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 November 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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19 comments

  1. Marion /

    It’s a tossup between Marvel:1602 (Neil Gaiman) and The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson. The latter was depressing but beautiful.

  2. Something of a tossup for me as well. Beyond the Rift (Peter Watts) was a top-notch science fiction anthology, even if some of the science was a bit over my head, while The Fall of Ventaris (Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto) was a great bit of indie fantasy storytelling. I’d recommend either.

  3. Hild by Nicola Griffith, a historical novel set in 7th Century England, about the early life of the woman who would become St. Hilda of Whitby. Not to be missed, even if you don’t read much historical fiction.

  4. This is easy. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carrier. Completely delightful. I’ll have a review soon.

  5. Melanie Goldmund /

    Best new book for me was Skirmishes, #4 in the Diving Universe, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

    Best re-read was Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. I had to take another look at this once the casting for the mini-series had been announced by the BBC.

  6. “The Palace Job” by Patrick Weekes – sort of Terry Pratchettlike – a hoot !

    “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty – great reading (probably a woman’s novel if you think in stereotypes)

    “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci – Thrilling but mad

    “The Happy Endings Book Club” by Jane Tara – feel good and whimsical (it’s near Christmas)

    “The Woman who died a lot” by Jasper Fforde – uncategorisable !

    It’s been a great month !!

  7. RedEyedGhost /

    November was a great reading month for me quantity wise, but it was great quality wise as both Chris Wooding’s The Ace of Skulls and Ian Tregillis’s Necessary Evil were fantastic.

  8. sandyg265 /

    The best book I read last month was a mystery. Nightzone by Steven Havill. It’s set in Posadas New Mexico and the main character is a 74 year old retired sherrif. I enjoyed it because it was fun to catch up with characters from one of my favorite series.

  9. Top books of the month for me were

    Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
    and
    Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

  10. I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is now one of my favorite books of all time. The language and style of writing are superb and I loved every second of the book. Everything was beautiful and excellently crafted. I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read at all.

  11. My favorite book of November was Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold. This is book 10 in the Vorkosigan series and it was such a thoughtful and well crafted addition. Honorable mention goes to a fun and traditional coming of age fantasy called Magic Casement by Dave Duncan. Follows a lot of the typical tropes in fantasy quest novels but has enough creativity and unique features to keep it interesting.
    Full reviews of both can be found on my blog:
    http://nodorkfear.blogspot.com/2013/11/review-memory-by-lois-mcmaster-bujold.html
    http://nodorkfear.blogspot.com/2013/12/review-magic-casement-by-dave-duncan.html

  12. Probably either The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley or Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey. Both fantastic and thrilling reads.

  13. I was in training all last week and most of this week so I’m way behind! I had a terrific reading month for November with four five star books and four four star books!
    November’s 5 Star Reads:
    Katya’s World by Jonathan Howard: fresh and interesting and fun and intense.
    Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War by Richard Ellis Preston: steampunk adventure with aliens
    Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold: do I need to say anything about this one? I was terribly sad when it was finished because it is the last one for now!
    The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes: not as funny as it was hyped to be but definitely a lot of fun with good characters and an interesting plot.

  14. Bob Milne,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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