Every Tuesday over at the The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic. The topic this week is:
Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (which is a great way to discuss those books that you loved that deserve some more attention).
- The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M H Boroson – this really was unexpectedly great! If you enjoy fantasy, myth, folklore, incredible monsters, spirits, excitement and kung fu then this could be the book for you.
- Age of Iron by Angus Watson – if you enjoy a good romping adventure, a tale of revenge, a tale of comradeship and you can stomach the more grisly side (which has been tempered by a slightly humourous take not to mention some very inventive cursing) then add to this a sprinkling of magic, some good old arena style games and an old fashioned tale involving difficult situations and heroic solutions – then give this book a try.
- The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett – I love this book and I think everybody should read it. Highly recommended. Creepy gothicness (it’s a word!)
- Miserere by Theresa Frohock – I loved it and was torn between racing to the end to find out what was going to happen next and wanting to savour each word. I love a book that just takes my attention from the first chapter and holds it throughout and, more than that, when the last page is complete makes me want to go back and start again from the first page.
- The St Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper – sexy steampunk set in Victorian England
- The Rebel Angel series by Gillian Philip – Seth is an excellent character – he’s cocky and cheeky, angry, brave – and lets face it – very easy on the brain!
- The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker – Kage Baker has brought to us a fantasy world filled with demons, gods, and different species. A whole world filled with Children of the Sun and other species. But, more than that, she’s brought us a romp of a novel. This book is fantasy and fun combined and I loved it. It’s like everything I love in my fantasy novels brought into a new world and looked at in a different way. Really, I totally recommend this book without hesitation.
- Witch Light by Susan Fletcher – Witch Light is the story of Corrag who has been named ‘witch’ and condemned to die by fire. As she spends her last few days in prison she agrees to tell her story to a visitor who is particularly interested in events that took place at Glencoe. I must say that at the start of the book I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this read but after the first few chapters I was totally taken with Corrag – in fact I was bewitched.
- The Split Worlds series by Emma Newman – a very interesting concept which involves a combination of a fae world, a world of mundanes and a world that is neither one or the other known as the Nether.
- The Copper Cat series by Jen Williams – What an incredibly enjoyable read. Well written, gory in parts but with a very healthy injection of humour. Does it bring anything new to fantasy – not really. But, in spite of that it’s one damned enjoyable read and anyway it has DRAGONS – or, more to the point A DRAGON – or, okay, a God who is in the form of A DRAGON! Just go read it!
Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads