Reading, 2017

This was a full year of reading for me, 38 volumes of (more-or-less straight) fiction, another 28 science fiction novels, and 28 volumes of non-fiction. Some could slide from one category to another, I suppose (is Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology science fiction?).

InterpreterofmaladiescoverI read three books by Adam Roberts (The Real-Town Murders, Bethany, Jack Glass); three by C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, The Weight of Glory); three by Neil Gaiman (Norse Mythology, The View from the Cheap Seats, and with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens); three by Peter Heller (The Dog Stars, Hell or High Water, Celine), and four by William Gibson (The Peripheral, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties).

The best new finds in fiction I read this year included Peter Heller, The Dog Stars (The Last 1956 Cessna 182); Adam Roberts, The Real-Town Murders, (R!-town) and Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (a marvelous series of short stories).

Undoing ProjectTwo excellent new non-fiction offerings were Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project and Philip Allen Green, Trauma Room Two.

TraumaRoomTwoI think that Martin Luther King, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, and Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem should be required reading, but I had read neither of them before 2017 (see Jerusalem and Birmingham).

In 2018, I am hoping for some new fiction from Donna Tartt and Neil Gaiman (no novels since 2013); William Gibson, Emily St. John Mandel and Stephen Carter (no novels since 2014); and Mary Doria Russell and David Mitchell (no novels since 2015).* Indeed I have Agency, Gibson’s next, on pre-order from Amazon.

But there are lots of great books out there already.

*David Mitchell wrote From Me Flows What You Call Time, but that won’t be published until 2116, so I need something in the interim, I think.

One thought on “Reading, 2017

  1. “The best new finds in fiction I read this year included … and Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies (a marvelous series of short stories).”

    One of your favorites for the year was a collection of short stories!? Who are you & what have you done with Al? 🙂

    More seriously, your post prompted me to review my list for 2017. Considering only fiction, I read 25 novels & 39 stories (depending on how you count some of them). The best novel was clearly _The Dance of Time_ by Eric Flint and David Drake. This was the final novel in their Belisarius series. Unusual that the final novel in a series would be the best of the series, but so it was. It helped if, while reading the series, the reader had made an emotional connection with Aide, the time traveling crystal. Sounds strange, but I thought they pulled it off.

    The best short story I read in 2017 was one I first read years ago, “The Tale of Junko and Sayuri” by Peter S. Beagle. A hard story to read, more so if you’ve read it before. Even so, very satisfying.

    May we also both be surprised by good finds reading in 2018

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