Friday, 7 December 2012

You Tell Me | What's at the Top of the Scots?

It's that time of the year, dear readers!

Hard to believe it may be - I'm still wondering where October went, never mind November - but it's time to start thinking about 2012 as a whole. To consider the very best of the very best. And as ever, I need all the help I can get.

I go to the movies as often as I can... I play video games on the PS3, the PC and the 360... I read more books than most humans — but there's only the one of me, and I can't hope to be in any sense comprehensive. What I can do is ask you if I'm missing anything particularly significant.

So here I am, hat in hand... asking.

This post is intended as an open forum for you to put your personal favourites forward. If there's a book you think is brilliant, and I haven't already reviewed it here or on - here's my page over there - then it's entirely likely I haven't read it. If there's some magnificent film or obscure video game that I haven't said word one about, please, point me in the right direction. 

Top of the Scots starts on December 17th, which gives us approximately ten days to talk. I can read three or four normal-length novels in that time, watch at least as many movies, and play perhaps a pair of games, depending on how long they're apt to last. I've cleared the slate specifically so I can do exactly as outlined... so let fly your recommendations, folks!

Who needs holidays, eh? :)


  1. The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer was really good.

  2. Lee Battersby's The Corpse-Rat King was probably my favourite read of the year. It's an extremely funny, extraordinarily imaginative tale, and I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    My review is here.

  3. You've introduced me to James Corey, The Macht, and The Bloody Nine. For those three things alone, if ever your travels bring you to Seattle, you won't pay for a single drink.

    In the meantime, I may have missed you mentioning it, but if you haven't picked up Mark Waid's run on Daredevil, you're surely missing out. There's not much I can add here that hasn't been said (by the Eisner's, no less), other than to add my voice to the praise. The covers, the art, the stories - all perfect.

  4. Not necessarily giving away my favorite 2012 release, but I would note that Junot Díaz's This is How You Lose Her and Mark Helprin's In Sunlight and in Shadow were two fine reads that I don't think you've reviewed anywhere.

  5. I've heard a lot of good things about The Forest Laird by Jack Whyte (2010). It's the beginning of a trilogy of William Wallace. I plan to read it eventually, and it hope it doesn't have the big historical errors that Braveheart had.

  6. I can only give comics recommendations since you read way more books than me and I barely watch movies.

    So, comics...If you aren't already reading these, you need to immediately: Prophet, Multiple Warheads, Fatale, Godzilla Half Century War, and Saga. Some of the best comics I've ever read, and all released this year.

  7. I still have to get my full thoughts together as well, but here are some standouts from this year:

    The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
    Rapture by Kameron Hurley
    Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
    Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
    Faith by John Love
    The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan

  8. I'd have to go with Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway