I, unfortunately, didn't do as much reading as I would have liked to in 2017. And much of my reading was actually rereads (I went back through most of Brandon Sanderson's Cosmere cycle up to this point). But, I still did enjoy a few good books (some of them being comics and graphic novels; not my usual fare), and I like sharing with you all what I've been enjoying entertainment-wise. So here's my list, in order of enjoyment:
2017 Book Listing
- Oathbringer (Brandon Sanderson): It came. I read. I loved it. Dalinar's story finally revealed in full was a wonder to behold. I love this series and everything it is. Thank you, Brandon, for another great novel.
- Nothing Left To Lose (Dan Wells): Thank you, John Cleaver, for putting up with all this crap. You did great. Thank you for teaching me lessons about morality, truth, hard decisions, the value of life and the worth of people, and the fact that there are monsters inside of all of us. And thank you, Dan Wells, for showing me these things through John Cleaver's eyes. For making me cry and laugh and feel. And most importantly, for telling me a story.
- Edgedancer (Brandon Sanderson): I finally got around to finishing the Stormlight novella just in time for Oathbringer, and it was such a good time. Lift is a fantastic character, and the way that she views the world is wonderful and sweet. And SHARDFORK.
- Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science (Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener): The first volume of Atomic Robo that has a linear, completely cohesive chronological storyline, and though it may have been the non-linear storytelling that caught my interest at first, it was the character of Atomic Robo that made me stay, and that means getting an amazing origin story for our hero was soooo satisfying. Loved every minute of this.
- Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness (Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener): I just keep devouring this series and loving every minute of it. There are so many weird and wonderful things that happen in these volumes, and I just want to stay in this world forever.
- Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time (Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener): THEY FIGHT CTHULHU WITH SCIENCE. What else do you want in a story?
- Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War (Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener): I've quickly fallen in love with this comic. Quirky science fiction that is intelligent and fun, with great characters and non-linear storytelling and seemingly unconnected vignettes that all come together at the end. Also, as I'm sure the authors intended, each volume gives you just enough of a solution to be satisfied with an arc, but never enough to make you want to put down the series. I've ripped through these at a lightning fast pace.
- Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne (Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener): I randomly picked up Atomic Robo, primarily because of its existence as a Fate Core setting, where I was first introduced to it. I fell in love in book one. The non-linear storytelling is just so refreshing, and the characters are fun and the long period over which we get to learn about them just makes our love of them all the more great. This first volume was everything a first volume should be. Fun. Interesting. Leaving you with questions. And not pulling any punches on what is obviously the writers' vision for what they want their story to be.
- White Sand, Vol. 1 (Brandon Sanderson): This was a fun graphic novel, and I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it. Loved it and getting to explore another Sanderson Cosmere world.
- Million Dollar Productivity (Kevin J. Anderson): This was a great book, and a great reminder that I should really be writing. Well, guess I should get on that.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 1 (Tom Taylor): Greatly enjoyed the game, but I think I may have enjoyed this comic even more. Excellently written, and a perfect set-up for the game. Also, it makes me want to care about DC...so that's cool.
- Injustice: Ground Zero #1 (Brian Buccellato): A fun, deep, and interesting look at Harley Quinn's perspective in the world of Injustice. Good stuff.
- The Eleventh Metal (Brandon Sanderson): Finally got around to reading this short story at the beginning of the Mistborn Adventure Game Rulebook. Fun little story that got me back in the mood for Mistborn and made me remember how much I like Kelsier as a character.
- Dreamer (Brandon Sanderson): This was a fun little short story about games gone wrong.
- The Jungle (Upton Sinclair): I personally was incredibly moved and fascinated by the book, and it gave me many a thing to ponder deeply upon, even not living in the age for which it was meant. Unfortunately, the book lost its staying power when it transitioned towards the end into a socialist propaganda piece.