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Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson

The best Malazan book sofar I think. Erikson at his best. At this point in the series thiings start to make sense somewhat.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Martin beginning to explore his word more in depth. He develops a lot of the aSoIaF characters I like most in this book. And the battle for King’s landing is just awsome.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

He can be a whiny bastard at times but I like Fitz. And I probably like him most in this book. It’s unusual for the second book of a trilogy to be the best or so I am told, but in this cast I think it is.
Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle

Sortof an alternative history. I like the way it takes place on two levels. The scholar uncovering the Ash documents and somehow changing his own past (and future) by exploring his history. I suppose this is not everybody’s cup of tea.
The Lions of Al-Rasan by Guy Gavriel Kay

There are a number of Kay’s books I think are very good. I should probably reread Tigana sometime soon. I have a thing for history I suppose (see also Kushiel’s Dart). Borrowing from our own history in a fantasy novel appeals to me apparently.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Read it in 3 days. Brilliant book. Can’t wait for the next one. Author is a nice guy too.
Chapterhouse Dune by Frank Herbert

I’m a fan of Herbert, not only his Dune books. In this book the style he develops in the later Dune books is probably taken too far for some. I thought the way he handles the confrontations between the main characters a lot. The last 2 Dune books are very much driven by dialogue, hardly any action. And yet he me interested. His son is in the process of fucking this series up beyond all recognition unfortunately.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

I loved this novel. It’s a bit dated now I suppose but he really did put in a lot of research. Robinson’s views of the future are always interesting but I think he outdid himself with this particular novel. And the images it invokes of the Martian surface are just incredible. He can make you walk around on Mars.

The Dosadi experiment by Frank Herbert

Extreme environmental pressure on a population causes the evolution of a deadly group of people. A theme Herbert uses a lot in his novels. I think the Dosadi experiment shows the consequences of submitting a population to a hostile environment best. Some interesting idea on justice as well in this novel.

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Just a very good read I suppose. Carey never equalled that level again I think. She took the character of Phedre too far in the subsequent novels. I like the way she used Europe as a blueprint for her world though. Some of the cultures are rather stereotypical but that makes it fun in a way. I don’t consider her particularly talented but this novel is a must non the less.