Tags

I notice that my best of the year comments are up at Strange Horizons, so there shouldn’t really be that much to add. Except… Well the best books I read this year (except for the Tiptree biography) were non-sf – I’d list David Mitchell, Peter Carey, William Boyd and Barry Unsworth in particular. And a special mention for Joe Boyd’s White Bicycles which covers the period I was making my formative music discoveries – and refers to many of those actual discoveries. So this is the complete list of books I’ve read this year (I’ve bolded the best, and linked through to my reviews where possible).

1: J.C. Davis – Utopia and the Ideal Society (1981)
2: Robert M. Philmus – Visions and Re-Visions: (Re)Constructing Science Fiction (2005) – reviewed in Interzone
3: Kit Reed – Dogs of Truth (2005)
4: David Mitchell – Black Swan Green (2006)
5: Sir Thomas Browne – Urn Burial (1659)
6: Fowler, Murphy, Notkin & Smith (eds) – The James Tiptree Award Anthology 2 (2006)
7: Jon Courtenay Grimwood – 9tail Fox (2005)
8: Jules Verne – The Begum’s Millions (1879)
9: Paul Auster – The Brooklyn Follies (2005)
10: Samuel R. Delany – About Writing (2005)
11: Kevin Brockmeier – The Brief History of the Dead (2006)
12: Martha Cooley – The Archivist (1998)
13: Geoff Ryman – Air (2005)
14: Russell Hoban – Linger Awhile (2006)
15: Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go (2005)
16: Ken MacLeod – Learning the World (2005)
17: Liz Williams – Banner of Souls (2005)
18: Bruce Sterling – Visionary in Residence (2006)
19: Julie Phillips – James Tiptree Jr (2006) – reviewed in Interzone
20: Barth Anderson – The Patron Saint of Plagues (2006)
21: Adam Roberts – The History of Science Fiction (2006) – reviewed in Foundation
22: William Kotzwinkle – The Amphora Project (2006)
23: James Meek – The People’s Act of Love (2005)
24: Caleb Carr – The Italian Secretary (2005)
25: Ian Watson – The Butterflies of Memory (2006)
26: Daniel Dinello – Technophobia! (2006)
27: John Scalzi – The Ghost Brigades (2006)
28: Robert Hughes – American Visions (1997)
29: Layne & Lake (eds) – Polyphony 5 (2006)
30: Paul DiFilippo – Shuteye for the Timebroker (2006)
31: Peter Carey – Theft: A Love Story (2006)
32: Lindsey Davis – See Delphi and Die (2005)
33: Mary Rosenblum – Horizons (2006) – reviewed in Interzone
34: John Fowles – The Journals, Volume 2 (2006)
35: Farah Mendlesohn (ed) – Polder (2006)
36: Peter S. Beagle – The Line Between (2006)
37: Umberto Eco – The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (2004)
38: Tamar Yellin – Kafka in Bronteland (2006)
39: Jack Dann – Promised Land (2006) – reviewed in Interzone
40: Jon Courtenay Grimwood – End of the World Blues (2006)
41: Jurgen Pieters – Speaking with the Dead (2006) – reviewed in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
42: Robert Silverberg – To Be Continued (2006)
43: William Boyd – Restless (2006)
44: Alberto Manguel – With Borges (2004)
45: Barry Unsworth – The Ruby in her Navel (2006)
46: Robert Harris – Imperium (2006)
47: Hartwell & Cramer (eds) – Year’s Best Fantasy 6 (2006)
48: Jonathan Strahan (ed) – Best Short Novels 2006 (2006)
49: David Louis Edelman – Infoquake (2006) – reviewed in The New York Review of Science Fiction
50: Ken MacLeod – Giant Lizards from Another Star (2006) – reviewed in The New York Review of Science Fiction
51: David J. Eicher – The Longest Night (2002)
52: Paul Auster – Travels in the Scriptorium (2006)
53: Jonathan & Christopher Nolan – The Prestige (filmscript) (2006)
54: Jan Morris – Hav (2006) – reviewed in Vector
55: Eric Brown – Threshold Shift (2006)
56: Dann & Dozois (eds) – Escape from Earth (2006)
57: Naomi Mitchison – Travel Light (1952)
58: Paul Levinson – The Plot to Save Socrates (2006)
59: H.G. Wells – The Star Begotten (1937) – reviewed at Strange Horizons
60: Joe Boyd – White Bicycles (2006)
61: M. John Harrison – Nova Swing (2006)

So, out of 61 books there were:
35 read for review
31 were novels
15 were collections of short stories
8 were non-fiction in some way connected with sf
I can’t remember the last time I read so many short stories – or wrote so many reviews.

It was also a year in which, during December, I began writing fiction again – for the first time in the year – and started making notes for my history again – for the first time since January. So I have to say it ended on a high note.

First published at LiveJournal, 2 January 2007.

Advertisements