- Black Wolves by Kate Elliott was a lot of fun. IMO, her Spirit Gate trilogy is her best work (I'm not a fan of her YA, and Crown of Stars just went on for too long), and this is a return to that world and voice.
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho is a lot of fun.
- Loving Day by Mat Johnson was a book I enjoyed on first read, but it's surprised me by how much it's stayed with me.
- The Man with the Compound Eyes by Wu Ming-Yi had warning signs all over it: It's an environmental cautionary tale and has a vaguely magical realistic feel. Yet it's neither heavy-handedly didactic nor warmed-over Borges.
- The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed was another one that was a good ride, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. (See, I do like fantasy, in spite of an extremely limited tolerance for epic fantasy.)
- In the non-fiction category, Debt by David Graeber really upended some of my ideas about the history of money and thinking about debt. If you're an anthropologist of money, maybe it won't be revolutionary to you, but most of us aren't.
This year, alas, I was sorely disappointed in several books that I was looking forward or that came highly recommended. Also, there are plenty more books that I liked and would recommend - and some that amused me for a moment but are hardly memorable.