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Back in December, I posted a list of my most anticipated speculative fiction releases for 2016. From critically-lauded debut novels, to sequels to past bestsellers, here are a few more sci fi, fantasy, and horror titles expected to hit shelves in the second half of this year that look promising.
Book: The Suicide Motor Club
Author: Christopher Buehlman
Release Date: June 7, 2016
What it’s About: A group of murderous road vampires target the wrong family, leading to a bloody cat-and-mouse chase across the highways of America.
Why I’m Looking Forward to it: The premise of Buehlman’s latest horror novel, including a take-no-prisoners female protagonist who will stop at nothing to avenge her family, reminds me of Joe Hill’s NOS4R2, which was one of my favourite reads of 2013.
Author: Paul Tremblay
Release Date: June 21, 2016
What it’s About: The mysterious disappearance of a 13-year-old boy has local law enforcement stumped, until a series of apparitions lead his mother to look to the occult for answers.
Why I’m Looking Forward to it: Tremblay’s last book, A Head Full of Ghosts, which featured a similar blend of psychological and supernatural suspense, was one of my top speculative fiction picks for 2015, so I’m eager to see what he does next.
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Book: The Last One
Author: Alexandra Oliva
Release Date: July 12, 2016
What it’s about: A contestant in a Survivor-style reality show finds herself stuck in a catastrophic situation that threatens her survival for real.
Why I’m Looking Forward to it: As a long-time Lost fanatic, lover of end-of-the-world fiction, and detractor of unscripted television, Oliva’s debut novel sounds like it’s right up my alley. It’s also getting rave reviews from respected industry sources.
Book: The Apartment
Author: S.L. Grey
Release Date: July 26, 2016
What it’s About: In the latest collaboration between South African horror authors Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenburg, a couple’s house swap vacation turns into a nightmare.
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Author: Becky Chambers
Release Date: October 20, 2016
What it’s About: A follow up to Chambers’s debut science fiction novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Why I’m Looking Forward to it: While I admit I don’t read much space opera, I adored the Firefly-esque world Chambers introduced in Long Way — so much that I was thrilled when she announced she was writing a second book about these weird and wonderful characters.