These are the two best books that I read for the first time in 2011. There have been lots of four-star books this year – I recommend those too.
I don’t focus on reading brand-new books. So, you’ll be able to find these at most libraries with no trouble!
- Stars – Janis Ian and Mike Resnick, editors – an anthology of science fiction short stories. Five Stars.
- Pinion – Jay Lake – the third book in the Clockwork Universe. Four and a half stars.
- Escapement – Jay Lake. Clockwork earth. Next book is even better, but you’d have to read this one to appreciate the next.
- Succubus Shadows – Richelle Mead. This is waaay into the series about Succubus Georgina. Fun and well-written. Sometimes I start taking competence for granted, then I read something with terrible editing and my appreciation for this sort of book is renewed.
- House of Cards – C.E. Murphy. This is the middle book of the Negotiator series by C.E. It’s my favourite of the three.
- Hunting Season – Nevada Barr – book N of a many-book series featuring intrepid park ranger Anna Pigeon. Oddly, no one makes fun of her name.
- Century Rain – Alastair Reynolds Big, big, brit Sci Fi. Feels like time travel, but it is not.
- Buried Deep – Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Cops and (not) robbers and aliens and mystery.
- Hunting Party – Elizabeth Moon. Iconic start to a Babes with Blasters mil-fem-sci-fi.
- The Algebraist by Iain Banks. Bigger and mind-bendinger brit-sci-fi. Seriously, britishness seems to be a ‘thing’ that you can notice in their writing. How do they do it?