Sci Fi Friday

SFF TBR, Part 1

This week I’m listing all of the science fiction and fantasy books that I want to read that have already been published. Most of them were published within the past 5-6 years, but there are a couple series out there (Outlander) that I want to dip back into and finish.

So here’s my list—any more I should add?

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on Octavia Butler all my life. I read Kindred: The Graphic Novel two years ago, and only finally picked up Kindred this year. It was amazing, and now I’m hooked and want to read more of Butler’s work!

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

A regency era fantasy with fairies and told from the POV of two people of color? Sign me the hell up. I’m a little nervous about reviews saying the prose is a little florid, but the summary and everything about this screams hell yes read me now.

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

So…I’ve had a copy of this in ARC form for quite some time now and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. Now the last book in the trilogy is out and 2019 is the time to dive in. Magic, conscripted soldiers, falcons/falconers and unlikely friendships, fighting in ballgowns—I need to dive in this.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Baru Cormorant watched as the Empire of Masks conquered her people and took over her land. Now, she’s going to infiltrate them from the inside—and destroy them. I’ve read that this is a pretty dark book, but so many of my Goodreads friends were bowled over (and that summary) that this is one of my higher TBR priorities.

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Yes, yes, yes, I know the author is…herself. And the books haven’t aged super well. But I love the show and it’s been almost two years since I read The Drums of Autumn—and the show is starting to catch up to me. Maybe 2019 will be the year I pick up this 1400 page monstrosity…hopefully it’s not another Bree book.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

I read The Obelisk Gate last year, and like many series that I’ve picked up and enjoyed over the years, I stopped before reading the very last book because I just don’t want it to end and I’m scared (see also: Dust by Hugh Howey and Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams, in addition to many others). Psyching myself up to finish this trilogy in 2019.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and honestly it’s won so many awards that I don’t know why it’s not talked about more (okay, I 100% know why—it’s the same reason N.K. Jemisin isn’t a household name despite being one of the most accomplished SFF writers in history). Anywho, this is about jade magic, power, families and is supposed to be complex and political and amazing.

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Yet another book I’ve owned for years but haven’t gotten around to (curse my mood reading fickleness). I’ve seen this one circling in reviews quite a bit, but it fell off my radar until the read the excellent Dragon Pearl and was reminded how much I love military space operas.

Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin

I’m not sure if I’m going to start with this one or his Remembrance of the Past trilogy, but this summary is really calling to me. How obsession, unethical science and particle physics tie in with weaponry and lightning (which is a terrifying natural phenomenon btw) made me add this to my ever-growing TBR.

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

I adored Redshirts and really loved The Old Man’s War, so if you’re wondering why I’ve been hanging off on reading this one…well, I read Terminal Alliance and a whole bunch of not-so-awesome YA SF instead. It’s time to start this story about saving the universe, an empire and humanity from being cut off by the end of faster-than-light travel.

The Black Tides of Heavy by J.Y. Yang

A super-queer story of twins, fate and finding your own path. I’ve heard so many great things about the Tensorate series, from its fantastic world-building to its ground-breaking approach on sexuality and gender. This is another book that I’ve owned for a long time but haven’t actually sat down and read yet.

And now that I’ve written all these down, I’m looking back at past-me and asking myself what the hell have I been reading all this time?

Me to past-me:

Next Week: My SFF TBR, Part 2

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