With regards reading, 2012 was a fantastic year for me. It was the year that I stepped out of my comfort zone and read in genres that I normally would not read, such as urban fantasy (involving angels, vampires, werewolves etc) and historical fiction. It was also the year that I read more than the traditional fantasy, and tie-in fantasy at that. My experiments seem to have mostly been successful as I’ve started to really like reading these kind of books.
My goal for this year is to continue on that same path and read as widely as I can. Which is why this massive list is so huge in scope, with tons of variety. I went through the catalogues for most of these publishers and picked out things I liked,and which caught my eye. Getting through the entire list this year will probably not happen, but then again, never say never!
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This year has been an excellent year for debuts, whether it’s science fiction or fantasy or historical fiction or urban fantasy or noir or western or young adult or whatever. Some truly amazing authors have made themselves known, and many of these have gone on to impress with second novels also released this year. In this blog I take a look at the debut novels of the year that I just loved and would recommend far and wide to everybody.
I didn’t actually read that many debut novels this year (from 2012), so the list is going to be unfortunately small – only eight in total, which is why I’m going to do a straight list rather than a Top 6 and 6 Honourable Mentions as I had initially planned.
So let’s have at it, yeah?
Tags: 2012 Debuts, Adam Christopher, Alchemist of Souls, Alternate Reality, Amanda Carlson, Angry Robot Books, Anne Lyle, Artificial Intelligence, Blood and Feathers, Chris F. Holm, Cora Oglesby, Dead Harvest, Debut Authors, Debut Authors Guest Series, Empire State, Fantasy, Full Blooded, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Interviews, Jessica McClain, Laura Lam, Lee Collins, Lou Morgan, Magic Circus, Names, Names A New Perspective, Night's Masque, Noir, Orbit Books, Pantomime, Paranormal Fantasy, Particle Horizon, Poltergeeks, Science Fiction, Selso Xisto, Solaris Books, Space Opera, Strange Chemistry, The Collector, The Dead of Winter, The meaning of Names, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Western
Welcome back to Names: A New Perspective after a long break! I was quite busy last month with my NaNoWriMo project, which is still ongoing for me, so I had little time to organise guest posts and stuff. Fear not though, I’m kicking off the “second wave” of the series today, starting off with Lee Collins, who wrote The Dead of Winter, one of the most fun books I’ve read this year, and a western urban fantasy with vampires to boot (my review). Seriously speaking, Lee Collins is in contention in my book for best debut of the year, since The Dead of Winter was such a damn good read. Angry Robot has done a great job this year with their debut authors. On the subject of names and their significance in narratives and settings, Lee had this to say: