Okay, so I didn’t quite make my revised target of 75, but I still found it a year in which we were inundated with high quality books. Choosing my books of the year for various organs has proved difficult simply because there were so many titles vying for a place. Anyway, this is the sum total of my year’s reading, the good stuff is in bold:

1: The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction edited by George Mann – reviewed for Interzone
2: Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski
3: Farthing by Jo Walton
4: The Fall of Troy by Peter Ackroyd
5: Creationists: Selected Essays 1993-2006 by E.L. Doctorow
6: Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
7: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
8: Aegypt by John Crowley
9: You’re not fooling anyone when you take your laptop to a coffee shop: Scalzi on Writing by John Scalzi
10: The Iron Grail by Robert Holdstock
11: The Broken Kings by Robert Holdstock
12: Love and Sleep by John Crowley
13: The Darkening Garden by John Clute – reviewed for Vector
14: Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier
15: Daemonomania by John Crowley
16: Endless Things by John Crowley
17: Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
18: Adventures in Unhistory by Avram Davidson
19: Ink by Hal Duncan
20: Zootsuit Black by Jon George
21: Faces of Mist and Flame by Jon George
22: Bamboo by William Boyd
23: The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds – reviewed for Interzone
24: The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod
25: Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
26: Outbound by Jack McDevitt
27: Alasdair Gray: The Fiction of Communion by Gavin Miller
28: Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
29: The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
30: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
31: Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda
32: Voices from the Street by Philip K. Dick
33: Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
34: Breakfast with the Ones you Love by Eliot Fintushel
35: Mainspring by Jay Lake – reviewed for Interzone and also referred to in my bookslut colum
36: Brave New Words by Jeff Prucher
37: Falling Man by Don DeLillo
38: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
39: Polyphony 6 edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake
40: The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
41: Tomorrow by Graham Swift – which I referred to in my bookslut column
42: Resistance by Owen Sheers
43: In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan
44: Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon
45: The H-Bomb Girl by Stephen Baxter
46: Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
47: Map of Dreams by M. Rickert
48: The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
49: Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe – reviewed for Interzone
50: Swans Over the Moon by Forrest Aguirre
51: Shatterday by Harlan Ellison
52: The Haunted Study: A Social History of the English Novel 1875-1914 by Peter Keating
53: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
54: HARM by Brian W. Aldiss
55: Cowboy Angels by Paul McAuley – reviewed for SF Site and for Foundation
56: Heterocosms and Other Essays on Fantastic Literature by Brian Stableford
57: The SFWA European Hall of Fame edited by James and Kathryn Morrow – reviewed for The New York Review of SF
58: One For Sorrow by Christopher Barzak
59: The Nail and the Oracle by Theodore Sturgeon – reviewed for SF Site and for Interzone
60: Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany
61: Where Time Winds Blow by Robert Holdstock
62: The Dog Said Bow-Wow by Michael Swanwick
63: Nation and Novel by Patrick Parrinder
64: The Arsonists by Max Frisch (translated by Alistair Beaton)
65: The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
66: Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

So, of 66 books, 37 were first published in 2007. There are 42 novels on the list, 12 collections of short stories (9 are reprint collections, only three are all original), and 11 works of non-fiction.

First published at LiveJournal, 1 January 2008.