Pin It

Widgets

Best of 2010

Posted by Steve the Bookstore Guy On Friday, January 28, 2011

2010 was an interesting year for novels. Honestly it was a struggle to put together a limited list that contained our favorites for the year. Depending on the type of reader you are, this could have been the best year in recent memory, or even a disappointment. Below you will find our list of best reads of 2010 (in no particular order). Keep in mind that this is based upon US releases only, so there may be a few omitted titles. Also keep in mind that Steve cheats and uses full releases by authors rather than just single titles.

***

BEST OF 2010--These were our collective favorite reads of the year.

GEOSYNCHRON by David Louis Edelman
James Barclay's novels -- ELFSORROW and SHADOWHEART
SWORDS & DARK MAGIC edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders
THE RAGGED MAN by Tom Lloyd
Adrian Tchaikovsky's novels -- EMPIRE IN BLACK AND GOLD, DRAGONFLY FALLING, BLOOD OF THE MANTIS and SALUTE THE DARK
MR. MONSTER by Dan Wells
TOME OF THE UNDERGATES by Sam Sykes
TWELVE by Jasper Kent
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY by Mary Robinette Kowal
THE BIRD OF THE RIVER by Kage Baker
BLACKOUT and ALL CLEAR by Connie Willis
NIGHTS OF VILLJAMUR by Mark Charan Newton

HONORABLE MENTIONS--any other year these would have made our "Best Of" list:

HABITATION OF THE BLESSED by Catherynne M. Valente
ANTIPHON by Ken Scholes
ROT & RUIN by Jonathan Maberry
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden
TERMINAL WORLD by Alastair Reynolds
THE DUST OF DREAMS by Steven Erikson

Is there stuff missing here? Probably. A bunch of UK only releases (Chris Wooding we love you!). We had to cut it off somewhere. What about you? What are your picks of the year?

***

WORST OF 2010

Yep. These books happened. Don't feel insulted if we hated a book you loved, we just have different taste than you do.

DEXTER IS DELICIOUS by Jeff Lindsay
THE QUESTING ROAD by Lyn McConkie
HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE by Charles Yu

***

COMING IN 2011...

2011 is shaping up to be amazing. Just browsing Tor's and Pyr's catalogs has our hearts pitter-pattering with excitement. We've already read some of these...yep we are rubbing it in. Check this out:


New Chris Wooding
THE SCARAB PATH by Adrian Tchaikovsky
THE CRIPPLED GOD by Steven Erikson
EMBASSYTOWN by China Mieville
THE DRAGON'S PATH by Daniel Abraham
BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH by Alastair Reynolds
THE HEROES by Joe Abercrombie
REPUBLIC OF THIEVES by Scott Lynch
WISE MAN'S FEAR by Patrick Rothfuss
A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Sanderson/Jordan (could get pushed to 2012)
RIVER MARKED by Patricia Briggs
THE INHERITANCE by Robin Hobb (hopefully more like her early writing)
MISTBORN: THE ALLOY OF LAW by Brandon Sanderson
I DON'T WANT TO KILL YOU by Dan Wells
VORTEX by Robert Charles Wilson
CHILDREN OF THE SKY by Vernor Vinge
DEATHLESS by Catherynne M. Valente

That's just scratching the surface...

6 comments

  1. Justin Said,

    Very excited for the Lynch, Rothfuss & Sanderson books this year. I will have to read some of your best of 2010, embarrassingly I haven't read any of them but The Way of Kings, which would have made my list.

    Posted on January 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

     
  2. SeekingPlumb Said,

    This year looks like it's going to be AWESOME!! I can't wait for many of these books to come out!

    I second Justin!!!!

    LOVE EBR!!!! You guys never steer me wrong!

    Posted on January 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

     
  3. Brentus Said,

    Thanks for introducing me to Blackout and All Clear; I might never have noticed that series otherwise. It has become one of my favorite. I'm also reading authors like MiƩville and Erikson based on your recommendations. I've just started those two but I like what I've read so far. Thanks for all your good work!

    Posted on January 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

     
  4. koshr Said,

    the way of kings only a second choice? iam surprised

    Posted on January 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

     
  5. celi.a Said,

    So glad Shades of Milk and Honey made your list! Loved that book. Like, with my whole heart. *grin*

    Posted on January 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM

     
  6. Bryce Said,

    I'm glad to see that you gave an honorable mention to Rot and Ruin. That's one heck of a book, and immediately climbed up my "recommended for my teenage relatives" list.

    Posted on March 18, 2011 at 5:39 AM

     

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.