Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where a new top ten list hits the web every week!

This week our topic is . . .


Capt America Winter Soldier10) ED BRUBAKER

I’ve always heard great things about Brubaker’s run as writer on Captain America, but it wasn’t until this year that I actually read it.  When I finished I totally saw why everyone had raved for ages about how great it was.  Honestly, the best, most realistic take on this Marvel hero that I have ever experienced.  Definitely going to pick up the rest of Brubaker’s stuff.

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Yeah, I just discovered Poul Anderson after reading The Broken Sword earlier this year.  Not sure how such a horrible oversight happened, but it is now rectified.  And, after finishing this classic fantasy tale, I can say that it definitely peaked my interest in reading more of his stuff, which will be taking place in the near future.

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 batman-court-of-owls-cover18) SCOTT SYNDER

Okay, this is another one that I am almost embarrassed to admit.  Synder’s work on Batman has been raved about for years by my comic reading friends, but I never believed the stories produced by this guy could live up to the hype.  Damn, was I wrong.  Now, I’m playing catch up, which is fun except that I never have enough time to read.

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Beyond Redemption Cover with blurb7) MICHAEL R. FLETCHER

While Mr. Fletcher hasn’t been publishing for years like some of the other authors on this list, I’m including him because I totally overlooked the release of Beyond Redemption.  Honestly, it wasn’t until other reviewers began to praise the creative genius of this grimdark that I even realized the novel existed.  Since reading it, I now place it among my favorites for the year.

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spellblind6) DAVID B. COE

An author who has been around a while, written several fantasy and science fiction series, but one who had completely passed me by until I read his new urban fantasy series, Justis Fearsson.  It impressed me so much I immediately began buying up his previous books.  Now, all I have to do is find the time to binge read them.

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Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that Elizabeth Bear was the co-author of An Apprentice to Elves, but for whatever reason, I keep thinking the structure and writing style of this one is all Monette.  Something that makes me want to immediately go find some more of her books and read them all slowly, so that I can enjoy them more.

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Both The Grim Company and Sword of the North were among my favorite reads this year, and I can’t believe it took me so long to give this grimdark series a go.  Others might say it is a poor man’s First Law, but I say it is just a more entertaining grimdark.

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a crown for cold silver3) ALEX MARSHALL

Honestly, I have not even finished this novel, yet I already consider it one of the best books I’ve read in 2015.  This fantasy beauty is an undiscovered masterpiece, which more people should give a try.  Honestly, it is George R.R. Martin-esque in its writing style and gritty narrative, and I really can’t wait for book two of the series to be released.

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Brian Staveley - The Emperor's Blades2) BRIAN STAVELEY

Ever since this novel hit the shelves, I was drawn to it.  Maybe, I thought the cover was cool.  Maybe, the title.  But I never picked it up for whatever reason.  Then the fine folks over at Tor Books were nice enough to send me a review copy, and I fell in love with it.  Already have book two on the shelf, can’t wait to start it, because I hear it is even better than book one.

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No idea why I had never tried Sanderson until this year.  Maybe, the hype put me off.  Perhaps it was the fear I just wouldn’t like him and be relegated to the non-cool section of my reading group.  But after finishing Mistborn: The Final Empire, I am now a Sanderson fan, who has the rest of this series waiting to be devoured.  All I need is more time.  I’ve already mentioned that, huh?

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12 Responses to TOP TEN TUESDAY

  1. I couldn’t get into Crown for Cold Silver, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. I am so curious who “Alex Marshall” is, ARRRGH!


  2. readerbuzz says:

    I know Poul Anderson has been writing since…gulp!…I was a teen. (And that’s a long time.)

    Here’s my Top Ten!

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  3. SarahClare says:

    I keep meaning to read Brandon Sanderson too.. I just having got here yet :s

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  4. “All I need is more time” – tell me about it… 😀

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  5. So much good stuff in this post!

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  6. Petra says:

    I’ve only read Brandon Sanderson, but he’s amazing. Great list, and thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Here’s my TTT

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  7. Leona says:

    Great selection! I chuckled at the ‘poor man’s First Law’, Grim Company has been n my TBR for some time, so are Sanderson books and I am hoping to read at least Mistborn books in 2016.
    Beyond Redemption is total killer, I am surprised it hasn’t become an international best seller yet, it’s grimdarkest of grimdark and none of the characters are likeable but they are so damn addictive. I really hope it sells like hot cakes and Harper publishes book 2, it’s such a masterpiece.


  8. I still need to read Luke Skull and Michael R. Fletcher! I will get to them! I will!! 🙂


  9. If I had made a list, Brian Staveley and Brandon Sanderson, would have been #2 and #1 respectivly for me, also 🙂 Brain is still a new author, but I can’t believe I’d waited this long to read Sanderson!

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  10. furntats says:

    Love the BROKEN SWORD! You might want to read Anderson’s THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS next. It’s a perfect little Fantasy novel. One of my favorites.

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