Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read last month

fantasy and science fiction book reviews

It’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in October 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.

We’ve got a few giveaways still current. Find those here! 


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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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16 comments

  1. Best book read in October: The Plagiarist, a novella by Hugh Howey. Review coming soon.

  2. Melanie Goldmund /

    The best new book that I read in October was definitely Ace of Skulls, by Chris Wooding. It was a great adventure in its own right, while still neatly wrapping up the Ketty Jay series.

    The best audio adventure that I listened to was The Scarifyers: For King and Country. Does it count as a book? I don’t care. I recommend the Scarifyers to everybody who loves supernatural adventures mixed with great characters and British humour. Just Google The Scarifyers, or the company Bafflegab.

  3. I know the answer to this one!!! I read and LOVED Cry Baby Hollow by Aimee Love. Was a wonderful mix of mystery, romance…real life problems…fun stuff. Reviewed it at the blog:

    http://www.bearmountainbooks.com/favorite-reads/bargain-reads/bargain-monday-urban-fantasy-cry-baby-hollow/

  4. Melanie – I’ve put The Scarifyers on my to read (listen) list. Thanks for the rec.

    I read a lot of short stories and comfort reads last month but the best two first time through books were:

    Moon Called the latest in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series (I was having so much fun that I then went back and re-read the entire series in order as well as her Alpha and Omega series)

    Next was an older book, The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff. I had read Summon the Keeper eons ago but had never gotten around to this sequel until I found a used paperback copy and it was perfectly funny and fun and just what I needed at the time.

  5. Whoops. Noticed that the email in the above post is no longer my valid email address. So for my entry and to receive follow up comments, I’m leaving this one with the correct email.

    I should also point out that Cry Baby Hollow is an urban fantasy. Forgot to mention that.

  6. The best book I read in October, and one of the best I’ve read in a long time, was Scott Lynch’s long-awaited Republic of Thieves. I don’t even like dark, gritty low fantasy, but this is so well done that I loved it. (I will admit that I’m a sucker for a well-written rogue.)

  7. The best new book I read was Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

    http://farbeyondreality.com/2013/10/02/ancillary-justice-by-ann-leckie/

    (Also finally got around to Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, which was brilliant, and reread Foreigner by CJ Cherryh.)

  8. RedEyedGhost /

    It’s a tossup between The Ritual by Adam Nevill and ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. Both were phenomenal.

  9. Add me to what is sure to be a long list of people who say ‘Ancillary Justice’ http://fantasyreviewbarn.com/?p=510

    I also read ‘Barrayar’ by Bujold for the first time, which is a close second.

  10. Definitely Joyland by Stephen King and I also really enjoyed the fantasy novel, The Curse Giver by Dora Machado.

  11. sandyg265 /

    My favorite book in October was the audio book of Despicable Me. Tim Curry’s voices were great.

  12. October was pretty barren of reads in general unfortunately, but certainly the best of the small group was Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman.
    http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/shaman/

  13. Read and loved ‘Year Zero’ by Rob Reid, but the best book I read this month was ‘Heroes Die,’ by Matthew Stover. Not only the best I read in October, but one of the best I’ve ever read. Such a fun ride.

    • David, I read your review of Heroes Die at your blog. It sounds interesting. It was already on my radar because one of the reviewers here liked it, too, but thanks for the reminder.

  14. Andreas /

    The best new book that I read in October was Nebel (1994) by Wolfgang Schreyer. It was published in Germany and is the second novel in German Democratic Republic writer Wolfgang Schreyer’s Wende-trilogy. The three books are set before, around, and a few years after the German reunification.

    The three novels are in the tradition of Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s Martin Beck series and Mankell’s Wallander series that blend police procedurals with social and political criticism. Similar to Beck and Wallander, Wendt, an officer of the People’s Police of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), is divorced and has a difficult relationship with a grown-up son. When we meet him first he is disillusioned yet is a firm believer in the system and even more in justice.

    In the first novel [b]Unabwendbar[/b] (which means “inevitable” and was published in 1988), main protagonist Wendt is asked to investigate a series of burglaries of weekend home’s of leading functionaries. He meets a young woman full of zest for life who, almost half his age, becomes a great foil to his character.

    Nebel (which means “fog” but is also the name of one of the characters), the second novel, picks up seven years later and deals with the events of the years 1989 and 1990. Before the background of the demonstrations (that finally resulted in the German reunification) and run-ins with the State Security of the GDR, Wendt has to solve the murder of a writer who was investigating organized crime in the GDR. The novel offers a nuanced look at a system that corrupted its citizens by making them spy on their friends as confidential informants. Nebel is a great Wende-novel yet almost forgotten today.

  15. Mike Reeves-McMillan, 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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