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    Your Favourite Reads of 2013

    So what were your favourite SFF reads of 2013? Any publishing date - no doubt there'll be a voting thread for this year's books soon too.

    Mine are (in no particular order within the groups):

    Best:-

    Some Kind of Fairy Tale
    – Graham Joyce
    The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks
    The Player of Games – Iain Banks
    Blood Song – Anthony Ryan
    The Holy Machine – Chris Beckett
    On – Adam Roberts
    Dark Eden – Chris Beckett

    Also Very Good:-

    The Ace of Skulls – Chris Wooding
    Heart of Veridon – Tim Akers
    When Gravity Fails – George Effinger
    Consider Phlebas – Iain Banks
    Raft – Stephen Baxter
    Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach
    Proxima – Stephen Baxter
    Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury


    And the few disappointing ones:

    Burning Paradise – Robert Charles Wilson
    The Snow – Adam Roberts
    The Demonologist – Andrew Pyper

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    Great thread idea

    Love the thread idea. I have to do a little review before listing for the year, but I will list shortly. I read quite a bit this year. As a contractor in Afghanistan, there isn't a whole lot to do in my "off-time".... so I read mostly.

    Cheers all!!
    Kempster

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    I didn't read anything I thought was an unmitigated disaster this year, but of a mostly good lot of books, these were my favorites:

    Machen, Arthur, Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (reread; story col.)
    Nevill, Adam, The Ritual
    Pangborn, Edgar, Good Neighbors and Other Strangers (reread; story col.)
    Thurber, James, The Thirteen Clocks
    Hill, Joe, NOS4A2
    Bellairs, John, The Face in the Frost (reread)
    Wellman, Manly Wade, Who Fears the Devil?
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, The Hound of the Baskervilles (reread)
    Leon, Donna, Quietly In Their Sleep (mystery; first I've read by Leon and I expect I'll read more since this was quietly effective)
    Matheson, Richard, Hell House (reread)
    King, Stephen, Joyland
    Blackwood, Algernon, Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood (reread; story col.)
    Lansdale, Joe R., Deadman’s Road


    I wasn't as enthusiastic about these, but still found them entertaining:
    Coehlo, Paolo, The Alchemist (marginally appropriate addition for the forum; I enjoyed this much more than I expected since I expected a fair amount of preaching)
    Matheson, Richard, A Stir of Echoes
    Sokoloff, Alexandra, The Harrowing
    Wellman, Manly Wade, John the Balladeer (includes all stories from Who Fears the Devil? and some later stories Wellman wrote about John)
    Shepard, Lucius, Softspoken
    Aaronovitch, Ben, Midnight Riot
    Langan, John, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters (I especially enjoyed the title story and "On Skua Island")
    Blackwood, Algernon, The Complete John Silence Stories


    Reanimators by Pete Rawlik is the odd man out here: It didn't exactly enthuse me, but it wasn't really bad. I could see many fans of H. P. Lovecraft enjoying it because Rawlik does a nice job of weaving together characters from different HPL stories along with a few real-life personages from the time period covered and at least a couple of fictional characters from other writers of the time as well.


    Randy M.

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    The best reads this year according to me in no particular order:

    Bruno Schulz: Street of Crocodiles (can't believe it took me so long to read this - astonishingly good)
    Brian Evenson: Fugue State and Altmann's Tongue (sparse, ultraviolent and horrific fiction - my find of the year)
    Anthony Ryan: Blood Song (promising start and one of the two best fantasy reads this year)
    Mark T. Barnes: The Obsidian Heart (the other one)
    Safran Foer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (made me laugh and cry at the same time)
    Quentin S. Crisp: Defeated Dogs (amazing short story collection)
    Tiptree Jr: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (SF short stories that make you think. Tiptree writes like a dream and touches such subjects as gender and biological determinism)
    Laird Barron: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All (Dashiell Hammett meets Lovecraft)

    The disappointing ones:
    Gaiman: The Ocean at The End Of The Lane
    Lynch: The Republic of Thieves

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    Here is everything I read this year!


    Very very good....
    • The Name of the Wind - Patrick Ruthfuss
    • Acts of Caine - Mathew Stover
    • Prince of Nothing - R Scott Bakker
    • A Memory of Light - Brandon Sanderson(& Robert Jordon)

    Very good...
    • Night Angel - Brent Weeks
    • Broken Empire - Mark Lawrence
    • The Riyria Revelations - Michael Sullivan

    Good...
    • The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson

    Below average...
    • Age of Fire - E.E. Knight

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    --- Best ---
    The Passage, Book 1 of the Passage
    The Lies of Locke Lamora, Book 1 of the Gentleman Bastards
    Revelation Space, Book 1 of Revelation Space
    In the Woods, Book 1 of the Dublin Murder Squad
    Leviathan Wakes, Book 1 of the Expanse

