Larry has a good post which I'd like to riff off of. He starts his series of 2008 wrap-up posts with a list of the books he was somehow unable to read during 2008 and which will not be on his best-of lists. Give the volume of books he DID read, his lists should be well rounded.
It's a good idea, to talk about the stuff that might have had a shot to make your best-of had you only been able to read it.
Fathom, by Cherie Priest. I have a copy, but there is just no way I'll finish it this year. I have such faith in Cherie Priest that I believe it would otherwise make this year's list, had I only been able to read / finish it in time. Alas. Alas!
Eclipse Two, by Jonathan Strahan (editor).
The Gone-Away World, by Nick Harkaway
Toll the Hounds, by Steven Erikson: Okay, so I'm not convinced this really had a shot to make my list, but you never know.
The Last Argument of Kings, by Joe Abercrombie
Stretto, by L. Timmel Duchamp
Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link
The Living Dead, by John Joseph Adams (editor)
Dust, by Elizabeth Bear: I can't tell if this was published in December 2007 or January 2008, but I own a copy and I haven't read it. My bad.
Pump Six and Other Stories, by Paolo Bacigalupi: I'm not sure about this one either, because I quite actively did not like "Yellow Card Man", but I thought "The House of Sand and Slag" was excellent.
Fast Forward Two, by Lou Anders (editor): The first was outstanding.
Multireal, by David Louis Edelman: Well, I haven't read Infoquake either, but I hear it is really good.
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy, by Bill Schafer, editor: I love SubPress's online magazine, so how can this possibly not be awesome?
You May Sleep, by Nick Mamatas
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan
White Sands, Red Menace, by Ellen Klages
The Company, by KJ Parker
So, what did you miss this year?