2011 was a good year for books. Not only did my own novel Prometheus, later renamed Skyggespinneren, win an award and become slated for publishing by one of the large Norwegian publishers, I also read through 24 books by 13 different authors, with a total of 9,274 pages. That’s a 44 % increase compared to 2010.
Many of these books were very good, and choosing one winner was difficult. Surprisingly no book reached the top score (10), but three books scored a 9. The winner is Neal Asher with The Line of Polity. And my reasoning for this is:
In this hard sci-fi novel Asher takes the term mad scientist to a whole new level, at the same time introducing a very fascinating planet (Masada), and the Polity dreadnought Occam Razor. The action is riveting and the thrills just keep coming. This book kept my interest the whole way and was almost unputdownable.
My own novel—Skyggespinneren—will be released in hardcover here in Norway this spring. The English title will be The Shadowmaker. It’s the first book in a series written for young adults and adults with imagination.