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What Should I Read in 2012?

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Better late than never!

In the Before Time, the Long Long Ago (i.e., before I started this blog), I would ask The Vast Wisdom of Usenet (i.e. rec.arts.sf.written) what books I should read this year. Now that I have the blog, I’m posting the question here.

Below are 100 books (or a few more, counting multiple titles by a single author) of fiction I’m considering reading in 2012. With a few exceptions (like forthcoming books), they’re pretty much all books I already own in first editions. Most likely I’ll get to considerably less than 100. The first few are books I’ll probably get to (or are already reading), whereas the rest are a little vaguer (and in alphabetical order by author). That’s where you come in. Tell me which of the books below I should or shouldn’t read, and why. If a book’s not on the list, it’s probably because I’ve already read it, or have no interest in it, won’t get to it this year, etc., so save your electrons instead of suggesting alternates (there are plenty of other places for that). And if I list Book #2 in a linear series, rest assured I’ve already read Book #1.

I don’t promise I’ll read all the highest rated works, but those most highly praised are considerably more likely to be added to the reading stack, which is what’s happened the previous years I’ve done this.

  • Michael Shea: The Color Out of Time (read)
  • Jack Vance: The Killing Machine (read)
  • Stina Leicht: Of Blood & Honey (reading)
  • Joe R. Lansdale: Hyenas
  • Joe Dominici: Bringing Back the Dead
  • China Mieville: Embassytown
  • Robert Jackson Bennett: Company Man
  • Vernor Vinge: The Children of the Sky
  • Philip K. Dick: Clans of the Alphane Moon
  • Michael Moorcock: The War Hound and the World’s Pain
  • Greg Egan: Crystal Nights
  • Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor
  • Paolo Bacigalupi: The Windup Girl
  • Iain Banks: Against a Dark Background or Matter
  • John Barnes: Kaleidoscope Century or One for the Morning Glory
  • Stephen Baxter: Traces or Mayflower II
  • Peter S. Beagle: A Fine and Private Place
  • Greg Bear: The City at the End of Time or Hull Zero Three
  • Leigh Brackett: The Best of Leigh Brackett or The Long Tomorrow
  • David Brin: Dr. Pak’s Preschool
  • Tobias Buckell: Sly Mongoose or Tides from the New World
  • Octavia Butler: Fledgeling
  • Jack Cady: The Night We Buried Road Dog
  • Ramsey Campbell: Creatures of the Pool
  • Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • John Christopher: No Blade of Grass
  • Susanna Clarke: Ladies of Grace Adieu
  • Hal Clement: Iceworld
  • Avram Davidson: The Adventures of Dr. Esterhauzy or Limekiller
  • L. Sprague de Camp: A Gun for Dinosaur
  • Bradley Denton: Laughin’ Boy
  • Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Paul Di Filippo: Lost Pages or A Princess of the Linear Jungle
  • George Alec Effinger: What Entropy Means to Me
  • Harlan Ellison: Deathbird Stories
  • Greg Egan: Crystals Nights or Zendegi
  • John M. Ford: The Dragon Waiting
  • Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things or The Graveyard Book
  • Hinko Gotleib: The Key to the Great Gate
  • John Gardner: Freddy’s Book or The Wreckage of Agathon
  • Ray Garton: Night Life or Nids
  • Jane Gaskell: The Serpent
  • Joe Haldeman: The Accidental Time Machine
  • Peter F. Hamilton: Mindstar Rising
  • Robert E. Howard: The Coming of Conan
  • Nalo Hopkinson: Brown Girl in the Ring or The Salt Roads
  • Shirley Jackson: We Have Always Lived in the Castle or The Lottery
  • K. W. Jeter: Noir or Dark Seeker
  • Ha Jin: Waiting
  • James Patrick Kelly: Strange But Not a Stranger
  • Stephen King: Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass or The Colorado Kid
  • Russell Kirk: The Surly Sullen Bell (and yes, I’ve read the 2 Arkham House collections)
  • Henry Kuttner and/or C. L. Moore: The Dark World or Black God’s Shadow or No Boundaries
  • R. A. Lafferty: Archipelago, Aurelia, or The 13th Voyage of Sinbad
  • Fritz Leiber: Night’s Black Agents
  • Jonathan Lethem: Motherless Brooklyn
  • Thomas Ligotti: Grimscribe, Noctuary, or The Shadow at the Bottom of the World
  • Ian MacLeod: Breathmoss and Other Exhalations
  • Ken MacLeod: Giant Lizards from Another Star or The Execution Channel
  • Gregory Maguire: Wicked
  • Barry Malzberg: Hervoit’s World
  • Richard Matheson: Duel
  • Maureen McHugh: Mothers and Other Monsters
  • Sean McMullen: The Miocene Arrow
  • Ward Moore: Bring the Jubilee
  • Richard Morgan: Woken Furies
  • Pat Murphy: The Falling Woman
  • John Myers Myers: Silverlock
  • William F. Nolan: Things Beyond Midnight or Wild Galaxy
  • Naomi Novik: Black Powder War
  • Chad Oliver: The Shores of Another Sea or The Winds of Time
  • Susan Palwick: The Fate of Mice
  • H. Beam Piper: Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
  • Tim Powers: Three Days to Never or Pilot Light
  • Fletcher Pratt: The Well of the Unicorn
  • Mike Resnick: Paradise or Kilimanjaro
  • Alastair Reynolds: Redemption Ark
  • Rudy Rucker: Master of Time & Space or The Secret of Life or White Light
  • Matt Ruff: Fool on the Hill
  • Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children
  • Joanna Russ: The Female Man
  • John Scalzi: The Lost Colony
  • Karl Schroeder: Permanence or Lady of Mazes
  • Michael Shaara: The Herald or The Killer Angels
  • Lucius Shepard: Floater or Aztechs or Viator
  • Lewis Shiner: The Edges of Things or Black and White
  • Dan Simmons: The Terror or Hard as Nails
  • Robert Sladek: Roderick
  • Neal Stephenson: Zodiac or The Big U
  • Charles Stross: The Apocalypse Codex (forthcoming)
  • Theodore Sturgeon: Microcosmic God: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon Volume 2
  • Steph Swainston: The Year of Our War
  • Thomas Burnett Swann: The Day of the Minotaur
  • Manly Wade Wellman: The Sleuth Patrol or The Last Mammoth
  • Martha Wells: The Element of Fire
  • John Whitbourne: To Build Jerusalem or Binscomb Tales
  • Jack Williamson and James E. Gunn: Star Bridge
  • Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • Gene Wolfe: The Land Across (forthcoming)
  • Armadillocon 2011 Photos for Friday, August 26

