Welcome to the Word Nerds 2016 Award Season!
Bethany: Our first winner this year from me is Tana French!
I picked up her first Dublin Murder Squad book back in the spring and was blown away with the caliber of both the characters and the mystery. She explores flawed characters so well it’s a little frightening. (Wow, are her protagonists flawed…) It seems like a lot of writers can do one or the other, but not both. I read her second one, “The Likeness” during the year as well and am planning reading more during 2017!
Stacie’s Pick: My pick is Mark Tufo, the author of the Zombie Fallout Series. Mark’s main character, a survivalist nut named Mike, had me laughing out loud at the aftermath of a zombie uprising. The whole premise of the novel is one that shouldn’t be funny yet manages to be, using humor effectively to break tension and navigate the stresses of Life-After-Zombie. I read the second book in the series a while back, and still find myself wondering if they are happy and safe. Considering that the series has at least six titles in it, I assume it will be a while before safe is an option.