My favourite books through the years. From the year I read them rather than the year they were written
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet My favourite book of 2015 by some margin. Like Star Trek, only better.
Iain Pears – Arcadia A patchwork, looping, dystopian future fantasy.
Mark Charan Newton – Retribution Murder and thoughtful mayhem in a fantasy whodunnit
Daniel Kehlmann – F – Existential crisis, faith and whimsy
Karim Miské – Arab Jazz – A violent murder in a vividly realised Paris district
My full 2014 review can be found here
Lavie Tidhar – A Man Lies Dreaming – A story within a story, the Holocaust and Hitler as a gumshoe
Ned Beauman – Glow – Off kilter, drug thriller set in inner city London
Andy Weir – The Martian – Science has never been this exciting.
Joshua Mowll – Operation Red Jericho – Children’s adventure story, with maps!
Rebecca Levine – Smiler’s Fair – Old school fantasy given a 21st Century reboot.
Jo Walton – Her Real Children – Gentle and affecting ‘sliding doors’ alternate history.
Elliott Hall – The Rapture – Wise-cracking PI speculative fiction sequel.
Elizabeth Moon – Speed of Dark – Slow burning near future SciFi about what makes us human.
Octavia Butler – Kindred – Time travel, slavery and oppression.
Jim C Hines – Libriomancer – Vampires! Wizards! Librarians?!
Richard Ford – The Shattered Crown – Fantasy sequel channels vintage Gemmell.
Jo Walton – What Makes This Book so Great – Vintage SciFi fantasy reviewed and recommended
Matthew Crow – In Bloom – The Fault in Our Stars, in England.
Rene Denfeld – The Enchanted – Bleak but beautiful analysis of death row.
Jen Williams – The Copper Promise – Scintillating fantasy debut.
Julianna Baggott – Burn – Grown up Dystopian finale.
Ian McDonald – Planesrunner – Fast furious and highly inventive YA alternate realities.
For my 2013 round up click here
Tom Winter – Lost and Found – A wonderful book about love, loss and Croydon.
Gavin Extence – The Universe Vs Alex Woods – A heartbreaking tale of an unlikely friendship.
Graham Rawle – Woman’s World – A melancholy tale that redefines the novel.
Jonathan Trigell – Genus – A disturbing near future dystopia where science is God.
Kate Atkinson – Life After Life – Groundhog life replays twentieth century history.
Frances Hardinge – A Face Like Glass – An imaginative riot and consummate storytelling.
James Smythe – The Machine – Frankenstein for the twenty-first century.
Patrick Ness – The Crane Wife – It’s better to have loved and lost…
Louise Erdrich – The Round House – Dark Native American coming of age tale.
Matt Haig – The Humans – Brilliant examination of what makes us Human
Tim Leach – The Last King of Lydia – Happiness in Mesopotamia (Maybe)
T L Costa – Playing Tyler – Virtual War?
Patrick Ness – More than This – What happens next?
J W Ironmonger – The Coincidence Authority – Africa, Love, Fate or Chance?
Anders De La Motte – Game – Thrilling conspiracy with cat and mouse games
Sarah Pinborough – The Language of Dying – Heartbreaking tale of grief and loss.
William Alexander – Goblin Secrets – Wonderful immersive children’s fable
Noah Hawley – The Good Father – How does it feel when your son is a notorious assassin?
Julianna Baggott – Pure – A fractured world. Hard hitting, bleak and brilliant realised dystopia.
Shalom Auslander – Hope: A Tragedy – Survivor guilt with irreverent humour.
Anna Raverat – Signs of Life – Fragmented analysis of love gone sour.
James Smythe – The Testimony – Subtle yet thrilling apocalypse novel
Brandon Sanderson – Warbreaker – Impressive magic system and thrilling political fantasy.
Laurent Binet – HHhH – The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich laid bare.
Lavie Tidhar – Osama – Sci Fi Noir of the highest order
Thomas Taylor – Haunters – Boys Own adventure with time-travelling ghosts
Yousef Zeiden – Azazeel – The history of early Christianity, the perils and power of faith.
Adam Roberts – Jack Glass – Murder mystery in space.
The Legion of Shadow – Michael J Ward – The Spirit of Fighting Fantasy Lives On
The Card – Graham Rawle – Collectible Card Geekery and mysterious spy mystery…
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain – Catch 22 for the War in Terror
The Transformation of the Bones – Francesca Kay – Religion in modern middle Britain.
Jo Walton – Among Others – Terrific ethereal coming of age story
The Explorer by James Smythe
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Shift by Kim Curran
Wool by Hugh Howey