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What to read in 2012?

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As can be seen from my tally here, I found last year's poll asking what books on my TBR shelves you have read tremendously helpful in deciding what to read in the course of 2011. Unfortunately, the number of books on the shelves remains about the same as acquisition more or less keeps pace with completion. So I would be very grateful once again if you could fill in this poll:

Poll #1807240
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 52

Which of these 122 works of sf and fantasy have you read?

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Sphere, by Michael Crichton
6 (1.6%)
Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn
8 (2.1%)
Kushiel's Justice, by Jacqueline Carey
8 (2.1%)
Kraken, by China Mieville
10 (2.7%)
The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser
11 (2.9%)
1632, by Eric Flint
8 (2.1%)
And Another Thing ..., by Eoin Colfer
5 (1.3%)
Conrad's Fate, by Diana Wynne Jones
14 (3.7%)
Kushiel's Mercy, by Jacqueline Carey
6 (1.6%)
Letters from Father Christmas, by J. R. R. Tolkien
9 (2.4%)
Any Given Doomsday, by Lori Handeland
1 (0.3%)
Looking for Jake and Other Stories, by China Mieville
8 (2.1%)
Transition, by Iain Banks
5 (1.3%)
The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun, by J.R.R. Tolkien
3 (0.8%)
The Arabian Nights, ed. Muhsin Mahdi and tr. Husain Haddawy
6 (1.6%)
Galactic North, by Alastair Reynolds
5 (1.3%)
The War of the Ring (The History of Middle-Earth, Vol. 8), by J.R.R. Tolkien
8 (2.1%)
Surface Detail, by Iain M. Banks
12 (3.2%)
Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
3 (0.8%)
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, by Selma Lagerlöf
3 (0.8%)
A Princess of Roumania, by Paul Park
4 (1.1%)
Horizon (The Sharing Knife, Book 4), by Lois Mcmaster Bujold
9 (2.4%)
Axis, by Robert Charles Wilson
3 (0.8%)
Godslayer, by Jacqueline Carey
2 (0.5%)
Waking the Moon, by Elizabeth Hand
6 (1.6%)
Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S. Wilce
4 (1.1%)
Toward the End of Time, by John Updike
0 (0.0%)
The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi
9 (2.4%)
Powers, by Ursula Le Guin
8 (2.1%)
The Mermaids Singing, by Lisa Carey
1 (0.3%)
Among Others, by Jo Walton
12 (3.2%)
Dagger Magic, by Katherine Kurtz
3 (0.8%)
Eva, by Peter Dickinson
6 (1.6%)
City at the End of Time, by Greg Bear
3 (0.8%)
Cauldron, by Jack McDevitt
0 (0.0%)
Galileo's Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson
7 (1.9%)
Shakespeare's Planet, by Clifford D. Simak
4 (1.1%)
Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham
0 (0.0%)
The Last Theorem, by Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl
0 (0.0%)
Up the Walls of the World, by James Tiptree
5 (1.3%)
The Palace of Dreams, by Ismail Kadare
1 (0.3%)
There Will be Time, by Poul Anderson
4 (1.1%)
Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal
6 (1.6%)
Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber
4 (1.1%)
Thorns, by Robert Silverberg
5 (1.3%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 24, ed. Gardner Dozois
2 (0.5%)
Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
5 (1.3%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction 25, ed. Gardner Dozois
1 (0.3%)
The Queen's Bastard, by C.E. Murphy
5 (1.3%)
Far North, by Marcel Theroux
3 (0.8%)
Star Rover, by Jack London
1 (0.3%)
The End of the Third Age (The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part 4), by J.R.R. Tolkien
2 (0.5%)
Wild Life, by Molly Gloss
4 (1.1%)
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in honour of Jack Vance, ed. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
3 (0.8%)
The Godmother's Apprentice, by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
5 (1.3%)
De piraten van de Zilveren Kattenklauw, by Geronimo Stilton
