2016, 2017, man oh man.

Suffice to say that 2016 was a somewhat strange year. Let’s leave it at that. But hey, personally I had some good times. Phoenix Comic Con was amazing. San Diego Comic Con was amazing. I made new friends at both. I saw my favourite band, The Cure, twice. Art is important and we need to celebrate it, now more than ever, and I refer m’learned readers to this blog post here which says a lot of things about the year gone and the year ahead that I agree with.

I had two books out this year, both tie-ins: Elementary: Blood and Ink, and Dishonored: The Corroded Man, as well as a couple of issues of The Shield, co-written with Chuck Wendig, for Archie/Dark Circle Comics. That makes 2016 a little quiet for me, and it feels like I spent most of the year editing or writing outlines, but I did write two things that will be out in 2017 – Standard Hollywood Depravity, a Ray Electromatic novella out from Tor.com in March, and the next Ray novel, Killing Is My Business, out in July.

But 2016 was a record year for me for reading. As of today, I’ve read 53 books this year, and there’s a fair chance I’ll make it to 54 before January 1st. And here’s what I read, in reverse order of completion:

I hate to pick favourites, as every book in that list I enjoyed a great deal. But if I limit it to books that actually came out in 2016, then I have to say my joint favourites were You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, and Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig – that last book actually giving me my biggest geek-out moment of the year, when me and my robot assassin sorta maybe not quite make a cameo, kinda.

I think that makes me at least as canonical as the Star Wars Holiday Special, so hey, I’ll take it.

As if to even things out, 2017 looks rather busy for me. Apart from the Ray Electromatic novella and novel, the next Dishonored novel, the title of which remains a closely guarded secret, will be out at the end of July. I have to write the third Ray novel, as well as revisiting and rewriting a strange novel from a while back and writing a couple of brand new things too. There may also be comics to do.

I think I need to make a list.

Until 2017 then!