Books in 2011

I never did a new year’s resolutions post this year.  Oh well 🙂  One of them was to try and read more, plus try to read/re-read some mythology in translation.  One part of this is that I want to keep track of what I’ve read, hence this post.

  1. Surface Detail, Iain M Banks.  01/01 – 22/01.
  2. The Táin: From the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, Thomas Kinsella (trans.) and Louis Le Brocquy (illus.)  22/01 – 30/01.
  3. The Kraken, China Miéville.  31/01 – 15/03.
  4. The Quantum Thief, Hannu Ranjaniemi. 15/03 – 22/03.
  5. American Gods, Neil Gaiman. 23/03 – 30/03.
  6. Before They Are Hanged, Joe Abercrombie. 31/03 – 06/04
  7. Last Argument of Kings, Joe Abercrombie. 07/04 – 16/04.
  8. The Lovecraft Anthology Volume 1, Dan Lockwood (Ed.) 17/04 – 20/04.
  9. Deep State, Walter Jon Williams. 21/04 – 05/05.
  10. At The Mountains of Madness, HP Lovecraft, INJ Culbard (Illus.) 22/04 – 23/04.
  11. The Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod. 06/05 – 19/05.
  12. Dark Spires, Colin Harvey (Ed.) 20/05 –
  13. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes. 20/05 – 16/06.
  14. Wireless, Charles Stross. 17/06 –
  15. The Quest for Arthur’s Britain, Geoffrey Ashe (Ed.). 25/06 – 30/06.
  16. Camelot and the Vision of Albion, Geoffrey Ashe. 30/06 –
  17. Rule 34, Charles Stross. 09/07 – 15/07.
  18. The Evolutionary Void, Peter F Hamilton. 16/07 – 23/07.
  19. Vast, Linda Nagata. 23/07 – 06/08.
  20. The Bohr Maker, Linda Nagata. 07/08 – 25/08.
  21. The Recollection, Gareth L Powell. 26/08 – 02/09.
  22. Damage Time, Colin Harvey. 02/09 – 28/10.
  23. Sixty One Nails, Mike Shevdon. 29/10 – 14/11.
  24. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin. 15/11 –

And that’s all so far. I guess I’ll be able to see just how widely, or not, I read by the end of the year.  I often have more than one book on the go, but so far it’s been sequential so far this year.  Link targets vary, some Wikipedia, some author or publisher sites, some reviews – there might be a tooltip if you hover over the link and I remembered to add one.

Atlantis in Andalusia

Missed this story on the BBC website the other day: A journal called Antiquity has published a paper by a Dr Rainer Kühne in which he makes a case for the culture which inspired Atlantis having been in Southern Spain.

Dr Kühne argues that some satellite photos of the area show structures similar to Plato’s description of the legendary city. In addition, he compares historical accounts of conflict in the mediterranean between the Sea Peoples and the eastern countries with Plato’s accounts of the Athenian-Atlantean war and Plato’s descriptions of Athens during this period with the archaeolgical record.

For information; I’m not qualified to comment.