Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction

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The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Crossing Over | Christian Fiction Genre Spotlight

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It is no shocker that the publishing game is under­going rapid-fire change. The astonishing growth in self-­publishing (over half a million self-published titles were released in 2013, up 400 percent since 2008, according to a recent Bowker report), the continued improvements in ereaders and digital reading apps, the rise in print on demand, and mergers among the Big Six (now Big Five) publishers are creating ripple effects throughout the industry.

E-Originals from Boyce, Fielding & Others, Fraser, London, and Stein | Xpress Reviews

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Boyce’s latest historical is intriguing and unique, Fielding and company hit notes in m/m and fantasy romance, a twist brings Fraser’s latest to a satisfying ending, London presents a fun and fast contemporary, and Stein will mesmerize us

E-Originals from Browning, Lin, Lucas, & Sherwood, plus an Erotic Serial from Wolff | Xpress Reviews

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A slow-starter from Browning, detailed 19th-century China from Lin, a satisfying historical from Lucas, a complex new adult from Sherwood, and erotic serial from Wolff

New Novelists Carter, Karlsson, Kells, Truc, Walsh | Debut Fiction, November 15, 2014

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Carter’s clever historical thriller is a winner, Karlsson’s contemporary tale is mandatory reading for cubicle and office workers, Kells has written an absorbing tale that will grip anyone who enjoys survival stories, Walsh’s literary page-turner.

Brown’s Pick of the Month, VanderMeer, Walton, Plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, November 15, 2014

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This month brings plenty of offerings that scratch the action itch, from new military sf series from Odom and Resnick to the cutthroat politics and vicious conflicts in Brown’s Golden Son.

Collins’s Legal Thriller, Dekker’s Pick of the Month, & A Tale of Christmas Forever | Christian Fiction Reviews, November 15, 2014

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Collins has written a fast-paced, plot-driven tale of suspense; Dekker’s A.D. 30 is biblical fiction of the highest caliber; Miller delivers a heartrending tale of family, love, and forgiveness.

E-Originals from Becnel, Boykin, Cullen, Kennedy, & Keys | Xpress Reviews

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Becnel’s sweet family tale takes time to arrive, Boykin offers Lowcountry charm, Cullen writes an emotional historical, readers with a taste for light BDSM will not be disappointed in Freed, and Keys’s LGBT tale is a bit disjointed

Best Books 2014: E-Originals

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From dystopian sf, vampire stories, and Indian culture clashes to intergalactic adventures, a very hot fantasy, tortured heroes and heroines, and military romance, the best ebooks offer a rich and deep well of reading enjoyment

Chance’s Debut of the Month, Noirish Crime from Graham, Wiley, & New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews

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November offers a cornucopia of debuts and series launches for which mystery buffs of all stripes will give plenty of thanks.

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