Jodie's Top Ten Brilliant Books of 2015

 
"The value [of reading] is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agent, or whatever else." -Gary Gygax
 
This quote sums up Jodie's life to a tee. Having been a tabletop gamer and lover of fantasy/sci- fi since he was a child, if he doesn't have his nose in a game or book, he can be found sharing his love of the genre.
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Armada: A Novel By Ernest Cline Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804137256
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 14th, 2015

A fun, fast paced science fiction novel about video games, aliens, and government conspiracies. And no this is not an Ender's Game sequel.


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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire) By George R. R. Martin, Gary Gianni (Illustrator) Cover Image
By George R. R. Martin, Gary Gianni (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780345533487
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Published: Bantam - October 6th, 2015

Set a century before A Song of Ice and Fire, these three masterfully crafted novellas follow Sir Duncan the Tall as he tries to make a name for himself in the world we have come to know so well.


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

A hauntingly beautiful tale set after an apocalypse. Amazing world building that makes you want to dig deeper into the mythology.


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The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Problem Series #1) By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translated by)
$28.99
ISBN: 9780765377067
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Published: Tor Books - November 11th, 2014

A wild trip though revolutionary Chinese politics and the theory of physics, whether right or wrong.


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Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316246682
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Published: Orbit - October 6th, 2015

The third volume of the Imperial Radch trilogy. This series has some of the best world-building since Frank Herberts' Dune! Told through the eyes of an Artificial Intelligence who sees no gender or political bias in a universe freshly emerging from strife.


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The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) By Ken Liu Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481424288
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 9th, 2016

Part one of the Dandelion Dynasty finds the reader dropped directly into the coup against the Emperor with two boys caught up in the whirlwind of chaos. Filled with magic items, shape-shifting gods, and near steampunk technology, this is an exciting look into the Chinese fantasy scene.