Feeding the Mind

Today is World Literacy Day. If you follow my blog, you already benefit from this powerful skill. And if you are anything like me, you are looking for works upon which to use it, so I thought I would share a list of authors whose work I really enjoyed in the last 12 months.

Based on my ratings on Goodreads, my favourite authors for the last year were (in no particular order):

  • Misha Burnett: The Book of Lost Doors trilogy is both a ripping supernatural adventure and an explanation of what it means to be different in a conformist world.

  • Gareth Rees: Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London takes history apart to reveal the ambivalence of both traditional values and the mundane. Then hands the reader the tools to do it themselves.

  • Paul Cornell: London Falling brings a note of solid plausibility to the Urban Fantasy procedural.

  • HP Lovecraft: while obviously a product of his times, Lovecraft’s portrayal of true horror as that for which we feel no empathy is both genuinely terrifying and an indictment of our haste to judgement.

  • Ankaret Wells: The Requite series subverts the tropes of both Regency romance and steampunk to create a world both entertaining and socially insightful.

  • Kim Newman: I love almost all vampire tales, but the Anno Dracula series stands out as an exceptional example of neither re-treading old ground nor abandoning the very things that are most vampire.

  • Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time series has some patchy moments, but has enough depth to its metaphysics to more than make up for them.

Hopefully you can all find something new here, and if you have already read them all why not visit your local library for a myriad suggestions.

What did you love reading over the last 12 months?

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