Wednesday, November 07, 2007


I have a Word document which I titled “Great Big SciFi Fantasy List” and it is the my “To Read” list of the SFF genre. Or, a partial list. If I put everything I wanted to read it would grow unwieldy and I might never make progress. Sometimes I add books only to drop them off months or years later because I just don’t have enough interest to keep them on the list.

I still have books from 2005 on my list. Not books published in 2005, mind you, but books I put on my list in 2005. At one time I put every volume of a series I was interested in on the list, but that was before I realized that I might not like the first book in the series. This is the 2005 portion of my Great Big list.

The Last Dancer - Daniel Keys Moran (Continuing Time 3)
The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson (Malazan 6)
Reaper's Gale - Steven Erikson (Malazan 7)
The Healthy Dead - Steven Erikson (Bauchelain 2)
Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb (Tawny Man 1)
The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
The Knight - Gene Wolfe (Wizard Knight 1)
The Darkness that Comes Before - R Scott Bakker (Prince of Nothing 1)
Pandora's Star - Peter F Hamilton

I fully expect to enjoy Fool’s Errand as I was a fan of Hobb’s previous work and loved her Liveship Traders trilogy. Gene Wolfe’s The Knight is said to be one of his more accessible novels, but after New Sun I am leery. I like Peter Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy, so moving to Pandora’s Star won’t be a problem.

I am currently (and finally) reading The Last Dancer. It took me years to find a copy of the book and only now because Moran has allowed the full text to be available online.

In my hold queue at the library I’ve got The Bonehunters and The Darkness that Comes Before. Excited for both.

If I can find a library copy of The Healthy Dead, I’ll be very happy. There is one library that I can interlibrary loan from that has the book, but each time I try I find the copy is out to a patron, please try again in six months. Frustrating.

And, I better check out The Looking Glass Wars before I lose all interest in it. I’m close to dropping it from my list and forgetting all about it for the next five years.

The 2006 list is longer, but now that I’m working through the rest of the Darkover novels again 2006 should run faster (plus there are 3 Malazan novels in the 2006 section that have not been published in the US yet)

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