2014 has been an awesome year in books. I’ve made a lot of very fortunate choices in reading, and it’s kind of hard to narrow down to ten favourites. I’ll try to mention ten in no particular order and see how that turns out.
- Saga 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples (graphic novel series). Beautifully illustrated space opera romance with robots and ghost babysitters and stuff. The 4th volume will be out on the 23rd of December, at which point I will be visiting not-so-urban places and far away from both my mailbox and a graphic novel supplier – so for me, that pleasure will likely have to wait until January. (If I’m lucky, my box set of Lock & Key will arrive in time for a new year’s read, though!)
- Ancillary justice by Ann Leckie. I’m currently reading Ancillary sword, the follow-up, and it promises to be as good or even better. Smart space opera.
- Anathem by Neal Stephenson. It’s hard to find the words for how much I loved this. I don’t often wish for a 1000+ page book to be three times as long.
- We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I’m glad this was nominated for interesting awards, because it might not have come to my attention, otherwise.
- Cibola burn, by James S. A. Corey. Part of the brilliant series the Expanse, every volume of which is a reading highlight for me. It’s hard not to have too-high-hopes for the coming TV adaption.
- The Rhesus chart by Charles Stross. Also a part-of-a-series thing. This one has magic as a kind of applied mathematics, where programmers may accidentally summon… things.
- Blindsight by Peter Watts, and…
- Echopraxia by Peter Watts. Both of these had me rambling, still rambling, and it’s been months. Beautifully dense SF/horror.
- The three-body problem by Cixin Liu. This gave me a lot of the same joy as the Peter Watts titles did. It’s brilliant.
- Symbiont by Mira Grant. I’m such a fangirl. It has a lot of tapeworms.
…And that’s just cherrypicking out of a year of good stuff. Maybe a more useful thing would have been a top ten of standalone-novels or at least first-of-series? Then again – the ongoing series I find myself keeping current with probably bring me the books I get the most joy out of. (Makes sense, because they’ve already levelled up past the barrier “would you be inclined to read a few hundred pages more of this stuff?” )