Last year, including comics, I’ve read a little over a hundred books. Some were really great, some were really bad. Let’s start with the good, and then next Thursday I’ll tell you all about the bad.
Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion. It’s one of those instances where we can indeed disagree, and still both be right (unlike some other instances). Let’s read what we want to read!
Best of Sci-Fi
- “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de Bodard: An amazing Sci-fi, Space Opera book. Very Sherlockian, with a great detective whose intelligence comes off as arrogance. I recommend it very much. And since it’s short, if you hate it, it won’t take long anyway.
- “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer: I’ve read her “Heartless” in the past, about the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. That one was very unique, and very, very well written indeed. Well, this one’s just as unique. It got some cyberpunk elements to it too, so keep it in mind if you’re into the harder sci-fi driven cyberpunk.
Best of Crime
- “Ghost Man” by Roger Hobbs: This book rekindled my love for crime books and showed me that I prefer the ones told from the criminal point of view. Especially if they know what they’re doing. Jack slid through danger like an eel, thinking on his feet, and came out the better for it.
- “Vanishing Games” by Roger Hobbs: Yep, second book to the Ghost Man, this one is just as amazing. At first I was dreading it’ll become a fatal romance, like Bonnie and Clyde or something, but it didn’t.
Sadly author died a couple years prior due to an overdose. It is very sad when people die, especially from things preventable. Even more sad when they had a mind like this.
Best of Horror
- “Misery” by Stephen King: I had to re-think my views on Stephen King. You see, I don’t much like his books. I find his plots too stretched out, and often lacking in actual blood curdling horror that one can’t help but expect from a man dubbed the King of Horror. But this book was terrifying.
- “I, Zombie” by Hugh Howey: I’ve read his Wool books, and oh boy were they dull. They sometimes get recommended as “if you liked Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky“, well, no. Yes, they’re similar, but no. Yet this book, now, this is something different. It’s terrifying, horrible, and will make you take a moment when you close it. The very idea is different to start with.
- “Peter, Darling” by Austin Chant: You don’t have to be part of LGBT or Trans community to appreciate the sentence Peter uttered: “I like to fight, that’s what boys do“, and I apologize if that’s not a direct quote. Have you ever caught yourself doing something because you were told you ought to like? Even as a book blogger, have you never felt a need to read certain books, like them, because everyone else did? This is a great book to take if you want to, finally, sift through what is YOU authentically, and what was applied to you from the outside.
- “Bangkok 8” by John Burdett: In Lithuanian we only got first three books translated as a trilogy. And after reading them all, I see why. You’ll be happiest if you read the first book. You’ll be happy with the first three. And you’ll be even more happy if after those three, you’ll pretend the rest don’t exist. This one was beautiful, with a character, Sonchai, unlike any other man.
- “The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant” by C.S. Pacat: I will forever be grateful to C.S. Pacat for her books, for the world she created. It took an outright sledgehammer to my little bubble I lived in. It was getting dark in there, so I appreciate it. This particular book was so clever and funny, I fell in love with every character all over again. And the very last sentence had me laughing out loud.
- “Strange Practice” by Vivian Shaw: If you want a classic but modern story of vampires and monsters, with fine adventures, and somewhat familiar, but not yet overused characters, this is the book for you. It was fun, amusing, and very interesting to read.
- “Band Sinister” by K.J. Charles: I often say “this KJC book goes straight behind Magpies books“, but I think I finally found the one. This one is my favorite right after the Magpies. It was fluffy, lovely, and fit my own preferences of having people of common mind around you.
Best of Dracula
- “Into the Fire” by Jeaniene Frost: I’ve exchanged a couple of sentences with the author, and I’m real pleased to say she’s very genuinely kind person. Her Dracula series are definitely among my very favorite Dracula series out there, and I am very sad I’m done with them.
- “Dracul” by Dacre Stoker: This book goes both on best and worst of 2018. For the book itself is a lot like Kostova’s “Historian“, except with Bram Stoker following vampires. I like the concept, and I like how it was born out of actual biography, life as we know it, of Bram Stoker.