You know how people ask you “What have you read recently?” or “What do you recommend to read next?” , and you draw a complete blank. This list exists to partially solve that problem. At least I have something to remind myself what I’ve liked over the years.

Most of these titles belong to the SF genre, with a few thrillers and comic novels thrown in. As I get time I’ll add short reviews.

I have separated the books into four groups:

  • Excellent I couldn’t stop reading
  • Good Liked it / Left a lasting impression
  • “Interesting” In spite of problems has something compelling about it
  • Had to Stop So bad or off-putting I had to quit reading

Books are sorted by the author’s last name in each section.


Excellent (I couldn’t put it down)

  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul Douglas Adams
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1 through 5) Douglas Adams
  • Greybeard Brian W. Aldiss
  • Radix A. A. Atanasio
  • Use of Weapons Ian M. Banks
  • Consider Phlebas Ian M. Banks
  • No Enemy but Time Michael Bishop
  • The Etched City K.J. Bishop
  • Dawn Octavia Butler Review
  • The Dreaming Tree C. J. Cherryh
  • Rusalka C. J. Cherryh
  • Gate of Ivril (and its sequels) by C. J. Cherryh
  • Hammerfall C. J. Cherryh
  • Little, Big John Crowley
  • The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick
  • The Simulacra Philip K. Dick
  • A Scanner Darkly Philip K. Dick
  • Half of everything else by Philip K. Dick. Which half, you’ll have to decide for yourself. Philip K. Dick
  • Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch
  • Crown of Stars (the series in its entirety.) Kate Elliot
  • Dangerous Visions (anthology) edited by Harlan Ellison
  • Again, Dangerous Visions (anthology) edited by Harlan Ellison
  • The Peripheral William Gibson
  • Count Zero (Also, everything else not listed here by William Gibson) William Gibson
  • Pattern Recognition followed by Spook Country and Zero History William Gibson
  • The Difference Engine Bruce Sterling and William Gibson
  • End of the World Blues Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • ReMix Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Stamping Butterflies Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Replay Ken Grimwood Review
  • The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Forever War Joe Haldeman
  • Generation Loss Elizabeth Hand
  • Stormy Weather Carl Hiaasen
  • Strip Tease Carl Hiaasen
  • Ice Song Kirsten Imani Kasai
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories John Kessel
  • Stories for Men John Kessel
  • Beggars in Spain (followed by Beggars and Choosers and Beggars Ride) Nancy Kress
  • The Gun Seller Hugh Laurie
  • Birthgrave (followed by Vasgar, Son of Vasgar, and Quest for the White Witch) Tanith Lee
  • Return from the Stars Stanislaw Lem
  • Ash Malinda Lo
  • Watchtower Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • The Light Ages Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Execution Channel Ken Mac Leod
  • Cosmonaut Keep Ken Mac Leod
  • Learning the World Ken Mac Leod
  • TheRosetta Man Claire McCague
  • Black Swan Green David Mitchell
  • Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
  • Dreams of the Compass Rose Vera Nazarian
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope Claire North
  • The Map of Time (El Mapa del Tiempo) Felix J. Palma
  • Devices and Desires K. J. Parker
  • Evil for Evil K. J. Parker
  • Lizard Music Daniel Pinkwater
  • Last Call Tim Powers
  • On Stranger Tides Tim Powers
  • Three Days to Never Tim Powers
  • The Anubis Gates Tim Powers
  • The Affirmation Christopher Priest
  • The Glamour Christopher Priest
  • The Space Machine Christopher Priest
  • Century Rain Alastair Reynolds
  • Living Next Door to the God of Love Justina Robson
  • Natural History Justina Robson
  • The Angel’s Game Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Picnic on Paradise Joanna Russ
  • Sonant A. Sparrow
  • The Diamond Age Neil Stephenson
  • Schismatrix Bruce Sterling
  • Earth Abides George R. Stewart
  • Glasshouse Charles Stross
  • Palimpsest Charles Stross
  • Double Vision Tricia Sullivan
  • The Gone World Tom Sweterlitsch
  • The Green Pearl Jack Vance
  • Lyonesse Jack Vance
  • Madouc Jack Vance
  • A Deepness in the Sky Vernor Vinge
  • A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge
  • Nine Layers of Sky Liz Williams
  • Blind Lake Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Bridge of Years Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Divide Robert Charles Wilson
  • Mysterium Robert Charles Wilson

