Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading list for 2010

On the off chance you missed it yesterday, Locus Magazine’s 2010 year in review issue has the magazine’s recommended reading list.

The list covers novels – science fiction, novels – fantasy, young adult books, first novels, collections, anthologies – original, anthologies – reprint,  anthologies – bests, non-fiction, art books, novellas, novelettes, and short stories.

It’s an extensive reading list, and I recommend you head over to check it out.

Personally, I’ve read very few of the recommended works, though I have several of the novels and anthologies sitting on my shelves, glaring at me for not yet reading them.

Have you read any of the recommended works? If so, what were your favorites?


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10 Responses to Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading list for 2010

  1. Lindsay says:

    Good list… although I’ve only read three, and from three different categories! Cryoburn, Under Heaven, and Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle were each really good. I think I enjoyed Under Heaven the most thoroughly, though.

    • Jessica says:

      I have got to read Guy Gavriel Kay. I haven’t yet, and everything he writes looks so interesting!

      • Lindsay says:

        Oh you should, when you get a chance. I have personally enjoyed his alternate histories much more than The Finonavar Tapestry, which is what he was first known for. (Alternate histories like Under Heaven, The Lions of Al-Rassan, A Song for Arbonne, The Sarantine Mosaic, etc.) Each one has strengths and weaknesses, but I’m a sucker for books with fantastically rich worlds and fantasy around the edges.

  2. I’m going to be a little bit of a bitch here, but has anyone noticed anything about that list? It’s nearly all the big publishers and the big fictional magazines. For those of us who don’t like Analog, it’s like there’s nothing left for us to read in the hard SF genre. After all, who else publishes that kind of short fiction?

    Oh yeah. A lot of other places. On Spec, AE Fiction, Neo-Opsis to name a few.

    /has pent up rage

    • Jessica says:

      Before I started organizing my links to SFF magazines and putting them all in one place, I truly didn’t realize how many venues there are for this kind of short fiction, and how much quality fiction comes out of those smaller, less-known pubs. It’s sad to see my own lack of awareness shown in a well respected list, though there I’m not sure it’s lack of awareness; surely all those folks are far more aware of what’s out there than I am, or have been.

      I hadn’t paid much attention to where the shorter fiction was found, though off the cuff it doesn’t surprise me that smaller mags were overlooked. Isn’t that always the way, however unfair?

      Feel free to vent! I don’t mind, and I’ll probably learn something. As it is, you made me go back and look at the publishers and magazines represented there; I hadn’t looked before.

  3. Redhead says:

    I’ve only read three or four on that list, but they all look good.

    way to blow up my “books i want to read” list. thanks a lot!! 😉

  4. Emily says:

    What an awesome list! I’m definitely saving this. I’m so excited to see books out about Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler, both of whom I love. I’ll have to pick those up sometime. Thanks for the heads up.

    -Emily @ Reading While Female

  5. curlygeek04 says:

    I didn’t read too many of these, but loved Shades of Grey, Behemoth and Ship Breaker. The David Mitchell book is up next on my reading list. Thanks for sharing this!

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