In no particular order, here are the books I liked best in 2014.
Constellation vol. 1 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – science fiction, and Constellation vol. 2 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, science fiction. These are the first and second (a third is due next year) short story collections set in the Liaden Universe. These were two of the best short story collections I read all year
The Art of John Harris by John Harris – art/illustration, a very well produced art book full of great images, mostly recent, by a favorite SF artist.
The Assassins of Athens by Jeffrey Siger, the second in the very good mystery series set in Greece and Prey on Patmos by Jeffrey Sigel, mystery, the third in the series and another very good mystery. With six books now in the series, these may still be my favorites.
The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs edited by Mike Resnick, adventure-fantasy, original stories set in Burroughs various worlds.
Here, There, Elsewhere by William Heat-Moon, nonfiction. These are short travel essays. Insightful, thought-provoking and well written.
Deathworld by Harry Harrison, science fiction, I originally read this when it was serialized in Astounding Science Fiction and re-read it in 2014 (e-book from the library). Still enjoyable after all those years.
The Saint in Europe by Leslie Charteris, mystery short story collection, another collection I really enjoyed. Since reading this, I’ve gotten several more Saint books, both novels and story collections.
Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, edited by Otto Penzler, mystery. A giant 1,100 page anthology of Black Mask pulp stories. It was very good, but took me most of the year, reading off and on, to finish.
Sector General by James White, and Ambulance Ship by James White, two novels in White’s hospital in space series. Both novels are in the book shown. This is a series I keep coming back to, enjoying every time.
House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz, mystery novel. Holmes and Watson hunt for the killer of a young boy, and as it turns out, much more. Very good. I won’t quite finish Horowitz’ next book, Moriarty, before the end of the year.
That’s it. There were many other books I enjoyed reading in 2014, but when I go back and look at my ratings (1-5, 5 being best) these are ones I graded highest.