I don’t usually do end of year round-ups – mostly because most folk write theirs before Christmas and that offends my sensibilities. The year ends on 31st Dec, not before.
Whatever, I looked through all the fiction books I read this year and found twelve that stood out. In order of reading they were:-
PfITZ by Andrew Crumey
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Kings of Eternity by Eric Brown
the Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
And The Land Lay Still by James Robertson
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
New Model Army by Adam Roberts
Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
D’Alembert’s Principle by Andrew Crumey
That’s four by women and eight by men, which is a pretty high strike rate for the distaff side compared to my fiction reading as a whole, 12:45 - is that shockingly low or a reflection of publishing? Four were SF, eight not; though that ratio alters if you count the fantastical – the Lord, the Obreht, the Bulgakov, and the Crumeys which feature stories from a city made up within one of the two. Only the Robertson and the Pamuk lie wholly within the realm of the naturalistic.
I don’t propose to rank the twelve in any way.
Tags: Adam Roberts, And The Land Lay Still, Andrew Crumey, by Orhan Pamuk, DâAlembertâs Principle, Eric Brown, Galileoâs Dream, James Robertson, Karen Lord, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lauren Beukes, Madeline Miller, Mikhail Bulgakov, New Model Army, Pfitz, Redemption in Indigo, Scottish Fiction, TÃ©a Obreht, The Kings of Eternity, The Master and Margarita, The Museum of Innocence, The Song of Achilles, the Tigerâs Wife, Zoo City