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message 1: by Char (last edited Dec 06, 2015 08:08AM) (new)

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Come on in and share your top tens lists of the year with us!

What were your favorite novels? Favorite audio books? Short story collections? Bizarro books? We love lists and we love sharing and talking about them!


message 3: by Char (last edited Dec 06, 2015 08:28AM) (new)

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Ken wrote: "In no particular order:


1. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
2. The Journal of Reginald Perigar by David Haynes
3. [book:The Stake|1..."


Nice, Ken! Lansdale was big for me these year too, plus I'm a huge fan of Fevre Dream. :)


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Ken B | 6543 comments Charlene wrote: "Ken wrote: "Nice, Ken! Lansdale was big for me these year too, plus I'm a huge fan of Fevre Dream...."

Your review and re-reading were the reason I read that book.


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Sonya marie madden | 799 comments Ken I'm going to try some of the books on your list.

It by Stephen King
The stand by Stephen King
Interview with the vampire by Anne rice (started my writing career)
Turning angel by Greg iles
The firm by John Grisham
The witching hour by Anne rice
Cold cold heart by Tami Hoag
Dear mr henshaw (children book)
Belonging
Jessi's secret language (babysitters club)


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "In no particular order:


1. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
2. The Journal of Reginald Perigar by David Haynes
3. [book:The Stake|1..."



I loved fevre dream, too.


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Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Ken wrote: "Charlene wrote: "Ken wrote: "Nice, Ken! Lansdale was big for me these year too, plus I'm a huge fan of Fevre Dream...."

Your review and re-reading were the reason I read that book."


That's pretty cool. Thanks for letting me know. :)


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
in no particular order after #1 & 2

1. The Last American Vampire
2. Fevre Dream
3 It
4.NOS4A2 (audiobook version)
5.The Martian
6.The Girl with All the Gifts
7. White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
8.Locke & Key
9.Dracula the full cast audible edition
10. Swan Song


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WendyB  | 3128 comments Mod
Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
V Wars: Blood and Fire by J. Maberry and others
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
Steelheart by Brian Sanderson
Locked Doors by Blake Crouch
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon
Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand

...and even though I haven't finished it: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke may be my favorite book this year.


message 11: by Bill (last edited Dec 06, 2015 10:58AM) (new)

Bill (llibrro) | 1113 comments The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For Emily (ss)
Stay Awake
Horus Rising


message 12: by Char (new)

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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading* wrote: "In no particular order and excluding re-reads


1. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
2. The Girl on the Train
3. [book:A Curious Tale of the In-Between..."


Erin, wasn't Lonesome Dove so good? :)


Leviathan Libraries (leviathanlibraries) 1. Beneath Claire's House by Corey J. Popp
2. The Martian by Andy Weir
3. Glyphbinder by T. Eric Bakutis
4. Sorrow's Point by Danielle DeVor
5. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
6. I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell
7. The Jacq of Spades by Patricia Loofbourrow
8. The Star Agency by R.E. Weber
9. The Voyages Of The Seven by R.E. Weber
10. Prince of Nightmares by John McNee


message 14: by Cuniculus (last edited Dec 06, 2015 01:45PM) (new)

Cuniculus Potterton | 2882 comments In no particular order:

1. Toybox by Al Sarrantonio (short story collection)
2. The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon (novel)
3. La mort est mon métier by Robert Merle (novel)
4. Dreamsongs Volume I by George R. R. Martin (short story collection(s), audio book (Traumlieder 1: Erzählungen) )
5. The Bottomsby Joe R. Lansdale (novel)
6. A Fine Dark Line by Joe R. Lansdale (novel)
7. The Best of Robert Bloch by Robert Bloch (short story collection)
8. Clickers by J. F. Gonzalez (novel)
9. Flood by Andrew Vachss (novel)
10. Punk Land by Carlton Mellick III (novel)
11. Cthulhu Comes to the Vampire Kingdom by Cameron Pierce (novella)
12. Eden: It's an Endless World, Volume 1 by Hiroki Endo (manga series)
13. Madrapour by Robert Merle (novel)
14. Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read by Anthony Horowitz (short stories)
15. More Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz (short stories)


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Ken B | 6543 comments Ekel wrote: "In no particular order:

1. Toybox by Al Sarrantonio (short story collection)
2. The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon (novel)
3. [book:La mort est mon métier|944..."



The Traveling Vampire Show is one of my all-time favorites


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For Emily (ss)
Stay A..."


I'm glad "all the heads turn when the hunt goes by" made yout top 10. I've had that on my to read list for a while. I like bird box, too but I read that last year.


