I’ve read around 30 novels this year, mostly science fiction and fantasy but also some crime novels and a few popular science books too. Here are my 10 favourite books that I’ve read this year. The majority were released this year, although a few are older and one isn’t actually out until spring 2010. So, if you want a few recommendations or ideas on what to read over the holidays then read on!
If you’re in Edinburgh and into science-fiction, fantasy, graphic novels or speculative fiction you might be interested in the Edinburgh SF Book Group. We take it in turns to pick a book for the group to read each month then meet up in Henderson’s to chat about it.
This month’s Edinburgh SF Book Club book is “Survivors” by Terry Nation. I’m not sure whether he wrote this before the 1970’s TV series or whether it’s just a novelisation; either way, I’m looking forward to reading this as his Blake’s 7 is quite probably my favourite TV show of all time.
I never watched the original TV show but I did follow the recent remake on BBC HD. I though this [...]
Sci-fi writer Neal Asher has featured my bookcases on his blog – fantastic!
Neal Asher has a bookcase thread so I thought I’d add mine to the kipple:Hallway Bookcase #1
Top shelves for crime and horror, then general literature (OK, that’s the high-brow stuff), then some sci-fi:
Hallway Bookcase #2
Top shelves for humour (and some horror overspill), then more sci-fi:
Bottom shelves for my non-fiction (also a Shakespeare book):
You guessed it: more sci-fi (and here’s my Neal [...]
These are the books I read in 2008 – my favourites were:
“The Terror” by Dan Simmons
“Last Argument of Kings” by Joe Abercrombie
“The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon
“Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” by David Simon
“Before They Are Hanged” by Joe Abercrombie
“The Stars My Destination” by Alfred Bester
“The Walking [...]
I’ve been a bit slow getting through this latest Stross paperback, although I’m mostly enjoying it. It’s almost like a new Laundry novel, but without the mathemagics.
Reposting my 2006 reading list (moved from my MySpace page). My favourites are in bold:
“Feet of Clay” by Terry Pratchett
“League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1” by Alan Moore
“The Apple” by Michel Faber
“Galactic North” by Alastair Reynolds
“Provender Gleed” by James Lovegrove
“Cowl” by Neal Asher
“Sleepyhead” by Mark Billingham
I went along to the Edinburgh SF Book Group meet the other day. The next book for discussion will be Jennifer Government by Max Barry. To get me in the mood, I created a country in the book’s tie-in game Nation States. The Protectorate of Pansentient League is currently in the Alpha Centauri region.