Book reviews in chronological order

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  1. Kristin Cashore: Graceling
  2. Francis Spufford: The child that books built
  3. Marie Brennan: A natural history of dragons
  4. Jack Womack: Ambient
  5. CJ Cherryh: The Pride of Chanur
  6. Gillian Flynn: Gone girl
  7. Sofia Samatar: A stranger in Olondria
  8. Eleanor Arnason: Ring of swords
  9. Mira Grant: Feed
  10. Patrick Rothfuss: The wise man's fear
  11. Jo Walton: The prize in the game
  12. Sarah Waters: Fingersmith
  13. Lois McMaster Bujold: Diplomatic immunity
  14. Vernor Vinge: The Peace War
  15. Julian Barnes: The sense of an ending
  16. Audrey Niffenegger: The time traveler's wife
  17. Geoff Ryman: Was
  18. Anne Lyle: The alchemist of souls
  19. Ben Aaronovitch: Moon over Soho
  20. Sayed Kashua: Let it be morning
  21. Mike Shevdon: Sixty-one nails
  22. Cory Doctorow: Pirate cinema
  23. Robert Charles Wilson: Julian Comstock
  24. John Scalzi: Old man's war
  25. ❧Ian McDonald: Sacrifice of fools
  26. Naomi Alderman: The Liars' Gospel
  27. Caitlín R Kiernan: Threshold
  28. Timothy Mo: Pure
  29. ❧John Barnes: A million open doors
  30. Hanne Blank: Straight
  31. Tanith Lee: Don't bite the sun / Drinking sapphire wine
  32. David Graeber: Debt: the first 5000 years
  33. China Miéville: The city and the city


  1. ❧Rosemary Kirstein: Steerswoman
  2. Ursula Le Guin: The lathe of heaven
  3. Walter Jon Williams: Implied spaces
  4. ❧Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
  5. Greg Egan: Zendegi
  6. Ben Aaronovich: Rivers of London
  7. ❧Ian McDonald: Kirinya
  8. Susan Sontag: The volcano lover
  9. ❧James SA Corey: Leviathan wakes
  10. ❧Mary Gentle: The black opera
  11. Rebecca Ore: Becoming alien
  12. Dorothy Canfield Fisher: Rough-Hewn
  13. Delia Sherman: Jacob's gift
  14. Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall
  15. David Weber: On Basilisk station
  16. Sean Williams: The stone mage and the sea
  17. Muriel Spark: The ballad of Peckham Rye
  18. ❧Chris Moriarty: Spin control
  19. ❧Walter Jon Williams: Aristoi
  20. Charles Dickens: Our mutual friend
  21. Clarisse Thorn: Confessions of a Pickup Artist chaser
  22. Lev Grossman: The Magicians
  23. Ken MacLeod: Learning the world
  24. Andrea Levy: Small island
  25. Anne Tyler: The amteur marriage
  26. Hannu Rajaniemi: The quantum thief
  27. Ali Smith: There but for the
  28. Deborah Cameron: The myth of Mars and Venus
  29. Jane Gardam: The man in the wooden hat
  30. ❧Edmund de Waal: The hare with amber eyes
  31. Ian McDonald: Brasyl
  32. ❧Geoff Ryman: The king's last song


  1. Paolo Bacigalupi: The windup girl
  2. Kameron Hurley: God's war
  3. ❧Barbara Kingsolver: Lacuna
  4. Rafael Sabatini: Captain Blood
  5. Helen S Wright: A matter of oaths
  6. Jennifer Crusie: Manhunting
  7. ❧Ali Smith: Girl meets boy
  8. Sherwood Smith: Crown Duel / Court Duel
  9. Karen Armstrong: Muhammad
  10. HG Wells: Ann Veronica
  11. NK Jemisin: The broken kingdoms
  12. LA Witt: Cover me
  13. Penelope Farmer: Charlotte Sometimes
  14. ❧Daniel Abraham: The price of spring
  15. Stella Gibbons: Cold Comfort Farm
  16. Patrick Rothfuss: The name of the wind
  17. William Thackray: Vanity Fair
  18. Catherynne M Valente: Palimpsest
  19. James Schmitz: Witches of Karres
  20. Arnold Bennett: Old Wives Tale
  21. Viriginia Nicholson: Singled Out
  22. ❧Chris Moriarty: Spin State
  23. Ursula K le Guin: Lavinia
  24. Rebecca Skloot: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
  25. Neal Stephenson: Anathem
  26. Russell Hoban: My tango with Barbara Strozzi
  27. Barbara Pym: Less than angels
  28. Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games
  29. Monica Ali: In the kitchen
  30. China Miéville: Un Lun Dun
  31. Stephen Fry: The Liar
  32. ❧Jo Walton: Among Others
  33. Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Infidel
  34. Michael Ondaatje: Anil's ghost
  35. Naomi Alderman: The lessons
  36. ❧NK Jemisin: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms


