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Now that it’s officially Autumn, I’d like to re-cap which have been the best books I have read this summer – from June through September. There were some re-reads, but that’s OK by me. In addition, here’s my list of best books from January to May 2011… and this is my ‘best’ list from 2010.
Five star books
Five stars is my strongest recommendation for a book. I would tell you in conversation that this book is ‘amazing and excellent’. Depending on how much coffee I’ve had recently, I may interrupt other topics just to tell you how good this book is. So, to get five stars, it has to be in the top one percent of books that I’ve ever read… I don’t mean strictly numerically-speaking, just that’s how it seems to have worked out over the past year of reading new books. Here they are…
Here’s my listing of all the books and novellas and the name of the matching Baen omnibus edition. You know, it’s really rather tricky to locate all these books, in order, and cost-effectively. There are omnibusses (though that ought to be omnibi, doncha think).
At the end of Miles, Mutants and Microbes, there is a very nice chart of book-title, Miles’ age during that book, and a mini-comment about the contents of the book. That’s how I realized I had missed reading the book Memory.
In the summer of 2011, I went a lot nuts reading all the Miles Naismith Vorkosigan books I could find. Actually I spent money to get them all in digital versions – very good thinking on the part of the Baen Free Library to get me hooked like that.
Coming soon: fun-size reviews of just about all of the following. I read the bulk of them starting in June 2011 through today.
Vorkosigan Saga – Internal chronology
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.