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I’ve read (and listened to) a lot of great books this year. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d choose Bernard Cornwell’s, Lords of the North, the third book in his Saxon series.

Here’s the book blurb:
The Lords of the North begins soon after the events described in The Pale Horseman. Uhtred, having helped Alfred secure Wessex as an independent Saxon kingdom, returns north in an attempt to find his stepsister. Instead he discovers chaos, civil war and treachery in Northumbria. He takes the side of Guthred, once a slave and now a man who would be king, and in return expects Guthred's help in capturing Dunholm, the lair of the dark Viking lord, Kjartan. There is [fencing, fighting,] betrayal, romance [possibly true love] and war, and all of it, as usual, based on real events.

I’ve always liked historical fiction and there’s something about the way Mr. Cornwell contrives to make his poor characters suffer (usually by making them long for something they can never get) that I find irresistible, as anyone who’s enjoyed his Sharpe or Starbuck Chronicles novels will agree.

I'm sure there are those who don't care for his work, and I'm the first to admit that Mr. Cornwell loves his adverbs, but so what? The man writes compelling stories that keep you coming back for more, and that should be good enough for everyone, don't you think?

The next Uhtred novel, The Burning Land, comes out in the US next month.

I’m already excited about reading it. I thoroughly recommend the whole series.

How about you?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?


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Dec. 15th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I just finished The Case of the Missing Marquees by Nancy Springer. Yes, it's a juvenile book, but it is excellent. It's the first in a series of books about Enola Holmes, Sherlock's younger sister. I'm going to pick up more in the series as soon as the library opens!
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Who cares if it's juvenile?! Sometimes they get the better books! :) My shelves are probably 1/3 young adult fantasy. I've found they get to talk to more dragons than adults do. :)
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Well, my only 'problem' with juvenile books is that they're often too short! But, yes, I've found a lot more fun and creative stories in the juvenile section, especially if you're looking for a more light, fun read.
Dec. 15th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
1. Agree completely with your comment.
2. OMG - I adore your icon more than you can imagine... probably b/c it's so incredibly true!!
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE that series! It's funny and clever and somehow quite believable, and I am sucked into the relationship between Enola and her brothers - I keep hoping Sherlock will acknowledge her as a junior partner. )
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
I know - it shouldn't be believable, but somehow... it was. I picked up the next three books from the library today!

(I really hope she gets to show Sherlock up and his high-and-mighty opinion of her limited cranial capacity!)
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
'Sherlock's younger sister'

What an great idea! I might well look in to those Enola Holmes books :)
Dec. 16th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Do, truly. I think you'd like them, and they're a quick and easy read.
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Really? Now that's an interesting novel to hunt down. I know a couple of kids who'd be interested in it.
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty good. I don't know much about kids (not having any myself, or being around them at all) but I think I would have enjoyed it as a kid. :) It does address some serious issues (she heads to London, and it's a gritty place) but it's not overly graphic or anything.

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