Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in November 2012

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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 November 2012 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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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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  1. One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde. It was a strong continuation of the Thursday Next series, while managing to put a fresh take by telling the story from a (somewhat) new perspective.

  2. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. The Audible version is fantastic — the best narration I have ever heard.

  3. The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett. I literally can’t praise this book enough. I’d put him up there with Neil Gaiman in his ability to portray a certain dark magical reading experience.

  4. sandyg265 /

    Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson. It’s a light humorous book about a woman who moves to NYC from Texas. s he doesn’t believe in magic but winds up working for a form run by wizards.

  5. Red Country, although technically I read it in NOV-DEC

  6. Masques, Patricia Briggs

  7. Victoria Sloboda /

    BLAZE by Joan Swan – excellent!

  8. The American Future by Simon Schama. I was on a history kick post-US election.

  9. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I love Persuasion by Jane Austen so this post-apocalyptic retelling was right up my alley. I loved it.

  10. April V. /

    Can’t choose just one: The Fox by Sherwood Smith was full of awesome adventure, friendship and intrigue. I ‘read’ this next one via audio book and feel that I enjoyed it more because of it: The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron

  11. Melanie Goldmund /

    The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells. Or maybe Be My Enemy, by Ian McDonald. Actually, I can’t decide, because they were both so fascinating, with excellent characters and mind-boggling worldbuilding.

    Without wanting to sound whiney here, are you guys going to get some new books into the stacks at some point? It seems that almost everything there is urban fantasy, and that’s not really my favourite genre. Not that I’m complaining about free books, quite the opposite, but I was just wondering.

    • Well, the catch is that it’s largely dependent on what is sent to us. We receive a lot of urban fantasy ARCs and finished copies — more than anyone would ever have time to read! :)

      I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve read from McDonald.

    • Melanie, we’ll dig around and see what we can find.

  12. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    The Wanted Child, by Aneeka Richins. Very interesting world building, with a unique pantheon of gods.

  13. The best thing I read in November was a crime book by Derek Raymond entitled He Died with His Eyes Open. More literate than your usual crime/mystery/detective novel. The best fantasy I read was Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb, the last book in her Farseer Trilogy. This wasn’t quite as strong as the second book but was still a satisfying end to the trilogy.

  14. For me it certainly wasn’t a new book, the best book I read in November was End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. Great story that didn’t feel wildly dated. May be my favorite Asimov thus far.

  15. Victoria Sloboda, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks. Please contact me (Tim) with your choice and a US address.

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