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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 6099 comments Mod
Tentative Top 10 of 2015: (I usually post a "top 25" at the end of the year, since I read @ 250 books & anthologies a year).
1. CONDEMNED, Michael McBride Condemned: A Thriller
2. THE STRAW MEN, Michael Marshall The Straw Men
3. SNOWBLIND II: The Killing Grounds, Michael McBride Snowblind II: The Killing Grounds
4. SEEING EVIL, Jason Parent Seeing Evil
5. SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART, Bernard Taylor Sweetheart, Sweetheart
6. LITTLE GIRLS, Ronald Malfi Little Girls
7. SOUR CANDY, Kealan Patrick Burke Sour Candy
8. THE CORMORANT, Stephen Gregory The Cormorant
9. THE GODSEND, Bernard Taylor The Godsend
10. LAST DAYS, Adam Nevill Last Days
COLLECTIONS
1. QUIET, KEEPS TO HIMSELF, Michael McBride Quiet, Keeps to Himself by Michael McBride
2. NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2, John Connolly Night Music Nocturnes Volume Two by John Connolly
3. BLACKWATER: The Complete Caskey Family Saga , Michael McDowell Blackwater The Complete Caskey Family Saga by Michael McDowell
4. DEAD ROSES, Evans Light, Adam Light, Jason Parent, Gregor Xane, Ed Lorn Dead Roses Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love by Evans Light
5. THROUGH A MIRROR, DARKLY, Kevin Lucia Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kevin Lucia
6. BAD APPLES 2, Evans Light, Adam Light, Jason Parent, Kealan Patrick Burke, Gregor Xane, Ed Lorn Bad Apples 2 Six Slices of Halloween Horror by Kealan Patrick Burke


message 18: by Char (new)

Char  | 14252 comments Mod
llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For Emily (ss)
Stay A..."


It's very nice to see John Farris getting some love with All Heads Turn As the Hunt Goes By.


message 19: by Char (new)

Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Kimberly wrote: "Tentative Top 10 of 2015: (I usually post a "top 25" at the end of the year, since I read @ 250 books & anthologies a year).
1. CONDEMNED, Michael McBride Condemned: A Thriller
2. T..."


Awesome lists, Kimberly!


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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 6099 comments Mod
Charlene wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "Tentative Top 10 of 2015: (I usually post a "top 25" at the end of the year, since I read @ 250 books & anthologies a year).
1. CONDEMNED, Michael McBride [book:Condemned: A Thrill..."


(There are quite a few more Valancourt titles on my top 25....)


message 21: by Bandit (last edited Dec 08, 2015 08:53AM) (new)

Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments I'm reading less horror now, but here are the stand outs from 2015
Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke Abraham Road A Novella by Kristopher Kelly Night Freight by Bill Pronzini The Inanimates I by Katherine Marzinsky Hope for the Wicked (Larry Laughlin, #1) by Edward Lorn Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon Brother by Ania Ahlborn The Madman's Tale by John Katzenbach Prince of Nightmares by John McNee

And here's the non horror top 10 (well, 11, no, ok, 12, oh crap, ok 14 it is)

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon Paradise City by Elizabeth Day The Geography of Genius A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner The Relic Master A Novel by Christopher Buckley The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell Somebody I Used to Know by David J. Bell
Gladyss of the Hunt by Arthur Nersesian Treasure Coast by Tom Kakonis In the Land of Invented Languages Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build a Perfect Language by Arika Okrent The Next Species The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man by Michael Tennesen The Poser by Jacob Rubin Before He Finds Her A Novel by Michael Kardos Color A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay


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Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 6099 comments Mod
Bandit wrote: "Kin by Kealan Patrick BurkeAbraham Road A Novella by Kristopher KellyBefore He Finds Her A Novel by Michael KardosThe Inanimates I by Katherine MarzinskyHope for the Wicked (Larry Laughlin, #1) by Edward Lorn[bo..."

I can't wait for the sequel to KIN!!!!!


message 23: by Char (new)

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Kimberly wrote: "Bandit wrote: "Kin by Kealan Patrick BurkeAbraham Road A Novella by Kristopher KellyBefore He Finds Her A Novel by Michael KardosThe Inanimates I by Katherine Marzinsky[bookcover:Hope for the Wick..."

Me either! Nice list, Bandit!


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Heidi Ward (battyward) | 103 comments In horror, I enjoyed: In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey The Moon Will Look Strange by Lynda E. Rucker House of Windows by John Langan White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber , and I'm going to add some amazing sci-fi: Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch, #3) by Ann Leckie The City & the City by China Miéville The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber


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Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Heidi wrote: "In horror, I enjoyed:In the Country of Last Things by Paul AusterA Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones [bookcover:The Girl with ..."

I need to read me some Stephen Graham Jones. I like your lists, Heidi!


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
Heidi, on my phone your list looks good but I can't make out what's what. I'm going to look when I get home. I bet I'll ending up saving a bunch of those to my to read list.


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Bandit (lecturatoro) | 8224 comments Thanks, Charlene.
When is that coming out?
Now I'm wondering if In the Country of Last Things is really horror...love that book.


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Heidi Ward (battyward) | 103 comments Latasha wrote: "Heidi, on my phone your list looks good but I can't make out what's what... "

I usually go with title links, but I was trying to have fun. Now I see why title links are better!


