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December 9: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014
1. Katherine Addison. The Goblin Emperor. I found this book in a bookstore, and the building crown caught my eye. I loved the character development, and wish there were more of this world.
2. Lindsay Buroker. Emperor’s Edge, Flash Gold, Encrypted. This author cleverly snared me with a free book one of a series, and I’ve now read several books from the ongoing series, and completed the two-book series, and will absolutely be buying the rest of them.
3. M.R. Carey. The Girl with all the Gifts. This one is a bit of a cheat–maybe–I read the short story this is written from…somewhere. Not certain when. But when I saw it became a book, I had to read it, and wasn’t disappointed. It gets so much weirder with more pages.
4. J. Kathleen Cheney. The Golden City, The Seat of Magic. This one caught my eye in a bookstore, too, and I found the world-building and several magical sea-species intriguing.
5. Heather Demetrios. Something Real. Found this book off a book blog, I believe. The idea of seeing a reality tv kid’s life from their POV caught my attention, because you always wonder how much is “real.”
6. Ambelin Kwaymullina. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. Found off another blog, and I didn’t see how it could possibly end well, but the review was so demanding I had to give it a shot. I’m glad I did.
7. Jean Kwok. Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown. I won an e-Arc of Mambo, and it was heart-breaking, and wonderful, about family and expectations and success in the face of adversity, so I immediately went hunting for another book.
8. Laline Paull. The Bees. I saw this book multiple places, all assuring me it was about bees–but really interesting. And they were right. These are very human bees, with feelings, religion, culture, etc.–but all of them convincingly alien as well as familiar.
9. Sarah J. Maas. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight. Another book series that was suddenly everywhere. Book one had its ups and downs, but book two won me over.
10. Andy Weir. The Martian. I won an e-ARC of this, and it is darkly funny in a way that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut or Christopher Moore. It’s not for everyone, but it makes me snicker in that ‘you’re terrible for laughing’ kind of way.