2013: A Year in SFF – Lisa’s Picks

It’s nearing the end of 2013, and that means it’s time to take a look back at some of our favorite things from the past year. What were some of your favorite Fantasy or Science Fiction works from the year? Let us know in the comments or link us to a post of your own!

What was your favorite fantasy/sci-fi book you read in 2013?

This is really tough because I’ve read a lot of really great books this year that I’ve loved. So I’m going to cheat a bit.

The Naamah series (Naamah’s Kiss, Naamah’s Curse, Naahmah’s Blessing) by Jacqueline Carey was sooooo good. I read all three books (they’re over 700 pages each) in a week and a half.

I also really loved reading Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold–that style is so different from most things I read and I found it really refreshing (which may seem odd to those of you familiar with grimdark).

Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon was another favorite. The characters were everything in that book. Can’t wait for the next one.

Rob Thurman’s Slashback–I love this series and highly recommend to anyone that likes urban fantasy.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Again, it’s a very different style than what I normally read, and for that reason it was thoroughly enjoyable. I don’t think you’ll find a better example of historical fantasy anywhere.

There really is a lot of variety in fantasy!

Your Favorite fantasy/sci-fi movie of 2013?

For a minute I thought I’d have a hard time picking this one, but then I remembered Pacific Rim. That was my favorite, for sure.

Favorite fantasy/sci-fi tv show of 2013?

I’m enjoying Sleepy Hollow. It’s ridiculous, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also entertaining. I did a review of the first episode, so you can check out my thoughts on it there.

I’m also really loved this latest season of The Walking Dead. I’ve watched the show on and off since its premiere, and something about this season kept me interested all the way through (the show has a tendency to get slow in the middle of arcs). A few times I had to watch it with a blanket half over my face because I am a scared-y cat.

Favorite any-other-genre-that’s-not-SF-or-fantasy book?

I honestly can’t remember if I read anything that wasn’t SFF this year. I’m sure I have, but I don’t remember it. I know I’ve re-read some things that were other genres but nothing that was a first time read. Oh well, for arguments sake, lets say In Pursuit of the Green Lion by Judith Merkle Riley, because I know I at least read that this year (although it was probably my tenth or so time reading it).

Favorite fantasy/sci-fi poetry or short story anthology?

Even though I haven’t finished reading it:  After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. Mainly because I love the editing team of Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

Close second: Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt.

Who’s the best author you discovered this year?

Probably a toss-up between Joe Abercrombie and Saladin Ahmed. I owe June Faramore a debt for enlightening me to the works of Joe Abercrombie, and Saladin Ahmed I discovered by following various authors on twitter.

Favorite fantasy/sci-fi or writing related websites or blogs?

I enjoy visiting Guild of Dreams and many other places.

Any other favorite fantasy/sci-fi related things from the year?

I can’t gush enough about the comics Saga and East of West (both put out by Image). They are not only great stories, but also have some fantastic artwork; I’m especially impressed with the coloring in East of West.

Also, thanks to the generosity of friends, I got to enjoy Otakon, meet Nobuhiro Watsuki’s wife, and see the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie on a big screen–twice! Definitely a highlight of the year for me.

 

Hope everyone has a great New Year and I’m looking forward to see what 2014 is going to bring!

~Lisa

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