I’ve seen several folks do a top books of 2014 blog. Thought I might do something similar. Here’s ten books I really enjoyed this year. Because they are so different in tone and genre, I can’t really rate them as #1, 2, etc. They’re just works I liked a lot. Each was memorable for one reason or another. I didn't include links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble but all are available there.
The Hunter: First in the Parker series by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). A stripped down, noir tale. No wasted motion, no wasted words, no wasted description. A quick read
Elak of Atlantis, by Henry Kuttner, An anthology of Kuttner’s early work. Contains four Elak of Atlantis stories, plus two Prince Raynor tales. The tales combine the eldritch elements from Lovecraft with the action adventure work of Robert E. Howard. This makes for a fine pairing.
Spawn of Dyscrasia, by S.E. Lindberg. an entertaining fantasy novel that—I would argue—rises to the level of art. Incredible world building.
Animals, by John Skipp and Craig Spector. I've read about everything from this pair of writers. Their work is gory and not always quite PC but it has power and drama.
The Measure of a Man, by Shauna Roberts. A combination of fantasy, science fiction and horror. A lot of action and adventure.
Day of the Dollar, by Ty Johnston. I normally wouldn’t include this on my list because it’s a screenplay. But I just really enjoyed it. Made me feel like I was watching a lost “Man with No Name” western.
Cold Blooded II, by Bernard Lee DeLeo. I thought the first one had a lot of action. This one was nonstop.
Last Chance Canyon, by James Reasoner. A wonderful weird western.
Iron Man, by Tony Iommi. I’m a big fan of Sabbath and Iommi. Nuff said.
Doc Holliday, by Matt Braun. I've always been interested in the character of Doc Holliday. I don’t know how accurate it is historically but it was fun and made me order more books by Braun.