1 (0.3%)
Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes
8 (2.1%)
Warriors, ed. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
2 (0.5%)
How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse, by Cressida Cowell
1 (0.3%)
The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker
2 (0.5%)
Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente
3 (0.8%)
Stopping for a Spell, by Diana Wynne Jones
8 (2.1%)
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein, by Theodore Roszak
1 (0.3%)
The Adventures Of Luther Arkwright, by Bryan Talbot
6 (1.6%)
How to Twist a Dragon's Tale, by Cressida Cowell
1 (0.3%)
Bitter Seeds, by Ian Tregillis
2 (0.5%)
Gorgon Child, by Steven Barnes
0 (0.0%)
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 2007, ed. George Mann
0 (0.0%)
The Magic Cup, by Andrew M. Greeley
3 (0.8%)
Motherlines, by Suzy McKee Charnas
6 (1.6%)
Contes Fantastiques Complets, by Guy de Maupassant
1 (0.3%)
The Jonah Kit, by Ian Watson
4 (1.1%)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog, by Doris Lessing
0 (0.0%)
Mind Over Ship, by David Marusek
3 (0.8%)
The Unwritten: Dead Man's Knock v. 3, by Mike Carey
1 (0.3%)
The Martian Inca, by Ian Watson
3 (0.8%)
RG Veda Volume 3, by Clamp
2 (0.5%)
Putting up Roots, by Charles Sheffield
0 (0.0%)
Moment of Eclipse, by Brian Aldiss
3 (0.8%)
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt, by Lucy Hawking
0 (0.0%)
North Wind, by Gwyneth Jones
4 (1.1%)
Tales from the Arabian Nights Selected from the Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, ed. and tr. Richard Burton
6 (1.6%)
Yearwood, by Paul Hazel
1 (0.3%)
The Secret History of Science Fiction, ed. James Patrick Kelly
0 (0.0%)
Phoenix Cafe, by Gwyneth Jones
5 (1.3%)
The Universe Between, by Alan E Nourse
4 (1.1%)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4, ed. Terry Carr
2 (0.5%)
Ôoku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 5, by Fumi Yoshinaga
1 (0.3%)
This Mortal Mountain - Volume 3: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
0 (0.0%)
Spectrum: A Science Fiction Anthology: No. 4, ed. Kingsley Amis
1 (0.3%)
Avalanche Soldier, by Susan Matthews
0 (0.0%)
Last Exit to Babylon - Volume 4: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
0 (0.0%)
Beast Master's Planet: A Beast Master Omnibus, by Andre Norton
3 (0.8%)
Winter Song, by Colin Harvey
0 (0.0%)
Argonautica, by Valerius Flaccu
0 (0.0%)
The Wild Reel, by Paul Brandon
0 (0.0%)
Spirit, by Gwyneth Jones
4 (1.1%)
The Deepest Sea, by Charles Barnitz
0 (0.0%)
Up Jim River, by Michael Flynn
0 (0.0%)
Gateways, by Elizabeth Anne Hull
1 (0.3%)
Crowe's Requiem, by Mike McCormack
0 (0.0%)
Transit of Earth (Playboy Science Fiction)
0 (0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition, ed. Rich Horton
1 (0.3%)
Oracle, by Ian Watson
1 (0.3%)
The Host, by Peter Emshwiller
0 (0.0%)
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, ed. Kevin J. Anderson
0 (0.0%)
Daystar and Shadow, by James Weldon Johnson
0 (0.0%)
Hybrid, by Shaun Hutson
0 (0.0%)
Starry Messenger: The best of Galileo, ed. Charles Ryan
0 (0.0%)
The Hidden War, by Michael Armstrong
0 (0.0%)
Heartspell, by Blaine Anderson
0 (0.0%)
Stories from Ancient Egypt, by Joyce A. Tyldesley
0 (0.0%)
Moon Stallion, by Brian Hayles
2 (0.5%)
Conquest of the Amazon, by John Russell Fearn
0 (0.0%)
Trips to the Moon, by Lucian of Samosata
1 (0.3%)
Far North & Other Dark Tales, by Sara Maitland
0 (0.0%)
Anno Mortis (Tomes of the Dead), by Rebecca Levene
0 (0.0%)
Lightning Days, by Colin Harvey
0 (0.0%)
Out of Nowhere, by Gerald Whelan
0 (0.0%)
Postscripts (Special BSFA members Sampler Edition), ed. Peter Crowther
0 (0.0%)
Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegetables, by Simon Petrie
0 (0.0%)
The Next Generation, by John Francis Maguire
0 (0.0%)

And which of these 98 other works of fiction have you read?

