Friday, December 31, 2010
The Top Ten Books Of 2010
3) Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes 10* : A brutal, no pus filled wound spared account of a series of battles fought over the same few hills deep in the Vietnam war.
4) Orbus - Neal Asher 9* : Asher at the top of his game, huge spaceships, huge laser cannon wielding crab monsters, explosions, gore, chaos and fun.
5) Zoo City - Lauren Beukes 9* : In a twisted South Africa, criminals are burdened/gifted with animal partners who pass on semi-magical powers to their owners. Beukes warped cyber-anima-sci-fi is as good as Burning Chrome.
10) Swiftly - Adam Roberts 8* : The armies of England and France fight a bitter war, each side supported by the tiny or giant creatures from Gulliver's Travels. Roberts' genre crossing novel is ingeneous, amusing and a great tale.
Also worth a read.....Khayelitsha - Steven Otter, The Underground Man - Mick Jackson, Penguins Stopped Play - Harry Thompson, Dark Shadows Falling - Joe Simpson.
From the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list I managed 26 novels this year of which the most enjoyable were A Kestrel For A Knave, Dracula, Cannery Row, Legend, 1984, Bridge Over The Drina, The Last Of The Mohicans, If This Is A Man and The Grapes Of Wrath. I also managed to read War And Peace, that's a long book, really it is.