Books Read in 2001

This post follows on from Books Read in 2000 which I posted back at the start of October.

And for 2001 I read a grand total of 125 books, an increase of five on 2000’s total. Among new discoveries of ongoing significance I’d include Dan Rhodes, Jeanette Winterson, and Christopher Brookmyre, though my reading of their work since has been more sporadic than I’d like. For best book of the year it would have to be a toss up between Geoff Ryman’s wonderful “Was” and the experimental finesse of “House of Leaves” by Mark Danielewski (I need to reread both). I remember sitting on a bus reading the latter and tracing the lines with my fingers to keep track of one the author’s typographical tricks, and this guy sitting next to me looking quite bemused.

On this day twenty years ago I was reading Winterson’s “Art & Lies”, about which I can recall absolutely nothing now. And on the occasion of my 47th birthday I was probably finishing off Cornwell’s “A Scarpetta Omnibus” and I was definitely admiring the illustrations in “Firebrands”.

Here’s the list:-

The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart

The Jewel of Seven Stars – Bram Stoker

Tree Surgery for Beginners – Patrick Gale

Ghastly Terror! The Horrible Story of the Horror Comics – Stephen Sennitt

Cosm – Gregory Benford

Sips of Blood – Mary Ann Mitchell

Transluminal: The Paintings of Jim Burns

Calabash – Christopher Fowler

Black Gold, Red Death – David Lindsey

Here on Earth – Alice Hoffman

SF: UK How British Science Fiction Changed the World – Daniel O’Brien

Hannibal – Thomas Harris

Self-Made Man – Poppy Z. Brite

Billy Straight – Jonathan Kellerman

Cythera – Richard Calder

Pandora – Anne Rice

Sex and Violence or Nature and Art – Camille Paglia

Escape from Kathmandu – Kim Stanley Robinson

The Houseguest – Thomas Berger

Was – Geoff Ryman

How to Write a Novel – John Braine

Boneyards – Robert Campbell

Anthropology – Dan Rhodes

Grimm’s Last Fairytale – Haydn Middleton

Laura Blundy – Julie Myerson

All About Evil – Philip Davenport

Ender’s Shadow – Orson Scott Card

The Shadow of the Hegemon – Orson Scott Card

The Horizontal Split – Paul Pinn

Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love – Dan Rhodes

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – Stephen King

Alvin Journeyman – Orson Scott Card

House of Leaves – Mark Danielewski

Alien: The Illustrated Screenplay – Dan O’Bannon, Ridley Scott, & Paul M. Sammon

Forrest J Ackerman’s World of Science Fiction – Forrest J. Ackerman

Gridlinked – Neal Asher

Travelling With the Dead – Barbara Hambly

The Falls – Ian Rankin

Paradise – Toni Morrison

Furnace – Muriel Gray

Smoke and Mirrors – Neil Gaiman

Requiem for a Glass Heart – David Lindsey

Indigo – Graham Joyce

Against Nature – Karl Joris Huysman

Bartleby – Herman Melville

Five Letters from An Eastern Empire – Alasdair Gray

Mr X – Peter Straub

Why People Believe Weird Things – Michael Shermer

Superstition – David Ambrose

Wish You Were Here – Tom Holt

Urban Gothic: Lacuna and Other Trips – Edited by David J. Howe

Decipher – Stel Pavlou

The Wooden Sea – Jonathan Carroll

The Leaky Establishment – David Langford

Beekeeper – J. Robert Janes

The New Good Vibrations Guide to Sex – Anne Semans & Cathy Winks

Scarlet – Anonymous

The Resurrectionists – Kim Wilkins

The Burning Times – Jean Kalogridis

The Fresco – Sheri Tepper

Famous Monsters – Kim Newman

Void Moon – Michael Connelly

The Martians – Kim Stanley Robinson

Colour of Night – David Lindsey

Deliver Us From Evil – Tom Holland

Monster – Jonathan Kellerman

Silverthorn – Raymond Feist

Sick Puppy – Carl Hiaasen

Dreadful Tales – Richard R. Laymon

The Medusa Frequency – Russell Hoban

The Merciful Women – Federico Andahazi

American Graveyards – Ray Nayler

Grimscribe – Thomas Ligotti

Second Nature – Alice Hoffman

The Houngan – J. N. Williamson

Heartfire – Orson Scott Card

The Talisman – Jonathan Aycliffe

The Powerbook – Jeanette Winterson

Exquisite Corpse – Robert Irwin

The Pariah – Paul Pinn

Of Blessed Memory – Erica Jong

Not Till the Red Fog Rises – Derek Raymond

Searoad – Ursula K. LeGuin

Charlotte – D. M. Thomas

The Ancient – Muriel Gray

The First Five Pages – Noah Lukeman

Frenzetta – Richard Calder

The Land of Laughs – Jonathan Carroll

|Monsoon – Wilbur Smith

Galilee – Clive Barker

Black Market/Hide and Seek – James Patterson

The Chalice – Phil Rickman

Too Good to Be True – Jan Harold Brunvand

Personal Demons – Christopher Fowler

The Anatomist – Federico Andahazi

Wringland – Sally Spedding

A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away – Christopher Brookmyre

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho

The Astonished Eye – Tracy Knight

The Revenants – Geoffrey Farrington

The Devil in Me – Christopher Fowler

Sejanus – David Wishart

Passage – Connie Willis

All Colour Book of Greek Mythology – Richard Patrick

Flesh Creepers – Edited by J. N. Williamson

Angelica’s Grotto – Russell Hoban

253 – Geoff Ryman

A Scarpetta Omnibus – Patricia Cornwell

Firebrands – Ron Miller (art) & Pamela Sargent (text)

Night in the Lonesome October – Richard R. Laymon

Gut Symmetries – Jeanette Winterson

Tell me the Truth About Love – W. H. Auden

Quite Ugly One Morning – Christopher Brookmyre

Midwinter of the Spirit – Phil Rickman

Art & Lies – Jeanette Winterson

The Stone Canal – Ken MacLeod

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night – Christopher Brookmyre

The Matter of the Heart – Nicholas Royle

Smoking Poppy – Graham Joyce

Traces – Patricia Cornwell

No Sanctuary – Richard R. Laymon

High Windows – Philip Larkin

Michael Whelan’s Works of Wonder – Michael Whelan

Horripilations: The Art of J.K. Potter – J. K. Potter

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