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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Recently, noted author Jeff Vandermeer had an Omnivoracious post about his best sff novels of 2010 so far with an addition of quite a few more books that he plans to read for possible inclusion here. The (extended) list offers great reading ideas and I want to present it here with my comments and links to our reviews when available.
From the original list I will present only the titles followed by *my comments*, while for Mr. Vandermeer's reasons why the respective novel is among his best, check the original Omnivoracious post.
The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz
this one seems interesting, but I probably need to see it to fully decide if I want to buy/read it; the Kindle sample is a bit too short but I am inclined to get it after I finish my current batch of asap novels.
Noise by Darin Bradley
got an arc, took a look and had no interest in it, but if its subject tempts you the book seemed quite energetic
The Fixed Stars by Brian Conn
will look into, see if I can find it in a bookstore or library to decide if it's for me
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (FBC Review Robert)
excellent debut I greatly enjoyed
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
will try it from the library soon; the Kindle sample reads well
The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen
checked it out on publication and while I did not dislike the writing, it was not enough to compensate for my utter lack of interest in its subject
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
tried and not for me
The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer (FBC Review Robert)
a moderate disappointment of mine since I had very high expectations for this one but the writing style just did not work for me
How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
I thought this one had no interest for me, but the mention here makes me want to take a closer look whenever I will see a copy in bookstores or library; the Kindle sample reads well but not enough to decide
Here I will present the last part of Mr. Vandermeer post (in italics) with my comments (normal font) interspersed:
"Also definitely worth your time and attention are:
Karin Lowachee's The Gaslight Dogs ("a rich, morally ambiguous novel") - I thought it ok but nothing special - tons of morally ambiguous recent sff out there, so while the above is true it does not make the book special in any way ; the subject is pretty conventional, so it all depends on how much you like the emotional prose of the author.
and Ian McDonald's The Dervish House ("an audacious look at the shift in the power centers of the world") - big disappointment of mine; just could not believe in the author's Turkey which read to me like a Thomas Friedman (NYT) postcard one
as well as Julia Holmes' Meeks, to which I hope to devote a full-on Omnivoracious post in the near future.- will look into
Among the novels to be released between now and the end of the year, I’m especially looking forward to
Felix Gilman’s The Half-Made World, - superb novel and a top read of mine for 2010; see my Goodreads mini-review for now, full FBC review October
Kathe Koja’s Under the Poppy, - to check on publication; seems interesting and a likely buy/read for me
Ekaterina Sedia’s The House of Discarded Dreams, - a more or less buy/read on publication
Richard Kadrey's Kill the Dead, - not a fan of the author' style so no interest
Catherynne M. Valente's The Habitation of the Blessed, - check on publication
Jon Armstrong's Yarn, - little interest but will check on publication just in case
Orly Castel-Bloom’s Dolly City (reprint), - little interest but will check on publication just in case
N.K. Jemisin’s follow-up to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms. - an asap read and review
Not yet read but already released:
Daniel Homan's The Queen of Hearts, - looked at it and the prose tempts me but not a big priority; will revisit in a while
Jean-Christophe Valiat's Aurorarama, - just bought it based on this list and I am reading it now
Joshua Cohen's Witz,- no interest
Ian McEwan’s Solar, - tried it a while ago and utterly disliked it; not for me
Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven, - FBC dual review with Cindy; good but many flaws
Adam Roberts’ New Model Army, - FBC review of mine; weaker Adam Roberts with too much discourse that reads like grad-lit pub talk
Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, - FBC review of mine; I liked it but just a beach book with little depth
and Paolo Bacigalupi’s Shipbreaker. - FBC review Cindy; sadly I am not a fan of the author' style so no interest
Meanwhile, juggernauts including
China Mieville’s Kraken, - still stuck on page 200
Justin Cronin’s The Passage, - FBC review of mine; better than my pretty low expectations but way too long in the second part
and Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter all had their moments, but somehow just didn’t catch fire for me on a first read." - not a fan of the author' style so no interest
All in all a great selection of 2010 titles to look into; it is also worth looking at the comments from the original post since there are more suggestions there.
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