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49. The Painted Veil - W Somerset Maugham
48. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
47. Ham on Rye - Charles Bukwski
46. The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh

45. Wanting - Richard Flanagan
44. The Lover - Marguerite Duras
43. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande

42. Checkpoint - Nicholson Baker
41. Monsieur Linh and His Child - Phillipe Claudelle
40. Undermajordomo Minor - Patrick deWitt
39. When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow - Dan Rhodes

38. Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf
37. Quesadillas - Juan Pablo Villalobos
36. The Year of the Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota
35. Did You Ever Have a Family - Bill Clegg
34. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara

33. The Illuminations - Andrew O'Hagan
32. A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
31. The Fishermen - Chigozie Obioma
30. Satin Island - Tom McCarthy

29. All Together Now - Gill Hornby (book club)
28. The Good Soldier - Ford Madox Ford
27. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
26. Our Fathers, Where Are They and The Prophets, Do They Live Forever - Dave Eggars
25. Fahernheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
24. The Children Act - Ian McEwan
23 . The Dig - Cynan Jones

22. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
23. God Help the Child - Toni Morrison
20. The End of Vandalism - Tom Drury
19. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

18. The Green Road - Anne Enright
17. The Chimney Sweeper's Boy - Barbara Vine
16. A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

15. Elizabeth is Missing - Emma Healey
14. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg
13. The Illiterate - Agota Kristof
12. The Black Lake - Hella S Haasse
11. All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews

10. Outline - Rachel Cusk
9. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8. 10:04 - Ben Lerner
7. Family Life - Akhil Sharma
6. Upstairs at the party - Linda Grant


5. Academy Street - Mary Costello
4. The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters
3. All the Days and Nights - Niven Goviden
2. Traveling Sprinkler - Nicholson Baker
1. Look Who's Back - Timur Vermes
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8. The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black ½ A re-run of Tithe in many ways, but very satisfying. Severin your servant indeed....
7. Captive - A. J. Grainger - The frustration reading a "kidnap of child of famous parents" story not your own...
6. The Dragon Waiting - John F Ford Too elliptical in style and mannerism.
5. The Gentle Falcon - Hilda Lewis Lovely writing but fails to engage a real understanding of the downfall of Richard of Bordeaux.
4. What Clergy Do - especially when it looks like nothing - Emma Percy ½ Spot-on, Emma.
3. Stoner - John Williams A re-read and better appreciated this time around.
2. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince - JK Rowling
1. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - CS Lewis
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Novels Short Story Collections


001. The Wilds - Julia Elliott, 2014 (Review)
002. The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet Volume One) - Paul Scott, 1966
003. The Golden Age - Joan London, 2014
004. Cruising Paradise - Sam Shepard, 1996
005. The Day of the Scorpion (The Raj Quartet Volume Two) - Paul Scott, 1968 (Review)
006. The Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber, 2014
007. Rhapsody - Dorothy Edwards, 1927 (Review)
008. The Towers of Silence (The Raj Quartet Volume Three) - Paul Scott, 1971
009. What He's Poised To Do - Ben Greenman, 2010


010. Wrote for Luck - D.J. Taylor, 2015
011. The Sacrifice - Joyce Carol Oates, 2015
012. Refund - Karen E. Bender, 2015
013. A Division of the Spoils (The Raj Quartet Volume Four) - Paul Scott, 1975
014. There's Something I Want You To Do - Charles Baxter, 2015
015. Single, Carefree, Mellow - Katherine Heiny, 2015 (Review)
016. A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler, 2015
017. The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith, 2008
018. The Tivington Nott - Alex Miller, 1989


019. Beasts of the Southern Wild - Doris Betts, 1973
020. Neverhome - Laird Hunt, 2014
021. Cover Before Striking - Priscila Uppal, 2015
022. The Ballad of Desmond Kale - Roger McDonald, 2005 (Review)
023. Crow Fair - Thomas McGuane, 2015 (Review)
024. The Animals - Christian Kiefer, 2015 (Review)
025. Good Evening, Mrs. Craven - Mollie Panter-Downes, 1939-1944 coll. 1999 (Review)
026. Minnie's Room - Mollie Panter-Downes, 1947-1965 coll. 2002
027. Academy Street - Mary Costello, 2014


