Books Read in 1995

This post follows on from Books Read in 1994, which I posted in September.

And the total of books read is up for the second year in a row, rising to 115.

The big discoveries of the year were thriller writer Nelson DeMille and Poppy Z. Brite, whose story collection I fell in love with only to then become disillusioned when I encountered her debut novel, a polarity that was to reverse itself with later work from her pen. Other than those two, nothing else really stands out in the way of new discoveries. It was another year of consolidation, rather than one of striking out into new territory.

On this day in 1995 I began Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand, and on the occasion of my forty first birthday I was reading American Tabloid by the awesome James Ellroy.

As usual, most of the author details have been completed from memory, so if you see something that looks incorrect please shout.

And a couple of the authors’ names eluded me, despite searches on Amazon and copious use of Google-fu. Chimeras, begun on Valentine’s Day, weighed in at only 173pp, and I suspect was either a collection of stories by an SF/F author or a book of fantasy art (it was definitely not a misspelling of John Barth’s Chimera, which I read in 1977).

Roland Penrose is particularly annoying, in that I can visualise the cover and believe that I recently saw the book itself while wandering in the west wing of Chez Tennant, but can’t put my hands on it right now. At only 31pp I feel certain it was a booklet I picked up at an exhibition of work by the English surrealist (at Norwich Castle), and for some reason the name Dawn Ades is stuck in my head as the probable author (she was an art critic and writer, with a fondness for surrealism), though I can’t find anything to confirm that suspicion as fact.

So, if anyone knows who wrote those two books, speak up and consider yourself no-prized.

Here’s the list:-

Nightmares & Dreamscapes – Stephen King

3 Novels by Marc Behm – Marc Behm

Sailor Song – Ken Kesey

The Valis Trilogy – Philip K. Dick

Archaeology of the World – Courtlandt Canby

They Thirst – Robert R. McCammon

The Annals of Chile – Paul Muldoon

The Revenge of the Rose – Michael Moorcock

Cold Cuts II: More Tales of Terror – Edited by Paul Lewis & Steve Lockley

The Secrets of Speed Reading – Graham King

Espedair Street – Iain Banks

Psychology Made Simple – Abraham P. Sperling and Kenneth Martin


Dolores Claiborne – Stephen King

Grammar Guide – Gordon Jarvie

Crows’ Parliament – Jack Curtis

Cutthroat – Michael Slade

Azazel – Isaac Asimov

Lost – Garry Devon

Floating Dragon – Peter Straub

A Death in China – Carl Hiaasen & Bill Montalbano

The Difference Engine – William Gibson & Bruce Sterling

Oedipus and Akhaton – Immanuel Velikovsky

The Tax Inspector – Peter Carey

Firestarter – Stephen King

The Hawkline Monster – Richard Brautigan

Immigrant and Other Stories – Clifford D. Simak

The Blooding – Joseph Wambaugh

Comes the Blind Fury – John Saul

Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Virtual Light – William Gibson

A Concise History of Ancient Greece – Peter Green

Insomnia – Stephen King

Victories – George V. Higgins

Penance – Rick R. Reed

More Tales of Pirx the Pilot – Stanislaw Lem

Egypt: The Black Land – Paul Jordan

The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd

Every Brilliant EyeLoren D. Estleman

Ancient Egypt: Three Thousand Years of Splendour – Warner A. Hutchison

Ramesses the Great: Master of the World – William MacQuitty

The Wolf’s Hour – Robert R. McCammon

Encounters – Edited by Kerrie Pateman

Boy Wonder – James Robert Baker

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez – Peter Benchley

Bad Brains – Kathe Koja

Lake of the Long Sun – Gene Wolfe

Swamp Foetus – Poppy Z. Brite

Adventures of Wim – Luke Rhinehart

The List of Seven – Mark Frost

In the Country of Tattooed Men – Garry Kilworth

The Golden Orange – Joseph Wambaugh

Age of Iron/Life & Times of Michael K – J. M. Coetzee

Glory Road – Robert A. Heinlein

Grumbles from the Grave – Robert A. Heinlein (edited by Virginia Heinlein)

Stitch – Mark Morris

The General’s Daughter – Nelson DeMille

Copperhead – Bernard Cornwell

Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand – Samuel R. Delany

The Throat – Peter Straub

Closed Circle – Robert Goddard

Last Call – Tim Powers

Bad Love – Jonathan Kellerman

In the Dark – Richard Laymon

The Ends of the Earth – Lucius Shepard

Lust in Paris – Antoine S.

Sextet – Henry Miller

The Axeman Cometh – John Farris

Count Zero – William Gibson

Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson

Nobody Lives Forever – Edna Buchanan

Labyrinths – Jorge Luis Borges

Drawing Blood – Poppy Z. Brite

Christina Enchanted – Blakely St James

Lush – Peter Benchley

Skin – Kathe Koja

Fatherland – Robert Harris

Nightwork – Joseph Hansen

Our Lady of Darkness – Fritz Leiber

Diplomatic Pleasures – Antoine Lelouche

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas – Tom Robbins

Sheep – Simon Maginn

Storeys from the Old Hotel – Gene Wolfe

Jigsaw – Ed McBain

Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem – Peter Ackroyd

By the Rivers of Babylon – Nelson DeMille

Moon Dance – S. P. Somtow

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Roland Penrose –

Crash – J. G. Ballard

Desolation Road – Ian McDonald

Death in the Devil’s Acre – Anne Perry

King David – Allan Massie

Mind Tryst – Robyn Carr

The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson

Hot Blood – Edited by Jeff Gelb & Lonn Friend

Vanishing Ladies – Ed McBain

Macabre – Stephen Laws

Hotter Blood – Edited by Jeff Gelb & Michael Garrett

Celtic Mysteries: The Ancient Religion – John Sharkey

Hottest Blood – Edited by Jeff Gelb & Michael Garrett

The Silver Pigs – Lindsey Davis

Concrete Island – J. G. Ballard

Waking the Moon – Elizabeth Hand

The Onion Field – Joseph Wambaugh

Speaking in Tongues – Ian McDonald

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

American Tabloid – James Ellroy

The Grimace – Nicholas Salaman

Gold Coast – Nelson DeMille

In the Lake of the Moon – David Lindsey

Jack the Ripper: One Hundred Years of Mystery – Peter Underwood

Sula – Toni Morrison

Last Rites & Resurrections – Edited by Andy Cox

Night Warriors – Graham Masterton

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