Dec 30, 2009

2009, and what I found there.

- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Moscow 2042 by Vladimir Voinovich (Владимир Войнович)
- Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
- The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
- The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
- Kallocain by Karin Boye
- When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger
- The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
- Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove
- Sea of Glass by Barry B. Longyear
- We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
- Halting State by Charles Stross
- Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Marching Through Georgia by S.M. Stirling
- Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison

Favorites: We, Gun, with Occasional Music, Sea of Glass
Most Boring: Halting State, The Plot Against America
What I should have ready decades ago, because it was excellent: The Lottery and Other Stories
Stank like patchouli: The Fifth Sacred Thing
Goriest: Chung Kuo: The Middle Kingdom, Altered Carbon

I'm looking forward to another year!


white rabbit said...

I was wondering what had happened to you in your dystopian review manifestation. Good to see you back.

I'm presently wading my way through 'Perdido Street Station' by China Miéville (how does a guy get to be called China?). Ever read it? Maybe I blog on it later if you haven't beaten me to it...

downtown guy said...

Yep, I'm back. Just got a pile of books I was looking for, so I'm excited to keep on.

He claims it comes from Cockney rhyming slang - china plate/mate. Says his parents were kinda London hippies.

And yes, I have read it. n fact, it's one of my favorites. Let me know what you think of it.