    Saturday, September 10th, 2011


    Mark Finn, rocking the cutting edge of FEZ NATION!


    Howard Waldrop.


    Dwight Brown gets the pre-convention lunch off to his usual facepalming start. What set him off this time was Todd saying “Look! We’re haircut twinsies!”


    DUFF winner David Cake.


    Early Turkey Citizen Joe Pumilia.

    There was a picture of William Browning Spencer, but he has evidently grown disenchanted with his own visage, and asked that it be removed..


    Al Jackson. For once I snapped a picture with his eyes open. Thanks for lunch, Al!


    Dwight, mournful that his mama took his Kodachrome away.


    Michael Sumbera, taking a break from assembling his retail sales empire.


    Aaron Allston. Generally, I only see Aaron at: A.) Cons, or B.) Indian restaurants.


    James Reasoner.


    John DeNardo: “You know I hate having my picture taken.” Naturally, after he said that, I’m required to take his picture several additional times.


    Like this one.


    And this one.


    Bruce Sterling was having a garage sale of books at the con. Here he is holding aloft the (true story) Rudy Rucker books I had pulled from the pile, refusing to sell them to me. Including the copy of The 57th Franz Kafka I had given him as a gift 15 years before. “I’ve got to donate these to UT.” Thanks a lot, Bruce.


    Bill Crider, reenacting a scene from Daredevil.


    Bill again, now with added sight.


    Stina Leicht, with her hair in the traditional Blue Con shade.


    Two people, both of whom complained that I took their picture too much. You can see how well those complaints worked out for them.


    Rocky Kelley, artistic dandy and man-about-town.


    Jessica Reisman. The camera is set properly, it’s just that Jessica lives her entire life in soft focus. Doctors keep doing tests to determine the cause.


    Jasmina Tesanovic and Bruce Sterling. “It’s a 110° out today! I’m feeling pretty darn good about my Global Warming predictions!”


    Derek Johnson. You can’t see it, but just below the frame of this picture, he’s clutching a snifter of brandy with one hand and stroking a white cat with the other.


    Gretchen Peterson Johnston shows that she is totally ready for the Fetish Boot Ball.


    Chris Nakashima-Brown n. Brown this guy I know.


    Yvonne Daily and Phil Brogden, who you may remember from such hits as “Goddamnit, Lawrence, you sure take a lot of freaking convention pictures, don’t you?”


    Robert Jackson Bennett, author of the spiffy first novel Mr. Shivers, copies of which can be obtained in the usual manner.


    Bradley Denton assumes the now-traditional “Oh yeah? Then I’ll take YOUR picture!” position.


    Jessica Reisman Redux.


    Paolo Bacigalupi and Bruce Sterling, debating whose global warming future is more wretched and dystopian.


    Rich Simental.


    “NEVER MIND!”


    The Space Squidians, shortly after freebasing some ink.


    Brad Foster, with a Hugo that might seem familiar.


