A book a day in March

For no reason whatsoever, I read a book a day this month.

So here we are! The 31 books I read. I probably cheated slightly, as I read mostly shorter novels (including a couple of novellas) but the upside of this is that it was quite an enjoyable month of reading. Nothing lingered around long enough to really annoy me.

I should write a little more about them, but I have some other tasks that are demanding my attention (although a couple of these do have full reviews, which I’ve linked).

They were:

Rogue Moon – Algis Budrys
Bonkers, but well worth reading. (My Review)
The Dream Years – Lisa Goldstein
Quite an unusual time-travel novel, split between the early 20th Century Paris surrealist movement, the 1968 Paris protests and a future rebellion which draws on both. (My Review)
The Late Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
Amusing novel (My Review)
Winter’s Bone – Daniel Woodrell
I’d seen (and enjoyed) the film earlier and the book had been recommended as also being excellent. It is. A girl has to deal with poverty and her close and distant family in an attempt to find her father.
Mayflower II – Stephen Baxter
Generation Starship novella, set in the Xeelee universe.
Reality Dust – Stephen Baxter
Another Xeelee universe novella.
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner
I read and loved Alan Garner’s novels as a child. Weirdstone has been reissued (50th Anniversay). I can be a bit of a sucker for nice special editions… so here we are. Anyway, it’s still excellent!
Riding the Rock – Stephen Baxter
Ahem, another Xeelee novella
Son of Heaven (Chung Kuo Book One) – David Wingrove
The first part of 20 novels in an ambitious publishing schedule for Wingrove’s updated Chung Kuo novels (My review)
Starfall – Stephen Baxter
Last Baxter novella, promise. Though not the last Baxter this month.
The Word For World is Forest – Ursula K. Le Guin
Le Guin is, of course, always wonderful and while this isn’t the nest of hers I’ve read, it is nonetheless a nice riff on Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
His Master’s Voice – Stanislaw Lem
My first Lem – a nice look at Cold-War era science.
Heroes and Villains – Angela Carter
My first Angela Carter novel – why did it take so long? Excellent stuff. a post-apocalyptic novel tinged with elements of gothic fantasy and extremely literary.
No Man Friday – Rex Gordon
This came up in the British SF Masterworks meme. Decent SF novel about a man who is stranded on Mars for a number of years.
Memoirs of a Spacewoman – Naomi Mitchison
An excellent little novel which focuses more on the problems of communication between different species than other SF tropes.
Making History – Paul J. McAuley
Novella set in the same universe as The Quiet War
Stone Spring – Stephen Baxter
Look, I like Stephen Baxter’s novels OK? Pre-historical what if? In this case, what is people were able to hold back the water that destroyed the land bridge between continental Europe and the British Isles. Despite being set in a relatively small area (most of the time) manages to have the grandeur of Baxter’s Xeelee novels.
Swastika Night – Katherine Burdekin
Yes, it’s a novel written in 1937 warning of the dangers of a Nazi victory in the future, but that’s not its main point. It still stand up as an interesting piece of feminist SF (my review).
The Loser – Thomas Bernhard
Recommended to me after I’d read Cisco’s The Traitor as an influence. It’s an odd novel – the whole thing is one long paragraph. But excellent stuff. I think I shall have to read it again.
The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
Stunning debut about war, relationshiops and stories. Read it.
A Dark Adapted Eye – Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)
Another recommendation. This came up in the wake of some chat about Connie Willis and the feel of her novels. Basically she just gets the British class system wrong (well, ignores it). This is far more successful. Excellent stuff
Ascent – Jed Mercurio
Fictional account of a Russian MiG pilot who becomes part of the space programme. This is good stuff
The Magic Toyshop – Angela Carter
More Carter. Enjoyable, again. This follows the growing up of it’s protagonist, Melanie.
The Jewels of Aptor – Samuel R. Delany
Delany’s debut novel. More post atomic stuff. Not my favourite of his, but still worth reading.
Infernal Devices – K.W. Jeter
(My review)
The File on H – Ismail Kadare
Two Irish researchers arrive in Albania to research storytelling, mistaken for spies. Excellent stuff again.
Ask the Dust – John Fante
An influence on Bukowski.
Ascendancies – D.G. Compton
Another recommended in the British SF Masterworks meme. (My Review)
Alice in Sunderland – Bryan Talbot
Bryan Talbot’s excellent exploration of myths, storytelling and history of Sunderland. The main theme being the links between Lewis Carroll and Sunderland.
The City, Not Long After – Pat Murphy
Post plague San Francisco become embroiled in a war with an army leader who wishes to restore the United States. Interesting take on how wars are fought.
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi’s comic book take on her life in Iran as she grew up. Excellent.
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