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What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:44:17 PM »
We are three quarters of the way through the year, so what has been your personal highs and lows of the year so far?

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 10:11:23 PM »
Can't say I've got a least favourite, because I tend to abandon the duffers after a couple of chapters. But I've just read two cracking anthologies: Michael Kelly's Shadows and Tall Trees 6, and Mark Morris's Spectral Book of Horror Stories.

The short form is alive and well if these are anything to go by.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 08:21:07 PM »
Stoker nominee Kate Jonez's new title - Ceremony of Flies - was a highlight

but my fave was SS Michael's - Revival House - which is still creeping me out and I read it months ago  ;D


but a lowlight came in the form of Woke Up in a Strange Place by Eric Arvin - which was a clever idea but tended to be too telling and thus killed the intrigue

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 05:19:48 PM »
Favourite: City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, I think. American Elf 2012 by James Kochalka got five stars from me, but it's autobiographical rather than fantasy.

Least favourite: The Professor and the Siren by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, the sleazy tale of a guy who shagged a teenage mermaid and now despises human women.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2014, 10:49:00 AM »
The appeal of Kochalka's work has always completely escaped me, I'm afraid.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014, 11:10:20 AM »
Looking at my books read list, I've read 23 of his books now, taking him up to #23 on my most read authors chart. Just above Goscinny and level with Gaiman, amazing for someone I first read three years ago. I've spent the last fortnight playing the excellent Glorkian Warrior game, and I've even got a couple of his albums, so I think it's fair to call me a fan at this point.

I find his stuff funny and insightful, but I also love his philosophy of art, that the best way to learn to make a comic is by getting on and making it, and then trying to make it better next time. I think you learn more from finishing a project than from starting one.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016, 10:45:34 PM »
Well for 2015 it was two I was very dissapointed in The Futre is Japanese (SF) and Phantasm Japan (Fantasy) despite there being some well known authors in them, both edited by Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, the new one out I will give a miss:Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan.
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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2016, 12:04:29 PM »
Eastmouth - by Alison Moore, a short story in Spectral Book of Horror, love her style, the setting and the tale

worst was some dross that was free on Kindle which read like a shopping list of cause and effects - where the author is almost begging: read this, I can write. See? It's easy.
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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 09:51:23 AM »
My least favourite book read this year was "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon. I should have given up on it but I kept expecting something to happen.

My favourites so far are "Where Furnaces Burn" by Joel Lane and "The Mahe Circle" by Georges Simenon.

I don't think I've read anything - other than Black Static - which was actually published this year, however.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2016, 05:26:30 PM »
Undoubtedly the new Nick Lane book The Vital Question.

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Re: What's your favourite and least favourite read of the year?
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2016, 10:02:31 PM »
My favourite read of the year 2016: David Morrell's Long Lost.