SF&F authors share what's on their winter reading lists, plus the books they think you should add to yours.
Keith F. Goodnight Books I most recommend this winter: For holiday-centric fare, C.S. Lewis's Narnia books are always a good choice. In science fiction, my true love will always be the "Golden Age" of pulp magazines, space opera, and swashbuckling adventure. In any genre you can never go wrong by reading the classics--try Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy or others of his "galactic empire" stories. If you want something a little more modern but still in SF's classic age, Larry Niven's Known Space series is on the list; I like Ringworld especially. Or journey in the other direction with the adventure tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Books I will be reading this winter: Every holiday season, I re-read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It's as much a holiday tradition of mine as presents on Christmas morning. I've been doing it ever since I was a teenager.
Book of mine that makes for a good winter read: Well, so far I only have the one, so it has to be The Child.
Daniel Fusch (a.k.a. Stant Litore) Book I most recommend this winter: TL Morganfield's The Bone Flower Throne (how can you not love that title?) is on top of my recommend list this winter. It's new, it's fresh, it's a tenth-century Aztec fantasy world featuring a clash of gods, magic that requires true sacrifice, and one very courageous priestess. What strikes me as remarkable about this novel is that it is an absolutely relentless story while remaining faithful to the Aztec lore that inspired it.
Book I will be reading this winter: I'm reading The Mongoliad, a historical fantasy that pits European and Eurasian martial artists against the Mongol horde. The characters are compelling and the world that this team of writers created is evocative and brutal and real. You are probably seeing a theme here--I love retellings of history, especially fantastical ones, because our ancestors in many cultures perceived their world as in part fantastical.
Book of mine that makes for a good winter read: Strangers in the Land. Another historical retelling: Israel, 1160 B.C., two generations after the ancient Hebrews invade Canaan. There's a new invasion now, one of the hungry dead, the walking corpses that devour the living. Four will stand against the dead: Hurriya, the bereaved slave woman; Zadok, the warrior and Nazarite; Barak the vintner, who has sworn to drive the dead from his vines; and Devora the prophetess, who can see the future and finds it terrifying.
Jodi McIsaac Books I most recommend this winter: Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. Because when it's too cold to go outside, you might as well live online. Heaven's Shadow series by Michael Cassutt and David S. Goyer: fast-paced science fiction that feels painfully real (in a good way). The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Read it before you're the last person who hasn't.
Books I will be reading this winter: Children of God by Mary Doria Russell. I read The Sparrow years ago and have finally recovered emotionally enough to read the sequel. I think. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin. This is the year he's going to announce the publication date for the sixth book, I can feel it in my bones. That means I can finally start reading book five. Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip. No one writes more beautifully than World Fantasy Award winner Patricia McKillip, and I want to learn how she does it.
Books of mine that make for a good winter read:Through the Door. Spend an evening or two by the fire, delving into Celtic mythology and feeling a bit of the old world seep into your soul. Into the Fire. Travel to Ireland, Scotland, Halifax, and Tír na nÓg without leaving the warmth and comfort of your own sofa.
Alex Kahler Books I most recommend this winter:American Gods by Neil Gaiman or Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Because everyone needs a little Gaiman during the winter months--American Gods makes for the perfect bedtime tale. And Vicious is simply one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Book I will be reading this winter:Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. It has everything I love: necromancers, wit, and Seattle.
Book of mine that makes for a good winter read:The Immortal Circus. With the final book unveiling in January, the cool winter months are the perfect time to catch up and run away to the warmth of the big top.