These are not the 10 Best books of the year, but of the 134 books I got to read in 2014, these are my 10 favorites...
Rough Magick (Gnomesaga Book 1) by Kenny Soward from Raganarok Publications.
"Rough Magick is a story which evokes wonderment, laughter, a sense of foreboding, anger, and involves every possible emotion."
Hell's Door by Sandy DeLuca from Darkfuse.
"DeLuca does a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing at the truth right to the final pages with an ending I never saw coming."
The Forty First Wink by James Walley from Ragnarok Publications.
"With a writing style reminiscent of the late Douglas Adams (while remaining entirely Earthbound, if you don't count a flying Pirate ship), James Walley takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of an adventure."
Netherworld (Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval) by Lisa Morton from Journalstone.
"Netherworld: Book One of the Chronicles of Diana Furnaval has everything I like in a book. Great characterization, well-told story, plenty of action and a place I'd like to return to someday."
Dämoren - by Seth Skorkowsky from Ragnarok Publications
"Author, Seth Skorkowsky, does a very good job of creating believable situations using extraordinary characters. The conflict between monsters and heroes is embellished by the distrust among the Valducans themselves and the surprise reveal at the end of the book works well as closure for book one and sets up book two nicely."
Like Death by Tim Waggoner from Apex Publications
"There are times in Like Death where the line between reality, dreams and hallucinations becomes razor thin, the story telling is raw and you will get to the point where you will just learn to expect the unexpected. In three words, I loved it."
Corrosion by Jon Bassoff from Darkfuse
"Corrosion is full of good writing and features one of the most twisted, demented protagonists I've ever encountered."
Darknet by John R Little from Journalstone
"Wow. I've been reading some very dark stuff lately andDarknet is one of the bleakest so far. I may have to go watch a few episodes of "My Little Pony" or something to create a bit of balance in my life."
Chelsea Avenue by Armand Rosamilia from Ragnarok Publications
"Chelsea Avenue is a real location in Long Branch, New Jersey. The Murphy's Law Club was a real place. On July 8th, 1987, the famous Haunted House on the pier in Long Branch did, indeed, burn down. The rest of this well-imagined story comes from the demented mind of Armand Rosamilia."
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue from Picador
"The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality."
2014 was a great year and I'm looking forward to 2015. Here's to good reading.