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 Post subject: Best Books of 2009
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:25 pm 
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Just posted my choices to the Case Notes blog, but the entry won't go live until the 6th (I have appointments to keep and miles to go before I sleep).

Feel free to start a heated debate in the meantime.

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My choices are here:-

http://ttapress.com/774/some-of-the-bes ... -2009/0/5/

Anyone else?

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A great selection! I've read and enjoyed about half the list.

I'd add a mention for Slights by Kaaron Warren and Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner.

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Started, but haven't finished, "Slights". "Nekropolis" I'm afraid looks like it probably won't get reviewed.

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The BFS put a link up to your post on facebook =D


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Here's my top five books of the year. I've allowed myself books published in previous years, not being quite as up-to-date in my reading as Peter!

Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, Russell T. Davies & Benjamin Cook – probably the best book I’ve ever read about writing (and re-writing).

The Hub: Dangerous Territory, James H. Schmitz – you’d think that by volume 4 of the collected works they’d be scraping the barrel, but I loved this almost as much as the first three.

Thieving Fear, Ramsey Campbell – the first novel I’d read by him, and it knocked me for six.

The Witnesses Are Gone, Joel Lane – stunning.

Gunpowder, Joe Hill – like The Yiddish Policeman’s Union last year, this was the book I judged everything else against this year.

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I loved Gunpowder too, apparently Joe Hill has three more novellas planned in the same world

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I loved Gunpowder too. Looking forward to Horns.

I'd also add Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan - deliciously creepy.

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Gunpowder made my list too. I also loved The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

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Some books here I will definitely be checking out.

You can't beat a good old fashioned Space Opera though, and this year Neal Asher continued to oblige with another Polity offering, Orbus

....dontcha think?

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"Gunpowder" was the first book I read in 2009, and while I liked it, the novella didn't really blow me away. I love Hill's short stories, but I'm still to be convinced by him at greater length.

I really like Neal Asher's stuff, and have three or so by him in the TBR pile, but as I don't review SF won't be getting to them any time soon unfortunately.

I'm going to add two more titles to my year's best list, both of which I've only just finished - "Slights" by Kaaron Warren (which Ross mentioned) and "The Darkening" by Stephen M. Irwin. Neither really grabbed me initially, hence the delayed finish, but once they picked up steam I was impressed. Warren's is a character study of a serial killer, while the Irwin is a supernatural novel that reads like a cross between "Sixth Sense" and "The Blair Witch Project", and it has giant spiders. I'll be reviewing both of them in the next BS, as part of a feature on Australian horror.

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Ali_L wrote:
I loved Gunpowder too. Looking forward to Horns.

I'd also add Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan - deliciously creepy.


Is this available in the UK yet?

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Audrey's Door is - it's out in paperback. I asked for it for Chrimbo and there it was in my stocking :D

Still got to wait a while for Horns, though.

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You know, when I read that post I have a vision of a horned demon going to pull a bank job, and when he hauls a stocking on over his head his horns cause ladders.

I'm sure that's just me though :evil:

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