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Best of 2012

Not everything one experiences or discovers in any given year was born of that year. But of the thousand random thises and thats we stumble across or imbibe, read or view or hear or masticate or quaff, some things just stick, you know?  Some things keep coming back to you in conversations with random friends and . . . → Read More: Best of 2012

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Best of 2012: My Picks

As far as brand-new works go, 2012 saw worthy follow-ups to a couple of individuals with very strong debuts in previous years. I’ve quite enjoyed both Hannu Rajaniemi’s and Howard Andrew Jones’ series continuations. But I’d have to give the nod to Jones for best new title for Bones of the Old Ones.

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Best of 2012: My Picks

The best book of the year for me was without any doubt Magnus Flyte’s City of Dark Magic, of which I noted “What a superb listen this is proving to be! It’s a perfect combination of truly great story and magnificent voicing by the narrator. Bravo!” Following closely is an audiobook I’m listening to now . . . → Read More: Best of 2012: My Picks

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Best of 2012: My Picks

Books — that’s a hard one. Glen Cook’s Dread Empire books. Joss Whedon’s and Warren Ellis’ runs on Astonishing X-Men. (Old news, all of them, but new for me this past year.) Brian K. Vaughan has a new comics series out, Saga — space opera, with magic.

Music — that’s even harder. A recent rediscovery, . . . → Read More: Best of 2012: My Picks

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Best of 2012: My Picks

Book – Westlake Soul, by Rio Youers. Simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and deeply moving, with a premise that I suspect hasn’t been attempted ever before. Runner-up is Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of Fairy Tale.

Music – It just snuck in under the wire, but Mike Cooley’s “The Fool On Every Corner” takes it for me. You . . . → Read More: Best of 2012: My Picks

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Best of 2012: My Picks

I’ve really been enjoying the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaranovitch, including this year’s entry, Whispers Underground. It’s urban fantasy, set in London, and that matters: the geography and history of London matter in these books in a way that I seldom see in other stories.

In many ways, the series is what I . . . → Read More: Best of 2012: My Picks

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Best of 2012: My Picks

Favorite “new” discovery is Cathrynne Valente’s writing, specificially “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland”; also high on the “how did I miss this for all these years?” list is Alan Garner’s work. The first was discovered through the various conventions I went to in 2012, while the latter came from the Sleeping Hedgehog grab bag — . . . → Read More: Best of 2012: My Picks