Upcoming Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Ah, springtime. When you should be outside, listening to the gentle hush of growing things and feeling the warmth of good ol’ vitamin D on your skin.

Amazon Book ReviewBut after looking at the science fiction and fantasy books hitting shelves (literal or virtual) in the next several months, I might move farther north so I have a better excuse to stay inside with a good book.

Here are ten new novels I can’t wait to read:

 

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Fellside by M. R. Carey - Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts blew me away when I read it, and it's always the first book I recommend when people ask me for a good zombie read. Its twisty ending was a shocker, and I'm on the edge of my seat to see what he does with with this story of a woman in a maximum security prison on the edge of the moors. Why is she there? What's the whispering she hears? Hopefully I'll find out this weekend, as I plan to take it with me on a road trip to Canada. (See, I wasn't totally joking about going north.)
 

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Chains of Command by Marko Kloos - Kloos' military sci-fi series continues as Earth is endangered by aliens who have gained control of Mars, while renegades endanger humanity from the inside. Kloos' books have gained a lot of fans and a lot of traction as this series has progressed, and I'm hoping this is a another winner.
 

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The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey - Kadrey has promised that The Everything Box is going to be completely different from his hard-core Sandman Slim novels. This sort of statement from any other writer would normally make me cautious; instead, I can't wait to see how Kadrey will surprise me.
 

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel - This debut novel promises to mix of science, conspiracy, and philosophy in high-speed story centered on an artifact that may indicate that others are watching us. Whether they watch us like a big brother or like Big Brother, well, we'll find out!
 

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Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray - In 2015 Gray delivered a nuanced and spellbinding read with Star Wars: Lost Stars, delving into how the acts of the Empire and the Rebellion during the original saga (A New Hope through Return of the Jedi, plus a bit more) affected two friends on opposite sides of the conflict. Bloodline takes place much closer in time to The Force Awakens, and I've been told that it "answers questions." Probably not the big question everyone is asking about Rey, but I'll take any answers I can get.
 

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Admiral by Sean Danker - A young man awakes on a space ship and learns he's an admiral in the Evagardian Empire. But is he really? He has no memory of who he is, but as the ship's functions start to fail, he has to bind together with the three other new recruits on board to survive. Sounds like a fine start to a thrilling military sci-fi series.
 

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The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood - Lockwood is known for his jaw-dropping artwork that has blessed many a fantasy cover, and I'm hoping that his debut novel also makes him known as a new fantasy author to watch or, rather, to read. The tale of a young woman who wants to become a dragon rider, The Summer Dragon's plot reminds me of Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, which is very much a good thing.
 

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Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley - The Rook released only four years ago, but it's felt more like four decades, because the wait for O'Malley's next book has been so long and painful. In Stiletto, O'Malley's amnesic heroine Myfanwy must continue her work as the high-powered Rook in the British secret organization called the Chequy. Myfanwy is a bit like James Bond in a supernatural setting, but O'Malley allows a lighter tone to prevail even during the rowdiest action scenes. I'm desperately hoping that Stiletto maintains the fantastic fun that The Rook delivered. 
 

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League of Dragons by Naomi Novik - Novik, whose Uprooted was our pick as the best fantasy book of 2015, brings her Temeraire series to a dramatic conclusion with League of Dragons. In a final desperate bid to win the war, Napoleon offers freedom to all the dragons of the world as long as they fight under his banner. This historical fantasy series has consistently matched fierce action with deft political twists, and I expect this last Temeraire novel will be no exception.
 

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False Hearts by Laura Lam - This book's description says: "Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult." This book had me at: "formerly conjoined sisters," "murderous plot," "shared dreaming," and "sinister cult"...so, yep, this one is pretty close to the top of my to-be-read pile.
 
 
Which new books are you looking forward to reading?

 

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Comments (3)

I read your sci-fi reviews. There is a big release coming of Battlefield Earth apparently in June. I would like to read your review as I pretty much only buy reviews on this page. Thanks.

Posted by: Paul | Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Re: Stiletto - Thank goodness for sharing, I've been so worried! As noted above 4 years HAS felt like four decades. I'd have been devastated to learn it was subpar.

Posted by: Julie | Friday March 4, 2016 at 10:02 PM

I got an advance copy of Stiletto -- it's just as good as the Rook! Happy reading.

Posted by: Ellen | Thursday February 25, 2016 at 4:11 PM

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