January 4th, 2016

Moose With Mug

2015 Stuff Read, #26

The End of the World, edited by Martin H. Greenberg

Despite my utterances throughout previous posts about wanting to focus on 2015 fiction so that I could properly take part in the nomination phase for this year's Hugo Awards, I succumbed to one of my biggest vices and tackled a reprint anthology of apocalyptic fiction. Most of it was familiar to me. In fact, the stories by Lucius Shepard and Michael Swanwick were ones I read when recently tackling each of their respective "Best of" collections issued by Subterranean Press. Aside from that, the stories I hadn't previously encountered were also enjoyable -- particularly Neil Gaiman's "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale."

Looking back all my "2015 Stuff Read" posts, I will admit to feeling disappointed that I didn't match 2014's pace of 32 books. However, my 2015 number is still much higher than my average for 2011-2013 period -- in none of those three years did I manage to read 20 books. However, I am currently working on two books that I should finish within the next week. Even though I read most of both during December, I will be counting them as 2016 books, which provides a bump of sorts for this coming year's numbers.

For 2016, I will do something I haven't done in any of the past five years: set an actual goal for myself. Even though I haven't hit 35 since well before I started making these posts at the beginning of 2011 (best guess is that I last managed 35 books in one of the years before Some Fantastic went on indefinite hiatus,) that's my target for the coming year. Based on the number of books I read during the second half of 2014 (20), I know it's achievable. I just need to make regularly set aside time to read a priority.