Books Read in 1979

Following on from last month’s Books Read in 1978.

Only 158 books this time, twenty down on the tally for the previous year, and not all of them original as, for some specious reason, I decided to devote the month of August to reprising old SF favourites. In December I only read three books, but they were big ones.

On the occasion of my twenty fifth birthday, I was reading Protector by Larry Niven.

Highlights of the year include the discovery of Robert Coover, who caught my attention with his iconoclastic collection Pricksongs & Descants and then in the dying days of 1978 absolutely blew me away with the stupendous novel The Public Burning, my introduction to the work of Italo Calvino (I was more than a little intrigued by the potential of a novel in which the characters are struck dumb and must communicate using Tarot cards, though in the event I don’t think execution matched intent, but no matter, as I was now officially hooked on Calvino and there was much better to come) and the wonderful Richard Brautigan. Gravity’s Rainbow won me over to the cause of Thomas Pynchon, where V failed, and Angela Carter provided a compelling feminist interpretation of the work and life of the Divine Marquis in The Sadeian Woman (having been interested in his writing and philosophy, I now became engaged with hers).

Here’s the list (with author names in the main added from memory, so please feel free to point out any errors):-

Traveller in Black – John Brunner

The Man Who Japed – Philip K. Dick

The Dragon and Other Stories – Yevgeny Zamyatin

Shiny Mountain – David Dvorkin

Far Out – Damon Knight

The Castle – Franz Kafka

Flight to Opar – Philip Jose Farmer

Messenger of Zhuvastou – Andrew J. Offutt

The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories – Henry James

So Bright the Vision – Clifford D. Simak

We Who Are About To – Joanna Russ

The Vatican Cellars – Andre Gide

21st Century Foss – Chris Foss

The Magical Paintings of Justin Todd

The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta Book Two

Dr Bloodmoney – Philip K. Dick

The Comedians – Graham Greene

Zenya – E. C. Tubb

Eloise – E. C. Tubb

Eye of the Zodiac – E. C. Tubb

The Marvel Collection No. 5

The Other Side – Alfred Kubin

Darkover Landfall – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Spell Sword – Marion Zimmer Bradley

Star of Danger – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Shattered Chain – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Winds of Darkover – Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Bloody Sun – Marion Zimmer Bradley

Herovit’s World Barry N. Malzberg

Omnivore – Piers Anthony

Orn – Piers Anthony

Ox – Piers Anthony

The Cabal – Saul Dunn

Death in Midsummer and Other Stories – Yukio Mishima

The Seedbearers – Peter Valentine Timlett

The Power of the Serpent – Peter Valentine Timlett

The Twilight of the Serpent – Peter Valentine Timlett

Swimmer in the Secret Sea – William Kotzwinkle

The Killer Mice –Kit Reed

Dragonsong – Anne McCaffrey

Dragonsinger – Anne McCaffrey

Monsieur or The Prince of Darkness – Lawrence Durrell

Swordmistress of Chaos – Richard Kirk

A Time of Ghosts – Richard Kirk

A Touch of Infinity – Howard Fast

The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 – Richard Brautigan

The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut

Pricksongs & Descants – Robert Coover

The World Shuffler – Keith Laumer

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Anita Loos

The Stochastic Man – Robert Silverberg

The Best of Saki _ Saki

The Rebel Worlds – Poul Anderson

The Hospital Ship – Martin Bax

A Song for Lya – George R. R. Martin

The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino

Marune: Alastor 993 – Jack Vance

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Counter-Clock World – Philip K. Dick

