There’s something faintly ridiculous about publishing a “Top 10 of 2009” when November has only just started, but lots of people are doing so. Amazon’s list is particularly interesting. The editors’ picks list is full of books that I really enjoyed, or very much want to read. Here are a few thoughts.
I’m delighted for Cat Valente and Caitlin R Kiernan. Palimpsest and The Red Tree are both excellent books. I’m also very pleased to see Yellow Blue Tibia get on the list.
I am, of course, mystified by the absence of The City & The City.
I’m less mystified by the absence of Finch. I suspect that Jeff VanderMeer contributed to compiling the list, which would have made it difficult to include one of his books.
I note that the list of top selling books bears no relationship whatsoever to the list of editors’ picks. Kudos to Patty Briggs for getting two books in the best seller list.
Two of the editors’ picks books are from small presses, but none of the best sellers are.