Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books I Read in 2014 and End of Year Review

Since I re-booted my blog at the end of summer here is my full reading list for 2014. I've bold the exceptional reads, and italicized the boring and disappointing ones.  

I should also note that I have a few stories by Benjanun Sriduangkaew on my list, but this was before I found out she is supposedly a notorious hate blogger.  

Zealot, Reza Aslan
The Vanished Library, Luciano Canfora
Herculaneum: Past and Future, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Return, Peter S. Beagle
Messenger’s Legacy, Peter V. Brett
The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, Ted Chiang (re-read)
The Madonna and the Starship, James Morrow 
The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
Scale Bright, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Dream Houses, Genevieve Valentine 

Upgraded, Neil Clarke 
Midnight and Moonshine, Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Conservation of Shadows, Yoon Ha Lee
Lowball, George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass
Dangerous Women, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Rogues, George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Forever in the Memory of God, Peadar O’Guilin 
The Sword of Destiny, Andrzej Sapkowski
Reach for Infinity, Jonathon Strahan 
Lights in the Deep, Brad Torgersen
Beyond the Rift, Peter Watts

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch 

Half a King, Joe Abercrombie
The Widow’s House, Daniel Abraham
Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
vN, Madeline Ashby
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo
Lexicon, Max Barry
Turbulence, Samit Basu
Resistance, Samit Basu 
A Fine and Private Place, Peter S. Beagle
The Innkeeper’s Song, Peter S. Beagle
The Tropic of Serpents, Marie Brennan 
Existence, David Brin
Red Rising, Pierce Brown
Hurricane Fever, Tobias S. Buckell 
Skin Game, Jim Butcher
A Darkling Sea, James L. Cambias 
Cibola Burn, James S.A. Corey 
Unwrapped Sky, Rjurik Davidson 
Enemies at Home, Lindsey Davis 
Terra Incognita, Ruth Downie
Food for the Gods, Karen Dudley
Kraken Bake, Karen Dudley
Zadayi Red, Caleb Fox
Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone
Hild, Nicola Griffith
The Volunteer, Peadar O’ Guilin 
The Gospel of Loki, Joanne M. Harris 
The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi, Mark Hodder
The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
The Memory of Water, Emma Itäranta
The Leopard, K.V. Johansen
The Way to Babylon, Paul Kearney
Riding the Unicorn, Paul Kearney
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie 
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
A Taste fur Murder, Dixie Lyle 
The World of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., and Linda Antonsson
Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison
All Those Vanished Engines, Paul Park
The Bees, Laline Paull
Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett
Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
The Causal Angel, Hannu Rajaniemi 
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
Blood Song, Anthony Ryan
Tower Lord, Anthony Ryan
Veil of the Deserters, Jeff Salyards 
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson 
The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (re-read)
Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski (re-read)
Time of Contempt, Andrzej Sapkowski

Baptism of Fire, Andrzej Sapkowski 
Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire Melinda M. Snodgrass

The Septembers of Shiraz, Dalia Sofer
Something More Than Night, Ian Tregillis
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Genevieve Valentine
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer 
Echopraxia, Peter Watts 
The Great Glass Sea, Josh Weil
The Martian, Andy Weir 
Three Princes, Ramona Wheeler 
Benighted, Kit Whitfield
The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique

Total: 90

Some Stats:
Science Fiction – 33                36.7%
Fantasy – 45                            50%
Fiction – 15                             16.7%
Anthologies – 12                     13.4%
2014 Releases – 46                 51.2%
Debut Novels – 20                  22.3%
New Authors – 32                  35.6%
Women Authors – 35               38.9%

Compared to last year I read a few less science fiction, fiction/literature, and anthologies/collections.  Debuts and new authors held steady.  Books I read more of include fantasy, new releases, and women authors.

Short Stories
“Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy”, Saladin Ahmed
“Little Knife”, Leigh Bardugo 
“Gordon, the Self-made Cat”, Peter S. Beagle
“Exhalation”, Ted Chiang
“The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere”, John Chu
“The Weight of a Blessing”, Aliette de Bodard
“Ship’s Brother”, Aliette de Bodard
“In the Age of Iron and Ashes”, Aliette de Bodard
“Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
“La Santisima”, Teresa Frohock
“The Angelus Guns”, Max Gladstone
“The Astronomer Who Met the North Wind”, Kate Hall
“The Ink Readers of Doi Salet”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
“The Ninety-Ninth Bride”, Catherine F. King 
“The Lady Astronaut of Mars”, Mary Robinette Kowal
“Mountain Ways”, Ursula Le Guin
“The Pirate Captain’s Daughter”, Yoon Ha Lee
“Architectural Constraints”, Yoon Ha Lee
“Wine”, Yoon Ha Lee 
“The Contemporary Foxwife”, Yoon Ha Lee
“The Bonedrake’s Penance”, Yoon Ha Lee 
“The Plague”, Ken Liu
“Build-a-Dolly”, Ken Liu
“The Silk Merchant”, Ken Liu
“The Litigation Master and the Monkey King”, Ken Liu
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”, Ken Liu
“A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel”, Ken Liu
“The Clockwork Soldier”, Ken Liu 

“Reborn”, Ken Liu 

“The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009”, Ken Liu 
“Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon”, Ken Liu
“Driftings”, Ian McDonald
“Observations About Eggs from the Man Sitting Next to Me on a Flight from Chicago, Illinois to Cedar Rapids, Iowa”, Carmen Maria Machado
“‘Possum Trot”, J. Harley McIlrath
“The Lost Sepulcher of Huascar Capac”, Paul Park
“I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”, K.J. Parker
“The Things We Do For Love”, K.J. Parker 
“Heaven Thunders the Truth”, K.J. Parker
“Safe House”, K.J. Parker 
“The Last Log of the Lachrimosa”, Alastair Reynolds 
“Dawn and the Maiden”, Sofia Samatar
“Selkie Stories Are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar
“Wake-Rider”, Vandana Singh 
“Woman of the Sun, Woman of the Moon”, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Chang’e Dashes from the Moon”, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade”, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky
“Sing”, Karin Tidbeck
“86,87,88,89”, Genevieve Valentine
“Six-Gun Snow White”, Catherynne M. Valente
“Salvage”, Carrie Vaughn 
“The Colonel”, Peter Watts
“Daedalum, the Devil’s Wheel”, E. Lily Yu
“The Urashima Effect”, E. Lily Yu

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