Are you wondering where you'll find your next good read? Consider adding any of the following worthwhile science fiction, fantasy & horror books to your reading list...
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
If you're looking for a character-driven time travel story, check out Chen's impressive debut. Kin Stewart is a time-traveling secret agent from 2142 who becomes stranded in the past, i.e. the 1990s. Due to the mechanics of time travel, his memory of future events and his former life begins to fade. Years go by and Kin gets a job, gets married, and starts a family. Kin struggles to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda, when a years-too-late rescue team from the future shows up. Their mission is to take Kin back to the future and the family he cannot remember. Trying to remain connected to both families, Kin unwittingly puts Miranda's very existence at risk and must break the struct rules of time travel to try and save her.
Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan
What if the Internet, the communication network on which so much of the world depends, were to collapse? Maughan's post-techno dystopia explores this scenario through an alternating sequence of interesting narratives. Before the cataclysmic event, a point in our near future, the proliferation of information and data gathering has reached unpredicted heights and unthinkable depths. Privacy and surveillance concerns lead to the formation of an off-the-grid community in England called the Croft, which becomes a center of creative counterculture. After the event—that is, after cyberterrorists have permanently switched off the Internet, ushering in a kind of technological end of the world—the founder of the Croft finds himself in New York City coping with the drastic change of modern life without Internet.
Drachenfels by Kim Newman
Newman's Drachenfels (written in 1989 under than pseudonym Jack Yeovil and newly reissued under the Warhammer Horror imprint) is a vampire story that the author himself in a recent video additionally characterizes as a backstage murder mystery. The story imagines a world twenty years after a malevolent force is defeated. It's set in a haunted castle, the location for a theatrical group's production of that great evil's demise. The castle is the fortress of Drachenfels, the very site where he was killed. But even after twenty years, evil remains. Newman's story is about what happens to heroes who are still holding onto the past while it cleverly puts unconventional heroes in an intriguing locked room mystery.
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
In this rich, atmospheric historical fantasy, Fatima is a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. Fatima's closest friend is Hassan, the palace mapmaker who possesses the ability to draw maps of places he's never seen and sometimes create those places just by drawing them. When representatives from the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima inadvertently betrays Hassan by exposing his abilities. Hassan's gift is viewed as sorcery and therefore a threat to Christian Spanish rule. Forced to escape the Inquisition, Fatima and Hassan enlist the help of a clever jinn to evade their pursuers. Their only hope of escape may lie in reaching the hidden refuge of the king of birds
The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack
The Time Collector is a time travel novel of a different sort, engaging not in time loops and paradoxes, but in connecting with the past. This is epitomized by Roan West, a highly skilled psychometrist in New Orleans. Roan can perceive the past of any object he touches, including the lives of anyone who's ever come into contact with that object. Roan uses his ability to make a respectable living as an antiques dealer finding and selling valuable objects. Roan's friend Stuart is also a psychometrist; his ability allows him to find so called "ooparts", out-of-place artifacts that challenge recorded history. When Stuart vanishes, making him the latest in a series of psychometrists-gone-missing, Roan attempts to locate his friend. He learns of Melicent Tilpin, a young psychometrist who discovered a priceless artifact just by "sensing" it. Roan tries to warn her of the possible danger she's in. Together, they discover the startling truth behind the disappearances of the psychometrists.