Monday, December 2, 2013

Best Fantasy and Speculative Fiction of 2013

When I made my list of fantasy/speculative fiction this year, it was a bit shorter than it was last year.  I don't have as many to recommend, but the ones I have are absolutely amazing.  I'll start with the series books.

The Joe Ledger Series by Jonathan Maberry, of which I read Patient Zero, The Dragon Factory, and The King of Plagues.  I also read all of the short stories and novellas collected in Joe Ledger: The Missing Files.

  There are two more full-length novels that I still need to read, and a third coming out next year.  I plan to read them all as soon as I can get my hands on them.  Luke is listening to them on audio right now and he's loving them too.

Soulless and Changeless by Gail Carriger

This is another as-yet-unfinished series, although I have nothing but raves about the first two books.  Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate is an unexpected love for me.  I like steam punk, but I've never really been a fan of paranormal romance, which is where I thought the series would be focused.  My friend Rachel persuaded me, though, and I'm so glad she did.  It's less romance and more steam punk than I had imagined and all written in a totally unique voice.  

I'm so glad I finally found a reason to make myself read this one.  It's been on my list forever and I kept meaning to pick it up but never getting around to it.  I expected it to be a quick read, but honestly there are so many layers to this story that you should plan to invest some time in it.  It's totally worth it.

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

This is another one that had been on my list for a while, since buying it for my brother.  I was able to find it on audio at the library, which was the boost I needed to finally read (listen) to it.  I love science fiction style apocalypses and this one doesn't disappoint.  

I know as a book nerd I should be ashamed of myself, but this is my first real foray into the Harry Potter series.  I had read the first few during college, but never finished the series as all of the books weren't out.  My friends have insisted I read them for years and I've never given in.  Finally, I picked it up on audio.  And my commutes have never been more amazing.  Jim Dale is possibly my favorite audio book narrator ever and the stories themselves are amazing.  I may be the last person in the world to realize this.

There you have it - my favorite works of fantasy and speculative fiction reading during 2013.  What did I miss?

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