2020 Sci-fi / Fantasy Reading
This year for me was overall lighter on sci-fi and fantasy books, and heavier on sequels and continuations.
Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. 2020 Hugo award winner / Best Novel
Enjoyed this quite a bit. A good story with some barbarians visiting Rome vibes, and multiple layered threads and characters reflecting on the nature of identity.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. 2020 Hugo award nominee / Best Novel
Necromancy in space, a murder mystery / puzzle box, and sisterhood. I found the setting and relationship delightful and original.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. 2019 Hugo award nominee.
Diné-themed urban fantasy. Damaged heroine recovering from loss. Trail is fresh. The sequel Storm of Locusts is also good.
These are books 16 and 17 in Butcher’s “The Dresden Files” series. Pure entertainment but also pure sequels.
Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Book 3 of this series. Empire, politics, deep nature vs. nurture debates playing against eugenics vs. empire, weird cancer whales. Enjoyable, but not quite at the level of its preceding novels.
Popcorn space opera in a disintegrating empire (reminiscent of Hyperion). Enjoyable and fun, though there was a touch of deus ex machina I didn’t love.
The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
Light-hearted lovecraftian horror-fantasy in The Laundry Files set in the present day.