Keep adding your mentions of the year’s best fantasy related books, movies, television, stories, magazines, writers and anything else both fantasy-ish and highly recommended!
Last week’s recommendations for the best of 2009:
Best stories – Charles de Lint
Best book – Lord of the Rings, of course.
Best movie – I’m tired of being obvious. Let’s say Krull.
Todd mentioned Genevieve Valentine’s story for Fantasy Magazine, “Light on The Water” as well as Kij Johnson’s 26 Monkeys, finishing up with Camille Alexa’s “Shade of White and Road.” His favorite novel was The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan. For movies he listed “Let The Right One In.” He also freely admitted that some of those might have happened in 2008.
Book: Bone Crossed (Patricia Briggs). Currently my favorite “urban fantasy” series.
Film: Coraline. A wonderful adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s equally wonderful book.
TV: Loving “Legend of the Seeker”
Overall I would have to choose James A. Owen’s “The Chronicles of The Imaginarium Geographica” series (of which we saw book 4 this year) as the best thus far. A fine & entertaining mix of fantasy, history, mythology & adventure. Everyone (both child & adult) should enjoy these.
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey – Absolutely brilliant story.
Torchwood: Children of Earth If you’re not yet a Torchwood fan you should fix that, pronto! Netflix the first two seasons before you watch this one is preferred, but not required.
One of my favorite short stories was one that ran here: “Lake Tahoe’s Lover,” by Nadia Bulkin. Another that I liked ran in Strange Horizons, “Second-hand Information,” by Jennifer Linnaea. I also really loved, as so many people did, “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss,” by Kij Johnson.
For me, one of the best books of the year is Jeff VanderMeer’s Finch, which is beautiful and mysterious and dark. I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy this year and enjoyed recent offerings from Caitlin Kiernan, Lilith St. Crow and Rob Thurman. Kage Baker’s The Hotel Under The Sand was a favorite as well. I’m writing up a whole list of my favorite stories of the year for another time.
As far as movies go, I thought Up was the loveliest of the animated films and like Todd, didn’t see “Let the Right One In” till 2009, but would have put it on 2008’s list. TV-wise, I liked True Blood and about half of the Torchwood shows.
So keep the suggestions coming!