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

FanLit Readers' Favorites!It’s the first Thursday of the month. You know what that means. Time to report!

What is the best book you read in September 2015 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.

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  1. Adam Selby-Martin /

    I just finished The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrive. I was fortunate enough to get a signed copy of it. It’s a cracking Holmes story with a big dash of steampunk, which still manages to feel within the general ACD canon

  2. September was Expanse month read Abaddon’s Gate (Expanse, #3), Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4), Nemesis Games (Expanse, #5) and two expanse novellas. Gonna go with ‘Gate’ as the best of the bunch. (But they’re all pretty awesome)

  3. Caroline /

    The best book I read was Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan. Book number five in the Wheel of Time series, I found it no less interesting or enticing than the others. It was by far the best book I read in September. The plot line was fantastic, characters described so beautifully they seemed to live, and the imagery so brilliantly done than nothing I’ve ever read could hold a spark to it.

  4. It’s close between The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin and The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, but I’m gonna have to go with Jemisin. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to get around to reading this, it’s been on my shelf forever. But now I have to go read everything else she’s written.

  5. The best book I read in September was Half a War (Shattered Sea #3) by Joe Abercrombie. A great conclusion to the series! I reviewed it here:

  6. Ren Bedell /

    I read the first two books of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, Lord Foul’s Bane and The Illearth War, by Stephen R. Donaldson. This series so far is fantastic. While the story isn’t necessarily new and does it’s fair share of either paying tribute or mocking earlier fantasy tropes, the characters are perfect. Everyone is so dynamic and the lamentations of Thomas Covenant is frustratingly brilliant. I felt the Illearth War was a little better mainly because the story is more involved and moves a bit quicker. I just started the 3rd one today!

  7. Kayla /

    My favorite was The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin. It took me a few months after finishing the second one to get to this, but I’m so glad I finally read it. I loved it.

  8. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderons, because of that magic system! It’s like a science.

  9. Melanie Goldmund /

    In September, I read the final two books of the Age of Steam trilogy, by Devon Monk; Tin Swift, and Cold Copper. I like steampunk and Weird West books anyway, and these books just hit my sweet spot. The pacing was fast, but not hectic, the characters were all different but all endearing in their own way, everything was just about perfect.

    I also read Fated, by Benedict Jacka, a completely different but no less enjoyable fantasy book. I’ll definitely be checking out the other Alex Verus books.

    As for science fiction, I dove into the Diving Bundle of novellas by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I’ve always been fascinated by the Diving Universe, so I was excited to read these. My only quibble was that they were too short, being novellas and not doorstopper tomes. Ah, well.

    Playing God, by Sarah Zettel, was also enjoyable, though it had a few too many POV characters for my scatterbrain. Just my personal weakness, that’s all. I will definitely read more books by her, though.

    At the very beginning of the month, I also read In the Garden of Iden, by Kage Baker, which I’d always wanted to read. I found it enjoyable, if not overwhelmingly so, and I’ll probably read the next one in the series sometime soon.

    • April /

      I loved Devon Monk’s Age of Steam books (I hear she may be expanding that one soon) and Benedict Jacka is also good, it is so much more rare to find good urban fantasy with male protags that seem to be decent, cool people.

  10. April /

    My favorite book that I read in September would have to be the audio version of Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess which I loved to tiny little pieces. It made my commute the best part of my day the whole time I was listening to it.

    I also enjoyed:
    The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher – the sequel to Oversight that features England with magic and beasties and things that definitely go bump in the night and those there to keep those beasties from taking over. Also brings up some sticky moral questions.

    Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan was also very good, one of the creepiest ghost stories I’ve read (but I don’t really do scary things so probably way mild for most folks) with an excellent main character.

    Fearless by Elliott James – (third in the series) which ties together myth, legend and urban fantasy tropes in a good way.

  11. RedEyedGhost /

    My September was mostly average books, I didn’t hate anything I read but I didn’t love any of it either.

    The Sixth Gun Vol. 4 by Bunn and Hurttt
    Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher
    Avempartha by Michael Sullivan
    The Man Who Rained by Ali Shaw

    Maybe Avempartha was my favorite…

  12. Adam Selby-Martin, 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!

  13. Adam Selby-Martin /

    Oh no! So sorry, I live in the UK. I didn’t read the rules right. Can you pass the prize to another commenter?

  14. Adam Selby-Martin /

    Oh no, just my luck! I live in the UK – sorry, I didn’t read the rules correctly! Can the prize go to another commenter?

  15. DJ, 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!

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