Looking to round out your summer reading list? We asked science fiction and fantasy authors to share what they've been paging through and the books they think you should check out too.
Mur Lafferty Books
I most recommend this summer: I'm
catching up on school reading right now (literary stuff like Atonementand
Lolita), not fun summer reading, but I'll say that you should really read the
White Trash Zombie books by Diana Rowland. Hysterical urban fantasy about a
young woman whose life changes when she's turned into a zombie.
of mine that makes for a good summer read:The
Shambling Guide to New York City has been called "if Douglas Adams had written
Buffy" and "Sex and the City with monsters." A woman finds a job
writing travel guides for the monster tourists in New York, and of course,
Mayer Book I most
recommend this summer:Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I've seen this book
labeled as "literary," "war," and "science fiction"
but it's just a great book that needs at least two readings.
Book I will be reading this summer: Currently reading Former People: The Final Days of the Russian
Aristocracy. To understand how an entire country could develop a system
that ensured it's own destruction puts one in mind of Cylons and
Replicants. In this case, it was peasants who finally were unleashed with
horrific results. And it really happened.
Book of mine that makes for a good summer read:Nightstalkers: The Book of
Truths. I'm glad my editor allowed me to keep the addendum to the book
listing out all the facts in the story that people might think are fiction.
It's about the threat of nuclear weapons and it's greater now than it ever
was -- and yes, Jimmy Carter did send out the nuclear launch codes with his
Michael J. Sullivan Book I most recommend this summer: Summertime reminds me of
my childhood days filled with adventure as I explored the forest and streams
around my home. So my top pick for this summer is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at
the End of the Lane. Enchanting…mesmerizing…and especially good in audio format
as Gaiman’s reading takes the experience to a whole new level.
Book I will be reading this summer: I’m excited to start my
read of The Golem and the Jinni by debut author Helen Wecker. I’m immediately
drawn to it because of the references to Yiddish and Middle
Eastern literature. Some of my Goodreads friends have used adjectives like
“spellbound” and “wondrous” so how can I pass this up for a great summer read?
Book of mine that makes for a good
summer read: I’ve always felt that
Theft of Swords is a perfect summer read. It’s adventurous, fast-paced, and
just plain fun, but by the end of the second book you start seeing a bigger picture
unfolding. Plus the camaraderie and banter between Royce and Hadrian is just so
Ransom Stephens Books I most recommend this summer: My all time favorite summer vacation escape is John Myers
Myers’s The Harp and the Blade, published in 1941 -- a minstrel in
medieval Europe drinking and singing his way through moral dilemmas. Scott
Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora is my favorite current
fantasy -- swashbuckling thieves in a world of islands, sharks, and gambling -- plus,
the conclusion of the trilogy is coming in October.
If you want to dive in deep, David Brin’s Existenceis long, dense, and packed with near-future VR and AI and if you look closely,
lots of hidden jokes like the comedy troop “Monty Phytoplankton” and a
dirigible called “The Spirit of El Cajon.”
Books I will be reading this summer: Having loved Existence,I’m going back in
Brin’s catalog and re-reading Startide Rising. On the lighter side, I’m
taking Rob Kroese’s Disenchanted on my honeymoon.
Books of mine that make for a good summer read: My brand of scientific fiction makes for great travel
escapes, especially on beaches where you can use the sand for scratch paper if
you’re inspired to get down with science. The Sensory Deceptionwill
take you into the mind of a sperm whale, Silicon Valley boardrooms, the coast
of Somalia, and into burning rainforests, but you have to wait until Augsut 6
for it to come out. My first novel, The God Patent,puts you
smack in the center of the science-religion culture war -- as a scientist I had to
work hard to sell the evangelical angle, but seem to have pulled it off, if the
reviews accusing me of writing thinly veiled Christian fiction aren’t attempts
J.C. Daniels Books
I most recommend this summer:Sacrificial
Magic by Stacia Kane. One of my
favorite urban fantasy series, ever. This is part of the Downside series, and I can't recommend this series enough. It's dark, it's twisted,
it's sexy, it's different... I love it. And if you haven't met
Terrible...well, you really need to meet Terrible.
Books I will be reading this summer: The writing
team of Ilona Andrews has created one of my favorite series. I
adore the Kate Daniels books and I can't wait to read Magic Rises. There
are always twists and turns to this series and things never go the way I really
the unexpected, one author who will always deliver the unexpected is Lynn
Viehl. She's got a new series coming out this summer--a steampunk trilogy
and I am dying to get my hands on it. I've been reading her since her Stardoc books,
written under her S.L. Viehl pen name, and this series is going
to be another die-hard favorite, I already know it.