Below is an excerpt featuring her recommendations for indie book stores, novels, and collections. Perhaps you’ll find an ideal gift for someone–or for yourself!
Amazing Indies, aka great places to support during the season…:
- Mysterious Galaxy (hey, MaryEllen is going to be GoH at Boskone, come see her!) – San Diego CA
- Pandemonium Books – Boston MA
- Doylestown Bookshop – Doylestown PA
- Main Point Books – Wayne PA
- The Learned Owl – Chicago IL
- The Tattered Cover – Denver CO
- University Books – Seattle WA
- Powell’s – Portland OR
(note: this list doesn’t include YA or Middle Grade because I’m on a jury, but please be aware there’s so much exceptional, diverse, reading to do in those categories, this year and always.)
- Certain Dark Things – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Thomas Dunne)
Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires…
Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life.
- Infomocracy – Malka Older ( )
It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.
- Ghost Talkers – Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.
- Breath of Earth – Beth Cato (Harper Voyager)
In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation—the Unified Pacific—in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer Wardens who have no idea of the depth of her power—or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.
- Too Like the Lightning – Ada Palmer (Tor)
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer–a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.
- Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.
- Everfair – Nisi Shawl (Tor)
An alternate history / historical fantasy / steampunk novel set in the Belgian Congo, from noted short story writer Nisi Shawl.
Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.
- The Family Plot – Cherie Priest (Tor)
Chuck Dutton built Music City Salvage with patience and expertise, stripping historic properties and reselling their bones. Inventory is running low, so he’s thrilled when Augusta Withrow appears in his office offering salvage rights to her entire property. This could be a gold mine, so he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.
- Roses and Rot – Kat Howard (Saga)
Imogen and her sister Marin have escaped their cruel mother to attend a prestigious artists’ retreat, but soon learn that living in a fairy tale requires sacrifices, be it art or love.
What would you sacrifice in the name of success? How much does an artist need to give up to create great art?
- Wall of Storms – Ken Liu (Saga)
Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.
- All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders (Tor)
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.
- Borderline – Mishell Baker (Saga)
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.
- Jane Steele – Lindsay Faye (Putnam)
“Reader, I murdered him.”
Collections, Anthologies, Serials:
- The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories – A.C. Wise (Lethe Press)
The collection contains two original short stories – Juliet & Juliet(te): A Romance of Alternate Worlds, and It’s the End of the World As We Know It – and two original novelettes – The Astronaut, Her Lover, the Queen of Faerie, and Their Child, and The Kissing Booth Girl.
- Serial Box – ReMADE & The Witch Who Came in From The Cold & Book Burners especially, and also Tremontaine (I haven’t gotten to finish it!)
- An Alphabet of Embers – Rose Lemberg, ed. – an anthology of unclassifiables – lyrical, surreal, magical, experimental pieces that straddle the border between poetry and prose.
- Three Moments of an Explosion – China Mieville
- The Starlit Wood – Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds.
Award-winning author (and technology consultant) Fran Wilde’s next novel, CLOUDBOUND, is available NOW! Her first novel, UPDRAFT debuted from Tor in 2015. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Nature, Tor.com, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.