Here is a post in which I gush about my favorite books of 2013. Out of the roughly 133 books I read this year, these are the ones that really stand out on reflection for one reason or another. Feel free to scroll until you see something interesting.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
A reread, and a read along. I love this book and the movie. Fantasy, a quest, coming of age. Loads of fun and happy ending.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
New-to-me author. Vampire/zombie book, but starts off 1970s California, a simple virus. Loved the science, the survivalism, the societal twist at the end.
Squatch with Turning Point
Turning Point by Robert P. Snow
Murder mystery set in northern NM. Lots of fun, recognize lots of the places in the book.
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
New-to-me author. A historical fiction about the early settling of America told through a Native American’s eyes. Done really well, fully engaging.
The Forever War & Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
New-to-me author. Great military SF. Awesome characters.
Undertow by Elizabeth Bear
Amphibious alien natives used as a workforce. Plus assassins. You can’t go wrong with that combination.
Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
New-to-me author. Tudor historical fiction told from Katherine Parr’s point of view.
Paying Piper by Ilana Waters
A children’s book, beautiful illustrations, excellent story.
Pico consented to pose with my book.
The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish
This was a reread for me, and a read along. Still a damn good book even the 2nd time through, and dissecting it. High fantasy, swords & sorcery.
Smudge Cat as a book stand!
Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov
Book 2 int he series. Thieves, elves (black pointy teeth!), dwarves, gnomes, a quest.
Fragment by Warren Fahy
New-to-me author. A fun, modern-day beastie flick. The biologist in me loved this book.
Pico resting before dinner.
The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham
New-to-me author. Epic fantasy that is different, heavy on the economics, various humanoid races.
All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
New-to-me author. A short, excellent military SF with a twist.
The Emoticon Generation by Guy Hasson
New-to-me author. A fun collection of Hasson’s short stories. Some humorous, some creepy. All interesting.
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs
New-to-me author. A later book in the series following the forensic anthropologist. Addictive.
Billy: Messenger of Powers by Michaelbrent Collings
New-to-me author. A kid’s book, but a good one. Adventure, magic, a quest. Lots of fun.
Hunted by Kevin Hearne
I love the whole Iron Druid series. I think I am all caught upon this series. Luke Daniels does an incredible job of narrating the books.
Pico was chasing the little green got my camera flash makes.
The Reason for Dragons by Chris Northrop and Jeff Stokely
New-to-me author. A graphic novel, modern-day, a nod to Don Quixote.
Claudie is an old, dilapidated kitty.
The Hero and the Crown & Sunshine by Robin McKinley
While Sunshine was a reread, The Hero and the Crown was my first read through. Both are excellent. Female leads, magic, companion war horse, and Death by Bitter Chocolate.
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
The 3rd book in the Gentlemen Bastard series does not disappoint. Read this as part of a read along. Great series.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A reread, but it had been nearly 2 decades. Excellent historical fiction with sex. Yep. Not just silly, light kissing.
Chilly day = Cat Nest (Pico, Heldig, Waffles, Smudge)
Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
New-to-me author. This was an excellent audiobook. Kid’s book. Adventure, masks, goblins, theater.
Sky Pirates Over London by Micheal Coorlim
New-to-me author. These are fun, short stories set in a steampunk England. I’ve read 4 of the books so far and enjoyed this one the most.
Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter
New-to-me author. This is one of my naughty book secrets. Simple plots, fun characters, erotica element. Aliens, assassins.
Stout snuggling with the Nac Mac Feegle.
Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky)
All four were read this year as part of a read along, rereads for me. I love these books. They are my favorite Terry Pratchett novels, having a more serious bent than other Discworld books I have read.
Torn from Troy by Patrick Bowman
New-to-me author. Another kid’s book and a great one for exploring Ancient Greece.
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
New-to-me author. Well, I had read Daniel Abraham before this book, but Abraham writes this series with Ty Franck under the James SA Corey pen-name. Epic science fiction has never been better.
Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
New-to-me author. My inner biologist geeked out the entire time reading this YA SF.
