Fresh FIction Box Not To Miss

Heather Long | Shelf Wars: Science Fiction and Fantasy Strike Back

September 9, 2009

My husband and I share similar tastes in books. Granted, he likes some authors that I just can’t get into and vice versa. But our last few trips to the bookstore haven’t been fruitful for him. Why? Because the plethora of urban fantasy and paranormal romance seem to have staged a coup on the science fiction and fantasy shelves of the bookstore.

This is not to slight these wonderful books, not at all. For I am a huge fan not only of reading them, but of writing them. But my husband is floundering his way through the section looking for some solid science fiction in the flavor of David Weber‘s original Honor Harrington book: On Basilisk Station or Peter F. Hamilton‘s universe spanning Reality Dysfunction.

For pure fantasy, he’s still enjoying Jim Butcher‘s Codex Alera series (which I have to confess, I haven’t started reading yet!) I love Jim’s Dresden books and my husband does too, but I’ve not been as into the high fantasy in a while. Luckily, I have the whole series on the shelf so far, so when I do get to reading it, I will have it.

So, here is my dilemma. Finding the kind of books my husband is so desperately searching for. His birthday is next month and our anniversary is at the beginning of October. As mentioned, we’re heading to Disney World (yes, we love the fantasy of that) for vacation in just three short weeks (I cannot wait!) and I want to surprise him with some good books for him to read.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to recommend some solid fantasy and/or science fiction books that my husband might enjoy. You have to avoid Arthurian or Star Trek or Star Wars. He does like the Doctor Who novels, but I think we’re only up to the Martha books so far and The Story of Martha is high on my list of books to buy.

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One Comment

  • Molly Liddie July 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    For awhile,I thought i was worried Star Trek was a dying franchise. Then JJ Abrams came along. Good touch. The scene with kid Kirk was a tad too quirky in the movie, although it was very hot in the movie trailer. Star Trek XI breathed new life into this much loved Roddenberry universe. I’d like to see all of this Enterprise cast returning for extra outings. I was raised with the classic series. Heck, my pops got us a color Television just so we could look at Star Trek every single Friday night. Now, I’m stuck on these new characters. In MHO, they’ve breathed life to their characters and made them their very own. I, personally, am looking towards more.