Santa will soon be sliding into town and my rushing around to get ready is taking time from writing and reading. But in attempt to get you ready for the holiday doldrums, I’ve come up with twelve binge reading ideas.
Because once the hooha dies down, there may come days in a row where you are tired of parties and company and would like to do a little binge reading.
I’ve picked out twelve authors randomly (for the twelve days of Christmas) who offer a good binge-reading experience.
1. Frank Herbert’s Dune Series. Dune is a classic with incredible world building and intriguing characters. After Frank Hebert’s death, his son, Brian Herbert and fellow writer, Kevin Anderson, added a number of readable prequels and additions to the storyline. Just out in September 2016 is Navigators of Dune that tells about the strange ship navigators that can fold space.
2. Robin Hobbs and all her Realm of the Elderling books are good. Start with the Assassin’s Apprentice and read on up to her current Fool’s Assassin.
3. William Gibson’s Sprawl Series. William Gibson is the father of Cyberpunk. Neuromancer is his Hugo winning start, but the rest in the series : Mona Lisa Overdrive, Count Zero Interrupt, Zero History etc. are interesting, particularly if you look at the dates when they were written and current technology and events.
4. Lois Bujold’s Vorsigan Series. Read how the irrepressible Miles Vorsigan deals with life. I even enjoyed the more recent Captain Vortapil’s Alliance and Miles wasn’t the main character. Bujold has won numerous awards for this series and others in the fantasy realm.
5. C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner Series. Start at the beginning, but her latest, Visitor is seventh in the series and an amazing study on how to handle first contact with an alien race. Also, Cherryh has an Alliance-Union Series of merchant ships caught in the politics of war among planets. My all-time favorites of Heavy Time and Hellburner are in this series. Rimrunner, Merchants Luck, and the Hugo award winning Down Below Station are stand alone stories that also take place in the Alliance-Union Universe. I also want to mention a good fantasy series of hers called the Fortress Series
6. James Corey’s The Expanse Series. Recently this exciting series hit television with some interesting visual effects. In January, the second season is due to fire up and continue the storyline. Start with Leviathan Wakes and read up to the new Babylon ‘s Ashes just published December 6. Space Opera at its best.
7. Joe Abercrombie ‘s First Law Trilogy. A fantasy trilogy that you won’t be able to put down. It starts with The Blade Itself, Before They were Hanged and ends with Last Argument of Kings. If you’re a delicate reader, this one gets gritty… Fair warning.
8. Brandon Sanderson has several series. His Mistborn Series breaks into two trilogies. The most recent just out is Bands of Mourning. (See my blog on it) Also his The Stormlight Archive with Way of Kings and Words of Radiance is quite good. Doorstoppers, both of them.
9. Scott Lynch and his Gentlemen Bastards series has also been a favorite of mine. The first is The Lies of Locke Lamora, then Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Soon to come out is The Thorn of Emberlaine. Great adventure in the life of Renaissance swindlers.
10. L. E. Modesitte has written sixty books! His Saga of the Recluse Series is very popular and his Imager Series just had its seventh book released today called Treachery’s Tools. He has several other series that are more hard science and futuristic. One of my favorites is Gravity Dreams and the Octagonal Raven. Lots to binge on with this author.
11. Orson Scott Card. Can’t forget his Ender’s Game, one of the most popular science fiction books of all time. (made into a movie) Spin offs from this series are still popping up, so start now and be on the look out.
12. And last but not Least…Sheron Mccartha’s The Alysian Universe series. Now you knew I would have to mention it. For all the books in this series look right and see my listing.
These are just a few series or large books to binge on over the holidays when you want to escape the madness of the holiday or the frenetic relatives. There are more equally as good I haven’t yet mentioned (and might). Do you have any favorites? Let us know.
May the Christmas Spirit be with you.
6 responses to “Twelve Authors to Binge on in Science Fiction and Fantasy”
So many good books! Thanks for the list, Sheron 🙂
Diana: You are most welcome. I need to mention your Myths of the Mirror trilogy also. Happy holidays and let me know your favorites.
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Great suggestions, Sheron. I hope to check them out. Love your Christmas kitties. I had a Siamese when I was a young girl. Mega hugs.
Thanks Geneviene: These cute kittens are into mischief all the time but keep us laughing. After having master opening cabinets, turning on lights, and emptying trashcans, their latest endeavor is having one shut the bathroom door, which locks him in. (he can’t pull it open)Then the second one waits on the other side, jumps up, pulls the latch down, leans on the door to open it and goes inside to set the first one free. Then they have the audacity to stroll right past me with tails held high.
I’ve been trying for a while get my twin (I almost said “my clone” — that’s how I jokingly refer to him sometimes — but, considering certain books on your list, it seems inappropriate 🙂 ) to read C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series, and he finally decided he’s interested, but then we couldn’t find my copy of the first book… *sigh*
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance was excellent (“that idiot Ivan” has finally grown up), and since the author has written one other recent book in the series with someone other than Miles as the main character, maybe we’ll eventually get to find out what happens with the younger generation.
He should at least try her Foreigner series, and some others on the list if he hasn’t already tried. This last one was intriguing since it went into detail on how to prepare to talk to an alien species. I found it fascinating.
What others are your favorites?
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