Now, it's only half a dozen, and it so happens it's those which don't have their backs toward us, but that's just because three of them are too large to fit upright on the "to read shelf" (those to the left I've already read, but will re-read).
For the curious, these are the ones:
- The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
- Rule 34 by Charles Stross
- Embassytown by China Mieville
- How to live safely in a science fictional universe by Charles Yu
- The last two Merchant princes(**) books by Charles Stross
(*) It's easy to buy nice railway or aviation books, for example, with lots of photos but hard to find the time to actually read them. I recently found a book in my to read pile by the bed which must have been there since 1994. (But the bed isn't in the same part of town.)
(**) Now I'm halfway into the fourth. They're enjoyable to read, but not very likely to end up in a re-read pile. You read them fast and there're no scenes which grabs you and you go "Wow!". Back in the 80-90's I quite often re-read new books 6-9 month after the first reading, but it's soon time for Implied Spaces by Walter Jon Williams again.
About the Merchant Princes, there's one thing about the plot which strikes me: If I could, or if it could be proven to me that someone else could, move between this world and a similar one where the timelines diverged a couple of centuries ago, the conclusion I'd draw is "This cannot be real. This must be a simulation!". Possible the subject of another post.