Thoughtful Thursday: What’s the best book you read last month?

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIt’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in January 2014 and why did you love it? It doesn’t have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don’t forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks.

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  1. Torrent (Rust and Relic) by Lindsay Buroker — it was the buddy read over at my blog (scroll down a bit–it’s still on the front page and check comments for various opinions). I really enjoyed it AND Louisiana Longshot — a cozy mystery, which was also in the buddy reads. Some good stuff there. I’d like to try books two in both of those series.

    Link to blog/review:

  2. Sandyg265 /

    My favorite book from January was Standup Guy by Stuart Woods. His plots aren’t believable but I like the characters and it was a good light read for a snowy day.

  3. Definitely Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. The review is up today. I can’t wait to read more Laini Taylor!

  4. Melanie Goldmund /

    For me, it’s a tie between Thieves’ Quarry, by D.B. Jackson, and Fiddlehead, by Cherie Priest.

    And my favourite re-read, or in this case, re-listen, was The Scarifyers: The Secret Weapon of Doom. *happy sigh*

  5. Lisa Gardner’s “Fear Nothing” – see here ( – she is so good and this one is as great as its predecessors.

    Or possibly “Magistrates of Hell” by Barbara Hambly (see here – great fantasy writing.

    Or even “Entry Island” by Peter May (here – brilliantly atmospheric writing.

    January was a great month – but February’s looking good too so far

  6. The Good Lord Bird with the Last Policeman a close second

  7. RedEyedGhost /

    Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht – simply an amazing book.

    • I admire you for finishing it. I thought her writing, and her depiction of the Irish Troubles, were excellent. I found the supernatural element a tad unconvincing and I really resented a certain comic-book trope regarding the wife/sweetheart character. I couldn’t finish this one, although I would read an historical novel by her in a heartbeat.

  8. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. This is a children’s book, but what a perfectly delightful cast of characters. Highly recommended.

  9. Barbara Elness /

    The best book I read in January was Lisa Shearin’s The Grendel Affair. Great start to a new series!

    • I keep seeing this book everywhere. It must be a sign that I need to try it.

  10. It would have to be Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. First book in a while that I’ve been pushing at others too.

  11. I had some lovely four/five star audiobooks to listen to in February:
    The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland – terrific MG/YA where the juveniles are dragons. A bit gory and violent in places but fits with the dragons as main characters.

    Airborn by Kenneth Oppel – I’m a bit sad that it took me so long to find this one. Terrific steampunk YA.

    Also read some other four/five star books that are older as it just plain took me so long to get through my to read list to them:
    The King’s Blood by Daniel Abraham, second in the series and lots of fun though a bit tragic and sad and quite a bit mercenary in parts.
    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fford – completely irreverent and fun but serious thought provoking story with interesting characters and world building.

    I was also in on the buddy read Maria mentions above so I also enjoyed the UF, Torrent by Lindsay Buroker and Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon (which is an unusual cozy mystery in that the main is a covert operations agent with lots of training as opposed to the usual amateur sleuths in cozies).

  12. I finally got around to Ancillary Justice, too. And have since been searching for a follow-up of similar quality!

  13. I finally got around to Ancillary Justice, too. And have since been searching for a follow-up of similar quality! And this comment just got rejected because the site felt it was a duplicate and I had “already said that”! Maybe that needs fixing? Or is it really not acceptable for two people to like the same book?

  14. Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis was a strange but stimulating mashup of murder-mystery, noir, quantum physics, teleology, archangels, cherubim, seraphim…… I said, a little different but in a good way.

    I also really enjoyed a collection of “dark fiction” shorts by Joel Lane called The Lost District, not really straight up horror but some really dark subject matter.

    If anyone enjoys history I loved With the Old Breeed by E.B. Sledge about his time as a marine in the battles on Peleliu and Okinawa during WWII.

  15. The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic. It was bad in a fun way, like a cheesy John Carpenter movie.

  16. Trey Palmer /

    The Devil’s Horesemen by James Chambers.

    It prompted me to finally read The Mongoliad and surprisingly, the real history in The Devil’s Horesemen has proven more interesting.

  17. Maria, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  18. Woowoo! I sent in the info! Thank you so much!

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