    “You so naughty!”


    Kasey Lansdale, mooning over Mark Finn. (I warned you, Finn! I said UNMARKED twenties!)


    Scott Cupp, James Reasoner and Joe R. Lansdale, talking about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and why you can’t get good belt onions anymore.


    Ben Yalow.


    It was….the unnameable.

    My Review of Mr. Shivers

    Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    My review of Robert Jackson Bennett’s Mr. Shivers is up over at SF Signal. If you’re looking for a good first novel to read, I recommend it. I also have some copies of the first edition available on the Lame Excuse Books page.

    Library Additions, July 12 to November 14, 2010

    Sunday, November 14th, 2010

    The period right around Halloween and the election was particularly busy, so I took a break from blogging here. To get back in the skiffy swing of things, here’s the latest list of books I’ve added to my library.

    Books that I have available for sale through Lame Excuse Books are marked LEB (though some of those titles won’t appear on the stock page until after I send out my next book catalog, which will probably be late this month or early next; email me if you’d like to get on the mailing list to received it).

    • Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship-Breaker. Little Brown, 2010.
    • Baring-Gould, William S.. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1976. Two volumes, reprint.
    • Barker, Clive. Visions of Heaven and Hell. Rizzoli, 2005. Art book.
    • Bennett, Robert Jackson. Mr. Shivers. Orbit, 2010.
    • Bennett, Robert Jackson. Mr. Shivers. Orbit, 2010. Mass market paperback, inscribed by Bennett. (He was giving them away at his Armadillocon signing.)
    • Brackett, Leigh. The Best of Leigh Brackett. Nelson Doubleday (SFBC), 1977. Near Fine/Near Fine.
    • Bradbury, Ray. Dark Carnival. Arkham House, 1946. First edition hardback, good only, with lettering on spine almost completely worn away, spine lean, general wear, and lacking the dust jacket.
    • Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man. Doubleday, 1951. First edition hardback, lacking the dust jacket.
    • Brunner, John. The Jagged Orbit. Ace (SFBC), 1969. (Book club, first hardback edition).
    • Chiang, Ted. The Lifecycle of Software Objects. Subterranean Press, 2010. Signed limited edition.
    • Chiang, Ted. The Lifecycle of Software Objects. Subterranean Press, 2010. Trade edition. LEB
    • Coover, Robert. The Public Burning. Viking, 1977. Signed by Coover.
    • Cullin, Mitch. Tideland. Dufour Editions, 2000. Signed by Cullin. Basis of the Terry Gilliam film.
    • Day, Bradford M. The Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Arno Press, 1974. First hardcover edition, Fine, sans dj, as issued. Non-fiction.
    • Di Filippo, Paul. Roadside Bodhisattva. PS Publishing, 2010.
    • Doctorow, Cory. Makers. Tor, 2009.
    • Egan, Greg. Zedengi. Orion/Gollancz, 2010. I have the Night Shade edition for sale here.
    • Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Returns. Tor, 2010.
    • Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. Chatto & Windus, 1932. VG- only, lacking the dust jacket.
    • Kelly, James Patrick and John Kessel. Rewired: The Postcyberpunk Anthology. Tachyon, 2007. Trade paperback original.
    • King, Stephen. The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla. Donald M. Grant/Scribner’s, 2003. First trade edition.
    • King, Stephen. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. Donald M. Grant/Scribner’s, 2004. First trade edition.
    • Kay, Guy Gavriel. Under Heaven. Roc, 2010.
    • Kunitz, Stanley J. & Howard Haycraft. British Authors Before 1800: A Biographical Dictionary. H. W. Wilson, 1975. Fifth printing, an Ex-Library copy, otherwise Fine-, no dust jacket, presumably as issued. Non-fiction.
    • Kunitz, Stanley J. & Howard Haycraft. British Authors of the Nineteenth Century. H. W. Wilson, 1982. Eighth printing, an Ex-Library copy, otherwise Fine-, no dust jacket, presumably as issued. Non-fiction.
    • Lansdale, Joe R. Deadman’s Road. Subterranean Press, 2010. LEB
    • Lake, Jay. The Sky That Wraps. Subterranean Press, 2010. LEB
    • Lake, Jay. Specific Gravity of Grief. Fairwoods Press, 2010. LEB
    • Leiber, Fritz. Strange Wonders. Subterranean Press, 2010. LEB
    • Lentz, Harris M. III. Science Fiction, Horror, & Fantasy Film and Television Credits: Second Edition: Volume 1: Credits. McFarland & Company, 2001. Ex-library copy, otherwise Fine-, sans dust jacket, as issued. Non-fiction.
    • Ligotti, Thomas. The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Hippocampus Press, 2010. Non-fiction.
