At the moment I’m in Copenhagen and not actually publishing this post at all, except by means of magic. And wordpress scheduling. We have to assume I’m dazed with shark glee (because there’s a new aquarium!) and full of tea and nothing even resembling traditional Danish cooking because I will have beelined for the nearest thai restaurant. And who knows what I’m reading – skipping the teaser Tuesday post seems in order. Here goes Top Ten Tuesday instead!
This one is difficult, though. I’m going to do it twice over: One list for the new and exciting crop of books, and one for my backlog.
Top ten new shinies:
- Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
- Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
- Bête by Adam Roberts
- The Peripheral by William Gibson
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
- Willful Child by Steven Erikson
- The three-body problem by Cixin Lu
- Symbiont by Mira Grant
- Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett
- Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
There were others I wanted to add, and probably some major ones I just couldn’t think of off the top of my head, not to mention some I still have in mind as “recent” which turns out to have been out for over a year now, because time flies and I can’t keep up.
Top ten from the stacks:
- Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Bonk: The curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach
- Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
- The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
- House of chains by Steven Erikson *
- The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch by Lewis Dartnell
- Swan Song by Robert McCannon
- Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
- Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
- Zoobiquity: What animals can teach us about health and the science of healing by B. Natterson-Horowitz and K. Bowers
* This is a terrifying point on the list. It’s the 4th of the Malazan books of the fallen series. I devoured and loved the first three, and then some reality things occured and I’ve been away from the series for a little over a year now just gathering the energy to dive back in. I even bought this back then, so it’s just been sitting around, woefully ignored, waiting for me to get back to my smoky tea and dinosaur PJs whole-day Malazan reading sessions.
Hey, you know what? Without any planning or consideration, my lists are almost evenly gender-balanced in authors. It’s mostly speculative fiction and a few bits of non-fic, and the “B. and K.” authors on the last one there are both female. I’m making a note because I don’t feel like women are invisible in SFF at all. I know I’m fortunate to be a reader of recent decades, of course. I’ll look over my reading year as a whole in a few months, but I really believe my reading, as a sample of “an average genre enthusiast’s reading”, is not as skewed toward male authors as SFF critics might predict.