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Author

Title

Year

Pub-

lished

Genre

Date Read

Grade

Rate /5

Own

Rev

Summary

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: Part 1

1954

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: Part 2

1954

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: Part 3

1955

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

Dumas, Alexandre

The Count of Monte Cristo

1844

Action / Historical Fiction

2003/12

A+

4.5

ebook

Rev

Huge (common) and coherent (rare) epic; Tolkienesque scope, Shakespearian vibe

5.        

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings prequel

1937

Fantasy / Juvenile

1979?

2nd 1990s

A+

4.5

Own

No

Enchanting story, rich world

6.        

Lewis, C.S.

The Great Divorce

1946

Fantasy

(Christian)

1980s

A+

4.5

Own

No

Brief, potent, inspiring theological speculative allegory

Card, Orson Scott

Ender’s Game

(Book 1 of the Ender saga)

1985

SF

1999

A+

4.5

Own

No

Classic, clever taut plot, powerful convincing brutal narrative

Banks, Iain M.

Use of Weapons

(Culture series)

1990

SF

1999

A+

4.5

Own

No

Brilliant style, mood, climax: stinging best of an excellent series

Martin, George R.R.

A Game of Thrones

(Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire)

1997

Fantasy

2001

A+

4.5

Own

No

Majestic, unpredictable, engaging, striking

Hornby, Nick

About a Boy

1998

Novel

2002/01

A+

4.5

Own

Rev

Well written, often funny, nice balance of hope and realism, read in one session

11.   

Mosley, Walter

Fear of the Dark

(Fearless Jones 3)

 

Crime

2016/11

A

4

No

Rev

Ahhh, someone who can write. Assured, individual, but celebrating genre conventions

Eliot, George

Middlemarch

1874

Novel

2012/04

A

4

Own

Rev

Clever, insightful, original, potent, engaging - what else do you want?

13.     

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

1892

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

Wodehouse, P.G.

A Damsel in Distress

1919

Humour

2002/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Delightful. Hilarious scenes and dialogue. Unparalleled narration.

Hesse, Herman

Siddhartha

1922

Novel

1998

A

4

Own

No

Beautifully readable fictional presentation of the life and enlightenment of Siddhartha

Remarque, Erich Maria

All Quiet On The Western Front

1929

War (Auto-biography)

2003/02

A

4

Own

Rev

Powerful. Awful. Profound.

17.     

Lewis, C.S.

Voyage to Venus

(or Perelandra)

1943

SF

1980s

A

4

Own

No

Christian insights in imagined dialogue with contemporary unfallen Eve

Levi, Primo

If This Is A Man

1947

NF

(Autobiography)

2010/12

A

4

No

Rev

Chilling, potent, witness testimony of 11 months in Auschwitz

19.     

Lewis, C.S.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

(Book 2 of the Narnia series)

1950

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

2nd

2005/05

A

4

Own

Rev

Fabulous Christian allegory

Clarke, Arthur C.

Childhood's End

1953

SF

2015/03

A

4

Own

Rev

Wow

Chandler, Raymond

The Long Good-Bye

1953

Crime

1994

A

4

Own

No

Who cares about the plot? Just sit back and enjoy the ride knowing you’re in the hands of a master

22.   

White, T. H.

The Once and Future King

1958

Fantasy

2016/04

A

4

No

Rev

Best to relish 'The Sword in the Stone', and then close the book and move on

Milligan, Spike

Puckoon

1963

Humour

1990s?

A

4

Own

No

Hilarious

24.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

Book 1 of the Earthsea series

1968

Fantasy /

Juvenile

1970s

2nd:

2008/01

A

4

Own

Rev

Real sense of magic, depth, legend

25.     

Stewart, Mary

The Hollow Hills

Book 2 in the Merlin saga

1973

Fantasy

1980?

2nd: 2015/06

A

4

Own

Rev

Savouring patient expectation within a thoroughly engaging and consistent structure

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Silmarillion

1977

Fantasy

1999?

