Oh, I had such noble aims. I was going to use this holiday as an excuse to do a proper stock-taking post, looking back over what I’ve read so far this year and forward to what’s still to come. Instead, it’s got to the point where I’m out the door in an hour, and have various things to do before then. So all you get is some raw numbers: I’ve read 42 books this year; and these are, I think, the six best (in alphabetical order by author), that you all really should read.
- The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr
- Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta
- Lavinia by Ursula K Le Guin
- Your Face Tomorrow 1: Fever and Spear by Javier Marias
- The Woman Who Thought She Was A Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh
- In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield
In fact, if you want me to know which one of these you should read, it’s the Whitfield; really, In Great Waters and Lavinia should both be on the BSFA Award Best Novel shortlist come 2010.
And with that, I’m off!