I remember first reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang and being utterly amazed and blown away by it. I must have told lots of people about it and leant it out….and bought it again because I forgot who now had it
So, it’s the world as we know it, but suddenly people start losing their shadows (yes, physics etc, just go with it). But then they start losing their memories. And because they can’t remember things, they start to misremember things into reality. Like alligators that are the size of cruise ships, guns that fire lightening, or that you can’t actually talk to animals.
So instead of giving last minute Christmas ideas for the books I’ve read this year, I’m going to give the top 5 series to introduce the sci-fi and fantasy fans in your life. Because why only enjoy one book when you can enjoy many!
To call it well written would be an insult. It’s brilliant. It’s a compulsive read – which in other circumstances could be trying to other authors given the range of subjects covered, papers mentioned, people interviewed. The narrative is so beautifully crafted that its easily one of the most accessible and fascinating non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time.
American War is Omar El Akkad’s first (first!) novel and about 50% through reading it, I wasn’t sure if my heart would be able to take anymore. But the characters and the story were just too compelling that I got pulled back every time I tried to put it down. I finally blitzed the last 40% or so …
A Conjuring of Light is the the third and final book in the Shades of Magic Series by V E Schwab.
Connie gets trapped in a mental institution but has started to escape to the future with Luciente – however it’s important that Connie fights her real world battles so Luciente’s future can exist at all.