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2013 Books

2013 December 30
by Julie Clawson

So 2013 has been quite a year. I’m sure I could write any number of retrospectives that would be meaningful to no one but me. But as I do every year, I thought I’d post the list of books I read in the past year. It as much as anything is a record of where I have been and what has been shaping me. It always fascinates me to hear what others are reading as I see that as one of the biggest insights into who they are, so this is a slice of me from this past year. Feel free to comment of the list or make suggestions for what I should read next year!

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  1. December 30, 2013

    This is a great list. I am in awe of you!

  2. Karl permalink
    January 6, 2014

    Knowing your appreciation for fantasy fiction, not knowing for sure what you have/haven’t read, but being pretty sure I haven’t seen you mention any of these, I recommend:

    Robin Hobb – Her (related) Farseer, Liveship Trader and Tawny Man trilogies are good. So is the unrelated “Soldier Son” trilogy.

    Daniel Abraham’s Dagger & Coin series and his Long Price Quartet

    Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and Republic of Thieves

    Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. A blog post by Pat with his take on what feminism means is here – if you hate it then you may want to skip his books: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2012/10/fanmail-faq-the-f-word/

    Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    One I haven’t read is Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff but I’m intrigued by Patrick Rothfuss’ jacket blurb: “What’s this? A Japanese Steampunk novel with mythical creatures and a strong female protagonist? Yeah, I’m all over that. Though honestly, you had me at “Japanese Steampunk.”’

    You should read Handling Sin by Michael Malone, as should anyone familiar with southern culture.

    I’m curious what you thought of the Divergent trilogy and what age you think it’s appropriate for. I have a 10 year old daughter who is an advanced reader and into fantasy type fiction, loved the Hunger Games books. I figure if she can handle those she can probably handle Divergent, etc. and am wondering whether that would be a good series for her. She’s currently reading several books including The Last Apprentice (Revenge of the Witch) and may get into that series – I haven’t read it yet. She’s beginning Brandon Sanderson’s “The Rithmatist” and loving it, while also giddily enjoying Adam Gidwitz’s Grimm-based series (“A Tale Dark & Grimm”, “In a Glass Grimmly” and “The Grimm Conclusion.”)

    • Karl permalink
      January 6, 2014

      Sorry to add on, but I also thought that if you haven’t already seen it, you might enjoy this from Scott Lynch, mentioned above, in response to a critic who complained about his writing a character who was a middle aged black female pirate captain who has a kid:

      http://fuckyeahscifiwomenofcolour.tumblr.com/post/37413846476/author-scott-lynch-responds-to-a-critic-of-the

      “You know what? Yeah, Zamira Drakasha, middle-aged pirate mother of two, is a wish-fulfillment fantasy. I realized this as she was evolving on the page, and you know what? I fucking embrace it.

      “Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, with the incredible demands on time and spirit they face in their efforts to raise their kids, preserve their families, and save their own identity/sanity into the bargain.”

      And he goes on. Oh, does he go on.

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