028. The Development - John Barth, 2008
029. A Room with a View - E.M. Forster, 1908
030. 1915 - Roger McDonald, 1979
031. Foreign Soil - Maxine Beneba Clarke, 2014 (Review)
032. Mothers & Other Monsters - Maureen F. McHugh, 2005
033. Black River - S.M. Hulse, 2015
034. The Strays - Emily Bitto, 2014 (Review)
035. I Am No One You Know - Joyce Carol Oates, 2004
036. Hidden Knowledge - Bernardine Bishop, 2014


037. Drift - Victoria Patterson, 2009
038. All True Not a Lie in It - Alix Hawley, 2015
039. The Evening Chorus - Helen Humphreys, 2015
040. Daddy Lenin and Other Stories - Guy Vanderhaeghe, 2015
041. The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall, 2015
042. Over Our Heads - Andrew Fox, 2015
043. Happy All the Time - Laurie Colwin, 1978
044. The Wonder Garden - Lauren Acampora, 2015
045. At Hawthorn Time - Melissa Harrison, 2015
046. Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf, 2015
047. The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton, 2008
048. Another Marvelous Thing - Laurie Colwin, 1986


049. Welcome to the Circus - Rhonda Douglas, 2015
050. A Dance for the Moon - Richard Burns, 1986 (Review)
051. The Night Stages - Jane Urquhart, 2015 (Review)
052. Every Minute is a Suicide - Bruce McDougall, 2014
053. A Beauty - Connie Gault, 2015
054. The Redemption of Galen Pike - Carys Davies, 2014
055. In the Country - Mia Alvar, 2015
056. Under the Visible Life - Kim Echlin, 2015
057. Close to Hugh - Marina Endicott, 2015 (Review)
058. How You Were Born - Kate Cayley, 2014
059. Old Soldiers - Paul Bailey, 1980


060. Knife Party at the Hotel Europa - Mark Anthony Jarman, 2015
061. The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2015
062. The Green Road - Anne Enright, 2015
063. Your Father Sends His Love - Stuart Evers, 2015
064. Hall of Small Mammals - Thomas Pierce, 2015
065. Duke - Sara Tilley, 2015 (Review)
066. Lovely, Dark, Deep - Joyce Carol Oates, 2014
067. The River is the River - Jonathan Buckley, 2015 (Review)


068. Passion Flower - Cyrus Mistry, 2014
069. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara, 2015 (Review)
070. Music for Wartime - Rebecca Makkai, 2015
071. Louisa Meets Bear - Lisa Gornick, 2015
072. The Birthday Lunch - Joan Clark, 2015 (Review)
073. Boo - Neil Smith, 2015 (Review)
074. The Inconvenience of the Wings - Silas Dent Zobal, 2015 (Review)
075. When the Saints - Sarah Mian, 2015
076. The Hunger of the Wolf - Stephen Marche, 2015


077. Daydreams of Angels - Heather O'Neill, 2015
078. Noonday - Pat Barker, 2015
079. The Doubleman - Christopher Koch, 1985
080. Six Bedrooms - Tegan Bennett Daylight, 2015
081. Beneath the Bonfire - Nickolas Butler, 2015
082. If I Fall, If I Die - Michael Christie, 2015 (Review)
083. Outline - Rachel Cusk, 2014
084. The Not-Dead and the Saved - Kate Clanchy, 2015
085. The Winter Family - Clifford Jackman, 2015 (Review)
086. Confidence - Russell Smith, 2015


087. Garden for the Blind - Kelly Fordon, 2015
088. Undermajordomo Minor - Patrick DeWitt, 2015
089. This Sporting Life - David Storey, 1960
090. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness - Richard Yates, 1962
091. His Whole Life - Elizabeth Hay, 2015
092. Arvida - Samuel Archibald, 2011 (tr. Donald Winkler, 2015) (Review)
093. Fortune Smiles - Adam Johnson, 2015
094. The Turner House - Angela Flournoy, 2015 (Review)
095. We Don't Know What We're Doing - Thomas Morris, 2015
096. Martin John - Anakana Scofield, 2015


097. The Complete Stories - Truman Capote, 1943-1982 coll. 2004
098. The Crossing - Andrew Miller, 2015
099. Fifteen Dogs - André Alexis, 2015
100. Tales of Accidental Genius - Simon Van Booy, 2015
101. Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff, 2015
102. I Was a Revolutionary - Andrew Malan Milward, 2015
103. Viral - Emily Mitchell, 2015