    --- Very Good ---
    Dune
    Assassin's Apprentice, Book 1 of Farseer Trilogy
    Altered Carbon
    The Blade Itself, Book 1 of The First Law Trilogy
    Hyperion
    Before They Are Hanged, Book 2 of The First Law Trilogy
    Caliban's War, Book 2 of The Expanse
    Abaddon's Gate, Book 3 of The Expanse


    --- Good ---
    Neverwhere
    Ender's Game
    The Eye of the World
    Swarm, Book 1 of Star Force
    Relic, Book 1 of Penderghast series
    The Gunslinger, Book 1 of The Dark Tower series
    The Drawing of the Three, Book 2 of the Dark Tower series
    Monster Hunter International
    Hard Magic
    Stormfront, Book 1 of the Dresden Files
    14


    --- Bad / Didn't like or finish ---
    1Q84

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    I'll be posting the voting thread for our annual members poll in a few days...

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    Listed in the order I read them. The last two aren't released yet, but since I read them, included them :

    Favorites:
    • Horns by Joe Hill
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
    • Black Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey
    • Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
    • The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker
    • The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
    • I am Legend by Richard Mathis
    • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    • The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
    • Red Rising by Pierce Brown


    Not going to list all my reads this year, but some of my 4/5 star rated books (so also very good)

    • Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
    • Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
    • The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan
    • Locke & Key (Volumes #1 - 5) by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
    • The Red Knight by Miles Cameron
    • Joyland by Stephen King
    • Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
    • The City by Stella Gemmell


    Biggest disappointments:

    • The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
    • Heartwood by Freya Robertson
    • Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
    Last edited by CatOfTheCanals; December 18th, 2013 at 01:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    I'll be posting the voting thread for our annual members poll in a few days...
    But your poll is relegated to books published in 2013 correct?

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    Best books of the year for me:

    Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

    Good books of the year:

    A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
    Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
    Hunted by Kevin Hearne

    Other books I've read might also fall into any of the above categories but for now, those come to mind.

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    Here is my list:

    1. Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan
    2. The Rose and Thorn Michael J. Sullivan
    3. The Blinding Knife Brent Weeks
    4. A Dance With Dragons George R.R. Martin (re-read)
    5. Emperor of Thorns Mark Lawrence
    6. Red Country Joe Abercrombie
    7. The Folding Knife K.J. Parker

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    Quote Originally Posted by kempster View Post
    Love the thread idea. I have to do a little review before listing for the year, but I will list shortly. I read quite a bit this year. As a contractor in Afghanistan, there isn't a whole lot to do in my "off-time".... so I read mostly.

    Cheers all!!
    Kempster
    It's also a great way to get new reading ideas.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeckardLee View Post
    --- Best ---
    The Passage, Book 1 of the Passage
    That's one I do need to check out but forgot about - thanks for the reminder!

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    Favorites:

    • The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock
    • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    • Rigante Series by David Gemmell
    • Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
    • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
    • The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
    • Dracula by Bram Stoker


    Honorable Mentions:

    • Prydain Series by Lloyd Alexander
    • Savage Tales of Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard
    • The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    • Crown Tower / Rose and Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan
    • Black Prism / Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
    • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
    • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    • Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

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    The Black Isle by Sandi Tan
    Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
    Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
    All-Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman
    Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer
    A Pretty Mouth by Molly Tanzer
    Chosen by Benedict Jacka
    The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

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    In fantasy, this was Neil Gaiman's year for me with
    - The Sandman comic books
    - The Ocean At The End of The Lane
    - Neverwhere
    I've put the rest of the top reads in a sort of order of preference (5 star and 4 star)
    - Guy Gavriel Kay - River of Stars
    - Jack Vance - Tales of the Dying Earth
    - Matthew Stover - Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle
    - Robert V S Reddick - The Night of the Swarm
    - Kij Johnson - Fudoki
    - Richard Adams - Watership Down
    - Catherynne Valente - The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There; Deathless
    - Lord Dunsany - The King of Elfland's Daughter
    - Christopher Moore - Sacre Bleu
    - Chris Wooding - The Iron Jackal and The Ace of Skulls
    - Dave Duncan - The Seventh Sword - three books
    - Michael Sullivan - The Crown Conspiracy and The Rose and the Thorn
    - Stephen King - Joyland

    and I'm reading now a delightful book by Terry Pratchett that belongs on the top list : The Wee Free Men, the first of the Tiffany Aching arc

    For science fiction I've read mostly older books:
    - S A Corey - Abaddon's Gate
    - Chris Becket - Dark Eden
    - Lois McMaster Bujold - Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and Cryoburn
    - Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions
    - Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination
    - Roger Zelazny - Doorways in the Sand
    - John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids
    - Timothy Zahn - The Thrawn trilogy
    - Michael Sullivan - Hollow World

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