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Last year's books

56 books last year, plus whatever I've forgotten. Slightly over one a week which is rather slow I reckon. Having a smart phone has slowed things down because I now read the internet on the way to and from work. Perhaps the novelty will wear off a bit and I'll get back to reading. In any case, larges amounts of slipstream, horror, noir and short stories.

Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing
Sherlock Holmes & The Scroll of the Dead
He died with his eyes open
My Tango With Barbara Strozzi
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
The White Cities
The City & The City
The Silence Room
Punktown - Shades of Grey
An Instruction Manual for Swallowing
Bad Penny Blues
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Realms - the first year of Clarkesworld Magazine
Mexico City Noir
Voices from Punktown
Woman Hollering Creek
Exquisite Corpse
The Hopkins Manuscript
Cold Hand in Mine
Voices from Punktown
The Devil's Paintbrush
When it Changed
Clarkesworld 2
The Secret History
The Slynx
The Physiognomy
Night's Black Agents
I love you when I'm drunk
The Mind Parasites
ID Crimes of Identity
Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript
Night and the City
Dark Fire
The Inimitable Jeeves
Very Good Jeeves!
Right Ho, Jeeves
The Great God Pan
If the Dead Rise Not
Little Brother
The Baum Plan for Financial Independence
Swords & Dark Magic
An Apocalypse Reader
The Poison Eaters
Memoirs of a Gone World
Cthulhu's Reign
Angelica Lost and Found
Topology of a Phantom City
In Persuasion Nation
Civilwarland in Bad Decline
Possessed: The Secret of Myslotch
The Lifecycle of Software Objects



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Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
56 books is a good effort, considering I only managed 24 this year if you don't count RPG books. I'm also spending part of my commute each day faffing about a smartphone, rather than reading, and need to get back to reading instead.

Is The Secret History Donna Tartt's? If so, that and maybe the Jeeves books (can't remember which ones I've read) are the only ones on your list I've read at all! What was The City & The City like? Any good?
Jan. 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Pathetically, I haven't read *anything* since I last posted on the subject about three months ago.
Jan. 3rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
That was Donna Tartt, and not such a good read. Far too precious about her subject material, should have killed all of her darlings. TC&TC didn't work either, the set-up, the mystery all fine but the pay-off was poor. I'm not sure I've read a good long form Mieville yet but hopefully one day he'll find the plot to match his imagination and style.

Also "Sherlock Holmes & The Scroll of the Dead" wasn't much cop either. Others in the series are better apparently which shouldn't be hard if they have a) a mystery and b) some detection.

I've reviewed most of these books on the reading tag. Although I now realise I missed out Cyberabad Days, one of the best reads of the year. I'm looking forwards to Dervish House.
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