The OF Blog: Eighteen More Best of 2009 Lists

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Eighteen More Best of 2009 Lists

Eighteen more lists (with doubtless a few dozen more to go in the coming weeks) of a selection of online and print Best of 2009 lists.  Many of these lists were for general fiction, literary fiction, or for graphic novels, so if you were expecting me to just focus on SF/F genre fiction, you're SOL, as I do like variety in my reading.  Like last time, this is a compilation of lists, with books read and/or owned in parenthesis.  Will be trying to do a running tabulation with each installment, with editing later on to add the totals from the previous list post.

Amazon Top 100 (Let the Great World Spin, The City & The City, Wolf Hall about to start reading, Chronic City currently reading, The Angel's Game *read in Spanish in 2008*, The Magicians, Zeitoun, Asterios Polyp,The Children's Book about to start reading, The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard, Inherent Vice)

Amazon Comics and Graphic Novels (Asterios Polyp, A Drifting Life)

Amazon Fantasy and Science Fiction (Palimpsest, The Red Tree, The Other Lands, American Fantastic Tales, Boneshaker, The Other City, Eclipse 3, Interfictions 2, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart)

Boston Globe (The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard, Red April *read in Spanish in 2007*, Wolf Hall about to start reading)

The Christian Science Monitor (Let the Great World Spin, The Children's Book about to start reading, Wolf Hall about to start reading)

Conversational Reading (Inherent Vice)

The Economist (Wolf Hall about to start reading)

Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life (Let the Great World Spin)

Forbidden Planet International (Tales from Outer Suburbia, A Drifting Life, Asterios Polyp)

Genreville (The Windup Girl, Lovecraft Unbound currently reading, The City & The City, Boneshaker, Soulless)

The Independent best general fiction (The Children's Book about to start reading, The Kindly Ones, Wolf Hall about to start reading)

Irish Times (The Kindly Ones, Inherent Vice, Nocturnes, Wolf Hall about to start reading)

Kansas City Star (Let the Great World Spin, The Original of Laura, Wolf Hall about to start reading, Fire, Zeitoun)

Library Journal (The Children's Book about to start reading, Wolf Hall about to start reading, The Windup Girl, Warbreaker)

Los Angeles Times (The Angel's Game *read in Spanish in 2008*, Asterios Polyp, The City & The City, Inherent Vice)

Los Angeles Times SF list (The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard, American Fantastic Tales, The Magicians)

Louisville Courier-Journal ( Invisible, Chronic City currently reading)

Neth Space (Last Argument of Kings *read in 2008*, Escape from Hell *read in 2008*, The Hero of Ages *read in 2008*, The Gathering Storm, Finch)


Times Mentioned:

Wolf Hall ( 8)

The Children's Book (4)

Let the Great World Spin (4)

Inherent Vice (4)


Asterios Polyp (4)


The City & The City (3)

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (3)

The Windup Girl (2)

Chronic City (2)

The Kindly Ones (2)

American Fantastic Tales (2)

The Magicians (2)

A Drifting Life (2)

The Angel's Game (2)

Boneshaker (2)

And one each for: 

Finch, The Gathering Storm, Red April, Zeitoun, Warbreaker, The Original of Laura, Nocturnes, Soulless, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Palimpsest, The Red Tree, The Other Lands, The Other City, Eclipse 3, Interfictions 2, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, Lovecraft Unbound, Invisible


Overall mentions in Best of 2009 lists (after two rounds of list links totaling 29 lists):

Wolf Hall (16)

The Children's Book (7)

Asterios Polyp (6)

Chronic City (6)

Finch (5)

Let the Great World Spin (5)

Inherent Vice (5)

The Magicians (5)

The Windup Girl (5)

Zeitoun (4)

American Fantastic Tales (4)

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard (4)

Invisible (3)

The Angel's Game (3)

The City & The City (3)

The Kindly Ones (3)

Boneshaker (3)

Nocturnes (2)

A Drifting Life (2)

Plus the following with one mention each:  Red April, The Gathering Storm, Warbreaker, The Original of Laura, Soulless, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Palimpsest, The Red Tree, The Other Lands, The Other City, In the Kitchen, The Carytids, Graceling, On Monsters, Dust of Dreams, The Judging Eye, Eclipse 3, Interfictions 2, The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, Lovecraft Unbound.

5 comments:

Nephtis said...

I don't know why Palimpsest wasn't on every single one of those lists. That book was sick.

Larry said...

As much as I have enjoyed Valente's other work, for some reason, Palimpsest left me feeling a bit cold when I read it back in the springtime. That and over half the lists are from newspapers and/or non-genre publications. That might explain it as well.

Nephtis said...

Then you should re-read it. ~nods for emphasis~

Larry said...

Can't right now - sent it to Dunja, so it'll have to be a bit before I get around to buying more books.

Nephtis said...

I re-read it, immediately after finishing, first time I've ever done that, and it was a lot better the second time around. My copy is also lent out. I wish I could read it again, I might just buy another one.

 
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