Melanie's Favourite books of 2015
|Twisted Miracles (e)||AJ Larrieu||PNR - The Shadowminds|
|Attack the Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest||Michael R. Underwood||UF - Ree Reyes|
|The Dragon Business||Kevin J. Anderson||F - Dragon Business 1|
|Mine to Claim (e)||A.C. Arthur||PNR - Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts 1|
|Steles of the Sky||Elizabeth Bear||F - Eternal Sky 3|
|Shipstar||Gregory Benford |
|SF - Bowl of Heaven 2|
|Balance Point||Robert Buettner||SF - Orphan's Legacy 3|
|I Am the New God (e)||Nicole Cushing||F|
|The Word Exchange (D)||Alena Graedon||Dys/Tech|
|Darkest Flame: Part 1 (e)||Donna Grant||PNR - Dark Kings|
|You (h2tp)||Austin Grossman||VG/M|
|The Abomination (h2tp)||Jonathan Holt||M/Th - Carnivia Trilogy 1|
|Revelations||Paul Antony Jones||SF/Ap/PA - Extinction Point 3|
|No Lasting Burial||Stant Litore||H - Zombie Bible 4|
|The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||John D. MacDonald||SF|
|Promise of Blood (h2tp)||Brian McClellan||F - Powder Mage Trilogy 1|
|The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August||Claire North||TT|
|Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion. . .So Far||Terry Pratchett||F - Discworld|
|The Adjacent||Christopher Priest||AH|
|The Islanders (h2tp)||Christopher Priest||AH|
|Gotrek & Felix: The Serpent Queen||Josh Reynolds||F - Gotrek & Felix 15|
|The Immortal Collection||Eva García Sáenz||F - Saga of the Ancient Family|
|Operation Shield||Joel Shepherd||SF - Cassandra Kresnov 5|
|Fiend (h2tp)||Peter Stenson||H|
|Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition: Stories||Kurt Vonnegut||SF - Collection|
|A Dance in Blood Velvet||Freda Warrington||DF - Blood 2|
|Cauldron of Ghosts||David Weber |
|SF - Crown of Slaves 3|
|Dragon Age: The Masked Empire||Patrick Weekes||F - Dragon Age 4|
|Robot Uprisings||Daniel H. Wilson (ed) |
John Joseph Adams (ed)
|SF - Anthology|
|Something Going Around: A Tor.Com Original||Harry Turtledove||SF|
|Dark Annie||Joseph J. Christiano||H|
|Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans||Jeanne Delavigne||Gh - Collection|
|Rogue's Possession||Jeffe Kennedy||FR - Covenant of Thorns 2|
|The Vengeance of Hera (e) (ri)||John Gregory Betancourt||F - Hercules 2|
|Cold Blooded||Amanda Carlson||UF - Jessica McClain 3|
|Zombies vs Robots: This Means War||Nancy A. Collins||Z/SF - Zombies vs Robots Anthology|
|The Diamond Deep||Brenda Cooper||SF - Ruby's Song 2|
|A Dance of Cloaks||David Dalglish||F- Shadowdance 1|
|The Night Eternal (ri)||Guillermo Del Toro |
|H - Strain Trilogy 3|
|The Circle||Dave Eggers||L/SF|
|Tales of the Wold Newton Universe||Philip Jose Farmer||SF - Wold Newton Collection|
|The Black Spider||Jeremias Gotthelf||H|
|Midnight's Promise: Part 1 (e)||Donna Grant||PNR - Dark Warriors|
|Slayers: The Making of a Mentor: A Tor.Com Original (e)||C. J. Hill||F/UF|
|The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24||Stephen Jones (ed)||H - Anthology|
|Lighthouse Island||Paulette Jiles||Dys|
|Close to You (e)||Stacia Kane||UF - A Downside Ghosts Story|
|Dying Is My Business||Nicholas Kaufmann||UF|
|Rasputin's Shadow||Raymond Khoury||Th/H/SF - Templar 4|
|The Fall of the Governor||Robert Kirkman |
|Z - The Walking Dead 3|
|Dark Days||Manel Loureiro||Z - Apocalypse Z 2|
|The Republic of Thieves||Scott Lynch||F - Gentleman Bastard 3|
|V-Wars (h2tp)||Jonathan Maberry (ed)||H|
|Old Mars||George R.R. Martin (ed) |
Gardner Dozios (ed)
|SF - Anthology|
|The Lincoln Conspiracy (h2tp)||Timothy L. O'Brien||AH|
|The Devil's in the Details||Kimberly Raye||PNR|
|A Taste of Blood Wine||Freda Warrington||F - Blood 1|
|The Palace Job (D)||Patrick Weekes||F|
|The Lords of Salem (h2tp)||Rob Zombie||H|
|Legends of Lone Wolf Omnibus 3||Joe Dever||F - Legend of the Lone Wolf|
In the tradition of Emma Donoghue's Room and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman is a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having visions that make her question everything she knows
Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife—as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day.
