Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

Another day, another Best of 2014 post: this time from Library Journal. They produce a general top 20 list and then genre-specific lists.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell and The Bees by Laline Paul made the general list. The Science Fiction/Fantasy list was as follows:

Addison, Katherine. The Goblin Emperor.
Bennett, Robert Jackson. City of Stairs.
Gibson, William. The Peripheral.
Leckie, Ann. Ancillary Sword.
VanderMeer, Jeff. Area X (Annihilation, Authority Acceptance).

The Martian by Andy Weir also made the list as a Thriller.

So, all told, a pretty standard list. We’re beginning to see a series of repeaters across the Best of 2014 lists: Leckie, Vandermeer, Weir, Mitchell, and Bennett, even if The Bone Clocks is showing up as Literary Fiction, not SFF. Those five would make a pretty credible Hugo ballot—if Weir is eligible and Mitchell can overcome his “literary” background.


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