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2014 Discoveries
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:28:48 AM »
Anyone discovered any good authors new to you this year?

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 08:49:41 AM »
I've been reading quite a lot of new people this year, thanks to NetGalley, and my favourites were Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor, and City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett.

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 09:29:29 AM »
I loved Lagoon.  I read  Robert Jackson Bennett's debut a few years back and felt a bit underwhelmed by it.  Might have to check this one out

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 07:26:18 PM »
I haven't read his other stuff, but I think it's a bit of a departure. I often like books in which mythical gods are real beings, and he really digs deep into how that would affect a society.

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 12:37:06 PM »
In terms of writer's new (not necessarily new full stop) there's been:

Lynda E Rucker "The Moon Will Look Strange"
Michael McDowell (I know, I know, decades old!)
Rachel Halsall (superb story in Hauntings, and her first ever)
Andrew Barker "The Electric"
MR Cosby "Dying Embers" (I wrote the intro for this, so might be unconcsiously biased)

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 08:24:00 PM »
SS Michaels - vivid characters - weird in a creepy way, Revival House was a great read with just the right mix of adventure and intrigue for me.

I'm guessing Caz would love it.   :)
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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 06:53:38 PM »
SS Michaels - vivid characters - weird in a creepy way, Revival House was a great read with just the right mix of adventure and intrigue for me.

I'm guessing Caz would love it.   :)

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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 08:58:14 PM »
SS Michaels - vivid characters - weird in a creepy way, Revival House was a great read with just the right mix of adventure and intrigue for me.

I'm guessing Caz would love it.   :)

Ooo, sounds like a recommendation for me? I'll have to take a look at that. Thanks, Josh.  :)

Authors who are new to me this year are Mark Valentine, whose collection "Herald of the Hidden" I really enjoyed, and ... wait for it ... I've finally "discovered" Thomas Ligotti! "Teatro Grottesco" is an amazing collection.
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Re: 2014 Discoveries
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2014, 05:34:32 PM »
I have read several good authors, new to me this year;

Karen Azinger - Very well written books that were quite serious compared to the authors below which felt more light hearted. The series started with the Steel Queen. A review is here http://www.writingabook.ninja/2014/07/the-steel-queen-karen-azinger.html
Michael Sullivan - really good set of books and very readable. I had read a lot of books recently that simply dragged on whereas this series was punchy and entertaining. Riyria Chronicles was the series I read.
Elle Cassey - light hearted fantasy set in modern times. Book 1 of War of the Fae was free on Kindle and so there is nothing to lose. It was entertaining enough that I bought the rest of the series.

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