Books of the noughties

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According to the Guardian that is. Good list, and lots of pointers to things to read/avoid.
Why isn't there a sarcasm font?


Here are some of my favourites from the 'noughties':

The Abarat (Clive Barker, 2002) : Clive Barker's stunning work of twisted imagination, with Barker's own paintings as illustrations.

Black House (Stephen King and Peter Straub, 2002) : Direct sequel to Talisman.  Very, very dark, and a lot more 'grown up' than the original (which remains my favourite fiction book).

Century Rain (Alastair Reynolds, 2004) : a brilliant mixture of Reynolds' trademark space opera with a film noir detective story set in alternate version of 1950's Paris.  A sheer delight.

I could list a number of Reynolds books from the noughties, for example, Diamond Dogs, Turqoise Days (2003), or Revelation Space (2000), but Century Rain is my most fondly remembered.  But if space opera is your bag, you must really check out Revelation Space.

The Big Over Easy (Jasper Fforde, 2005) : the first of the Nursery Crime adventures.  Read the blurb, then buy it and read it.  For lovers of funny fantasy.

Last Tango In Aberystwyth (Malcolm Pryce, 2003).  More fantasy noir, this time set in the Welsh sea-side town of Aberystwyth.  Second in a series of crime novels set in Aberystwyth with punny titles.

Aberystwyth Mon Amour, 2001, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7475-5786-9
Last Tango in Aberystwyth, 2003, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7475-6676-2
The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth, 2005, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7475-7894-9
Don't Cry for Me Aberystwyth, 2007, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7475-8016-4
From Aberystwyth with Love, 2009, Bloomsbury Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7475-9519-9

And yet more funny fantasy crime stuff with :

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies  Of The Apocalypse (Robert Rankin, 2002).  One of the funniest books I have read in a long time.  I picked up the hardback 2nd hand for £2 - what a splendid find!
Standing in the shadows, hiding from the light<br />Reach out in the darkness, and hold on for your life<br />All the fear of the future, all the emptiness inside<br />When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide