Six Books to Read in October 2016

October brings a few highly anticipated fantasy sequels as well as new works from fan-favorite speculative fiction authors. These are the six most anticipated books for October 2016:

October 4th, 2016

Crosstalk

Connie Willis

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.
It is almost more than she can handle—especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love—and communication—are far more complicated than she ever imagined.

The Wall of Storms (Dandelion Dynasty 2)

Ken Liu

In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.
Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.
But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.

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Review: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

 

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Lily Brooks-Dalton

Good Morning, Midnight starts off like a familiar story about an extinction-level apocalypse: with an astronaut and an astronomer. In these other stories, the astronomer discovers some outer-space danger to humanity, like a rogue comet or an giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth; the astronaut figures out a way to save the planet with some scientifically unsound method, and everybody lives happily ever after, while both astronomer and astronaut are elevated to a godlike hero status.

This doesn’t happen in Good Morning, Midnight. This is a story about loneliness and despair, yet we never see the effects of the apocalypse firsthand. Augustine, the astronomer, is marooned at a research base in the Arctic while astronaut Sullivan is marooned in outer space, returning from a research mission. Both are the loneliest humans still alive, in their own ways. Both resolve their lonely existences, in their own ways, and the end of the book hits hard.

A great debut novel; author Lily Brooks-Dalton is one to keep an eye on.

Verdict: Read it!

Kindle Deals: Wool Omnibus and The Man Who Folded Himself

Kindle editions of Hugh Howey’s Wool and David Gerrold’s The Man Who Folded Himself are on sale for $4.99 and $1.99, respectively. Wool collects all five shorter Wool works into a single volume and is the first book of the Silo series, which is on our list of the best post-apocalyptic series, while The Man Who Folded Himself appears on our list of the best time-travel fiction.

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