Back in February 2008, I wrote about J.M. McDermott's debut novel, Last Dragon, saying in part, "I really loved this novel because it reads like fantasy for adults, because it contains wonderful invention to it, such as its take on golems, and because it is extraordinarily like looking in on an alien place–something we don’t get much in fantasy. We tend to get echoes or reflections that while they may be entertaining, may indeed be deep, still seem familiar. Familiar is good sometimes, but the strange is also something fantasy readers look for, I think, and Last Dragon delivers that. (Not to mention, that it’s a very interesting take on swords-and-sorcery.)" Nothing during the year dislodged it from my imagination, and it made Amazon's list of the top 10 science fiction/fantasy books of 2008.
I've been asking writers on that top 10 to submit their own best-of list. Here's McDermott's, with the caveat that two books I co-edited appear on his list. Amazon preferred that I leave them in the list rather than alter McDermott's view of the year in review.