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 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!

Six Books to Read in January 2017

A new year brings new adventures! Several new book series kick off 2017, but for those afraid of change, we also return to familiar hunting grounds. Here are six sci-fi and fantasy books to read in January 2017:

January 3rd, 2017

The Heart of What Was Lost (The Last King of Osten Ord prequel)

Tad Williams

Epic Fantasy

Tad William’s newest The Last King of Osten Ord trilogy, due to begin in June with The Witchwood Crown, will mark the beginning of a new story set in the world of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, which concluded almost 25 years ago. The Heart of What Was Lost is a standalone novella that bridges the gap between both trilogies.

The Final Day (After #3)

William R. Forstchen

Post-Apocalyptic

The Final Day is the third book in the After series, where William R. Forstchen’s John Matherson have taken us through a nuclear cataclysm and the struggle to recover from the devastation.

January 17th, 2017

Empire Games (Empire Games #1)

Charles Stross

Alt-Universe Spy Sci-Fi

Charles Stross is no stranger to far-out sci-fi ideas, as evidenced by titles like Accelerando. HIs new Empire Games series looks to be just as fantastical, with secret agents and alternate timelines all mixed up in a sci-fi thriller hodgepodge.

Galactic Empires

Anthology (Neil Clarke, ed.)

Sci-Fi Short Story Anthology

Galactic Empires by [Clarke, Neil]

Galactic Empires is an anthology of space-faring sci-fi short stories, collected by Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld Magazine and numerous Hugo award fame.

January 19th, 2017

The Massacre of Mankind (sequel to The War of the Worlds)

Stephen Baxter

Alien Invasion Sci-Fi

The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds by [Baxter, Stephen]

Stephen Baxter’s The Time Ships was a successful sequel to H. G. Wells The Time Machine — The Massacre of Mankind seeks to be the same for The War of the Worlds.

January 24th, 2017

Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness (The Nicci Chronicles #1)

Terry Goodkind

Epic Fantasy

Nicci — Sister of the Light, Sister of the Dark, and yes, Death’s Mistress — gets her own series in Terry Goodkind’s follow-up to the 5000-book The Sword of Truth series. Don’t fret, weary-eyed fantasy readers: The Nicci Chronicles is rumored to be only a mere 75 books in length.