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Offline leterile

Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:37:02 PM »
Sorry if there is already a thread. I didn't see one.

I was wondering everyone's most loved and most hated books of 2015.

Highlights
The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson
Red Country - Joe Abercrombie
Caine Black Knife - Matthew Stover

Lowlights
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin
Cugel the Clever - Jack Vance
The Illearth War - Stephen Donaldson

Offline Yora

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 09:45:23 PM »
I very much enjoyed Blood of Elves, The Book of Hyperborea, and Night Winds.
I was rather underwhelmed by The Sword of Destiny and Kull: Exile of Atlantis. I had expected more.
Big disappointments of the year were The Tombs of Athuan (Earthsea #2) and Tome of the Undergates.
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 09:54:23 PM »
Great idea!

Highlights
Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
Powder Mage by Brian McClellan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Lowlights
Crossroads of Twilight (and the other middle WoT books to a lesser extent) by Robert Jordan
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
Armada by Ernest Cline

I wish the world was flat like the old days, then I could travel just by folding a map.

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 10:43:40 PM »
From the SF/F books I read in 2015:

Highlights:

The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
The Broken Empire Trilogy, by Mark Lawrence
Harry Potter collection, by J.K. Rowling
Star Wars: Darth Bane Trilogy, by Drew Karpyshyn
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
City of Burning Shadows, by Barbara J. Webb

Farseer has a great emotional aspect and characterization. Jorg and the setting are so unique and likeable. One of the best protagonists ever.
Harry Potter, because I believed they were just children's books. I was such a muggle. And Darth Bane because I never thought Star Wars would do well in a book. I couldn't even begin the original by Lucas.
Nation because it was my introduction to Terry Pratchett. CoBS surprised me by its unusual mixture as well and made me want to read the others SPBO.
I believe The Martian will end up in this list as well.

Disappointments:

The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzane Collins
The Left Hand of God Trilogy, by Paul Hoffman
The Deed of Paksenarrion Trilogy, by Elizabeth Moon

I will dispense commentaries on HG. Left Hand had a great premise, but it didn't worked for me. Paks had also great premise, bogged down with too much dragging and a bizarre, surreal ending.

Had Both Highlights and Disappointments:

The Night Angel Trilogy, by Brent Weeks - Greatly enjoyed the first two books, disliked the last and hated the Durzo novella.
Agatha Christie - Four great books and two bad ones.
Perdido Street Station, by China Miélville - Loved the life of the city and its society, didn't liked when this and characterization disappeared and were replaced by the monster hunting action in the other half of the book.
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman - Excellent symbolism, hidden meanings and such, but it didn't made it any easier or enjoyable to read.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 12:12:06 AM by Lanko »
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Offline leterile

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2015, 01:30:57 AM »
I very much enjoyed Blood of Elves, The Book of Hyperborea, and Night Winds.
I was rather underwhelmed by The Sword of Destiny and Kull: Exile of Atlantis. I had expected more.
Big disappointments of the year were The Tombs of Athuan (Earthsea #2) and Tome of the Undergates.

Did you enjoy A Wizard of Earthsea and wanted to keep reading, or were you giving her one more chance? I'm not giving her another chance. lol

Offline ultamentkiller

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2015, 05:01:23 AM »
My Highlights.
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.
The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett.
The First Law Trilogy and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson
Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
The Broken Empire Trilogy by Mark Lawrence
What I've read so far of The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian... That guy. In the middle of book two now,
Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
Gentlemen Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch

Lowlights
The Dinosaur Lords: Awesome concept. Terrible execution.
His Dark Materials: I got bored a third of the way through the first book.
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie: Got bored.
Red Country by Joe Abercrombie: Almost made it to the end, until I realized I had 100 pages left of plot to slog through.
Game of Lives by James Dashner: Second book was awesome. this one sucked.

Probably missing a couple, but those  were the memorable ones.

Offline Yora

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2015, 09:41:33 AM »

Did you enjoy A Wizard of Earthsea and wanted to keep reading, or were you giving her one more chance? I'm not giving her another chance. lol
Lots of people think it's a very great standalone story. I don't.
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2015, 01:38:42 PM »
I love the Earthsea books, although I didn't especially enjoy the first one. In fact here's one in my highlights, look:

Highlights
Fantasy:
Tehanu - Ursula Le Guin
Half the World - Joe Abercrombie
The Magicians - Lev Grossman
The Magician King - Lev Grossman
Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal
SF:
Terms of Enlistment - Marko Kloos
The Prefect - Alastair Reynolds
Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

Disappointments
Fantasy:
The Paper Magician - Charlie N Holmberg
Deryni Rising - Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
SF:
Galactic Patrol - E E "Doc" Smith
The Moment of Eclipse - Brian Aldiss

The disappointments are more where my expectations were too high, I think. I wasn't disappointed by books I wasn't expecting much from.

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2015, 12:40:38 AM »
Goodreads year-in-books used to let you sort your books by what star rating you gave them - I wish they'd kept that feature.

Highlights for me this year were:
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson - breathing fantastic new life into dystopic YA with a vibrant but sensible world and a really engaging cast of characters.
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett - just a phenomenally good book, a perfect blend of fun action, delightful writing and crunchy ideas.
She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky - not my favourite of the trilogy, but such a satisfyingly noir conclusion to the arc.

Lowlights
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan - I'd enjoyed the first book with some reservations, which I had cause to believe he'd fixed... but I found this second book chock-full of all the things I didn't like about the first (heavy on the action, light on the meaning, and problematic with its few female characters) with few redeeming factors for me. I'm especially disappointed in the treatment of Ka-Poel, both in the narrative and by the narrative.
Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence - everyone enjoys him so much that I really wanted to try again with this new series, but I think I'm going to shrug, admit he's not for me, and move on. I spent most of the book bored and wishing the story had stayed in Vermillion with the bad-ass Red Queen and her capable heir.
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett - I love PTerry, and he has been so influential and important for me, and reading this not-quite rendition of his storytelling absolutely broke my heart. I couldn't finish it, it was too painful.

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2015, 12:43:49 AM »
Goodreads year-in-books used to let you sort your books by what star rating you gave them - I wish they'd kept that feature.
Go to your books then click on stats, you can click on the year to see all the books added that year sorted by your rating.  :)
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2015, 04:09:18 AM »
Highlights:
- The Martian
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
- Wee Free Men

I feel like there must be others from before the summer... but I've no idea what.

Lowlights:  No idea.  Lots of DNFs, but mostly things I only downloaded the free sample of...

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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2015, 09:23:30 AM »
Highlights:
- Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies - Robin Hobb
- books 1 and 2 of the Red Queen trilogy - Mark Lawrence
- Tales of the Ketty Jay books - Chris Wooding
- Ryiria Revelations - Michael J. Sullivan
- books 1 and 2 of the Copper Cat trilogy - Jen Williams

Lowlights:
- The time machine - H. G. Wells (meh)

Wow, just noticed the lowest score I gave this year was 3 (2 to a non-fantasy one) and I didn't have any DNF in 2015!
And the highlights are part of my 5 starts (31% of the total!!), I had others with 5 and many more with 4-4.5 stars.
What a great year in reading :D

(the one I'm currently reading won't go in any of the above categories, but I still hope to read Malice (John Gwynne), which has got the potential to go into the highlight..)
« Last Edit: December 18, 2015, 09:42:16 AM by ScarletBea »
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2015, 12:37:32 PM »
I heard good things about the sequel, since it almost won the David Gimelle award(sorry for my terrible spelling). But I knew Sanderson was going to take the cake, since Stormlight is way more popular than any of the series that made the final round. I hope he gets another shot though. Someone should win who hasn't won before.

Offline Yora

Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2015, 07:35:16 PM »
Gemmell. Two Es, two Ms, two Ls.  ;)

(That's also how you can remember how to spell Nietzsche. One one everything: A T, a Z, an S, and a C.)
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Re: Highlights/lowlights of 2015?
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2015, 02:01:35 AM »
Goodreads year-in-books used to let you sort your books by what star rating you gave them - I wish they'd kept that feature.
Go to your books then click on stats, you can click on the year to see all the books added that year sorted by your rating.  :)
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