  1. Scott Lynch: Red seas under red skies
  2. Colson Whitehead: Sag Harbor
  3. Vikas Swarup: Slumdog millionaire
  4. Iain Banks: The steep approach to Garbadale
  5. Marina Lewycka: A short history of tractors in Ukrainian
  6. Michael Faber: The crimson petal and the white
  7. ❧Michael Chabon: The amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  8. ❧Alison Bechdel: Fun home
  9. Anne Fine: Our precious Lulu
  10. ❧Daniel Abraham: An autumn war
  11. Philip K Dick: Do androids dream of electric sheep?
  12. Daniel Abraham: A betrayal in winter
  13. AS Byatt: The children's book
  14. Anne Tyler: Digging to America
  15. Mark Haddon: A spot of bother
  16. Linda Grant: The clothes on their backs
  17. Jane Gardam: The people on Privilege Hill
  18. Daniel Abraham: A shadow in summer
  19. Jeanette Winterson: The stone gods
  20. Alaa al Aswany: Friendly fire
  21. Greg Bear: Vitals
  22. Joanna Trollope: Friday nights
  23. William Gibson: Neuromancer
  24. Ali Shaw: The girl with glass feet
  25. Adèle Géras: Made in heaven
  26. Ken MacLeod: The sky road
  27. Geraldine Brooks: People of the book
  28. Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake
  29. ❧Sean Stewart: Firecracker
  30. Arnold Bennett: Anna of the Five Towns
  31. Walter Jon Williams: This is not a game
  32. ❧Anne Michaels: The winter vault
  33. Steven Brust: Dragon


  1. Salman Rushdie: The Enchantress of Florence
  2. Tony Parsons: My favourite wife
  3. Anthony Price: Tomorrow's ghost
  4. Joan Lingard: After you've gone
  5. Geraldine McCaughrean: Cyrano
  6. Lois McMaster Bujold: Falling free
  7. Jane Gardam: Old filth
  8. Ken MacLeod: The star fraction
  9. Anne Fine: Fly in the ointment
  10. AS Byatt: Little black book of stories
  11. Anthony Price: The '44 Vintage
  12. Susanna Clarke: The ladies of Grace Adieu
  13. Iain M Banks: The algebraist
  14. Bernadine Evaristo: The lies of Locke Lamora
  15. MM Smith: The servants
  16. Alaa Al Aswany: Chicago
  17. Lynne Reid Banks: The dark quartet
  18. Bryan Sykes: Adam's curse
  19. Scott Westerfeld: Uglies
  20. Ellen Kushner: The privilege of the sword
  21. Daniel Keys Moran: The Armageddon Blues
  22. Iain Banks: Whit
  23. Zoë Heller: The believers
  24. Mary Doria Russell: Children of God
  25. Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon
  26. Suzette Haden Elgin: Native Tongue
  27. Connie Willis: To say nothing of the dog
  28. Lois McMaster Bujold: A civil campaign
  29. Sarah Katherine Lewis: Indecent
  30. Jenny Diski: Only Human
  31. Jodi Picoult: My sister's keeper
  32. Mary Renault: Funeral games
  33. Alexander McCall Smith: The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  34. Lois McMaster Bujold: Komarr
  35. Diana Wynne Jones: The Lives of Christopher Chant
  36. Annie Proulx: That old Ace in the hole
  37. ❧George RR Martin: The Armageddon Rag
  38. Frans G. Bengtsson: Röde Orm
  39. ❧Lois McMaster Bujold: Memory
  40. Lena Einhorn: Ninas resa
  41. ❧William Goldman: The color of light
  42. Inge Merkel: Odysseus and Penelope
  43. Friedrich Torberg: Tante Jolesch
  44. Lois McMaster Bujold: Mirror dance
  45. Katharine Kerr: Polar City blues
  46. Steven Brust: Athyra / Orca
  47. Arthur Conan Doyle: The adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  48. ❧Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policemen's Union
  49. Anthony Price: October men
  50. Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End
  51. Edward Whittemore: Jerusalem Poker
  52. Martha Cooley: The archivist
  53. David Bodanis: E=mc2
  54. Francisco Hinojosa: Hectic Ethics
  55. Steven Brust: The phoenix guards
  56. Colson Whitehead: The intuitionist
  57. Anthony Price: Other paths to glory
  58. Alaa Al Aswany: The Yacoubian building
  59. Naomi Novik: Empire of Ivory


