First of all, this whole new year starting in January thing is total balls because we stay up late to celebrate and then we wake up the next morning and it’s still cold, it still gets dark early, and, for crying out loud, winter JUST started. My desert neighborhood has been iced over for DAYS. Ugh.
Anyway, you didn’t come here for my bitching.
Total books read: Goodreads says I’ve read 89 fiction books this year. I have no idea how I managed that with the year I’ve been having. I expect to have less busies in 2015, so I hope to gain more time for more reading.
Top Ten Books I Read in 2014 (alpha order by last name)
- The Demolished Man (1953) by Alfred Bester
- Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
- The Unsleeping Eye/The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974) by D. G. Compton
- Babel-17 (1966) by Samuel R. Delany
- Dark Universe (1961) by Daniel Galouye
- The Big Time (1958) by Fritz Leiber
- The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Inverted World (1974) by Christopher Priest
- Way Station (Here Gather the Stars) (1963) by Clifford D. Simak
- More Than Human (1953) by Theodore Sturgeon
- Cat’s Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
*There are only 10 books on this list. The Big Time does not exist in our realm. You think you see it, but you don’t.
Yep, these are primarily SF Masterwork novels, which everybody has read already. Big surprise.
Top 5 non-Vintage Books
- Virtual Light (1993) by William Gibson
- Beggars in Spain (1993) by Nancy Kress
- The Dervish House (2010) by Ian McDonald
- Perdido Street Station (2000) by China Miéville
- The Scar (2002) by China Miéville
- Jack Glass (2012) by Adam Roberts
*There are only 5 books on this list. The Scar is a meta-present visitor from another dimension, called from the deeps by lightning gollums on copper wires. It’s definitely not my doing. Two books by the same author on this list would annoy me.
- Wolves by Simon Ings
- The Peripheral by William Gibson
- This spot might be held by Adam Roberts’ Bête, Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming, or Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon, but I wouldn’t know because publishing moves slowly across the damn Atlantic.
I will talk about the 2014 books later.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because it just seems like procrastinating, but I do have a few plans for this blog in the next 12 months:
- Read more female authors
I did this in 2013, but stuck primarily to contemporary writers. Now that I know a little more about older SF, I plan to check out some vintage ladies (Brackett, Russ, MacLean, McIntyre, Tiptree, Tanith Lee… maybe give Moore and Cherryh another glance).
- Read the shortlist for the Kitschies and/or the BSFAs
Maybe. They always seem to have the most intriguing shortlists.
- Read Spanish-language SF… en ESPAÑOL
I picked up Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien Años de Soledad (1967) and I plan to read it this summer.
- Read the Hugo ‘5s
Remember when I annoyed everybody with daily posts of my personal rankings of Hugo years that end in ‘4? Doing that again. Ha ha.
The Month Ahead:
The Claw of the Conciliator (1981) by Gene Wolfe
The Long Tomorrow (1958) by Leigh Brackett
The Female Man (1975) by Joanna Russ- this one has been pinging me for some time.
The Algebraist (2005) by Iain Banks- my first Banks novel (so embarrassing to admit that).
My long lazy read of the month: The Years of Rice and Salt (2002) by Kim Stanley Robinson. KSR and historical fiction? I’M SO THERE!
Also expect a consolidation post of blurby reviews of some of the 2014 novels I binged on over the holidays. (having a postmodern hangover. so… much… meta…)
Now I’m off to go hibernate until the REAL new year happens– like on the first day of spring, or May Day, or the start of Daylight Saving Time. Yeah… Daylight Saving Time. I can get behind that idea.*
*I am solar-powered.