My book of the year 2017 (a hidden gem!)
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2017 is almost over. The remainder of my reading year will be filled with finishing books I started but got distracted from during the year. That means I can declare my "book of the year 2017" plus the runner-up.
It is tough choosing between them because I wouldn't argue with anyone who said the choices should be the other way around and which you prefer may depend on what you were in the mood for reading at the time.
My reviews of both books here:
Senlin Ascends (Steampunk)
(Also see my review of the sequel Arm of the Sphinx here: http://www.librarything.com/review/148823189
Kings of the Wyld (Classic swords and sorcery fantasy)
For anyone he wants a rollicking good ride through a fantasy story packed full of soul and monsters (and who doesn't mind frequent use of the "F" word and similar) Kings of the Wyld is for you and my runner-up.
For startling originality and its ability to submerge you in a bizarre steampunk world with beautiful prose and be the kind of book you could recommend to almost anyone my book of the year 2017 is Senlin Ascends.
Senlin Ascends barely registers on LibraryThing, mine is the first review. Originally self-published and to be re-released by Orbit next month (January 2018) following its discovery in the 2016 Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (#SPFBO) competition started by Mark Lawrence. Mark Lawrence (known for grimdark novels such as Prince of Thorns) declares Senlin Ascends one of his all-time favourites. I agree! Senlin Ascends is not grimdark fantasy, it's a steampunk masterpiece.
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