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The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8 (2.3%)
Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus The Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles
14 (4.1%)
Tender is the Night, by F.Scott Fitzgerald
7 (2.0%)
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
12 (3.5%)
Hard Times, by Charles Dickens
15 (4.4%)
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
10 (2.9%)
The Red and the Black (Signet classics), by Stendhal
7 (2.0%)
The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding
11 (3.2%)
Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol
5 (1.5%)
The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
9 (2.6%)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
2 (0.6%)
The Castle, by Franz Kafka
9 (2.6%)
The Devils(aka The Possessed), by Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky
2 (0.6%)
Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
3 (0.9%)
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, by Umberto Eco
2 (0.6%)
The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad
8 (2.3%)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte
15 (4.4%)
The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier
4 (1.2%)
Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
3 (0.9%)
Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann
10 (2.9%)
Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann
6 (1.8%)
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
1 (0.3%)
Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson
6 (1.8%)
The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver
3 (0.9%)
Washington Square, by Henry James
6 (1.8%)
Beach Music, by Pat Conroy
0 (0.0%)
A Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert
5 (1.5%)
The Far Side Of The World, by Patrick O'Brian
11 (3.2%)
Desolation Island, by Patrick O'Brian
12 (3.5%)
Rules, by Cynthia Lord
2 (0.6%)
Confession of Zeno, by Italo Svevo
2 (0.6%)
Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis
5 (1.5%)
The Secret River, by Kate Grenville
0 (0.0%)
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
0 (0.0%)
Islands In The Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
2 (0.6%)
The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte
5 (1.5%)
I Don't Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson
3 (0.9%)
Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian
9 (2.6%)
Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
1 (0.3%)
Rob Roy, by Sir Walter Scott
7 (2.0%)
The Egyptian, by Mika Waltari
4 (1.2%)
The Grass is Singing, by Doris Lessing
6 (1.8%)
The seven-per-cent solution, by Nicholas Meyer
7 (2.0%)
Across the River and into the Trees, by Ernest Hemingway
0 (0.0%)
Q, by Luther Blissett
2 (0.6%)
Resistance, by Anita Shreve
1 (0.3%)
Revelation, by C. J. Sansom
0 (0.0%)
Eyeless in Gaza, by Aldous Huxley
4 (1.2%)
The Sorrows of an American, by Siri Hustvedt
1 (0.3%)
Emil and the Detectives, by Erich Kastner
13 (3.8%)
The Folding Star, by Alan Hollinghurst
2 (0.6%)
History, by Elsa Morante
1 (0.3%)
The Summer Before the Dark, by Doris Lessing
4 (1.2%)
The Spring of the Ram, by Dorothy Dunnett
5 (1.5%)
Doors Open, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
A Good Hanging and other stories, by Ian Rankin
4 (1.2%)
Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid
0 (0.0%)
Land of Green Plums, by Herta Muller
0 (0.0%)
Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, by Herge
4 (1.2%)
Le Chat du Rabbin, Tome 1, by Joann Sfar
0 (0.0%)
Watchman, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
Beggars Banquet, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
Blood Hunt, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
The Light That Failed, by Rudyard Kipling
4 (1.2%)
Bleeding Hearts, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
Cheese, by Willem Elsschot
1 (0.3%)
The Great Wall of China, by Franz Kafka
1 (0.3%)
Brother and Sister, by Joanna Trollope
2 (0.6%)
The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson
0 (0.0%)
The Flood, by Ian Rankin
3 (0.9%)
Desert, by J. M. G. Le Clezio
0 (0.0%)
A Winter Book, by Tove Jansson
1 (0.3%)
Girls in Love, by Jacqueline Wilson
1 (0.3%)
The Habit of Loving, by Doris Lessing
4 (1.2%)
Not a Creature Was Stirring, by Jane Haddam
1 (0.3%)
Home Truths, by Freya North
1 (0.3%)
Quoth the Raven, by Jane Haddam
1 (0.3%)
The Public Prosecutor, by Jef Geeraerts
0 (0.0%)
Dear Old Dead, by Jane Haddam
1 (0.3%)
Wages of Sin, by Andrew M. Greeley
2 (0.6%)
Travelling Light, by Tove Jansson
0 (0.0%)
Children are Civilians Too, by Heinrich Boll
0 (0.0%)
The Other City, by Michal Ajvaz
0 (0.0%)
Baptism in Blood, by Jane Haddam
1 (0.3%)
In Another Light, by Andrew Greig
0 (0.0%)
The Deer Hunter, by Michael Cimino
0 (0.0%)
See How Much I Love You, by Luis Leante
0 (0.0%)
Lust, Caution And Other Stories, by Eileen Chang
0 (0.0%)
The Truth Commissioner, by David Park
0 (0.0%)
The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories, by Dennis Pepper
0 (0.0%)
With the Light: v. 5: Raising an Autistic Child, by Keiko Tobe
0 (0.0%)
From Bed to Bed, by Gaius Valerius Catullus
1 (0.3%)
Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams
1 (0.3%)
Kings of the North, by Cecelia Holland
0 (0.0%)
Barbaraal tot op het bot, by Barbara Stok
0 (0.0%)
Every Step You Take, by Maureen O'Brien
0 (0.0%)
Horrible Science Annual 2010, by Nick Arnold
1 (0.3%)
Alina, by Jason Johnson
0 (0.0%)

