Anybody read any of these?

“These” being “The 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year.”  Promise of Blood and London Falling look interesting (and I could afford* the $1.99 on Kindle for the first one), and I have the Gaiman already, but I don’t know enough about the rest.  Sing out if you’ve read ’em. Or if you have alternatives.

Via AoSHQ.

Moe Lane

*Theoretically speaking, I could ‘afford’ everything on that list. Alas, two bucks on Kindle cleaned out my discretionary income. But feel free to hit my Tip Jar if you want to vicariously live out the life of a purchaser of gaming material and geekstuff through me:


8 thoughts on “Anybody read any of these?”

  1. The Brandon Sanderson is a part of a 13 book deal by Robert Jordan. I’m still working through the entire series because he had so many characters going everywhere that I couldn’t keep track of them. I ended up buying them as they came out so I could read them all at one time instead of waiting about 2-1/2 years between each book. Sanderson did an excellent job of closing out the series however for Robert Jordan after he died. If you read this one, be prepared to have to read the rest since it is a conclusion to the rest of the series and each book does not stand alone.

  2. /London Falling/ is an easy and enthusiastic recommendation. The next book, /The Severed Streets/, is due out next year.

    I also recommend the series that begin with /Rivers of London/, by Ben Aaronovitch, and /Fated/, by Benedict Jacka.

    Warren Ellis’ book /Gun Machine/ was also quite good this year.

  3. Almost finished the Sanderson book, competely the series for me. He has done a good job clean up the plot kudzu that Robert Jordan created. Laready have a back log of other books to read

      1. It was good. Lots of fun. I have to admit there were a reference or two that I didn’t get, which annoyed me. Now that I’m back to having internet access, I will enlighten myself.
        At first I admit finding the protagonist completely unlikable.
        But he actually develops over the course of the story, and not in the “steadily gets more cynical/jaded/damaged” style that’s currently being done to death.
        In other stuff…
        Congratulations on winning the Lovecraft is Missing contest!

        1. And now I’m sad to see that the author ceased to exist in 1988.
          It speaks well of him that a book written in 1949 seems timeless enough that I thought he was a new talent, and that it easily reads as a mockery of current trends in the fantasy genre.

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