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The Best of 2007

Happy Holidays everyone! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and many folks will be home all day cooking or eating or watching some sports event on their televisions.

But lurking behind Thanksgiving is another day — this one much darker and extremely unholy: Black Friday. The day that begins sometime around 3am when shoppers arrive at their favorite big box stores in anticipation of 6am, 5am, and 4am (!!) openings. When the doors open, the hordes descend on the poor, innocent (yet attractively marked-down) merchandise in a frenzy unparalleled in nature.

Or, if you’re like me, you stay at home and read a book.

Other than the season of shopping, as I like to call it, it’s also the season of recommendations. The year is coming to a close, so it’s time to crown the “best” books of 2007.

I’ve read quite a few books this year, but if I had to pick a Best it would be a toss-up between The Secret History of Moscow and The New Moon’s Arms. Both books feature cultures that aren’t like my own, which I value highly in fantasy, with characters that aren’t the standard European White Guy, which I value even more. I also love that both deal with recognizable fantasy elements, but come at them from such completely different points of view that the elements seem fresh again.

So tell me, dearest Fantasy readers, what were your favorite fantasy reads this year? Tell us what novels, anthologies, or collections really blew you away. Give me a reason to get up early Friday and hit the sale at Borders Books.

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