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The Year's Best Question.

There are a lot of Year's Best Books, in case you haven't noticed. What I'm curious about is how many do you buy?

I've bought the Datlow, Link and Grant Year's Best (formerly the Datlow and Windling) since I got into writing, and I buy it still, regular like. I find it a useful sampler, plus, I've always liked the Edward Bryant film write up, though in recent years it hasn't been as good as it once was, or so it seems to me. Also, I'm pretty partial to the Congreve and Marquardt Australian Year's Best books, because the reprint me, yes, and because the books are also a good introduction to the independent scene down here. Locally, I buy the Peter Craven Year's Best essays off and on, but only if something grabs me.

So, what about you?


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Mar. 30th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
I read a lot of short fiction during the year: I subscribe to Interzone, Postscripts, Asimov's, F&SF, read a fair bit of online stuff... So whether I get a Year's Best at least partially depends on how much stuff it has that I haven't read! There is of course always quite a bit.
I've lately really enjoyed the ones that Jonathan Strahan has done with Karen Haber. I tend to agree with most of the selections. I have quite a lot of the old David G Hartwell ones, but probably at least partially because they're reasonably small paperbacks. I have a bunch of older Gardner Dozois ones, and they're great because they're hefty, but I haven't bought the last few since I've been reading a lot of the mainstream journals througout the year. I guess I haven't bought them because they're so big, and so not that cheap.

Jonathan's volumes have the advantage of coming out so early too, I guess...
I did enjoy Bill Congreve & Michelle Marquardt's Aus one (with you in it!), and I'm sure I'll get the next, because I don't keep up as much as I (perhaps) should with the Australian scene. But there isn't as much in the Aus scene of what I'm into (hard sf, although emphatically not old-school Analog mag type stuff; well thought out near-future or far-future stuff I guess). Mind you, I'm a fan of people like Kelly Link & Jay Lake recently, so I'm not too limited.

Anyway, that's my general pattern. "It depends", basically. I suppose I've talked mainly genre; science fiction and, perhaps, fantasy. Not interested in horror, and generally don't read much "mainstream" fiction or essays.

Thanks for asking :)
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
your welcome :)

i think one of the reasons i like year's bests is because i don't buy magazines anymore. i haven't bought any for years now, mostly due to financial concerns, and i've always been happy with the year's best to cover those things, you know?

anyhow, i'm in the next australian one, too. also, i believe it has a greg egan story in it.
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Excellent, congrats! The Greg one would be the one from the US-only SF Book Club Dozois-edited collection "One Million A.D.", which I bought via Gordon van Gelder... Haven't read it yet, but it's on the top of the pile...
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
yeah, it is the one from the dozois collection, i believe. mine is the johnny cash story, btw.
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Mar. 31st, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
i read the dozois one for a couple of years, but i just didn't dig science fiction enough to keep reading it.
Mar. 30th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
My secret shame is that I don't regularly buy either the Dozois or the Datlow/[Windling|GrantLink] volumes. I was regularly buying the Strahan/Haber books, so I was upset when the iBooks bust happened. I'm looking forward to Rich Horton's series from Prime, and I'm still hoping the Strahan/Wolfe 'year's best writing about sf' gets off the ground at some point.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
the strahan/haber books will be published by locus now, i think. i never read them, personally, but then i always found that the selections made by the two didn't really interest me, name was. a bit old school for my taste. likewise, the table of contents of horton's doesn't grab me much either. i might find myself picking wallace's new fantasy though.

i would like to the the year's best sf writing,t oo.
Mar. 30th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
I don't.

Yeah, I'm just lazy like that.

I go spend my money on, like, volume 7 of Battle Royale, which is dedicated entirely to BRAINS SPLATTERING EVERYWHERE.

And Mimura finally dying. I was sad.

Mar. 31st, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
yeah, i was sad to see mimura go as well. it was the one big death of the book/graphic novel for me. if i remember right, volume eight is all about the sex.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, got that impression from the 'next week on BR' in the back.

I won't be reading that on train stations.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
yes, no, not a trainstation one, that.
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Mar. 31st, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
heh. yes. i got you. of course, a lot of year's bests double up, anyway...
Mar. 30th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
We get Datlow's if one of our stories gets a mention in the back :-)

I bought the latest one by Bill and Michelle, but I can't say I've read it yet.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
was that last year's? i hear the next one is/was going to the printer soon. anyhow: names at the back don't interest me, i have to say. it was cool the first time, but you're in there with how many people? still, it's better than nothing, i suppose.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Undoubtedly it was, though it doesn't seem that long ago. Your sense of time goes when you get old, you know.

And you're right about the back of those books, but that doesn't mean you have to be. Um, right?
Mar. 30th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
I buy the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.

And...that's it.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Mar. 30th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
I've really slacked off on reading short fiction in the last few years, but I regularly buy The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
Mar. 31st, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
heh. did you update your south park figure to represent you asa bearded man now?
Mar. 31st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Yup. :) See here for the reason why.
Mar. 30th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
I've bought the Datlow/Wilding/Link/Grant and the Dozois best ofs for the past three or four years... I normally only get about half of them read before the next one comes out... as mentioned, their size tends to make them not so good for reading on public transport etc... I've also bought a few of the Hartwells Best SF volumes...

I used to read the Craven essays, although I haven't picked up a copy since it's been done by Dessaix (I think?)... from browsing through, it looked less political and therefore less interesting to me... don't know if this is true or not...

I bought the companion volume of Best Australian Short Stories this year, just to see what's being written outside the genre. I also have one volume of David Eggars' Best Non-Required Reading for a similar reason, but I've only read a tiny fraction of both thus far.

Mar. 31st, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
i don't read the datlow/link/grant ones all the way through, but i have noticed that i regularly go back, flip through, look. if i see an author who catches my eye, they've generally been in one of those editions, and i haven't noticed before. so i like that.

i didn't even know craven stopped doing the essays one. the last i bought was 2003, i think.
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