A

4

Own

No

Potent, magical, epic

O’Brian, Patrick

The Fortune of War

(Aubrey/Maturin 6)

1979

Historical Fiction / Action

2010/07

A

4

Yes

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

Calvino, Italo

If On A Winters Night A Traveller

1979

Novel / Humour

2011/02

A

4

No

Rev

Postmodern, self-aware, deconstructive – but also fun and engaging

Adams, Douglas

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

(A Trilogy in Four Parts)

1979

1980

1982

1984

SF / Humour

1980s?

A

4

Yes

No

A must read/listen to

Adams, Douglas

Life, The Universe and Everything

(The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy 3)

1982

Humour/ SF

1980s/?

A

4

Own

No

Clever, funny, original, post-modern themes

Voigt, Cynthia

A Solitary Blue

Tillerman Series 3

1983

Novel (Juvenile)

2013/05

A

4

Own

Rev

Poignant and powerful without shouting. Moreso because it *doesn’t* shout

Feynman, Richard

Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman

1985

NF – Biography

2014/09

A

4

No

Rev

A total pleasure. Deservedly an instant classic

Adams, Douglas

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

1987

Humour/ SF

1980s/?

2nd: 2004/07

A

4

Own

Rev

P.G. Wodehouse meets Dr. Who: a complete pleasure

Lively, Penelope

Moon Tiger

1987

Novel

2001

A

4

Own

No

Great mood, characters, and potent historical settings

Goldsworthy, Peter

Maestro

1989

Novel

1990

A

4

Own

Rev

Elegant, succinct, authentic

Anderson,

Poul & Karen

Faith

(In ‘After the King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien’)

1992

Fantasy

(Short Story)

2002/07

A

4

Own

Rev

Excellent mood, a worthy tribute

Lehane, Dennis

A Drink Before the War

Kenzie/Gennaro 1

1994

Crime

2010/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

Hornby, Nick

High Fidelity

1995

Novel (Humour)

2002/05

A

4

No

Rev

Very readable, penetrating on commitment, honest, well plotted

Elton, Ben

Popcorn

1997

Thriller / Humour (Black Comedy)

2001/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Clever, funny, incisive: works as a thriller and as satire

Gemmell, David

Midnight Falcon

The Rigante series, Book 2

1999

Fantasy

2008/02

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable, legendary characters with flesh, intelligent ideas, engaging morality, coherent plot

Pérez-Reverte, Arturo

The Fencing Master

1999

(trans.)

Crime / Historical Fiction

1999

A

4

No

No

Sophisticated. Stunning climax

Ishiguro,  Kazuo

When We Were Orphans

2000

Novel (Detective)

2001/11

A

4

No

Rev

Black, very clever subversion of mannered detective novel to deliver stinging theme

Martin, George R.R.

Steel & Snow

A Storm of Swords 1

(Book 3, Part 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire)

2000

Fantasy

2002/03

A

4

Own

Rev

Structure still concerning, but some great moments and salient themes

Hornby, Nick

How To Be Good

2001

Novel (Humour)

2002/07

A

4

No

Rev

Good characters, poignant without being preachy

Haddon, Mark

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

2003

Crime / Novel

2005/03

A

4

No

Rev

Triumphant autistic fantasy. Authentic characters, engaging narrative and excellent structure

Wolfe, Gene

The Knight

Book 1 of The Wizard Knight

2004

Fantasy

2007/06

A

4

Own

Rev

A satisfying hero drawn from rich earlier traditions

Micallef, Shaun

Smithereens

2004

Humour

2011/04

A

4

No

Rev

Consistent. Hilarious. Surreal. Uniquely Micallef. Only to be taken in small doses.

48.   

Clarke, Susanna

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

2004

Fantasy

2017/09

A

4

No

Rev

A triumph – plotting, pacing, characters, tone, faery, historical fiction, interplay, humour, tragedy – really enjoyable book.

