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Old 12-21-2012, 05:03 AM   #31
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Has to be a 5 way tie as I read the first 5 books in the A Song of Fire and Ice. I am addicted and read then all this year.

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:19 AM   #32
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"White Heat: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery" by M.J. McGrath. Set in an modern Inuit community it was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2011 you can read what they said here http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/2011/gold.html I really liked the different setting and people. The crime part was good as well.
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For me it was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I chose it as a SF&F selection, but was enthralled with the Historical Fiction/Adventure aspect of the story as it's not something I'd typically read.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:26 PM   #34
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MY book of the year is the saddest book I've read:
Ivan Noble: Like a Hole in the Head
(http://copac.ac.uk/search?isn=%200340864281&rn=1)
about the fight of the author against brain cancer.
It is a collection of diary entries that have first been published 2002-2005 on the BBC sites where they can still be read
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2253201.stm).
The book is sad in itself, but greatly adding to the sadness was the fact that I knew the author; we've once worked together.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:36 PM   #35
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MY book of the year is the saddest book I've read:
Ivan Noble: Like a Hole in the Head
(http://copac.ac.uk/search?isn=%200340864281&rn=1)
about the fight of the author against brain cancer.
It is a collection of diary entries that have first been published 2002-2005 on the BBC sites where they can still be read
(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2253201.stm).
The book is sad in itself, but greatly adding to the sadness was the fact that I knew the author; we've once worked together.
Oh my! That must be hard!
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:44 PM   #36
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It was! I can still remember like it was when I've noticed the book, was positively surprised that he had written a book and all curiosity and then came the cold shower when I read the content description.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:02 PM   #37
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Non fiction: Rise to Greatness, Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle

Fiction: The Blade Itself, Joe Abercrombie (if you like "Game of Thrones" then check this trilogy out - I am on book two but the Blade is book one)
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #38
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Sooo many to choose from.....

Fevre Dream.....George RR Martin, Fantasy, Vampire.......

11/22/63.........Stephen King, Fantasy.....I have to admit, this was my first foray with Mr King in an eBook.....I have everything else he has written in hardcover.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:40 PM   #39
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Same here. Great book!
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #40
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The best book I've read that I've completed is London Falling by Paul Cornell. However I'm two-thirds of the way through Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and unless it deteriorates rapidly it's going to be my book of the year.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:08 AM   #41
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Most of my 5 star books this year were rereads, so I'll stick with the following three titles:

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Okay, this is more like a chunk of a bigger story but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Yes, this. It was so much better than I dared to hope. Not a pleasant story, but a rather good portrait of the British middle class society in the 21st century.

The best non-fiction book I read was The Cholesterol Delusion by Ernest N. Curtis. A short book, but full of fascinating facts and it makes you think.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:24 PM   #42
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I first picked this up because I love anything about runners and running and bawled most of the last half and was humbled at the strength that some of the POW's had to survive such torture and deprivation.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:37 PM   #43
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My best books were


reread of The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley

also The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:10 PM   #44
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I read a ton of awesome books this year but my nod has to go to That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley. It's just a very atmospheric and very well done Cthulhu-mythos novel.

A very close 2nd would be the Progenitor trilogy by Dan Worth. An awesomely epic space opera series that practically had me standing and cheering by the end.

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Old 12-25-2012, 11:32 PM   #45
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My best book of the year was 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It had history, time travel, romance, and a great story.
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