This is the better late than never edition of the monthly list of sci-fi and fantasy books for the month of November. I try, sometimes in vein, to distill the monstrous lists of books down to a few best bets for the month. Have a look.
This month is a little heavy on the sci-fi, versus fantasy, but I think you’ll like the choices. There’s some cool stuff. Ready…go.
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner – November 7
A crazy scientific experiment gone wrong (no way!) turns Kim and her housemates into Sparks, which are basically superheroes. They are immediately drafted into service in the ongoing battle between light and dark. But they haven’t even figured out their powers, designed their awesome costumes or picked their super cool superhero names yet. There’s magic, there’s monsters, there’s superheroes. Cool action and funny too. This sounds like a winner, huh? Check out Gardner’s Amazon Authors Page.
Communication Failure by Joe Zienja – November 7
Book two in the Epic Failure Trilogy finds Captain Rogers, in charge of the a space fleet of warships, despite his best efforts not to be. When he receives a message from his rival “We’re invading”, he isn’t exactly sure what it means, but he thinks it is bad. Sounds a bit like a comedy of errors in outer space.
Places In The Darkness by Chris Brookmyre – November 7
Ciudad de Cielo or The City in the Sky is space station in orbit around Earth, and it is a testament to Earth’s movement to explore and colonize the stars. In actuality, however, life on the City in the Sky is much like life in any city, with dark elements, crime and a black market. Often the authorities just ignore things, until a particularly terrible murder occurs. Nikki Freeman and Alice Blake, a couple of mismatched partners investigate and find that normal gang violence may not be the cause of this.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer – November 7
Marissa Meyer is a NY Times best selling author and Renegades is set in a post-apocalyptic world where people with super powers keep the chaos in check. Wherever there are superheroes, there are super villains, right? Nova is on a mission for revenge, and then she meets Adrian, a boy who believes in justice. Well, that could cause a problem.
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) by Jim C. Hines – November 7
A group of resilient humans survived an apocalyptic plague that wiped out half of Earth’s population and turned the other half into savages. Now they’ve taken their custodial talents to outer space, where, of course, things don’t go as they planned. Just go read the Amazon description of this book. It’s funny and it’s written by an established master of hilarious fantasy books.
Artemis by Andy Weir – November 14
Written by the author of The Martian, Andy Weir’s Artemis imagines life on the moon, which is not apparently as a easy as it sounds (and it sounds hard) The story centers around Jazz Bahara, a porter on the Moon’s only city. She tries to make an extra buck and when that doesn’t go as planned, she finds herself smack in the middle of a struggle for control of the city of Artemis.
This is Grumpy’s Best Bet for November
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – November 14
A ship is lost at sea as the crew films a mockumentary (I love that word) about ancient sea monsters. 7 years later a new crew is assembled to revisit the location. This time, however, the voyage is serious. Each of the crew has different reasons to make the voyage to the Marianas Trench, but scientist Victoria Stewart is in search of the truth about the sister she lost.
Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson – November 14
I cut my fantasy teeth on Donaldson’s The Thomas Covenant Chronicles back in the 1980’s. Now Donaldson is kicking off a new trilogy, in which a young prince is desperately looking for a sorcerers library to save his people. The first six decimates are: Fire. Wind. Pestilence. Earthquake. Drought. Lightning – which the opposing sorcerers use as weapons. There is a seventh, and it is more powerful than even the sorcerers that wield them.
Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin – November 28
I am not a gamer, by any stretch of the imagination, and yet the story in this book sounded interesting despite its video game roots. This book written by Hugo Award winning N.K. Jemisin, who thrilled readers with her Broken Earth Trilogy. In Mass Effect: Initiation, Lt. Cora Harper has returned to Earth and found herself not quite fitting in. She joins the Andromeda Initiative. Before the Initiative even begins it is put in jeopardy when some essential technology goes missing. It is up to Cora to find it. In talking to some Mass Effect gamers, they felt like this was the Rogue One to Andromeda’s Star Wars Episode 4.
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