Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 New-to-me Authors I Read in 2016

Okay, so I’m trying on this whole blog meme thing. Boy am I behind on the times (example: I just learned to screencap on my phone about two months ago).

Top Ten Tuesday meme is courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish and I thank them for their wonderful, entertaining, and very bookish blog!

So here goes the Top 10 New (to me) authors I read in 2016! (in no order whatsoever

  1. Nick Cutter – The Troop

Gross. Deliciously gross. Don’t eat when you read this guy. Although the similes get a little ham-fisted after a minute, the gut-churning descriptions and vivid characterization leaves that perfect combination of nausea and excitement on the palate. I already have The Deep on my TBR, hoping Cutter can stand next to Dan Simmons as my go-to gore writers

2. Robert McCammon – Swan Song

Apocalypse, killer characters, nuclear holocaust, a 1000 page tome and McCammon might be the best of the old 80’s/90’s horror writers I’ve never heard of. Word is he has a decent werewolf book, The Wolf’s Hour, so I’ll be giving that a shot.

3. Alexandra Oliva – The Last One

A well-executed concept that deftly switches back and forth between a survivalist reality TV show and a character who may or may not be deaing with a pandemic, Oliva’s writing is competent and her storytelling never boring.

4. Charles Darwin – The Origin of Species

Yep, that dude who invented a theory of evolution that revolutionized science and the world as we know it. Or whatever. Darwin likes pigeons and can also wax poetic while laying out a crazy detailed theory that shook up the world (and helped us understand our fear of snakes). Everyone knows Darwin, but how many can say they read him?

5. Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts

This book came to me by happenstance (my mom) and it turns out not only did it win last year’s Bram Stoker Best Novel Award, it’s a pretty interesting book. Lucky for me, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock was just around the corner.

6. Josh Malerman – Bird Box

In a culture overstuffed with dystopian futures and apocalyptic scenarios, Bird Box was a refreshing, spare story of an unknown apocalypse with an emphasis on character and story over a need for exposition. I can’t wait to see what else the guy writes

7. Michael Lewis – Moneyball

Being a Cub’s fan, this was a good year in baseball for me (being a Brown’s fan evens out that karma a bit). Michael Lewis made a story about statistics engaging, so he’s got my vote.

8. Mary Beard – The Fires of Vesuvius

I accidentally read this book, thinking it would focus on the famou 79 c.e. eruption, but it was more of a history lesson via archaeology, which Beard taught with a down-to-earth humor. I was so impressed that I followed it up with her S.P.Q.R, and I learned I never want to live in ancient times, mostly because the streets are running with human waste.

9. Adam Nevill – The Ritual

Yep, I’m a sucker for those idiots lost in the woods. Nevill evokes a haunting atmosphere and isolation, even as the story takes a left turn at weirdsville and never looks back. I’d like to check out his other books.

10. Stewart O’Nan – The Circus Fire

Normally a fiction writer, O’Nan brings to life a horrific tragedy to ensure that it’s legacy and lesson are not forgotten. Truly, more horrifying than any fiction I’ve ever read.

9 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 New-to-me Authors I Read in 2016

  1. Yours is actually the second blog today that I’ve seen mention Charles Darwin. As a creationist myself I have no desire to read any of his stuff. Evolution was pushed on me enough in school. I actually haven’t read any of the authors on your list though. Hope you have a great week!

    TTT
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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