SFsite 2003 books list

Just got round to checking the SFsite‘s lists of best books of 2003, as follows; X means I’ve read it with link to a review if I did one, O means I haven’t, and I note my intentions as well. Any further feedback – especially on the lines of “X is fantastic” or “Y stinks” – much welcomed.

readers’ list contributors’ list
1st X Ilium by Dan Simmons – will look out for the sequel 1st O The Light Ages by Ian MacLeod – generally recommended, but I can wait until paperback in April
2nd O Venniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer – rated second in both lists; even the paperback seemed a bit pricey but if it’s as good as his City of Saints and Madmen perhaps I shall think again
3rd O The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker – rave reviews, maybe I’ll pick up the paperback in Dublin or Belfast when I’m there in two weeks 3rd X Ilium by Dan Simmons – see above
4th X Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson Рgood stuff, though really too long 4th O Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer, tr Ursula Le Guin Рsounds very intruguing, but will be impossible to find in the shops; probably will buy it from Amazon if I find my economics suddenly improving
=5th O The Light Ages by Ian MacLeod – see above
=5th O Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds – I was underwhelmed by the first in this series and unless I hear that this is far better and doesn’t require reading the others first I will leave it.
5th X Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – see above
6th X Pattern Recognition by William Gibson – Gibson’s first decent novel in my (heretical) view 6th 0 Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde – will buy this one on sight in paperback, as I enjoyed the two predecessors
7th O Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb – this is one author I’ve never got into though enthusiasts are pretty evangelical; does anyone here think she’s on a par with George R.R. Martin? 7th O Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett – impressive that the contributors rather than the readers rated this; I think Pratchett may be only now getting into his stride; buy on sight in paperback for me
8th O Broken Angels by Richard Morgan – sounds rather gory =8th O Diary by Chuck Palahniuk – sounds rather weird
=8th O Succession by Scott Westerfield – two novels rather than one; quite a commitment to make for an otherwise unknown author; any views out there?
9th X Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – too long; she’s losing her edge =9th O The Golden Transcendence by John C. Wright – I have a feeling I read the first of this series and quite liked it but not enough to read the rest
=9th O Succession by Scott Westerfield – see above
10th O The Briar King by Gregory Keyes – piles of this author’s books in the local remainder bookshop, which is a bit worrying when you consider that I live in Belgium =10th O The Facts of Life by Graham Joyce – won World fantasy Award, sounds rather good
=10th O The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases ed Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts – with a title like that, how could anyone resist? (though I’ll wait till the paperback; I hope there will be one)
=10th O The Knight by Gene Wolfe – again, universally recommended; but I can wait for the paperback

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1 Response to SFsite 2003 books list

  1. redfiona99 says:

    I’m trying to figure out if that’s the one I’ve inherited from an uncle. Does it feature sentient cabbages?

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