With less than two weeks in the year, it seems unlikely that I will finish another book in 2016, so with that in mind, it is time for my Book of the Year post. I read a healthy dose of Robin Hobb this year – the full Far Seer trilogy and starting the Live Ship Trilogy. Without further ado, the Book of the Year goes to…
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Here’s what I said about Elantris in my review:
Elantris is a fascinating war of science (or magic, since any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic) and religion. The only downside was that the ending was a bit too well foreshadowed (i.e. predictable), not entirely original, and unexplainable – no really, the characters didn’t have an explanation for what happened. It was a bit disappointing for a book this good, otherwise.
Elantris is part of the Cosmere universe. My 2017 resolution list includes reading more of the Cosmere universe (the Mistborn series and the Stormlight series, which I have read are also part of Cosmere).
Honorable Mention: Frankenstein. A classic that wasn’t at all what I expected. Worth a read if you want to know the origin story of this tale, but be warned it is nothing like how it has been depicted in other media.
Dishonorable Mention: Howard’s End. The male lead in this “classic” is an elitist, sexist jerk, and the female protagonists are spoiled little rich girls that are unsympathetic.