Another year, another bumper crop of new genre titles. Some of these will come as no surprise to those of you who read my previous posts 7 New Speculative Fiction Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016 and 5 More Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016. Read on to find out which ones made the list.
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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.
The premise behind Seanan’s McGuire’s upcoming novella, Every Heart a Doorway, is an interesting one: what if, disturbed by her tales of Wonderland, Alice’s parents had shipped her off to boarding school with the Darlings and the Pevensies and all of the other characters from children’s fantasy literature who claim to have visited other worlds. (The closest comparison I can think of is Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine, which centres on a support group for horror movie survivors.)
For many, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a time for making resolutions. For book lovers, it’s a great opportunity to start setting reading lists for the year ahead. Here (in order of publication) are some new science fiction, fantasy and horror titles that I can’t wait to get my hands on next year.
I recently had the privilege of writing a guest post for entertainment website The Mary Sue, about one of my favourite TV series currently on the air, HBO’s under-appreciated genre drama, The Leftovers.
If you’ve stumbled across this blog, like me, you’re probably drawn to strange, high concept ideas. (When it comes to fiction, my motto is “The weirder, the better!”) The title comes from a conversation between two of my favourite writers, Lost and The Leftovers showrunner and co-creator, Damon Lindelof, and the man who needs no introduction, the King of Horror himself, Stephen King. During the course of their interaction, Lindelof jokes (in response to frequent criticism) that if he doesn’t rein his imagination in, his work has a tendency to veer off into what he calls, “Crazy Genre Mystery Town”.
As a writer, voracious reader, and devout watcher of speculative fiction, Crazy Genre Town is not only where I live, but where I escape to as well. I hope you’ll join me in exploring this brave new world through science fiction, fantasy, and horror book and entertainment reviews and discussion.
I’ll leave off with a quote I have always loved, from W.B. Yeats’ “The Celtic Twilight”, that sums up my feelings on the speculative genre:
“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart longs for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”