Read in 2012

In roughly the order of reading.

  • The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Splinter – Adam Roberts
  • Old Man’s War – John Scalzi
  • Big Questions – Anders Nilsen
  • Chronicles of the Black Company – Glen Cook
  • The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman – Angela Carter
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel
  • The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K LeGuin
  • The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For – Alison Bechdel
  • Choker – Ben McCool & Ben Templesmith
  • Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant – Tony Cliff
  • Are You My Mother? – Alison Bechdel
  • Black Juice – Margo Lanagan
  • Boneshaker – Cherie Priest
  • Delilah Dirk and the Seeds of Good Fortune – Tony Cliff
  • Dust – Elizabeth Bear
  • Trial of Flowers – Jay Lake
  • Kraken – China Miéville
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  • The Time Machine – H G Wells
  • Above/Below – Stephanie Campisi & Ben Peek
  • Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff
  • Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill
  • Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman vol 1) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • The Doll’s House (The Sandman vol 2) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • Accelerando – Charles Stross
  • Escape From Hell! – Hal Duncan
  • Dream Country (The Sandman vol 3) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • The Third Bear – Jeff VanderMeer
  • Season of Mists (The Sandman vol 4) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • A Game of You (The Sandman vol 5) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • Blood-Stained Sword – Ben Templesmith, Dan Wickline, Amber Benson
  • Batman: Year One – Frank Miller, David Mazzuchelli
  • The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity – Mike Carey & Peter Gross
  • Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Fables & Reflections (The Sandman vol. 6) – Neil Gaiman
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison & Dave McKean
  • Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
  • The Unwritten: Inside Man – Mike Carey & Peter Gross
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (Graphic Novel) – I. Culbard & H.P. Lovecraft
  • Brief Lives (The Sandman vol. 7) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • Worlds’ End (The Sandman vol. 8) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • The Kindly Ones (The Sandman vol. 9) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • The Wake (The Sandman vol. 10) – Neil Gaiman et al
  • Locke & Key: Head Games – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Fury – Salman Rushdie
  • Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks

Additionally, a lot of good short fiction, interviews, and essays on Weird Fiction Review, which at the minute is the only short fiction venue I manage to find the time for.

My picks for “best”: Big Questions; Fun Home; The Left Hand of Darkness; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; the last four volumes of the Sandman saga. I’m also very much enjoying Locke & Key – I have two more volumes to read, and the final volume will be completed in 2013.

This year I also watched six seasons of Criminal Minds (excellent; I have the 7th on DVD to watch soon), rewatched the entire run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (good, with moments of brilliance), all three seasons of Veronica Mars (loved it), and four seasons of Breaking Bad (one of the best TV shows I’ve ever watched).

Looking forward to more more more in 2013. Book-A-Week resumes next Monday.


4 thoughts on “Read in 2012

  1. I loved The Left Hand of Darkness, although it’s been years since I’ve read it and am only left with a lingering memory of really liking it (as opposed to actually remembering the plot!).

    Coincidentally enough, I also rewatched Buffy and Veronica Mars last year. While Buffy had certainly reached the end of it’s run (creatively) by the 7th season, I’m really sad that Veronica Mars never really ever finished. What an awesome show that was.

  2. Veronica Mars really was excellent, and it’s a shame it had to end without resolving the whole Keith Mars storyline it spent the season setting up.

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