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The Best of 2012

Posted by Steve the Bookstore Guy On Friday, January 04, 2013

So, the end of 2012 totally snuck up on us here at Elitist Book Reviews. One minute we were looking at all of our most anticipated novels for 2012, and the next they were all on our collective bookshelves.

And man, did we have some great reads this year. We haven't even had time to post reviews for all of them yet--don't worry, they are coming.

So, here is our list of favorites for the year. They aren't in any particular order, and we cheat wherever we want (if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying hard enough).

BEST OF 2012:

CALIBAN'S WAR - JAMES S.A. Corey - Review
THE KING'S BLOOD - Daniel Abraham - Review
SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER - Jeff Salyards - Review
MONSTER HUNTER LEGION - Larry Correia - Review
THE BLINDING KNIFE - Brent Weeks - Review
RANGE OF GHOSTS - Elizabeth Bear - Review
THE COLDEST WAR - Ian Tregillis - Review
KING OF THORNS - Mark Lawrence - Review
RED COUNTRY - Joe Abercrombie - Review
THE DUSK WATCHMAN - Tom Lloyd - Review
THE DAEMON PRISM - Carol Berg - Review
ASSASSIN'S CODE - Jonathan Maberry - Review
THE DIVINERS - Libba Bray - Review
PARTIALS - Dan Wells - Review


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

FORGE OF DARKNESS - Steven Erikson - Review
EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON - Mark Hodder - Review
THE PROVIDENCE RIDER - Robert McCammon - Review
LEGION - Brandon Sanderson - Review
THE HOLLOW CITY - Dan Wells - Review
COLD DAYS - Jim Butcher - Review


WORST OF 2012:

11/22/63 - Stephen King - Review
NOCTURNAL - Scott Sigler - Review
ANGEL - Nicole Marrow - Review


THE BEST COMING IN 2013...

A MEMORY OF LIGHT - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Actually we've already read it. look for a review on January 8th, 2013)
ABADDON'S GATE - James S.A. Corey
THE TYRANT'S LAW - Daniel Abraham
REPUBLIC OF THIEVES - Scott Lynch (PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!!!!!!!!!!)
PROMISE OF BLOOD - Brian McClellan (Already been read, actually. Awesome.)
NO RETURN - Zachary Jernigan
THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES: WARBOUND - Larry Correia
FRAGMENTS - Dan Wells
THE BLOOD MIRROR - Brent Weeks
Stormlight #2 - Brandon Sanderson
SHATTERED PILLARS - Elizabeth Bear
GRAVEYARD CHILD - M. L. N. Hanover
FROST BURNED - Patricia Briggs
EXTINCTION MACHINE - Jonathan Maberry
EMPEROR OF THORNS - Mark Lawrence

And yeah, we could keep listing anticipated reads. I mean, good grief, there is an unbelievable amount of stuff coming out.

What were your favorite reads? What are you looking forward to?

11 comments

  1. What! I havn't read 11/22/63 yet, but you guys are listing it as worst of 2012 without any reasoning? King has written a few flops, but I had actually heard the book was decent, even a return to form. It'd be nice to see a review of it, a little change from the standard fantasy.

    Posted on January 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM

     
  2. Brian Said,

    Looks like you have an awesome lineup for 2013. Some real good books on there. Yup. Reeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaal good.

    Posted on January 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

     
  3. Dan Smyth Said,

    @icanhearpudding: That one's mine. The book was UBER frustrating. Review coming very soon.

    Posted on January 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

     
  4. The Writer Said,

    I'm sorry you didn't like 11/22/63. I didn't think it was classic King, but it was a lot of fun for me.

    Posted on January 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

     
  5. ritika Said,

    Hi, what about Emperor of Thorns?

    Posted on January 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

     
  6. @ritika - Holy crap how could I have forgotten THAT!!! I'm editing the page to include EMPEROR OF THORNS...I have to email Mark and apologize.

    Posted on January 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

     
  7. Matthew Said,

    Stormlight #2

    What's more likely that or republic of thieves?

    Posted on January 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

     
  8. @ Matthew - Yikes. Not sure. It looks like Stormlight 2 is gonna be next year now.

    Republic of Thieves...oh how I want it to come out, but I just don't know. At this point I'm just praying...

    Posted on January 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

     
  9. Nick Said,

    Best release in 2012 was EASILY Caine's Law by Stover.

    Posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:08 AM

     
  10. Stormlight 2 was just announced for November of this year!

    Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

     
  11. Dan Smyth Said,

    ...and Republic of Thieves was also recently announced for October 2013 on the Gollancz Blog. With how many delays this book has had, I'd be very surprised if they weren't absolutely positive about this one. :) Woo-hoo!

    Posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM

     

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