The Top 25 Books

The end of the decade is drawing to a close within a few days. Originally we had been doing these small press reviews under a different entity, Alien Alerts. The past decade has seen many changes to the small press world and to self-publishing as a whole. Now, new digital formats and services makes it so easy for the aspiring writer to showcase his or her words and brings the world to their door steps. We have seen and read very bad books. But in all the stuff that came into our mailbox, gems were found that made it worth the effort of drudging through the piles of really horrific material. In closing the decade, we thought it appropriate to identify the top picks of all the books we reviewed over the years. These that follow have been real gems in a coal mine of self-published and small press efforts.

The Top 25 Books of the Decade

1. The Oneprince by Bill Hand
2. The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
3. Sojourn by Jana G. Oliver
4. Flashpoint by Frank Creed
5. Virtual Evil by Jana G. Oliver
6. Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer
7. The Winter Soldiers by Andrew Miller
8. The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers
9. The Ballad of Bawdy McClure by F.S. Vander Meer
10. Chronicles of the HEdge by Jeff Ovall
11. Mars Harvest by James Armentrout
12. Never Ceese by Sue Dent
13. Time Masters: The Call by Geralyn Beauchamp
14. A Lever Long Enough by Amy Deardon
15. The Lion Vrie by Christopher Hopper
16. War of Attrition by Frank Creed
17. Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges
18. Bone Walk by Kevin Howe
19. Tractrix by RJ Archer
20. Hinge of Destiny by James Armentrout
21. Dixie by Stephen Sulkey
22. Cascade Effect by James Armentrout
23. Future Imperfect by F.S. Vander Meer
24. Rise of the Dibor by Christopher Hopper
25. The Mushroom Circle by Clare C. Newbury

3 thoughts on “The Top 25 Books

  1. Thanks for the list. I ordered the first book.

    Michael D. Warden will be coming out with the third and last book in his Pearlsong Refounding trilogy this year and I’ll bet you he’ll make your next list. If you haven’t read the first two books plan on doing so. You won’t be sorry. They are an example of what Christian fantasy should be.

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