104. Public Library and Other Stories - Ali Smith, 2015
105. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson, 2015
106. The State We're In - Ann Beattie, 2015 (Review)
107. Debris - Kevin Hardcastle, 2015 (Review)
108. A Snow Garden and Other Stories - Rachel Joyce, 2015 (Review)
109. The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham, 1925
110. Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets - Jacob M. Appel, 2015

February: Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky - David Connerley Nahm, 2014. At page 116
August: The Dust That Falls From Dreams - Louis de Bernieres, 2015. At page 29

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42. Grief Is The Thing With Feathers - Max Porter

41. The Reflection - Hugo Wilcken
40. The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood
39. A Spool Of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

38. A Brief History Of Seven Killings - Marlon James
37. The Fishermen - Chigozie Obioma
36. Did You Ever Have a Family - Bill Clegg
35. Sleeping On Jupiter - Anuradha Roy

34. A Little Life - Hanya Yanahigara
33. The Spring of Kasper Meier - Ben Fergusson - current
32. The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney
31. The Book of Aron - Jim Shepard
30. Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller

29. Death Is A Welcome Guest - Louise Welsh
28. The Year Of The Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota
27. Your Father Sends His Love - Stuart Evers
26. All Involved - Ryan Gattis
25. Our Souls At Night - Kent Haruf

24. I Saw A Man - Owen Sheers
23. The Green Road - Anne Enright
22. Adventures In Human Being - Gavin Francis
21. Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither - Sara Baume
20. Hunters In The Dark - Lawrence Osborne
19. Wolf, Wolf - Eben Venter

18. The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall
17. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner
16. Europe In Autumn - Dave Hutchinson
15. Acts Of The Assassins - Richard Beard

14. The Shore - Sara Taylor
13. The Curator - Jacques Strauss
12. The South - Colm Toibin
11. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

10. The Laughing Monsters - Denis Johnson
09. The First Bad Man - Miranda July
08. Signs Preceding The End Of The World - Yuri Herrera
--. Dust - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor Abandoned
07. Outline - Rachel Cusk
06. Satin Island - Tom McCarthy
05. All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
--. Nobody Is Ever Missing - Catherine Lacey - Abandoned

