Friday, January 02, 2015

Books 2014

It looks like I read 28 books this past year.  Some combination of buying a kindle and having the baby really upped the output.  I think I probably read less than 10 books in 2013.

Here's the top 10:

Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs Novels Book 3)
Richard K. Morgan
Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs Novels Book 2)
Richard K. Morgan
The Final Reflection (Star Trek: The Original Series)
John M. Ford
A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Andrew J. Robinson
Saturn's Children
Charles Stross
Year Zero: A Novel
Rob Reid
Stand on Zanzibar
John Brunner
Love Minus Eighty
Will McIntosh
The Peripheral
William Gibson
Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most..
Glen Berger

The number one book there is obviously colored by my vocation, and that I even know some of the people involved somewhat tangentially.  Number two, the latest from William Gibson continues the streak he started quite some time ago with each book being better than the last.  The biggest surprise I think is the Brunner title "Stand on Zanzibar" as it was first published in 1968 but still holds up really well.  I'm not sure I liked either of the Takeshi Kovacs books as much as the first one, but I am also fairly sure I read Altered Carbon sometime in 2013.

Here's the rest in no particular order (ok, it's alphabetical order):

A Fire in the Sun (The Budayeen Cycle Book 2)
George Alec Effinger

Channel Blue
Jay Martel

Heaven and Mel (Kindle Single)
Joe Eszterhas

How Much for Just the Planet? (Star Trek: The Original..
John M. Ford

Neptune's Brood
Charles Stross

Orson Scott Card

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot (Jesse Stone Novels Book 13)
Reed Farrel Coleman

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot (Spenser series Book 42)
Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do (Jesse Stone Novels Book..
Michael Brandman

Robert B. Parker's Wonderland (Spenser Book 41)
Ace Atkins

Ruins (Pathfinder Book 2)
Orson Scott Card

Scoundrels: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends)
Timothy Zahn

The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
Karen Lord

The Exile Kiss (The Budayeen Cycle Book 3)
George Alec Effinger

Torchwood: Exodus Code (Torchwood Series)
Carole E. Barrowman

Visitors (Pathfinder Book 3)
Orson Scott Card

When Gravity Fails (Budayeen Book 1) 
George Alec Effinger

Yesterday's Kin
Nancy Kress
Channel Blue had a shot at the top ten but started out much more interesting than it finished.  The internet seems crazy about "How much for just the planet" but I just don't see it.  It's a TOS Star Trek book rendered as a musical.  I think maybe the excitement is over possibly seeing it performed as opposed to the book being particularly good.

Here's hoping this year's list is even longer.

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