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Book of The Year 2018

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Holy cow, how did I almost forget to hand out my Book of The Year award?

Last year went to John Langan’s incredible folk-horror tale, The Fisherman.

Let’s all hope Netflix turns it into a movie like they did with Malerman’s excellent Bird Box

OK, so onto this year’s book. It’s a doozy with one hell of a long title.

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

(Yeah, I totally cut & pasted that)

This book. Oh this book.

So it’s technically a re-issue, but holy cow. This (set of two) books garnered me not just a Book of The Year, but also a personal “Favorite New Horror Author” award. It’s that good.

Ligotti’s work is just mind-bending. It’s also literary AF. So unlike The Fisherman and Bird Box I can totally recommend this to people who don’t traditionally like horror. Just don’t expect an easy read. It’s anything but.

As I said in my review earlier this year, this book is a straight-up challenge to get through. It takes time, focus, and lots of re-reading individual passages to unwrap the horrifying packaging of this guy’s ideas. The prose is also flat out beautiful, and makes me envious when I look at it.

Grab yourself a copy and you won’t be disappointed. I’m very excited to have received Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against The Human Race for Christmas, which supposedly inspired a lot of those crazy Matthew McConaughey rants as Rust Cohle in the excellent season 1 of True Detective.

Good times all around.

What was your book of the year? Let everyone know down in the comments. I need to start making my “To Read” list for 2019!

 

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Book of the Year 2017

 

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The year is coming to a close, and I wanted to reflect back on some of the best books I read in 2017. Plus, I figured I’d start an annual “Book of The Year” award. I mean, this is a blog after all, and blogs gotta have awards and lists.

Keep in mind, this lofty accolade is MY 2017 book, meaning it didn’t have to be published this year. I just had to have read it in the past 365 days.

Some highlights from this year included Birdbox by Josh Malerman, War of the Worlds plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies by HG Wells and Eric S. Brown, and Good as Gone by Amy Gentry.

One book eclipsed all of these however, and managed to land the prestigious award.

The winner is…

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