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Offline Overlord

Your Best Book of 2010
« on: December 26, 2010, 02:48:30 PM »
So... What was the best book you read in 2010?

Mine was Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett. I loved 'The Painted Man', but I thought The Desert Spear took all that it was and really expanded upon it and blew the story-line open for continuation :)
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Offline AlexEatsBooks

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 03:26:01 PM »
My favourite 2010 Fantasy read was definitely Temeraire by Naomi Novik. The whole setting of Dragons in the Napoleonic Wars and the relationship between Lawrence and Temeraire was thrilling and great fun to experience. Can't wait to read the rest of the series (I even got my mum to read them! *laughs*).
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Offline Overlord

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2010, 08:38:19 AM »
Black Prism was probably my second favourite book of this year.

I'm actually about to do a post on the top 5 books of 2010, so if anyone has any to add I'd love to take some suggestions for the article... Will be on the site later today or tomorrow :)
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2010, 11:36:39 AM »
Can I cheat and have a trilogy??!!   ;D  If so, I liked Brent Weeks' Night Angel Trilogy the best, although I enjoyed most of those I read this year.

Offline Woodge

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2010, 03:31:22 PM »
I'd have to pick Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon as my favorite with a close runner-up being The Gates by John Connolly.

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 08:34:06 AM »
Oooh. Dunno yet. 2010 wasn't like 2009 (or 2008, even), when I could jump up and be like, "CLEARLY IT WAS... x...". Still deliberating.

I know we haggled over this on Twitter :), but I wasn't a huge fan of Desert Spear. I really liked the Jardir bits, but I thought the other characters really regressed. It turned into a Cinemax softcore porn version of The Painted Man, in which everyone gets laid and the plot doesn't really go anywhere. (Jardir, however = awesome. And one of the most unusual "good guys"(?!) in fantasy fiction.)

Offline Overlord

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2010, 09:04:32 AM »
Oooh. Dunno yet. 2010 wasn't like 2009 (or 2008, even), when I could jump up and be like, "CLEARLY IT WAS... x...". Still deliberating.

I know we haggled over this on Twitter :), but I wasn't a huge fan of Desert Spear. I really liked the Jardir bits, but I thought the other characters really regressed. It turned into a Cinemax softcore porn version of The Painted Man, in which everyone gets laid and the plot doesn't really go anywhere. (Jardir, however = awesome. And one of the most unusual "good guys"(?!) in fantasy fiction.)

I know what you mean - I think though it would have been impossible for Brett to release a book solely on 'Jardir' because he would have been slated for it. I think he had to tell Jardir's story whilst at the same time keeping readers up with the goings on of The Painted Man, Leesha and Rojer. I think he did that pretty well, although the story didn't move a huge amount - we did get the world really, really expanded upon - I mean we now know about Demon intelligence, that they are ruled, that there is a war about to take place, we know Jardir's reasoning, we have all the relationship stuff... I see this as the LOTR2 in the LOTR trilogy. Although there were so bits that didn't seem to do much, they set us up for something special.

Black Prism I think has a lot of promise - it is very, very hard to say 'This series is a winner through and through' but it is looking good. It will all depend on where the second book takes us.

As for 2011... I mean... just in the first 3 months there are some HUGE titles coming out from Lynch (you? :P), Abercrombie, Rothfuss, Tchaikovsky, Feist, Erikson... It's crazy to list all those names in one sentence... lol
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2010, 11:02:37 AM »
Whilst I don't think the Desert Spear was as good as the Painted Man, I did enjoy it.  I tend not to judge a book till I've read the whole series and can see how it fits in!!

I'm eagerly awaiting the new Tchaikovsky books though.  I tried the first Abercrombie book and wasn't tempted to read on in the series despite the good reviews on the others - I think personal taste is very different for each of us when it comes to fantasy!!  I'm 40% through the Black Prism and I like it so far. 

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2010, 11:14:40 AM »
I really loathed my Brent Weeks experience and quit halfway through my first Tchaikovsky (although I keep meaning to try him again). But I think Abercrombie is the bee's knees :) That's what makes the world go round!

Alas, I'm not Scott Lynch. But he has an awesome livejournal account.

Don't forget Morgan, Mieville and Newton. 2011 will be awesome.

Offline Overlord

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2010, 01:30:49 PM »
Whilst I don't think the Desert Spear was as good as the Painted Man, I did enjoy it.  I tend not to judge a book till I've read the whole series and can see how it fits in!!

I'm eagerly awaiting the new Tchaikovsky books though.  I tried the first Abercrombie book and wasn't tempted to read on in the series despite the good reviews on the others - I think personal taste is very different for each of us when it comes to fantasy!!  I'm 40% through the Black Prism and I like it so far. 

It was certainly very different... I am still to read Abercrombie and Tchaukovsky, but I own both... I'm getting there slowly. My problem is that I do an English Literature Degree, work as an editor and have reading as a hobby - so I'm always having to read or write stuff that isn't fantasy and sometimes I get home and just can't look at words any more, lol.

2011 is gonna be a busy one for Fantasy Bloggers... I'm currently writing my reading list... I aim to read around 26 mainstream books in 2011 as well as ARC's :O
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2010, 04:01:57 PM »
My problem is that I do an English Literature Degree, work as an editor and have reading as a hobby - so I'm always having to read or write stuff that isn't fantasy and sometimes I get home and just can't look at words any more, lol.

2011 is gonna be a busy one for Fantasy Bloggers... I'm currently writing my reading list... I aim to read around 26 mainstream books in 2011 as well as ARC's :O

I know how you feel, I did a degree in German which included reading a heck of a lot, I don't read German books much anymore as I got fed up!!!

I'm going to try for 52 books, I tried last year, but think I only managed around 40 books!!   ::)

Offline Sensei

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2010, 11:07:41 PM »
Has to be Joe Abercrombie's Best Served Cold for me followed closely by Trudi Canavans the Ambassadors Mission

Offline CPH72

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2010, 11:42:03 PM »
Most of mine have been mentioned here.. My fav was the Desert Spear but a very close second and a definite must read was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Unfortunately like most authors I discover these days Patrick Rothfuss is new on the scene and has no back catalogue. The sequel to The Name of Wind is out in March 2011 and I can't wait. It's a damn shame peter Brett can't write a bit faster too as his novels are up there with the best I have read. Page turning in the extreme.

Is this discussion just for fantasy as there's some historical fiction I have read this year which are worthy of mention but I don't want to digress.

Offline Overlord

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010, 04:47:43 AM »
Most of mine have been mentioned here.. My fav was the Desert Spear but a very close second and a definite must read was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Unfortunately like most authors I discover these days Patrick Rothfuss is new on the scene and has no back catalogue. The sequel to The Name of Wind is out in March 2011 and I can't wait. It's a damn shame peter Brett can't write a bit faster too as his novels are up there with the best I have read. Page turning in the extreme.

Is this discussion just for fantasy as there's some historical fiction I have read this year which are worthy of mention but I don't want to digress.

Just Fantasy, but we do have a 'non-fantasy book' section that you are more than welcome to pay visit too ^_^

You sound very much like myself, not sure if you have read my reviews of Peter V. Brett's work, but I also agree that he is one of the very best out there. I actually got 'The Name of the Wind' in the post yesterday, so excited to read that one now you and so many people have mentioned it - but... Mistborn with the bookclub first - have you read that one 'Rockthecasbah'? If not you should join us people it is apparently pretty action packed ^_^
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Offline Ryder

Re: Your Best Book of 2010
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 09:45:23 PM »
Way of Kings