Giving Thanks

First, fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewscongratulations to Rebekah M. who has won our copy of R.A. Salvatore‘s Dame from our last Thoughtful Thursday post, “All I want for Christmas!” In keeping with that holiday theme, I thought it would be nice to give thanks for the new authors we’ve read so far this year that we’re most grateful for and why we appreciate them. For me, the choice that comes to mind is Marjorie Liu, for the vivid imagery and lyricism of her physical descriptions.  She gives me something to aspire to. So, today’s discussion question: Who are you most grateful to have read this year?  The discussion will continue through our Thoughtful Thursday post when one lucky commenter will win a copy of  Kelley Armstrong’s Frostbitten.

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STEPHEN (S.B.) FRANK, one of our guest contributors, earned a Ph.D. at Duke University and works in the field of education reform. When he needs a break from real life, he likes to indulge in urban fantasy. He has a particular love for humor, so some of his favorite authors are Dakota Cassidy, Mary Janice Davidson, Mark Henry, Julie Kenner, Katie MacAlister, Richelle Mead and Christopher Moore.

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  1. Hi :)
    I am most grateful to have read this year, so far, is REGENESIS by C.J. Cherryh. I’d been waiting for the sequel to CYTEEN for 20 years.
    All the best,

  2. Right at the moment, I’m really thankful to Juliet Marillier for writing Heart’s Blood. Sometimes, a book comes along right when you need it.

  3. That’s a tough question, I’m not sure I can pick only one. Guess I’ll choose The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a great book and I really felt like me and the main character had something in common.

  4. Wow thats an amezing question. I think I have to go with City of Bones By Cassandra Clare. I loved that Clary the main characters whole world seemed to change in a blink of an eye but she is tough and rolls with the punches. In my own life I had a lot of changes also so I saw her as a source of strength.

  5. Suzanne Collins Catching Fire: I won it from a book blog and was hooked straight away – so much so I had to go out and buy the Hunger Games. It leaves me thinking and wondering and looking at the future just a little bit differently.

  6. This is so hard for me to pick just one. I read 2 to 4 books a week. One author just can’t keep up with that. Unfortunately I have to wait for a book to come out in paperback, as I can’t afford hardcovers with my reading addiction! I have recently read Armstrong’s “Living with the Dead” and would love a chance to read “Frostbitten” before the paperback release. I am also avidly waiting for C J Cherry’s “Regensis” and anticipating the paperback. I am just thankful that there are so many great authors to read.

  7. I’m thankful to have discovered the world of Urban Fantasy with a special thanks to Patricia Briggs. I enjoy her worlds and characters and appreciate the lack of expletives in her writing. I am also thankful that there are so many great authors being published.

  8. Kathleen Duey’s “A Resurrection of Magic” series is brilliant. It’s a YA series that realizes the absolute horridness of a lot of teenagers lives in a medievalish setting. I’m glad I volunteered to read that ARC. The other author I am thankful to have discovered this year is Chris Evans’s “Iron Elves” series, which I like to describe as what would happen if the British Empire invaded Middle Earth.

  9. I’m thankful for Patricia Briggs again this year. Now I have both Mercy and Anna!

    I’m a follower and I posted this on the Contests & Giveaways section on my sidebar


  10. PC & Kristen Cast and their series “House of Night.

  11. There are some great books on this list already. I have read a few of them and have to agree with them. But I am going to add a new one to the mix here. Ken Scholes. He has written Lamentation and Canticle. I have just finished the second book and am getting ready to do my review in the next day or two. I like to have a lot going on in my books and these fit that to the T. This series is a 5 book series so I will be waiting for the next and the two after that.

  12. I was most grateful for a non-fantasy book, A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnolley. I think I spelled her last name wrong. Sorry. It was just a good book about real people who do real things and the type of situations they find themselves in. It was refreshing. But dont’ worry, I still read fantasy. :)

  13. I was nudged by a lovely lady at Dorchester into reading CL Wilson’s Fey series and tore through the whole series. It’s a wonderful fantasy romance series, and the fantasy world is very detailed and “lived in.”

  14. I’m most thankful for being introduced to and reading Kat Richardson’s Greywalker. I’d never read anything quite like it and it’s opened the doors to a whole new genre of books, urban fantasy. :-)

  15. I was so happy to have been introduced to Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series!

  16. Nicole Peeler’s debut novel Tempest Rising is what I am greatful for, I was laughing out loud and I needed to laugh!

  17. I had never read a Nalini Singh book until a came across a link to her story while cruising Amazon. I bought the first book, Slave to Sensation, and enhaled it, and couldn’t wait to return to the Psy/Changeling world that she had created. Went out and bought every book in this series, and just finished reading her latest release, Blaze of Memory.

    Grateful to all the authors that take me away into their imaginative worlds, and make me want to return again and again. Truly the mark of a wonderful storyteller.


  18. Congratulations to Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy for winning the drawing and our copy of Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong!

  19. I am most grateful to have read The Briar King by Greg Keyes. I bought the book on 7/14/2008 and it sat on my shelf for over a year before I decided to read it. Then, I kicked myself for not reading it sooner! Now, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the remaining books in the series.

    Tracey D

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