[DWJ] Best books of 2010 list

Gili Bar-Hillel hptranslator at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 10:50:27 EST 2011

I've been in a bind ever since I became a publisher and my favorite reads of
the year are kind of like trade secrets. I want to buy translation rights
for some of these books, and I don't want other Israeli publishers beating
me to the punch because I shared my recommendations in public. I hate this
paranoia but that's the way it is. Still, I can recommend books we've
ALREADY bought rights for, or won't for whatever reason. Hence:

I heartily second the recommendation for "Gullstruck Island", aka "The Lost
Conspiracy". Frances Hardinge just gets better from book to book, for me she
is the next Diana Wynne Jones. I also enjoyed "Twilight Robbery", the sequel
to "Fly by Night": maybe not quite as brilliant but brilliant enough. I read
this right after reading "The City and the City" by China Mieville, both
books are about two cities co-habitating the same geographical space and it
was an interesting juxtaposition. ("The City and the City" left me just a
bit cold, though.)

Holly Black's "The Curse Workers" series is very interesting, starting with
"White Cat" and now "Red Gloves". Clever, depressing. I also love that she
is in a "gang" with Cassandra Clare, and they give each others' characters
cameos in their books. Clare's "Clockwork Angel" was a fun read, good
prequel to her "Mortal Instruments" trilogy, despite the seemingly
inevitable anachronisms.

"Soulless" by Gail Carriger I did enjoy, though I too was a bit jarred by
the anachronisms. Cherie Priest's book "Boneshaker" I did not enjoy half as
much as I hoped to, I think I'm over zombies. Or maybe I just overdosed on
steampunk. My favorite steampunk is still Philip Reeve, and "Fever Crumb" is
my favorite of the Mortal Engines books.

"Liar" by Justine Larabalastier was well written and intriguing, though I
still have whiplash from the 180 degree twist in the plot. Interesting also
to read in in conjunction with Maggie Steifvater's werewolf books. I loved
"Shiver" (I translated it into Hebrew for another publisher), did not like
"Linger" quite as much but sometimes second books in trilogies are like

I could not finish "The Ask and the Answer" by Patrick Ness, it had my
stomach tied in knots and I just could not handle the cruelty, but I'm told
its fantastic.

Off the top of my head, with people bugging me to use the computer....

On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM, Jennifer Rowland <janamouse at hotmail.com>wrote:

> Melissa wrote:
> > Worst Book of 2010: _Soulless_ by Gail Carriger
> > Call me crazy, but somehow I expect the author of a steampunk book to
> know
> > the difference between Regency and Victorian culture.  It's got a cute
> > premise, but the main character annoyed me and the author annoyed me even
> > more.
> We are the chorus, and we agree, we agree, we agree! I gave up on this
> partway through- I expect it would have been fun enough if it hadn't been
> getting the society so RONG.
> Here are a few of the things I enjoyed most last year, in no particular
> order. They're all fairly recent but not all published 2010 by any means. I
> also liked Enchanted Glass, of course!
> Robin McKinley, Chalice. (I love the way McKinley's heroines are obsessed
> by their job and fall in love much more absent-mindedly. Chalice's bees are
> terrific.)
> Jo Walton, Lifelode. (Brilliant, small-scale, solid fantasy. I expect Among
> Others will be one of my favourite books of 2011- I'm saving it till I go on
> holiday!)
> Sherwood Smith, Treason's Shore. (Excellent end to an excellent series.)
> Kage Baker, Hotel in the Sand. (Charming children's fantasy.)
> Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Fledgling and Saltation (More Liaden universe,
> hooray!)
> Kit Whitfield, In Great Waters. (Chewy stuff, well-thought-through species
> and politics)
> Adam Rex, The True Meaning of Smekday. (*Cuddles book*)
> Tery Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson, The Folklore of Discworld. (Lots of
> nice fantasy worldbuilding, funny bits, and of course interesting about real
> folklore.)
> Ursula Le Guin, Lavinia. (Gripping.)
> Germaine Greer, Shakespeare's Wife (Solid sorces and interesting stuff)
> Charlie Brooker, TVGoHome (Adorably misanthropic, also, worryingly accurate
> about television.)
> Robin Ince, The Bad Book Club (Another *cuddles book*, for different
> reasons- this one's about the joy of reading "differently good" books and is
> sweet and absolutely hilarious.)
> Jennifer
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