Yeah I know this is Best Fantasy Books but this next month it really is about Sci-fi. SF is not my first love but I wish I had more time to read them. Dune, Ender’s Game and Tuf Voyaging are right up there with my favourite books. If you haven’t experienced the splendor of SF before and you love fantasy, then I would deeply suggest you put up Dune. Don’t worry about all the sequels. If that’s too heavy, go for Ender’s Game. However there is one fantasy heavyweight in there. Anyways…without further ado:
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey is the third book in the Expanse series. It has had many positive reviews for the first two books and I actually own them (TBR pile). Ben (site owner) says The Expanse series is the best space opera of the last decade, and usually what he says is gold. The Expanse is series starts with a space ice mining crew who find a derelict ship. The ship holds a secret that many people want and are willing to kill for. Jim Holden a humble ice miner needs to find answers fast.
Cold Steel by Kate Elliot is the final book in the Spiritwalker Trilogy.
A series about two young girls, Cat and Bee, at the height of the industrial era. Ignorant of magic they become fully aware of it when a Cold Mage come to take Cat away.
From him she learns frightening things about the mortal and spirit worlds and nothing is the same again.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. It has been a long time coming since Gaiman has written an adult’s novel. Anansi Boys was written in 2005 and it has been a long wait. I looks very short at 192 pages but having read Anansi Boys, Neverwhere and American Gods, I know that he can cram a lot in. I’ve got a review copy coming in soon and really look forward to it. You should too.
The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.
This is the follow up to The Long Earth which has had mixed reviews, from lavishing praise to head scratching.
About a series of parallel “Earths” it starts off with two characters from different times.
1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget – a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever. And that is an understatement if ever there was one…
Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. This is the story of 100 years before Ender’s Game. What happened when the aliens invaded Earth. How did we mobilize to defend ourselves and how the legend of Mazer Rackham was born. This book seems like it will be a great taste with the release of Ender’s Game the Movie in November. If you haven’t read Ender’s Game before then you need to. Yes it is Sci-fi, but it is great.
The City by Stella Gemmell. The City was once a great metropolis but as the city grew the more corrupt it became. The once mighty emperor (who must be old now) is no where to be seen. Is he just a puppet? A former outcast long thought to be dead is about to lead a rebellion, but rebellion will cost them more than they can afford?
The wife of the late David Gemmell tries her hand at writing solo. When David died, she ghost wrote last last book of his Troy Trilogy: The Fall of Kings. While I could see her hand in that book it really doesn’t show me how she herself would write. I’m sure being in the shadow of her husband would have taught her many things and I eagerly await this. If she is anything like David, then this will be a fantastic book.