LynC suggested the recent Garth Nix, The Left-handed Booksellers of London, or if we were looking for an interesting mystery series, The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel: Written in Dead Wax (2016); The Run-Out Groove (2017);
Victory Disc (2018);
Flip Back (2019);
Low Action (2020)
& Attack and Decay (2022)
Jane Routley noted she was really enjoying P Djèlí Clark’s A Master of Djinn, the novel set in an alternative Cairo, following on from the novellas Dead Djinn in Cairo and The Haunting of Tram Car 015.
Kate Treloar picked a classic:
E M Forster’s The Machine Stops
Ruth Jenkins suggested The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield and the alternate history collection Sideways in Crime edited by Lou Anders
Adam Jenkins mentioned
The Lifecycle of Software
Objects by Ted Chiang, but
chose the manga ōsō no
Furīren, “Frieren of the
Funeral” as consistent good
Beata Sznajder considered Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente, but recommended Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes.
Andrew Vincent considered graphic novels: he mentioned Saga, but thought the story overly long, and preferred Rat Queens.
Jocko suggested Hail Mary by Andy Weir.
Jeff Harris talked about time travel invasions: Invasion from 2500 by Norman Edwards (a pseudonym for Ted White and Terry Carr) from 1964,
and Clifford Simak’s Our Children’s Children (1974),
but settled enthusiastically
on Ken MacLeod’s Selkie Summer (2020).
Roman suggested the second of the Johannes Cabal novels by Jonathan L Forward, Johannes Cabal — The Detective, from 2010. He was reminded of the series about a necromancer when he listened to an audio-book (Blustery Day) of short stories about Cabal.
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, 2009
Johannes Cabal the Detective, 2010
Johannes Cabal: The Fear
The Brothers Cabal, 2014
Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer, 2015 (collection)
The Fall of The House of Cabal, 2016