Will's Picks from the 2009 Amazon Best of Books list
Amazon.com has released its best of 2009 books and there are some great books on the list. Here are the ones that I have selected.
The Other Lands (Acacia, Book 2) A few years have passed since the conquering of the Mein, and Queen Corinn is firmly in control of the Known World--perhaps too firmly. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Daniel, on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands. There Daniel discovers a lush, exotic mainland ruled by an alliance of tribes that poses a grave danger to the stability of the Known World. Is Queen Corinn strong enough to face this new challenge? Readers of this bold, imaginative sequel will not be disappointed in the answer. If you haven't read the first novel in this bold new series it's here: Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia, Book 1)
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5) - All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded.
Note From Will: Having just returned from a trip to Greece I am particularly drawn to the Last Olympian. You can see one of my some video footage I took of the Acropolis and a paper project I made of the Parthenon on my youtube channel here: EpicFantasy Youtube video of the Paper Parthenon
Beautiful Creatures - (Teen) - Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
Here is the Complete list of top ten in Science Fiction & Fantasy:
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
The Red Tree
The Other Lands (Acacia, Book 2)
American Fantastic Tales Boxed Set
Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)
The Other City (Eastern European Literature) (Eastern European Literature Series)
Yellow Blue Tibia
Eclipse 3: New Science Fiction and Fantasy
Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart