SF/Fantasy for the Summer
Do you like science fiction? What about fantasy? Novels or stories? No matter what your answer, you should find something to enjoy in at least one of these three releases.
Frantic for a space opera fix? This exciting novel written under a pen name by fantasy author Daniel Abraham and first-time novelist Ty Franck delivers what you need, and more. As George R.R. Martin writes, “It’s been too long since we’ve had a really kick-ass space opera. Leviathan Wakes is the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre.” In the novel, scheduled for release by June 5, humans have colonized the solar system but not the stars, and the fight for control of this finite planetary kingdom is heating up. The discovery of a derelict ship sparks the widening of conflict and dissent, threatening the survival of all humankind. Throw in a detective looking for a missing girl, rebels, and secretive governments and you’ve got the makings of a riveting space opera thriller.
The latest in the author’s “Shadows of the Apt” series is as good a place as any to dive into this unique fantasy. The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate. Wait, what, you might ask? Wasp Empire. Yes, you heard that right. Tchaikovsky has melded heroic fantasy, giant insects, compelling characters, elements of Steampunk, and unique settings to deliver an epic reading experience. Reviewers are falling over backwards in praise of these novels, with Fantasy Book Critic writing of the latest installment that “all of the elements that made [the others] so good are still here—inventiveness, action, great world building.”
The bestselling Hobb teams up with her alter-ego Lindholm to bring you ten fascinating tales. Lindholm is the name Hobb originally published under. (Hobb now tends to hog the word-processor according to the clever press release.) The contributions from Lindholm include Nebula Award and Hugo Award finalists. A new story, “Cat’s Meat,” has also been included in the collection. Booklist gave the collection a starred review and Kirkus wrote “All [of the stories] are beautifully written parables, expressing a clear message but managing not to be too offensively preachy about it…You don’t have to be a fan of either of the author’s identities to enjoy this collection—but you may become one.” Don’t miss the title story, “A Touch of Lavender,” or “Homecoming,” in particular. Hobb-Lindholm has major writing chops, and The Inheritance is a nice showcase rather than an afterthought.
We’ll have more summer reading suggestions for SF/Fantasy fans in the coming weeks, but if you want to start your vacation early, all three of these books provide a good reason to escape…