Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we have fun making bookish lists. This week it’s time to get excited about our winter reading!
Winter is a good time for reading – the nights are long, it’s cold outdoors, and curling up with a book by the fire is my definition of heaven. I’ll be reading all sorts this winter (I seem to have signed up for a Lord of the Rings reread-along for a start), but in honour of SciFi Month I’m just going to focus on SF titles I’m excited about. Given I have a lot of SF already on my shelf begging to be read, how many of these I actually read will depend on opportunities and willpower (but if there’s many of the former, we all know I have little of the latter when it comes to MOAR BOOKS).
Barbary Station – R E Stearns
I’ve been looking forward to it ever since I first heard about it: lesbian engineers (who happen to be women of colour) hijack a colony ship to go to a shipbreaking station to join space pirates, and can only win a place by defeating an AI without having their heads blown off. HALLO.
Persepolis Rising – James S A Corey
I know, I know, after 6 months of Expanse read-along, you’re utterly shocked that Book 7 is high on my list of winter reads, right? I can’t precis it without spoiling the first 6, but suffice to say I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
Hullmetal Girls – Emily Skrutskie
…now I’m jumping the gun here, as it’s far more likely I won’t get to read this until summer, but I shall spend the winter praying to the ARC god(desse)s. Emily Skrutskie won my heart with lesbian pirates vs kaiju; she’s back with female space marines (and if that doesn’t include female space marines kissing, I’ll be very surprised. And disappointed).
Head On – John Scalzi
The stand-alone sequel to Lock In (probably my favourite Scalzi to date), investigators Shane and Vann are called in when a star athlete drops dead on the pitch. But the game is played by threeps – so what’s killing the Haden’s players? Sure to be an entertaining popcorn read.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
Billed as Gosford Park meets Inception, but it sounds more like Agatha Christie meets Source Code: a young man is stuck reliving a murder night after night until he can solve it. Regardless, given that Gosford Park, Inception and Source Code are all beloved films in this house, it sounds like speculative crime that’s right up my street.
Blackfish City – Sam J Miller
Honestly? I just like Mr Miller’s short stories, so I’m excited to read his debut novel on spec. Besides, the heroine shows up riding an orca and accompanied by a polar bear, in a novel that’s about politics, corruption, gender identity and stopping the rot. How can I resist?
Before Mars – Emma Newman
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Emma Newman’s SF titles forever, and this sounds sufficiently stand-alone that I can start here: which is good, because also sounds like a psychological SF thriller, which is absurdly exciting.
An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon
I’ve heard really good things about this one, and it features a young woman of colour fighting a repressive racist regime aboard a generation ship. Sign me up.
The Book of Joan – Lydia Yuknavitch
A post-apocalyptic Joan of Arc? This literary SF novel appears to polarise opinions, and there are enough warning signs that come along with this enticing package (a post-race humanity is… all white; a genderless society is… abusive to women; WHAT? HOW? NO) to mean I’ll be approaching it very, very carefully. But… post-apocalyptic Joan of Arc.
Spare and Found Parts – Sarah Maria Griffin
In a city where everyone has lost a limb, a girl with a mechanical heart finds a mannequin hand on the beach and decides to build herself an artificial companion. A post-apocalyptic love story set in a world that has rejected technology, this just sounds too sweet to resist.
What will you be reading this winter?