Captain Lyss' TOP 10 Favs of 2017

As the year draws to a close, it’s makes one nostalgic for all the fabulous Speculative Fiction you’re read throughout the year. Or is that just me?

Regardless, this year was great for SFF all around the world, including Aussie Spec Fic, so I’ve compiled a list of my TOP 10 TITLES!

This is a list of my personal spec-fics favourites. Crew members here on the Jolly Roger and our fellow Lost Boys may disagree with my list, and that is totally fair. You are entitled to your wrong opinion (lol).

So let me share with you my favs, and tweet at us at @neverneverbb to tell us how wrong we are!

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Captain Lyss’ Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

10. It Came from the Deep by Maria Lewis.

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Mermaids are weirdly trendy right now, and I for one have no idea why (but that’s another article). But if I got to hang out with the wicked cool mermen from It Came from the Deep,

I’d trade in my legs for scales too! Lewis writes in her in her incredibly readable style to bring you this thrilling YA Science Fiction adventure.

9. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman.

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Kristoff appears again alongside the spectacular Kauffman for this awesome book. Just like Illuminae, this story is told entirely with found documents;
emails, interview transcripts, journal entries and the like. But it’s the layout of each page that really shines. The use of space and typography, coupled with what is written (and what has been excluded) is a fresh new way to enjoy awesome sci-fi.

8. Soulless by Jacinta Maree
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This one was included in our Inaugural Book Box, and for good reason. A well-loved independent novel with great pacing and An awesome lead character,

Soulless was just released on audiobook, and is 100% worth the re-read.

7. Down among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan Mcguire

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This spot really should be for the entire Wayward Children series, as I read and adored both Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones

this year and completely fell in love with the world. I have given the stop to DATSAB because a) it came out this year and

b) people are not talking about it enough. This book covers parental expectations, teenage desires, OCD, sibling relationships and much much more!

Plus its got Mad Scientists and Vampires! What’s not to love?

6. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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This sci fi epic is a bit dense and can sometimes be hard to understand, but its the kind of book that grabs you by the throat and you just can't stop reading.

Whilst I didn't have too much trouble understanding what our MC was talking about when discussing complex strategics and space gobbiltygook,

its not gonna be for everyone.

5. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

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Do I need to say more?

P.s. like, a super healthy relationship too. Bravo.

4. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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This charming YA novel take the coveted “Hell Yeah diversity” prize on this list because it does two things right.

  1. It has a bisexual, female PoC as its Main Character!
  2. That is absolutely the least interesting thing about her.

With a cast of characters literally formed from our MC’s imagination, this book makes up for its simple writing and

standard mystery-plot by creating some of the richest charactersand setting that I read all year.

3. Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

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Do you enjoy reading books that will fill you with dread? Do you like stories where humans have well and truly fucked up? Then Lotus Blue is definitely

the book for you. This book is as impactful as it is well written. Cli-fi at its best.

2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I know, I'm late to this boat but this really is a fantastic fantasy series! I read both Nevernight and Godsgrave AND listened

to the audiobooks (which I highly reccomend).

Mia and Mr Kindly are engaging from the start, and with clever narration, the whole thing is a joy from start to finish.

1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor:
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This book… gah this book!

Besides the amazing characters, complex and interesting setting, and creative magic system; Laini Taylor's writing is so so beautiful.

Every sentence rolls and lilts and hurries as the pace needs it, and some of the phrases are just so stunning, they'll melt your heart.

A small example

“I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.”


Honourable Mentions

Heart of Brass/Silver and Stone by Felicity Banks (Aussie Steampunk!)

The Last Guard by K. J. Taylor (full disclosure: I edited an earlier draft of this, and by edit, I mean I kept getting distracted and just reading the damn thing)

The Grief Hole by Kaaron Warren (Creepy, dark, existential)

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (I adore this Urban Fantasy series)

Draekora (Why did this miss out on being in the top10? Because it gave me too many feels, that’s why!)

So? How wrong am I? Tweet me at @neverneverbb to correct me.

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Posted December 20th at 10:09am