Friday, November 6, 2009

Best of 2009: Publisher's Weekly and Amazon

Publishers Weekly has announced their best books of 2009.

Here are only a few of the books listed that caught my eye that were picked are:

Best Fiction: Drood
Dan Simmons (Little, Brown) Narrated by Wilkie Collins, this unsettling and complex thriller imagines a frightening sequence of events that prompts Collins's friend and fellow author, Charles Dickens, to write The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens's last, uncompleted novel.

Science Fiction: Boneshaker
Cherie Priest (Tor) The dramatic first novel in Priest's Clockwork Century universe sends a determined 35-year-old single mom into a ruined city full of zombies and poison gas, where she must save her son from a mad inventor.

Mass Market (my personal favorite list because I am a Mass Market junkie):

Captive of Sin
Anna Campbell (Avon) Campbell pulls out all the stops with this heart-wrenching historical romance. A hastily wed heiress must help her husband, a war hero, recover from post-traumatic stress that leaves him unable to bear human touch.

Gail Carriger (Orbit) Carriger combines Victorian romance, supernatural creatures, steampunk sensibilities and a healthy dose of the bizarre in her hilarious debut.

A Dark Love
Margaret Carroll (Avon) Carroll develops what could be a stock story of an abusive marriage into a pulse-pounding romantic thriller with a strong, inspiring heroine determined to save herself.

Publisher’s Weekly also announced their Best Children and Teen Books for 2009:

Some on the list that caught my eye were:

Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking) A powerful exploration of anorexia, dysfunction and death, Anderson's story of a friendship ripped apart is moving and haunting.

Going Bovine
Libba Bray (Delacorte) An angel, a dwarf, cults, wormholes and mad cow disease all factor into the surreal cross-country road trip that teenage Cameron takes, in a satirical story that's as memorable as it is funny.

Kristin Cashore (Dial) Introducing Fire, a human “monster” with psychic abilities, this companion novel to Graceling expands the scope of Cashore's fantasy world and offers twists, intrigue and romance aplenty.


Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press) This much-awaited sequel to Collins's dystopian bestseller, The Hunger Games, doesn't disappoint; it's immersive, voracious reading as the ramifications of Katniss's actions in that book spread.

If I Stay
Gayle Forman (Dutton) Masterful characterizations make the tragedy at the core of this novel all the more devastating, as narrator Mia weighs the decision to live or die.

Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press) Lyrical and thoughtful, this paranormal romance between a girl and a werewolf offers wit, an intriguing mythology, and dual (but equally honest and compelling) narratives

Amazon's editors have also announced their top ten books for 2009:

Let the Great World Spin
- Colum McCann (Random House)
Strength in What Remains
- Tracy Kidder (Random House)
Wolf Hall
- Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt)
- Colm Toibin (Scribner)
Beautiful Creatures
- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown)
Crazy for the Storm
- Norman Ollestad (Ecco)
The Girl Who Played with Fire
- Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
The City & the City
- China Mieville (Del Ray)
- David Small (Norton)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
- William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (William Morrow)

And I cannot fail to list Amazon's top ten romances for 2009
Angels’ Blood
- Nalini Singh
Smooth Talking Stranger- Lisa Kleypas
Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole
The Perfect Poison- Amanda Quick
Bending the Rule- Susan Andersen
What Happens in London- Julia Quinn
Fireside- Susan Wiggs
A Duke of Her Own- Elosia James
Immortal Outlaw- Lisa Hendrix
Angel Lane- Sheila Roberts

For all the other winners in the various categories, click on the links.



SonomaLass said...

Oh goodie! I have Boneshaker in my TBR pile, since I have become a steampunk slut.

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

I've been hearing great things about Boneshaker also. Lately all I want to read is YA though.

Fiction Vixen said...

Yeah, well, regarding Boneshaker, I just can't get the visual that brings out of my mind. ahem.

I am so not cool, I haven't read most of these. I will never be one of the cool kids. I suck. ---no reference to Boneshaker there.

heidenkind said...

Hrm, Drood. I'm still undecided about that one. It was well-written, but... yikes.

Carolyn Crane said...

Wow! Great list! How very interesting!!

orannia said...

Oh, thank you KB. Very interesting list. I like the sound of A Dark Love. *races off to check library catalogue*

YAH they have it! Hold added :)