(Above is one of the books I enjoyed reading this year.)
Since I had sent a lengthy list (no, I'm not bragging), some of my other picks were dropped for space considerations. Anyway, here's what else I had recommended (some may be familiar to readers of this blog):
Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner
Dozois, is a fun collection of short stories from several genres by such
authors as Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis. Fans of Martin's "Song of
Ice and Fire" series (adapted for HBO as Game of Thrones) will want
to check out the author's contribution, "The Rogue Prince, or A King's
Brother", which is a prequel to the aforementioned series.
Jeff VanderMeer's "Southern Reach" trilogy (Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance) which revolves around the mysterious "Area X" and the government's attempts to penetrate it, is one of the most exciting and frightening works of horror fiction you'll ever read. You'll leave the light on when going to bed after finishing this collection.
Just in time to celebrate the character's 75th anniversary comes IDW's Batman: The Silver Age Dailies and Sundays 1966-1967, which collects the first two years of the caped crusader's newspaper comic strip, written by Whitney Ellsworth and illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. Uneven in spots -the strip tried to combine the comic book version of Batman with the then-popular "camp" TV series- this is still a blast to read!
King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Private eye Mike Hammer tries to prove the guilt of a killer, whose release from prison on a technicality may destroy the career of Hammer's pal NYPD Captain Pat Chambers. But first Mike has to fight off the mob, who think he's hiding millions of their own money. Solid thriller with a powerful ending!
Other books I enjoyed included The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah, featuring Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Lock In by John Scazi, and The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle For James Joyce's Ulysses by Kevin Birmingham. But the most powerful one I read was probably Ron Suskind's Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, a moving and life affirming account of his ultimately successful efforts to communicate with his autistic son Owen.
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