The OF Blog: 2012 releases that will receive some consideration for year-end Best of 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

2012 releases that will receive some consideration for year-end Best of 2012

With just over two months to go in the year, I guess I might as well list the 2012 releases that I've read to date, those that I currently own but haven't yet read, and perhaps a few I hope to have in my possession before Christmas (which is when I cut off reading for Best of 2012 consideration).  There will be a mixture of various literary genres here; my reading tastes are a bit catholic in comparison to many other "best of year" awards I've encountered over the years.  Many of the titles I'll list below will not make a final list; this is only a list of those I deem eligible for consideration (either 2012 US release or I bought an edition originally released elsewhere in 2012).

Already Read (In reading chronological order)

Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet

Saladin Ahmed, The Throne of the Crescent Moon  

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Orb Sceptre Throne

Eduardo Jiménez Mayo and Chris N. Brown (eds.), Three Marriages and a Warning:  Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic

Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child

Lászlo Krasznahorkai, Satantango

Gonçalo M. Tavares, Joseph Walser's Machine

Jordi Soler, El Estrangulador

Steve Erickson, These Dreams of You

Matt Bell, Cataclysm Baby

Leah Bobet, Above

Matthew Stover, Caine's Law

Brian Evenson, Immobility  

Elizabeth Hand, Available Dark

Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz

Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Jac Jemc, My Lovely Wife

Brian Evenson, Windeye

Mario Vargas Llosa, La civilización del espectáculo

Nalo Hopkinson, Chaos

Nathan Englander, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jesse Lamb

Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild

Joyce Carol Oates, Mudwoman

N.K. Jemisin, The Killing Moon 

Toni Morrison, Home

Hari Kunzru, Gods Without Men

[Author X, Obliterated Manuscript]

Josip Novakovich, Shopping for a Better Country

Michael Cisco, Celebrant

Steven Erikson, The Devil Delivered and Other Tales

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

Leopoldo Brizuela, Una misma noche

Victoria Foyt, Save the Pearls:  Revealing Eden

Danilo Kiš, Psalm 44

Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies

Lavie Tidhar (ed.), The Apex Book of World SF 2

Dean Francis Alfar, How to Traverse Terra Incognita

Junot Díaz, This is How You Lose Her

Steven Erikson, The Forge of Darkness

Molly Crabapple, The Art of Molly Crabapple Volume I:  Week in Hell

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home

Christian Kiefer, The Infinite Tides

Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists

Alison Moore, The Lighthouse

Will Self, Umbrella

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk   

Padgett Powell, You & Me  

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic  

Andrzej Sapkowski, Los guerreros de Dios

Steven Erikson, The Wurms of Blearmouth

Karin Tidbeck, Jagannath:  Stories

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies

David Ferry, Bewilderment:  New Poems and Translations

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach

Susan Wheeler, Meme

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered

Brontops Baruq, O grito do sol sobre a cabeça

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds

William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King

Brandon Sanderson, The Emperor's Soul

In-Progress or Owned but Yet to be Read in Full

Mark Helprin, In Sunlight and in Shadow

Peter Heller, The Dog Stars

Jennifer duBois, A Partial History of Lost Causes

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Adam Wilson, Flatscreen

Adam McOmber, The White Forest

Nick Mamatas, Bullettime

Samuel Delany, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen

Graham Joyce,  Some Kind of Fairy Tale

To Be Bought/Ordered

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal

Ian Cameron Esslemont, Blood and Bone

Steve Sheinkin, Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal – The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

76 volumes, 63 of which have already been read, with 13 more to be finished soon (or whenever the orders arrive).  Perhaps I'll be able to discover more and get it near to a good 100 or so, which would make selecting a representative "Best of 2012" a bit easier for me, or so I would like to delude myself.

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