  1. George RR Martin: The dying of the light
  2. Jamie O'Neill: At swim two boys
  3. Naomi Novik: Black powder war
  4. Lois McMaster Bujold: Brothers in arms
  5. Jacques Monod: Chance and necessity
  6. Orson Scott Card: Songmaster
  7. Lois McMaster Bujold: Cetaganda
  8. Greg Egan: Luminous
  9. Ian McDonald: Desolation Road
  10. Larry Niven: The long arm of Gil Hamilton
  11. Daniel Kevles: In the name of eugenics
  12. ❧Lois McMaster Bujold: Borders of infinity
  13. Anthony Price: War game
  14. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle: The mote in god's eye
  15. Lois McMaster Bujold: Ethan of Athos
  16. Margaret Drabble: The battle for Christabel
  17. Geoff Ryman: Air
  18. Christa Wolf: Cassandra
  19. Lois McMaster Bujold: The hallowed hunt
  20. Salman Rushdie: Shalimar the clown
  21. Julian Barnes: Arthur & George
  22. Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel's dart
  23. Robert Charles Wilson: Spin
  24. Lois McMaster Bujold: The Vor game
  25. Melvin Burgess: Lady, my life as a bitch
  26. Terry Pratchett: Faust Eric
  27. Naomi Novik: Throne of Jade
  28. Orson Scott Card: Speaker for the dead
  29. William Horwood: The boy with no shoes
  30. Terry Pratchett: A hat full of sky
  31. Hanne Blank: Virgin
  32. Kim Stanley Robinson: The years of rice and salt
  33. ❧ Ian McDonald: River of gods
  34. Lois McMaster Bujold: The warrior's apprentice
  35. Diane Duane: Deep wizardry / High wizardry
  36. Naomi Novik: Temeraire
  37. Pamela Dean: Tam Lin
  38. Steven Brust: Phoenix
  39. Lois McMaster Bujold: Shards of honor / Barrayar
  40. Neal Stephenson: The diamond age
  41. Stevie Smith: Novel on yellow paper
  42. Steven Brust: Taltos
  43. Dan Simmons: Hyperion
  44. ❧ Jo Walton: Farthing
  45. Dave Duncan: Past imperative
  46. Melanie Rawn: Spellbinder
  47. Lois McMaster Bujold: Paladin of souls
  48. Diane Duane: So you want to be a wizard
  49. Anthony Price: Colonel Butler's wolf
  50. Elizabeth Moon: Speed of dark
  51. Matt Ruff: Set this house in order
  52. Orson Scott Card: Ender's game
  53. Neal Stephenson: Snow crash
  54. Lois McMaster Bujold: The curse of Chalion
  55. Susan Palwick: The necessary beggar
  56. AS Byatt: A whistling woman
  57. Anthony Price: The Alamut ambush
  58. Jo Walton: Tooth and claw
  59. ❧ Ted Chiang: Stories of your life and others
  60. Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is illuminated
  61. CJ Cherryh: Cyteen
  62. Linley Erin Hall: Who's afraid of Marie Curie?


