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.