Last November, as part of sci-fi month 2013, I made a list of the Top Ten Sci-Fi books on my TBR. I figured for sci-fi month 2014 it made sense to update that with my progress and also a few new additions.
The 2013 list
In the last year, I’ve read a somewhat pathetic 3 from this list – Ready Player One, Feed and Unwind. I listened to the audiobook of Ready Player One recently (one of my very first audiobook experiments!) and loved both the story and Wil Wheaton’s narration: I’ve recommended it a lot since finishing! I absolutely adored Mira Grant’s Feed – I couldn’t put it down, and the series became an instant favourite. I also really enjoyed Unwind, but I didn’t love it like Ready Player One or Feed.
I did actually reserve both Zenn Scarlett and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep from the library about 3 months ago but they still hadn’t come in for me when I moved out at the beginning of this month!
The New Additions
Well, since I’ve finished three, I needed to bump three more up my list to have a nice round top ten again of course 😉 Like last year, I haven’t included any sequels (look out for those later in the month!). I’m really excited about all three of these, and I actually own two of them already so I’m hoping to get around to those sooner rather than later.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?