker by Brian Azzarello
This Batman story is one of the darkest to come out in recent years.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century: 1910 by Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen continues in all its insane Victorian glory.

Logicomix: an Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis
A graphic story telling the seach for truth in science.

Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
A beautifully drawn comic about the bizarre life of Asterios Polyp and his dead brother.

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
A graphic telling of the stories surrounding the hurricane Katrina and the consequent deluge of New Orleans.


Ron Z

1 The Temporal Void by Peter Hamilton
2 The Serpent of Light: Beyond 2012 by Drunvalo Melchizedek
3 Anathem by Neal Stepenson
4 Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky (part 1 of Shadows of the Apt)
5 The Hermetica-The Lost Wisdom of the Pharoahs by Timothy Freke & Peter Gandy



TOP 5 (Random order)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Multiple plotlines. Masterful.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Solid 1st part of a finished trilogy with an inventive system of Magic, a cute heroine, and no loose threads.

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
It’s Michael Connelly. ‘Nuff said.

The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands
Instantly recognisable for anyone who has ever raised and loved a canine companion.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Well written. I would have gone with a different title for the story.