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Year In Review: 2015 in Fiction

Year In Review: 2015 in Fiction

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Written shortly after I finished it: “I know it's only January, but goshdarnit, I can't imagine reading another novel this year that's half as magical as this one.” I stand by that. 

2. Swan Song by Robert McCammon

“Some cynical part of me waited for McCammon to run out of steam, or tricks, or whatever the hell he was using to power this magnificent show, but it never happened.” Read the rest of my review here. If that's too much to ask, here's the abridged version: this book is flippin' awesome.

3. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Brisk, violent, profound. Very nearly my favorite of the Bard's works, second only to Henry V

4. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Nobody does funny science fiction like Adams does. Am I heretic for saying I enjoyed this one even more than Hitchhiker's Guide? I am? Oh well.

5. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories by Richard Matheson

I've been a huge admirer of Matheson since reading I Am Legend several years ago. This collection is literary horror at its finest. Standouts include: “Nightmare at 20,00 Feet”; “Dress of White Silk”; “Mad House”; “Long Distance Call”; “The Distributor”; “Crickets”; and “Prey”.

Honorable Mentions

Mort by Terry Pratchett

The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

Christmas with Barth

Christmas with Barth

The Best of the Worst

The Best of the Worst