The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill
I know it’s a short story, but it was one of the best I read all year. Dragons. I won’t spoil it for you. Go read it.
Pico & Chupa
Makers by Corey Doctorow
New-to-me author. Quirky, insightful, and fun. It follows these two tinkers for a few decades. Cutting-edge SF.
The Black Stiletto books by Raymond Benson (The Black Stiletto, Black & White, Stars & Stripes)
New-to-me author. Addictive. 1950s superheroine, New York. Need I say more?
Hope for the Wicked by Edward Lorn
New-to-me author. I also read his Life After Dane, but I like the Larry Laughlin character quite a bit. Horror. Illegal substance level addictive.
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
New-to-me author. 1001 AD Normandy, royal families. Excellent, excellent historical fiction.
Heldig will steal anyone’s body heat…if they’ll hold still for it.
The Wild Life of Our Bodies by Rob Dunn
New-to-me author. This nonfiction was incredibly fun. The odd, slightly embarrassing things I learned from it to sprinkle party conversations with…..
Hiding Gladys by Lee Mims
New-to-me author. A cozy murder mystery that I didn’t want to put down.
Tofu being used as a bookstand.
The Human Blend by Alan Dean Foster
More SF modifications for my inner biologist to geek out about. Excellent mystery, excellent SF, excellent characters.
Heldig & Tofu
Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
Book 6 in the Wheel of Time series, and part of the massive read along of the series. Incredible ending to this particular book. Robert Jordan gets better with each book.
Waffles is always bathing. A very clean cat.
The Mongoliad by Neal Stephenson & crew
A very fun historical fiction set in the time of Genghis Khan. Luke Daniels was amazing as the narrator.
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Haha! A fun Star Trek parody. Wil Wheaton as the narrator was perfect!
Typical morning cat cuddle pile on the bed.
The Legend of Broken by Caleb Carr
Another awesome historical fiction. Sorcerers, hunters, midgets, a pox, and a crazed ruler who needs to be taken down.
This is Heldig’s ‘nice kitty’ face.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
New-to-me author. This is Book 1 in the trilogy, and my favorite of the series. Steampunk, Austria, airships, a woman in disguise and in service to the crown.
I didn’t catch Pico in a good mood.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Only Jeannette Walls can pull on my emotions as she does. Modern-day tale of two sisters trying to find some stability.
Chupa and Streak with a good book makes a decent cat pile.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
New-to-me author. WWII female pilots and spies. One of the best WWII books I have ever read.
The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden
The 4th book in Emperor series tells what happens after Julius Caesar fell. Excellent series.
Jim Bernheimer books (Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, Prime Suspects, Horror, Humor, and Heroes)
New-to-me author. Uh, yeah. You might of noticed that I listened to 3 of Bernheimer’s books in ~2 weeks. Yeah, addictive. Mostly SF. Go, read, enjoy.
I meant for this to be a more dignified pic, as I so enjoyed this book, but Pico refused to put his bath on hold.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
I really should read beyond Book 2. Both Books 1 & 2 were excellent. Historical fantasy, or just straight up epic fantasy.
Gardens of Ampheia by Joshua Silverman
A novella set in his Legends of Amun Ra series. Think Ancient Greece set on an alien world. Magic, armor, SF.
Outer Diverse by Nina Munteanu
New-to-me author. SF detective story. Lots of fun.
Stout wouldn’t hold still for a pic!
The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock
New-to-me author. Magic, steampunky, England, detective. Intrigued?
Toothless Waffles being used as a bookstand…again.
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
Historical fiction, Elizabeth of York, the War of the Roses. Very good, easy to get into.
Blackout by Connie Willis
New-to-me author. Excellent time travel, WWII SF-Historical Fiction. Great characters, great plot.
The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo
Vampire detective, nuclear weapons mill, and nymphos. Intrigued?
Twisted by Uvi Poznansky
A collection of her short fictions. Offers a darker twist to such things as the story of Job, working with clay, and elderly cats.