Firstly, I'm not even sure all these books were published in 2011. I certainly read them all this year, but they may have been published earlier. But aren't people always banging on about indie books and e-publishing meaning that people's books have a longer shelf life? Yes, they are, and if rather looser definitions of previously precise concepts like 'this year' are the price we have to pay for such literary longevity then I'm all for it.
Secondly, and more seriously, some of the best self-published books of read this year are by the authors I've joined forces with for Penny Dreadnought. It would seem somewhat dishonest for me to recommend authors whose success might, however tangentially, benefit my sales in the future. But equally, I read all three of these authors long before Penny Dreadnought was even a twinkling, and there's no doubt their work would have appeared in this Top Ten if we'd not decided to publish together... So after some deliberation I've decided to include them but not rank them. So my Top Ten starts with those three books in no particular order and then continues with a Top Seven counting down to my Number One...
I told you I'd made this needlessly complicated.
(All links to Amazon UK)
#X. Alan Ryker: When Cthulhu Met Atlach Nacha
#X. Iain Rowan: Ice Age
#7. Jim Breslin: Elephant
#6. Steven Baxter: Musings of A Monkey
#5. Neil Schiller: Oblivious
#4. Various Authors: Infinities
#3. Dan Holloway: Songs From The Other Side of The Wall
#1. Cate Gardner: Strange Men In Pinstripe Suits
In other news, this is all sorts of brilliant: