29 December 2011

Top Ten Characters 2011

I love lists - Confessions of a Bookaholic, A Life Bound by Books, Fiktshun & Two Chicks on Books have put together a year end Top 10 of 2011 event. Today is the Top 10 Book Characters of 2011.

As I did my Top Ten Male Characters (aka Top Ten Book Boyfriends) yesterday, today is a mixture of my favourite Female Characters, with a few male characters that didn't quite make the cut yesterday (for reasons revealed below!).

1) Dez from Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry - butt-kicking, tough-talking Dez is the perfect female character for a zombie novel.  With her complication relationships and rough childhood, this former-soldier turned cop is the highlight of this book.

2) Imogen Shroud from The Undying Apathy of Imogen Shroud by Ben White - Imogen is the ultimate anti-hero - the depressed, gothic, smoking, reluctant hero isn't afraid to take on zombies, all the while protecting her younger brother and trying to work out just what the hell is going on.

3) Loki from Thicker Than Water by Greg Sisco - as Greg says, vampires aren't supposed to sparkle.  And Loki is the ultimate vampire bad boy without a hint of glitter.  Rampaging his way through the centuries with no remorse and 'living' vampire life at full-throttle, you'd be hard pressed to find a more vampirish-vamp!

4) Jenni from The First Days by Rhiannon Frater - the zombapocalypse is hard on Jenni - her family killed in the in the opening scene, she transforms from a scared, wimpy housewife into a lean-mean-zombie killing machine, all whilst holding back a potential mental breakdown.

5) Hetti from 20 Years After the Zombie Apocalypse by Lee Emerick - imagine being the last human alive in the world all the while being hunted by your now undead-fiancee.  As Hetti tracks across the country, her previous life told in a series of flashbacks, it's hard to think of a character with more reasons to be haunted by her past and present.

6) Liz Hall from Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin - in this poignant, sad and emotional book, the torture that Liz puts herself through after her death would be enough to send anyone slightly loopy, especially a teenage girl who suddenly finds her life is being lived backwards.  Funny, stubborn and confused, Liz is the perfect character for the story.

7) Alex from Ashfall by Mike Mullin - Alex almost made into my top ten male characters of 2011, but had some stiff competition.  Starting from the first pages of the book, Alex needs to be self sufficient and selfless - his determination to be reunited with his family, whilst protecting and falling in love with Darla make for one nice book guy.

8) Marty from The Walk by Lee Goldberg - Ah Marty, the anti-hero.  Or is he?  ........

9) Aaron from Dead Living by Glenn Bullion - Poor Aaron holds a lot of responsibility and he is the perfect match for his love interest, Samantha.

10) Pete from His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson - the dirty rat!


  1. Oh I haven't read any of these books.. Damn. ;( So much for "Today, I'll leave über-long comments everywhere, muahaha!"



  2. Sorry Patricia - I have a tendency to be difficult ;)

  3. lol patricia

    gr8 list /have not read any .... yet

    my top characters



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