The end of the year is generally slower for book releases as a whole, and the scifi and fantasy genres are no exception to that. This month has some new Star Wars, some new Alice in Wonderland, and a new novel in The Expanse series. So, even if it is a short list it has some great bets.Canto Bight: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Saldin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller – December 5
This series of four interconnected short stories takes place over one evening in the casino city of Canto Bight. High stakes gambling, aliens, danger and lies. This book ended up on Josiah’s list of 8 books to read before the release of The Last Jedi, and it definitely sounds like a great read or a great gift for the Star Wars geek on your list.
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story by Stanley Bing – December 5
A rich business man buys the ability to live forever. His consciousness will be transferred to a young healthy body. Unfortunately for him, his young healthy body has other ideas about which consciousness will control it.
Persepolis Rising (The Expanse) by James SA Corey – December 5
The crew of The Rocinante returns as the story of human expansion into the other planets and moons of the solar system continues. Persepolis Rising is the seventh book in Corey’s The Expanse series and involves the return of an old enemy who has a different vision for the alliance in the solar system.
The Girl In The Tower by Katherine Arden– December 5
Both Booklist and Publishers Weekly offered starred reviews of Arden’s second book in her Winternight Trilogy. Vasilisa, the series heroine, has magic gifts. When she is forced from her rural village for being a Witch, Vasilisa disguises herself and heads to Moscow, and her travels even involve the Russian Royal family. This fantasy trilogy finds its inspiration in the rich world of Russian fairy tales.
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland by Ellen Datlow – December 12
Ellen Datlow invited 18 great authors to submit their Alice in Wonderland inspired stories and poems to this project. Included are works by Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, Catherynne M. Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Priya Sharma, Stephen Graham Jones, Richard Bowes, Jeffrey Ford, Angela Slatter, Andy Duncan, C.S.E. Cooney, Matthew Kressel, Kris Dikeman, Jane Yolen, Kaaron Warren, Ysbeau Wilce, and Katherine Vaz. Quite the list.
If these five aren’t enough for you, here’s the entire list of scifi and fantasy new releases. This list is exhaustive and changes hourly. Have a look.
What do you think? Anything on this list need to be on your Christmas list?
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