And which of these 91 non-fiction books have you read?

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Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach
2 (5.1%)
Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf
0 (0.0%)
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, by Thich Nhat Hanh
0 (0.0%)
The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
2 (5.1%)
The Bible: The Biography, by Karen Armstrong
3 (7.7%)
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch
2 (5.1%)
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary, by Ammon Shea
0 (0.0%)
The Essence of Christianity, by Ludwig Feuerbach
1 (2.6%)
My Traitor's Heart, by Rian Malan
1 (2.6%)
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius, by Graham Farmelo
0 (0.0%)
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, ed. M. I. Finley
0 (0.0%)
A History of the World in 100 Objects, by Neil MacGregor
0 (0.0%)
1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, by Gavin Menzies
1 (2.6%)
Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing, by Katherine Ashenburg
0 (0.0%)
1688: A Global History, by John E. Wills
0 (0.0%)
The Invisible Gorilla, by Christopher Chabris
0 (0.0%)
Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, by Alex Von Tunzelmann
0 (0.0%)
Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, by Ronald Hutton
2 (5.1%)
Isaiah Berlin: A Life, by Michael Ignatieff
0 (0.0%)
The Kindness of Strangers, by Kate Adie
1 (2.6%)
A Guide to Tolkien, by David Day
2 (5.1%)
The Flowering of New England-1815-1865, by Van Wyck Brooks
0 (0.0%)
Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, by Jane Hirshfield
0 (0.0%)
A Book of Silence, by Sara Maitland
2 (5.1%)
The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins v. 1, by John D. Rateliff
1 (2.6%)
The World of Washington Irving, by Van Wyck Brooks
0 (0.0%)
The History of the Hobbit: Return to Bag-End v. 2, by John Rateliff
1 (2.6%)
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey, by Ian Rankin
1 (2.6%)
Tickling the English, by Dara O Briain
3 (7.7%)
Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse, by Brigid Keenan
0 (0.0%)
Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism, ed. Rose A. Zimbardo and Neil D. Isaacs
0 (0.0%)
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England, by Stuart Maconie
2 (5.1%)
The Reign of Elizabeth 1556-1603, by J. B. Black
2 (5.1%)
How to Hold a Crocodile, by The Diagram Group
0 (0.0%)
52 Ways of Looking at a Poem: A Poem for Every Week of the Year, by Ruth Padel
0 (0.0%)
The Twilight Lords: An Irish Chronicle, by Richard Berleth
0 (0.0%)
Alexander the Corrector, by Julia Keay
0 (0.0%)
Isaac Asimov, by Michael White
0 (0.0%)
Anthropological Studies of Religion: An Introductory Text, by Brian Morris
0 (0.0%)
The Great O'Neill, by Sean O'Faolain
0 (0.0%)
Luck and the Irish, by R. F. Foster
0 (0.0%)
The God Instinct, by Jesse Bering
0 (0.0%)
Prisoner, by Dave Rogers
0 (0.0%)
Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time, by Stephen Baxter
0 (0.0%)
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, by Daniel Jaffee
0 (0.0%)
A History of Anthropology, by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
0 (0.0%)
Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress, by Jeannette Lucraft
1 (2.6%)
The Empire Stops Here: A Journey along the Frontiers of the Roman World, by Philip Parker
