Winter 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books To Read
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The cold is upon us, making it a perfect time to stay in with a few good books, and thankfully there’s plenty to choose from this Winter.

I’ve teamed up with my speed-reading gal pal Olympus Athens and the master of books himself Waerloga69 to bring you a list of cool new science fiction and fantasy books coming this Winter. There’s some new Star Wars and Star Trek selections, along with upcoming releases from China Miéville, Brandon Sanderson, Stan Lee, and many more.

See below for our picks in Winter 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books To Read.

This Census-Taker
Hardcover | Kindle
By China Miéville
Del Rey | Random House Publishers
Release date: January 12, 2016

As always, China Miéville’s books delve deeper than the plot and expose raw emotion throughout the book. This time around, it’s a lonely young boy who dreams of greater things than living in a remote village. When the census-taker arrives, he finds that his journey might just be starting.

Eleanor: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Jason Gurley
Crown Publishing
Release date: January 12, 2016

Eleanor, a twin whose sister is ripped from her through death, subsequently grows up in a family of sorrow and rage. Then strange things starts to happen. Doorways pull Eleanor to other worlds and back again, losing time when she returns. The story is compellingly tragic – its characters all lost from loss, anger erupting from a seemingly endless reservoir. And in between is a supernatural rift of nothing which may hold the key to soothing all the hurt. Eleanor travels to this nothing and to dream realms as well, as she finds meaning and purpose to it all. Jason Gurley‘s Eleanor: A Novel is a definite page turner, filled with the unexpected.

Knocking On Heaven’s Door: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
By Sharman Apt Russell
Yucca Publishing | Skyhorse Publishing
Release date: January 12, 2016

A unique look at mankind in a post-apocalyptic future where not everything is actually as bad as you might think. Personalities and passion make this novel a must-read. (Check our my full review of the novel.)

Medusa’s Web: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
By Tim Powers
William Morrow | HarperCollins Publishers
Release date: January 19, 2016

Creepy and thrilling, this occult-focused story involves some interesting arachnid art in an old Hollywood mansion that allows people to time travel via paranormal visions. Will our protagonist discover the secrets that have been hidden since the 1920s? And can he save his sister at the same time?

The Sons of Sora
The Earthborn Trilogy Book 3
Paperback | Kindle
By Paul Tassi
Talos Press
Release date: January 19, 2016

First-time author made an impressive debut with The Last Exodus, the first installment in his The Earthborn Trilogy. Now, the third and final book, The Sons of Sora, is set to be released, and it will take place sixteen years after the events of the second book, The Exiled Earthborn, and will center on two brothers, the descendants of the Earthborn, and the continued fight against the Xalans. (See my review of The Last Exodus).

The Bands of Mourning: A Mistborn Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
By Brandon Sanderson
Tor Books | Macmillan Publishers
Release date: January 26, 2016

This is the sequel to Shadows Of Self — part of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series — and is centered around the search for a supposedly mythical item that grants the user tremendous powers.

Star Wars: Lords of the Sith
Paperback | Kindle
By Paul S. Kemp
LucasBooks | Random House
Release date: January 26, 2016

Palpatine and Vader, ’nuff said. Seriously, with the new Star Wars film being such a hot commodity, this is bound to do well. But it does center on the time right after Anakin becomes Darth Vader, so I’m all in.

All the Birds in the Sky
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Charlie Jane Anders
Tor Books | Macmillan Publishers
Release Date: January 26, 2016

Two childhood friends, one magical and the other tech savvy, are reunited as adults in the shadow of an impending apocalypse. Magical Patricia works with her magician group to fix the world’s problems. Engineer Laurence’s group tries to fix the same stuff with invention. It was weird how they parted so long ago, and it’s even weirder now, the forces that are driving them together – the seed of which was planted in middle school. If you love a little magic with your apocalypse, you should definitely check this one out.

City of Blades
The Divine Cities Book 2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Robert Jackson Bennett
Broadway Books
Release date: January 26, 2016

A follow-up to Robert Jackson Bennett’s masterful City of Stairs, City of Blades turns its attention to another divine city, Voortyashtan. But, this city’s god is now dead and its structure in ruins. General Turyin Mulaghesh, who helped solve the mystery of the first book, is back is sent to Voortyashtan under the cover of exile, but she’s really there for one final mission before retirement.

The Dark Days Club
A Lady Helen Novel, Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
by Alison Goodman
Viking Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 26, 2016

Set in 1812 England during the reign of King George III, this 496-page hardcover introduces readers to Lady Helen Wrexhall, an 18-year-old ward of her aunt and uncle who discovers that she has powers beyond her already vivid imagination. After all these years, Helen still finds it difficult to believe that her mother was a traitor, as she’s been told. Along with trying to find out what her powers are and why she has them, she also wants to uncover the truth about her family, as well as the mystery behind all the strange occurrences happening around her.

