In my newly-discovered enjoyment of book-blogging tags, I’ve seen this one pop up on several blogs I follow so I decided to thy my hand at it. After all, every opportunity to talk about books must be enjoyed, right? 😉
BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR
Looking at my five-star ratings, I would have to give this prize to Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy: I’ve come somewhat late to the party with this series, but I’m glad that the publication of the first book in his new saga inspired me to go backwards and enjoy learning about the “roots” of this world and the back story of its characters.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR
Since I mostly read SF and Fantasy, I’m going to nominate a best sequel in both genres, and the Oscar goes to…
Gareth Powell’s Fleet of Knives, second volume in his Embers of War saga
John Gwynne’s A Time of Courage, third and final volume in his Of Blood and Bone series
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
There are several of course – you all know the book lover’s lamentation about too many books, too little time, don’t you? Anyway, just to mention one, I’m looking forward to Jade War, the second book in Fonda Lee’s Green Bone Saga. It’s been sitting on my TBR for a while now, and it’s starting to look at me with some impatience…
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Given my answer to the first question, I’m more than looking forward to Joe Abercrombie’s The Trouble with Peace, the second volume in his new series Age of Madness. Can you blame me? 😉
This dubious prize goes to Andrew Maine’s The Naturalist: from my fellow bloggers’ review I had come to expect an intriguing thriller but it’s clear that this book was not meant for me – once I started finding some inconsistencies in the story and the characterization I knew that the “magic” was lost and that this book and yours truly were destined to part ways…
The Institute, by Stephen King. I used to be a huge fan of the Master of Horror, but in later years I had been disappointed by some of his works and stopped reading them. When I decided to give this one a chance, on the strength of a very intriguing review from a fellow blogger (what would I do without you guys??), I discovered that the Master still has several aces up his sleeve, and that this book brought back the old enjoyment in his stories.
FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR
Vivian Shaw. I read two of her books in the UF series focused on Dr. Greta Helsing, physician to London’s supernatural creatures, and I enjoyed them immensely: I would never have thought that an author would make me feel sympathy for mummies or ghouls, but Ms. Shaw managed that with very little effort! 🙂
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Sorry, I’m too old and crusty for crushes of any kind…
NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER
Sand dan Glokta, from Joe Abercrombie’s First Law, which gains the third mention in this meme and shows that I might be just a tiny bit obsessed with this world…. Glokta is the opposite of the inspirational character: he’s crippled, embittered and earns his living by being the master torturer for the King’s inquisition, but he’s also gifted with a sarcastic sense of humor and a strong sense of self-mockery that went a long way toward endearing him to me.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
I don’t cry easily, so it would be hard to fill this bookish slot, but I can mention a book that held a big – and somewhat unwelcome – surprise for me concerning a particular character: John Scalzi The Last Emperox, the final volume in his Interdepency saga. And no, I was not expecting THAT Mr. Scalzi, not at all…
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Network Effect, by Martha Wells, the fifth installment in her Murderbot Diaries: it made me happy because every new story about Murderbot is a joy, and because it was a full-length novel instead of the previous novella-sized works – and of course more Murderbot always gives me a chance to celebrate.
FAVORITE BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATION
None so far, but hope keeps me going…
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
Since I read ebooks, I have a chance to look at the actual covers only when search for them online: my e-reader does not do colors… so far, the covers I found more intriguing have been those for Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennet and for Moontangled by Stephanie Burgis. I love the first because that background fire against the darkness in the foreground is very dramatic, and the second because those gorgeous dresses and the color combination are a feast for the eyes.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?
Far too many for the time I have, far too many…
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