This week’s theme is Best Books we’ve Read so far in 2017.
I am going to select my pile from all the books read between January 2017 to today, June 2017. The list includes the ones that have left the strongest impression on my mind due to a variety of reasons. The books are from different subgenre and they have been read and reviewed or will be reviewed on this website soon this year.
Here is the list from me, aka A Bohemian Mind at Work.
1. Godblind by Anna Stephens
Genre: Epic fantasy, grimdark
Review: Coming soon
Anna Stephens, a debutant in the Fantasy ball this year, produces the grimdarkest creation I have read so far this year. Not only does this book have strong women characters, one of the scenes will take me forever to recover. And I am not even a man.
If anybody has any doubts about the capability of women writing grimdark fantasy, go, read this bok.
2. Chalk by Paul Cornell
Genre: Urban fantasy, horror
This book takes the story of bullies to its ultimate height. The revenge isn’t any less. Alexander Dumas would have cringed in his seat if he had to sit and read this before plotting the Count of Monte Cristo’s vengeance. Written with raw, gritty description and an apparently apathetic language, Chalk forces us to rethink every act of indifference we have committed in our life.
3. Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher
Genre: Science Fiction
Plot, narrative, characters, everything in this book screams entertainment, but the underlying theme remains explorative of the fundamental human nature of greed and ambition. Two words, friends: forced autism. Go, read it.
4. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton
Waiting for the new cover by Shawn King @stk_kreations and J A Di Giovanni @ja_dig
Genre: Urban fantasy, epic fantasy, multiple mythologies inspired
The creepy and haunting Max, sprawling character list from all known and lesser known mythologies of the world, this book is an ambitious project that leaves us at the edge of our seats, craning our necks, waiting for more.
5. The Blue Mountain (The Forbidden List #2) by G.R. Matthews
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Asian mythology inspired
Beautiful lyrical prose, different from the usual fantasy elements based on European myths and lore, G.R. Matthews has created something amazing. I am reading the third and final installment of the series, and the dreamlike quality of the work still amazes me.
6. Revolt (Godsknife #1) by Timothy C. Ward
Genre: Science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, post-apocalyptic, thriller
Fantasy with biological elements, a character who undergoes an 180-degree transformation in nature, tight plot with suspense till the end, how have you not read it yet?
7. Bite Somebody Else by Sara Dobie Bauer
Genre: Paranormal romance, humor
Fun, snarky, entertaining, this bunch of vamps can lighten your mood any day. The author has managed to break free from the YA paranormal romance stereotype but avoided the margin that would turn this into a mindless erotica.
8. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) by Darynda Jones
Genre: Paranormal romance, detective thriller, humor
The private investigator Charley Davidson is a God and suffers from attention deficit disorder. Adorable and hilarious, she can kick any ass she thinks needs kicking. And it helps that she married a hottie. I have read all the previous book after reviewing this ARC. Ideal for a break from mainstream thriller or fantasy.
9. Hollywood Homicide (Detective by Day #1) by Kellye Garrett
Genre: Cozy mystery, contemporary fiction
Another fantastic debut this year, the detective is an ex-Hollywood starlet. Trust me, this lady will knock your boots off, and you won’t even know it. A generous amount of humor mixed with high drama, this cozy mystery is a perfect travel read.
10. Dragonship by J.P. Ashman
Waiting for the new cover by Pen Astridge @peastri
Genre: Fantasy Short Story
The man knows how to create an epic and not cross the word limit. The scope of the work within its limits of length is why this book ends up on this list.
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