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Offline DBASKLS

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2014, 03:57:27 PM »
I've had a slow start to my reading year and I have only finished two books!  :-[

Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne, #3) by Mark Hodder and
The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

However, they were both really good  ;D
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Offline SkynJay

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2014, 05:16:46 AM »
So far, 14 books in, I have two favorites.

Pantomime by Laura Lam.  Actually, coming form a non-YA reader mind, this was the best YA I have read in quite some time.

The Barrow by Mark Smylie - Just finished this one and it is going to blow up.  Amazing dark fantasy adventure, though it's incredibly crude and will turn off a lot of people.  If you can get around a lot of references to male anatomy though, surprisingly deep read.

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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2014, 04:40:35 PM »
Only just started reading it, but Orb Sceptre Throne is shaping up to be the best book I've read this year!  Esselmont keeps getting better and better !!!!

Offline shep5377

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
It's an oldie, but Proven Guilty by Butcher. The Dresden Files has its faults, but I'm willing to look past them because I love them all!

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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2014, 05:46:46 AM »
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy.

if I restrict it to fantasy:
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

note:  I've finished 10 novels this year, only a couple of which are fantasy.
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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2014, 06:35:14 AM »
1. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
2. The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
3. The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes
4. Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt

Great debut novel from Brian, super fun romp from Patrick, a great follow-up from Mark, and interesting, off-kilter world building from Stephen. Yay books :P
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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2014, 01:44:32 PM »
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy.


I first read this one in a college lit class, and it was by far the favorite of most the class.  'Blood Meridian' was probably the best book I read in 2012, I love McCarthy's style. 

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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2014, 03:54:52 PM »
So far I've read 9 books. I think Lions is the only one that has any chance of being on the list come years end.

  • Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  • Locke and Key Volume 6 (Alpha and Omega) by Joe Hill
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Offline Dynimix

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2014, 05:57:14 PM »
Haven't read as much as I want, but I have gotten through a few so far this year:

1. Republic of Thieves
2. The Shadow Rising
3. Steelheart


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Offline Belly_Fat

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #39 on: February 25, 2014, 03:30:38 AM »
For 2014 hmmm.

1. Malice, Faithful and fallen:  Book 1 , John Gwynne
2. Blood Song : Anthony Ryan
3. Dagger and Coin series : Daniel Abraham, all three that I have read have been good......


I also went off my beaten path and read the Divergent series :(  well lets just say that overall is wasn't a good trip. It is funny because many disliked the last book but I thought it better than the first and on par with the second. Let me say that overall it made me realize why I usually avoid that genre.

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Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2014, 07:24:23 PM »
All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy.


I first read this one in a college lit class, and it was by far the favorite of most the class.  'Blood Meridian' was probably the best book I read in 2012, I love McCarthy's style.

Blood Meridian is fantastic if you can handle the pages upon pages of gore and dead puppies. I loved it though. Judge is an amazing character.

Offline sabrok

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2014, 11:03:38 PM »
Probably my top three so far this year in order.

Stormdancer Jay Kristoff
Locke & Key Vol. 1 Joe Hill
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

Offline jefGoelz

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2014, 12:28:42 AM »
I recently finished Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.  It was good, but Anansi Boys is still my favorite among the fantasy novels I've read this year.

Offline Bremerdagorst

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2014, 04:05:21 AM »
1. The Grim Company by Luke Scull
2. The Child Thief by Brom
3. The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi
4. A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson
5. Galveston by Nic Pizollato

Offline Loram

Re: Best books you've read this year?
« Reply #44 on: March 03, 2014, 08:53:02 AM »
I'm going through a time travel phase. So far the best one I've read this year is 11/22/1963 by Stephen King.

I'm currently pushing my way through The Time Traveller's Wife. I have  real aversion to stories written in present tense, but I've committed myself to giving this one a gallent try. The story itself looks interesting.