Granted, I do have things out in new formats. Paradox Bound came out in a wonderful paperback this year. My second novel ever—The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe—finally came out as an audiobook. But new stuff…
The God Gene by F. Paul Wilson is the latest book in his ICE Sequence series. It’s a wonderfully creepy story about a missing scientist and evolution. If you or someone you love likes sci-fi thrillers, this is a great one. And I think the new one comes out in five or six weeks, so if you like it, there’s barely any wait ‘til the next one.
Kill All Angels is Robert Brockway’s freakin’ masterpiece conclusion to his Vicious Circuit books. The story of an aging punk rocker and a
One of Us by Craig diLouie is a modern masterpiece. Seriously. It’s X-Men meets To Kill A Mockingbird, about mutant children growing up in the deep south. It’s dark and beautiful and—unless something happens in the next four weeks—unquestionably the best book I read this year
Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig is the only non-fiction book on this list. it’s a wonderful (and very entertaining) piece about the art of storytelling. Not writing, but the act of telling stories and narratives and so on. Chuck says a lot of stuff about character and dialogue and structure that I’ve said here on my ranty blog, but he says it in a much more entertaining way. It really is a must-have book if you’re interested about any form of storytelling.
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera is about two girls with grand destinies ahead of each of them who decide to forge one together. It’s a beautiful, truly epic story of love, demons, and women with swords. In my top five of the year, no question.
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French is a fantasy novel I first heard about a year or two back (Jonathan and I have the same editor). I’m not usually much of a fantasy guy, but the idea of this was so clever I had to check it out. Orc gangs that ride actual hogs and patrol their territories, with all sorts of gang rivalries and politics. It’s fun, exciting, kinda sexy, and just fantastic.
I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher is yet another series ender. The final story of Ray Electromatic, the robot detective turned hitman in 1950’s
Girl Like A Bomb by Autumn Christian is another cheat. This is a fascinating book about what it really means to be your best, mixed with a healthy dose of sex-positivism (new word? You know what I mean…), and what it’s like to be the person with the unusual superpower that controls all of this. Unfortunately for you, this is another “save a gift card” one—it’s up for preorder now and on sale in the spring.
Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez is more fun with the woman blessed (or cursed) to have a life full of excitement and adventure who really just wants to enjoy settling in to her new condo with her accountant boyfriend. These books are so much friggin’ fun and if there’s any justice in the world we would see them on the big screen.
And real quick, you also can’t go wrong with Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn, Kill the Farmboy by Delilah Dawson & Kevin Hearne, Zeroes by Chuck Wendig, or any of the Sandman Slimbooks by Richard Kadrey. And I may add to that previous sentence in the next week or two.