It’s been a few years since I wrote a review of books I’ve read, so this isn’t going to list everything I’ve read since 2012, just a few of the best books or series. For the entire list of all books, see the library page.
So, 2015. I set a goal of 50 (new) books to read in the year, same goal I’d set the previous few years. I read 70 in total. This doesn’t include re-reads of old favourites, just new books. For 2016 I’m going to set a goal of 75, that’s an average of 6.25 books a month, or 1.44 books a week.
Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles)
Author: Kevin Hearne
This is a brilliant series. Atticus O’Sullivan is a druid, born during the Roman occupation of Britain and currently living in Arizona, running a second hand book shop. He’s hiding from a few deities (and other supernatural creatures) who he’s annoyed over the centuries, but his quiet life is about to come to an end.
Good character, good plotting, great humour. The series is a fantastic read.
Amazon link: Hounded
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet)
Author: Jack Campbell
Amazon link: Dauntless
Rivers of London
Probationary Constable Peter Grant is just trying to do his job, and avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit, when he interviews a murder witness who died a couple hundred years ago. The witness, not the victim. Then his life gets really strange.
This series is so much fun. British humour, magic, the weirdness that is London (and surrounds) and fun characters.
Amazon link: Rivers of London
In Her Name: Redemption
Humans have been fighting a century-long war with the Kreegan Empire, and they’re losing. Reza Gard, orphaned at a young age due to the war, is kidnapped by the Kreegans and forced to live among his enemies, but he may hold the key the fulfilment of a 10 000 year old Kreegan prophecy, and to the end of the war.
Excellent science fiction, well plotted, good characters.
Amazon link: Redemption. This is the complete text of the Redemption trilogy, Empire, Confederation and Final Battle. There’s a trilogy that discusses the start of the war, The Last War, comprised of First Contact, Legend of the Sword and Dead Soul, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. First Contact is excellent, the other two aren’t quite as good.
Ready Player One
A story of a search through an online virtual world for a massive prize, nothing less than the complete ownership of that virtual world and several billion dollars. Lots and lots of geek references, games, TV shows, movies, etc.
Amazon link: Ready Player One
The Laundry Files
What if magic was real? What if magic could be done by solving certain mathematical equations? What if that meant that computer programmers were actually magicians?
That’s the premise of the Laundry Files. Magic is a branch of applied mathematics, and computers are really good at maths. Unfortunately, such magic tends to have unpleasant consequences, like interdimensional horrors eating your brain. Hence existence of a government department trying to keep magic under control, and put off the end of the world for a few more years.
This is another series set (mostly) in London with more typical British humour.
Amazon Link: The Atrocity Archives.
The Stormlight Archive
Brandon Sanderson did a wonderful job finishing off the Wheel of Time series, now he’s starting his own epic fantasy series, and it’s good.
The world of Roshar is scoured by hurricane-strength storms that cross from the east to west every few days. On this battered world kings and armies fight for power, for wealth and for legendary weapons called Shardblades. But there’s hints from various sources that something terrible is coming, something that will tear the world apart.
Amazon Link: The Way of Kings. Depending on the publisher, the books are either sold in 2 parts or as a single book. The two published titles of the Stormlight Archive are “The Way of Kings” and “Words of Radiance”.