I love top 10 lists. Maybe I just love reading them and trying to think of two or three things they left out. Or maybe that’s just me.
At any rate, this is a list that you definitely need to check out.
The marvelous Mogsy over at The BiblioSanctum has put together a thought-provoking roll call of hidden gems from 2016:
1. Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley.
2. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
3. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst.
4. Invasive by Chuck Wendig.
5. It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton.
6. I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas.
7. Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt.
8. Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis.
9. Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher.
10. The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill.
Allow me to call your attention to (ahem) #5, It Happened One Doomsday by yours truly. Here’s how the mighty Mogsy put it:
“I knew I was going to have fun with this book, but I ended up liking it even more than I expected. I’ve reached the point in my reading where I already have several go-to authors or series I seek out whenever I want my routine Urban Fantasy fix, so for me to jump into a new UF, something has to be unique or special about it to catch my interest. I’m happy to say that It Happened One Doomsday was just that—fresh, original, and extremely entertaining. It’s not every day you come across a magic system based on crystals, minerals and gems, or a version of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who herald in the end of the world driving fast classic cars.” (BiblioSanctum.com)
Aww. Shucks. How nice is that? Thanks Mogsy!
Here’s another tidbit of interesting trivia. We all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but at least two of the books on this list (my book and Masks & Shadows by Stephanie Burgis) have the same cover artist, the noteworthy Nicole Lecht.
Mere coincidence? Hmm. The world may never know.
What’s your favorite underrated literary gem of 2016? Leave a comment below.