Best of 2014

It’s that time of year and I haven’t updated my blog since it was that time last year. So bad!! Anyway, these are my faves from 2014, which will probably show up on my Hugo nomination ballot.


Since I have a very long to-read list, I often have trouble getting to current novels in the calendar year. But this year I did read some really great ones.

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, the sequel to last year’s Hugo winner Ancillary Justice, was a bit of a different book (though still gender-bending space opera) from its predecessor but still blew me away just as much. No sophomore slump. It’s my top choice. I hope Leckie can repeat winning ALL THE AWARDS!

John Scalzi’s Lock In continued his tradition of awesomeness, this time with a near-future thriller that delves into how society treats the disabled and also plays with the gender and race assumptions of the reader.

I plowed through Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy, reading all three books (the second and third came out in 2014) in quick succession. Been a long time since I binged on a series. More women in space opera, yes, please! I suppose the whole trilogy would be eligible same as Wheel of Time, but I will probably just nominate the last book, Heaven’s Queen.

Jack McDevitt also put out another Alex Benedict novel, Coming Home, which I greatly enjoyed. I love this series to death, despite the well-deserved criticism that he’s taken white bread 21st century American culture and transplanted it ~8000 years in the future. Ah, well.

Of the books on my to-read list that I hope get on the ballot, so that I have an excuse to move them to the top of the pile, I’m going with The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. Please, please, come on! (I’m also reading The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey right now and wouldn’t mind that either.)


The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard

My fave novella of 2014 was The End of the Sentence by Maria Dahvana Headley and Kat Howard. Someone is getting out of prison soon. Delightfully creepy.

Second place: We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory. A support group for survivors of supernatural horror. More please!

I also really enjoyed Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson, The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert, Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress.

This is more than will fit on my ballot; there will be some paring…sniff.

I have to note that didn’t have quite as many original novellas this year as they have had in the past but that should change in the future with their new publishing imprint that is specifically FOR novellas.


This list is also too long for the ballot. Damn you, paring knife!

In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood

In the Sight of Akresa by Ray Wood


From Clarkesworld:

From Lightspeed:

From Beneath Ceaseless Skies:

Short Stories

What Glistens Back by Sunny Moraine

What Glistens Back by Sunny Moraine

My list is too long to put on here, so I will massacre it ahead of time and pick 5. Plenty of others could have been among these 5! So tragic…

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