The latest episode of the SF Signal podcast (one of the best SFF podcasts out there!) is available, discussing the best SFF novels of 2011, and I’m one of the included voices!
Novels I mention:
- Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht (REVIEW)
- Shadowheart by Tad Williams (REVIEW)
- The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham (REVIEW, EXCERPT)
- The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (REVIEW)
- Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (REVIEW)
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (REVIEW)
You can brush up on my favourite novels of 2011 HERE. You can listen to the episode HERE!
Every year, I like to gather together some of my favourite bloggers/fan writers and give them some extra exposure. If you’re voting for the Hugos, consider these bloggers/blogs for the ‘Best Fan Writer’ and ‘Best Fanzine’ awards!
My Favourite Blogs of 2011
Staffer’s Musings, edited by Justin Landon
Landon’s blog is new to the scene, but in the nine months he’s been around, he’s become one of my favourite voices in the community. He’s funny, but manages to use that sense of humour to eloquently and convincingly articulate his opinions and insights (even if I don’t always agree with him). He seems to post a new review each day, and he’s begun to interview authors. I expect big things of Landon in 2012. Plus, he looks like this.
Some posts of note:
His blog: http://staffersmusings.blogspot.com/
His twitter: @jdiddyesquire
Aside from reading, I spend a lot of my downtime playing videogames. I always have, I suspect I always will. Here’s a list of my favourite videogames published this year, a few I missed out on and one that’s so special that I had to include it, even though it came out in 2010.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
, published by Nintendo
It’s stylish and funny, has a labyrinthine storyline that never peters out even as it gets more and more twisty, more and more zany, and the animations are some of the best in the genre despite being on hardware that’s almost seven years old. It does everything right and deserves more attention.
Super Mario 3D Land
, published by Nintendo
Clever bite-size levels make this the best 3D Mario game since Super Mario 64. What more needs to be said?
Another year, another list of great novels. I don’t read widely enough to declare a ‘best of 2011,’ so instead here is a collection of my favourite novels published in 2011, starting with honourable mentioned (in no order) and capped off with my favourite novel of 2011, which might come as a bit of a surprise.
Shadowheart by Tad Williams
Shadowheart is, essentially, one enormous climax. The pacing is frenetic (for a Williams novel…) and the author fills every nook and cranny of the novel with feverish action, enlightening observations on the plot or characters and enough twists and turns to keep fans of the series happy. It’s always bittersweet to see a series come to an end; as fans, we are always eager to find out what happens to our heroes and heroines, but, equally, we don’t want them to ever leave our lives. Perhaps the greatest thing I can say about Shadowheart is that through four long volumes of a story, Williams convinced me to care utterly for his characters and there’s a hole now in my life where they once lived. Few story tellers can do that. Williams does it with alarming regularity.
Read my full review of Shadowheart by Tad Williams.