Here are my best reads in English during 2015. My total was 55 books and 16 of them were e-books. Find me at Goodreads!
- The Summing Up. W. Somerset Maugham 1938. An old writer and traveller looks back on his life and turns out to have settled upon pretty much the same philosophy as myself.
- Live and Let Die. (James Bond #2.) Ian Fleming 1954. Short and neat action novel.
- The Martian. Andy Weir 2014. Robinson Crusoe on Mars! With science! And jokes!
- Going Solo. Roald Dahl 1986. Youth memoir of a WW2 fighter pilot.
- Tour de Lovecraft – the Tales. Kenneth Hite 2008. Snappy and insightful commentary on the Sage of Providence’s fiction.
- The Girl with All the Gifts. Mike Carey 2014. From a neat opening conundrum to the fungal zombie apocalypse!
- Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars. Daniel Pinkwater 1979. Funny and bizarre Young Adult novel.
- The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: a Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. Ian Mortimer 2008. Making it all come alive. The people you’ll meet are generally young, gullible and violent!
- The Reckoning: the Murder of Christopher Marlowe. Charles Nicholl 1992. Deep dive into Elizabethan sectarian-political spying. Could be improved with some trimming of peripherally relevant asides.
- Recovering Apollo 8. Kristine Kathryn Rusch 2011. Elon Musk-like space entrepreneur jump-starts a lot of tech through his ultimately pointless quest to salvage fictitious Apollo wreckage.
- The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream. G.C. Edmondson 1965. Time travel in a sailing boat. Entertaining though laddish.
- Ecological Imperialism: the Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. Alfred W. Crosby 1986. He’s eco-centric and he knows absolutely nothing about archaeology or paleoecological methods. But it’s a compelling perspective nonetheless!
Dear Reader, what were your best reads of the year?
Here’s my list for 2014.