I’m a bit crunched for time with Christmas coming up, so I don’t have the time to really sit and doodle up a cool graphic for this year’s award ceremonies here at Bio Break. I haven’t even really thought it through past today, but I’d hate to break a tradition. So take these as an award or just a “things I recommend that I saw/played/read/enjoyed this year.”
Today’s topic, best book I read in 2012.
Winner: Wool by Hugh Howey
Wool is a series of (currently) seven novels and novellas centering around a post-apocalyptic society that lives in a giant underground silo. It’s a fascinating idea that’s coupled with cool characters and lots of surprising twists. Books 1-5 are the core story, with 6-8 designed to be a prologue series of sorts.
- Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron — Good light-hearted fantasy in a quite imaginative world where every object has a living, thinking spirit attached.
- Prince/King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence — A dark fantasy series with a completely rotten character as the protagonist. Yet you come to root for him, and that’s the amazing part.
- Pines by Blake Crouch — A “what the heck is going on in this weird small town” story. Kind of brutal and a little confusing, but worth it for the payoff.
- The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks — Weeks is a heckuva author, and it was great to return to his series where characters use color as their magic.
- The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King — Just a side story to the whole Dark Tower series, but still it was like coming home to return to this series for it.
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley — Buffy crossed with the X-Files crossed with Harry Potter crossed with awesomeness.
- Zero Sight/Zero Sum by B. Justin Shier — Probably my most favorite series written by a medical doctor and starring a vampire.
- The Anathema by Zachary Rawlins — While I don’t care much for the main character (or, heck, many of the characters), it’s a ridiculously imaginative, intricate, and labyrinthine setting where characters with superpowers are trained in an academy and then sent off to join cabals that fight against each other.
- Leviathan Wakes and Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey — Great space opera stuff with a goody-two-shoes war hero, a depressed private eye, and a horrible threat that may just end everything in the solar system.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — If you love 80s culture, MMOs, and a pretty neat look at what the future may hold in store, here you go.
- A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin — Way better than Feast of Crows, A Dance with Dragons continues the Song of Ice and Fire saga in a way that we’d expect: with lots of blood, surprises, and deaths.
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss — Not quite as good as The Name of the Wind, Rothfuss’ follow-up is nevertheless good reading with one of the most compelling main characters of modern fantasy fiction.