I ws over at The Book Stop reading about her top picks for SFF in 2016 (from a list she read at i09) and I thought, well why not? SFF is easily my favorite genre at the moment and it has been for at least a year or so now. My obsession with dragons has gotten so bad that they call me thebat work (I kid you not, you have one overly excited conversation about Toothless and you’re the dragon girl).
*Disclaimer: This list is based on the 40 that i09 compiled*
8 SFF Releases I Can’t Wait For in 2016
Burning Midnight, Will McIntosh, February 2nd
We’ve been excited for this book since it was first announced last year, because we reallylove Will McIntosh’s books. This one looks intriguing: Sully sells spheres in his store: nobody knows where they came from—they just appeared—but they make you just a little bit better at random things. When Sully meets Hunter, a girl who excels at finding Spheres, they discover a new one that’s colored Gold, and the fate of the world rests in their hands.
Well this sounds interesting. I wonder what Spheres are? Intriguing concept…
All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders, January 26th
Enormous disclaimer up front: this is a book by the editor of io9, who was reluctant to let me include it in the first place. This list wouldn’t be complete without it. Having read the book (and under absolutely no pressure to say this), I’d say that it’s a phenomenal work of speculative fiction, and that you should read it, pronto.
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways during school. She is a magician, and he’s a scientist, and something is bringing them together to either save the world or destroy it.
Seems interesting, why not?
Arcadia, Iain Pears, February 9th
Arcadia tells the story of one Professor Henry Lytten, an Oxford professor who’s trying to follow in the footsteps of Tolkien and Lewis by writing his own fantasy novel. When he’s transported to a new world, things get strange. This novel was a storytelling experiment by Pears, and it looks like it’s a fantastic, complex read.
It’s set in Oxford, nuff said.
The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar, March 15th
Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria earned the British Fantasy Award, and its followup, The Winged Histories transports us back to the same world, following four women on various sides of a rebellion. This looks like an intriguing and engrossing book.
I haven’t read Olondria yet but this cover is totally sucking me in. I’d like to read it!
League of Dragons, Naomi Novik, May 10th
We love Naomi Novik’s Temeaire novels, and when Napoleon’s invasion of Russia fails, we’re about to get more of them. Captain William Laurence and Temeraire pursure the French emperor’s forces back home, but when he promises to provide dragons all over the world, he gains new allies, along with internal tensions that might tear everyone apart.
YES, YES and ALL THE YES. I am a big fan of the Temeraire series, like hardcore, die-hard Temeraire fan. I NEED a Temeraire, you can keep Laurence, I just want a dragon!
The Fireman, Joe Hill, May 17th
Joe Hill’s next novel has already sold the film rights, it’s that hot. A new plague, Dragonscale, is spreading like wildfire across the country. Victims get beautiful black and gold markings… before they spontaneously combust. Hill’s writing is outstanding, and we absolutely can’t wait to pick this one up.
I wasn’t a big fan of horns but this has the word dragon in it but also mentions markings? What couldn’t be better?
The City of Mirrors, Justin Cronin, May 24th
Justin Cronin made a huge splash a couple of years ago with The Passage, and now he’s bringing his trilogy to a conclusion with City of Mirrors. A century’s reign has ended, and the survivors are coming out from behind their walls, ready to rebuild. But, lingering in the shadows is Zero, and he’s biding his time to destroy Amy, humanity’s only hope.
I’ve been waiting for this for such a long time. I adored The Passage and I liked The Twelve a bit less so but this series is so brilllllliant.
Certain Dark Things, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, October 25th
From what we’ve heard about this book, it involves Vampires and Mexico City. After reading Moreno-Garcia’s debut, Signal to Noise, that’s all we need to know.
Oh you don’t say? Mexico? Fantasy? Vampires, and I need to wait till October 25th? Awwwwe man!
Is there anything here that you’d like to read?