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John DeNardo on 31 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books You Should Read in July

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 | Posted by John ONeill

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Over at Kirkus Reviews, John Denardo has a regular monthly book column. For July he mixes things up a bit by recommending a book for every single day of the month.

I am constantly in awe at the vast number of books that are published every month. July alone sees the publication of several hundred speculative fiction titles vying for your reading time. It can thus be a daunting task for readers to find their way to the best of them. That’s where I come in. Every month, I sift through the vast number of speculative titles and pick out the ones that deserve your attention…

In Emily Skrutskie’s intriguing Hullmetal Girls, the path to a better life (or at least the money to buy one) may be volunteering to become a mechanically-enhanced soldier called a Scela. That’s what Aisha Un-Haad decides to do to raise the money she needs for her brother’s medical treatment. In the Fleet is where Aisha meets Key Tanaka, a Scela with only fuzzy memories of her former, well-to-do, pre-Scela life. Both women from disparate backgrounds must work together if they are to challenge the pending rebellion… There’s also Micah Yongo’s Lost Gods, a dark fantasy in which a young assassin named Neythan finds himself hunted by his assassin brothers and sisters when he is framed for the murder of his closest friend. Neythan’s journey will lead to him learning the true nature of his revered assassin brotherhood… I said it before and I’ll say it again: Short fiction rocks. July is stuffed so full of short fiction, you won’t know where to start. I do… check out From the Depths: and Other Strange Tales of the Sea edited by Mike Ashley.

Hullmetal Girls is available in hardcover from Delacorte Press (320 pages, $17.99, July 17). Lost Souls is from our friends at Angry Robot (448 pages, $12.99 in trade paperback, July 3, 2018). From the Depths is part of the Tales of the Weird library from British Library Publishing (320 pages, £8.99/$12.50 US, July 19, 2018). Check out John DeNardo’s complete list of July recs here.

7 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the signal boost!

    Also: August’s list went live today. More books! 😉

    https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/augusts-best-science-fiction-fantasy-books/

    Comment by John D. - August 1, 2018 12:12 pm

  2. I can’t read that many books in a month! Plus I read other genres and non-fiction and once in a while go into the garden or for a walk in the woods, or to the market, or…

    Whew. Still, it’s good to have articles and lists like this. Keep ’em coming.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - August 1, 2018 12:45 pm

  3. Well. I just put eight (8) more books on my hold list at the library. That makes a total of over 20 and I have 5 sitting here now I’m trying to get read through. I know, it’s a good problem to have, but I have a house full of books of my own and many are unread. It seems the faster I read, the be hinder I get.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - August 1, 2018 1:11 pm

  4. Thanks John! Keep the great lists coming!

    Comment by John ONeill - August 2, 2018 10:20 am

  5. > I know, it’s a good problem to have, but I have a house full of books of my own and many are unread.

    R.K,

    At least you’re getting some reading done. What’s the best novel you read in July?

    Comment by John ONeill - August 2, 2018 10:21 am

  6. Non-fiction: Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
    Fantasy: Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
    SF: The Psychotecnic Stories, vol 2 and 3 by Poul Anderson

    note: I’m still waiting for the third book in Sullivan’s series

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - August 2, 2018 12:00 pm

  7. By the way, the Sullivan was the only fantasy I read in July, so it wins by default.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - August 2, 2018 3:40 pm


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