Boing Boing's Holiday Gift Guide part two: Fiction

Here's part two of my Boing Boing Holiday Gift Guide -- wherein I list the bestselling items that have been reviewed here in the past twelve months. Today, it's fiction. Don't miss yesterday's Kids' stuff and stuff about kids post, too! (Note that some of these titles appeared on yesterday's kids' list -- I wasn't sure how to handle cross-referencing for items that qualified for more than one list, so I just duplicated them for people who wanted to dive straight into the fiction list -- say -- rather than picking through the kids' list too)

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
(John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly)
Post-Cyberpunk Anthology shows how sf has changed since the Mirroshades era
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Halting State
(Charles Stross)
Halting State: Heist novel about an MMORPG
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(Neal Stephenson)
Neal Stephenson's underappreciated masterpiece
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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
(John Joseph Adams)
Anthology of apocalyptic fiction
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Futures from Nature
(Henry Gee)
100 short-short sf stories from Nature Magazine
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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
(James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow)
A chance to read sf from outside of the Anglo Bubble
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Little Brother
(Cory Doctorow)
My bestselling young adult novel about kids who hack for freedom
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The Starry Rift
(Jonathan Strahan)
Science fiction anthology for teens
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(Ann and Jeff VanderMeer)
Steampunk: the anthology
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(Bruce Sterling)
Bruce Sterling's visionary novel Distraction: still brilliant a decade later
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel
(Michael Chabon)
Wonderful blend of hard-boiled and Yiddish ironies
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Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now
(Cory Doctorow)
A six-edition series of comics adapted from my short stories by an incredibly talented crew of writers, artists, inkers and letterers
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Goodnight Bush: A Parody
(Gan Golan, Erich Origen)
A Goodnight Moon satire for the electoral season
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Saturn's Children
(Charles Stross)
Stross's robopervy tribute to the late late Heinlein
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Crooked Little Vein: A Novel
(Warren Ellis)
Comic net-perv novel that would make Goatse blush
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Random Acts of Senseless Violence
(Jack Womack)
Unflinching, engrossing, difficult coming-of-age story
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Boy Proof
(Cecil Castellucci)
A compassionate young adult novel about a weird, smart, angry girl
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(Lauren McLaughlin)
Smart YA novel about sex and sexuality
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(Neal Stephenson)
A great story, set in an alternative reality where people take long-term thinking seriously
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The Armageddon Rag
(George R.R. Martin)
Sex, death, blood and rock-n-roll
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How to Ditch Your Fairy
(Justine Larbalestier)
Hilarious kids book about the problems with fairies
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(Terry Pratchett)
Moving and sweet young adult novel about science, superstition and decency
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The Graveyard Book
(Neil Gaiman)
Spooky, magical retelling of The Jungle Book in a graveyard
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The Forever War
(Joe Haldeman)
Classic anti-war sf novel to be a Ridley Scott film!
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Zoe's Tale
(John Scalzi)
Scalzi's smart-ass young-adult sf thriller
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Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America
(Brian Francis Slattery)
A magical road-novel about America in collapse, Bradbury meets Kerouac
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  1. Anyone remember a novel that got a shout on BB some time ago – all I remember was that it was a female author and had a dystopian London theme.

  2. cue Cory bashing round 2. ding ding!

    Top selection young fella-me-lad. I’m after Interface personally, it comes highly recommended.

  3. There’s a lecture at the university where I work today entitled “Early 21st Century Literature: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives”. I’ve printed off some info about the Wastelands book and I’m going to pin it to the door of the guy giving the lecture.

    Sounds brilliant. Just finished “The Road” (cue sighs from post-apoc purists), and it’s definitely whet my appetite for more.

    It’s also got me to wondering – are we seeing a proliferation of post-apocalyptic fiction in Western culture? In the past month I’ve read “The Road”, I’ve started reading “The Walking Dead”, and the other night I watched, and enjoyed, kiddy-friendly post-apocalypse Disney romp WALL*E.

    Is the threat of climate change, peak oil, overpopulation, global epidemics, etc, starting to sink into our creative unconscious?

  4. Futurstic Tales of the Here and Now was one of my favorite books of the past year or so.

    Thanks for the heads up on Rewired. I hadn’t heard of it. I’m a big fan of James Patrick Kelly.

  5. Anathem was brilliant, as was Interface (for very different reasons).

    FWIW I’d say that a good gift for anyone who hasn’t read it would be Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle + Cryptonomicon. Really, you haven’t read anything if you haven’t read that set of books. ;)

  6. FWIW, I’ve read lots. I count it among the most depressing wastes of time in my life that I read Crytonomicon. A mistake I’ll never make again. Certainly the most overrated writer in the history of SF. If not the English language.

