As the year draws to a close, I’m looking back over the ridiculously large pile of books I read this year and musing on those that really struck me for one reason or another. Of the many, I wanted to share these six with you:
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Is it possible to write a story without dialogue that says so much? Yes, it is. People will either love this or hate it. I’m in the first camp The Slow Regard of Silent Things is an unutterably beautiful picture of one small life.
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin won the 2016 Hugo for this incredible tour de force. She breaks all the rules of writing and produces an enthralling tale of magic that may be science.
Incognolio by Michael Sussman
I had to laugh when I finished reading this. My Kindle brought up a list of “Other books like Incognolio”.
Let me assure you there are no other books like this.
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Billed as a horror, this is really a taught thriller with a particularly nasty ghost as the antagonist.
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
Come to the Bobiverse, you know you want to. It’s wild crazy, and full of nerd humour.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This one is simple, you either love the little book thief or your heart is a shrivelled black lump of lifeless stone.