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2005: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Continuing my annual tradition, this is a year-end wrap up for my sf/fantasy/horror experiences for 2005. These are not necessarily things that first appeared this year; they are just the things that I read or watched this year.


BOOKS

This is a summary of the books I’ve read in 2005 noting the year the story was originally released.

3p5/5 Gridlinked by Neal Asher (2001)

The Status Civilization by Robert Sheckley (1960)

Jennifer Government by Max Barry (2003)

4p5/5 Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)

2p5/5 334 by Thomas M. Disch (1974)

0/5 Half Past Human by T. J. Bass (1971)

1p5/5 The Godwhale by T. J. Bass (1974)

4/5 The Inverted World by Christopher Priest (1974)

3/5 The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (1974)

4.5/5 Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick (1974)

3.5/5 Robota by Ted Chiang and Orson Scott Card (2003)

0/5 Fire Time by Poul Anderson (1974)

3/5 The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

3.5/5 Paradox by John Meaney (2000)

3.5/5 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #19 by Gardner Dozois, editor (2002)

5/5 Here, There and Everywhere by Chris Roberson (2005)

3/5 Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys (1960)

3/5 Mists of Everness by John C. Wright (2005)

4.5/5 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover (2005)

4/5 Science Fiction: The Best of 2003 by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan (editors) (2004)

5/5 Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (2005)

2/5 Counterfeit Kings by Adam Connell (2004)

4/5 The Resurrected Man by by Sean Williams (1998)

4/5 The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich by Fritz Leiber (1936)

3.5/5 Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh (2001)

4.5/5 Star of Gypsies by Robert Silverberg (1986)

3/5 Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan (editors) (2005)

3/5 The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust (2004)

3.5/5 A Boy and His Tank by Leo Frankowski (1999)

3.5/5 Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (2005)

4/5 Galileo’s Children by Gardner Dozois, editor (2005)

4/5 The Affinity Trap by Martin Sketchley (2005)

3.5/5 The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (2002)

4.5/5 Finding Serenity by Jane Espenson (editor) (2004)

2.5/5 Ventus by Karl Schroeder (2000)

4/5 Spring-Heeled Jack by Philip Pullman (1989)

4/5 Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder (2005)

4.5/5 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (2001)

3.5/5 Context by John Meaney (2005)

3/5 The War with Earth by Leo Frankowski and Dave Grossman (2003)

5/5 Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds (2003)

4.5/5 Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest (2005)

3.5/5 Time Machines by Bill Adler, Jr. (editor) (1997)

4/5 The Healer by Michael Blumlein (2005)

1.5/5 Godplayers by Damien Broderick (2005)

1/5 Eldest by Christopher Paolini (2005)

3/5 Counting Heads by David Marusek (2005)

5/5 When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger (1987)

3.5/5 The Earthborn by Paul Collins (2003)

3.5/5 King Kong is Back by David Brin (Editor) (2005)

3.5/5 The Year’s Best Science Fiction #22 by Gardner Dozois, editor (2005)

3/5 The Skyborn by Paul Collins (2005)

3.5/5 Alternate Gerrolds by David Gerrold (2005)

4/5 Hammered by Elizabeth Bear (2005)

The biggest disappointments for me were Fire Time and Half Past Human. Both of these books were read as part of our 1975 Do-Over Reading Project, which overall was a pleasant experience.

Book Statistics for 2005

Books read: 54 (~1 each week)

Pages read: 18,744 (~50 per day)

Book Ratings Distribution

4 (Excellent)

7

11 (Very good)

14

10 (Good)

2

1 (Mediocre)

2

1 (Bad)

0

2 (Unfinished)

I think this means that I tend to enjoy the books that I choose to read (as oppsosed to liking every darn thing I read).

MOVIES

I don’t see many movies each year, and I review only some of those I see. In 2005 I saw:

I, Robot

Shaun of the Dead

The Vampire Effect

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Chicken Little

Serenity (See JP’s review for my comments)

The best movie out of these was Serenity but it should be noted that 2005 was the year I became a full fledged Firefly fanboy.

THE BEST OF THE YEAR

To sum up, the Best of 2005 for me (at least a 4.5 rating) are:

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
  • Here, There and Everywhere by Chris Roberson
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • Star of Gypsies by Robert Silverberg
  • Finding Serenity by Jane Espenson
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  • Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds
  • Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
  • When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger
  • Serenity directed by Joss Whedon
About John DeNardo (13014 Articles)
<p>John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.</p>

2 Comments on 2005: A YEAR IN REVIEW

  1. When you say 50 pages a day it almost sounds doable :O

  2. For sure I made more progress on some days than others. If I was wide awake enough and the story was compelling enough, I’d lose track of time and cover 100-120 pages.

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