Very Good

  • Hothouse Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Kestrel Lloyd Alexander
  • Bitter Angels C. L. Anderson
  • Primary Inversion Catherine Asaro
  • Tears of Artamon (Trilogy beginning with Lord of Snow and Shadows) Sarah Ash
  • In the Garden of Iden (“The Company” series) Kage Baker
  • The Kundalini Equation Steven Barnes
  • The Mayan Glif Larry Baxter
  • Moonseed Stephen Baxter
  • The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
  • Without Warning John Birmingham
  • Ariel Steven R. Boyett
  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
  • Lady in Gil (the Gil trilogy) Rebecca Bradley
  • The Postman David Brin
  • The Sheep Look Up John Brunner
  • Shockwave Rider John Brunner
  • Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler
  • Serpent’s Reach C.J. Cherryh
  • Brothers of Earth C.J. Cherryh
  • Hunter of Worlds C.J. Cherryh
  • Cyteen C.J. Cherryh
  • Down Below Station C.J. Cherryh
  • The Faded Sun Trilogy C.J. Cherryh
  • Ready Player One Ernest Clein
  • Leviathon Wakes James S.A. Corey
  • The Naming Alison Croggon
  • Dark Matter: A Novel Blake Crouch
  • Lunatics Bradley Denton
  • Beholder’s Eye Julie E. Czerneda
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town Cory Doctorow
  • Resonance Chris Dolley
  • The Aluminum Man G. C. Edmondson
  • Crooked Little Vein Warren Ellis
  • Fragment Warren Fahy
  • Incarceron Catherine Fisher
  • Alas, Babylon Pat Frank
  • This Alien Shore C.S. Friedman
  • The Madness Season C. S. Friedman
  • American Gods Neil Gaiman
  • The Swords of Night and Day David Gemmell
  • The White Wolf David Gemmell
  • Echos of the Great Song David Gemmell
  • In Wartimes Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Blind Waves Steven Gould
  • Wildside Steven Gould
  • Helm Steven Gould
  • Jumper Steven Gould
  • Dark Moon Julia Gray
  • A Madness of Angels Kate Griffin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (and its sequels) Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Imortal James E. Gunn
  • Illyria Elizabeth Hand
  • Enigma Robert Harris
  • Dune Frank Herbert
  • Lucky You Carl Hiaasen
  • Skin Tight Carl Hiaasen
  • Native Tongue Carl Hiaasen
  • Tourist Season Carl Hiaasen
  • Expecting Someone Taller Tom Holt
  • Wool Hugh Howey
  • Blood Price Tanya Huff
  • A for Andromeda Fred Hoyle, John Elliot
  • The Andromeda Breakthrough Fred Hoyle, John Elliot
  • The Black Cloud Fred Hoyle
  • The Fifth Planet Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Hoyle
  • Seven Steps to the Sun Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Hoyle
  • The Westminster Disaster Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Hoyle
  • Knight’s Dawn (Red Pavilion series) Kim Hunter
  • A Song for Arbonne Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Running Man Stephen King
  • The Stand Steven King
  • Prophet of Bones Ted Kosmatka
  • Oaths and Miracles (followed by Stinger) Nancy Kress
  • An Alien Light Nancy Kress
  • Maximum Light Nancy Kress
  • Six Wakes Mur Lafferty
  • The Gods of Xuma David J. Lake
  • Chain of Chance Stanislaw Lem
  • Kill or Cure (the Afterblight Chronicles #2) Rebecca Levene
  • Moonheart Charles de Lint
  • Newton’s Wake Ken MacLeod
  • The Restoration Game Ken MacLeod
  • Enemy Mine Barry B. Longyear
  • The Sleeping God Violette Malan
  • Soft Apocolypse Will McIntosh
  • Night Without End Alistair MacLean
  • Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire series) George R. R. Martin
  • All Our Wrong Todays Elan Mastai
  • The Walls of the Universe Paul Melko
