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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Books from 2012 To Read Before The Mayan Apocalypse


I will admit that I didn't do quite as much reading this year as I usually do. I think it had something to do with my self-imposed denial of buying new books in order to save the moola, and the fact that my library down the street is only open at impossible-to-get-to-if-you-have-a-job type hours. Likewise I've been neglecting the blog because I am once again utterly obsessed with writing novels (hurrah!). 

But here it is anyway, my favorite books of 2012.

1. The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris. This is a crazy-fun ride in a world of kick-ass Steampunk set at the speed of awesome, staring a gun-wielding sexy New Zealand Agent and a nearly Holmesian British inventor/archivist (but don't call him a librarian). Mulder and Scully-like sexual tension ensues. This is the second book in the series, and one that I snapped up the instant it was out.

2. The All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman. I am a huge fan of Thurman's writing, and when I saw this on the self in my local supermarket (where I never buy books), I grabbed it while holding a carton of milk, stroking the cover longingly and calling it my "preccccious." For some reason I was quickly escorted out of the building and asked to return only when my meds made me stable enough to be seen in public.

3. The Minority Council by Kate Griffin. I recently returned from my first ever trip to London, and I have to say that there were many times that I saw the city through the main character's eyes. From wondering if the pigeons were watching me with the gazes of sorcerers, to wondering if my Oyster card would keep rampaging-murder-monsters at bay, to solemnly paying homage to the dragon of the city, these book made an impression on me even as a silly tourist. This is urban fantasy at its best, where the magic ain't just people, but the city itself. Not to mention that Swift gets more likable as the series goes on.

4. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher. What other author could make me read until 2am when I have places to go and people to see the next day? I'll give you two guesses, and if you have two thumbs and your name is Jim Butcher, please point them at yourself a la' the Fonz. I'm sure Butcher doesn't need any more pimpage from me, but I'll admit that this is probably the only ongoing fantasy series that I have not either a) thrown across the room in disgust by book 6-10 or b) wondered if the author had hired monkeys to write the rest of the series while they were busy swimming in a vat of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck. The pop culture references are funnier and laid on thicker than Scott Bakula insisting that he could leap back in time to save his career (sorry, just kidding. I heart you Sam Beckett).

There you have it. 

What were your favsies for the year?

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