Locus Online: 2004 Recommended Reading
Locus Magazine’s list of recommended reading for 2004 is now up. Go look at it, and come back here.
This is what interests ME out of the list:
The Life of the World to Come, Kage Baker (Tor) (although I need to catch up on the Zeus novels before I get to it)
Exultant, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz; Del Rey) (after reading its prequel, Coalescent)
Black Brillion, Matthew Hughes (Tor)
–I do like his Vance pastiche.
Newton’s Wake, Ken MacLeod (Orbit; Tor)
I’m not sold on the politics of his novels, but I do like them anyway
Century Rain, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Ace 2005)
This is not in the Revelation Space universe, this is new.
Forty Signs of Rain, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins UK; Bantam)
Robinson is always good.
Iron Sunrise, Charles Stross (Ace)
Although I need to catch up on this series, too.
Dead Lines, Greg Bear (HarperCollins UK; Ballantine)
Bear is another of my favorites.
The Last Light of the Sun, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc)
I’ve heard its not as good as his earlier ones, but half-good Kay is still better than a lot of stuff out there.
The Charnel Prince, Greg Keyes (Del Rey)
After I read the first novel in this series.
The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah; The Dark Tower, Stephen King
Another series I need to read.
Iron Council, China Mi�ville (Del Rey)
After I read The Scar, first.
# Going Postal, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins)
It might take me a few years to get to it…
The Family Trade, Charles Stross (Tor)
Finally a book I actually have and will read, soon!
Shadowmarch, Tad Williams (DAW)
I loved Otherland…
The Wizard Knight, Gene Wolfe (Tor � 2 Volumes: The Knight, The Wizard)
I need to get the first…
Weapons of Choice, John Birmingham (Del Rey)
I’ve heard good and bad about this novel from my acquaintances on the Videssos list.
City of Pearl, Karen Traviss (Eos)
I’ve heard good stuff about this one too.
Mother Aegypt and Other Stories, Kage Baker
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
Cherryh is really good stuff from Morgaine to the Kif…
Cartomancy, Mary Gentle
Based on my good feelings toward the three Ash novels I’ve read so far.
Stable Strategies and Others, Eileen Gunn
Another book I own. Yippee.
The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Charles N. Brown & Jonathan Strahan, eds.
Not only do I own it, I read it. And loved it.
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed.
I’ve gotten behind on these.
# Conqueror Fantastic, Pamela Sargent, ed. (DAW)
These anthologies can be mixed bags, but some of the gems inside can really outweigh the dross.
The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age, Harry Turtledove & Noreen Doyle,
I’ve heard good things about this anthology, too. And its edited by Dr. T.