Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in June 2013

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

What is the best book you read in June 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.

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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. Melanie Goldmund /

    The best new book that I read in June was The Six-Gun Tarot, by R. S. Belcher. Wow. Just plain wow. Not just the adventures, but the deep and true emotions behind them.

    I also quite liked Glamour in Glass, by Mary Robinette Kowal, and Caliban’s War, by James S. A. Corey.

    The best re-read I had in June was Passage, by Connie Willis, and the best audio adventure was Doctor Who: Survival of the Fittest, by Big Finish Productions.

  2. April /

    I read a few good books in June, not all are new of course but they were new to me.

    Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: dragons disguised as humans and a plot to destroy the truce between the two races. Good stuff. It reminded me of Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia. That book is very different being a humorous urban fantasy detective story but it has dinosaurs of sorts disguised as humans (also a good book, BTW)

    (Audio) Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold: another Miles Vorkosigan series book – in this one he discovers that he has been cloned. Hijinks ensue.

    Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil Foglio: steampunk silliness based on the online comic Girl Genius. Fun, funny and completely ridiculous; it earns the subtitle “Adventure. Romance. MAD SCIENCE!”

    The Broken Bell by Frank Tuttle: I just love Markhat the Finder. His stories are fun of fun and irreverence and interesting mysteries.

    (Audio) The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart; this is sort of a prequel to the popular middle grade series and it tells the story of when Benedict himself was a kid and living in an orphanage. Fun stuff, but probably much more interesting to those who have read the other books in the series first. I’ve been discovering that I like children’s and middle grade books on audio best. I’m not sure why though.

  3. Watership Down by Richard Adams…I can’t believe this was my first time reading it. It was such a great book. A total new appreciation for the species of rabbit. I know it’s fiction, but Adams did such an awesome job of building the world of the rabbit. If you haven’t ever read it, you really should.

  4. AC Smyth /

    The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay (on audiobook).

    I hadn’t read any GGK before, although his name crops up all the time. I’m primarily a fantasy reader, and I’m a bit fed up of the medieval Europe trope. TLoAR has a Middle Eastern/Spanish/Moorish vibe going on and I enjoyed it.

    It has 3 main characters and some equally engaging secondaries. There is a love triangle between the female doctor and the two military commanders, but it’s done really well, with none of the teen angst that so often happens in those scenarios. The three characters were so well set up that when it got to the climax (no spoilers), I really wasn’t sure who I was rooting for.

    I’m now reading Tigana, by GGK, and he has a decent backlist that should keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

  5. I’d say my favorite was Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee. I think this would be considered UF today although it was probably just labeled fantasy when it came out.

    I did a short review of it and two other good ones in the giveaway post at my blog. Just scroll past the pictures and you’ll see the reviews:

  6. Sandyg265 /

    I don’t usually read horror stories but my favorite book of June was Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. Unfortunately I could see some of the events in the book actually happening.

  7. I read three books this June, but the one I liked best was “Wolf in Shadow” by David Gemmell. The other two were “Consider Phlebas” by Iain M. Banks and “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley. They’re both good, but “Wolf in Shadow” was a really pleasant surprise. I ended up liking it a lot more than the first few pages lead me to believe ;)

  8. RedEyedGhost /

    I had a fantastic June. I started it with finishing the final half of Daniel Abraham’s The Tyrant’s Law, then Bujold’s Cryoburn, Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan, Abaddon’s Gate, Ocean at the End of the Lane – the vast majority of which was read in line waiting for Gaiman to sign it, and lastly Bitter Seeds by Tregillis.

    Cryburn was probably my least favorite. Not that it was bad, it’s just that everything else was so much better, and if I had to choose a favorite I would probably pick Talulla Rising. It kept me up until 3:30 a.m. the night I finished it, and I loved just how different the “voice” was in this book compared to the first.

  9. CTGT /

    I had a pretty good June.
    Beneath the Surface by Simon Strantzas was a good collection of horror shorts.

    Read Vicious Circle the second book in the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. At this point, I think I like this better than the Dresden series.

    Re-read In Cold Blood.

    But my favorite book for June was American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett. Very good mishmash of horror/sci-fi/mystery with a bit of a Lovecraft vibe.

  10. I was just curious if a winner has been chosen yet? Thanks!

  11. AC Smith, 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!

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