Larsson, Steig

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Millenium Trilogy 1

2006

Crime

2013/04

A

4

No

Rev

Satisfying, cold, intellectual, brutal, spare, engaging, original

Mitchell, David

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

2010

Historical Fiction

2014/09

A

4

No

Rev

Ably integrated research, rich characters, interesting plot lines, satisfying and engaging from start to finish

London, Jack

The Call of the Wild

And Other Stories

1903

Action

2010/06

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Robust, Conan-style, over the top mythical dog stories

Wodehouse, P.G.

Something Fresh

1915

Humour

2012/11

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Postmodern Wodehouse

O’Brian, Patrick

Treason's Harbour

1983

Historical Fiction

2012/07

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Exotic locations and people, interesting twists of plot, fascinating historical perspectives, and all within an utterly satisfying frame

Lodge, David

Home Truths

1999

Novel

2011/12

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Assured, fluid, clever, insightful, entertaining – Lodge enjoying his strengths

Banks, Iain M.

The Algebraist

2004

SF

2011/06

A-

3.75

No

Rev

Banks is very good

Macdonald, George

The Princess and Curdie

1882

Juvenile/ Fantasy

1999

A-

3.7

Own

No

Enchanting

Kipling, Rudyard

The Jungle Book

1894

Juvenile / Short Stories

1988

A-

3.7

Own

No

Entertaining, skilful, moving. Profound underlying myth

Kipling, Rudyard

The Second Jungle Book

1895

Juvenile / Short Stories

1988

A-

3.7

Own

No

Sequel atypically as good as original – Undertakers brilliant

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

1937

Novella

1991?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Stinging, poignant, bleak, insightful

Chandler, Raymond

The Big Sleep

1939

Crime

1990?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Great ‘hardboiled’ mood, powerful and witty figures of speech

Chandler, Raymond

Farewell My Lovely

1940

Crime

1994

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Original, dry humour with heart in the mean streets

Chandler, Raymond

The Lady In The Lake

1943

Crime

1997?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Great ‘hardboiled’ mood, powerful and witty figures of speech

Smith, E. E.

Gray Lensman

1951

SF

2013/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Politically/socially juvenile, but fantastic scope and originality

64.     

Lewis, C.S.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

(Book 5 of the Narnia series)

1952

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Narnia’s Odyssey

65.     

Lewis, C.S.

The Silver Chair

(Book 6 of the Narnia series)

1953

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Slightly darker tale of rescue

Heller, Joseph

Catch 22

1955

Novel / War

1985

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Killer satire, hilarious but black humour, drunkenly uninhibited

67.     

Lewis, C.S.

The Magician’s Nephew

(Book 1 of the Narnia series)

1955

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Lion, witch and wardrobe prequel

Durrell, Gerald

My Family and Other Animals

1956

Humour/ Non-Fiction/ Auto-biography

2001/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Amusing recollections of an animal mad kid about his eccentric family

69.     

Lewis, C.S.

The Last Battle

(Book 7 of the Narnia series)

1956

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Antichrist, eschatology and Armageddon for kids! Courageous undertaking

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

1960

Novel

1982

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Entertaining, insightful, clever, inspiring, original

Anderson, Poul

My Object All Sublime

1961

SF /

Short Story

2003/12

A-

3.7

Own

No

Killer twist

Le Guin, Ursula K.

Semley's Necklace

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy / SF

2014/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Wonderful evocation of a fantasy legend somehow effectively incorporating SF elements

Asimov, Isaac

Second Foundation

(Book 3 of the Foundation trilogy)

1964

SF

1980s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Dramatically the best of the series

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Left Hand of Darkness

1969

SF

2007/03

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Manages a rare gravity and dignity

75.     

Stewart, Mary

The Crystal Cave

Book 1 in the Merlin saga

1970

Fantasy

1980?

