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The Annihilation Score (A Laundry Files Novel)
Charles Stross
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
Bill Bryson
Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
Carl Zimmer
Reflections
Seanan McGuire

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Ana Juan, Catherynne M. Valente I adore these absolutely fabulous books!

The Gates

The Gates - John Connolly This was fabulous. It's a middle grade level hitchhiker's guide crossed with Terry Pratchett footnotes crossed with the demons of Hell crossed with particle physics and the LHC at CERN. Absolutely brilliant.

Stonecast

Stonecast - Anton Strout Not as strong as the first book but still very worthwhile. I will continue to keep up with the series.

The Dex-Files

The Dex-Files - Karina Halle Definitely not up to the rest of the series.

Engraved on the Eye

Engraved on the Eye - Saladin Ahmed

S.A. has definitely become an author on my ""purchase immediately when anything new comes out"" list.

Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima - James Mahaffey Phenomenal book. One of the best this year. And unlike some of the other related books I've read, this one is written by someone who understands all the physics (he's worked in the field for decades). Although he is fairly detailed about the physics, it's _so_ well written. My only ""gripe"" is that this book is so information dense that I'm going to HAVE to reread this one. Oh darn!

Update: and now I have! It was just as good the second time.

Fated

Fated - Benedict Jacka If you like Dresden or Carey, give this series a go because I'm quite sure you'll like it.

A Confusion of Princes

A Confusion of Princes - Garth Nix Meh. Least favorite Nix book with the exception of ""Ragwitch"" so far. It was ok. But I'm accustomed to much more than ok from Nix. Ah well. Can't love 'em all.

Bridge of Dreams

Bridge of Dreams - Anne Bishop Need to back up to read the first two now!

Silverlock

Silverlock - John Myers Myers I get why people like this book but I might have liked it better if I had first read it when I was younger. It still gets 3 stars because of the awesome range of fiction/literature it draws from. It only gets 3 stars because I couldn't stand the protagonist.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline Are you a child/teenager of the 80s? Were you a geek of any description? If so, this book is a must read. I recommend going with the audio version for the fabulous narration by the rocking Wil Wheaton.

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld, #41)

The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett It's almost painful to give this book 3 stars. It's THE LAST DISCWORLD BOOK EVER. And I liked it, and it finished off the Tiffany Aching series nicely but it's just not as good as earlier Pratchett (much like ""Raising Steam""). Lots of cameo moments and attempts to tie up loose ends but the the level of prose just isn't there. But still 3 stars for Pratchett is probably 4 for almost anyone else!

GNU Sir Terry Pratchett

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach Another winner from Mary Roach.

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest - A. Lee Martinez Another solid book from Martinez. It started a little slow for me but turned out great. ""Too Many Curses"" is still by favorite Martinez book though.

Sixty-One Nails

Sixty-One Nails - Mike Shevdon It's getting harder and harder to write a hidden unknown world/creatures in London with the large body of work that already exists. And I was thinking that as I started this book. That said it turned out to be very enjoyable and I will definitely get the subsequent books of the series.

The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World

The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World - Sean Carroll There is some fairly hard core (for the layperson) particle physics in this book but I think it's explained really well. I loved the book but I did spend a summer as an undergrad at CERN so YMMV. :)