Literary New-to-You 2018 Wrap-up
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Alright reading gamers and gaming readers! Two questions!

1. What was your favorite book of 2018? and...
2. What are looking forward to reading in 2019?

Happy New Year everybody!
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I spent all of 2018 in James S.A. Corey's Expanse series. (...and I'm still there...!)

My favorite of the series so far was Nemesis Games Nemesis Games, the fifth book in the series.

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This one had the greatest emotional involvement for me, a family story with plenty of action and a well-conceived bad guy. They've created a good female hero with Naomi Nagata as well.

Looking forward do digging into GRRM's new Fire & Blood, although I would like nothing more than the Song of Ice and Fire to come to it's final stanza!

HAPPY NEW YEAR BGG READERS!
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"Favorite" is always a tough pick, and I was scrolling through all the books I read this year going, hm, maybe that one? Ooh, this one was also good. And then I got to Six of Crows and I was like, oh, duh, it's this one. Think Leverage, set in fantasy!Amsterdam, but grimmer. But (mostly) not too grim; there's still a lot of fun moments. And more gay!

In 2019 (and beyond, perhaps) I'm hoping to read a lot more translated books! Suggestions welcome!
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The stand out book of 2018 was The Handmaid's Tale by Margret Atwood.


IN 2019 I am looking forward to finishing the Fifth season by NK Jemisin and probably the rest of the trilogy.
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I also have to finish the last 3 books in Stephen Erickson's Malazan series. (for the second time.)
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I think the entire of the Murderbot series by Martha Wells was my favorite read this past year.
A depressed socially anxious security robot that claims not to like people, but ends up helping more and more of them. It is funny and the action is good.

For 2019, I am hope work lightens up so I can read some heavier stuff. I want to dive into Aristotle.
For fun, I want to continue my read through PG Wodehouse's bibliography.
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My favorite book of the year is Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe.

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Especially considering the loss of both Steve Ditko and then Stan Lee this year, this book, a hugely thorough and entertaining look at the history of Marvel Comics pulled together from countless interviews and articles, is a must read for any Marvel fan.
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I have a terrible memory remembering what I read this past year. I had to go back and look at the previous lists.

My favorite this year has been the two novels and handful of short stories I read by James Enge and his Morlock the Maker character.

the novels were The Wrath Bearing Tree and Wide World's End. I'm not posting pictures of the covers because I don't like them and they do nothing to capturing the feel or plot of the books.

Its difficult to assign these books to a genre. They are kind of sword & sorcery with just a drop of horror thrown in. But i enjoy the authors writing style more than anything.


2019

I'm looking forward to slowing down on comics a little bit and taking the time to read some of the novels and short stories that have been on my shelf for ages.

These include:

-three Drizzt novels by R.A. Salvatore
-various stories by Lord Dunsany
-some Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories
-various Robert E. Howard
-several Star Trek original series novels
-Shadow Raiders by Margaret Weis
-Star of the guardians Trilogy by Margaret Weis
-Start up a Dragonlance reread (just the main novels and tales short stories)
-Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings reread
-several short story collections

I would also like to get serious about playing the piano and learning Spanish, but prioritizing very limited free time...
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I think the only books I really read last year were the three books in the first Powder Mage trilogy. So one of those must be my favorite.

I received the only two released books of the second trilogy for Christmas but have yet to start reading them.

In general, I'm okay enough with McClellan's books that I'm considering getting his to-be-released urban fantasy book, Uncanny Collateral, as well. Not having read much about it and only having seen the text-less cover, it feels like it should provide some good RPG fodder.
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