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P's List of Books That Exceeded Expectations

A list of books that fall into two categories: 1. books where I went in with low-ish expectations and was pleasantly surprised 2. books that managed to exceed my high expectations.
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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
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Alif the Unseen
Alif the Unseen
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The Apple Tart of Hope (Sarah Moore Fitzgerald)
The Apple Tart of Hope (Sarah Moore Fitzgerald)
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The Arabian Nightmare (Robert Irwin)
The Arabian Nightmare (Robert Irwin)
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Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
Babel-17 (Samuel R Delany)
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Blonde Bombshell (Tom Holt)
Blonde Bombshell (Tom Holt)
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The Box Man (Kobo Abe)
The Box Man (Kobo Abe)
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China Mountain Zhang (Maureen F Mchugh)
China Mountain Zhang (Maureen F Mchugh)
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The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (Aliette De Bodard)
The Citadel of Weeping Pearls (Aliette De Bodard)
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City of Illusions (Ursula K. Le Guin)
City of Illusions (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Angel
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Clockwork Boys (T. Kingfisher)
Clockwork Boys (T. Kingfisher)
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Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks)
Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks)
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Cuckoo Song (Frances Hardinge)
Cuckoo Song (Frances Hardinge)
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The Curse of Chalion
The Curse of Chalion
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Death at Intervals (Jose Saramago)
Death at Intervals (Jose Saramago)
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Death Comes as Epiphany (Sharan Newman)
Death Comes as Epiphany (Sharan Newman)
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The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (A.S. Byatt)
The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (A.S. Byatt)
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Doomsday Book (Connie Willis)
Doomsday Book (Connie Willis)
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Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Seanan McGuire)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Seanan McGuire)
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Dracula
Dracula
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The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
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Elantris
Elantris
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The Elephant's Journey (José Saramago)
The Elephant's Journey (José Saramago)
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The Emperor's Babe (Bernardine Evaristo)
The Emperor's Babe (Bernardine Evaristo)
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The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Nghi Vo)
The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Nghi Vo)
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The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (Hermann Hesse)
The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (Hermann Hesse)
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The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)
The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)
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Fledgling (Sharon Lee, Steve Miller)
Fledgling (Sharon Lee, Steve Miller)
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Foe
Foe
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Four Ways to Forgiveness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
Four Ways to Forgiveness (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
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The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
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The Gods of Pegana
The Gods of Pegana
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The Governess Game (Tessa Dare)
The Governess Game (Tessa Dare)
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Grendel (John Gardner)
Grendel (John Gardner)
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A Grosvenor Square Christmas (Various)
A Grosvenor Square Christmas (Various)
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The Hallowed Hunt
The Hallowed Hunt
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Heartless (Marissa Meyer)
Heartless (Marissa Meyer)
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A House of Pomegranates (Oscar Wilde)
A House of Pomegranates (Oscar Wilde)
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