I read a lot. My shelves at home are jam packed with books from all sorts of fiction genres, but I really love fantasy and science fiction because they transport me to other worlds and are full of extraordinary adventure. Every summer, I like to pick out a few books to take with me on my own adventurous vacations or to just distract me from a steaming hot subway ride through NYC in August. If you are like me and are looking for something interesting to sink your literary chops into, check out my summer reading list below!
This series is like a mashup of How to Train Your Dragon and the Napoleonic wars. League of Dragons is the last book of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series.
Sometime I just want a whole bunch of short stories, so collections like this one, edited by Neil Clarke, are perfect. It has over 30 stories published in 2015 by acclaimed authors like Ian McDonald, Seanan McGuire, Carrie Vaughn, Alastair Reynolds, and Brenda Cooper.
When I hear the phrase “Rocks Fall Everyone Dies,” usually it refers to that moment in a roleplaying game when the GM has had enough of everyone’s nonsense and wipes out the entire party in one fell swoop. However, the book by Lindsay Ribar is all about a young boy named Aspen Quick who can steal people’s thoughts, memories, and emotions. If that isn’t a creepy power, I don’t know what is. The book is set in a Twins Peak-like town and sounds like it is going to be pretty intense. I can’t wait to see how far Aspen decides to push his power.
Nikki Glass is the descendant of Artemis the Huntress, so it kinda makes sense that she went into private investigation. Whenever a descendant of the gods shows up to cause trouble, Detective Glass is there to sort out the divine details. This time around, she will have to save the world from an angry god’s ex-wife lest she destroy all humanity. Divine Descendant comes out June 28th, which is just in time for some poolside reading.
Ok, this one hooked me with one work: Biomancers. They sound like something straight out of one of my D&D games. These sorcerer-scientists rule the island that protagonist Bleak Hope (what a name) lives on. They destroyed her home and massacred her people and now she is out for revenge. Trained by warrior priests and accompanied by Red, the self-proclaimed “greatest thief the world has ever known,” Bleak’s adventure sounds like it is going to be a doozy!
These 5 books should keep me entertained for the next few months, but I am sure there are a ton of great stories out there. What are you reading this summer? What should I add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!
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