04. The Echo - James Smythe
03. The Illuminations - Andrew O'Hagan
02. The Explorer - James Smythe
01. Curtain Call - Anthony Quinn
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7. A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel (in progress)
6. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris
5. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
4. The Guest Cat, Takashi Hiraide
3. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
2. The Wolf of Wall Street: abandoned (for good)
1. Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas: abandoned (for now)
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76. The Professor's House - Willa Cather
75. Journal Of A Solitude - May Sarton
74. Frankenstein Mary Shelley
73. Grendel John Gardner
72. Amongst Women John McGahern
71. An Open Book Michael Dirda ½
70. Our Souls At Night - Kent Haruf
69. Martin Eden - Jack London
68. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
67. Why I Read - Wendy Lesser
66. A Time of Gifts Patrick Leigh Fermor ½
65. Gabriel: A Poem Edward Hirsch
64. The Swimming-Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst
63. Patoralia - George Saunders
62. The Lost Weekend - Charles Jackson
61. But Beautiful - Geoff Dyer
60. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand (current)
59. Silver Screen Fiend - Patton Oswalt
58. A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara (current)
57. Pilgrim's Wilderness - Tom Kizzia
56. The Inheritors - William Golding
55. The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Colbert
54. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
53. Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann ½
52. Hausfrau - Jill Alexander Essbaum
51. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
50. Reading The OED - Ammon Shea
49. Doc - Mary Doria Russell ½
48. A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley
47. A God In Ruins - Kate Atkinson
46. Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton
45. Norwood - Charles Portis ½
44. Naked Lunch -
43. The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
42. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala ½
41. The Son - Philipp Meyer
40. Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
39. Missoula - John Krakauer
38. The Silence Of The Lambs - Thomas Harris
37. How To Be Alone - Jonathan Franzen
36. Divisadero - Michael Ondaatje ½ (R)
35. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan (R) ½
34. The Long Goodbye - Megan O'Rourke ½
33. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
32. The Shelf - Phyllis Rose
31. Generation Kill - Evan Wright
30. The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
29. The Circle - Dave Eggers ½
28. Just Kids - Patti Smith
27. The Book Of Strange New Things - Michel Faber
26. Gulp - Mary Roach ½
25. Sunset Limited - Cormac McCarthy
24. All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
23. Too Much Happiness - Alice Munro
22. The Bushwhacked Piano - Thomas McGuane ½
21. Wolf In White Van - John Darnielle ½
20. Levels Of Life - Julian Barnes
19. Artful - Ali Smith ½
18. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby ½
17. The Best American Essays 2013 - Cheryl Strayed, editor
16. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ½
15. Station Eleven - Emily St. Mandel
14. The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven - Sherman Alexie ½
13. The Financial Lives Of The Poets - Jess Walter
12. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt ½
11. The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan
10. Augustus - John Williams
9. Ten Years In The Tub - Nick Hornby
8. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
7. Are You My Mother? - Alison Bechdel
6. Gangsterland - Tod Goldberg
5. When Women Were Birds - Terry Tempest Williams
4. Here - Richard McGuire
3. Epilogue -Will Boast ½
2. Horns - Joe Hill
1. Something Rich And Strange - Ron Rash
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  1. The Reproductive System by John Sladek - slighter than I remember.
  2. The Silent Sky by Lloyd Biggle Jr. - okay 1960s SF shorts.
  3. The Early Williamson by Jack Williamson - early (1920s/30s) American pulp SF stuffed full of whizbang energy, references to 'Einstein's Theories' to justify anything, and wonderful writing like:
    'Maybe the octopus won't hurt her, I offered. 'They say that most of the stories of their ferocity are somewhat exaggerated.'
  4. Slave Ship by Frederik Pohl. Pohl's first solo novel after several co-authored with C M Kornbluth. Interesting ideas grafted onto a cold war plot that gets a bit deus ex machinanistic at the end.
  1. The Lying Ape by Brian King
  2. World's Best S.F.1 (1969) Ed. Wollheim & Carr
  3. A Dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest
  4. Balham to Bollywood by Chris England. Entertaining account of the making of Lagaan.
  5. Ash by Melinda Lo - see review.
  1. A Boy's Own Story - Edmund White. Poetic and rambling autobiographical coming of age / coming out story with a sudden unexpected outburst of plot at the end. I'm not sure it needed the sudden outburst of plot at the end but, at some point, someone must have said to the author that something should actually happen in the book. So in the last few pages he supplies a sudden flurry of jazz musicians, dope dealing, blackmail, betrayal and oral sex.
  2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  3. Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V The Final Frontier - 'as told' by Lisabeth Shatner. Gushy, Hollywood fan magazine, adjective-overloaded puff for what is the worst of the ST films. Again any decent editor would have sorted out things like 'Peter began assembling the film on a "chem" a special machine which ...' when she was obviously referring to what she two pages later later calls a 'kem' (without quotes) and which, strictly speaking, should be written 'KEM'. It's a flatbed editor. We nerds get irritated by stuff like this.
  4. The Wonderful Garden by E Nesbit - bedtime read for Number Two Daughter that, at one point, had me in the hysterical giggles. Ms Nesbit was a very funny writer. The book is, as far as I can tell, long out of print. I am not ashamed to say I stole my copy, a possible first edition, from a restaurant where it was being used as a bit of 'shabby chic' set decoration.
  5. The Star Wasps by Robert Moore Williams. Very thin book in the Vogtian tradition that - even a few days later - is fading into the background mush of other rubbish books in the Vogtian tradition.

  1. The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio - ed. by Mark Evanier. Several hundred beautifully reproduced pages of 1940s and 50 comic book art by Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, and others. The first new book I have bought myself for ages. I've recently rediscovered the Joy of Comics - thanks, kids! - so this book is standing in (on this list) for the gazzillion and three comic books I have read this last month. Everything from this week's Phoenix - always an eagerly anticipated moment in our house (we have a rota for who reads it first each week) - to 1970's superhero nonsense. Love them.
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon - which (honest!) was selected totally at random from the lower depths of my To Be Read pile and tells the story of two fictional pioneers of modern American comic books and ends with the author's heartfelt thanks to 'Jack Kirby, the King of Comics'.
April and May (somewhere along the line I lost track)

