There were lots of books I didn’t get through in 2015, even though they were on my to read list. On the top of the pile for the new year are:
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
One of the most popular science fiction novels in China, I hope that the Cultural Revolution background story for this novel will be the driver for some really serious political science fiction. If it’s The Dispossessed meets Red Mars, like I am hoping… I will be very happy indeed. The second novel in this series sounds even better.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
For the simple reason that I have never read anything by Kate Atkinson, but believe she is quirky and interesting. Reincarnation, here, takes the place of my usual go-to (time travel) as a tool for exploring history, so hopefully Atkinson is an author that I can recommend to people who like Connie Willis (and vice versa).
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Ever since I heard Geordie Williamson do a speedy but passionate ‘back of the cigarette packet’ push for Faber at an event back in 2014, I have had this novel on my mind. The premise alone reminds me of one of my favourite reads, The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and can’t wait to see if my instinct is right there, or if it is in fact possible to write an entirely different kind of novel about an evangelical mission to another planet.
A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists by Jane Rawson
My mother suggested this book to me after she finished reading Station Eleven on my recommendation. Most of my post apocalyptic imaginings since my rising teen obsession with post-civilisation societies have been antipodean, and it’s nice that other people have been imagining likewise and these are now readily available for me to devour.
The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall
A fictional account of the reintroduction of wild wolves in the UK? Wolves, English Gentry and Country Estates, Female Scientist Protagonist, Returning home to family ghosts? What’s not to love?