‘Tis the season of joy, and a merry christmas unto you all. I look out of my window at a winter wonderland, which looks lovely until I contemplate a four hour drive tomorrow morning. Brrrrrr.
But christmas is not only the season of good cheer, smiling kiddies and presents under the tree. It is also the season of end-of-year best-of lists. So has Santa anything in his sack for me? Oooh! Pat of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist voted Best Served Cold his Number 1 book of 2009!
What’s that you say? It’s a 7? Well, you know, if you squint and kind of turn your head a bit sideways…
Ken has his best reads of 2009 up as well, though they’re not necessarily in order, so let’s just ASSUME that he thought Last Argument of Kings was bestest of all, shall we?
As for genre sf&f author Andy Remic, he didn’t think The Blade Itself was the best fantasy he read this year at all, he thought:
“The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is the best new fantasy book I’ve read in the last 10 years. Yes. You heard that right … The writing is precise, perfectly crafted, and so very well put together, the story is a sublime interaction better than any so-called World of Warcraft immersion, and the violence and language a necessary harshness of the world Abercrombie has created.”
Zing! A very merry yuletide, everyone.