0 (0.0%)
Politics of Climate Change, by Anthony Giddens
0 (0.0%)
The Complete Ice Age: How Climate Change Shaped the World, by Brian M. Fagan
0 (0.0%)
Why Can't Elephants Jump? And 101 Other Tantalising Science Questions
3 (7.7%)
The Ancient Languages of Europe, by Roger D. Woodard
0 (0.0%)
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy, by Graeme Thompson
1 (2.6%)
The Story of English in 100 Words, by David Crystal
0 (0.0%)
Bland Ambition: From Adams to Quayle--The Cranks, Criminals, Tax Cheats, and Golfers Who Made It to Vice President, by Steve Tally
0 (0.0%)
Making Ireland British 1580-1650, by Nicholas Canny
1 (2.6%)
Eleanor, Countess of Desmond, by Anne Chambers
0 (0.0%)
Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary, by Jacqueline Rayner
1 (2.6%)
Elizabeth I, by Alison Plowden
1 (2.6%)
Green Living for Dummies, by Michael Grosvenor
0 (0.0%)
Bits of Me are Falling Apart: Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years, by William Leith
0 (0.0%)
Free Radical: Memoirs, by Vince Cable
0 (0.0%)
European Community: The Building of a Union, by John Pinder
0 (0.0%)
Representing Autism, by Stuart Murray
0 (0.0%)
The Secret Lives of Garden Birds, by Dominic Couzens
0 (0.0%)
The Other Islam: Sufism and the Road to Global Harmony, by Stephen Schwartz
0 (0.0%)
Virgins, Weeders and Queens: A History of Women in the Garden, by Twigs Way
0 (0.0%)
Edward Gibbon and Empire, ed. Rosamond McKitterick
1 (2.6%)
The Making and Remaking of the Good Friday Agreement, by Paul Bew
0 (0.0%)
Climate Conflict: How global warming threatens security and what to do about it, by Jeffrey Mazo
0 (0.0%)
No Going Back To Moldova, by Anna Robertson
0 (0.0%)
Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization, by Laura Raynolds
0 (0.0%)
Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory, by Deborah M. Withers
0 (0.0%)
The Charm of Belgium, by Brian Lunn
1 (2.6%)
Fanny Kemble and the lovely land, by Constance Wright
0 (0.0%)
Essays on Time-based Linguistic Analysis, by Charles-James N. Bailey
0 (0.0%)
Liberal Language: Speeches and Essays 1998-2003, by Graham Watson
0 (0.0%)
Expanding Eurasia: Russia's European Ambitions, by Janusz Bugajski
0 (0.0%)
A People's Peace for Cyprus: Testing public opinion on the options for a comprehensive settlement, by Alexandros Lordos
0 (0.0%)
On the Way to Diplomacy, by Costas M. Constantinou
0 (0.0%)
Cycling in Victorian Ireland, by Brian Griffin
0 (0.0%)
The Life of Sir Denis Henry, by A.D. McDonnell
0 (0.0%)
The Case for Global Democracy: Advocating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, by Graham Watson
0 (0.0%)
Legacy: A Collection of Personal Testimonies from People Affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland, by BBC Northern Ireland
0 (0.0%)
Between structure and No-thing: An annotated reader in Social and Cultural Anthropology, by Patrick J. Devlieger
0 (0.0%)
Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History, by Michalis Stavrou Michael
0 (0.0%)
What Made Now in Northern Ireland, by Maurna Crozier
0 (0.0%)
A Crocodile in the Fernery: An A-Z of Animals in the Garden, by Twigs Way
0 (0.0%)
The Irish Constitutional Revolution of the Sixteenth Century, by Brendan Bradshaw
0 (0.0%)
Building Confidence in Peace: Public Opinion and the Cyprus Peace Process, by Nathalie Tocci
0 (0.0%)
The Treason and Trial of Sir John Perrot, by Roger Turvey
0 (0.0%)


