What did you read this year and where did you write about it?
I read a lot of different things, but I slacked and put only most of my reading on goodreads. I posted other things at the Between the Bookends columns hosted by Geekmom. And I posted about short stories, novellas, novellettes and novels I read right here on this blog over the course of the year.
So many amazing reads, short and long. As always, I know I’ve forgotten things. As always, I am still catching up on my short story reading so this list is more of a starting point. I am not including stories from Impossible Futures or Unidentified Funny Objects 2, as I had stories in both of those anthologies.
So, at the end of the year, what stands out on your reading lists?
- Lexicon, Max Barry, Penguin 2013 An international network of poet-spies use words as mind-control weapons. So much yes for this book. Yes I loved it, yes I tell everyone.
- Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie, Orbit 2013* In the age of empire, Breq is at once singular and many. At stake? What it means to be human, to love, and to govern. Outstanding space opera.
- Vicious, V.E. Schwab, Tor 2013* What if, under the right conditions, you could develop superpowers, as long as you were willing to lose everything? Two archenemies battle to survive in a classic battle of
goodless evil vs. evil.
- Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow, Tor/Macmillan 2013 Young Adult. Creativity and self-expression in the age of draconian copyright law. The families we make for ourselves.
- The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Arthur A. Levine 2013 Young Adult. In a city-state that chooses its future by sacrificing one of its own, youth and technology are about to demand change.
- Drift, Jon McGoran*, Tor/Macmillan 2013 A disgraced cop, an organic farmer, and a deadly new profit-crop growing in the fields. Eco-thriller.
- The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty*, Orbit 2013. Zoe takes a job editing travel books for a very select audience.
- A Natural History of Dragons, A Memoir of Lady Trent, Marie Brennan, Tor, 2013. Victorian age-of-exploration fantasy, with the intrepid Lady Trent overcoming her society’s restrictions in order to pursue her studies.
- Hild, Nicola Griffith, Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2013 Speculative Historical Fiction – the 7th century story of the youth and rise to power of one of the Middle Ages most powerful women, St. Hilda. (I’m still enjoying this one, but I won’t finish before the end of the year because, deadlines.)
Anthologies & Short Story Collections
- Conservation of Shadows, Yoon Ha Lee, Prime Books, 2013
- Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear*, Prime Books, 2012.
- Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Editors, Macmillan/Tor 2013
- Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, And Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid, Wendy Williams, Harry N. Abrams 2011
- The Science of Monsters: The Origins of Creatures We Love to Fear, Matt Kaplan, Scribner, 2012
- Riddle of the Labyrinth, Margalit Fox, Harper Collins 2013
Children’s Books (with assistance from my family)
- The Fairyland Series, Catherynne Valente, Feiwel & Friends 2011-2013
- Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede, HMH 2002
- “No Others Are Genuine,” Gregory Frost*, Asimov’s
- “The Weight of the Sunrise,” Vylar Kaftan*, Asimov’s
- “Wakulla Springs,” Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages, Tor.com
- “Wormwood is Also A Star,” Andy Stewart, F&SF
- “Katabasis,” Robert Reed, F&SF
- “Boat in Shadows, Crossing,”Tori Truslow, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- “Burning Girls,” Veronica Schanoes, Tor.com
- “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” Parts 1 & 2, Sarah Pinsker, Strange Horizons
- “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love,” Rachel Swirsky, Apex
- “A Family for Drakes,” and “A Death for the Ageless,” Margaret Ronald*, Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- “Soulcatcher,” James Patrick Kelly, Clarkesworld 80
- “The Sounds of Old Earth,” Matthew Kressel, Lightspeed
- “Mono No Aware,” Ken Liu, Lightspeed
- “The Water That Falls on You,” John Chu, Tor.com
- “In the Greenwood,” Mari Ness, Tor.com
- “Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince,” Jake Kerr, Lightspeed.
- “86, 87, 88, 89,”Genevieve Valentine; “The Weight of a Blessing,“ Aliette de Bodard; and The Last Survivor of the Great Sexbot Revolution,” A.C. Wise*, all from Clarkesworld 78.
- “The Clockwork Trollop,” Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald*, Beneath Ceaseless Skies [Content Warning, Adult themes]
- “The Mythology of Salt,” OJ Cade, Strange Horizons
Podcasts – Pretty much anything that Kate Baker reads at Clarkesworld; Welcome to Night Vale
(Notes: *The author is a friend, and/or I have interviewed the author. My publisher is Tor/Macmillan. I have stories coming out in both Asimov’s and Beneath Ceaseless Skies in 2014.)
Aww. Thanks for including my sexbot. 🙂 (That’s a sentence I really don’t get to use often enough.)
I have a post like this on the way. I swear! But it won’t be as pretty as yours.
I’m looking forward to your post!
i LOVE having access to your brain through books!
and, PS, Vicious was may *favorite* this year!
I don’t know if everyone shares that feeling (T, probably, sometimes wishes there was an off button…), but thank you!!
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