But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember—or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl is growing more real every day, and she wants something.
2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
It’s Halloween, and life is grim for twenty-three-year-old Dimitri Petrov. It’s the one-year anniversary of his parents’ deaths, he’s stuck on page one thousand of his Rasputin zombie novel, and he makes his living writing obituaries.
But things turn from bleak to terrifying when Dimitri gets a last-minute assignment to cover a séance at the reputedly haunted Aspinwall Mansion.
There, Dimitri meets Lisa, a punk-rock drummer he falls hard for. But just as he’s about to ask her out, he unwittingly unleashes malevolent forces, throwing him into a deadly mystery. When Dimitri wakes up, he is in the morgue—icy cold and haunted by a cryptic warning given by a tantalizing female spirit.
As town residents begin to turn up gruesomely murdered, Dimitri must play detective in his own story and unravel the connections among his family, the Aspinwall Mansion, the female spirit, and the secrets held in a pair of crumbling antiquarian books. If he doesn’t, it’s quite possible Lisa will be the next victim.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.
Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.
An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.
For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.
An action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, Nightlife pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly.
Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic. But when her best friend goes missing Halloween night, Beth knows it’s up to her to find out what happened.
Her quest will take her on an odyssey through the crumbling city of New Harbor, Connecticut. Along the way she meets a homeless prophet warning of something he calls the “Night Angel”—a bloodthirsty creature that feeds on the forgotten. And she will form an unlikely bond with a hunted stranger who knows all too well what stalks the streets at night.
The strange man tells Beth the hideous truth about the nightmare creatures that have haunted mankind’s imagination for eons—creatures the world calls vampires. Together they are the only hope for New Harbor, but to defeat what lurks in the shadows they’ll have to conquer something far stronger than fear—their own desires.
A mesmerizing first novel about trust, dependence, and fear, from a major new writer
Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman—Frida—claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.
Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?
The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, working wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.
A contemporary SF thriller. The divide between science and the human spirit is the setting for a battle for the future.
When physicist Robert Strong loses his job at the Dark Matter research lab and his relationship falls apart, he returns home to Scotland. Then the dead start appearing to him, and Robert begins to question his own sanity. Victor Amos, an enigmatic businessman, arrives and recruits Robert to sabotage CERN’S Large Hadron Collider, convincing him the next step in the collider’s research will bring about disaster. Everything Robert once understood about reality, and the boundaries between life and death, is about to change forever. And the biggest change will be to Robert himself... Mixing science, philosophy and espionage, Libby McGugan’s stunning debut is a thriller like no other.
From a brilliant new voice in horror comes a riveting nightmare of ancient evil unleashed—and the bravery and sacrifice of those called to combat it.
In 1948, when he was just a boy, Jimmy Kalmaku trained with his uncle to be the shaman of his Tlingit village in Alaska. There he learned the old legends, the old myths, the old secrets. Chief among them was that of a mask locked in a prison of ice, and of the faceless god imprisoned within: a cruel and vengeful god called T'Nathluk, dedicated to the infliction of pain and suffering.
Now all but forgotten in a Seattle retirement home, Jimmy finds his life turned upside down. For when an unwitting archaeologist pries the mask free of its icy tomb, he frees T’Nathluk as well. Stuck in spirit form, the Faceless One seeks a human to serve as a portal through which he can enter our reality. The Faceless One can control—and mercilessly torture—anyone who touches the mask, which means there is no shortage of slaves to ferry it across the country to its chosen host.
Yet the Faceless One has foes as well: Stan Roberts, a tough New York cop whose pursuit of justice will lead him into a dark abyss of the soul; Steven, Liz, and Bobby, the family of the doomed archaeologist; and Jimmy Kalmaku, who must at last become the shaman of his boyhood dreams.
Loch is seeking revenge.
It would help if she wasn’t in jail.
The plan: to steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but now is in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so Loch—former soldier, former prisoner, current fugitive—must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shapeshifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical warhammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills to help her break into the floating fortress of Heaven’s Spire and the vault that holds her family’s treasure—all while eluding the unrelenting pursuit of Justicar Pyvic, whose only mission is to see the law upheld.
What could possibly go wrong?
The Palace Job is a funny, action-packed, high-fantasy heist caper in the tradition of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards series, from debut author Patrick Weekes.
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