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, ’cause we do this on the first Thursday of every month! Time to report!

What is the best book you read in March 2016 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.)

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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7 comments

  1. April /

    Only two five star reads last month:
    The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin which is a relatively new urban fantasy series.
    Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger the final book in the Finishing School series and it was a good ending.

    I did read five four star books, for those not bored already, here they are:
    An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff, fun and interesting scifi. The main is a bit of a Mary Sue but the series is a blast to read.
    A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor, the third in a time travel series in the vein of Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog.
    Choice of the Cat by EE Knight, the second in a post apocalyptic America series where aliens have changed our world completely because they feed on our auras.
    Dies the Fire by SM Stirling, another post apocalyptic America book but this time nobody knows why the world has gone haywire and humans start following their baser instincts – both good and bad.
    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi – scifi with critters. The main is only barely likable but it was a good romp.

  2. Kevin S. /

    Four books stood out for me in March:

    The Martian by Andy Weir- very good book that was oh-so-close to being a great book. There were a few too many snarky wisecracks from the main character in life or death situations. It became expected and annoying. Other than that, a terrific read.

    Enchanter’s Endgame by David Eddings- Excellent ending to the five book Belgariad series. A solid 3-4* book.

    Midshipman Bolitho by Alexander Kent- This book is actually the first two books in the series. I absolutely LOVE the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. The movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” with Russell Crowe, was based on that series. Well, Kent’s Bolitho series is very similar to O’Brian’s series but easier to understand. It is well written and will take you on an adventure on a British Naval ship in the 1800s.

    The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman- Yes, that’s the real title of the book. It’s another great book in the Chee/Leaphorn mystery series set in the Four Corners area. Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn are Navajo Tribal Policemen, and they use their Native American knowledge and instincts to solve crimes in some of the most remote desert areas of the United States. Hillerman’s descriptions of the desert landscape and surroundings are always outstanding.

  3. Charlie Hanlon /

    I had a fun time reading Watson & Holmes : A Study in Black, a graphic novel written by Karl Bollers and illustrated by Rick Leonardi and Larry Stroman. It is a re-imagining of Doyle’s work, this time set in modern day Harlem, NY., with Watson’s role moving a bit more to the forefront.

    I enjoy Doyle’s creating and pretty much all things Holmesian and Boller’s work did not disappoint. Volume 2 has been funded via kickstarter and I am eager to read that some time soon.

  4. VERSION CONTROL BY DEXTER PALMER!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Melanie Goldmund /

    Emilie and the Hollow World, by Martha Wells. It’s YA, but there’s no romance, thank goodness, just lots of adventure and some growing up. Martha Wells is one of my favourite authors, and I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series.

    The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman, was also very entertaining. It’s YA and had a bit more “romance” than Emilie, but it didn’t bother me too much. I thought I had figured out who the main villain was — then I got to the end of the book and discovered I have to wait to find out! I think this is going to be a trilogy, and I’m also looking forward to the next one.

    Theft of Life, by Imogen Robertson, is a “regular” historical mystery, no fantasy or magic, but still engrossing. Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther solve yet another murder, this time featuring the subject of slavery in 18th century Britain. I’ve really enjoyed this entire series and hope there will be a new adventure sometime soon.

  6. Sandy Giden /

    Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep.

  7. Charlie Hanlon, 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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