Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s nearly the end of the year and I’m still putting off writing a Best Of list – let’s get excited about what 2018 has in store instead!
I got excited about some upcoming SF books not that long ago, so my challenge this week is to find new books to flail about. Oh no. How awful. Find a whole new pile of books to long for? Yes, I can do this…
The Bitter Twins – Jen Williams
I loved the snarky adventure and shivery horror of The Ninth Rain and am on the edge of my seat to see how this trilogy evolves. There’s nothing I can say without spoiling the first book, so LOOK AT THAT DRAGON ON THE COVER..
Moonshine – Jasmine Gower
What’s that, you say? Imagine the roaring twenties with magic and Prohibition – where it’s the magic that’s underground, not the booze? And not set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. YAY! (sorry, not sorry, still not interested in reading J K Rowling even though I love the films).
Wonderblood – Julia Whicker
You know I love a literary post-apocalypse (or a pulpy post-apocalypse. Or pretty much any post-apocalypse in between), so I’m very excited for this one – cults centred on blood magic and space craft, with a story dripping in politics and carnivals. Shivering already.
Hull Metal Girls – Emily Skrutskie
I’m so excited for this one I featured it in my Winter TBR (hope springs eternal) even though it’s slated for summer. Desperate to fund her brother’s medical care, Aisha signs up to become a cyborg soldier; but rebellion is brewing. How much of her humanity will she need to give up? This is going to be spunky, sparky and kick-ass if the Abyss duology is anything to go by…
Before Mars – Emma Newman
I’m so excited that Planetfall books are getting a full UK release this year – and the latest one has me completely intrigued: a psychological thriller set on Mars is exactly my jam.
Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
In which we get to explore the future of the Exodan Fleet. It is known I will read anything Becky Chambers writes, even if I spend all year fruitlessly armouring my heart against the devastation she is inevitably going to wreak on it. In the best possible way.
Revenant Gun – Yoon Ha Lee
The final book in the Machineries of Empire trilogy is another foregone conclusion, given the first two (blog-spoiler alert 😉 ) made my Best of the Year lists (yes, Raven Stratagem is a shoe-in). This pushes a core concept three steps further as the Hexarchate crumbles – and finally puts Nirai Kujen centre stage. BUCKLE UP.
Agency – William Gibson
It often takes me years to get round to catching up on Gibson, but this promises to explore the techbro bullshit of the Silicon Valley app scene (this is Gibson. I trust him to eviscerate it) and put a female protagonist head to head with an AI. And I do love a good AI story…
Circe – Madeline Miller
I enjoyed The Song of Achilles and it’s been ages since I read an awesome retelling of Greek mythology. I’ve always loved the fierce witch women demonised by the storytellers – so bring it on for Circe, central to so many of those myths.
The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton
Speaking of retellings, Tessa Gratton won me over with her writing for Tremontaine and now she’s only gone and written a fantasy retelling of King Lear. This might not excite me in the hands of any other author, but OH MY HEART I am so here for this.
Honourable mentions for books that I’ll obviously read in a heartbeat – Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere sequel, The Seven Sisters; Scott Lynch’s Thorn of Emberlain, George R R Martin’s Winds of Winter and Zen Cho’s Sorcerer Royal – should they appear this year.
Dishonourable mention for not being able to resist the new Richard Morgan, Thin Air, in spite of probably being more of the action macho bullshit with likely nary a female character in sight. But his politically-charged attitude… gets me every time. Also for Peter Watts, who often loses me with SF so hard WTF, but his new The Freeze-Frame Revolution is – as usual – so high concept I can’t resist giving it a look over.
What books are you looking forward to?