Best of What I Read in 2007 Part 1

A Listmania! list by Ifty
 
The Risen Empire
1.  The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "An excellent hard-sf space opera."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Inversions
2.  Inversions by Iain M. Banks
The list author says:
  "Lovely prose and an engaging narrative. A Culture book from the outside."
£6.74   Used & New from: £0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

The Years of Rice and Salt
3.  The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
The list author says:
  "An alternate history that is haunting and evocative. Dharmic history meets speculative fiction."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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The Warrior-Prophet: Book 2 of the Prince of Nothing: Book two
4.  The Warrior-Prophet: Book 2 of the Prince of Nothing: Book two by R. Scott Bakker
The list author says:
  "A gripping, well-realised fantasy work. Better than the first in the series."
£12.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Thousandfold Thought: Book 3 of the Prince of Nothing
5.  The Thousandfold Thought: Book 3 of the Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker
The list author says:
  "Though more than a few loose ends are left untied, its still a satisfying finale for the series"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Bones of the Earth
6.  Bones of the Earth by Michael Swanwick
The list author says:
  "A fine book about time travel, evolution and the human quest for knowledge... Oh, and dinosaurs!"
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax)
7.  Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax) by Robert J Sawyer
The list author says:
  "Intriguing social science fiction in an Asimovian vein except with interesting characters. The sequels get progressively more mediocre but fortunately you dont need to read them to enjoy this."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
8.  Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) by George R.R. Martin
The list author says:
  "A fascinating tale that elegantly mixes horror with American history. Great characters too."
£8.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

Whit
9.  Whit by Iain Banks
The list author says:
  "Fascinating! One of Iain Banks' best non-sf novels."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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American Gods
10.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The list author says:
  "An engaging and interesting read. Perhaps doesn't quiet live up to all the hype but is recommended nonetheless."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Midshipman's Hope (Seafort Saga)
11.  Midshipman's Hope (Seafort Saga) by David Feintuch
The list author says:
  "This was a real surpise. Well written, exciting and an excellent exploration of the naval sf theme which delves into the heirarchical society that would give rise to it."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Before They Are Hanged: Book Two Of The First Law (Gollancz SF S.)
12.  Before They Are Hanged: Book Two Of The First Law (Gollancz SF S.) by Joe Abercrombie BA
The list author says:
  "A decent follow-up to the first book."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Quarantine
13.  Quarantine by Greg Egan
The list author says:
  "Mind-blowing! If Philip K. Dick met William Gibson and wrote about Quantum mechanics it would read something like this."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Voyager Classics - The Illustrated Man
14.  Voyager Classics - The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
The list author says:
  "Rereading this gave a powerful reminder of just how good a writer Ray Bradbury is. Outstanding!"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Every Man For Himself
15.  Every Man For Himself by Beryl Bainbridge
The list author says:
  "Beryl Bainbridge is a masterful writer. A truly gripping novel set during the Titanic's fatal voyage."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Letters from Atlantis
16.  Letters from Atlantis by Robert Silverberg
The list author says:
  "Short and sharp. A time traveller returns to Atlantis to discover the ancient society's deepest secrets. Highly enjoyable!"
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The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone)
17.  The Briar King (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone) by Greg Keyes
The list author says:
  "Brilliant! On the strength of this first installment I'd say this series is right up there with the elite of the epic fantasy genre. As soon as I finished I went scrambling for the next in the series."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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The Charnel Prince (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone - Book 2)
18.  The Charnel Prince (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone - Book 2) by Greg Keyes
The list author says:
  "A worthy follow-up to the Briar King, though noticeably, the writing isn't of the same consistently high standard. Still gripping stuff though."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Floating Worlds (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
19.  Floating Worlds (GOLLANCZ S.F.) by Cecelia Holland
The list author says:
  "A true SF epic - the kind of epic you don't really seem to come across even in these days of grand space opera, with the emphasis firmly on the characters and the societies around them. Outstanding!"
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) (Temeraire 1)
20.  Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) (Temeraire 1) by Naomi Novik
The list author says:
  "Fun, lightweight fantasy that mixes 'Master & Commander" style high-seas derring-do with dragons. The emphasis on the main characters and the development of their relationship gives it depth."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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The Man in the High Castle (Essential Penguin)
21.  The Man in the High Castle (Essential Penguin) by Philip K. Dick
The list author says:
  "Re-read this gripping alternate history tale. Its a classic and deservedly so. Captures the essence of postcolonial life in a country defeated in war."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

The Blood Knight (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone)
22.  The Blood Knight (Kingdoms of Thorn & Bone) by Greg Keyes
The list author says:
  "The quality of writing drops another notch or two and there is some filler here, but its still an enjoyable read and the storyline continues to engage."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Malazan Book of the Fallen #7: Reaper's Gale
23.  Malazan Book of the Fallen #7: Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson
The list author says:
  "The one I was waiting for! A good read, as ever, though with perhaps too huge a cast to be as gripping as any of its predecessors. Having said that, MBOTF is still the best fantasy series going."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Pashazade
24.  Pashazade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
The list author says:
  "An enjoyable blend of noir and cyberpunk in a novel setting."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Curse of Chalion
25.  The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
The list author says:
  "A fine, fluidly written fantasy. Not earth-shattering, but certainly worth your time if you enjoy fantasy."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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