1980s > 1985

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    A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker

Susan's letter came from California: Hawk was in jail, and she was on the run. Twenty-four hours later Hawk is free, because Spenser has sprung him loose--for a brutal cross-country journey back to the East Coast. Now the two men are on a violent ride to find the woman Spenser loves, the man who took her, and the shocking reason so many people had to die. . . .

Year: 1985
Genre: Private Eye

    Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin

More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.

Year: 1985
Genre: Fantasy

    B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she's reluctant to take on the case of locating Beverly Danziger's sister Elaine Boldt. With her reputation and career on the line, Kinsey risks all to find a missing woman and a killer who's waiting in the shadows to strike again...

Year: 1985
Genre: Private Eye

    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

Year: 1985
Genre: Westerns

    Blood Music by Greg Bear

An amazing breakthrough in genetic engineering made by Vergil Ulam is considered too dangerous for further research, but rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just how his actions will change the world.

Year: 1985
Genre: CyberpunkHard SF

    Bones by Bill Pronzini

An old grave opens a new case of murder. Recent murders are difficult but not unsolvable. This time Nameless is called upon to solve a murder that happened four decades ago. Called to do the impossible, he takes the case merely because the victim was a pulp writer. Nameless of course is a pulp fan.

Year: 1985
Genre: Cold CasePulp Fiction

    Brainz, Inc. by Ron Goulart

Jake Pace is halfway through mixing a batch of cookies when his lawyer arrives with a corpse. The body in the coffin is an android, built in the shape of recently deceased electronics heiress Sylvie Kirkyard and implanted with a chip that holds Sylvie’s memories.

Year: 1985
Genre: SF Detective

    Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert

Under the leadership of Mother Superior Darwi Odrade, the Bene Gesserit have colonized a green world on the planet Chapterhouse and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. And once they've mastered breeding sandworms, the Sisterhood will control the production of the greatest commodity in the known galaxy--the spice melange. But their true weapon remains a man who has lived countless lifetimes--a man who served under the God Emperor Paul Muad'Dib....

Year: 1985
Genre: Soft SFSpeculative

    Contact by Carl Sagan

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. When a signal is discovered that seems to come from far beyond our solar system, a multinational team of scientists decides to find the source. What follows is an eye-opening journey out to the stars to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who--or what--is out there? Why are they watching us? And what do they want with us?

Year: 1985
Genre: Alien ContactHard SF

    Dayworld by Philip Jose Farmer

Only by being watched may you become free. It’s 3414 AD, the rise of the New Era, and Earth has become massively overpopulated. The worldwide government has recently implemented a system that allows human civilization to continue: Each person lives only one day a week. For the other six he or she is “stoned”—placed in suspended animation. To keep everyone to their particular day, the activities of all citizens of the Organic Commonwealth of Earth are closely monitored.

Year: 1985
Genre: Action & Adventure SFDystopianScience Fiction




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1985A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker Private Eye, Spenser
1985Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin Fantasy
1985B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton Private Eye, Kinsey Millhone
1985Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Westerns, Texas
1985Blood Music by Greg Bear Cyberpunk, Hard SF
1985Bones by Bill Pronzini Cold Case, Pulp Fiction, Nameless Detective
1985Brainz, Inc. by Ron Goulart SF Detective
1985Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert Soft SF, Speculative, Dune Saga
1985Contact by Carl Sagan Alien Contact, Hard SF
1985Dayworld by Philip Jose Farmer Action & Adventure SF, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Dayworld
1985Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers Dystopian, Fantasy, Near Future
1985Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card Coming of Age, Military SF, Enders Quartet
1985Eon by Greg Bear Action & Adventure SF, Alien Contact, Asteroids & Comets, The Way
1985Fletch Won by Gregory Mcdonald Comic Mystery, Family Secrets, Murder Mystery, Fletch, Los Angeles
1985Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut Post Apocalypse, Satire
1985Glitz by Elmore Leonard Noir Fiction, Miami
1985Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski
1985Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follett Cold War, Espionage
1985Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Westerns, Lonesome Dove, Texas
1985More Tales of the Defective Detective in the Pulps by Gary Hoppenstand Defective Detective
1985Nowhere by Thomas Berger Humor, Satire
1985Ransom by Jay McInerney Exile
1985Skeleton Crew: Stories by Stephen King Suspense, Short Stories
1985Snatch by Gregory Mcdonald Kidnapping
1985Suicide, Inc. by Ron Goulart Humor, Science Fiction
1985Texas by James A. Michener Historical, Westerns, Texas, USA
1985The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein Speculative, Lazarus Long
1985The Cider House Rules by John Irving Literature, Maine
1985The Convict and Other Stories by James Lee Burke Short Stories
1985The Glass Hammer by K.W. Jeter Cyberpunk, Dr. Adder Trilogy
1985The Lonely Silver Rain by John D. MacDonald Travis McGee
1985The Postman by David Brin
1985The Prague Orgy by Philip Roth Literature, Zuckerman, Prague
1985The Secrets of Harry Bright by Joseph Wambaugh Police Procedural, Suspense
1985There's Nothing to Be Afraid of by Marcia Muller Buried Past, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1985White Noise by Don DeLillo Satire





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