[DWJ] Best books of 2010 list

Farah Mendlesohn farah.sf at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 11:04:30 EST 2011


I haven't read enough to really do this, this year, but wanted to chime in
for Frances Hardinge and Jo Walton. Both are brilliant writers.

Farah

On 4 March 2011 15:50, Gili Bar-Hillel <hptranslator at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> that...
>
> 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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