The following are my recommendations for the easiest, and best gift of all — books.
…. Can you tell I’m the sort of person who enjoyed getting Barnes and Noble gifts cards growing up?
A solid alternate history with enough conspiracy theories to make Umberto Eco happy. You can read my review of the latest book here. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes science, or politics, or alternate history.
Good for juveniles, SF fans, and possibly fans of fantasy. And if you’re a political junkie, you should certainly consider giving these as a gift. Or buying them for yourself.
Great for anyone who consumes any urban fantasy. Unless they read Anita Blake novels for the porn, in which case, they might be disappointed. Personally, I think they may make for solid YA-safe reading … but then again, I was the kid who saw Die Hard at ten years old, so please read these before giving them to the pre-teen crowd. Let’s call them PG-13, tops.
My review is here, but I recommend just buying it if and when you can. And handing it out as gifts to anyone who reads Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind (seriously, what is it with the first name Terry and writing fantasy?)
I’m almost certain this this YA-safe, though the Die Hard warning is above.
A cop with saintly powers has been found out by a serial killer possessed by a demon. What does the demon want? How can it be stopped? And how do you do prosecute?
This one is straight horror. If you’re a fan of horror, or dark urban fantasy, knock yourself out.
Murder in the Vatican!
As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope’s latest project is to make Pius XII, “Hitler’s Pope,” a saint. Things haven’t gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.
Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.
Mercenaries, spies, beautiful women, international intrigue and ancient secrets – The Pius Trilogy has it all!
How to make a thriller.
Step one, kidnap the Pope.
Step two, put him on trial for war crimes.
Step three, the only man who can save him has been kidnapped as well.
Making the war on God a lot more literal.
- Over two dozen terrorists
- Two exploding Christmas trees
- And a Boston Pops concert.
This isn’t the first time I’ve done this post. And books are forever.
And no, I’m not going to only talk about my books.
For anyone who really wanted Firefly to be good, this should be your cup of tea. Heck, for fans of: Firefly, David Weber, early David Weber, and people who would be really entertained by protagonists in an SF novel doing their calculations by slide rule.
John C Wright
For adults only, really…or any mature 12 year old, like I was. I don’t care in what format you buy it, but you owe it to yourself to buy at least one copy for yourself, though I recommend buying half a dozen, just so you can immediately hand out copies to your friends. Review here
Perfect for anyone who likes SF mysteries, mild dystopias, and Terry Pratchett. As far as I’m concerned, if Rob Kroese wants to keep putting out books about Erasmus Keane for the rest of his life, I’ll happily use him as a substitute for Sir Terry Pratchett. (Review Here)
For anyone who sees the USA falling to fascism, but also sees some small hope in our future. A Dystopia that doesn’t make you want to slit your wrists. Yay. (Review here)
Ann M Lewis
If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know that I loved this one, and I can’t possibly recommend it enough…. and then there’s The Watson Chronicles, which is even better. The only books I will recommend over my own, and I’m told my books are pretty awesome, so, yeah…
The Book of Helen — dang, this was a kickass little novel. The West Wing meets the Trojan war, this novel goes beyond the “they all lived strangely ever after” of Helen of Troy, and follows the rest of her life after she came home from Troy. Yes, Helen did have an “after Troy.” You know the mythology, and now, this is the rest of the story.
Black Tide Rising — For those people who hate zombies … you can like this, at the very least.
Ordinance 93: I’ve reviewed this book (on Amazon), I’ve interviewed this author back when Examiner.com still existed. Ordinance 93 is a thriller that sort-of centers around abortion, but is mostly a fun chase novel. I’d actually like the next one to come up.
Infinite Space, Infinite God II …. a Catholic scifi-anthology, so, yeah…fun.
Stealing Jenny, by Ellen Gable: After 5 miscarriages, Jenny is about to have a pregnancy come to full term… until a psychotic woman kidnaps her and chains her in her basement with the intention of taking the child for her own. I liked this one.
Amy Lynn and Amy Lynn: Golden Angel. Just buy them. Read them. The first one could be dark YA. The second … yeah, for adults only. One’s a solid novel, the second one is a solid thriller. Just go with me on this one, okay?
Night Machines by Kia Heavey …. this one was interesting. Almost Doctor Who-ish by way of Rod Serling.
And, of course, there is an endless list of books I can recommend, which happen to be a different tab at the top of the page — includes Flynn, Ringo, Weber, Thor, etc, etc.
And the same for everything I talked about for the 2018 Dragon Awards …. no, I didn’t put links in the Dragon Award FINALISTS this year, but if you want to look, click here for that list.
That should cover a fairly wide net.
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Good luck with shopping, everyone.
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