Books Read in 1986

Following on from May’s Books Read in 1985.

The numbers are down again, this time to a round 100 titles, though at the same time I note that quite a few of them were rather large books, with nineteen over 500 pages in length and a couple that weighed in at over 1000. Reading large books is a pleasure I pretty much deny myself nowadays.

On this day in 1986 I was close to finishing Rosemary’s Baby and on the following day I cracked open Slow Learner. On the occasion of my 32nd birthday I was reading Dead Man’s Handle, on a long coach trip to London I believe.

The only significant discovery was Robert McCammon, whose back catalogue I still haven’t quite caught up with, though it’s definitely on my to do list. I also had my first encounter with the work of John Updike, but guess it didn’t take as I’ve read nothing by him since.

I reprised some of the delights of my teen years, by reading Satan’s Saint for the umpteenth time (Guy Endore’s fictionalised biography of the Marquis De Sade) and Thomas Burnett Swann’s marvellous fantasy Day of the Minotaur.

At this very moment my favourite book of 1986 was Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel, but at other times it could be the Kesey, the Barth, the Jong, the Vidal, or either of the two Mailer doorstops. It was a good year.

At the moment I can’t recall, or discover, who wrote Anarchism, and all the other author names are added from memory which may not be reliable, so feel free to point out any errors.

Here’s the list:-

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott

Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain

The Penguin Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James

Moby-Dick – Hermann Melville

Ancient Mysteries Peter Haining

Phantasia – Alan Aldridge

The Walking Shadow – Brian Stableford

Eyes of Amber – Joan D. Vinge

On Wings of Song – Thomas M. Disch

The Furies – Keith Roberts

Downward to the Earth – Robert Silverberg

Night of Light – Philip Jose Farmer

Fireflood and other stories – Vonda N. McIntyre

Blind Voices – Tom Reamy

All Flesh is Grass – Clifford D. Simak

Songmaster – Orson Scott Card

Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels – David Pringle

Mindkiller – Spider Robinson

Gene Wolfe’s Book of Days – Gene Wolfe

The Source – James Michener

The Executioner’s Song – Norman Mailer

Anarchism –

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller

Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey

Shikasta – Doris Lessing

The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five – Doris Lessing

The Sirian Experiments – Doris Lessing

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 – Doris Lessing

Visions of Cody – Jack Kerouac

The Great American Novel – Philip Roth

The Theatre and Its Double – Antonin Artaud

The Children of Sanchez – Oscar Lewis

A Death in the Sanchez Family – Oscar Lewis

Letters – John Barth

Lightship – Jim Burns (text Chris Evans)

The Family Moskat – Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Mandarins – Simone de Beauvoir

Daniel Martin – John Fowles

Machine Dreams – Jayne Anne Phillips

Goldilocks – Ed McBain

Tom Mix and Pancho Villa – Clifford Irving

Pet Sematary – Stephen King

Wheels – Arthur Hailey

The Dark Arena – Mario Puzo

Usher’s Passing – Robert R. McCammon

The Deep – Peter Benchley

A Falcon Flies – Wilbur Smith

Men of Men – Wilbur Smith

The Angels Weep – Wilbur Smith

The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest – Peter Dickinson

The Blue Knight – Joseph Wambaugh

The Discovery – Steve Shagan

Descent from Xanadu – Harold Robbins

Stick – Elmore Leonard

Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin

Slow Learner – Thomas Pynchon

Masters of Art: Magritte – Jacques Dopagne

The Chandler Collection Volume One – Raymond Chandler

Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter

Salvador Dali: The Tate Gallery

Ancient Evenings – Norman Mailer

Poetry 1900 to 1975 – Edited by George Macbeth

The Ninja – Eric Van Lustbader

Take a Girl Like You – Kingsley Amis

Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol

Gargantua and Pantagruel – Francois Rabelais

American Poetry: An Introductory Anthology – Edited by Donald Hall

Contemporary American Poetry – Edited by Donald Hall

Parachutes & Kisses – Erica Jong

Trouble Is My Business – Raymond Chandler

God Knows – Joseph Heller

The Water-Method Man – John Irving

Bodies and Souls – John Rechy

The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike

Tough Guys Don’t Dance – Norman Mailer

Southern Discomfort – Rita Mae Brown

Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins

Lincoln – Gore Vidal

Songs the Dead Men Sing – George R. R. Martin

Cemetery World – Clifford D. Simak

The Apeman Cometh – Adrian Mitchell

Ararat – D. M. Thomas

The Iron Thorn – Algis Budrys

Day of the Minotaur – Thomas Burnett Swann

The Boats of The Glen Carrig – William Hope Hodgson

Dada and Surrealism Reviewed – Dawn Ades

Sirens – Chris Achilleos

Extra (Ordinary) People – Joanna Russ

Dead Man’s Handle – Peter O’Donnell

The Grand Wheel – Barrington J. Bayley

The Energy of Slaves – Leonard Cohen

Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes

Thinner – Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

More Than Superhuman – A. E. Van Vogt

The Other Log of Phileas Fogg – Philip Jose Farmer

There Will Be Time – Poul Anderson

Satan’s Saint – Guy Endore

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