Last year's picks I cheated on, going for twelve instead of ten. I decided to buckle down this year; really grit my teeth & scrape it down to the top ten. That leaves me with a pretty hefty list of Also Rans, so I decided to make a second draft of top ten Honorable Mentions. Which means the only official Honorable Mentions this year are Watchtower Gothic by Mordicai & Windheart by Kingtycoon. Also worth noting that these are chosen from the books I read in 2009, not necessarily books that came out in 2009. & that I'm at 112 books read this year, & I'll certainly knock back a few more before we're through. Some of my picks are representative of entire series, in which case I selected what I thought the best of the lot was. Without further ado, here are the top ten, then, in no particular order:
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.
The Island of Doctor Death & Other Stories & Other Stories by Gene Wolfe.
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason.
War Music by Christopher Logue.
Lexicon Urthus by Michael Andre-Driussi.
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan.
The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks.
The Ice-Shirt by William T. Vollmann.
The Heart of the Great Alone by David Hempleman-Adams, Sophie Gordon & Emma Stuart.
Mouse Guard by David Petersen.
& here are the next ten, the Runner Ups (Runners Up?), again in no particular order:
Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham.
Adam's Tongue by Derek Bickerton.
Far North by Marcel Theroux.
Green by Jay Lake.
Fire by Kristin Cashore.
Fathom by Cherie Priest.
Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder.
Miracle Man: The Golden Age by Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham.
Bluebeard's Legacy edited by Griselda Pollock & Victoria Anderson.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan.