It really is quite excellent and deserves to be on a year’s favourites list (my editor was careful to explain that this is not a “year’s best” list; we’re not jurying a prize, here and having made an exhaustive survey). Along with his caveat, I’ll add two of my own: not every book I’ve read is for FP review, and not every book I read is for review, period. Many of the books I read are not even recent releases.
So if I expand the list to include anything and everything I’ve read this year, what was my absolute favourite?
I dunno. The older I get the harder it is to pick favourites. Let’s just say it was a good reading year and leave it at that.