Saturday, 8 February 2014

Review of my reading in 2013

Long time overdue - I was going to do this around Christmas time - but thought I'd write a recap & overview of the books I read in 2013. It was a good reading year for me, my wife bought me a Kindle for Christmas 2013, and I found myself reading a lot more than I did before I got my Kindle, at least twice as many.

The year started off with Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton. If it wasn't for the fact that I was reading it on Kindle I'd have been exercising my arm muscles with this book as it is a 1000+ pages. It is a really great future detective novel from a master of Space Opera. It's one of the first books to give a good account of 3D printing too.

I then went for a thriller novel, 'First Family' by David Baldacci. As with so many of his books, nothing earth shattering, but a decent page turner.

Next was a 99p Kindle read, 'The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared'. Extremely funny, and you learn a lot about 20th century British History at the same time.

I then moved back to Science Fiction with the Hard SF classic 'Tau Zero' about a ship which can't stop accelerating and travels through billions of years of time. A short, good read.

After reading Great North Road, I then started to read Peter F Hamilton's Void Trilogy, about 3000 pages in all. Overly long at times, but overall extremely good.

Another author I read several books of in 2013 was Vince Flynn. I've really been enjoying his Mitch Rapp series, and read Transfer of PowerThe Third Option and Separation of Power. 

I read Startide Rising by David Brin, which was about uplifted dolphins working together with a human crew. Didn't enjoy it overly much.

After that I read 'The Deep Blue Goodbye' by John D MacDonald, the first book in the Travis McGee series, which Lee Child often cites as a key influence on his writing and the character of Jack Reacher. I could definitely see some similarity, and did enjoy this book, but not as much as the Reacher books.

Next, around May time, I read 'Wool' by Hugh Howey. Thought it was a truly great future dystopia, but it was outdone by book 2 in the series, 'Shift'. Both books are set in the (fairly near) future when the very air of the world is poisonous, and people live in underground Silo's, strictly controlled by IT.

Part 2 of my 2013 reads to follow.