Jose’s Top 5 Books of 2010
1. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith – My favorite book of the year is the secret story of our country’s sixteenth president and his battle against vampires. Seth Grahame-Smith does an amazing job of blending history and vampire lore to create a must read biographical account. It’s also being made into a movie by 20th Century Fox that should start filming in March, 2011.
2. Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin Anderson and Sam Stall – Like bananas and peanut butter, Zombies and Star Trek make an improbable but amazing combination. The real surprise here is that the use of Trek does not overwhelm the main plot line. Instead, the authors use it to provide added depth to the characters and at times help drive the action. There is also a good dose of humor (both dark and Trek related) throughout the book, which was a good counterbalance to the some of the more horror genre parts of the story.
3. The Passage by Justin Cronin – The first time someone recommended The Passage to me they said it was like Stephen King’s The Stand, but with vampires and even better. After having read it, I can see they were right. It is a great sci-fi, dystopian story, but it’s Cronin’s storytelling style that makes this one of my faves of 2010.
4. The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – Being a fan of the Percy Jackson books, I had high expectations for Riordan’s next series set in the Olympus mythology. He delivers with a great story that adds new characters and mythology to the original series, while still sharing strong ties to what made us love the Percy Jackson books.
5. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – The sequel to The Maze Runner brings a new set of challenges the main characters must overcome to survive. It is a fast paced story full of action, but the real surprise is the incredible amount of character development that Dashner is able to introduce through the race across The Scorch.
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