  1. William Horwood: The Stonor Eagles
  2. Chaim Potok: My name is Asher Lev
  3. Rumer Godden: A time to dance, no time to weep
  4. JRR Tolkien: The hobbit
  5. ❧ AS Byatt: Babel Tower
  6. Joan Lingard: The women's house
  7. Samuel R Delany: Empire star
  8. Zadie Smith: On beauty
  9. Åsne Seierstad: The bookseller of Kabul
  10. Madeleine L'Engle: A wind in the door
  11. Rose Tremain: The colour
  12. JD Salinger: Franny and Zooey
  13. Colum McCann: Dancer
  14. Michael Marshall Smith: One of us
  15. Monica Ali: Brick Lane
  16. Iris Murdoch: Under the net
  17. ❧ Ian McDonald: Terminal Café
  18. Tracy Chevalier: The virgin blue
  19. Anthony Price: The labyrinth makers
  20. Amy Tan: Saving fish from drowning
  21. Jane Gardam: The queen of the tambourine
  22. Zora Neale Hurston: Their eyes were watching God
  23. Rebecca Wells: Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood
  24. Louise Fitzhugh: Harriet the spy
  25. W Somerset Maugham: The razor's edge
  26. Alice Walker: The way forward is with a broken heart
  27. Steven Brust: Teckla
  28. Matt Ridley: The origins of virtue
  29. ❧ Salman Rushdie: The ground beneath her feet
  30. Jack Rosenthal: By Jack Rosenthal
  31. Samuel R Delany: Nova
  32. Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain
  33. Gwen Raverat: Period Piece
  34. ❧ GB Edwards: The book of Ebenezer Le Page
  35. John le Carré: Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy
  36. Ursula Le Guin: City of Illusions
  37. ❧ Kate Atkinson: Human Croquet
  38. Jan Morris: Last letters from Hav
  39. Herman Hesse: Siddhartha
  40. Sébastien Japrisot: La passion des femmes
  41. Ursula Le Guin: The farthest shore
  42. Pearl S Buck: The good earth
  43. Italo Calvino: If on a winter's night a traveller
  44. William G Dever: What did the Biblical writers know and when did they know it?
  45. Marge Piercy: Woman on the edge of time
  46. Michael Ondaatje: The English patient
  47. Walter M Miller Jr: The view from the stars
  48. Geoff Ryman: The Child Garden


  1. Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon
  2. ❧ Mary Gentle: Golden Witchbreed
  3. Penelope Fitzgerald: The bookshop
  4. Steven Brust: Jhereg
  5. Naomi Alderman: Disobedience
  6. Samuel R Delany: Babel-17
  7. Chaim Potok: In the beginning
  8. Joe Haldeman: The forever war
  9. Steven Pinker: The language instinct
  10. Rose Macaulay: They were defeated
  11. Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö:The laughing policeman
  12. Edward Whittemore: Sinai Tapestry
  13. David Brin: Sundiver
  14. Vikram Seth: An equal music
  15. Amanda Craig: A vicious circle
  16. Lord Dunsany: Beyond the fields we know
  17. Peter Dickinson: King and Joker
  18. Steven Brust: Yendi
  19. Mary Renault: The friendly young ladies
  20. Hope Mirrlees: Lud-in-the-Mist
  21. Kazuo Ishiguro: When we were orphans
  22. Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint
  23. Iris Murdoch: The black prince
  24. HDF Kitto: The Greeks
  25. Iain M Banks: Against a dark background
  26. AS Byatt: Possession
  27. ❧ Ken MacLeod: The Stone Canal
  28. Louis de Bernières: Birds without wings
  29. Libby Purves: Mother Country
  30. Jane Gardam: Showing the flag
  31. Haviva Ner-David: Life on the fringes
  32. Steven Brust: Brokedown palace
  33. Cory Doctorow: Down and out in the Magic Kingdom
  34. Choderlos de Laclos: Les liaisons dangereuses
  35. Sean Stewart: The night watch
  36. Alice Sebold: The lovely bones
  37. Umberto Eco: Baudolino
  38. Chaim Potok: I am the clay
  39. ❧ George RR Martin: The Armageddon Rag
  40. Barbara Pym: An academic question
  41. Ursula Le Guin: The tombs of Atuan
  42. Anne Tyler: A patchwork planet
  43. Vernor Vinge: A deepness in the sky
  44. Li Cunxin: Mao's last dancer
  45. Emma Bull: War for the oaks
  46. Esther Freud: The sea house
  47. ❧ Jack Womack: Random acts of senseless violence
  48. Vikram Seth: Two lives


