Wednesday, December 28, 2005


SF Site's Readers Choice

Over at SF Site they've posted the guidlines for their annual readers poll of the best books of the year. Readers are invited to nominate up to ten of their favorite books published in 2005.

I've already done a "Read and Appreciated" list for Fantastic Metropolis, but that wasn't limited to books published in 2005. With that restriction, I think my list would look a little something like this:

Kage Baker, The Children of the Company
Richard Bowes, From the Files of the Time Rangers
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Matthew Hughes, The Gist Hunter and Other Stories
Jess Nevins, The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana
John Scalzi, Old Man's War
John C. Wright, Orphans of Chaos

And that's really it for books that I've read (and enjoyed) published in 2005. Everything else was originally published in previous years. Of course, there are also piles and piles of books published in 2005 that crowd my To Read shelves, most notably Hal Duncan's Vellum, Tom De Haven's It's Superman, and virtually the entirely output of Lou Anders's Pyr imprint; and that's not even counting all of the 2005 releases I haven't had a chance to pick up yet, like Jeffrey Ford's The Cosmology of the Wider World, David Marusek's Counting Heads, and Ken MacLeod's Learning the World. (I really just need a whole year to read. Maybe then I could catch up!)

If you've read anything published in 2005, and liked it, head over to SF Site and vote. (And hey, didn't Here, There & Everywhere come out this year, too? Well, I guess if you liked it, you could nominate that, too.)

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