Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors I read in 2017

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I give you all of them πŸ™‚

A.G. Riddle

I read ‘The Atlantis Gene’ and it will definitely remain my only book by this author. I was not happy with it at all, although the premise sounded interesting and it was up to a good start. It was a mystery/supernatural adventure novel, but suffered from major plot holes, repetition, boring characters and incredibility. Also, Nazis are the mean guys. And the main characters have sex in the most inconvenient situation.

Frank Herbert

I finally read ‘Dune’ and while I liked the concept, the setting and the sandworms, I was a bit bored by long dialogues and descriptions. For a long time I couldn’t make up my mind whether I wanted to continue. Now I am sure that this is it for me and it will remain my only novel from the ‘Dune’-universe.

i will always take the chance to throw some sandworm art at you, this one by Luke Oram. Awesome, isn’t it? Reminds me of a sandworm version of the Deku Tree! Come inside, mate!


Kate Constable

I read her whole ‘Chanters of Tremaris’-trilogy. While I still enjoyed the first book and thought it was a pretty decent, light Fantasy novel, it got weaker and weaker. The ending was not cool and the characters started acting like children.

Patricia C. Wrede

And I am glad I did! Her ‘Dealing with Dragons’ was one of my highlights this year. Very cute, enjoyable and funny. For kids and adults alike.

Andrzej Sapkowski

I read ‘The Last Wish’ and ‘Sword of Destiny’. Enjoyed the first and half of the second book. The important half though. The one on which the rest of the series is based on, so I will get back to it eventually. I am also looking forward to the series!

Brian McClellan

I know, I know, you are probably tired about me gushing over those books. ‘Promise of Blood’ made my Top 3 this year and the short story collection that took place just before it was really great as well.

Nicholas Eames

F yeah! Those book where the talk of the town this year and I think they definitely deserve it! Fun, fun, fun!

Noelle Stevenson

My first graphic novel, probably since I was a kid! Didn’t like it too much though, it was just average. I will try out some more graphic novels though and got lucky to start the new year with an awesome one!

Michael R. Fletcher

‘Beyond Redemption’ was different and weird . Definitely worth it and I am eying the sequel.

Tom Lloyd

I read ‘Stranger of Tempest’ and was very entertained during the first half. It got boring during the second, but the style of writing and the banter kept me interested enough to leave the sequel on my wishlist.

C. S. Friedman

‘Black Sun Rising’ was on my list for years and years and I was very excited to finally give it a crack. Very disappointing though. I thought it was unnecessarily complicated and the characters weren’t intriguing enough. It’s sad, cause the world has potential.

Patricia A. McKillip

That wasn’t a good start at all! ‘The Forgotten Beasts of Eld’ was missing something.. Review is coming up soon. Undecided yet, whether I want to try more of her works. Cause there is a lot and I might like something else.


  1. Oh man, where do I even start? πŸ˜€

    Well, if Dune didn’t work for you, I’m glad you’re not forcing yourself to continue with the series.

    Wrede has a decent back catalogue as well, so if you like her stuff, go for it. Just watch out for her Lyra novels.

    Fletcher and Lloyd are both on my tbr this year, so I’ll be seeing what all the fuss was about.

    I just finished Forgotten Beasts of Eld myself on Sunday, so it’s still fresh in my mind. Hope to put up a review tonight. It definitely had a bit more of bite/edge than some of her other books but it was definitely her style of writing through and through.

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    1. Are those Lyra novels no good? I haven’t heard of them yet! But not sure if I am even interested in her other works. The dragons & fairytale setting pulled me in.

      I am really interested to see what you think of Lloyd and Fletcher! Especially Fletcher – that book was really something else!

      I jump over to read your review on the Forgotten Beasts now! I am sure it’s more positive than mine will be!

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      1. The Lyra books I found dragging and not really tied together. I was expecting a series and they weren’t. So I think that colored my expectations.

        Her 13th Child trilogy is excellent though. I ended up buying them in hardcover, even though I classify them as YA.


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    1. Sometimes it helps if you let some time pass! I tried readind Discworld when I was 11/12 and totally didn’t like it. Tried again 5 years later and am a fan since!

      Would be interesting to see how you like Dune now πŸ™‚


  2. I love Patricia C. Wrede’s books! (Well, the ones I’ve read.) Glad you enjoyed her work as well. And I’ve read a Patricia McKillip book and enjoyed it, but have only read the one so I can’t comment on her style as a whole.

    Dune is on my TBR list for 2018. I’m hoping I enjoy it, but am afraid I’ll end up reading the single book just to have read it, and then be done with the series as well.

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