Our Christmas Top Picks: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Sleeping Beauties – Stephen King & Owen King

All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…

Blade Runner – Philip K. Dick

World War Terminus left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal – the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.

Artemis – Andy Weir

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right?

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

The Furthest Station – Ben Aaronvitch

Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter…

Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff

Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it. Her position is precarious, and she’s still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family.

Assassin’s Fate – Robin Hobb

An ancient wrong will bring them unlikely and dangerous allies in their quest. And if the corrupt society of Clerres is to be brought down, Fitz and the Fool will have to make a series of profound and fateful sacrifices.

The Massacre of Mankind – Stephen Baxter

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward.

Undercover Princess – Connie Glynn

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Soon, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Successor’s Promise – Trudi Canavan

Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which Qall – the boy Rielle rescued – has grown up among the Travellers, with no memory of the life that was stolen from him. Five years of chaos, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers.

Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman

Thor, Loki, Odin and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers and the crackling, brilliant writing demands to be read aloud around an open fire on a freezing, starlit night.

Username: Uprising – Joe Sugg

Evie and the gang return to face new challenges and resolve the rift between the online and offline world.

The Gunslinger: Dark Tower – Stephen King

Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

Beren and Luthien – J.R.R. Tolkien

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous story, the epic tale of Beren and Luthien will reunite fans with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth. 

The Fever Code – James Dashner

The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and fever rages through the population. Out of the chaos, a boy emerges with the power to change everything: Thomas. This is the start of his story.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Hours before Shaow Moon is released from prison, his wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes to know Shadow and to be king of America.Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA.

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was 5 years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bold to cross half the world in search of it. 

Darien: Empire of Salt – C.F. Iggulden

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.

The Fall of Shannara: The Black Elfstone – Terry Brooks

An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far north. The fate of the world now rests on the shoulders of an exiled druid, a conflicted warrior and a young woman struggling to master a powerful magic.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

 The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire. 

The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North

My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was sixteen years old. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous …

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

Almost a century before A Game of Thrones, two unlikely heroes wandered Westeros… The Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and recollections of the last dragon have not yet passed from living memory…

The City of Mirrors – Justin Cronin

Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future.

Revenger – Alastair Reynolds

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . .

The One – John Marrs

 A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others… 

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

Minecraft: The Island – Max Brooks

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore! 

Hold Back the Stars – Katie Khan

A few years from now, not too far in the future, two people meet. It is a classic story of boy meets girl. Except that it’s not. When we find them, they have an hour and a half left. After that, there’s a chance they won’t survive. 

Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies – Rick Edwards & Dr Michael Brooks

Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks confront all the questions that your favourite movies provoke. Inspired by their award-winning podcast, this popular science book dedicates each chapter to a different sci-fi classic, and wittily explores the fascinating issues that arise.

Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor – Adam Bray

Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted.

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus – Douglas Adams

DON’T PANIC: collected together in the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy are the five titles that comprise Douglas Adams’ wildly popular and wholly remarkable comedy science fiction series, with a special introduction from the author and bonus short story, Young Zaphod Plays It Safe. 

Thin Air – Michelle Paver

The Himalayas, 1935.Kangchenjunga. The sacred mountain. Biggest killer of them all.Five Englishmen set out to conquer it. But courage can only take them so far. And the higher they climb, the darker it gets.

Doctor Who: Tales of Terror

A spine-chilling new collection of twelve illustrated adventures, packed with terrifying Doctor Who monsters and villains, each story stars an incarnation of the Doctor on a brand new adventure in time and space.

Invictus – Ryan Graudin

Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. With nowhere to call home and nothing to anchor him to the present, Far captains a crew on a dangerous mission into the past.When he collides with Eliot – a mysterious, secretive girl, whose very appearance raises questions about time itself

King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.

I Am Traitor – Sif Sigmarsdottir

London has been targeted by extra-terrestrial life; large pipes fall from the sky, sucking teenagers up into a world that is entirely unimaginable. Amy Sullivan surrenders in a quest to save the teenage population. But nobody can prepare her for what’s on the other side of the pipes.

Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures

Profiling 100 of the most beloved episodes since the show first broadcast in 1963, this book is filled with original art from fan artists and professional artists alike, as well as in-depth episode information.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

‘Are you happy in your life?’ Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. 

Night Without Stars – Peter F. Hamilton

The planet Bienvenido is in crisis. It has finally escaped the Void, emerging into regular space. But it’s millions of light-years from Commonwealth assistance, and humans are battling the Fallers for control of their world. 

Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace.

A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

The Blood Mirror – Brent Weeks

Gavin Guille, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken and trapped in a prison crafted by his own magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, he may not be alone.

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13 thoughts on “Our Christmas Top Picks: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

  1. for my dad, it just so happens to be he’s birthday on christmas eve so this would be great to have him feel like he has a full years worth of gifts to keep him occupied and these books are right up his street, becasue he is an awesome dad

  2. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin, Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas, and Successor’s Promise – Trudi Canavan – and being greedy I would also like Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor and The Fall of Shannara: The Black Elfstone – Terry Brooks I am being very greedy!

  3. Wow, that’s a hard choice! I managed to narrow it down to the final three; Successor’s Promise, Stormtroopers Beyond the Armour, Doctor Who Tales of Terror. Honestly, I’d probably take them all if given the choice! Fantastic selection of reading material 🙂

  4. Undercover Princess – Connie Glynn, Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell and Doctor Who Tales of Terror are on my wish list 😀

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