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Bookworm 2016: Peak Book

Last year I made the error of kicking off the top-of-the-pops post with the second-best book of the year, leaving the site carrying the runner-up at the top of the page for a while. This year, I will not make the same mistake, and will merely mention, for example, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, the utterly silly, […]

Bookworm 2016: The Interestings

It is always good when a good book series maintains the expected quality throughout its run, as was the case with this year’s seventh installment of Stross’ Laundry Files, Kloos’ continuing battle against the Lanky invaders, or Abercrombie’s foray into the short story world of First Law. Robert Jackson Bennett continued the Divine Cities series […]

Bookworm 2015: At the Pinnacle

I inadvertently lied a couple of posts back. I said no book from 2015 really blew my mind, and right after hitting “Publish” I started reading Adam Roberts’ The Thing Itself. The result? Mind: blown. Well, that may be a bit of hyperbole right there, but it is by far the best science fiction novel […]

Bookworm 2013: Winners

Novels: David Benioff – City of Thieves Pro: gorgeous, gripping almost-true story of the adventures of two unlucky boys as they search for a carton of eggs during the siege of Stalingrad. Contra: no spaceships. Every book could use a spaceship or two.   Lucius Shepard – Life During Wartime Pro: beautiful prose recounting of an […]

Bookworm 2012: Winners

Top Tier: Joe Abercrombie – The Heroes Pro: Vivid, dynamic, brutal and different fantasy story about a battle and its consequences, and a grim cast of characters with no real good guys to be found. Contra: Occasionally slips into slight cliché with the characterization, the initial battle description feels slightly gimmicky at first, but these objections are […]

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time
    The Ophiuchi Hotline
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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    Crackpot Palace: Stories
    The Fractal Prince
    The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter

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