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Top 10 List

December 16, 2012

So, dear readers, the thing is, I work in retail. It is the holiday season. I’m going a wee bit nuts. Please bear with me. Or, poke me with sticks. That could be fun too. This week, I’d like to post my top 10 list for the year. This is something I make up every year to post at Little Professor. It’s not in any particular order because I love them all for different reasons.

20121216-002715.jpg Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
Joe Spork; clockworker, heir to a criminal empire, and all-around nice guy has, through no fault of his own, started the end of the world. He really feels that it’s his moral obligation to fix that.

 

 

 

20121216-002608.jpg Riveted by Meljean Brook
I just reviewed this one, but quick pitch:
Epic steampunk world-building meets Icelandic legend with some really hot romance.

 

 

 

20121216-002459.jpg Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Best graphic novel since Zita the Spacegirl! Or, a science fiction Wizard of Oz. Zita, our heroine, is trying to get home after being tossed unexpectedly across the universe and becoming a galactic hero. Then it gets complicated and awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

20121216-002414.jpg Partials by Dan Wells
Post-apocalyptic, dystopian, YA that knocks my socks off. Over a decade ago androids wiped out over 99% of the human race with a war and a plague. Kira is a medic who think she can cure the plague, but to do so she’ll have to track down one of the Partials and learn from it before it kills her or she sparks another war.

 

 

20121216-002327.jpg Hollow City by Dan Wells
Michael is a schizophrenic. That doesn’t mean that some of the monsters he sees aren’t real.

 

 

 

 

20121216-003101.jpg Blackout by Mira Grant
It’s hard to encapsulate this one since it’s the final book in a trilogy. **Spoiler for book 1**

Experimental cures for cancer and the common cold combined and created the zombie plague. We won. Mostly. Georgia and Shaun Mason were bloggers who uncovered a massive conspiracy in Feed. Georgia died. Now it’s getting worse.

 

 

20121216-002100.jpg Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis
This is the second book in the Kat, Incorrigible series.
Kat and her family go to Bath where ancient rituals, unexpected bathing, and a new friend conspire to get Kat into even more trouble with her Step-Mama. But more than her social standing is in danger; all of England might be at risk.

 

 

20121215-210816.jpg The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” That’s the first line. Need I say more? Well, ok. James Bond meets the X-Files. More? Myfanwy Thomas (pronounced ‘Miffany’) has woken up with no memory, surrounded by dead bodies that are all wearing latex gloves. There is a letter in her pocket telling her that she used to be someone else. Good luck!

 

 

20121215-210628.jpg The Far West by Patricia Wrede
My quick pitch for this series is Harry Potter meets Little House on the Prairie. And I love it.

 

 

 

 

20121215-210554.jpg An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
British nurse, Bess Crawford has succumbed the Spanish Flu. After a long recovery she can’t remember if the dead body she saw just before her collapse was real or a hallucination. When she discovers that the orderly who showed it to her is mysteriously dead she knows she has to keep looking.

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