Books Read in 1993

This post follows on from Books Read in 1992, which I posted last month.

Numbers are slightly down – 103 books read this year, compared to 105 in 1992 – but a lot of large books read and a couple of omnibus volumes, so I’m going to claim that I read more this year regardless of the actual numbers. My blog, so my rules.

Mostly it appears to have been a year for consolidation, with more books read by old/new favourites King and Bellamy, Smith and Blaylock, Laymon and Card. The big discoveries of the year were David Lindsey, Peter James and Robert Goddard, plus a first novel by Nicholas Royle whose work I was already familiar with in the short form. At a push you can consider Ramsey Campbell a new discovery after the false start of 1990, with Cold Print much more to my taste than Ancient Images. And apparently I read a couple of titles by Bernard Cornwell, though I have no recollection of encountering his work prior to the American Civil War series he started a few years later. I also read and enjoyed a book by James Lee Burke, but I haven’t read another one since, an omission I can’t really explain and which is probably going to go down as heresy in some circles.

On this day in 1993 I was reading Mercy by David Lindsey, while on the occasion of my 39th birthday I had my nose buried in The Stress of Her Regard by the wonderful Tim Powers

As usual, most of the author details have been completed from memory, so if you see something that looks incorrect please shout. And genuine no-prizes to anyone who can supply the missing author names for a couple of the titles, Renaissance which weighed in at 383pp, and Revelations which was a humble 90pp (based on the low page count, my guess would be that it’s an art book, but if so I can’t find it on any of the lists of art books I own).

The Poetry Book Society Anthology 3 – Edited by William Scammell

Art of the Western World – Edited by Denise Hooker

Grass – Sheri S. Tepper

When the Bough Breaks – Jonathan Kellerman

Tiberius – Allan Massie

Needful Things – Stephen King

Jazz – Toni Morrison

Viriconium – M. John Harrison

The House that Jack Built – Ed McBain

Bingo – Rita Mae Brown

The Eye of the Queen – Phillip Mann

Sweet Heart – Peter James

Prayers to Broken Stones – Dan Simmons

Michael Moorcock: Death Is No Obstacle – Colin Greenland

The White Mountain – David Wingrove

Plato’s Ladder – Stephen Romer

Silent Partner – Jonathan Kellerman

Mark Harrison’s Dreamlands

The Dark Half – Stephen King

Cloned Lives – Pamela Sargent

Any Old Iron – Anthony Burgess

Night Monsters – Fritz Leiber

Good News From Outer Space – John Kessel

Eagle in the Sky – Wilbur Smith

The Forever King – Molly Cochran & Warren Murphy

Tygers of Wrath – Philip Rosenberg

The Magic Mirror – Algernon Blackwood

Sundancer – Briony Shilton

Friend of Heraclitus – Patricia Beer

The Grotesque – Patrick McGrath

The Sinner’s Congregation – Guy Bellamy

A Fire upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge

Mine – Robert R. McCammon

The Romantic Poets: An Anthology –

Renaissance – Raymond F. Jones

Another Roadside Attraction – Tom Robbins

Time Bomb – Jonathan Kellerman

Children of the Night – Dan Simmons

Cry Wolf – Wilbur Smith

No One Writes to the Colonel – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Gold Coast – Kim Stanley Robnson

Burning Chrome – William Gibson

Crackdown – Bernard Cornwell

Soul Eater – K. W. Jeter

Tax Exile – Guy Bellamy

Xenocide – Orson Scott Card

Fugitive Nights – Joseph Wambaugh

Fuel Injected Dreams – James Robert Baker

The Paper Grail – James P. Blaylock

Cold Print – Ramsey Campbell

Mercy – David Lindsey

Aestival Tide – Elizabeth Hand

Beast – Peter Benchley

Boy’s Life – Robert R. McCammon

Into the Blue – Robert Goddard

Golden Fox – Wilbur Smith

Private Eyes – Jonathan Kellerman

Scholars and Soldiers – Mary Gentle

Dirty Tricks – Michael Dibdin

The Eagle and the Raven – James A. Michener

Out Are The Lights – Richard Laymon

Crazy Cock – Henry Miller

Abandonati – Garry Kilworth

The City and the pillar – Gore Vidal

Possession – Peter James

Lord Kelvin’s Machine – James P. Blaylock

Nil Nil – Don Paterson

Skin Tight – Carl Hiaasen

This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Glamour – Christopher Priest

A Morning for Flamingos – James Lee Burke

Wildtrack – Bernard Cornwell

In the Midday Sun – Guy Bellamy

Tropical Chills – Edited by Tim Sullivan

The Middle Kingdom – David Wingrove

The Jeeves Omnibus 4 – P. G. Wodehouse

A McBain Omnibus – Ed McBain

Then Came the Liars, Then Came the Fools – Anna McLeay

Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King – Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller

Wild Justice – Wilbur Smith

Cast A Cold Eye – Alan Ryan

The Firm – John Grisham

Dreamer – Peter James

The Man of Her Dream – Briony Shilton

Trust – George V. Higgins

The Memory of Earth – Orson Scott Card

Valentine – S. P. Somtow

Devil’s Waltz – Jonathan Kellerman

Gerald’s Game – Stephen King

Red Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

Spiral – David Lindsey

Lila – Robert M. Pirsig

The Stress of Her Regard – Tim Powers

Flowering Limbs – Stephen Knight

Red Square – Martin Cruz Smith

Savage – Richard Laymon

Bored of the Rings – The Harvard Lampoon

Flying In To Love – D. M. Thomas

Out of Danger – James Fenton

Counterparts – Nicholas Royle

Revelations –

Trap Line – Carl Hiaasen & William D. Montalbano

In Pale Battalions – Robert Goddard

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3 Responses to Books Read in 1993

  1. Rolnikov says:

    Could Renaissance be the one by Raymond F. Jones? Goodreads has it at 383pp: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3234474-renaissance. I’ve read it too, but I don’t remember a thing about it.

    • petertennant says:

      Yep, that’s the one. Many thanks, good sir. I can’t remember anything about it either, but now I know the author’s name I can look up the notes I made at the time:-

      The Seekers of Kronweld are happy in their intellectual pursuits and accept that certain knowledge will never be available to them. Only Ketan is dissatisfied, and by daring to investigate the secret of birth becomes a rebel to his people. Ketan’s researches lead him to the discovery of another world and the evil Statists, who pirate Kronweld’s science. He learns of Earth and the division in its past that led to the Seekers, Statists and Illegitimates, and that his own role is to reunite the warring factions of humanity. He does so at the cost of Kronweld.

      Not really a lot of help in bringing it all back to me, and I see from the rest of my ‘for my eyes only’ review that I seriously disliked the book.

      Right, “Revelations” anyone?

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