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The Monster Librarian Presents:

Top Picks for 2006

    As the year winds down it is time for the Monster Librarian, in consultation with contributing reviewers, to reflect back on a year's worth of reading and reviewing. Each book on the list below was reviewed in the past year, although not all of the books were published in 2006. Books that made this list are exceptional examples of compelling writing, creativity, and original illustration or presentation. Many of them provided considerable food for thought as well as entertainment value. The choices were made only from books reviewed for the site, so there are many fine titles that do not appear here. The Monster Librarian's Top Picks for 2006, listed below, have not been ranked in any order.


Note for librarians and readers: As with all recommended reading lists, not all of The Monster Librarian's Top Picks for 2006 will be appropriate for or appreciated by every reader.  Please take the time to check out reviews of these titles at before making a decision about reading them or recommending them to others.



For Adults


Eyes Everywhere by Matthew Warner from Raw Dog Screaming Press

The Resurrection and the Life by Brian Keene from Biting Dog Press

Blue Devil Island by Stephen Mark Rainey from Five Star

Shara by Steven Wedel from Scrybe Press

Demon Theory by Stephen Graham Jones from MacAdam/Cage Publishing

Wild Things: Four Tales by Douglas Clegg from Cemetery Dance Publications

The Literary Six by Vince A. Liaguno from Outskirts Press

The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries, Vol I by Karen Koehler from KHP Publisher

Werewolf Porno/Sex Potion #147 by Jeff Strand and Illustrated by Keith Minnion from White Noise Press

World War Z; An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks from Crown

Long Horn, Big Shaggy by Steve Vernon


For Young Adults


Peeps by Scott Westerfield from Razorbill

Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett from Candlewick Press

Ghosts of Albion: Initiation by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden from Subterranean Press

Sweetblood by Pete Hautman from Simon and Schuster

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly from Atheneum

The Intruders by E.E. Richardson from Delacorte

Thirsty by M. T. Anderson from Candlewick Press

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause from Laurel Leaf

Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac from HarperTrophy


For Kids


Mommy?  by Maurice Sendak and Matthew Reinhart from MDC Books/Scholastic

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex from Harcourt

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean from HarperTrophy

Frenzied Fauna by Michel Gagne from Gagne Press

Monster Lake by Edward Lee from Little Devil Press


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