6 Books to Read in November 2017

This November is a huge month for sci-fi and fantasy reading, with new books from big series releasing — and most of them on the 14th. These are the 6 books to read in November 2017:

November 2nd

Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire (Broken Empire)

Mark Lawrence

Road Brothers, Tales from the Broken Empire by [Lawrence, Mark]

At the start of the month, we return to Mark Lawrence’s gritty world of the Broken Empire with a collection of short fiction in Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire.

November 14

Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive 3)

Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer, the third book of Brandon Sanderson’s 650-book Stormlight Archive series, releases on the 14th.

Seventh Decimate (Great God’s War 1)

Stephen R. Donaldson

Seventh Decimate (The Great God's War) by [Donaldson, Stephen R.]

Stephen R. Donaldson starts a completely new series with The Seventh Decimate, which looks to be every bit as epic as the Thomas Covenant series.

The Forsaken Throne (Kingfountain 6)

Jeff Wheeler

The Forsaken Throne (The Kingfountain Series Book 6) by [Wheeler, Jeff]

The conclusion of Jeff Wheeler’s Kingfountain series releases with The Forsaken Throne.

Artemis

Andy Weir

Artemis: A Novel by [Weir, Andy]

Andy Weir, of The Martian fame, releases a new sci-fi (probably bestseller) called Artemis.

Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy 2)

Ian C. Esslemont

Deadhouse Landing: A Novel of the Malazan Empire: 2 (Path to Ascendancy) by [Esslemont, Ian C.]

More confusing Malazan lore for everyone on the 14th, as Deadhouse Landing, the second book in Ian C. Esslemont’s Path to Ascendancy, releases.

Four Books to Read in October 2017

In October we revisit worlds we’ve explored before and sadly, say goodbye to one of them. These are the four books you should read in October 2017:

October 3rd, 2017

The Core (Demon Cycle 5)

Peter V. Brett

The Core: Book Five of The Demon Cycle by [Brett, Peter V.]

October starts off with a bang, as we say farewell to Peter V. Brett’s brilliant Demon Cycle series. The Core concludes the war between man and demon, with Arlen Bales and Ahmann Jardir, now united, leading the charge into battle.

Machine Learning

Hugh Howey

Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories by [Howey, Hugh]

Most of us know Hugh Howey from Wool and the rest of the Silo trilogy, but he is a prolific short fiction writer in his own right as well. Machine Learning collects his short-form work and includes three stories from the Silo world.

October 10th, 2017

Tool of War (Ship Breaker)

Paolo Bacigalupi

Tool of War (Ship Breaker) by [Bacigalupi, Paolo]

The dogman from Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities was my favorite character from the series by far, and he gets his own book in the new Tool of War, slated for release on October 10th.

October 24th, 2017

Strange Weather

Joe Hill

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by [Hill, Joe]

The Fireman and NOS4A2 were two of the most creative horror books I’ve read. I’m hoping for more of the same from Strange Weather, which collects four of Joe Hill’s shorter novels.

Five Books to Read in September 2017

In September, the summer heat begins to cool, and the weather is ripe for some relaxing backyard reading. Thankfully, this month is packed with a bunch of must-read releases. These are the five books to read in September of 2017:

September 5th

The Ruin of Angels (Craft Sequence 6)

Max Gladstone

Readers who have been following Max Gladstone’s paranormal-fantasy Craft Sequence know how ambitious and compelling it is; The Ruin of Angels is the sixth entry in the series, and seeks to continue the tradition of combining fantastical setting with genre-bending story.

September 19th

Null States (Centenal Cycle 2)

Malka Older

Malka Older’s dystopian thriller Infomocracy was one of my picks for best debuting fiction for 2016, on the strength of sharp, perfectly-paced writing and a chilling premise. Null States, its sequel, should offer more of the same.

Autonomous

Annalee Newitz

Author Annalee Newitz is no stranger to the world of speculative fiction, running io9 and having a couple of published short stories under her belt; however, her future-pharma-dystopian sci-fi book Autonomous, which releases on the 19th, will be her debut novel.

September 26th

Provenance

Ann Leckie

The Imperial Radch trilogy shattered the way I look at space opera with its unique take on things like relationships and gender. I was sad to see the series end. Ann Leckie’s new book Provenance is also a space opera and I expect it to also be packed with new ideas in a planet-hopping journey.

Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King & Owen King

Sleeping Beauties has a fascinating premise: it is a world where all women are afflicted with a disease that causes them to become entombed in a cocoon while they sleep. The story follows the one woman isn’t affected by the disease. I don’t know much more about the book than that, but I’m already hooked.

Three Books to Read in August 2017

This August is a slow month for spec-lit releases, but there’s still new titles to look forward to. These are the three books I can’t wait to read in August 2017:

August 15th

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth 3)

N. K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) by [Jemisin, N. K.]

N. K. Jemisin’s excellent post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy concludes with The Stone Sky on the 15th. The first two books in the Broken Earth trilogy were filled with a detailed, dangerous world and I’m both excited for and sad about the end of this series.

