Monday, January 24, 2011

Books Read in 2010

I read fewer books in 2010. This was due to a few reasons:

  1.  I'm taking careful note of writers' prose: its construction; what tools the author has used etc. 
  2.  I've read a lot of short stories.
  3. A big knee op kept me out of action
Anyway, I've placed these reads in order of my own personal preference, which does not mean that they don't all have merit. Most on the list are a real treat.

Scotland: A Very Short Introduction Rab Houston

The Quiet American Graham Greene

161 Will Self (novella)

Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores (novella) Gabriel Garcia Marquez

How the Dead Live Will Self

Grand Central Winter  Lee Stringer

The Leaf Storm Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Tenth Man Graham Greene

Arabian Nights and Days Naguib Mahfouz

The Names Don Delilo

Horn (novella) Peter M Ball

Ruined Earth Stephen Donaldson

The Third Man (novella)  Graham Greene

The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula Le Guin 

161 and The Quiet American were both fantastic reads.

I was a little disappointed by The Third Man (although it may be a better movie) and The Left Hand of Darkness (there were plenty of interesting ideas but the plot seemed too forced for my liking). 

Observations outside of concentrating on the short story genre:
  • I've read mainly male authors in the longer form this year (something that needs changing) - but in the short form it's been more or less equal.

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