    Heartily second the recommendation of Chabon’s “Gentlemen of the Road.” Also “Summerland” is a must read.


    It’s a run-down of books covered by boingboing in the last year or so. That would include Cory’s books because a) he co-runs the website and b) his books, in particular Little Brother, have received a great deal of praise from critics and readers. Little Brother is selling extremely well here in the UK. It’s not like he NEEDS to plug it here to sell more.

    Can we all just drop the griping?

  8. Anyone else notice that the “people who bought this also bought this” for most of these books is basically this list? Go BB, lol
    Amazon gonna love you.

  9. GD23 – Zodiac is a great story, and based on a real person. As an aside to the Stephenson fans, my g/f got a kindle, and I immediately bought the Diamond Age for her to read on it.

    the kindle itself is fairly awesome.

  10. “buggrit” is a separate term, you people wouldn’t understand. (unless you want to move in under the bridge with us) I tole ’em! (bring the Duck Man)

  11. Is “little brother” really fiction? I read it and it looks like facts glued together into a story of today world.

  12. Tlk lk tht cn gt y dsmvwld, BDC!

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    1. JFlex,

      Your first comment on BB compared the moderation to Fox News and your hundredth (mazel tov) compared us to Sara Palin. Are you sure that BB is really the right blog for you?

  13. BDC @35: Why should Cory care? Because he’s a human being, perhaps, and he can only take so much pointless sniping before, enraged, he sends an army of botnet-controlled zombies after everyone who comes to his blog to tell him that they don’t like what he posts on his blog? To forestall that terrible day, his friends and colleagues remove the offending posts from his sight.

    It’s your opinion, but it’s unpleasantly voiced and completely uncalled for. Do you stop people in the street to tell them that they have an awful taste in ties, or that they should find another hairdresser? If people don’t suffer such rudeness in the street, why do you think they should suffer it on their blogs?

  14. A thread like this is not the way to convince us that moderation is a bad idea. (Those of you who’ve come late to the party: sorry, but the comments I’m referring to have been removed. On the other hand, you didn’t miss much.)

    1. A Christmas wish for me:

    Dear Santa:

    Just once I’d like to see a reader who, before complaining, paused to first go through Cory’s entries over the last several months, count up the entries that mention Cory’s own work, and divide the total by that figure.

    What would be Really Wonderful would be a reader who not did that research on Boing Boing, but hunted up the blogs of some other professional fiction writers and compiled the same statistics for those other authors.

    I know, Santa: it’s never going to happen. It’s not that Boing Boing’s readers aren’t up to the task of compiling all those statistics. It’s that a reader who’s done so is extremely unlikely to show up here afterward to complain that “Cory is constantly promoting his own work.”

    2. Why we’re so hardnosed about this:

    We know from considerable experience that if we let the first half-dozen comments stand, the later thread will turn into a mean-spirited, imitative pile-on that will retroactively make the earlier comments seem dumber than they were when they were posted.

    It always makes me happy when I can unpublish those earier comments, because it means I’m keeping their authors from looking stupid.

  15. Teresa, you have many shining qualities, but as a moderator, you are not doing so well. Calling the people you unpublish “stupid” doesn’t make you look good. It’s not just this one instance; you’ve done it repeatedly. It’s becoming one of your hallmarks.

    There is some behavior that is appropriate for a normal poster but inappropriate for a moderator. I suggest you look into what the differences are.

    Incidentally, Cory would have received a good deal less shit from people for self-promoting if he’d included a note acknowledging it.

  16. Amphigorey @ 41 – looking stupid does not necessarily equal being stupid, and being stupid on one occasion does not equal being stupid generally. Teresa understands the distinction.

  17. Amphigorey,

    If picking a fight with Cory on his own blog isn’t stupid, what is? And Cory has mentioned on many occasions that he’s going to keep promoting LB here. If you don’t like it…

  18. amphi, i just went thru your comment history and found that almost all except 2 were just whining and bitching about something totally inane ( cory’s self promo, or teresa’s mod skillz, mostly). and even those two comments had a whiney tone to them. hopefully in your normal conversation you are less of a whiney bitch. but i doubt it. perhaps a nice hot bath would make u feel better.

  19. Rewired was one of the best anthos I’ve read in the past few years…I went out and got all the Tachyon anthos after reading it, as I’m really liking what Kelly and Kessel are coming up with. Highly recommend anything from that company.

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