With well over 100 science-fiction, fantasy and horror books being published each month, it's easy to become overwhelmed by choices. But don't worry, fearless reader! This handy guide will steer you toward some of the finer choices of SF/F/H books being published this month that deserve attention.
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Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train by Robert Bloch, Joe R. Lansdale, John L. Lansdale & Dave Wachter
What? A graphic novel on a list of best reads? Well, when you take superb writers like Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard novels, "Bubba Ho-Tep") and John L. Lansdale (Tales from the Crypt) and team them up with Dave Wachter, the writer of the already fantastic ongoing series That Hellbound Train, which is an adaptation of a story by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho...the answer is "Yes!"
The Other by Matthew Hughes
Matthew Hughes is one of those writers whose witty, wry writing style is as enjoyable as the story he's writing about. His Archonate universe is a wonderfully compelling far future that mixes fantasy and science fiction. In The Other, conman Luff Imbry finds himself abandoned on a isolated planet by a rival and looking for revenge.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Nov. 22, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated—is a date that will live in infamy. What if you could travel back in time and prevent this tragedy? That's the question Stephen King addresses in his latest thousand-page novel.
Endurance by Jay Lake
Jay Lake wowed audiences with his fantasy novel Green, the story of an enslaved girl named Green who finds her way to freedom. In this sequel, Green is called upon by the gods of her world to protect them from those who would destroy them.
Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
Macguire's Wicked series offers a dark revisionist take on L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz novels that's not intended for children. In this final installment, Dorothy returns to Oz to find that Glinda is under house arrest, the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law, and that Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland—all while a new green-skinned witch is looking to fulfill her legacy. (Ed note: Read our Q&A with Maguire on the end of Wicked.)
The Book of Heroes by Miyuki Miyabe
Popular Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe cannot be contained by a single genre. Her latest novel, a fantasy, is about a young girl named Yuriko who learns that her brother has been possessed by The Book of Heroes. Only Yuriko can save him, but she'll need the help of a few offbeat friends.
Them or Us by David Moody
In the first two books of the Hater series, author David Moody transcends the blood-and-gore of mainstream horror and injects thought-provoking issues through his chilling portrayal of a divided humanity. In this final novel, Danny McCoyne struggles to maintain his rage in the new world order and finds himself in a position to control its outcome.
I, Robot: To Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert
Isaac Asimov's Robot novels are one of the classic pillars of science fiction. In I, Robot: To Protect, we see Susan Calvin in the early days of robotics, on the road of discovery to the positronic brain and on her way to being ensnared in a conspiracy surrounding its applications.
Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All by Jane Yolen
In this fresh take of Snow White (interestingly set in early 20th-century Appalachia), Jane Yolen combines magic with intrigue to tell the story of Summer, a girl whose fairy tale-like life takes a dark turn.
Seed by Rob Ziegler
The source of the Satori corporation's power in this Dystopian 22nd century is the strict distribution of the bioengineered seeds used to feed a hungry nation. That power is in danger when one of Satori's designers goes rogue and the government sees an opportunity to reassert its former power.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Ten is such a small number, isn't it? Here are some more reading suggestions for more voracious bibliophiles…
Fans of short fiction can't miss with these anthologies and collections appearing in November:
- Alien Contact edited by Marty Halpern
- Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka edited by John Kessel & James Patrick Kelly
- Lightspeed: Year One edited by John Joseph Adams
- New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird edited by Paula Guran
- Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels by Catherynne M. Valente
- Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette
- Unpossible and Other Stories by Daryl Gregory
And for folks who like reading nonfiction, consider:
- And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields
- The Vonnegut Effect by Jerome Klinkowitz
- Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels by Gregory D. Sumner
- The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick
- The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow by Cory Doctorow
John DeNardo is the editor of SF Signal, a group science-fiction and fantasy blog featuring news, reviews and interviews.