    • Lovecraft, H. P. Black Seas of Infinity: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft. SFBC, 2001.
    • Lovecraft, H.P. Collected Poems. Arkham House, 1963. VG/VG, with top inch of boards discolored and sun-fading to spine.
    • (Lovecraft, H. P.) Joshi, S. T. I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft Hippocampus Press, 2010. Two volumes, one of 1000 sets. Non fiction. LEB
    • Manvell, Roger, ed. The International Encyclopedia of Film. Joseph, 1972. Near Fine/Near Fine.
    • McDevitt, Jack. Time Travelers Never Die. Ace, 2009.
    • McDonald, Ian. The Dervish House Pyr, 2010.
    • (Moorcock, Michael) Bilyeu, Richard. The Tanelorn Archives: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography of the Works of Michael Moorcock 1949-1979. Pandora’s Books, 1981. Fine, sans dust jacket, as issued. Non-fiction.
    • Niven, Larry. Stars & Gods. Tor, 2010.
    • Oliver, Chad. The Wolf is My Brother. Herbert Jenkins, 1968. First UK and first hardback edition, a Near Fine copy in a Good+ only dust jacket, missing an irregular 3/4″ x 1/2″ ship at head, and shallow chipping and edgewear. I didn’t even know there was a hardback until I chanced across this copy (though it is in Currey).
    • Pohl, Frederik. The Best of Frederik Pohl. Nelson Doubleday (SFBC), 1975.
    • (Powers, Tim) Berlyne, John, editor Powers: Secret Histories: A Bibliography PS Publishing, 2009. One of 200 signed, numbered Slipcased copies in slipcase with companion volume, The Waters Deep, Deep, Deep, not included with the trade edition. Non-fiction with additional fictional material included.
    • (Powers, Tim) Berlyne, John, editor Powers: Secret Histories: A Bibliography PS Publishing, 2009. One of 26 signed, lettered Deluxe copies in slipcase with two companion volumes, The Waters Deep, Deep, Deep and bound, photographic reproduction of the original hand-written manuscript for The Anubis Gates, not included with the trade or Slipcased editions. Slipcase and Anubis Gates volume very slightly bumped, otherwise Fine/Fine. Non-fiction with additional fictional material included.
    • Priest, Cherie. Clementine. Subterranean Press, 2010.
    • Reilly, John. The Painted Word: Paintings by John Reilly. Cross Publishing, 2008. Trade paperback original, NF, slightly bumped and bent in center. Art book.
    • Rucker, Rudy. Hylozoic. Tor, 2009.
    • Sadler, Jeff, editor. Twentieth Century Western Writers: Second Edition. St. James Press, 1991. Ex-library copy., otherwise Fine-, sans dust jacket.
    • Schmitz, James A. The Demon Breed. Ace (SFBC), 1968. First hardback edition, a Fine/Fine- with a trace of edgewear.
    • Silverberg, Robert. The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Five: The Palace at Midnight. Subterranean Press, 2010. LEB
    • Silverberg, Robert. The Last Song of Orpheus. Subterranean Press, 2010. On of 200 signed, leatherbound copies.
    • Summers, Rev. Montague. The Vampire: His Kith and Kin. E. P. Dutton, 1929. First U.S. edition, VG, lacks dust jacket. Non-fiction.
    • Straub, Peter. The Juniper Tree. Subterranean Press, 2010. Signed, limited edition. LEB
    • Straub, Peter. The Juniper Tree. Subterranean Press, 2010. Trade edition. LEB
    • Stross, Charles. The Fuller Memorandum. Ace, 2010.
    • Stross, Charles. Toast. Wyrm Publishing, 2010. First limited edition and first edition thus, signed, with new material. LEB
    • Pringle, David, ed. The St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers. St. James, 1998. Ex-Library copy, otherwise NF.
    • Wells, H. G. The World of William Clissold. Published by Ernest Benn (UK) 1926. Three volumes, one of 198 copies signed by Wells on the title page. Full description here.
    • Vance, Jack. The Complete Dying Earth. SFBC, 1998. First omnibus edition.
    • Vance, Jack. Ports of Call/Lurulu. SFBC, 2004. First omnibus edition.
    • Vance, Jack. Sjambak. Wildside Press, 2010. Chapbook. (There seem to be multiple copies of this title from multiple POD publishers this year, so I’m unclear on the publishing precedence. I suspect that Vance failed to file a renewal, allowing the work to slip into the public domain, which is why it can be found at Project Gutenberg.)
    • VandeerMeer, Jeff, ed.. Last Drink Bird Head. Wyrm Publishing, 2010.
    • Wolfe, Gene. The Best of Gene Wolfe. Tor, 2009.
    • Wolfe, Gene. Home Fires: Tor, 2011. Uncorrected proof, trade paperback format. Details here.
    • Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. False Dawn. Doubleday, 1978. NF/NF copy, signed by Yarbro.

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