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 November 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.)

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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12 comments

  1. Sethia /

    Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Can’t say much with out spoilers, but man can that guy tell a story!

  2. I loved Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere.
    I read the new illustrated edition. Not only it is a great story, but it is also a beautiful book.

  3. Jonathan /

    A toss up between Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, and Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire). Seanan put just as much love into her mermaid biology as Brandon put into his magic system. Both were complete delights.

  4. John Smith /

    I very much enjoyed reading the entire “Amulet” series of graphic novels–but I’m so disappointed to find there are at last two volumes yet to come and no resolution in sight!

  5. Paul Connelly /

    After struggling a bit to get through Max Gladstone’s Run of Angels, a book that seemed too *busy* with characters and action, I got a lot more satisfaction from Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion, which was more of a stripped-down and propulsive read (and with a much higher body count). There are two main characters and the viewpoint alternates between them as they try to further a scheme to save “The Legion”, a fleet of world ships becalmed for (possibly very many) millennia in space. Hurley writes in a punchy style that keeps you reading fast, with a bizarre world of many levels and abundant mysteries. I couldn’t swear it all made sense in the end, but it was a lot of fun. So that would be my pick for best of November.

    My runner-up, another fun book, but more in the candy and soda pop style, was Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams, about people with various psychic powers who become celebrities in the Roaring Twenties. This is the second book in a series that started with The Diviners, and there is obviously more to come, as we are aware of a magical uber-bad guy behind some of the events in the first two books, as well as an attempt by government agents to wind up a project employing psychics by locating and executing all the original subjects. I think of this as kind of a guilty pleasure series, like Genevieve Cogman’s Irene the Librarian series. But there are some more serious social themes raised, and *every chapter* doesn’t end on a cliffhanger as in Cogman’s series.

  6. Sharon Browning /

    “The Sudden Appearance of Hope” by Claire North. It had the same kind of personal time displacement themes as “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August”, but didn’t get bogged down in philosophical navel gazing that Harry August did. So many of us struggle with feelings of being forgotten; here is the story of a woman who was, constantly, and it’s both challenging and compelling, especially when paired with social issues such as corporate manipulation and personal responsibility. A wonderful read.

  7. E.J. Jones /

    I hardly read at all this month, but out of the two entire books I finished, my favorite was Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s one of those books that everyone says is romantic but really isn’t – at least, not in the way you’d think. I think One Hundred Years of Solitude is still my favorite Marquez. I was sorry to see that there weren’t any Marquez reviews on FanLit. I love hearing what you all have to say!

    • I haven’t read any of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work. Which one would you recommend if I had to read only one book?

      • E. J. Jones /

        I’m still a bit new to him myself, but I recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude. It is extremely strange, and its strangeness is treated completely nonchalantly, which to me is part of the charm. My guess is you’ll either love it or hate it. I hope it’s love. It was for me.

  8. Sandyg265 /

    I didn’t get much reading done this month but my favorite of the few I read was A Dragon Gambles for His Girl by Kira Nyte. It’s a funny paranormal romance set in the Nocturne Falls Universe created by Kristen Painter. My Mom recommended it an it hit the spot when I needed something light.

  9. Kevin S. /

    The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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