Visions of Paradise

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Listmania, part two: Recommended Reading

As I mentioned on January 20th, I keep a list of recommended books which have struck my fancy and which I hope to buy and read someday. For your reading pleasure–and hopefully additional recommendations (or thumbs down, if necessary), I am printing that list here in two parts: Science fiction and fantasy books this time, historical fiction and nonfiction next time. Enjoy.

Part One: Soon to be purchased:

SF: Best of 2004 Haber & Strahan, eds
Fantasy: Best of 2004 Haber & Strahan, eds
Best Short Novels 2005 Jonathan Strahan, ed
1610 Mary Gentle
Best SF of the Year 22nd volume Gardner Dozois, ed.
Mortal Love Elizabeth Hand
Iron Council China Mieville
First Heroes Harry Turtledove and Noreen Doyle, eds

Part Two: Still in the hopeful stage:

Brighten to Incandescence Michael Bishop
Summerland Michael Chabon
Novelties & Souvenirs John Crowley
Tapping the Dream Tree Charles de Lint
Time Out of Joint Philip K Dick
The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant Jeffrey Ford
Rats and Gargoyles Mary Gentle
Walking the Labyrinth Lisa Goldstein
Dark Cities Underground Lisa Goldstein
Bibliomancy Elizabeth Hand
One King, One Soldier Alexander C. Irvine
Tigana Guy Gavriel Kay
A Song for Arbonne Guy Gavriel Kay
Boy’s Life Robert McCammon
Speaks the Nightbird Robert McCammon
Polaris Jack McDevitt
The Prestige Christopher Priest
The Separation Christopher Priest
Forty Signs of Rain Kim Stanley Robinson
Calculating God Robert Sawyer
Frameshift Robert Sawyer
The Jaquar Hunter Lucius Shepard
Trujillo Lucius Shepard
The Alien Years Robert Silverberg
Between Worlds Robert Silverberg, ed
They Walked Like Men Clifford D. Simak
Perfect Circle Sean Stewart
The Silver Gryphon Turner & Halpern, eds
Guns of the South Harry Turtledove
Emphyrio Jack Vance
City of Saints and Madmen Jeff Vandermeer
Secret Life Jeff Vandermeer
Alien Emergencies James White
The Infinity Box Kate Wilhelm

Part Three: Series

1st Foreigner Trilogy C.J. Cherryh
2nd Foreigner Series C.J. Cherryh
Ash: A Secret History Mary Gentle
The Three of Swords / Swords’ Masters Fritz Leiber
Neanderthal Parallax Robert Sawyer
Sorcerers of Majipoor / Lord Prestimon / The King of Dreams Robert Silverberg
Baroque Trilogy Neal Stephenson
Lyonesse Trilogy Jack Vance


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