Monday, August 1, 2011
New Sci-Fi and Fantasy reads
Recently, Booklist published a list of their favorite recent sci-fi and fantasy novels. These are diverse genres, and there is something in the list to interest just about any reader. Descriptions below are transcribed form Booklist's reviews.
All the Lives He Led by Fredereick Pohl. It's 2079 and Pompeii has become a theme park. Pohl is a master of everything that goes into a cracking good novel, and for this one, he has clearly boned up on vulcanolgy to boot.
The Best of Larry Niven edited by Jonathan Straham. Niven excels at creating possible futures that are the outcome of current ideas stretched to the extreme.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Diana Bishop is the last of the Bishops, a powerful family of witches, but she has refused her magic ever since her parents died.
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb. The second volume of the Rain Wilds Chronicles shows Hobb again working at the highest level of contemporary fantasy.
Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Keven Anderson. This is a militaristic sf story of galactic proportions that also offers characters easy for the reader to believe in.
Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington. Set after the end of the Great War, this novel should please classic and urban fantasy fans, romance readers, and anyone looking for a good fey story.
Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. The ninth Rachel Morgan novel finds our tough and feisty witch on a mission to get her shunning rescinded.
Thirteen Years Later by Jasper Kent. Kent has magically blended history, folklore, and storytelling to produce a superb account of the Dekabrist revolt in 1825 Russia.
What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz. This novel is deliberate, highly supernatural, somber throughout, and motivated by religious dread - one of Koontz's weightiest performances.