My Top 12 Books Read in 2014


I said on Twitter that I would make this list because I had such a hard time picking a winner for the 2013/2014 WISB Awards.  Basically, this list is my guilt getting the better of me, because I love so many things and hate having to pick.

So, in no particular order (because I cannot rank these books without feeling as though I have committed a great atrocity against these authors), here are my top 12 books read in 2014:

Breach Zone by Myke Cole (Ace Books)

The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar (Hodder and Stoughton)

Hurricane Fever by Tobias Buckell (Tor Books)

Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (Harper Voyager)

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway Books)

Zero Sum Game by SL Huang (Self-Published)

The Three by Sarah Lotz (Little, Brown, and Company)

Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter (Jo Fletcher Books)

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit Books)

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Small Beer Press)

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan (Candlewick Press)

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot Books)

Now this is the part where everyone piles on in the comments and tells me how wrong I am.  How could I have missed X book?  How could I have loved Y so much?  Bring on your questions and accusations.  I dare you!


Honorable Mention:  I Am Spock by Leonard Nemoy (Hyperion)

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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