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Friday, December 27, 2013

The Books of 2013: Genre Grab Bag

We’ll start the yearly wrap up with the genres that I read less frequently: Non-Fiction, Romance, YA, and Anthologies. (I read enough YA for it’s own category last year, but read more mysteries this year.)
 
 
 
Non-Fiction

A History of the World in 6 Glasses (2005) Tom Standage  (10/10)

This is a look at how six beverages: beer, wine, liquor, coffee, tea, and Coca Cola–changed the world. I found it both fascinating and enjoyable as things I knew but hadn’t really considered (living without access to clean water) were put into perspective.
 
 
 
Romance

Midsummer Moon (1987) Laura Kinsale  (8/10)

This book had a marvelous cover what first attracted me, and then the story was an amusing romp. There are elements of fantasy and steampunk, but they are only a minor part of the story. How can you resist a story where a hedgehog is a (non-speaking) recurring character?

Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel (2013) Jeaniene Frost  (8/10)

Theoretically, this is supernatural fantasy, but the romance is really the largest part of the story, so I decided it’s primary classification was romance. And although there are vampires, and there is a lot of boinking, it’s really quite good.
 
 
 
YA

Shadow Falls

Whispers at Moonrise (2012) C. C. Hunter  (8/10)

Chosen at Nightfall (2013) C.C. Hunter  (8/10)

These two books are the conclusion to Kylie Galen’s story arc, and I thought she did a lovely job wrapping up Kylie’s discovery of who she is and how she fits into the world. The parallel series, focusing on Delia Tang, is, I believe, not YA, but the short stories and novella’s I’ve read have been quite good.
 
 
 
Anthologies

I love anthologies. These properly should have been classified as fantasy, but there were already too many books for that post.

Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013) edited by Paula Guran  (8/10)

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius (2013) John Joseph Adams  (8/10)

Teeth: Vampire Tales (2011) edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling  (8/10)

Happily Ever After (2011) edited by  John Klima   (8/10)

All of these are fantasy compilations, and all are quite good.

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