Old Man's Words

Audio and Ebook SF&F reviews from one old man with a great big cup of S.T.F.U.!

My Complete 2016 Reading List

Click below to see my complete 2016 reading list. Some of these were reviewed, others were not. One of my goals for 2017 is to review every book that I read.

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The Best of 2016

Well it’s been an interesting year. I didn’t get everything blogged that I should have — 86 books as I write this, but only about 42 of those were covered by blog entries. But I did start the blog well into the year and so I guess I have that excuse, at least! Anyway, I thought I would take a few minutes and compile a best-of list from my personal 2016 reading list.

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Hollin’s Heir

A spectacularly imaginative space opera from a new indie author. Highly recommended.

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The Purge of Babylon

Summary: A fun post-apocalyptic zombie romp reminiscent of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter books. Rating: 3/5.

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The Hardest Working Author in Fantasy Literature

Brandon Sanderson announced today that he’s completed Oathbringer, volume three of The Stormlight Archive. Well, the first draft anyway. That’s the third thousand-page book in this epic, which started at around the same time that George R. R. Martin published the most recent Thrones book and Rothfuss published the most recent Kingkiller book.

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Why is Science Fiction so much less popular than Fantasy?

The 2016 Goodreads awards are out, and while I felt this was kind of an “off” year for both genres, I noticed that the vote tallies for one category were far greater than for the other.

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Blood Song

A wonderfully gritty and creative swords and sandals epic from newcomer Anthony Ryan.

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not alone

A very clever, page-turning plot-twister with a lot of currency in the era of social media and the 2016 election. The best indie SF effort I’ve read since Andy Weir’s The Martian.

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Gateway to Nifleheim

Interesting, albeit short, fantasy adventure by Glenn Thater, whom I had not read before. Kind of a cross between “The Black Company” and “The Thirteenth Warrior”.

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