Books Read in 1982

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

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3 Responses to Books Read in 1982

  1. There is a story by CJ Cherryh entitled ‘Threads of Time’ but I can’t imagine you listing a story on its own.
    Maybe it was your way of warning yourself in 2014 about the time spent on new-fangled threads of time… 😐

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