2013: A Year in Books

When I’m not writing music reviews or books of my own, I spend a reasonable chunk of my free time reading books, for pleasure or for education. I’m not all about the hot new releases, the recommendations or the best-sellers. I read what I want, when I want, and occasionally, I read what I get sent (which is usually something I want to read anyway, which is a double bonus in many respects). So, in 2013, I read 28 books. They’re listed below. It’s not a ‘best of’ list, and the list isn’t about critical appraisal. I enjoyed some of the books I read more than others. Some, I’ve reviewed. Most, I haven’t. A handful of them I’d read before, the majority I hadn’t. So there you have it.

Warren Ellis – Gun Machine

Stewart Home – Mandy, Charlie and Mary-Jane

Arthur Miller – Focus

Davis Schneiderman – Blank

Davis Schneiderman – Drain

John Tottenham – Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment

JG Ballard – Concrete Island

Carl van Cleave – Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions

Michel Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory

James Higgerson – The Almost Lizard

Christopher Landon – The Shadow of Time

John D. Chadwick – The Theosophical Teapot

Robert Silverberg – The Second Trip

Jim Thompson – Savage Night

Mark Thomas – Bravo Figaro!

JG Ballard – Rushing to Paradise

Jim Thompson – The Killer Inside Me

Valerie Solanas – S.C.U.M. Manifesto

Brendan Behan – Borstal Boy

Davis Schneiderman – [SIC]

Elmore Leonard – Djibouti

Martin Amis – The Information

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

JG Ballard – Kingdom Come

Clinton Heylin – Bootleg! The Rise & Fall of the Secret Recording Industry

Ed McBain – The Heckler / See Them Die

Michel Houellebecq – Whatever

Mark Manning – Crucify Me Again

2012: A Year in Books

This is not a ‘best books of 2012’ list, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to review or comment on the books listed here (other than those I’ve written reviews for or otherwise commented on, and those reviews can be found here and there and wherever). I spend enough of my life reviewing stuff and spouting opinion: I read for pleasure and research and reference and sometimes purely to learn. Some of the books I read during 2012 were books I had read before (Bukowski’s Post Office and Cunt by Stewart Home) and some of the books I read I enjoyed more than others. Many of them have informed my own writing in one way or another, or may do so in the future. The order they’re listed in is the order I read them in. So here it is, just because: my year in books. Nothing more – but nothing less.

 

Henry Sutton – Get Me Out of Here!

Adam Kotsko – Awkwardness

Jurek Becker – Sleepless Days

Alain Robbe-Grillet – The Voyeur

Marek Hlasko – Killing the 2nd Dog / The 8th Day of the Week

Various – A Dream of Stone and Other Stories

J G Ballard – Cocaine Nights

Chuck Palahniuk – Survivor

Henry Sutton – Bank Holiday Monday

Ian Price – The Activity Illusion

Carl Weissner – Death in Paris

J G Ballard – The Crystal World

Harry Harrison – Homeworld

John Steinbeck – Tortilla Flats

J G Ballard – The Unlimited Dream Company

Terry Taylor – Baron’s Court, All Change

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Repetition

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer – The Dialectic of Enlightenment

Malcolm Mc Neill – The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel

Malcolm Mc Neill – Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook and Me

Supervert – Necrophilia Variations

Colin Wilson – Adrift in Soho

Dire McCain – Raising McCain

Steve Urwin – Tightrope Walker

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

Roger Protz – 300 Beers to Try Before You Die!

Stewart Home – Cunt

Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming – Dead Man Working

Karl van Cleave – Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions

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A Year in Literature: Christopher Nosnibor’s 2010 Read-a-thon

So after a couple of years during which reading for pleasure took very much a back seat in my life, I vowed that in 2010 I would make time for books once more. After all, despite having all but stopped reading for pleasure (that isn’t to say the books I had to read weren’t pleasurable, but simply that after studying for several hours straight, my brain was too fried and my eyes too shot to read more), my book purchasing continued unabated during this time.

During the last 12 months, my to-read pile has continued to grow, albeit at a slower rate, since I have been slowly chiselling away at the stack of unread tomes that have accumulated in my home office. Since January 1st, 2010, I have fed my head with the following works… and it feels good!

 

J G Ballard – Millennium People
Richard Allen – Complete Vol 3 –     Trouble for Skinhead / Skinhead Farewell /                       Top Gear Skin
Philip Sidney – The Defence of Poesy and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism
Raymond Chandler – The Lady in the Lake
Toby Litt – Ghost Story
Mickey Spillane – The Snake
Chuck Palahniuk – Snuff
Alain Robbe-Grillet – In the Labyrinth
Chuck Palahniuk – Choke
Phil Baker – William S. Burroughs
Chuck Palahniuk – Haunted
Stewart Home – Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie
Ian Rankin – A Cool Head
David Conway – Metal Sushi
Stewart Home – The Assault on Culture
Alex Garland – The Coma
Arthur Nersesian – Unlubricated
Donald Ray Pollock – Knockemstiff
Vincent Clasper – Kicks
J G Ballard – The Atrocity Exhibition
Ian Crofton – Nettle Knickers and Exploding Toads
Brian Masters – Killing for Company
Ed McBain – The Empty Hours
Various – Paroxysm
Lee Rourke – The Canal
Henry Millers – Plexus

 

 

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