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Top 50 releases of 2014: #1-20

Was a bit too busy yesterday to post #11-20, so I decided to combine it all together for the final 20 of 2014. Appropriate anyways, as it would have been very difficult to decide which belonged in which subgroup of ten. The differences between #1 and #20 are miniscule, as each of these are excellent works, featuring many new writers. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Debuts

2014 was a good year for debut novelists. Out of the 26 debut novels/collections that I read this year, 12 made my Top 50 releases of 2014 list, with 6 in the Top 20 (to be posted shortly). Here they are, with brief descriptions:12. David Cronenberg, ConsumedOne of the more unusual, atmospheric novels I've read this year.11. Show More Summary

Luis Leante, Mira si yo te querré

Desde el barracón que hacía las veces de calabozo, el cabo Santiago San Román llevaba todo el día observando un movimiento anormal de tropas. Cuatro metros de anchos por seis de largo, un colchón sobre un somier con cuatro patas, una mesa, una silla, una letrina muy sucia y un grifo. Show More Summary

Xavier Velasco, Diablo Guardián

No lo puedo creer. La última ve que hice esto tenía un sacerdote enfrente. Y tenía una maleta llenísima de dólares, lista para salvarme del Infierno. ¿Sabes, Diablo Guardián? Te sobra cola para sacerdote, y aun así tendría que mentirte para que me absolvieras. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Foreign Language Releases

I read 18 books this year that were published in a language other than English. The majority of these were nominated for prestigious national awards such as the Premio Strega, Premio Alfaguara, Prix Médicis, and the Prix Goncourt. Others were SF anthologies published in Spanish and Portuguese. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #21-30

#41-50#31-40Now that we're getting a little past the halfway point in this Top 50 list, the differences between these novels is shrinking ever more.30. Can Xue, The Last Lover (translated from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen)One of the best experimental, surrealist fictions from one of my favorite short story writers.29. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #31-40

#41-50Here's the second grouping of ten for the Top 50 releases of 2014 that I read. It's getting to be a bit harder to rank these, as these are some high-quality works.40. Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing WorldBooker Prize-longlisted story of art and sexism in the industry.39. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Short Story Collections

I read 22 short story collections and anthologies that were published in the US in 2014. Since I only read 6 anthologies and didn't want to do a truncated section with them (as well as there being five stronger single author collections to fill out a Top 5 list), I thought I would note here that there won't be any anthologies on this year's list. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #41-50

For the rest of the year, I'm going to release in groups of ten my Top 50 releases of 2014 that I read. It was tough to reduce 165 reads down to 50 (a great many of these books have been featured on several prominent Best of Year lists), but these works should be of interest to most, if not all, readers.50. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Translated Fictions

I only read twelve 2014 releases that were translations from other languages. Some of these were published prior to 2014 in the UK, but since I am an American citizen, I'll go by US release dates here. It was tough choosing which books to list here, in part because out of the thirteen read, nine were selected for my overall Top 50. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Most Disappointing/Worst Releases

What better way to kick off covering the year that was (and for a few days, still is) than by listing those few 2014 releases that left me either disappointed or just were that bad? I tend to vet the books I choose to read/review, so there's a lot of mediocre to poor works that are eliminated from consideration before I purchase and/or read them. Show More Summary

Final nine 2014 releases reviewed

Although there were times that I wasn't for sure if I would be able to do it, I've finally managed to write something about each of the 165 books listed on this 2014 releases post. Although these will be barely 100-150 words in comparison...Show More Summary

End of year posting plans

Only a week to go in 2014 and it looks like I will indeed manage to achieve most, if not all, of my 2014 reading/reviewing goals. I'll be starting the Best of 2014 posts in earnest shortly, but for those who are curious about what I'll...Show More Summary

And on the penultimate day before Christmas, ten mini-reviews to delight even anti-squirrelists

Hard to believe, but before the week is over, I will have written something about every single 2014 release that I have listed here. Unfortunately, I haven't had much energy for reviewing at length, reserving that for finishing out the...Show More Summary

Final four foreign language 2014 releases reviewed

I have reviewed more current foreign language works this year (17; not counting pre-2014 releases) than I have in any previous year. These works, published in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian, have included some nominees and winners for major literary awards (Premio Alfaguara, Premio Strega, Prix Médicis). Show More Summary

Non-"core SF" recs for a hypothetical Hugo Awards nomination ballot, or rather, a Best of 2014 in non-"core" speculative fiction

I am unlikely to ever pay any money to be any sort of WorldCon member, but for those who are more interested in such things and who might be curious to see what sorts of works I would nominate for the fiction categories, below is a list...Show More Summary

Five October and December releases by women reviewed

2014 has seen the release of some outstanding works by women writers. Over 40% (granted, this is lower than the percentage published this year) of the 2014 releases I've read this year have been by women and by far, the majority of those releases have been at least well-written and entertaining. Show More Summary

Rabbits, Elk, War Hogs, and Battle Rams, Oh My!: Some thoughts on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I believe I have said before that I am far from the target audience for action/adventure movies. I am generally not impressed with CGI "special effects" and explosions and large, crashing sounds tend to bore me with their redundant repetition. Show More Summary

Leopoldo Brizuela, Una misma noche

Si me hubieran llamado a declarar, pienso. Pero eso es imposible. Quizá, por eso, escribo. Declararía, por ejemplo, que en la noche del sábado al domingo 30 de marzo de 2010 llegué a casa entre las tres y tres y media de la madrugada:...Show More Summary

Santiago Roncagliolo, Abril rojo/Red April

Con fecha miércoles 8 de marzo de 2000, en circunstancias en que transitaba por las inmediaciones de su domicilio en la localidad de Quinua, Justino Mayta Carazo (31) encontró un cadáver. Según ha manifestado ante las autoridades competentes,...Show More Summary

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