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 April 2017 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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17 comments

  1. April /

    Most of the good books I read in April were re-reads or just not very good so I only have two to report this month.

    Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, the third in the Jackaby series which is very clever and fun though this one is a bit grimmer than the first two.

    Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire the latest Incriptid book. I really liked this book – well I love this series to little pieces anyway – but this one clearly shows how Antimony is very different from but also extremely like the rest of her family and sort of emphasizes the thought that family is both the cross we bear and the joy that holds us up.

  2. Eddie /

    I read a few OK books last month, Dark Tower 1 and 2, Waking Gods, Infinity Engine. The Summer Dragon was better than I expected. But, the true standout that took me completely by surprise was American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett. It was an excellent mix of Gaiman’s American Gods and Charles Stross’s Laundry books.

    • April /

      That American Elsewhere sounds intriguing. Will have to add it to my list!

    • ctgt /

      I agree, Summer Dragon was better than expected and I’m a big fan of American Elsewhere. Bennett’s Divine Cities series has also been excellent.

  3. New book: City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett
    Older books: Who Fears Death & The Book of Phoenix, Nnedi Okorafor

  4. mary henaghen /

    A Red Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire. I absolutely love thisthe Toby Daye series for its world building and characters.

  5. Nicholas Talty /

    I had a great reading month in April. Brian Staveley’s Skullsworn, Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister, Sylvian Neuvel’s Waking Gods, and though it is a tough call compared against those three, Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer was the best book I read last month. Highly recommend all of the above.

  6. John Smith /

    I’m probably being repetitive here, but “Uzumaki” by Junji Ito.

  7. M. Robinson /

    Neuromancer by William Gibson. I started out looking for a word ➖ I remembered the meaning, not the word, and where it was ➖ I ended up rereading the book.

  8. Paul Connelly /

    Not without its problems, but Kings of the Wyld was pretty good. The conceit is a fantasy world where monster-killing warrior bands are treated like…rock’n’roll bands. Titanium steel plot armor for some of the characters and a few sections that didn’t add much if your sense of humor didn’t coincide with the author’s (cannibals?). My favorite part was the chapter that began something like “Slowhand hadn’t been to the Riot Club in decades, and it was still the same old place” and ends with “The story of how the Riot Club burnt completely to the ground has many variants in badic songs…”

    The Memory of Water (Itaranta) was also good in a sad and subdued sort of way. I couldn’t quite figure out the world that it took place in, but the main character was very well drawn.

    I was hoping to like The Regional Office Is Under Attack! but that book and I did not get along. In some ways it reminded me of the equally exclamatory Escape From Baghdad! but the latter story had a few more hooks that appealed to me. This one might have worked better as a graphic novel.

  9. Sandy Giden /

    My favorite book of the month was a re-read, In the Company of Ogres by A Lee Martinez.

  10. Sethia /

    I read the Shades of Magic trilogy by V E Schwab. It was very good, I highly recommend it :)

  11. E. J. Jones /

    Lot of goodies this month! The two best were both comics. The Doll’s House is the second volume of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and although I liked Volume 1, Volume 2 has even more gorgeous writing and unique story situations (including a serial killers’ convention). Artemis is the latest in George O’Connor’s Olympians series. I have enjoyed every book in it, but this one is one of the best. A few years ago, I would never have thought that some of my favorite books would be comics. I have several people to thank for that, but especially Brad and his many articles on good comics and how to read them.

  12. Kevin S. /

    I read three terrific books in April:

    The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams- 5 stars

    Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence- 4 stars

    The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett- 4 stars

  13. ctgt /

    I enjoyed quite a few books in April,
    Thrawn by Timothy Zahn was very entertaining,
    Jeff VanderMeer added his own special weirdness to the post-apoc field with Borne,
    Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was great,
    and Red Sister by Mark Lawrence was a very good first book in his Book of the Ancestor series.
    But my favorite read from April was without a doubt the deluxe hardcover version of Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind. Fantastic art and a wonderful story combine for one of my favorite reads in a long time.

  14. Nicholas, 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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