  1. Amos Oz: A tale of love and darkness
  2. Ursula Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea
  3. Mrs Gaskell: Wives and Daughters
  4. ER Eddison: The Worm Ouroboros
  5. Robert Pirsig: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
  6. Sean Stewart: Nobody's son
  7. Jack Womack: Heathern
  8. Jo Walton: The King's Name
  9. Norman Lebrecht: The song of names
  10. Anthony Burgess: Earthly powers
  11. Olivia Judson: Dr Tatiana's sex advice to all creation
  12. Guy Gavriel Kay: Tigana
  13. Bruce Sterling: Zeitgeist
  14. Neil Gaiman: American Gods
  15. ❧ William Goldman: The color of light
  16. Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire
  17. Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow
  18. Iris Murdoch: The sandcastle
  19. Poul Anderson: The broken sword
  20. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale
  21. Joanna Trollope: A passionate man
  22. David Baddiel: The secret purposes
  23. Cynthia Voigt: The runner
  24. Keri Hulme: The bone people
  25. Nick Hornby: About a boy
  26. Marian Keyes: Angels
  27. Pamela Dean: The Whim of the Dragon
  28. David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas
  29. ❧ Samuel R Delany: Triton
  30. Gore Vidal: Julian
  31. Ursula K Le Guin: Always coming home
  32. David Sedaris: Me talk pretty one day
  33. Yann Martel: Life of Pi
  34. Zadie Smith: The Autograph Man
  35. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  36. Dante Alighieri: Hell from the Divine Comedy, trans Dorothy L Sayers
  37. MA Foster: The Gameplayers of Zan
  38. Sara Maitland: Home Truths
  39. Geoff Ryman: The warrior who carried life
  40. ❧ Michael Marshall Smith: Only Forward
  41. Pamela Dean: The Hidden Land
  42. Carol Shields: Unless
  43. John M Ford: The Dragon Waiting
  44. Bram Stoker: Dracula


  1. David Daiches: Two Worlds / Promised Land
  2. ❧ Rudyard Kipling: Kim
  3. Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere
  4. HG Wells: The War of the Worlds
  5. Marian Keyes: Rachel's Holiday
  6. Daniel C Dennett: Freedom Evolves
  7. Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
  8. Iain Banks: The crow road
  9. Vernor Vinge: A fire upon the deep
  10. Dorothy Dunnett: King Hereafter
  11. Jacqueline Wilson: The illustrated Mum
  12. Joan Lingard: The guilty party
  13. Anne Fine: Mrs Doubtfire
  14. Daniel Keys Moran: The last dancer
  15. Vikram Seth: A suitable boy
  16. Mark Haddon: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
  17. Daniel Keys Moran: Emerald Eyes / The Long Run
  18. ❧ William Horwood: Skallagrigg
  19. Roger Zelazny: Lord of Light
  20. E Annie Proulx: The Shipping News
  21. Pamela C Dean: The Secret Country
  22. JRR Tolkien: Unfinished Tales
  23. Anthony Buckeridge: Our Friend Jennings
  24. Barry Hughart: Bridge of Birds
  25. Alexandre Dumas: Le comte de Monte-Cristo
  26. Iain M Banks: Use of Weapons
  27. JRR Tolkien: The Silmarillion
  28. RA Lafferty: Nine Hundred Grandmothers


  1. Tad Williams: Otherland - City of Golden Shadow
  2. ❧ Iain M Banks: The Player of Games
  3. Jane Gardam: The Flight of the Maidens
  4. Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates
  5. Bruce Sterling: Holy Fire
  6. Alfred Duggan: The Little Emperors
  7. Umberto Eco: Foucault's Pendulum
  8. Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker
  9. Octavia Butler: Wild Seed
  10. ❧ Walter M Miller Jr: A Canticle for Leibowitz
  11. Olaf Stapledon: Last and First Men
  12. Sara Maitland: Brittle Joys
  13. Meera Syal: Life isn't all ha ha hee hee
  14. Jared Diamond: Guns, germs and steel
  15. Primo Levi: The Periodic Table
  16. Timothy Mo: Renegade or Halo2
  17. Nicholson Baker: Vox
  18. Isaac Asimov: The Gods Themselves
  19. Ian McDonald: Desolation Road
  20. Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible
  21. John Fowles: The Magus
  22. Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  23. Ursula K Le Guin: The Birthday of the World
  24. EM Forster: Howard's End
  25. Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon