2015 was the year of some of the best and worst books I have ever read, luckily the good out-weighted the bad. This list was therefore kind of difficult to lower to ten, but I did it. YAY!!! I hope all of you had a better chance with books that I did, with a lot of luck, this year will be better.
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- The Child Thief by Brom. This is a re-telling of Peter Pan, a much darker story than the original, involving new and old characters. This is a beautifully written story that can be analyzed to the bone, and it still would not be enough.
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. This is neither brief, nor are there only seven killings, but for a ManBooker prize winner, no other would have sufficed. This is the story of many people, focusing around the life of the Singer (Bob Marley), told through so may others, that even a ghost tells the story.
- The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh.A brilliant play about an author who gets arrested after his stories begin to be played in real life by a murderer. The stories within the play were the best part.
- The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín.The story of Jesus, told through the eyes of his mother after he died, about what she believed in, and what she now thinks of her son. So beautiful, poignant, and understandable.
- Half a King andHalf the World by Joe Abercrombie. The first two books in the Shattered Sea trilogy, a story of half a king, a shattered world, mother war, elves that are not really elves, pirates, Hamlet. Pretty much everything everyone should want in a novel.
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab.This I subtitled: The Antihero Thesis, because as it describes, it is a novel about two antiheroes, one likable and one most despised, but we still get to see where both of them are coming from.
- Rat QueensVolume 1 andVolume 2by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Šejić, and Ed Brisson. A graphic novel/comic series about four women (sort of) that are mercenaries. We have a an atheist-priestess with a cult past, a queer smidgen, a dwarf that has resigned from her people and her beard, and a half-elf mage. This year, both of these were much better than Saga Volume 4.
- The Demon King and The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima. A fantasy series about clans, and magic, and a demon king, and an old queen. I am not going into detail, I do not want to say anything except that everyone should read it.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. My last of Gaiman’s big works, after this I will have to wait for his new releases. This is a story of Richard Mayhew, who saves a girl, and then finds himself in below London. A city plagued with monsters and angels, a place for people that have ” fallen between the cracks.” What awaits him is the question.
- The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. Shortlisted for ManBooker, a story of a Nigerian family in the 1990s, as it gets plagued by the “prophesy” of a madman about the death of a brother at the hands of another. What comes after is utter beautiful madness
If you have not read any of these, they are my highest recommendations of the year, and probably ever. Please give some, if not all, a chance, they will most likely not disappoint.