2014 was the year I published The Green Woman trilogy and a clutch of short stories set in her world. I’d love it if you checked out the list on Amazon.
It’s also the year I discovered a bunch of indie authors mainly thanks to this blog. Everybody seems to be making a list of their favourite reads of 2014, and I’d like to jump on the bandwagon. There are reviews of most of them on this blog somewhere if you search through book reviews. Here goes, in reverse chronological order.
Second Chance: The Transcendence Trilogy #1 by Dylan Hearn.
I haven’t written the review yet, but I will. This is a really gripping story, so very believable and truly horrible in places. It reminded me a little of P.D. James’ The Children of Men but much more focused on a single incident with tentacular ramifications. Recommended for anyone who likes police state thriller dystopias, or just a great read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Volume 2 is on my to read list.
Conor Kelly and the Four Treasure of Eirean
Conor Kelly and the Fenian King by Alison Isaac
I loved these books. Written for quite a young readership but pushing them to the limits of their understanding in terms of relationships and humanity, the Conor Kelly stories make enjoyable reading for adults too. Alison Isaac takes the reader on a great, complex adventure that weaves myth and modernity, fairytale and coming of age story. If you are already familiar with some of the great figures of Irish history/mythology, you are in for a treat.
Another dystopia, completely different, this one. Kate Wrath’s world is dominated by obscure authorities, protected in their invisibility by a robot army. Who is giving the orders, even at the end of the second volume, we have no idea. One of things I enjoyed most about these books was Kate’s use of allusion rather than explanation. It’s a difficult feat to accomplish, building a story on hints and guesses, and not lose your readers. Kate Wrath does this admirably. Amazon has these books in the YA category though I don’t really see why. You have to work to get the most out of this story; it isn’t handed to you on a plate. Highly recommended for adult readers too.
Tricia is a favourite author of mine. Her writing style is clear, uncluttered and somehow restful. I don’t ever feel compelled to go back and pick the bones out of a sentence to understand what she is putting across. The emotions, even complicated ones come over so clearly. This is a YA story that gave me the shivers in places. My fourteen year-old, who watches the most atrocious Japanese horror films without batting an eyelid found this one scary too. In typical Drammeh style, there is a tender aspect that runs all the way through the story, and a very satisfying ending. For YA who don’t just demand a love interest, but like being scared too.
First up this year was the sequel to Thumb, a favourite debut novel from 2013. It’s difficult to describe John Collick’s books in a way that doesn’t make them sound like an acid trip. The setting is a nightmarish dying world, all deep reds and ochres, rust and acid oceans. The people are mainly monstrous, decadent and decaying like their strange cities. As for their almost forgotten raison d’être, to build God…Well, I think we’ll leave it there. Just read it. Start with Thumb. The third volume will be out soon. I personally can’t wait.