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Sunday, 30 December 2007

My best reads of 2007

It wasn't hard to choose my favourite books this year. Collectively, these represent less than half the books I've read during the past 12 months, and although they are the ones I most enjoyed reading, they were not all published in 2007. Some of them, such as George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, I wonder how I missed earlier! I've made no attempt to grade them because I loved them all and will no doubt read them again and again. They are listed, therefore, in alphabetical order according to author.

Just Deserts by Simon Haynes (FACP 2007) Comic SciFi. Haynes can always be relied on for a smile a page and a chuckle a chapter.
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (Luna 2005) Fairy Tale Fantasy. An incredibly versatile author, Lackey knows her mythology well enough to take the mickey out of it now and then, in the nicest possible way.
The Shadow of Tyr and Song of the Shiver Barrens by Glenda Larke (Voyager 2007) Magical Fantasy. These constitute books 2 and 3 of Larke's Mirage Makers trilogy. Unusually, I feel the middle book was the best of this excellent series.
Eagle of the East by L.S. Lawrence (Scholastic, 2007) Historical YA. A book for young men about a boy who becomes a soldier for the Romans. A great read for both sexes and all ages in double figures.
Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier (Tor 2007) YA Historical Fantasy. One of the loveliest books I've read in a long time, rivalled only by this author's earlier YA offering Wildwood Dancing.
A Song of Ice and Fire (series) George R.R. Martin Sword and Sorcery I bought these one after the other in England and carted them back to Australia - at the expense of much clothing that had to be discarded to make room for them. I'm thoroughly hooked now and like all Martin fans I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the rest of the series. So far we've had:
A Game of Thrones (Voyager UK 1996)
A Clash of Kings (Voyager UK 1998)
A Storm of Swords (Voyager UK - in two parts, 2000)
A Feast for Crows (Voyager UK 2005)
The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller (Voyager 2007) Magical Fantasy. Possibly the best book to date by this author. Here again, I am longing for the third one in the series.
Crash Deluxe by Marianne de Pierres (Orbit 2005) Cyberpunk Fantasy. I've never thought of myself as a Cyberpunk person but I adore this series!
The Road to Nab End and Beyond Nab End William Woodruff (Abacus 2003) Autobiography of a self-made man who grew up in the industrial slums of Lancashire in the early decades of the twentieth century. A delightful read.

Several on the list have been nominated for Aurealis or other awards. It will be interesting to see how they fare.

What were your favourite reads of the year? Do leave a post and tell me!

6 comments:

Patty said...

I guess you're posting this after my effort *grin* which anyone can view at my blog. I hope the link works (geez, never tried putting a link in Blogspot, and my first attempt failed. If the link to my name doesn't work, just copy & paste: http://mikandra.livejournal.com/100220.html). I added the ratings purely for my own benefit, because I'd like to go back to this list if someone talks about a book to jog my memory what I thought about it and what the book was about. I don't forget my very favourite books, but I do tend to forget the also-reads.

Satima Flavell said...

S'OK, your name takes us to your blog anyway, although not directly to that post once you've added a new one. It's very brave of you to make your ratings public:-) A good idea for your own benefit, though.

I know I liked a book if it's still here. If it's a read-once-and-pass-on job it won't stay on my shelves for long.

patty said...

I don't think I was terribly un-flattering to any recently published books by Australian authors. None of them scored 'unsatisfactory' (below 6) except one and I know I'm not alone in that one and imo the ending is dreadful, and I'm not ashamed of that view. It's only my opinion, and other people will think differently. I have bought a George R.R. Martin which is sitting in the kitchen looking at me, but I tell myself I have to read some library books first. I missed out on a lot of reading in the past 15 years when I didn't read fiction, so I'd like to sample as many different authors as possible. My post was to remind myself.

Bastet said...

Funny that the titles don't ring a bell for me at all here in the USA. I guess we tend to get different books.
My faves don't leap to mind, mainly because so much junk came out, but Ann Patchett's "Run" was very good.
I know there must be more, but I'd have to peruse my bookshelf.

Lynn

Satima Flavell said...

Just to prove your point, Lynn; I haven't heard of Ann Patchett here. I'll watch out for "Run" now you've mentioned her work. You might find Mercedes Lackey's stuff around as I *think* she's American.

Adam Wieland said...

Just returning your New Year Wishes. Have a great 2008!!!! Adam :)

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