Jodie's Top Ten Brilliant Books of 2014

Jodie Brandt - Night Manager.

Gamer, Sci-Fi and Fantasy expert.

Here are his picks for the best of 2014.

He writes great copy. 

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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

A fabulous achievement in world building that I have not seen since the likes of Dune. Well written and very unique Science Fiction, seen through the unbiased eyes of an Artificial Intelligence.

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ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

It has been a long time since a book has brought tears to my eyes, but Emily's writing is fluid, convincing and beautiful. Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for those who do not like Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi. A wonderful addition to both literature and science fiction.

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Hard Science Fiction that is plausible and rich. Could you survive millions of miles from home on a planet that harbors no life at all and would those who left you behind come back to get you?

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ISBN: 9780062365446
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 2nd, 2014

My one big departure from Science Fiction and Fantasy on this list is by one of our eras great writers, Dennis Lehane. Ever since I read Shutter Island I have been drawn to his style and perspective on characters and life. Birthed from the same world as Mystic River this book makes a great introduction into the Dennis Lehane universe.

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The Emperor's Blades: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book I Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765336439
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Published: Tor Books - August 26th, 2014

A vibrant fantasy world filled with vibrant characters and cultures. Staveley introduces us to three siblings, all in different walks of life brought back together when their father, the Emperor, is murdered. Filled with intrigue and magic this is a fantastic beginning to a new trilogy

Words of Radiance: Book Two of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765326362
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

The sequel to Way of Kings, this is the second book of what the author calls the beginning of his magnum opus. Plan on a big series of fat books all filled with wonder, magic and extremely unique world building!