Due to popular demand (well Stephen Theaker seemed to think it was a good idea, and I give him huge respect as the only person I know who seems possibly even more anal retentive about books than I am) I’ve decided to follow Art Garfunkel’s example and list on this blog all the books I’ve read, adding one year each month until we get up to date, or I get bored with it all, or don’t have time, or die, or…
You get the picture.
Anyway, I did some checking and apparently I didn’t start listing books read in 1973, or if I did I can’t find that list.
Pete’s big old list begins on the 26th of August 1975, and between then and the end of the year I read 46 books (as listed below).
Moorcock is the most read author by a long stretch, with Farmer trailing in second.
My big discovery of the year was Gore Vidal, whose Myra Breckinridge I picked up simply because it had a picture of Raquel Welch in a star spangled swimsuit on the cover, a tie-in with the movie in which she’d starred (Vidal had protested she was too masculine for the role, as I recall). I subsequently read everything by Vidal that I could get my hands on, so prurience can lead to higher things.
Actually, I might have read the book earlier and been reprising it here.
On my 21st birthday I was reading Jack Vance.
And it appears that I wasn’t interested in women at this stage in my life, though I did have a soft spot for the Florentine Renaissance.
Here’s the list:-
The Florentine Renaissance – Vincent Cronin
Not Before Time – John Brunner
The Shores of Death – Michael Moorcock
Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
Seven Footprints to Satan – Abraham Merritt
The Eternal Champion – Michael Moorcock
Phoenix in Obsidian – Michael Moorcock
The Flowering of the Renaissance – Vincent Cronin
I Sing the Body Electric – Ray Bradbury
The Bull and the Spear – Michael Moorcock
The Oak and the Ram – Michael Moorcock
Metamorphosis and Other Stories – Franz Kafka
Methuselah’s Children – Robert A. Heinlein
Time Enough for Love – Robert A. Heinlein
The Image of the Beast – Philip Jose Farmer
Occultism – Julien Tondriau
Up the Line – Robert Silverberg
The Electronic Lullaby Meat Market – John Spencer
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The People Trap – Robert Sheckley
The Space Merchants – Cyril Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl
Count Brass – Michael Moorcock
The Champion of Garathorm – Michael Moorcock
The Quest for Tanelorn – Michael Moorcock
Indoctrinaire – Christopher Priest
The Thirst Quenchers – Rick Raphael
Mindswap – Robert Sheckley
Out of Space and Time Volume II – Clark Ashton Smith
The Planet Buyer – Cordwainer Smith
The Underpeople – Cordwainer Smith
Sirius – Olaf Stapledon
The Anome – Jack Vance
The Brave Free Men – Jack Vance
The Asutra – Jack Vance
The Wind Whales of Ishmael – Philip Jose Farmer
The Moon of Skulls – Robert E. Howard
The Hand of Kane – Robert E. Howard
Solomon Kane – Robert E. Howard
Dare – Philip Jose Farmer
Beyond This Horizon – Robert A. Heinlein
The Alley God – Philip Jose Farmer
The Starbeast – Robert A. Heinlein
The Fabulous Riverboat – Philip Jose Farmer
Stonehenge – Harry Harrison & Leon E. Stover
The Battle of Forever – A. E. Van Vogt
The Day It Rained Forever – Ray Bradbury