2nd: 2004/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Young Merlin enchantingly evoked

O’Brian, Patrick

Master and Commander

Aubrey/Maturin, Book 1

1970

Historical Fiction/ Action

(High Seas Adventure)

2001

2nd: 2006/04

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Impressive sense of another (amazing) time, people and place

O’Brian, Patrick

Post Captain

Aubrey/Maturin, Book 2

1972

Historical Fiction/ Action

(High Seas Adventure)

2002/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Engaging and fascinating characters, settings and action

Irving, John

The World According to Garp

1978

Novel

1992

A-

3.7

Own

No

Funny, striking, constantly moving

Lodge, David

How Far Can You Go?

1980

Novel

2002/01

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Perceptive case studies of how Vatican II, the pill, and changing social values affected adherents

Forsyth, Frederick

No Comebacks

1982

Short Stories

1985

2nd 2007/10

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Meticulous, able, satisfying

Harrison, Harry

A Stainless Steel Rat is Born

1985

SF/ Humour

1980s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Excellent prequel to the consistent humorous series

Kerr, Katharine

Daggerspell

(Volume 1 of the Deverry series)

1986

Fantasy

1992/12

2nd:

2004/10

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Original, capable karmic fantasy

Tyler, Anne

Breathing Lessons

1988

Novel

2002/06

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Insightful, humorous, sad, believable

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

1988

Humour

2005/07

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Consistently funny collection of newspaper columns

Keillor, Garrison

We Are Still Married

1989

(1982 – 1989)

Humour (Essays)

Anthology

2002/04

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Inconsistent but often manages warmth & whimsicality without sentimentality

Lively, Penelope

Passing On

1989

Novel

2002/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Some good characters, patient story with a kick, a bit preachy

Robinson, Kim Stanley

Red Mars

1992

SF

2002/03

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Impressive epic of colonisation of Mars – depth in characters, setting and plot

Dozois, Gardner (Ed.)

The Year's Best Science Fiction, 9th Annual Collection

1992

SF / Short Stories

2006/02

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Best of 1991. Consistently good

Gemmell, David

The Legend Of Deathwalker

(Drenai Tales, Book 7)

1996

Fantasy (Heroic)

2003/03

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Solid, perfectly balanced heroic fantasy

Keillor, Garrison

Wobegon Boy

1997

Novel

2001/03

A-

3.7

Own

No

Slow moving but warmly funny, and even some kick

Gaiman, Neil

Stardust

1999

Fantasy

2006/08

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Very satisfying mix of fairy tale and fantasy

Rodda, Emily

The Forests of Silence

2000

Fantasy / Juvenile

2005/05

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Enjoyable straight-ahead swords and sorcery for kids

Elton, Ben

The First Casualty

2005

Historical Fiction / Crime

2007/01

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Alternate political characters enhance rather than overwhelm WW1 crime story

Fleming, Ian

Casino Royale

(Audio Book)

1953

Action (Spy)

2013/10

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Well narrated, different composition to movies – more romance, less action, darker

Kress, Nancy

Crossfire

SF

2014/05

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Old school SF without the wafer thin characters

Clarke, Arthur C.

Imperial Earth

2008?

B+

3.5

No

No

Wodehouse, P.G.

Love Among Chickens

2008?

B+

3.5

No

O’Brian, Patrick

The Mauritius Command

2008/01

B+

3.5

Own

No

Adams, Douglas

The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

2008/04

B+

3.5

No

Beagle, Peter S.

The Folk of the Air

2008/08

B+

3.5

No

No

Howard

Coming of Conan

2008/08

B+

3.5

Own

No

Dick, Phillip K.

The Man in the High Castle

2008/09

B+

3.5

Own

No

Banks, Iain M.

Look Towards Windward

2009/04

B+

3.5

No

Stevenson,  William G.

Thirteen Months in the Rebel Army

2009/05

B+

3.5

No

Barry, Dave

Bad Habits

2009/08

B+

3.5

No

No

Wodehouse, P.G.

Mike

2009/08

B+

3.5

No

Banks, Iain

Whit

2009/10

B+

3.5

No

No

0’Brian, Patrick

Desolation Island

2009/12

B+

3.5

Own

No

Gilbert, Michael

The Oyster Catchers

2011/10

B+

3.5

Own

No

Lewis, C.S.

Prince Caspian

2013/05

B+

3.5

No

Wodehouse, P.G.

Money for Nothing

Humour

2014/03

B+

3.5

Own

No

Another welcome episode in the wonderful canon

Diaz, Bernal

The Conquest of New Spain

1570 (circa)

(1963, this translation)

Non-fiction/ History (Auto-biography)

2002/04

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Incredible eye-witness account of Cortes’ conquest

Dumas, Alexandre

The Three Musketeers

1844

Action / Historical Fiction

1980s

2nd:

2009/02

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Action, flawed but heroic personalities, fascinating alternate historical values

Macdonald, George

The Princess and the Goblin

1872

Fantasy / Juvenile

2005/07

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Inspiring or elitist? Higher rating for originality rather than ride

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island

1881

Action

1999?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Hang on! Action aplenty, high body count

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1885

Novel

2011/01

B+

3.5

No

Rev

First half powerful, funny, striking, but then slides into farce

Hammett, Dashiell

Nightmare Town

1923-34

Crime/Short Stories

2005/12

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Capable, original Chandler precursor

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

1893

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

Wells, H.G.

The First Men in the Moon

1901

SF

2003/07

B+

3.5

ebook

Rev

Ripping yarn, good characters, robust alien culture, integrated thought-provoking morality

Kipling, Rudyard

Short Stories: Volume 1

1901

-1912

Short Stories

1988/03

B+

3.5

Own

No

Pretty consistent

Wodehouse, P.G.

The Pothunters

1902

Humour

2006/05

B+

3.5

ebook

Rev

Not just because it’s the first, but because it’s good!

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

1905

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Lost World

1912

SF / Thriller (Novella)

1996

B+

3.5

Own

No

The unforgettable Professor Challenger finds living dinosaurs!

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Poison Belt

1913

SF / Short Story

1996

B+

3.5

Own

No

Classic SF model – a short story based around a daunting ‘what if’

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes

1927

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

Hammett, Dashiell

The Glass Key

1931

Crime

2014/05

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Fascinating alternative world and spin on heroism

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World

1932

SF

1983

B+

3.5

Own

No

Disturbingly relevant extrapolation to a dystopic ultimately permissive society

Orwell, George

The Road to Wigan Pier

1937

Non-Fiction

Sociology (Auto-biography/ Political Essay)

2003/03

B+

3.5

Own

(eBook)

Rev

Orwell’s personal testimony about miners, India, and marketing socialism

Lewis, C.S.

Out Of the Silent Planet

1938

SF

1980s

2nd -

2002/11

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Characters personify philosophical viewpoints in a classically Wellsian setting

Forester, C.S.

Poo Poo and the Dragons

1942

Juvenile

2007/03

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Enjoyed by parent and child simultaneously

Orwell, George

Animal Farm

1945

Fantasy

(Political Allegory)

2005/01

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Bleak fable of Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky

Lewis, C.S.

That Hideous Strength

1945

SF

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Lewis incorporates his love of Christianity, renaissance angelic conceits and Merlin in SF conspiracy novel

Stout, Rex

In the Best Families

(A Nero Wolfe Mystery)

1950

Crime

2007/10

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Wonderful departure from conventions of series (but read a few other Wolfe’s first)

Sturgeon, Theodore

The Dreaming Jewels

1950

SF

2009/02

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Mixed treasure: sometimes soars, but climax descends into cliché

Asimov, Isaac

Foundation

(Book 1 of the Foundation trilogy)

1951

SF

1980s

2nd:

2006/09

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

A decent idea engagingly realised

136.  

