Here’s a post at, let me see, Den of Geek: Top New Science Fiction Books in April 2021
It’s unusual for someone to write a post like this and I’ve not only heard of, but really liked books by, all the authors listed.
Of course I loved Wexler’s Thousand Names series — the actual correct name of the series is The Shadow Campaigns — there are a couple things I might’ve done differently, but fundamentally I LOVED this series. I think it’s one of the top ten, maybe top five, epic fantasy series I’ve ever read.
I have not, however, read anything else by Wexler. Yet. I have various books of his on my TBR pile, but not this one. Here’s what the linked post says about this book:
Publisher’s summary: Kas is a junior researcher on a fact-finding mission to old Earth. But when a con-artist tricks her into wagering a large sum of money belonging to her university on the outcome of a manned robot arena battle she becomes drawn into the seedy underworld of old Earth politics and state-sponsored battle-droid prizefights.
Sounds VERY different and kind of fun.
I also loved Weir’s The Martian. Again, I haven’t actually read his other published title … what’s it called? … Oh, right, Artemis. It sounds fine, but not very much like The Martian, and I just haven’t got around to it. If any of you have read it, what did you think?
Anyway, here’s the description of this new one:
Publisher’s summary: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.
Well, as it happens, amnesia is a trope I don’t much care for. I’ve read novels I liked where this trope was important, but I have to overcome a basic distaste for the amnesia trope to try one. I would be quite interested in what you all think, so if you read this and love it, I hope you will let me know.
And last, I loved Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Archivist Wasp and Latchkey. They’re quite different from each other even though this is a duology, but I loved both books.
Now, here’s the description of this new one, Firebreak:
Den of Geek says: With elements of superheroes, virtual reality, mechs and ecological disaster, Kornher-Stace’s adventure story has plenty of inventive world-building. But it’s the characters who really shine with a clear-eyed perspective on the story of what happens when people fight for what’s right — and meet their heroes.
Oh, that sounds good. I’d personally prefer it if the heroes turn out to be reasonably admirable rather than awful. Still, either way, this does sound like something I would like a lot.
Three new books to at least keep in mind!