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Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Going back over my notes, I see this year's favourite was Andrzej Sapkowski's Sword of Destiny, a short story collection originally published in Polish in 1992 as Miecz Przeznaczenia. This choice may or may not have had something to do with the fact I played all three Witcher games back to back this year, along with the Witcher Adventure Board Game and an awful lot of Gwent (although I suspect strongly it does). The stories don't spoil the narrative of the games (and the games don't spoil the stories), rather, they inform each other in a way I found to be not only fun but also very, very satisfying.

  1. Butcher, Jim. Fool Moon.
  2. Butcher, Jim. Grave Peril.
  3. Butcher, Jim. Storm Front.
  4. Cook, Glen. The Black Company.
  5. Cook, Glen. Shadows Linger.
  6. Cook, Glen. The White Rose.
  7. Cornwell, Bernard. The Flame Bearer.
  8. Cornwell, Bernard. Warriors of the Storm.
  9. Coupland, Douglas. All Families Are Psychotic.
  10. de Sa, Anthony, Tanis Rideout, and Carrie Snyder (jury). The Journey Prize Stories 27.
  11. Ellis, Albert, and Irving Becker. A Guide to Personal Happiness.
  12. Ellis, Albert, and Robert A. Harper. A Guide to Rational Living.
  13. Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord.
  14. Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
  15. Gilsdorf, Ethan. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest For Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, And Other Dwellers Of Imaginary Realms.
  16. Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.
  17. Jonasson, Jonas. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All.
  18. Kay, Guy Gavriel. Children of Earth and Sky.
  19. Kay, Guy Gavriel. The Fionavar Tapestry.
  20. Leiber, Fritz. Swords and Deviltry.
  21. Lukyanenko, Sergei. The Night Watch.
  22. Lynch, Scott. The Lies of Locke Lamora.
  23. Lynch, Scott. Red Seas Under Red Skies.
  24. Martin, George R.R. and Gardner Dozois (editors). Rogues.
  25. O'Brian, Patrick. Master and Commander.
  26. Robinson, Kim Stanley. Red Mars.
  27. Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
  28. Rowling, J.K., Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  29. Sanderson, Brandon. The Way of Kings.
  30. Sapkowski, Andrzej. Blood of Elves.
  31. Sapkowski, Andrzej. The Last Wish.
  32. Sapkowski, Andrzej. Sword of Destiny.
  33. Shields, Sharma. The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac.
  34. Tobin, Paul. The Witcher: Fox Children.
  35. Vanderhaeghe, Guy. The Last Crossing.

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