Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!
Top Ten New-to-Us Authors in 2013
We’ve split this one up into individual entries since this is quite an individual topic! Yes, there’s more than ten, so there.
Hugh Howey – author of the addictive Silo Trilogy.
Joe Hill – we read Horns for our Book Club earlier in the year, and I was impressed by his style of writing.
John Green – The Fault in Our Stars was one of my favourite reads this year, despite the teenage characters wit and vocabulary sounding like they had a PHD from Oxford (sort of like an episode of Dawson’s Creek)
I’d heard amazing things about Ali McNamara’s books, every single one, but for some reason hadn’t started on any of them yet. I finally picked up From Notting Hill With Love.. Actually when I was getting my reading mojo back in the Autumn and fell absolutely in love, heading straight to the library for book two and nabbing her newest book, Step Back in Time, when I spotted it in Tesco the other week. I couldn’t just leave it there!
I hadn’t heard of Glen Cook until the Fantasy Faction book club chose The Black Company for one of their monthly reads (I think it was January..) and I decided to jump in with them. It was quite slow in the beginning as you get used to the writing style, but once you get into it you realise how fantastic this story is. Released in the 80s, it is one of the first grimdark fantasy novels, and a direct influence to Steven Erikson (author of Gardens of the Moon). It follows a band of mercenaries who work for the bad guys and has a very interesting story to boot. I’m still yet to continue on with the series but fully intend to as soon as I’m ready as Glen Cook is brilliant.
This was a year of branching out and experiencing new authors and while most of this was an excellent idea some of it was a little of a let down. So sad that I am a hog on this Top 10 but my new authors were:
Michael Stackpole, Brandon Sanderson, Phillipa Gregory, Richard Knaak, Daren King, and Kami Garcia.
I dabbled in so many more authors that is unreal how adventurous I was in the little amount that I actually got to read!
I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Scott Lynch earlier, as The Lies of Locke Lamora was published way back in 2006, but I’m so glad I managed to read the first two books before the long-awaited (for some) third came out this year. This fantasy series has brilliantly written and almost painfully intricate storylines, and characters you can’t help but love.
I still haven’t got around to reading any of her Iron Fey series, but I did pick up The Immortal Rules just before the release of The Eternity Cure. Some very compelling writing there and quite different from the usual vampire stories – I have those Fey books on my shelf as well so I’ll have to get around to picking them up sooner or later!
I basically didn’t read anyone new that was a stand out except for John Green!