Wednesday, December 17, 2014

10 Most Fascinating Characters of 2014

Despite the fact that she claims she's retired, Barbara Walters came out with her annual list of the Ten Most Fascinating People of the past year. It was full of the usual people; actors, philanthropists, etc. It got me thinking, though. If she can call out the 10 most fascinating people, why can't I do the same with book characters?

So I did.

Come with me under the cut to see what ten characters were the best in 2014!

2014 was a GREAT year for books. I read over sixty books and there were so many amazing characters. I had trouble limiting the list to just ten! It could have easily been a thirty character list. I can't wait to see what awesome characters await in 2015!

10. Aral Kingslayer - Drawn Blades by Kelly McCullough: I love the Fallen Blade books by Kelly McCullough and the latest volume in the series was one of the best yet. Aral continues to hunt for meaning in his life after the assassination of his goddess. He's funny, self-deprecating and smart. I can not WAIT to see what he does next.

9. Perry - Forged By Desire by Bec McMaster: Another series I love, this volume introduced their best female protagonist yet. She's a blue blood vampire, on the city's police force, and she has a nasty past that is quickly catching up with her. It was fascinating to read about this stoic woman and how she faced seemingly insurmountable challenges.

8. Kvothe - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: Look, I know this didn't come out in 2014. This year was the first time I ever read this book and I was blown away. Kvothe was an amazing character and I hungrily chewed through the book. It was a tome though and half-killed me. I'm going to attempt the sequel in 2015.

7. Devi Morris - Heaven's Queen by Rachel Bach: This final book in the completely awesome Paradox trilogy saw Devi really come into her own as the most kickass and badass woman in science fiction. Ripley eat your heart out!

6. Sophronia - Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger: I am a massive fan of Gail Carriger and her Finishing School series is an utter delight thanks to the main character, Sophronia. She's a plucky, intelligent spy in training who cares deeply for her friends. Each adventure with her is guaranteed to be a rollicking good time!

5. R.F. Jackaby - Jackaby by William Ritter: Jackaby was a surprise! That book had no business working as well as it did and I chalk it up to the brilliant R.F. Jackaby. He's half Sherlock Holmes and half Doctor Who and it's impossible to take your eyes off him. I can not WAIT for more Jackaby books.

4. Fortitude Scott - Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan: Now this is a character who is really starting to come into his own. Fort bumbled his way through the first Generation V novel and slowly got his act together in the second. Now he's solving murders and deftly handling both his crazy vampire family and the supernatural people that live in their territory. Fort is a likable, slightly tortured smart ass with a heart of gold. I can't help but adore him.

3. Eric Carter - Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore: There is nothing I love more than seeing Eric Carter get tormented and Stephen Blackmoore does it with aplomb. He gets beaten up, stabbed, double crossed, nearly murdered a half-dozen times and yet still manages to quip a wry one liner. He cheats death like some people cheat on their taxes and one day it's going to catch up with him. I can't wait!

2. Julius Heartstriker - Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron: Now THIS was one of the best books I read all year. You can't go wrong with an underachieving dragon thrown into the deep end by his psychotic mother and forced to solve a kidnapping. Julius has everything going against him yet he still manages to shine through as one of the best new characters of 2014. He has no skills, no magic and no friends yet he manages to pull together a winning team and shake up the entire dragon world. Not too shabby for a nice dragon!

1. Mark Watney - The Martian by Andy Weir: THIS was the best book of 2014. It takes the top spot. The novel was so amazing it defies words. It was exceptionally well written, edge of your seat science fiction. Mark Watney is an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to figure out a way to get back. Mark has an amazing sense of humor, an insane amount of bravery and intelligence with just enough snark to make him feel truly human. He made calculations about potato growth and bitching about disco music seem like the most interesting stuff in the world. Incredible character for an incredible book.
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  1. Oh man, Meghan. That top ten image you made cracked me. It's hilarious!

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