Best Books of 2015

5 January, 2016

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1) The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (The Cinder Spires

When I first heard of this new series I was actually a bit annoyed as it meant less time for Butcher to spend crafting new books in the Dresden series.  About 20 pages into The Aeronaut’s Windlass I forgave him.  This is a richly detailed fantasy world with unique peoples, cultures and magics.  Humanity lives in spires high above the uncertain and dangerous mists of Earth.  Butcher peoples these spires with unique and entertaining species and races (this is where I should mention the scene stealing Cats).  The Spires are run like nations, with armadas of stunningly crafted mist-sailing ships.  Butcher has grown really, really good at creating wonderful series- each individual book is satisfying on its own but also part of a larger, more complicated and multifacted story.

2) Red-Rose Chain Seanan McGuire

I truly adore this series– I took this one camping, in thirty degree rain. I curled inside my sleeping bag, exhausted and drained and yet unable to stop reading until my eyes closed of their own volition. McGuire’s characters grow and change; they do so subtly, gradually and with realistic growing pains. I wonder sometimes if these stories would be as effective if they were a little less violent but really, I don’t really care– I’ll keep reading until the series ends (please don’t end)

3) Sitting Pretty by Richard Kadrey

Man, this series. I love it. It’s dark and violent and funny. I’ve mentioned before that James (“Jimmy”) Stark is the perfect anti-hero, glittering in his scarred and tarnished armor, but it’s worth repeating. I appreciate an author who makes Satan a relatable character without resorting to cheesy-ness (although there is a strong element of camp).
I usually download the audiobooks in this series as soon as they are released– the narrator does a fantastic job. His female voices can sound pretty similar, but it almost never detracts from the story

4) Armada by Ernest Cline

I feel kinda bad for this book because I think I would have liked it more if the author’s first book hadn’t been so damn good

5) The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

I honestly haven’t been able to read it yet, because when I do… Well…

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