It’s always a challenge picking the best of the month, but the Book Store PD has narrowed it down to these eleven excellent fantasy tales, near-future adventures, and science fiction stories.
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin – Set almost 100 years before
A Game of Thrones, the Dunk and Egg novellas trace the adventures of hedge knight Ser Duncan and his mysterious squire, Egg, through Westeros during the time of the Targaryens. All-new illustrations bring a sense of timelessness to the tales. Collected together for the first time, these novellas are a must-have for
Game of Thrones fans.
The Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher – Butcher launches a new fantasy series with this swashbuckling tale of a grizzled airship captain and the young soldiers-in-training he partners with to stop an invasion of their home Spire. Brimming with adventure and heroic deeds,
The Cinder Spires will get your blood racing.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – In the near future, the economy is in such dire straights that married couple Stan and Charmaine agree to join the Positron Project, where no one is unemployed and the community is self-sufficient. But all is not as it appears. From prison chicken farming to Elvis sex dolls, Atwood’s story throws curveball after curveball as Stan and Charmaine uncover Positron’s secrets.
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie – Leckie is a multi-award winner for her SF
Ancillary series, and this third and final book delivers all the intelligence and action that her fans expect. If you haven’t read
Ancillary Justice yet, start there first.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong – In the future, everything we do is being broadcast on the Blink, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless you’re Zoey Ashe, who has just inherited her father’s criminal empire, and the whole world is now gunning for her and her father’s final, city-breaking secret. Wong mashes up crazy action with, well, straight-up crazy. One of my favorite books of the month.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Nominally a YA book, since all the main characters are under the age of 20, this sharp-edged fantasy tale is not for the faint of heart. Rich world-building, dire deeds, and hypnotic characters will crawl under your skin and keep you mesmerized after the last page has been turned. First book in an undoubtedly amazing series.
Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein – A Caltech intern realizes that a rapidly decelerating object is approaching the solar system, sparking the realization that it can only be an alien spaceship. The race is then on, as the Americans try to make contact before the Chinese with the entity that is lurking near Saturn. Full of the technical details and the edge-of-your-seat action that made
The Martian a favorite,
Saturn Run is a perfect pairing of Sandford’s thriller sensibilities with Ctein’s space knowledge.
Shadows of Self by Brandson Sanderson – Sanderson returns to the Mistworld ecosystem with this follow-up to
Alloy of Law. Wax, Wayne, and Marasi tackle a conspiracy that could undo all that civilization has been striving for.
Killing Titan by Greg Bear – Master Sergeant Michael Venn almost didn’t survive the battle on Mars in
War Dogs, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Now his sights are set on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, where he will uncover new knowledge about the Drifters and the Gurus, who may hold the secrets to the origin of life.
Last Song before Night by Ilana C. Myer – An assured debut novel,
Last Song Before Night weaves together old magic, new politics, and a battle for power in a gorgeous but dangerous high fantasy world you won’t want to miss.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell –
Fangirl readers will be delighted to rejoin Simon Snow and friends in this snort-giggle tale of their last year at Watford School of Magicks, which, of course, won’t go smoothly.
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- Q&A with John Sandford and Ctein on Their New Sci-Fi Thriller, "Saturn Run"
- "Everybody Has More Power Than They Think They Do": An Interview with Jim Butcher