Red-Headed Stepchild, by Jaye Wells, is the first in an all new urban fantasy series.
Adventurers Wanted: Slathbog’s Gold, by M. L. Forman, is the beginning of an all new fantasy series for youth.
I read a total of 144 books in 2008, a few less than last year actually. I blame it on adopting Lois Lane.
The number breakdown:
59 authors never read before.
130 scifi/fantasy novels or graphic novels read.
35 were young adult or children’s books.
91 book reviews written.
8 movies received in 2008.
315 books received in 2008.
127 titles received from Penguin Books (ACE, ROC, DAW, etc).
48 titles received from Pocket Books.
39 titles received from Hachette Books (Orbit).
22 titles received from Gold Eagle/Harlequin.
12 titles received from Abaddon Books.
11 titles received from Random House.
9 titles received from HarperCollins.
8 titles received from Mirrorstone Books.
7 titles received from Solaris Books.
6 titles received from Shadow Mountain Publishing.
4 titles received from IDW.
3 titles received from Tor/Forge.
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, by Alison Goodman
Eon is a candidate for the next Dragoneye, but he has a couple things working against him. First, he is a cripple, from an accident he can’t remember. And the other is that Eon is actually Eona, a girl. But females aren’t allowed to be dragoneyes, so she is forced to hide herself as Eon. A secret, that if found out, could kill her.
As the year comes to a close, here are my lists of favorite books published this past year, for both adults and youth/children.
Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy Books:
1. Touch of Twilight, by Vicki Pettersson
2. Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls, by David Mack
3. Child of a Dead God, by Barb and J.C. Hendee
4. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
5. Dragonforge, by James Maxey
6. Goblin War, by Jim C. Hines
7. Dead To Me, by Anton Strout
8. Deja Demon, by Julie Kenner
9. Rogue Angel: Gabriel’s Horn, by “Alex Archer”/Mel Odom
10. Small Favor, by Jim Butcher
– If I was including reprints (hardback to paperback) in 2008, Star Trek: The Academy: Collision Course, by William Shatner, Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens and The Last Days of Krypton, by Kevin J. Anderson
would have certainly be on the list as well.
Because of the number of wonderful young adult and children’s book released this year, I decided to do a separate list.
Youth/Children’s Top 10 List:
1. Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, by Brandon Mull
2. Vampirates: Blood Captain, by Justin Somper
3. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia, by John Flanagan
4. The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail, by Michael P. Spradlin
5. Pillage, by Obert Skye
6. Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer
7. The Stowaway: Stone of Tymora, by R.A. and Geno Salvatore
8. City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare
9. Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini
10. Ranger’s Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North, by John Flanagan
-Stephenie Meyer made both lists.
-John Flanagan placed on the youth/children’s list twice.
-Anton Strout was the only debut author that made the list.
-15 of the 20 novels are sequels in a series.
-3 novels are first in a new series.
-2 novels are stand alone.
What were some of your favorites?
The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle is a graphic novel based on the hit series, written by Jim Butcher and illustrated by Ardian Syaf.