Books I Read in 1998 (82 titles)

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Absolute Power
Author: David Baldacci

Anything Considered
Author: Peter Mayle

Bonfire of the Vanities
Author: Tom Wolfe

The Book of Vices: A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales
Author: Robert J. Hutchinson, ed.

Bridge Over San Luis Rey
Author: Thornton Wilder

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Author: Helen Fielding

The Decameron (selections from…)
Author: Bocaccio

Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men
Author: Peter Cashorali

Follow Your Heart
Author: Suzanne Tamaro

The Game Is Afoot : Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Marvin Kaye, Editor

Gone is the Shame: A Compendium of Lesbian Erotica
Author: Marti Hohmann

Great Expectations
Author: Charles Dickens

Author: John Gardner

Here on Earth
Author: Alice Hoffman

History of Danish Dreams
Author: Peter Hoeg

The Lions of Al-Rassan
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Author: Edward Rutherfurd

The Masqueraders
Author: Georgette Heyer

Memory Mambo
Author: Achy Obejas

Author: Ovid

Multiple Wounds
Author: Alan Russell

Mythology, Including the complete texts of The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, Legends of Charlemagne
Author: Thomas Bulfinch

The Partner
Author: John Grisham

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure : The ‘Good Parts’ Version, Abridged
Author: William Goldman

Sherlock Holmes – A Study in Scarlet
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of the Four
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Valley of Fear
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Return of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – His Last Bow
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee

Total Control
Author: David Baldacci

Unnatural Exposure
Author: Patricia Cornwell

Author: Anne Rice

The Warrior Returns – Anteros Series
Author: Allan Cole

The Winner
Author: David Baldacci

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Author: Gregory Maguire


Love Poetry
Author: John Stallworthy

Tao Te Ching (The Way of Life)
Author: Lao Tzu

The Wasteland
Author: T. S. Eliot


20 Years of Censored News
Author: Carl Jensen

Author: Edward Gorey

An Underground Education
Author: Richard Zachs

The Architecture Pack: A Pop-Up Book Of Architecture
Author: Ron Van Der Meer, Deyan Sudjic

Ars Erotica: An Arousing History of Erotic Art
Author: Edward Lucie-Smith

Athena: A Biography
Author: Lee Hall

Benet’s Readers Encyclopedia

The Best American Essays 1997
Author: Ian Frazier (Editor), Geoffrey C. Ward (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)

The Book of Kells : An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin
Author: Bernard Meehan

Breaking the Rules in Graphic Design
Author: Rockport Publishers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit
Author: Jack Hansen, Victor Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life
Author: Georgene Lockwood

Creating Killer Web Sites
Author: David Seigel

The Day Diana Died
Author: Christopher P. Andersen

Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute in Photographs
Author: Michael O’Mara

Don’t Get Me Started
Author: Kate Clinton

Don’t Know Much About The Bible
Author: Kenneth C. Davis

Dorothy Parker: The Viking Portable Library
Author: Dorothy Parker

Family Outing
Author: Chastity Bono

Feng Shui Revealed
Author: R. D. Chin

Frugal Indugents: How to Cultivate Decadence When Your Age and Salary are Under 30
Author: Kera Bolonik, Jennifer Griffin

The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be: the 40 cultural trends transforming your job, your life, your world
Author: Vickie Abramson, Mary Meehan, Larry Samuel

The Gay Man’s Guide to Heterosexuality
Author: C. E. Crimmins, Tom O’Leary

The Gay Quote Book
Author: Brandon Judell

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence
Author: Gavin DeBecker

Goddess Wisdom: Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena
Author: Manuela Dunn Mascetti

Hoaxes! Dupes Dodges and Other Dastardly Deceptions
Author: Gordon Stein, Marie MacNee

It’s Not Over Until You Win!
Author: Les Brown

Letterhead and Logo Design 5
Author: Rockport Publishers

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Author: James V. Loewen

The Literary Companion to Sex
Author: Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena
Author: Nikki Stafford

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Author: John Berendt

Nutin’ But good Times Ahead
Author: Molly Ivins

The Simple Living Guide
Author: Janet Luhrs

The Sewing Circle: Hollywood’s Greatest Secret, Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
Author: Axel Madsen

Why People Believe Weird Things
Author: Michael Shermer

Xena : All I Need to Know I Learned from the Warrior Princess
Author: Josepha Sherman

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From Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia
Irony involving insincere modesty
Aesthetic distance
A term that describes the ability to objectify experience in art and present it as independent from its maker.
Jealously watchful
Dante’s symbol of Spiritual inspiration
Bell, book and candle
Used in the ceremony of excommunication.
Wild, warlike being, possesed of supernatural strength.
Social conservatism in thought and didacticism in style, capacity of quiet resignation – a sober, resigned attitude towards the world.
The Rainbow Bridge between Asgard and Midgard
Brocken Mountain
Peak of Harz Mountains, scene of the witches sabbath.
Brocken Specter
Shadows of the spectators projected onto the mists by the mountain
Political Intriguers from the court of Charles II. Any group of friends on an internet newsgroup who are targeted by trolls and other hysterics.
A Break or pause in a line of poetry, for rhetorical effect.
Caledonian boar
A Boar wounded by Atalanta and killed by Meleager
Candlemas Day
Feb. 2nd, blessing of all the candles used in the church for the coming year
A Danish King who rebuked flatters by commanding the waves to stand still–in vain, of course– to show the limits of his power.
Doomed by Apollo to know the fate of Troy, but to have no one believe her.
Literary and Political Group
a literary composition, especially a poem, of lines or parts from the writings of established authors, but with a different meaning
Aphrodite’s girdle
Title of an apprentice knight. Other similar terms include infant, damoysels, valets, bacheliers.
“Cimmerian Darkness” where the sun never penetrates. Homer describes it as beyond Oceanus, in a land of never-ending gloom.
City of Dreadful Night
Long poem by Victorial poet James Thompson. It describes and imaginary city of misery and horror created out of the author’s own sense of despair as, afflicted by insomnia, he walked through the streets of London.
A comic four-line verse made up of two couplets, invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. Often satiric or ridiculous biographies of famous people, the lines being a succession of non-sequiturs.
In classical mythology, an ocean nymph in love with the sun god.
Sui Generis
Being the only example of its kind; unique: “sui generis works like Mary Chesnut’s Civil War diary” (Linda Orr).

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