We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.
– Jonathan Gottschall, ‘The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human’
- Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
- Wonders of the Invisible World – Patricia A. McKillip
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone/ Days of Blood and Starlight – Laini Taylor
- Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
- Feed – Mira Grant
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
- Blue Remembered Earth – Alastair Reynolds
- Raven Girl – Audrey Niffenegger
- The Diviners – Libba Bray
Honourable mentions on the list must go to two web comics I discovered this year. Girl Genius is a wild gaslamp fantasy with mad science and a cast of fabulous characters headed by the charming and slightly terrifying Agatha Heterodyne, while Nimona fuses science fiction and medieval fantasy into one astoundingly cohesive world, either in peril from the united forces of Ballister Blackheart and his shapechanging apprentice Nimona, or about to be rescued by them. They haven’t decided yet. Very recently I’ve also started following A Hundred Days of Night, a comic based on the ancient Greek myth of Persephone and Hades, but with added sarcasm, romance and politics. It’s not very far along yet, but is already tremendous fun. My heartfelt thanks go out to all these creators for making so much remarkable work available online for free!