A reflection on the last 6 months.

These are the novels and short story collections I’ve read since January, in order (number in brackets the order in which I’ve enjoyed them):

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch (3)
  • The End Specialist by Drew Magary (4)
  • The Black Lung Captain (Tales of the Ketty Jay, #2) by Chris Wooding (14)
  • Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (Zombie #1) by Madeleine Roux (11)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (17)
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig (5)
  • Shadow’s Son (Shadow Saga, #1) by Jon Sprunk (15)
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch, #1) by Martin Millar (1)
  • Heroes and Villains by Angela Carter (13)
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead (19)
  • Rule 34 (Halting State #2) by Charles Stross (9)
  • The Minority Council by Kate Griffin (6)
  • One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6) by Jasper Fforde (10)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (7)
  • Curse of the Wolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch, #2) by Martin Millar (8)
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (18)
  • The White People and Other Stories: Vol. 2 of the Best Weird Tales of Arthur Machen by Arthur Machen (12)
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (2)
  • Anagrams by Lorrie Moore (16)

Which is 4 classic fantasy, 1 horror short story collection, a single literary fiction (one of my annual attempts to read outside my comfort zone), 3 modern or urban fantasy, 3 near future SF and 2 classic SF, 1 vampire, 2 zombie and 2 werewolf. Or, 7 fantasy, 5 SF, 6 horror, 1 normal. Of the horror, they are all (Machen excepted) contemporary. More urban fantasy than true horror. Millar’s werewolf girl novels are mostly set in London. The Radley’s is suburban fantasy. While I love SF, I think my tastes are shifting towards fantasy/horror.

On the whole, I’ve really enjoyed reading this year. I’ve revisited a couple of old favourite authors (Jasper Fforde and Kate Griffin) and discovered a great author in Martin Millar. I’m looking forward to reading more by Ernest Cline and Drew Magary. I read Gulliver’s Travels as part of my History of Science Fiction Literature Challenge. It was as dull as I remembered from the first time I read it. I was most disappointed by Embassytown as I’m a huge China fan and I thought his plotting was very poor. There was a lot of hype around Zone One. Was it a literary zombie novel. Probably, but it was so poor in every department.

I’m currently reading Asbury Park by Rob Scott. A ghost story. So far, so good.

Some of the books I will be reading in the next few months:

  • Stories : all new tales edited by Neil Gaiman
  • By light alone by Adam Roberts
  • Sadie Walker is stranded by Madeleine Roux
  • The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
  • and more…

I’m also going to read some Voltaire and some Raspe for my reading challenge.

I’m looking forward to new and exciting fiction coming up in the next 6 months. I plan to buy a tablet at some point so I might end up reading a few things on that. I also want to read another book outside my comfort zone, but something that falls within the speculative fiction umbrella. Not sure yet. Plenty to choose from.

All in all, a great 6 months.

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