Best of the year lists, that is. Publisher’s Weekly says the best genre books of 2008 are —
The Living Dead edited by John Joseph Adams (Night Shade)
Pump Six and Other Stories by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear (Roc)
City at the End of Time by Greg Bear (Del Rey)
Fallen by Tim Lebbon (Bantam Spectra)
Filter House by Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct)
Half a Crown by Jo Walton (Tor)
— which if nothing else means that someone at PW (a) finished and (b) liked City at the End of Time, which is rather better than most of the people I know who’ve tried it have managed. (EDIT: see also.) To be fair, I do think Bacigalupi’s collection is excellent, and I want to read both the E. Bear and the Walton (although in both cases I need to find time to fit in the rest of the relevant series) … but from this UK perspective, where the G. Bear and the Lebbon are the only ones in print, it’s a list that looks a bit, well, remote.
Anyway: I am now at that stage of the year’s reading in which I face up to the fact that there are many more 2008 books left that I would like to read before January 1 than I will realistically have time to read, and thus start triaging like mad. Anyone got any suggestions for books I absolutely must not miss?