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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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mylefteye
Dec. 16th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Thunderbolt Kid was brilliant, wasn't it? I've been a fan of Bryson for a few years and that was the book I was waiting for him to write. And a signed copy of Gary McMahon's How to Make Monsters collection in the post so I have that to look forward to. Well, I hope it's in the post...*goes away to check Paypal receipts*
mark_west
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
I'd only ever read 'bits' of Bryson before, to be honest, but I love childhood memoirs when they're about the good times of childhood, rather than the "oh no, it's misery-lit time" school of thinking. I thought it was exceptional.

Gary McMahon has yet to disappoint me, I have to say and "Rain Dogs" was one of my top 5 from last year. "Different Skins" though is in a different class and the second novella, whilst being perhaps one of the best things I've read in years, is so dark that I doubt I'll ever be able to re-read it. Have you tried his edited-collection, "We Fade To Grey"? I only ask because it has a novelette by me in it!

mylefteye
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
re. rosy memoirs vs misery lit: same here.

I've read very little of Gary's work. We shared magazine space in the early days of Grey Friar Press, specifically "Fusing Horizons". Since then he's kinda dropped off my radar. I read a story by him recently though, in the Voices antho, that made me think I should get reacquainted with his work, hence the order for HTMM from Morrigan Press. Speaking of "Fusing Horizons", were you ever in that? For some reason I see your name and think of FH...
mark_west
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Gary's doing pretty well for himself now, I'm pleased to say. He's made 2 appearances in Best New Horror now and he's got an Abaddon zombie book out at the moment. Order "We Fade To Grey", it's very good.

I was never in Fusing Horizons - my glory days in the short story small press was from 1999 through to about 2004, then the block hit me and my pieces started to get longer.

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