First Love, Last Rites – Ian McEwan

The Illustrated Harlan Ellison – Harlan Ellison

Tomorrow and Beyond: Masterpieces of Science Fiction Art – Edited by Ian Summers

Great Space Battles – Stewart Cowley

Someone Like You – Roald Dahl

The World of Islamic Civilization – G. Le Bon*

The Spread of Islam – Michael Rogers

Nova Express – William S. Burroughs

Kiss Hollywood Goodbye – Anita Loos

Elephant Bangs Train – William Kotzwinkle

Francois Villon: Selected Poems

The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo

The Illustrated Roger Zelazny

The Sadeian Woman – Angela Carter

Abba Abba – Anthony Burgess

Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

Enchanted Pilgrimage – Clifford D. Simak

The Marvellous Adventure of Cabeza de Vaca – Haniel Long

Cinnabar – Edward Bryant

Mysteries – Knut Hansum

The Mind Riders – Brian Stableford

King Death – Nik Cohn

The Garments of Caean – Barrington Bayley

In Between the Sheets – Ian McEwan

The Time Hoppers – Robert Silverberg

Murphy – Samuel Beckett

Michaelmas – Algis Budrys

The Hawkline Monster – Richard Brautigan

Telepathist – John Brunner

Klingsor’s Last Summer – Hermann Hesse

Our Lady of Darkness – Fritz Leiber

Nosferatu: The Vampyre – Paul Monette

Operation ARES – Gene Wolfe

Frank Frazetta Book Three

The Fantastic Art of Sulamith Wulfing

Maske Thaery – Jack Vance

How to Save Your Own Life – Erica Jong

Long After Midnight – Ray Bradbury

The Dark Design – Philip Jose Farmer

Dubliners – James Joyce

Fire Time – Poul Anderson

Destination: Universe – A. E. Van Vogt

Player Piano – Kurt Vonnegut

Drunkard’s Walk – Frederik Pohl

Orsinian Tales – Ursula K. LeGuin

Funeral Rites – Jean Genet

Echo Round His Bones – Thomas M. Disch

Low-Flying Aircraft – J. G. Ballard

Barbary Shore – Norman Mailer

A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick

The World Inside – Robert Silverberg

Bug Jack Barron – Norman Spinrad

The Queen of Air and Darkness – Poul Anderson

High-Rise – J. G. Ballard

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

Our Friends from Frolix 8 – Philip K. Dick

334 – Thomas M. Disch

Mindbridge – Joe Haldeman

Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein

Whipping Star – Frank Herbert

Behold the Man – Michael Moorcock

A Mirror for Observers – Edgar Pangborn

The Female Man – Joanna Russ

The Men in the Jungle – Norman Spinrad

Venus Plus X – Theodore Sturgeon

The Magus – John Fowles

The Land of Froud – Edited by David Larkin (paintings by Brian Froud)

Middle-Earth: The World of Tolkien Illustrated – David Wenzel

A Middle-Earth Album: Paintings by Joan Wyatt Inspired by Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings

Falstaff – Robert Nye

NeverWhere: An Illustrated Epic Adventure of Fantasy and Magic – Richard Corben

Space Wars, Worlds & Weapons – Steven Eisler

Genesis Lyrics illustrated by Kim Poor

An Introduction to Western Philosophy – Antony Flew

The Other – Thomas Tryon

Day Million – Frederik Pohl

The Road to Corlay – Richard Cowper

Mario and the Magician and Other Stories – Thomas Mann

Fugue for a Darkening Island – Christopher Priest

Who Goes Here? – Algis Budrys

Charisma – Michael G. Coney

One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest – Ken Kesey

Capricorn Games – Robert Silverberg

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Words – Jean-Paul Sartre

All My Sins Remembered – Joe Haldeman

Kuldesak – Richard Cowper

Fata Morgan – William Kotzwinkle

The Best of Robert Silverberg

Telempath – Spider Robinson

Delta of Venus – Anais Nin

Midworld – Alan Dean Foster

Protector – Larry Niven

The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus

Night-Watch – Andrew M. Stephenson

The Fan Club – Irving Wallace

Letting Go – Philip Roth

The Public Burning – Robert Coover

*On my list this book is shown simply as “Islamic Civilization”, but I can’t find any other evidence of my ever having owned or read such a book, so can only conclude that it was a volume in “The World of” series.

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