Wendy: Best of 2014
I didn’t quite complete my 2014 challenges, as planned, but I’d say 120 books, audiobooks, and comics was a fair bit to chew on, and certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
Selecting the top reads of the year is never easy, but I managed. Here are ten books and comics from the bunch that really stood out for me:
This is a series that I had been meaning to get into for a long time, knowing that I wouldn’t be disappointed. If I’d known just how not disappointed I would be, I would have jumped on it a lot sooner! Not only did it become one of my favourite series for the year, but Jorg Ancrath, the series’ antagonist, became one of my all time favourite characters.
Zombies need love too, and Diana Rowland does such an amazing job of spinning the brain-eating fiend story with a wonderful main character. This book is such a fun, trashy read.
I’ve been working my way through some of the genre classics and the influential names I’ve heard, but not read. I chose to read Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein because of the word “grok” and as a result, have come to grok and appreciate this book very much.
I didn’t think a sequel could top Curse of Chalion, but Paladin of Souls utterly blew me away. Ista is such an astounding character, and Kate Reading does a phenomenal job of bringing her to life in the audiobook.
I’m a sucker for a good recommendation, and this one did not disappoint. Especially when, upon mentioning that I was reading it, many people shared their love for the series. The ending of several of the books within the collection left me flailing for more.
The cover caught my eye, but the trailer made me suspicious. Still, I was intrigued enough to see what this murder mystery was about. So glad I did. This book takes all the horror movie tropes and turns them upside down in the most unexpected and impressive ways.
I’m a Catwoman fan, but had not read what I now know to be the definitive story of the lady thief and antagonist/love interest of the Batman.
I read this pair’s Joker first, which I loved, but the moment I discovered they’d also done this story about Superman’s first villain, I bought it right away. Batman made his way into this book as well, but I don’t mind, since he, Luthor, and I all share the same thoughts on the Man of Steel.
I loved this so much that I ran out and bought copies for several friends the moment I finished reading it. Okay, I didn’t run out, because, online shopping. But I did buy them because when something is this good, I need everyone to know about it and share in the utter goodness that is the Rat Queens.
The Victorians really messed us up, turning our society into a bunch of prudes who think sex and the human body is something to be ashamed of. But, despite trying to hide it, many of us are still quite fond of sex. Sex Criminals is a hilarious book for both the prudish and the open minded alike.