The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return
Hardcover | Kindle | MP3 CD Audiobook
Written by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
Illustrated by Andie Tong
Disney Press
Release date: January 26, 2016

Wow! Stan Lee is definitely a workaholic! Last year around this time, his first prose novel, The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence, was released and told the tale of Chinese American teen Steven, who is accidentally zapped with the power of the zodiac tiger sign. He and his other zodiac friends needed to stop the evil Maxwell from harnessing the power of all 12 signs. They were successful at that, but you know you can’t keep a good supervillain down for long, right? In the 2nd book, The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return, Steven and the other zodiac teens must train with their power, while also helping others in need. What will they do now that Maxwell is back and posing yet another threat? You’ll have to read to find out!

There are several Star Trek books coming out this Winter (one of which is already available), and if you’re a fan of the franchise, you’ll want to check these out….

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ascendance
Paperback | Kindle
by David R. George III
Star Trek | Pocket Books
Release date: December 29, 2015

An original Deep Space Nine story featuring Captain Kira Nerys.

Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies
Paperback | Kindle
By Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek | Pocket Books
Release date: January 26, 2016

An original Voyager novel featuring Commander Liam O’Donnell of the U.S.S. Demeter and Admiral Kathryn Janeway.

Star Trek: The Original Series: Miasma
by Greg Cox
Star Trek | Pocket Books
Release date: February 22, 2016

An original digital-only novella set in the Star Trek: The Original Series universe written by Greg Cox, who wrote the popular The Eugenics Wars series featuring the villainous Khan Noonien Singh. This new story centers on Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, including Saavik. It will sell for only $2.99.

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Latter Fire
Paperback | Kindle
By James Swallow
Star Trek | Pocket Books
Release date: February 23, 2016

An original novel from Star Trek: The Original Series universe with Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise heading to the planet Syhaar Prime in the Beta Quadrant.

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
By Yann Martel
Spiegel & Grau | Random House
Release date: February 2, 2016

History, hidden artifacts, epic journey. This looks to be another amazing book from the author of Life Of Pi. It contains a myriad of stories that intertwine over several decades. Looks to be a deep look at Portugal in the twentieth century.

Poseidon’s Wake
Hardcover | Kindle
By Alastair Reynolds
Ace Books | Penguin Books
Release date: February 2, 2016

This will conclude Poseidon’s Children series. No one writes high tech sci-fi like Alastair Reynolds. Every page keeps you guessing and pushes the envelope of what you think science fiction is like. Focusing on Ndege Akinya, this story will hopefully allow her to recoup her family’s honor. Being responsible for almost half a million deaths weighs heavily on her.

Runaway Vampire
An Argeneau Novel (#23)
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Lynsay Sands
Avon Books
Release date: February 23, 2016

If you like a little romance with your undead, you need to get your hands on the newest Argeneau Vampire novel by Lynsay Sands. Runaway Vampire is the 23rd book in this paranormal romance series, and it is hot! Perfect for curling up with in the winter, Sands give those True Blood and Twilight fans what they have been missing. Immortal Dante has been hit hard by love, and his love’s RV when she runs him over with it. Shocking her by then getting up and into her RV completely naked, they are on the run from the dangerous men that took his twin, and are now after them, too.

Doctor Who Coloring Book
By Price Stern Sloan
Price Stern Sloan | Penguin Books
Release date: February 23, 2016

It’s 2016, and coloring is no longer an activity just for children. It’s also for adults. With this new Doctor Who 96-page coloring book, everyone can have fun filling in the lines of the TARDIS, the Cybermen, Dalaks, and more.

An Unattractive Vampire
Written by Jim McDoniel
Release date: March 15, 2016

Yulric Bile (an unattractive name to be sure), trapped for 300 years, emerges into a world where vampires are not feared. Not only that… they are really goodlooking. And even worse… they are good. The horror! That’s why noone believes Yulric is a vampire. He’s way too “unattractive.” Yulric is determined to bring back the ugly. He and his ragtag crew he manages to scrape up, prepare to battle the pretty undead, and put the “monster” back in vampire. Jim McDoniel’s first novel is quirky, wild, and weird, and definitely for those who hate those “sexy” vampire stereotypes – who like their monsters nice and gross.

Feel free to let us know YOUR picks for Winter reads this year!

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    Comment by funke435@mail.ru — February 27, 2017 @ 1:35 am

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