Year In Review: 2015 in Fiction
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Written shortly after I finished it: “I know it's only January, but goshdarnit, I can't imagine reading another novel this year that's half as magical as this one.” I stand by that.
2. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
“Some cynical part of me waited for McCammon to run out of steam, or tricks, or whatever the hell he was using to power this magnificent show, but it never happened.” Read the rest of my review here. If that's too much to ask, here's the abridged version: this book is flippin' awesome.
3. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Brisk, violent, profound. Very nearly my favorite of the Bard's works, second only to Henry V.
4. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Nobody does funny science fiction like Adams does. Am I heretic for saying I enjoyed this one even more than Hitchhiker's Guide? I am? Oh well.
5. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories by Richard Matheson
I've been a huge admirer of Matheson since reading I Am Legend several years ago. This collection is literary horror at its finest. Standouts include: “Nightmare at 20,00 Feet”; “Dress of White Silk”; “Mad House”; “Long Distance Call”; “The Distributor”; “Crickets”; and “Prey”.
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday