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My best reads of 2002 (so far...)

Little Green Alien
 
Ash: A Secret History
Ash: A Secret History
"A vivid 'alternate history' novel set partially in medieval France and partially in the present day.  The scope of the book is immense and Ash herself is extremely well-painted."
Death Zone: Climbing Everest Through the Killer Storm
Death Zone: Climbing Everest Through the Killer Storm
"An account of how Dickinson, a film-maker, summitted Everest in a storm that claimed the lives of many experienced climbers. His self-effacing style makes this a particularly engaging story."
The Demolished Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Demolished Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"I'm so glad I discovering the SF Masterworks series — I've yet to get a duffer! In this, I found myself guessing till the end whether Reich would get away with it...."
Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel
Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel
"I bought this having seen the film — the book turned out to be even funnier."
Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"A superb vampire yarn.  The relationship between York and Marsh is fascinating, and I found the final (modern-day) scene surprisingly moving."
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
"This was a bit of a surprise — I bought it when it came up on my Recommendations list.  The first half (old history) is fascinating, but it loses its way a bit with its coverage of the Cod Wars."
The Liveship Traders 1: Ship of Magic
The Liveship Traders 1: Ship of Magic
"This was sitting on my 'to read' pile for ages till a long journey gave me a chance to read the whole trilogy.  Once you get over the odd premise of live ships, you're transported to a rich world."
Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Chasm City (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
"I love these epic books where you can completely lose yourself in such a different universe. I found this more predictable than Revelation Space, though the scenery was more vivid."
Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"An enjoyable, light read — I loved it at the time and can remember hardly any of it now!"
Surprised by Joy
Surprised by Joy
"C.S. Lewis' account of his journey to faith focusses mainly on his childhood. The stuff I found interesting was all stuffed into the final three chapters."
Dead Famous
Dead Famous
"Entertaining whodunnit set in a Big Brother style house.  I bought the book to find out more howdunnit."
A Cook's Tour
A Cook's Tour
"Bourdain eats the odd and unusual in his search for the Perfect Meal. He's got an unusual and exciting streetwise style of writing."
Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother
Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother
"Surprisingly unpompous autobiography.  After reading this I repect Anne Robinson a lot more, but find her even scarier than before!"
Beauty (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
Beauty (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"World-travelling fantasy covering what Sleeping Beauty got up to while everyone thought she was sleeping. The sub-text asks what the role of beauty is in a world of exploitation and cruelty."
Down Under
Down Under
"Not as funny as his earlier books, but Bryson's writing still has a good edge to it.  Australia seems to suit his dryness particularly well."
The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
The Forever War (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"A superb book, spoilt slightly by the slightly contrived happy ending which seems out of place with the angst of the rest of the book."
The Christian Mind
The Christian Mind
"Blamires suggests that Christian thought is not merely thinking about Christian things, but requires a whole different paradigm of thinking."
Valis (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Valis (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Dick's attempt to make sense of his breakdown through fiction is sometimes surreal, sometimes disturbing and sometimes funny.  Thought-provoking, but hard work."
An Almighty Passion
An Almighty Passion
"Hargrave has the ability to see the profound in the ordinary.  On the surface, this is just a collection of observational essays, but each points towards deeper spiritual truths."
Dilbert: It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone (A Dilbert Book)
Dilbert: It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone (A Dilbert Book)
"Frighteningly like my workplace!"