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The Best Books of 2011!

This year has been all about genre - science fiction, fantasy and horror are on the rise everywhere we look, in cinema, in fashion and in popular culture. From supernatural detectives to the zombie apocalypse, from Steampunk to alternate realities, it all starts on the printed page!

Below are our favourite 25 books of this year, all stuff we've read and loved, and we're throwing this list out there for your feedback and opinion.

If we've missed something - or if we've committed a howler - it's up to you to let us know. So bring it on!


[Book 1: Rise Of The Governor]

6. The Walking Dead: Book 1: Rise Of The Governor

2011 has been all about the Zombies.

Based on The Walking Dead graphic novels and set in the world created by Robert Kirkman, this is fast and brutal story - all about the lengths some men will go to, to survive.

Featuring new characters and storylines, but the same attention to detail and in-depth insight, this is THE book about the 2011 Zompoc!

[Book 2: The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Man]

5. Burton Swinburne: Book 2: The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Man

A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds.

A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-driven vehicles. The British Empire's capital is in chaos, and in the midst of it all, Sir Richard Francis Burton and his wayward assistant, Algernon Swinburne, are beginning to suspect that someone, somewhere, is up to no good!

[Winter (Hardcover)]

4. The Demi Monde: Winter (Hardcover)

The Demi-Monde is the most advanced computer simulation ever devised. Created to prepare soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare, it is a virtual world locked in eternal civil war.

But something has gone badly wrong, and the US President's daughter has become trapped in this terrible world. It falls to eighteen-year-old Ella Thomas to rescue her, yet Ella finds that everything is not as it seems, that the cyber-walls are struggling to contain the evil within and that the Real World is in more danger than anyone realises.

[Anno Dracula]

3. Anno Dracula

It is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula.

Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Genevieve Dieudonne and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

[Recollection]

2. Recollection

When his brother disappears into a bizarre gateway on a London Underground escalator, failed artist Ed Rico and his brother's wife Alice have to put aside their feelings for each other to go and find him.

Their quest through the 'arches' will send them hurtling through time, to new and terrifying alien worlds. Hard choices lie ahead as lives and centuries clash and, in the unforgiving depths of space, an ancient evil stirs...

[Kings Of Eternity]

1. Kings Of Eternity

As the 20th century draws to a close, a troubled novelist tries to hide from the past on a remote Greek island.

But when he falls in love it threatens to unleash the horrors that haunt him. Meanwhile, more than 60 years in the past and hundreds of miles away, two writers are called by their friend to investigate strange goings-on in Hopton Wood. Their discovery – a strange alien creature – will bring their world, and that of the reclusive novelist in the future, into a gripping and unexpected collision.