  • Lonely Werewolf Girl Martin Miller
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller
  • Of Tangible Ghosts L. E. Modesitt
  • The Speed of Dark Elizabeth Moon
  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun Christopher Moore
  • Bring the Jubilee Ward Moore
  • Market Forces Richard K. Morgan
  • Tech Heaven Linda Nagata
  • The Red: First Light Linda Nagata
  • The Trials Linda Nagata
  • Vast Linda Nagata
  • The Light Bearer Sam Nicholson
  • Time’s Child Rebecca Ore
  • The Flight of the Silvers Daniel Price
  • The Skies Discrowned Tim Powers
  • The Inverted World Christopher Priest
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cherie Priest
  • Paragaea Chris Roberson
  • Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Green Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Forty Signs of Rain Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Fifty Degrees Below Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Sixtey Days and Counting Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Antarctica Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Chase the Morning Michael Scott Rohan
  • Agent to the Stars John Scalzi
  • Lady of Mazes Karl Schroeder
  • Sun of Suns Karl Schroeder
  • Ventis Karl Schroeder
  • Superpowers David J. Schwartz
  • The People of the Ruins Edward Shanks
  • All Flesh Is Grass Clifford D. Simak
  • Waystation Clifford D. Simak
  • Carion Comfort Dan Simmons
  • Xenolith A. Sparrow
  • Peregrin A. Sparrow
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Snow Crash Neil Stephenson
  • Cryptonomicon Neil Stephenson
  • The Artificial Kid Bruce Sterling
  • Kiosk Bruce Sterling
  • Dies the Fire S.M. Sterling
  • The Merchant Princes (The six volume series in its entirety.) Charles Stross
  • Empire Games Charles Stross
  • Dark State Charles Stross
  • Missile Gap Charles Stross
  • Marked S. Andrew Swan
  • Raven S.A. Swiniarski (S. Andrew Swan)
  • Vacuum Flowers Michael Swanwick
  • Grass Sheri S. Tepper
  • Mockingbird Walter Tevis
  • Discord’s Apple Carrie Vaughn
  • The Snow Queen Joan D. Vinge
  • Rainbow’s End Vernor Vinge
  • Grimm’s Story Vernor Vinge
  • True Names Vernor Vinge
  • Across Realtime (The Peace War, The Ungoverned, Marooned in Realtime) Vernor Vinge
  • Illusion Paula Volsky
  • Farthing Jo Walton
  • The Prize in the Game Jo Walton
  • City on Fire Walter John Williams
  • Hardwired Walter John Williams
  • This is Not a Game Walter John Williams
  • The Rift Walter John Williams
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series) Tad Williams
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis
  • Doomsday Book Connie Willis
  • Burning Paradise Robert Charles Wilson
  • The Chronoliths Robert Charles Wilson
  • Darwinia Robert Charles Wilson
  • Gypsies Robert Charles Wilson
  • A Hidden Place Robert Charles Wilson
  • Last Year Robert Charles Wilson
  • Julian Comstock Robert Charles Wilson
  • Spin Robert Charles Wilson

Not Exactly Good, but “Interesting”

  • Heritage of the Star Sylvia Engdahl
  • The Rys Chronicles (1,2,3) Tracy Falbe
  • Rockets in Ursa Major Fred Hoyle, Geoffery Hoyle
  • Alternative Three Ken Mitchell Review
  • The Traveler John Twelve Hawks

Not Good (I had to stop reading)

  • Dawn of Empire Sam Barone Review
  • Clear and Present Danger Tom Clancy Review
  • The Unincorporated Man Dani Kollin and Ethan Kollin Review
  • Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand Review
  • The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller A.G. Riddle
  • Daemon Daniel Suarez Review
  • Orphans of Chaos Jon C. Wright Review