Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Locus Online, best of 2010

I am a sucker for lists.  Short listed titles, favourite books by other readers in a list-shape, grocery lists, character traits in list form.  You name it in a list and I love it.

Locus Magazine Online now have their top 2010 recommended titles listed on their website.  And of course, I had to go and look and see what I've read and who they've listed.  And there is a fair few, but even more I have never heard of.  So they will be going onto my wishlist for later this year to indulge in.

I am, however, excited by their YA titles they mention and here they are:

Young Adult Books

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
The White Cat, Holly Black (Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books)
Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card (Simon Pulse)
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Factotum, D. M. Cornish (Omnibus Australia; Fickling UK; Putnam)
Thresholds, Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Viking)
Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins UK; Greenwillow)
The Boneshaker, Kate Milford (Clarion)
Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness (Candlewick Press; Walker UK)
The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7: Lord Sunday, Garth Nix (Scholastic Press; HarperCollins UK)
I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; Harper)
Fever Crumb, Philip Reeve (Scholastic)
Kid vs. Squid, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury)
Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)
The titles in BOLD are the ones we have reviewed on MFB in the past.  The titles in italics are the titles I have at home but have not yet managed to read.  But I will. 

One title I am very keen to read is by Greg van Eekhout - Kid vs Squid.  I am a fan of Mr. van Eekhout as I reviewed his Norse Code a while ago and I've even named my iMac after the character in Norse Code, i.e. Mist.  I am that geeky, yes. I think I may have to add that to the top of my wishlist on Amazon immediately.

Lets have a look at the Fantasy Titles they mention:

Novels - Fantasy
The Golden Age, Michal Ajvaz, translated by Andrew Oakland (Dalkey Archive)
The Bird of the River, Kage Baker (Tor)
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot UK; Angry Robot US)
The Desert Spear, Peter V. Brett (Ballantine Del Rey; HarperVoyager)
Changeless, Gail Carriger (Orbit US)
The Wolf Age, James Enge (Pyr)
Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde (Viking; Hodder & Stoughton)
The Jade Man's Skin, Daniel Fox (Del Rey)
The Half-Made World, Felix Gilman (Tor)
Horns, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)
Kings of the North, Cecelia Holland (Forge)
Hespira, Matthew Hughes (Night Shade Books)
Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada; Roc)
The Bards of Bone Plain, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
Kraken, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Ballantine Del Rey)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell (Random House)
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
The Folding Knife, K. J. Parker (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
A Matter of Blood, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
The House of Discarded Dreams, Ekaterina Sedia (Prime Books)
A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (Doubleday; Orion)
The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
The Habitation of the Blessed, Catherynne M. Valente (Night Shade Books)
The Sorcerer's House, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
As before, the BOLD we've reviewed on MFB.  But look at all those books in italics! I have them all on my shelf and really should get my butt in gear and read some of them, at least, right? Right!  I would be keen to try Guy Gavriel Kay's book "Under Heaven" because I loved his novel Ysabel so much. Also, The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia - what a phenomenal title.  I bought a copy of her other novel The Secret History of Moscow some time ago and rediscovered it this weekend when I was looking for something else.  It's shimmied its way up my TBR pile.

Locus have also listed some worthy first novels:

First Novels
The Loving Dead, Amelia Beamer (Night Shade Books)
Noise, Darin Bradley (Spectra)
Clowns at Midnight, Terry Dowling (PS Publishing)
A Book of Tongues, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
The Native Star, M. K. Hobson (Ballantine Spectra)
Meeks, Julia Holmes (Small Beer Press)
The Last Page, Anthony Huso (Tor)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer Press)
The Dream of Perpetual Motion, Dexter Palmer (St. Martin's)
The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor 2011)
The Bookman, Lavie Tidhar (Angry Robot UK; Angry Robot US)
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff (Razorbill)
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu (Pantheon)
The Native Star by MK Hobson I bought from Forbidden Planet towards the end of last year, read it and loved it.  I've not yet reviewed it but if you spot it in the shop, grab it.  Old timey Western with magic and quite a bit of steampunky goodness thrown in for good measure.  I'm very keen to read the second novel by MK Hobson as this girl can WRITE!  Need I embarrass myself with how much I loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison? No.  I don't.  I still can't speak about it properly.  It is hot, amazing, wonderful fantasy of the highest calibre.  I have the second one lined up to read very soon. Also, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.  Dark, twisty, creepy - fairytales the way they were meant to be told.

Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. Hmm.  I read the first two chapters.  It messed with my head, but I loved it.  I will definitely be reading it - it's a futuristic crime caper...only not in the Firefly way you would expect.

Anthologies - Original

The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime Books)
Zombies vs. Unicorns, Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier, eds. (McElderry)
The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Viking)
Is Anybody Out There?, Nick Gevers & Marty Halpern, eds. (DAW)
Black Wings: New Tales Of Lovecraftian Horror, S. T. Joshi, ed. (PS Publishing)
Sprawl, Alisa Krasnostein, ed. (Twelfth Planet Press)
Warriors, George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor)
Godlike Machines, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (SFBC)
Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)
These underlined titles are titles I would LOVE to get my grubby paws on.  Especially Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier,  as well as The Beastly Bridge by Ellen Datlwo and Terri Windling.  Oh look, they have been on my wishlist for ages now.  "stares meaningfully at Mark holding the purse-strings".

Right, this list really has energised me to read more of these titles and also to dip into some of the books I've bought that have been lying around for far too long.

For the full list titles, check out the Locus Online site.  I've also been thinking about subscribing digitally to them.  But that way danger lies, I think.  My tiny heart my burst with wanting all these books they review and list in every magazine.  Oh what the hell, you only live once, right?


serendipity_viv said...

There are some fabulous books on these lists. I loved White Cat but I adore Holly Black anyway. Also hero worship Patrick Ness too!

ImageNations said...

Since I didn't read more than two YA titles and none was outside the borders of the continent Africa, I have not heard of any of these. Thanks all the same for the list

Leen said...

If you like to read about vampires from the old times and stuff than I think you should read 'The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice. It's really funny and easy to read ;)