Thoughtful Thursday: What’s the best book you read last month?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIt’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in March 2015 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. And we’ve also got a constantly updating list of new and forthcoming releases.)

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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. Trey Palmer /

    The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett. I can’t believe I missed this. Wonderful book.

    • E. J. Jones /

      Love it too, Trey! I’d like to read more Terry Pratchett. Does anyone have any suggestions? (I’ve read most of his kids’ and YA but not much else.)

  2. Crispin /

    The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams. Jen takes fantasy adventure to a whole new level in this page turner. Her diverse characters have depth and soul, and you become quite attached to them as they fight to save the world in this second installment in her trilogy. Pick up The Copper Promise to get started! You won’t regret it!

    • I’m looking forward to these books being published in the U.S. Any ideas on when that will happen? Because surely it will happen, right?

      • Crispin /

        Not sure, but hopefully soon! I live in the US and had to snail mail order them from the UK. Definitely worth the wait and shipping costs. The series is so much fun!

        • April /

          Ah, no wonder I haven’t been able to find it. It has been on my to read list for a while now.

  3. Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels would have to be my pick (the dark, bloody, brutal, magnificently epic horror novel we’ve needed from Barker for so long) with Peter V. Brett’s The Skull Throne a close second.

  4. Wesley /

    The book of strange new things! What a book! I am still thinking about it, so many layers of intrigue.

    • Wesley, thought-provoking, wasn’t it? And sometimes just plain provoking. It’s been months now and I still find myself thinking about it — the couple and their trials, and the natives.

  5. April /

    I had a good reading month in March. Quite a few good books.

    Four Five Stars:
    Foxglove Summer by Ben Aronovich – listened to the audio and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was fabulous. Lots of good laughs, a very interesting missing children mystery and all sorts of magical mayhem in the English countryside.

    Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire – Alex Price is an excellent character and this tale of his adventures in Australia and its interesting flora and fauna is loads of fun. With much to say about acceptance, friendship and family with loads of laughs and of course, Aeslin mice!

    Dead City by James Ponti – a modern YA zombie story that is fun, interesting and clever.

    The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas – a wonderful middlegrade with some unique slants to magic. Was sad to finish this, the final in the series.

    And many Four Stars but I’ll just list three:
    Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal – I love how she makes each of the books in this series a different type of story starring mostly the same characters. What would you do if you were stranded in a strange city with no money, no friends and no luggage and no contact with family and friends?

    Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan – this one would have been five stars had it not been so unapolagetically gory and if some of the internal logic hadn’t distracted me from the story. Great characters and interesting worldbuilding.

    Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding – just another fun romp with the crew, except – are they still a crew?

  6. The Burning Land, by Victoria Strauss. A reissue, but new to me. My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1235297390

  7. Melanie Goldmund /

    The best fantasy book that I read in March was The Tainted City, by Courtney Schafer, which did not suffer from “sophomore syndrome” at all. Can’t wait for the final volume in this excellent trilogy.

    Best YA was a tie between Greenglass House, by Kate Milford, that had a twist in the telling that I never saw coming, though all the clues were there, and The Beyonders Trilogy, by Brandon Mull, which was a fantastic (in every sense of the word) action adventure in a different world that’s loosely connected to ours.

    Best historical mystery was The Devil in the Marshalsea, by Antonia Hodgson, which never managed to lose the plot or the suspense despite the abundance of historical detail. I also re-read Sovereign, by C. J. Sansom, another excellent title in the Matthew Shardlake series.

    Runners up include Heaven’s Queen, by Rachel Bach, and Abaddon’s Gate, by James S. A. Corey.

  8. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie.. I love all things Abercrombie, but Half a King, book 1 of the Shattered Sea is my least favorite of all his books so far but book 2, blew me away.

  9. RedEyedGhost /

    Touch by Claire North

  10. Janet /

    I checked out a bunch of books from the library from Neil Gaiman, variously authored, contributed to and/or edited by, and found (new-to-me but from 2012) Shadow Show,”All-new stories in celebration of Ray Bradbury.” Oh, wow, what a fun book to read!
    Firstly,I fell in love at a pretty early age with both sci-fi and short stories (as apparently did Neil, from his note about his story). Secondly, many of Ray Bradbury’s stories imprinted themselves into my pre-tween brain and never left, and this book revived several of them with lovely homages. And thirdly, in addition to Neil, I’ve enjoyed many of the accompanying authors’ other works, so it was like Homecoming Week, all wrapped up between the covers.
    I may have to buy this book.

  11. Crispin, if you live in the USA (which it looks like you do), 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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