Well, another year has passed, and my little blog is still chugging away, just about! What are you reading at the moment?
I’m slowly savoring the wonderful Good Omens as part of Tor’s reread. It’s very difficult to stop reading when I reach the weekly “pause-point”. But I am really enjoying taking my time over it.
In other news, I am delighted to say that I’ve just turned over the last page of Ian R. MacLeod’s 2004 collection Breathmoss and Other Exhalations. It’s very literate speculative fiction full of fabulous descriptions and intricate world-building. Unfortunately, it has taken me a long time to finish it. This is not because the book isn’t good; the stories in here are beautifully written. It’s more a fault of mine in that I haven’t been reading as much this year. Also, this book is a collection of novellas which I figured I could dip into any time.
Plus, I keep getting distracted by other stories, including being sucked back into the world of comic books and graphic novels. I know, I’ve heard it many times and it is no doubt true, “Comics rot your brain!” But they’re just so much fun! And the artwork blows my mind at times.
But enough waffling from me, it’s time for some numbers.
Number of Books Read: 40
Number of Short Stories Read: 15 (standalone, not from Collections I read)
Number of Graphic Novels Read: 32
Number of Reviews on Who’s Dreaming Who: 27
Number of Reviews on Goodreads: 47
Number of Books Bought in 2018: 23 / Number of those Read: 8
Number of TBRs: Too afraid to look! The mountain is growing and will never stop.
Best Reads of the Year
It’s always difficult to narrow these down to a few favorite titles. But here are my Top 5 reads of the year, in no particular order:
- The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (Review here)
- The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (Review here)
- Dawn by Octavia Butler (Review here)
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams (Review here)
- Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker (Review here)
2018’s Top 10 Most–Read Posts on Who’s Dreaming Who
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982) by Philip K. Dick
Impostor (1953) by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) by Philip K. Dick
Oh, to Be a Blobel! (1964) by Philip K. Dick
Retrospective for Year 2 by Me
The Last Unicorn (1968) by Peter S. Beagle
Hellboy: Wake the Devil (1996) by Mike Mignola
The Overneath (2017) by Peter S. Beagle
The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Ginger Star (1974) by Leigh Brackett
Look at the top four. That’s a lot of Dick for any list! (Couldn’t resist)
And that’s all for now. Here’s to another year of reading and reviewing. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and recommendations. Please drop by for a chat or comment when you can. It’s always nice to hear from you!
Let’s finish with a quote from Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s gorgeous love child Good Omens:
‘Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.’