[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Caroline Mills carrie at pitofdespair.org
Fri Jan 13 17:57:55 EST 2017

I third the Zen Cho recommendation and second Ann Leckie's Ancillary 
series. Otherwise, some of my favourites fantasy books from the last 
couple of years include Kate Elliott's Court of Fives (YA Little Women 
meet American Ninja Warrior), NK Jemisin's Fifth Season (epic fantasy in 
a world torn apart by seismic/volcanic activity), Genevieve Valentine's 
Persona (thriller in a future where celebrities are the face of 
international diplomacy), Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist History 
series (Jane Austen with magic) and Emma Newman's Split World series 
(urban fantasy court intrigue).


On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 12:15:19AM +0200, Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
> My favorite reads this past year - or maybe longer, I can't remember
> exactly - in no particular order:
> FROGKISSER by Garth Nix and THE EVIL WIZARD SMALLBONE by Delia Sherman,
> which I read back to back, and seemed to me to be having a conversation
> with each other about HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. But I know from Twitter that
> neither author had read the other's book, though both authors are
> definitely familiar with Diana Wynne Jones.
> Philip Reeve published BLACK LIGHT EXPRESS, his sequel to RAILHEAD, which
> he describes as "DUNE meets THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE". Believe it. I
> particularly enjoyed the first of these two, amazing worldbuilding, but at
> times too sad.
> Reeve recommended SILO THE SEER by Veronica Peyton, an underrated little
> gem.
> I think I've recommended MARS EVACUEES and SPACE HOSTAGES by Sophia
> McDougall here: I just published a Hebrew edition of the first. Fast-paced
> sci-fi with wit and a kind heart.
> An author to look out for is William Alexander. I've pretty much liked
> everything of his I've read so far, whether it's his Goblin Secrets fantasy
> books or his sci-fi, AMBASSADOR and sequel.
> Did I recommend CITY OF STAIRS last year? Had some interesting points in
> common with the Dalemark books. And I must have recommended SORCERER TO THE
> CROWN by Zen Cho. Delightful and very DWJish.
> A sweet, light middle grade book I liked was THE DRAGON WITH THE CHOCOLATE
> HEART by Stephanie Burgis.
> I'm sure there were more that will occur to me as soon as I hit "SEND". I
> should keep lists.
> Gili
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:18 PM, hschinske--- via Dwj <dwj at suberic.net>
> wrote:
> > I enjoyed the first two Noctis Magicae books by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, _The
> > Midnight Queen_ and _Lady of Magick_ (do overlook the twee spelling of
> > "magic"). Looking forward to the third. The Benjamin January series by
> > Barbara Hambly is an enduring delight for me (some of it grim -- it's set
> > in 1830s New Orleans). I also discovered Rebecca Solnit's nonfiction and am
> > planning to read more of it.
> >
> > Helen Schinske
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