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ETA: The contest is now closed. The five winners, picked at random, are:

  • huit
  • Ralph Seibel
  • pawdua
  • slhuang
  • Jonathan Wessner

I’ll be emailing you your download code and instructions for getting your audio book. Thanks to everyone who entered!


As my last official bloggery act of 2013, I’m giving away five copies of Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] – the audio book from Audible.com. My only request is that if you’re one of the five winners, you post a review somewhere when you’re done listening.

To enter, leave a comment talking about the best book you read in 2013. Make sure I have a way to contact you. I’ll draw five winners at random in a week or so.

Winners will receive a code to download the book from Audible. And since there’s no shipping costs, that means there are no geographic restrictions on who can enter.

Please spread the word, and start out the new year with a new book to listen to!


Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Dec. 31st, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Probably the best book I read this year was Bastion, by Mercedes Lackey. It ties up a bunch of plot threads from the previous four books in the set (book four, Redoubt, being the book I have a character, Herald-Trainee Finny, in), yet leaves things open enough that more books could come after if Misty so decides. Plus, the audiobook, read by Nick Pohdel (whose name I may very well be misspelling), is absolutely amazing--he's one darn good narrator!
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Catch you on the New Year, Jim.

(And I don't need a copy of Libriomancer, because Santa was good to me this year. :-D)
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
My favorite book this year was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which I read all the way back in January. It wins out over 2312 and Arctic Rising which I took a break from to finish Seraphina as soon as possible.

It was beautifully and cleverly written. It also had a unique blend of made up lexicon (with definitions in an index) and unconventional vocabulary words you sometimes need to look up, and I love it all the more for that. Apparently I have a soft spot for hyper-logical, scientific-minded mythical beings (it's like if Temeraire, Spock and Sherlock Holmes were combined to create an entire civilization of dragons). There was a lot of music theory and practice integrated into the book too, and even though I can't read a note of music but it fits in perfectly.

Book 2 can't come out soon enough!
Jan. 13th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Howdy! You were one of the five winners of an audio book of Libriomancer. Congrats!

Could you please email me at jchines -at- sff.net so I can send you your download code?
Jan. 14th, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Thank you!

I just sent you an email. :)
Dec. 31st, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
The best book I read in 2013 was Thieftaker, by DB Jackson. It had all of what I love about urban fantasy tied in with historical revolutionary war era Boston. The author made the setting come alive in a way that urban fantasy tends to skip - the sense of *place* was as strong a character as anyone else. The historical events all felt real, the characters were non-contemporary but I could relate to them well.

The best audiobook I heard was Swordspoint, written by Ellen Kushner. It took a while to get into some of the sound work - people walking, swords clashing, etc. but after a while I got into it, and the narration was superb.
Dec. 31st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
My favorite book this year was Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Some friends had been hounding me to read it, and I resisted, then finally gave in and basically didn't sleep for days so I could read it then immediately ordered the next, and I'm gnashing my teeth waiting for the 3rd book.

I can be contacted through LJ.
Jan. 1st, 2014 01:00 am (UTC)
Favorite book of the year? Tricky.
Book I most enjoyed was raising steam.
While Pterry is definately slowing with age his works remain full of humour, humanity,and hope
Book I most enjoyed dumping on was Mordred by John Eric Holmes. Proving for once and for all that brian herbert and chris tolken aint that bad compared to some of the other authorised sequals out there
Jan. 1st, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
I finally got around to reading CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. It's non-genre, but her writing voice reminded me very strongly of Jo Walton. Touching and exciting and intricate all in one package. I think it's my favorite book of the year. (Number two is probably Seanan McGuire's INDEXING.)
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:24 am (UTC)
I would have to say Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane wins out for me this year. It was short but one of those books where I reveled in the language and the story. I marked so many good quotes from that one.
Jan. 1st, 2014 07:35 am (UTC)
Best of the year? Tricky. Um, I finally got around to reading the Hunger Games trilogy, and positively devoured those, but I also discovered Courtney Milan this year, and have been thoroughly enjoying catching up on her books. So... somewhere in there has been the year's best.

Hope you have a wonderful 2014!
Astrid Ohletz
Jan. 1st, 2014 09:45 am (UTC)
My favorite book(s) in 2013 was the Merrily Watkins Series by Phil Rickman. This is a very English series about Merrily Watkins, the diocesan exorcist for Hereford/UK. Brilliant stuff.
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Best book of the year was definitely Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. It's an anthology of her zany, witty, insightful, and poorly illustrated blog posts (along with a few original entries). I've spent many a night laughing uncontrollably in bed and, when I finally calm down, completely losing it when I reread the last sentence. Technically, I haven't finished it yet, but this is a book you deliberately read slowly -- you dread being no longer able to pick it up and read about new incoherent childhood memories.
Jan. 1st, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hm. Favorites are hard, but looking over my Books Read in 2013 list, here's what jumps out at me:

Trickster's Girl, by Hilari Bell - charming YA near-future scifantasy
The Atrocity Archive, by Charles Stross - bureaucratic, slightly creepy spy-thriller in a world where sufficiently advanced computer programs are indistinguishable from magic
Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold - really solid, well-written fantasy. I particularly liked the worldbuilding regarding religion.
The Fire Horse Girl, by Kay Honeyman - YA Chinese-American immigrant experience with crossdressing. What more do you want?
Jan. 1st, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Caitlin R Kiernan's The Ape's Wife and other stories has been my favorite new read this year.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I just posted this list of my favorite reads of 2013 to my Facebook:

Trumpet- Jackie Kay
The Algebraist - Iain M. Banks
Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson
IQ84 - Haruki Murakami (unabridged audiobook)
The Club Dumas - Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Crescent City Rhapsody - Kathleen Ann Goonan

(Honorable mention: "Libriomancer" by Jim Hines)

The Brontes - Juliet Barker
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Swimming to Antarctica - Lynne Cox
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - Charles Siefe
The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco - Marilyn Chase
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
I'd like to say Libriomancer and Codex Born were my favorites this year, both for individual books and series, but they just barely got beat out by Catherine Valente's Fairyland series, the second book of which I just finished last week. It was very close though.
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm totally okay with taking second place to Cat :-)
Jan. 6th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
I've read Libriomancer and I'm not an audiobook person, but my mom and my sister haven't and are, so I'd love to give the audiobook to one of them! :D I think they'd both really enjoy it. (And I'll make 'em leave a review!)

My favorite non-Hines book this year (<-- see what I did there! ;) ) was The Rook by Daniel O'Malley. Masterfully imaginative fantasy, funny and creative and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful (and a really, truly *fun* read, in contrast to some of the dark fantasy that's been trending in recent years).

Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares by Margaret Lesh. Just for the record, it was my favorite non-fiction book of the year even *before* I got cancer again (grumble). It's poignant and frank and informative and at times makes you tear up and at times makes you laugh out loud.

Highly recommend both of them. :)
Jennifer McBride
Jan. 7th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
My favorite book of last year was Ultraviolet. I like seeing positive portrayals of people with mental differences. I also enjoyed Brandon Sanderson's the Emperor's Soul.

My email is time to innovate (all one word, then at gmail)
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
How's this for old school: my favorite book was Jane Eyre. Listened to it on audiobook and loved it. I've been picking up classic fiction for a few years now to supplement the lack of classics in my formal education.

Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and Dicken's Tale of Two Cities were prior year favorites.

Libriomancer was definitely in the top five for this year.
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