Again, particular recommendations of books to read or avoid very welcome in comments; I shall also bank recommendations from previous years.

Comments

( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
coth
Dec. 30th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
My recommendations would be Hand's Waking the Moon, Walton's Among Others, Kingsolver's The Lacuna and everything by Doris Lessing.

I remember Nourse's The Universe Between and Norton's Beastmaster books very fondly from multiple rereading in childhood, but doubt they have stood the test of time.
redfiona99
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Haven't read RG Veda but if it's anything like Clamp's other work, you might want to start at the beginning instead of vol 3. A f-lister of mine loved 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian'.
gareth_rees
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I’ve recently written about a couple of these:Other recommendations: Desolation Island (the best of Patrick O’Brian’s series); Thorns (from Silverberg’s golden period); The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; and anything by Ian Watson (though you didn’t get on with Miracle Visitors so maybe you don’t appreciate his brand of inspired lunacy).

Also, although I have not read it, Cycling in Victorian Ireland sounds intriguing, so you should read it and then tell us all about it.

Edited at 2011-12-31 04:58 pm (UTC)
bopeepsheep
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Recommended: Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Resistance; Tom Jones; Goodnight Mister Tom; Adventures on the High Teas; Tickling the English; Conrad's Fate; Packing For Mars; the Cowell Dragon books if you've already started the series; ditto the Rebus titles.

Avoid: I Don't Know How She Does It.

YMwilldefinitelyV: And Another Thing.
coth
Dec. 30th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Quantum Thief was pretty good too - very Zelazny-ish.
mizkit
Dec. 30th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
I still think you should read JACOB HAVE I LOVED, and I think Politics of Climate Change, The Complete Ice Age: How Climate Change Shaped the World, and Packing for Mars all sound very interesting.
tree_and_leaf
Dec. 30th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
I love Buddenbrooks (Death in Venice I can take or leave, but it's worth reading once), but for goodness sake avoid the Lowe-Porter translations. They're awful - neither particularly readable nor particularly accurate (and some of the mistakes would shame a half-way competent A-level student).

McCullough's "History of Christianity" is very good, though quite dense.

Q is pretty good. And I'd highly recommend "The Seven Per Cent Solution" for a moment where you're feeling tired and jaded and need something fun to pick you up.
saare_snowqueen
Dec. 30th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
I tried to read The Land of Green Plums - utter crap!

I know you're not a great fan of David Mitchll but I really enjoyed 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.'

