[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 17:05:09 EST 2017

I probably read many fewer books per year than most of the other people on
this list, but the best book I read this year, though not SFF, was YA -
Elizabeth Wein's heavily hyped *Code Name Verity*, which really did more or
less live up to the hype.  I suspect most of you know it already, but for
anyone who doesn't, female pilots and spies during WWII, highly recommended
if you like awesome female characters and/or spy stories.

It is funny that multiple people mentioned the Ancillary books because I'm
right in the middle of rereading the first book in preparation for finally
reading the third (I say that, but the third only came out a bit over a
year ago, which by my standards is not a long wait at all).  It is an
interesting experience because I found both the first and second books to
be so narratively driven that I basically skimmed both of them the first
time I read them because I just had to find out what happened next.  Then
when I started rereading the first one back in December I had to reskim the
entire thing before I could reread it more slowly and thoughtfully because
it was still so narratively driven.  I'm glad I've taken the time to reread
it more slowly as it definitely rewards reading with attention :)

Congratulations to all those who are engaged!  I am not (nor ever intend to
be), but I did just move yesterday into a new apartment, the first time in
my life I was able to set up and name my own Wifi network.  Since my
computer is the Bannus I decided to name the Wifi network Theta Space.  In
my head, I have decided that maybe since my apartment is generating Theta
Space, which my electronic devices can then use for their own devices,
perhaps my new apartment is the Wood.


On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 5:51 PM Caroline Mills <carrie at pitofdespair.org>

> 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).
> Caroline
> 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
> > CROWN by Zen Cho. Delightful and very DWJish.
> >
> > A sweet, light middle grade book I liked was THE DRAGON WITH THE
> > 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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