  1. Larklight by Philip Reeve - a bedtime reread for/with No. One Daughter. (No mention of Jack Kirby that I noticed.)
  2. Secret Water by Arthur Ransome - a bedtime read for Daughter Number Two.
  3. Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese - a quick read pop science book (riddled with misused 'whom's) about weird and wonderful things scientists (and sociologists) do when their curiosity gets the better of them and they have some spare cash to fund an experiment or two to find an answer. (May and I assault my stupidly huge To Be Read pile by launching myself at anything published by the New English Library)
  4. Through a Glass, Clearly by Isaac Asimov - thin collection of 1950s shorts.
  5. All the Colours of Darkness by Lloyd Biggle Jr. - good old-fashioned heterosexual SF.
  6. The Wizard of Linn by A E van Vogt - first van Vogt I've read for a while. It's an early one and less dreadfully written than his later stuff - partially, I suspect, because it's Graves' Claudius the God in outer space - well it starts off that way; it wanders off in it's own bonkers Vogtian path pretty quickly.
  7. Rocketship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
  8. Comic Inferno by Brian Aldiss
  9. The Interpreter by Brian Aldiss
  10. The Sucking Pit by Guy Smith
  11. Shadow of Heaven by Bob Shaw
Abandoned in April/May:

Blade Runner and the Cinema of Philip K. Dick by Jeremy Mark Robinson a badly-written, lousily edited, uninformative waste of time which, had I spent the £14.99 list price on it, would have had me setting fire to my local Waterstone's in protest - but as it only cost a quid from their 'please get this crap out of our store' bin I can't really complain.

Windhaven by George RR Martin and Lisa Tuttle - Medievalish world of lost colonists (handy bard to sing songs of star-sailing forefathers); maps at the front of the book; supra-naturally talented teenage girl fighting to express herself though forbidden by cookie-cutter patriarchal society; n noun-splicing ("woolweed blanket" and "lemonwood planks" in the second paragraph)... endless, pointless yadda yadda yadda etc.

I'm surprised I made it to pg 67 where I read:
'Enough talk!' someone growled.
...and I thought 'yep', threw the book across the room, and went to sleep trying to work out how to growl something with an exclamation mark.


  1. The First Men in the Moon by H G Wells - bedtime read for Number One Daughter (we counted 11 uses of the word 'tumult' - always a fun game when reading Wells) sharing a childhood favourite of mine. Like The Time Machine, which we read a while back, we were reading an ancient copy of my dad's. I have no idea when he bought it but he may well have had it since he was No. 1 Daughter's age back in the 1940s.
  2. Nail Down the Stars by John Morressy - Picaresque SF and I rather enjoyed it. The impetuous for our heroes flight and adventurings is never resolved but as this turns out to be the second in a series all may well be revealed in a later book. I may go looking for others.

  1. 12 to the Moon by Robert A Wise - a novelization of a really bad film which manages to make the film look interesting by comparison. Stuffed full of really bad writing like this [Our heroes are on their way back from the first manned expedition to the moon where they have encountered mysterious forces. On their way back they hear mysterious whizzing noises coming from outside the ship (on airless space remember) and watch through their space telescope as life in America grinds to a halt with people literally freezing in mid step. - A bit like slowing down and freeze framing stock footage.] Now read on:
    They said they had the power to immobilise the earth at will, replied Hideko. "And somehow they have managed to do it!"
    "But how? Ruskin asked.
    Heinrich scratched his jaw pensively. "Through some development of their science, they ... whoever they are ... have found a way to freeze all molecular activity."
    "Those 'whizzing' noises ... "said Rod.
    "Yes, answered Heinrich. "Whatever they sent must have extracted the heat particles out of the atmosphere and frozen it!"
    "How could that be possible?" asked Rod.
    "It is the reverse principle of the hydrogen bomb," explained Heinrich. "We have successfully experimented with this in Germany. We call it flash freezing."
    "Yes," agreed Orloff. "Through some superior device they must have found a way to bring about a glacial phenomenon."
    "Implosion bombs!" exclaimed Heinrich. "That must have been those whizzing noises."
    He walked from the group with his own thoughts. The earth, as he knew it had come to an end. He wondered if the others had quite faced up to the situation yet.
    "I somehow feel, said Ruskin, "that it is an earthly power."
    Heinrich turned to face him, the picture of dejection,. "All I know is that the lower atmosphere appears to be frozen and we must remain at this altitude above the earth so as not to be trapped in it."
    But it's all right in the end. A couple of pages after this they knock up an atomic bomb out of bit lying about the spaceship and in a suicide mission drop it down an active volcano in Mexico - thus melting the whole of North America.

