A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World – C.A. Fletcher
A post-apocalyptic dystopia about a dog getting stolen and its person crossing land and sea to get it back. Solid worldbuilding, a unique writing style, twists.
The Shards – Brett Easton Ellis
A pseudo-autobiographical Bildungsroman about a group of friends about to graduate high school while it seems a serial killer is circling and closing in on them. Sex and drugs galore.
A Gathering of Ravens – Scott Oden
A mytho-historical fantasy about a religious person forced into a pact with a knife-wielding Orcneas. Extremely well researched and impressively evokes the spirit and atmosphere of a time gone by by weaving together medieval tradition and Norse and Celtic lore.
Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz
An intelligent and unique double whodunnit mystery. A manuscript within a novel, paying homage to Agatha Christie.
Midnight Tides – Steven Erikson
“Of all the gifts Father Shadow has given his children, this one talent stands tallest.
Look away to see. Trust in it, and you will be led to Shadow. Where all truths hide.
Look away to see.
Now, look away.”
My colleague Juno and I are currently taking on and very much enjoying Steven Erikson’s 10-book masterpiece Malazan Book of the Fallen, and this fifth volume is one of my favorites so far. Up until now, we have often hit the ground running, without Erikson pausing to explain who’s who and what’s what. Even though hints are given, a flashback, or some exposition, I came to realize that I lacked the mental gymnastics to keep everything ordered in my head — and letting go of this was freeing. I have stopped expecting to grasp the world entire, no longer determined to get to the bottom of every potential connective thread and Easter egg. And still the series is chock-full of rich action and inspired moments that keep the pace hurtling forward. It has been a genre-warping journey through the high-water mark of modern fantasy.
This series is as dense as dark matter. Let it rocket to the top of your to-be-read list if you like having your mind blown by numerous storylines roping across multiple eras and continents, whole races and various individuals flush with power, climactic convergences rife with dazzling magics, ancient secrets and mysteries, cataclysmic battles, flashing daggers, dreadful beasts, brutal humanity, animal ferocity, humorous verbosity, abject tragedy, engaging philosophy, stoic wisdom, quiet observance and eloquent beauty.