Okay, so I’m trying on this whole blog meme thing. Boy am I behind on the times (example: I just learned to screencap on my phone about two months ago).
Top Ten Tuesday meme is courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish and I thank them for their wonderful, entertaining, and very bookish blog!
So here goes the Top 10 New (to me) authors I read in 2016! (in no order whatsoever
Gross. Deliciously gross. Don’t eat when you read this guy. Although the similes get a little ham-fisted after a minute, the gut-churning descriptions and vivid characterization leaves that perfect combination of nausea and excitement on the palate. I already have The Deep on my TBR, hoping Cutter can stand next to Dan Simmons as my go-to gore writers
Apocalypse, killer characters, nuclear holocaust, a 1000 page tome and McCammon might be the best of the old 80’s/90’s horror writers I’ve never heard of. Word is he has a decent werewolf book, The Wolf’s Hour, so I’ll be giving that a shot.
A well-executed concept that deftly switches back and forth between a survivalist reality TV show and a character who may or may not be deaing with a pandemic, Oliva’s writing is competent and her storytelling never boring.
Yep, that dude who invented a theory of evolution that revolutionized science and the world as we know it. Or whatever. Darwin likes pigeons and can also wax poetic while laying out a crazy detailed theory that shook up the world (and helped us understand our fear of snakes). Everyone knows Darwin, but how many can say they read him?
This book came to me by happenstance (my mom) and it turns out not only did it win last year’s Bram Stoker Best Novel Award, it’s a pretty interesting book. Lucky for me, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock was just around the corner.
6. Josh Malerman – Bird Box
In a culture overstuffed with dystopian futures and apocalyptic scenarios, Bird Box was a refreshing, spare story of an unknown apocalypse with an emphasis on character and story over a need for exposition. I can’t wait to see what else the guy writes
7. Michael Lewis – Moneyball
Being a Cub’s fan, this was a good year in baseball for me (being a Brown’s fan evens out that karma a bit). Michael Lewis made a story about statistics engaging, so he’s got my vote.
8. Mary Beard – The Fires of Vesuvius
I accidentally read this book, thinking it would focus on the famou 79 c.e. eruption, but it was more of a history lesson via archaeology, which Beard taught with a down-to-earth humor. I was so impressed that I followed it up with her S.P.Q.R, and I learned I never want to live in ancient times, mostly because the streets are running with human waste.
Yep, I’m a sucker for those idiots lost in the woods. Nevill evokes a haunting atmosphere and isolation, even as the story takes a left turn at weirdsville and never looks back. I’d like to check out his other books.
Normally a fiction writer, O’Nan brings to life a horrific tragedy to ensure that it’s legacy and lesson are not forgotten. Truly, more horrifying than any fiction I’ve ever read.