    As a result of several intense minutes of in-depth internet research I can pretty well authoritatively say that Robert A Wise didn't write any other SF books and was, according to Contemporary Science Fiction Authors By Robert Reginald, - "Probably a real person"

  1. Turn Left at Thursday by Fred Pohl - a previously unread collection from a favourite author that has been in my TBR pile for at least a decade. Amazing what happens when your computer dies.
  2. The Road to the Rim by A Bertram Chandler
  3. The Hard Way Up by A Bertram Chandler - Hornblower in space.
  4. Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese - another whistle-stop tour of some of the odder experiments done in the furtherance of Science. a follow up to Elephants on Acid: And Other Bizarre Experiments.
  5. Hippo Eats Dwarf by Alex Boese - more of the same but this time dealing with urban myths, fakes, and hoaxes. Entertaining enough but suffers from being its subject being less focused than the other two of his I have read.
  1. Planet of the Gods by Kurt Mahr - number 27 in the incredibly godawful Perry Rhodan books. Why I torture myself with them is a mystery.

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01 Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente
02 Binary Witness, Rosie Claveton ½
03 Consumed, David Cronenberg
04 Code Runner, Rosie Claveton
05 [REDACTED] You know, I don't even remember what this was...
06 Zero Sum Game, S.L. Huang ½
07 Spire City: Contagion, Part One, Daniel Ausema ½
08 Choke On Your Lies, Anthony Neil Smith ½
09 Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
10 The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, Ted Chiang
11 Jumper, Steven Gould
12 Reboot, Amy Tintera ½
13 Uglies, Scott Westerfield,
14 Beggars in Spain: The Original Novella, Nancy Kress
15 After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress
16 Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan ½
17 The Owl Service, Alan Garner ½½
18 RETOLD: Six Fairytales Reimagined, Various
19 Under The Skin, Michael Faber ½
20 The Mammoth Book of Best New SF, Vol.11, Gardner Dozios ½
21 The Giver, Lois Lowry
22 The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi ½
23 Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi ½
24 The Hydrogen Sonata, Ian M. Banks
25 Shock Wave, John Sandford
26 Invisible Prey, John Sandford
27 The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, Nancy Farmer
28 Storm Prey, John Sandford
29 Rules of Prey, John Sandford
30 Shadow Prey, John Sandford
31 Dark of the Moon, John Sandford
32 Daybreak, Brian Ralph
33 Wasteland 1: Cities in Dust, Anthony Johnston
34 Certain Prey, John Sandford
35 Easy Prey, John Sandford
36 Chosen Prey, John Sandford
37 Mortal Prey, John Sandford
38 Hidden Prey, John Sandford
39 Broken Prey, John Sandford
40 Wicked Prey, John Sandford
41 Gun Machine, Warren Ellis
42 Worm, Anthony Neil Smith
43 The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolf
44 Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart

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The First Bad Man
It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Teens, Danah Boyd
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, James Tiptree Jnr.

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12. Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín (current)
11. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
10. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
9. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
8. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
7. The Expendable Man by Dorothy B Hughes
6. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
5. Any Human Heart by William Boyd
4. The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier
3. J by Howard Jacobson
2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
1. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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24 The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
23 The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
22 Under The Tripoli Sky - Kamal Ben Hameda
21 The Blue Room - Hanne Orstavik
20 The Dead Lake - Hamid Ismailov
19 The Temporary Gentleman - Sebastian Barry 1/2
18 Whisky Galore - Compton Mackenzie 1/2
17 The Caucasian Chalk Circle - Bertolt Brecht (To read) (In performance)
16 Greenbanks - Dorothy Whipple 1/2
15 The Collini Case - Ferdinand von Schirach 1/2
14 The Girl who Wasn't There - Ferdinand von Schirach
13 Love, Revenge and Buttered Scones - Bobbie Darbyshire 1/2
12 Losing It! - Helen Lederer
11 The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer (R)
10 A Time of Gifts - Patrick Leigh Fermour
09 Mr Darwin's Gardener - Kristina Carlson
08 Dept of Speculation - Jenny Offill
07 The Pierced Heart - Lynn Shepherd 1/2
06 Runaway - Peter May
05 Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
04 Eyrie - Tim Winton
03 Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
02 This is Where I Am - Karen Campbell 1/2
01 The Battle of the Books - Jonathan Swift ***
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