Lewis, C.S.

Prince Caspian

(Book 4 of the Narnia series)

1951

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

2nd

2013/05

B+

3.5

Own

No

‘The Return to Narnia’

Wyndham, John

The Day of the Triffids

1951

SF

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Nothing like the monster/horror ride I was expecting: intelligent, thought-provoking post-apocalyptic issues

Wyndham, John

Consider Her Ways and Other Stories

1956

SF

(Weird)

(Short Stories)

2002/07

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Able ‘weird’ tales around slips in time or parallel universe

Culotta, Nino

They’re a Weird Mob

1957

Humour

1980s

B+

3.5

No

No

Ingenuous Italian Australian plays with stereotype aussie slang/behaviour

Bradbury, Ray

The Day it Rained Forever

1959

SF/

Short Stories

1998

B+

3.5

Own

No

Richer moods than the usual single idea SF short stories

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat

1961

SF/ Humour

1980s

2nd:

2007/06

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Classic likeable master-thief in comic but workable SF environment

Lodge, David

Ginger, You’re Barmy

1962

Novel

1999?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Honest picture of the inanities of national service

Le Carré, John

The Spy who came in from the Cold

1963

Action

1998

B+

3.5

Own

No

Dark, trendsetting, anti-heroic cold war machinations

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Darkness Box

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy

2014/08

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Clever realisation of an evocative idea

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Word of Unbinding

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy

2014/08

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Great key elements already in place in early Earthsea musings

Herbert, Frank

Dune

1965

SF

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Original. Grand.

Westake, Donald E.

God Save the Mark

1967

Crime / Humour

2014/02

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Capable enough humourous playing with crime conventions

Lovecraft, H.P. with Derleth, August

The Lurker at the Threshold

1968

Short Stories / Horror / SF

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Original. Not “boo!” horror, but creeping suspicion there’s something much bigger than humanity out there

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge

1970

SF/ Humour

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

Herriot, James

If Only They Could Talk

1970

Short Stories / Humour / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

Lodge, David

Out of the Shelter

1970

(This revised edn. 1985)

Novel

1998?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Semi-autobiographical coming of age story of English youth in post-war Germany

Milligan, Spike

Adolf Hitler – My Part in His Downfall

(1st of his War Memoirs)

1971

Autobiography (War) / Humour

1985

2nd

2004/09

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Silly drunken licentious farting about in basic training

Bach, Richard

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

1972

Short Story

1980s

2nd: 2004?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Ultra optimistic anti-Ecclesiastes parable: every discipline is eternally meaningful

Niven, Larry

What Good is a Glass Dagger?

In ‘The Flight of the Horse’

1972

Fantasy / Short Story

1999

B+

3.5

Own

No

Great little mix of fantasy, action and humour

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

1972

SF/ Humour

1991/11

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

O’Brian, Patrick

HMS Surprise

Aubrey/Maturin, Book 3

1973

Action / Historical Fiction

2007/04

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Impressive weaving of professional and private lives in breathing historical context

Herriot, James

Let Sleeping Vets Lie

1973

Short Stories / Humour / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

Lodge, David

Changing Places

1975

Novel / Humour

1992?

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

A middle-aged daydream

Cherryh, C.J.

Gate of Ivrel

(Book 1 of The Chronicles of Morgaine)

1976

SF

1993/06

B+

3.5

Own

No

1st of the dark, compelling, morally tortured ‘Morgaine’ series

Martin, George R.R.

Tuf Voyaging

1978

- 1985

Science Fiction

(Short Stories, same characters)

2002/04

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Some flaws, but one good thriller and a couple of fascinating themes

Levi, Primo

The Wrench

1978

Novel / Short Stories

2003/06

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Gracefully narrated stories of a tradesman’s jobs and values

Cherryh, C.J.

Well of Ishiuan

(Book 2 of The Chronicles of Morgaine)

1978

SF

1993/06

B+