If you haven't already read it, Paolo Bacigalupi's 'The Windup Girl' describes a terrifying future that is already starting come upon us. See this article from The Daily Wail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html#ixzz1hsh2qRQH
gwyneira
Dec. 30th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend Among Others (which is one of my top 2011 books), Wild Life, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The Professor is interesting, but for Bronte completists, I think; it's very xenophobic, and I find the characters rather unpleasant.
pgmcc
Dec. 30th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've read Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World yet, but if not, then it is strongly recommended; as is Angelmaker, his next book coming out in Feb 2012. I had the good fortune of receiving an advance proof copy and it is great fun. It is actually quite pertinent to the current global political and economic situation.
shana
Dec. 30th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Emil and the Detectives... I'll have to reread that.
raycun
Dec. 30th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Kraken has Mieville's usual disappointing ending, but is good up to then.
I've stopped reading Banks, he ran out of things to say years ago.
Powers is very good, that whole sequence is great in a deliberately low-key way.
Thorns I can't remember at all, but as gareth_rees says above it's from Silverberg's golden period.
The Cressida Cowell books are from a series, starting with How to Tame a Dragon, for 8-10 year olds.
Luther Arkwright is interesting weirdness, Queen Victoria and floating cities, I think? - I suppose it must be an important steampunk text.
I'm a little surprised you haven't read the Sophocles already.
Hard Times... blah. I am Dickens-intolerant.
The Red and the Black - read this a couple of months ago in a book club and I think I was the only one who enjoyed it (and I found it interesting as a historical piece rather than gripping as fiction)
Dead Souls, good in parts but the short stories are better.
Vernon God little - threw against the wall before I got to page 50.
sierra_le_oli
Dec. 31st, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
I'm another who threw Vernon God Little against the wall and feel no guilt for it. In fact, I now wish I'd thrown a bit harder and a bit sooner.
raycun
Dec. 30th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
When you say you're looking for (dis)recommendations I assumed it was from the list above. Or do you mean in general?
nwhyte
Dec. 30th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
From the list above, really, as those are the books immediately available!
cairmen
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Extremely unusually for me reading Mieville, I bounced off Kraken hard - I found it a strange combination of unsettling and not interesting enough to push past the unsettled feeling.

Could be very good, and I should really go back to it, but for now it remains the only Mieville I've not gotten on with.
chilperic
Dec. 31st, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Avoid Gavin Menzies on 1434; appalling rubbish! I have just given my copy away.
chilperic
Dec. 31st, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Agree with the comment on Mieville's Kraken. Couldn't finish it. Badly plotted, badly written (I thought), and just rather tedious.
steve_mollmann
Dec. 31st, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
I went through a few years where Buddenbrooks was absolutely my favorite novel, and I still find it quite good.
bibliofile
Jan. 1st, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
I have yet to be disappointed by Ian Rankin's fiction, which is somewhat unusual for such a prolific author.

I liked Hand's Waking the Moon, but I also know people who hated it -- and I can't really predict who will end up on each side. It's a very particular kind of world.
nwhyte
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
Conrad's Fate, by Diana Wynne Jones 14
Among Others, by Jo Walton 12
Surface Detail, by Iain M. Banks 12
The Faerie Queene, by Edmund Spenser 10

Kraken, by China Mieville 10
The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi 9
Horizon 9
Letters from Father Christmas, by J. R. R. Tolkien 9
Stopping for a Spell, by Diana Wynne Jones 8
Moxyland, by Lauren Beukes 8
Powers, by Ursula Le Guin 8
The War of the Ring 8

Looking for Jake and Other Stories, by China Mieville 8
1632, by Eric Flint 8
Kushiel's Justice, by Jacqueline Carey 8
Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn 8


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte 15
Hard Times, by Charles Dickens 14
Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus The Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles 14
Emil and the Detectives, by Erich Kastner 13
Desolation Island, by Patrick O'Brian 12
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James 12

The Far Side Of The World, by Patrick O'Brian 11
The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding 11
Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann 10
Goodnight Mister Tom, by Michelle Magorian 9
The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne 9
Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman 9


Why Can't Elephants Jump? And 101 Other Tantalising Science Questions 3
Tickling the English, by Dara O Briain 3
The Bible: The Biography, by Karen Armstrong 3
The Reign of Elizabeth 1556-1603, by J. B. Black 2
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England, by Stuart Maconie 2

A Book of Silence, by Sara Maitland 2
Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain, by Ronald Hutton 2
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, by Diarmaid MacCulloch 2
The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal 2
Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach 2


Edited at 2012-12-02 08:39 pm (UTC)
nwhyte
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Recs:

Desolation Island (3)
Tenant of Wildfell Hall (3)


Among Others (2)
Waking the Moon (2)
The Spring Of The Ram (2)
Q (2)
Packing for Mars (2)
Goodnight Mister Tom (2)

1632 (2)
Jacob Have I Loved (2)
Buddenbrooks (2)
Housekeeping (2)
The Devils /The Possessed (2)

Edited at 2012-11-10 08:45 am (UTC)
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