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December 26, 2010

The Dumbies 2010 - Books

As usual the year started with a flurry of reading, then slackened, then I read a few on holiday then it tailed off again. Not for lack of things to read just for lack of effort really. I read some good books this year, out of the fiction list I was only negative about three of them, and the rest are easily contenders for book of the year. Which means that it was a good year, in reading terms, in publishing terms most of them were published the year before but there's always that lag with my reading (and most other people too?)

Also worth noting is that all of the books were full on Science Fiction, meaning that a Science Fiction concept was at their very core. And most of that SF felt new and fresh and cool. The death of SF is, as usual, completely untrue.

I only read one anthology, but made up for that by reading quite a few shorts (see another post).

And I read two non-fiction books about writing, both of which provided a jolt of inspiration

Fiction
Small Miracles - Edward M. Lerner
Transition - Iain Banks
Yellow Blue Tibia - Adam Roberts
Generation A - Douglas Coupland
Moxyland - Lauren Beukes
The Restoration Game - Ken MacLeod
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
The Dervish House - Ian McDonald
Gardens Of The Sun by Paul McAuley
How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
The City & The City - China MiƩville

 

Anthologies
Vermilion Sands - JG Ballard


Non-Fiction
Booklife - Jeff Vandermeer
On Writing - Stephen King

 


1 Comment

I think the best two genre books I read this year were "The God Engines" by John Scalzi, and "Shades of Grey" by Jasper Fforde.

Yeah, I know: No one is more surprised by that second one than me.