2013 has been an extremely tumultuous year for me reading and reviewing wise, so when I started out this list, I quickly realized these three strongly stood out from the rest. So in no specific order, here is my top three for 2013:

 

Fire Caste By Peter Fehervari (Black Library)

In the jungles of the Dolorosa Coil, a coalition of alien tau and human deserters have waged war upon the Imperium for countless years. Fresh Imperial Guard forces from the Arkhan Confederates are sent in to break the stalemate and annihilate the xenos. But greater forces are at work, and the Confederates soon find themselves broken and scattered. As they fight a desperate guerrilla war, their only hope may lie in the hands of a disgraced commissar, hell-bent on revenge.

Fire Caste was really a twist from your standard Imperial Guard novels previously released by Black Library. As a reader, you are truly thrown to the wolves and left concussed from the bombardment of war that is Warhammer 40k.

 

 

What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli ( Apex Publications)

In Tom Piccirilli’s new noir novel What Makes You Die, an unmedicated manic-depressive hack screenwriter seeks to recapture the hallucinations that crafted his masterpiece.

To see more is to find oblivion… Screenwriter Tommy Pic fell hard from Hollywood success and landed in a psychiatric ward, blacked out from booze and unmedicated manic depression. This is not the first time he’s come to in restraints, surrounded by friends and family who aren’t there.

This time, though, he also awakes to a message from his agent. The first act of his latest screenplay is their ticket back to the red carpets. If only Tommy could remember writing it. Trying to recapture the hallucinations that crafted his masterpiece, he chases his kidnapped childhood love, a witch from the magic shop downstairs, and the Komodo dragon he tried to cut out of his gut one Christmas Eve. The path to professional redemption may be more dangerous than the fall.

All of the books I’ve read so far from Apex Publications have a distinct edge to them, What Makes You Die by Tom Piccirilli is no different. If I had to recommend just one book for 2013, this might be it.

 

Three By Jay Posey (Angry Robot Books)

The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.

But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantle of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.

My exceedingly high expectations for Three, crumbled to the ground as Jay Posey shattered those barriers, only to erect new ones. The sequel, Morningside Fall, has a pair of monstrous shoes to fill. To say I loved this book is a gross understatement.

 

 

 

Honorable mentions include:

  • Mephiston: Lord of Death by David Annandale
  • Dead West:  Those Poor, Poor Bastards by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward
  • Generation V by M.L. Brennan
  • Iron Guard by Mark Clapham
  • Deathwatch by Steve Parker
  • Plow The Bones by Douglas F. Warrick
  • Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch

 

As always, a huge THANK YOU, goes out to all the authors and publishers who provide me with review copies.

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Comments
  1. Peter Fehervari says:

    Hi Liam,

    I just noticed this list and felt it would be remiss not to respond.

    Considering the sheer volume of books you tackle each year I’m grateful that you gave Fire Caste a shot and delighted you felt it worthy of your Top 3 for 2013.

    I’m aware that it’s an unusual 40K book that takes some pretty bizarre paths, both stylistically and in terms of the lore, but I passionately believe it was worth the risk. Comments such as yours go a long way to vindicating that.

    With thanks!

    Peter F

    • Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the comment! I felt Fire Caste was something truly special and unique, for exactly as you put it, stylistically it has such a brilliant flavor for the Imperial Guard (My favorite). I hope we can see more Warhammer/40k from you in the future!

  2. Pabkins says:

    Three by Jay Posey was in my top reads for 2013 as well!

    • Three was truly a fantastic novel wasn’t it? Something about the entire texture of the book and the way Mr. Posey took us violently through his dangerous world, had me hook since I first read a blurb about it. It really hit the spot, so to speak, for me

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