December 31, 2017
During my teenage ages I read a lot of classic sci-fi and I thought I should revisit some of the classics. Found this very hard to reread annoyingly.
Bought because I read John Boyd’s biography in 2016 and was stuck by his approach. I didn’t get far into this though, but I should revisit it.
Another teenage favorite. I’d forgortten how long it was, and how good.
A rather enjoyed this and the previous book. A little creepy without being scary.
Brought because somebody I deeply respect recommended, but I struggled with. Unfinished.
My first William Gibson in years, an a corker. Sci-fi predicts the future, but it’s accuracy is patchy. Part of a trilogy I read all of this year.
American crime pulp fiction, but good fun
More from the Bridge trilogy. The concept of the Idoru is facinating.
Part of me trying to apply “how tech teams work” to “how businesses work”, I bought this before a trip to the US but ended up reading it on a trip to Canada later that year.
Warren Ellis is a wonderful twisted bastard and this short story about a clean up man is tremendous (and what I actually read on the US trip)
The SF Masterworks series is a brilliant collection. Sci-Fi doesn’t just mean ships, space and robots, and I loved this grim distopian near future novel.
More Uncle Ellis, more twisted depravity, yet more rollocking story.
I was clearly on a Warren Ellis binge (or Kindle’s Recommended algorithm is rubbish). but this didn’t disappoint. Given that most “futureologists” should go jump in the sea, a novel about them was better than I imagined.
Another old favorite which I revisited. A lot of what I read this year had angels and daemons in it, but few who I as as fond of as Crowley and Aziraphale
More Uncle Ellis, this time in classic graphic novel format. Spider quickly became my new anti-hero.
A classic I thought I should havee probably read by this time in my life an before a TV adaptation ruined it. Glad to say it was a tremendous read and that TV adaptation is aparently excellent. It made me realise how easily we could side into an authoritarian world.
I always enjoy browsing Jamie Oliver books and this is great. Lots of “cheating” but if it means people cook (myself included) I’m all for it.
I bought it because it was cheap and it was ok. Nothing great, went on a bit to long.
Last of The Bridge series and another stormer.
Another big name in sci-fi that I picked up again. I loved the details of the factions and the break down of society.
Bought as yet more self improvement, mostly unread. I should stop buying management books.
A fun space tale by Neil Gaimon and every bit as good as I’d hoped.
Yet more management books bought because I think I should have them, this one purely because of the name. As yet unread
A tremendous fantacy novel
A better than expected super natural/crime/drama novel.
Probably/possibly the best book I read in 2017
More Shadow Moon, more better.
Another self help/self improvement book bought on a recommendation from my boss (because i have a hrd time having hard conversations). Started bt not finished. Cliff notes needed
Another management book, this time with some history, guess what… I’ve not read t.
Neuromancer is one of those classic bits of sci-fi I assumed I’d read but it turned out I’d not, so I did, and it was excellent.
Second in the Neuromancer series. I loved that the main character is a bit of a klutz.
Bought with good intentions, remains unread.
I really loved the concepts in Altered Carbon and it’s a great story to go wwith it
Second in the Altered Carbon series explores some dark subjects but is a tremendous tale all the same.
A fun but silly tale. Probably technically a kids book.
Pulling all the bits of Neuromancer togther, I closed out reading the series after a bit of an Altered Carbon break.
Completely bonkers idea, great story.
I love Rebus novels and it turned out there were two new ones whilst I wasn’t looking.
More Rebus, more Scottish fun.
One of my team was reading this and recommended it. As normal, I got a couple of chapters in and then craved violent action fiction, as normal.
I took over managing ateam and thus I bought a book about it. This one I’ll actually read on the train however.
I love the Charlie Parker novels, spooky, supernatural, violent and great detective novels. I’m planning on rereading them all next year. I’m amazed the film rights haven’t been snapped up but 15 books have some big plot arcs.
Much like Rebus, when I wasn’t looking 2 sneaked out. I read them on the bounce.
Bought because it won awards an was offer. super long but excellent, a true modern space opera.comments powered by Disqus