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Heidi Ward (battyward) | 103 comments Bandit wrote: "Thanks, Charlene.
When is that coming out?
Now I'm wondering if In the Country of Last Things is really horror...love that book."


Well, I see it as pretty grim speculative fiction, and at times I was totally horrified, so to me it's horror like The Road is horror. Whatever it is, I loved it too!


message 30: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt | 761 comments llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For Emily (ss)
Stay A..."


Horus Rising, nice. I've read the first four or so in the series.


message 31: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
It's ok Hiedi, I did check them out on my phone. I added a few and there was some already on my to read list.


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Robert Mingee (robertmingee) | 776 comments Heidi wrote: "Latasha wrote: "Heidi, on my phone your list looks good but I can't make out what's what... "

I usually go with title links, but I was trying to have fun. Now I see why title links are better!"


Yeah, I read Goodreads on a 10" tablet most of the time, so I personally much prefer title links to covers, because the covers are small, and some have the actual title in very small print or poorly contrasted color. Not a huge deal, just agreeing with your point. :-)


message 33: by Bill (new)

Bill (llibrro) | 1113 comments Ctgt wrote: "llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For E..."


Ctgt wrote: "llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For E..."


Horus Rising is a new direction for me but I love it so far.


message 34: by Bill (new)

Bill (llibrro) | 1113 comments Heidi wrote: "In horror, I enjoyed:In the Country of Last Things by Paul AusterA Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones [bookcover:The Girl with ..."

Good list. I had a hard time with "The Book Of Strange New Things" though. Probably because I read it immediately following "Under the Skin," which I thought was brilliant, and was expecting too much.


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Bill (llibrro) | 1113 comments Latasha wrote: "llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For E..."


Well I didn't really rank them in order of preference yet. Was just "writing out loud" I guess. "All Heads Turn..." is one hell of a read, but I'll say it's probably not for everybody. It's a little long and rambling, but I thought well worth it.


message 36: by Bill (new)

Bill (llibrro) | 1113 comments Charlene wrote: "llibrro wrote: "The Girl With All The Gifts
Ready Player One
All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By
Tampa
Bird Box
Penpal
Brother
Corrosion
Come Closer
Wool Omnibus
Ceremonies
The Border
A Rose For E..."


Have you ever read "A Rose for Emily" by Faulkner. I read it in high school i think but found a copy on the shelf over Thanksgiving and reread it. Very interesting.


message 37: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
That's on my to read list. *sigh* one day...


message 38: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Ward (battyward) | 103 comments I used to teach "A Rose for Emily" in a college lit class. so much fun to watch them work it out for the first time. (evil cackle)


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 875 comments Charlene wrote: "Erin, wasn't Lonesome Dove so good? :)
"


Yes, it really was! Had characters in there you never quite let go of.


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Ctgt wrote: "Lonesome Dove

The Dark Descent

Summer of Night

Paradise Sky

Beyond Redemption

The Six-Gun Tarot

T..."</i>

You have some awesome books on your list, Ctgt! It's great to see [book:Lonesome Dove
get so much love this year. Man, I loved that book!
I'm listening to Paradise Sky right now and I have a feeling it's going to end up on one of my top 10 lists too. :)



message 43: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt | 761 comments Charlene wrote: "I'm listening to Paradise Sky right now and I have a feeling it's going to end up on one of my top 10 lists too. :)"

Lonesome Dove was the best book I've read in years.


message 44: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth (kennethc) | 4 comments Don't have a full Top Ten. Sad, but a number of books I read disappointed me this year.

But these, at least, were really good.

More Happy Than Not
Bird Box
The Girl on the Train
The Kind Worth Killing
Bring Up the Bodies
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Find a Victim
The Postman Always Rings Twice


message 45: by Char (new)

Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Kenneth wrote: "Don't have a full Top Ten. Sad, but a number of books I read disappointed me this year.

But these, at least, were really good.

More Happy Than Not
Bird Box
[book:T..."


Nice, Kenneth! Love me some James M. Cain.


message 46: by Char (new)

Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Ctgt wrote: "Charlene wrote: "I'm listening to Paradise Sky right now and I have a feeling it's going to end up on one of my top 10 lists too. :)"

Lonesome Dove was the best book I've read in years."


I know! I resisted reading it for years and when I finally gave in and read it, I was so pissed at myself for putting it off. It has everything...including one of the best, strongest friendships ever created in a novel.
Have you read the other ones, Ctgt?


message 47: by Ctgt (new)

Ctgt | 761 comments Nope. Gonna be real hard to top LD.


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
My mom loves the movie. Maybe I should buy her the book?


message 49: by Char (new)

Char  | 14252 comments Mod
Latasha wrote: "My mom loves the movie. Maybe I should buy her the book?"

I've only seen the last half of the movie, but what I saw was excellent. Duval and Tommy Lee Jones, I think it was, but to me, the book was even better. All the Feels as the young kids say. ;)


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Latasha (latasha513) | 11050 comments Mod
that's good. I'll either buy it for her or tell her about it. I vaguely remember the movie from watching it with her during my younger years.


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