Books Read in 1997

This post follows on from Books Read in 1996, which I posted back in January.

And for this year the total number of books read has gone down from 1996’s 120 to 101 – it was a year in which a lot of real life concerns were cutting into my reading time.

Casting a jaundiced eye down the list, I don’t recognise any significant new discoveries, and catching up on detective series – the work of Jonathan Kellerman, Anne Perry, and Lindsey Davis – appears to have been a thing.

On this day in 1997 I was reaching the end of Perry’s tale of Victorian detection, A Sudden Fearful Death, while on the occasion of my forty third birthday I was struggling through the disappointing Bite. I’m a fan mostly of Richard Laymon’s work, but this vampire novel truly sucked. It did however give me what remains, even after all this time, my favourite putdown in a review – ‘this book is filled with unspeakable things – sometimes the characters talk about nothing else’.

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

The name of the author of Rose cannot be called to mind, alas. The book weighs in at a substantial 488 pages (and it’s not Rose Madder listed incorrectly, before you ask), which makes my failure to remember especially galling. I’ll look it up at some point, but in the meantime if anyone has an idea please feel free to shout out.

Okay, here’s the list:-

The Nightmare Factory – Thomas Ligotti
The Talbot Odyssey – Nelson DeMille
A Son of the Circus – John Irving
Seasons of Plenty – Colin Greenland
The Alienist – Caleb Carr
The Day of Forever – J. G. Ballard
Like Love – Ed McBain
After Silence – Jonathan Carroll
The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy & Science Fiction Art Techniques – John Grant & Ron Tiner
John Cheever: The Journals – John Cheever
Frenzy – Rex Miller
The Client – John Grisham
Fiends – Richard Laymon
The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
Dream Science – Thomas Palmer
Sins of the Wolf – Anne Perry
Exquisite Corpse – Poppy Z. Brite
Cathedral – Nelson DeMille
The Unlimited Dream Company – J. G. Ballard
The Shee – Joe Donnelly
Black Cocktail – Jonathan Carroll
A Sudden Fearful Death – Anne Perry
Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction – Edited by Robert Holdstock
Peter Carey: Collected Stories Peter Carey
Beware! – Richard Laymon
Sacrament – Clive Barker
A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsay
Blood Crazy – Simon Clark
The Kindness of Women – J. G. Ballard
Pohlstars – Frederik Pohl
Nailed By The Heart – Simon Clark
Venus in Copper – Lindsey Davis
One Rainy Night – Richard Laymon
The Face of a Stranger – Anne Perry
Love -Angela Carter
The Mouse God – Susan Curran
Rushing to Paradise – J. G. Ballard
Ocean Eyes – Stuart Hughes
Defend and Betray – Anne Perry
Night Show – Richard Laymon
When the Bough Breaks – Jonathan Kellerman
Private Eyes – Jonathan Kellerman
Wise Children – Angela Carter
The Girl in Blue – P. G. Wodehouse
The Weight – Allen Steele
True Crime – Andrew Klavan
The Trickster – Muriel Gray
Out of the Sun – Robert Goddard
The Bloody Ground – Bernard Cornwell
The Time Ships – Stephen Baxter
Rose –
Black Rock – Steve Harris
Stormy Weather – Carl Hiaasen
Shudders and Shivers – R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Mrs Shakespeare – Robert Nye
The 600lb Gorilla – Robert Campbell
If I Were You – P. G. Wodehouse
Finnegan’s Week – Joseph Wambaugh
Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
Myron – Gore Vidal
Christina’s Fantasy – Blakely St. James
The Haunted Monastery – Robert van Gulik
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease – John Pearce & Tony Smith
Cain His Brother – Anne Perry
Prisoners of Limbo – David Ratcliffe
The Iron Hand of Mars – Lindsey Davis
Hotwire – Simon Ings
Home Before Dark – Michael Molloy
Darklands – Edited by Nicholas Royle
The Clinic – Jonathan Kellerman
The Season of Comfort – Gore Vidal
Poseidon’s Gold – Lindsey Davis
A Perfect Vacuum – Stanislaw Lem
Weighed in the Balance – Anne Perry
From the Teeth of Angels – Jonathan Carroll
My Dark Places – James Ellroy
The Beast House – Richard Laymon
Axiomatic – Greg Egan
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
Pictures At An Exhibition – D. M. Thomas
From Potter’s Field – Anne Perry
Salvage Rites – Ian Watson
A Bit of Witchcraft – Iris Gotchi
The Gift Horse’s Mouth – Robert Campbell
Bridestone – Sheila Holligon
Several Perceptions – Angela Carter
The Indians Won – Martin Cruz Smith
Mesmer – Tim Lebbon
Clandestine – James Ellroy
Bite – Richard Laymon
Asylum – Patrick McGrath
Testimony – Mark Chadbourn
Last Act in Palmyra – Lindsey Davis
Time to Depart – Lindsey Davis
A Dying Light in Corduba – Lindsey Davis
Waterland – Graham Swift
Endless Night – Richard Laymon
Kalki – Gore Vidal
Milton in America – Peter Ackroyd
Mantis – K. W. Jeter
Scaremongers – Edited by Andrew Haigh

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