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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Station Eleven: A novel Cover Image
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: Broadway 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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Bird Box: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062259653
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Published: Ecco - May 13th, 2014

When the sense of sight is no longer safe for anyone, how does one survive? And how do you find and defeat that which cannot be seen? A great addition to the horror genre that fits well among the classics.

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The Drop Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062365446
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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!

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A New Dawn: Star Wars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553392869
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Published: Lucas Books - September 2nd, 2014

As big of Star Wars fan as I am this book almost didn't make the list, in that Star Wars novels tend to get a bad rap for horrible writing and corny story lines, but this book is different. The first of the 'new canon' that is Star Wars after the acquisition by Disney, John Jackson Miller takes us deep into the core of the characters from the Rebels television show and puts a nice mature spin on things introducing us to a new era that is all things Star Wars!

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Night of the Hunter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780786965113
Availability: Out of Print - Sorry
Published: Wizards of the Coast - March 11th, 2014

One of my favorite authors and creators, I have been following his work since 1993. Salvatore never seems to disappoint. His story lines are always unique and character insights almost too human. If you have never read his work, don't be daunted by the shear number of books under his pen, there are numerous jumping on points, this being one of them

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The Dead Lands: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455528240
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 14th, 2015

Though this book is not available until early 2015, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advanced reading copy and would feel guilty if I didn't share it with you now. This new novel, set in a post-apocalyptic America, draws in features from every genre out there, and does so with skill and gracefulness. Enter a world that is confined by the walls of the city for safety that suddenly become the bars of a prison when a girl arrives from the outside world promising a place of better life and abundance. Or does she?