Following on from last month’s Books Read in 1981.
Usually the amount of time I spend reading is in inverse proportion to the time I spend socialising, so I guess in 1982, with only 48 books read, I had a very busy social life, though if so I recall very little of it now.
And a lot of these are very long books.
My date keeping also seems to have slipped this year, so I’m not sure if I was reading Herzog or Rocannon’s World on the occasion of my 28th birthday.
It was the year when I discovered Robert Pirsig and D. M. Thomas, with the latter proving a particular favourite in years to come. I read The White Hotel after seeing it lose out in the Booker Prize to the IMO inferior Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, and was blown away. I’ve felt the same about everything he’s produced since, though I’m more lukewarm regarding pre-Hotel works.
Annoyingly I can’t recall or discover who wrote Threads of Time. Google and Amazon have some credible suggestions, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Silverberg edited anthology or the trio of novellas by Benford, Simak and Spinrad. I’ll check my book lists more thoroughly when I have time, but in the meanwhile all suggestions are welcome.
Here’s the list (with author names in the main added from memory, so please feel free to point out any errors):-
Son of the Tree – Jack Vance
Dying Inside – Robert Silverberg
Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life – Philip Jose Farmer
Good As Gold – Joseph Heller
Fanny – Erica Jong
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
The Magic Labyrinth – Philip Jose Farmer
The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories – Gene Wolfe
The Snow Queen – Joan D. Vinge
The End of All Songs – Michael Moorcock
Why I Am Not A Christian – Bertrand Russell
Capella’s Golden Eyes – Christopher Evans
Genius Loci and Other Tales – Clark Ashton Smith
Agent of Chaos – Norman Spinrad
The White Hotel – D. M. Thomas
Seeking the Mythical Future – Trevor Hoyle
Through the Eye of Time – Trevor Hoyle
The Gods Look Down – Trevor Hoyle
Sexus – Henry Miller
The Feast of St Dionysus – Robert Silverberg
Doctor Rat – William Kotzwinkle
Threads of Time – ???
The Dark Pageant – Edward Lucie-Smith
The Room – Hubert Selby Jr.
The Chinese Agent – Michael Moorcock
Ship of Shadows – Fritz Leiber
City of Night – John Rechy
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang – Kate Wilhelm
Windhaven – George R. R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
Riverworld and Other Stories – Philip Jose Farmer
The Embedding – Ian Watson
The Rose – Charles L. Harness
Jem – Frederik Pohl
Earth’s Other Shadow – Robert Silverberg
Blackpool Vanishes – Richard Francis
All The Sounds of Fear – Harlan Ellison
The Time of the Eye – Harlan Ellison
Frankenstein Unbound – Brian W. Aldiss
Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
The Tomb and Other Tales – H. P. Lovecraft
The Eve of Saint Venus – Anthony Burgess
Fury – Henry Kuttner
The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
Rocannon’s World – Ursula K. LeGuin
Herzog- Saul Bellow
Slaughterhouse-5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Jeremy Brood: Relativity – Richard Corben & Jan Strnad
Treasury of World Masterpieces: Edgar Allan Poe