August 22nd

The Massacre of Mankind

Stephen Baxter

Its been nearly 120 years since War of the Worlds was published, and this month we’ll see what happens after the alien invasion in Stephen Baxter’s authorized sequel, The Massacre of Mankind.

August 31st

Golden Age and Other Stories

Naomi Novik

With the conclusion of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, fans of her alt-history fantasy world that fills the Napoleonic wars with dragons can rejoice in the release of Golden Age and Other Stories, a short fiction collection set in the same world.

Five Books to Read in July 2017

Four fantasy and sci-fi titles arrive this month to help you celebrate the summer and include a continuation of a long-running urban fantasy series and the conclusion of a dark fantasy series. These are the four books you should read this July.

July 11th 2017

Dichronauts

Greg Egan

Dichronauts by [Egan, Greg]

I don’t understand most of the science going on in Greg Egan’s books, but I enjoy them nonetheless. Dichronauts, which releases July 11th, looks to be more of the hard sci-fi fare that Egan is known for.

Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga 1)

Carrie Vaughn

Bannerless (The Bannerless Saga) by [Vaughn, Carrie]

Bannerless combines post-apocalyptic dystopia with murder mystery — fans of either genre of fiction will be interested in this book, which releases on the 11th.

The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files 8)

Charles Stross

Spies, magic, laughs — the books in Charles Stross’s Laundry Files never disappoint. The latest entry in the series, The Delirium Briefreleases on the 11th of the month.

July 18th, 2017

Strange Dogs

James S. A. Corey

Strange Dogs: An Expanse Novella (The Expanse) by [Corey, James S. A.]

Strange Dogs, a novella set in the Expanse universe, is here to sate our thirst while we anxiously await the release of book 7 of James S. A. Corey’s space saga.

July 25th, 2017

The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor 4)

R. Scott Bakker

The Unholy Consult: The Aspect-Emperor: Book Four by [Bakker, R. Scott]

R. Scott Bakker is one of those rare dark fantasy writers who complete their books in a timely fashion and release them as scheduled. On the 25th, The Unholy Consult concludes the Aspect-Emperor series.

Three Books to Read in June 2017

The first month of summer kicks off with three highly anticipated books — and in the case of The Witchwood Crown, a book that long-time fantasy readers have been waiting on for almost 25 years. These are the three books I am most excited about for this coming month:

June 13th, 2017

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel by [Stephenson, Neal, Galland, Nicole]

Nicole Galland is a historical fiction writer by trade and Neal Stephenson, is, well, Neal Stephenson. With The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., both writers combine forces to create what looks to be a tour de force of fantasy and sci-fi.

Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire 2)

Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit was an amazing experience of hard sci-fi space opera — Raven Strategem continues the Machineries of Empire saga and looks to be another hit.

June 27th, 2017

The Witchwood Crown (Last King of Osten Ard 1)

Tad Williams

To Green Angel Tower released way back in 1993. We can assume that Osten Ard has been a peaceful land since the demise of the Storm King — but now we return to the kingdom that captivated our imaginations nearly 25 years ago to face a new threat. The Witchwood Crown isn’t just one of my most anticipated titles for this month — I’ve been looking forward to this for decades!

Five Books to Read in April 2017

April brings spring showers, or as is the often the case in my home state of Texas, apocalyptic thunderstorms — this gives readers a chance to stay indoors and catch up on their book backlog. These are the five sci-fi/fantasy books I’m most anticipating this April:

April 4th, 2017

American War

Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad’s long-form fiction debut combines alternative history with political suspense, in a dystopian, war-torn near-future world, exploring the possibility of a second American civil war in a land already wrecked by environmental disaster. American War looks intriguing.

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 1)

Mark Lawrence

The Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War trilogies were epic journeys through grimdark fantasy, and I have high hopes for Mark Lawrence’s new Book of the Ancestor series. Red Sister is the first book of the series, following a young girl at a convent that trains girls to be assassins.

The End of the Day

Claire North

The End of the Day by [North, Claire]

Claire North’s The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of my favorite time travel novels and I thought The Sudden Appearance of Hope was a solid book — her newest, The End of the Day, appears to be another fantastical sci-fi mystery in the same vein.

April 25th, 2017

Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Standalone)

Mark Lawrence

In the Unhewn Throne series, my favorite (and many other readers’ favorite) character was the wisecracking, coldly violent, Death-worshipping Pyrre. Mark Lawrence’s Skullsworn is her story.

Walkaway

Cory Doctorow

Walkaway: A Novel by [Doctorow, Cory]

Where have you been, Mr. Doctorow? It seems like it’s been forever since HomelandWalkaway is his first grown-up novel in four years, and it looks to be a doozy: an apocalyptic, dystopian tale with the classic Doctorowian study of society and technology. I’m in!