Hey all, Dani here.
Well, welcome back to another recommendations post. I’m incredibly pleased that so many of you seem to be enjoying these posts, and that some of you are finding new books to add to your TBR piles. That’s great. Today I’m bringing up a genre that I really need to get into more myself, so if you have any recommendations I am happy to hear them.
Warcross by Marie Lu. This one is a fairly recent read, but it blew me away. I think the concept of virtual reality type gaming is an interesting one and it actually works rather well in a text format, which is awesome. Anyway, the descriptions in this book are so well done, and there is so much action to keep you hooked throughout the story.
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. The idea of this book intrigued me, but I’ll be completely honest when I say that the UK cover is what made me originally buy this book. What followed was a wonderfully diverse cast of characters on a job that takes them across space. The alien races and beliefs and lifestyles were so fascinating, and I’m so glad I picked this book up.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid. I received this book in a quarterly book box and it came complete with annotations from the author throughout the book. But the story itself was an interesting political story in an empire in space. I’m reading the sequel right now and hoping that it will live up to this book, as well as the hype I’ve been hearing.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The format of this one (and the cover) are why I gave this one a chance. And yes, while it took me a little while to get used to the format, I can absolutely admit that the story is fascinating, and the format keeps the pace nice and fast. I’ve even read half of the sequel, but I made myself put it down because I knew the cliffhanger ending would make the wait for book three feel agonizing. I’d recommend this one for people who are a bit reluctant to try sci-fi.
Genrenauts by Michael R. Underwood. Okay, this one is a bit of a genre bender. It follows a team of genrenauts, whose mission is to go to these different worlds and fix problems. These worlds are based on specific genres or themes or tropes. So one adventure might find the team stepping in as cowboys to save a western town overrun by outlaws, and the next might see them trying to fix the relationship of a rom-com couple. It’s a clever set of novellas/short novels, and I definitely recommend it for fans of genre books and/or TV.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This book was actually recommended to me by a friend, and I am so glad that I listened to her. It was a fascinating story and I was very intrigued by the society and culture of those who happen to live on Mars.
Okay, so these final two recommendations I read before I started this blog, but they are just so good that I have to mention them.
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. What makes this such an interesting book (to me anyway) is that our protagonist is an elderly man who agrees to go to space and have his mind installed in a genetically modified hybrid body that is decades younger. So you have a guy who has lived a full life and has a lot of experience, and then he is put into a young healthy body and is trained as a soldier. I really need to read the rest of this series.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This is another virtual reality gaming book, and I have devoured this book. There are so many ’80’s video game and pop culture references that make this story a bit more of a niche tale, but I think still enjoyable for someone who isn’t wholly familiar with all of the games and shows and such. But it is a wonderfully nerdy adventure tale, and I will say that I also recommend the audiobook as it is narrated by Wil Wheaton.
I do believe that is it for today. If you have any science fiction recommendations, please feel free to let me know in the comments. Tomorrow I will have my October Wrap Up and November TBR post up, and this weekend will be two more TBR purge posts.
And now I’m off to try and do some writing for NaNoWriMo. This geeky romance story is not going to write itself.