Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in August 2013

fantasy and science fiction book reviews

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to report!

What is the best book you read in August 2013 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don’t forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

[Next week: Tad Williams will be here with a question for you, and a signed copy of his newest novel.]

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JOHN HULET (on FanLit's staff July 2007 -- March 2015) is a member of the Utah Army National Guard. John’s experiences have often left a great void that has been filled by countless hours spent between the pages of a book lost in the words and images of the authors he admires. During a 12 month tour of Iraq, he spent well over $1000 on books and found sanity in the process. John lives in Utah and works slavishly to prepare soldiers to serve their country with the honor and distinction that Sturm Brightblade or Arithon s’Ffalenn would be proud of. John retired from FanLit in March 2015 after being with us for nearly 8 years.

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  1. I read Clive Cussler’s latest Fargo Adventure, The Tombs, while on vacation and had a blast. It’s not exactly great literature, but he’s hard to beat for fun escapism.

    Emperor of Thorns from Mark Lawrence was another great read, a fitting end to a really interesting trilogy.

  2. Melanie Goldmund /

    After much consideration, I think I’ve decided that the best book I read in August was Silver, by Chris Wooding. It was a fast-paced, fascinating look at how a mysterious infection sweeps through a school in just one day, and how various students and teachers cope (or don’t cope) with what’s happening.

    I also enjoyed Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, which was just plain fun to read.

    My best re-read for this month was The Crossroads Trilogy, which I won last year right here at Fantasy Literature, consisting of Spirit Gate, Shadow Gate, and Traitors’ Gate. Original, character-driven fantasy that catches you up in an epic adventure and won’t let you go! I can see I’ll be re-reading these more than once. :-)

  3. Emperor of Thorns (book 3 of the Broken Kingdom Trilogy) by Mark Lawrence. Still reading it but I think its my favorite for the year this far.

  4. The Fourth Bear, by Jasper Fforde

  5. Lots of good books read last month. Here are three:

    The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson which was very well done and clever (even though I had a few logical issues, the story was good enough to carry me through that).

    Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, which was the latest in my listening to the Miles Vorkosigan series for the first time. This one broke my heart, disappointed me, made me laugh…good stuff.

    Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – this one isn’t technically out yet and I’ll be writing a full review at a later date but definitely good if a bit brutal on the main characters (which, to be honest, fits the pattern of the first two books as well).

  6. “River of Stars” by Guy Gavriel Kay. An almost perfect stand-alone epic fantasy novel. It made me laugh and cry – sometimes at the same time. Here’s my fuller review

    I read quite a few books in August. Here’s a link to a blog I did talking about some of them and comparing their scale – “Emma” by Jane Austen came close to being my favourite – what can I say, I like variety.

  7. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths — A very good British Police procedural.

    In paranormal, I truly enjoyed The Castleton Files by David Bain. Pulp ghost stories with twists. I reviewed and have an unrelated giveaway going on at the blog (the giveaway is for greeting cards):

  8. sandyg265 /

    I read Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez.

  9. April, in Memory Bujold didn’t disappoint me, Miles did, as much as he disappointed himself.

  10. Best sf/f read was The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold a wonderful read that was character driven for most of the book.

    Best non-sf/f was House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I paged through this book at the library on several occasions but was a little intimidated by the structure. Finally tackled it for a bookclub read and really enjoyed the story.

  11. RedEyedGhost /

    It’s a three way tie between Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey, and Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald. They were all great in different ways!

  12. August was filled with so many good books for me. Nearly all of them have been or will be reviewed at 4-5 stars! But I’d say the one that tops them all was Tad Williams’s “The Dirty Streets of Heaven.”

  13. Michael Rosenberg, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  14. The best book I read in August was Kind of Cruel, by Sophie Hannah. Great suspense, twisty, and full of not very likeable characters. Hannah just received permission from the Agatha Christie estate to write a new Hercule Poirot novel.

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