My favorite speculative fiction of 2010

(These are speculative fiction titles that I read in 2010, but were not necessarily released in 2010.)

The Passage by Justin Cronin

From my review: “This is an epic story, with multiple points-of-view, a intricately layered plot, and amazing characters whom I came to love. It’s got so much going on – you’ve got FBI agents, a nun from Sierra Leone, a little girl who talks to animals, vampires (yes, the virals are vampires, but don’t let that stop you from reading – the rest of this review, or, the book :) ), dystopian societies, a little romance, epic battles, blood, babies, psychic old ladies, armies, cabins in the woods, RPGs, and an atomic bomb.”

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

From my review: “I loved Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells when I read it earlier this year, and I remember someone told me that The Sugar Queen was even better. Whoever you are, you were right – this is a fantastic book. Allen takes contemporary women’s fiction, adds a bit of romance, some comedy, a dash of the whimsical, and throws in magic, and the result is a truly delightful read.”

Soulless by Gail Carriger
Changeless by Gail Carriger

From my review of Soulless: “Part Oscar Wilde comedy of manners, part Victorian romance, part steampunk, and part vampire/werewolf fantasy – this was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and Alexia is one of my new favorite heroines.”

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15 Responses to My favorite speculative fiction of 2010

  1. Nicole
    Twitter: nicolebo
    says:

    Glad that you were one of the ones who enjoyed The Passage. Still sitting on my shelf unread, but I do want to get to it.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Nicole – the size makes The Passage intimidating, I know! By the way, after your and Jen’s reviews, I just ordered The Sherlockian. :)

  2. I haven’t read any of these, but I just love the cover of Soulless.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I’m reading book three in that series right now and it’s just as delightful!

  3. I haven’t read the second two, but of course as I usually go with your recommendations, I’ll be getting to them this coming year!

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I spent a big chunk of my summer listening to The Passage, and I liked it fine. It got on my nerves a little bit, but yes, I will be reading the next one in the series!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I just hope I remember anything about book one by the time book two comes out!

  5. Rebecca Rasmussen
    Twitter: thebirdsistersgmail.com
    says:

    The Sugar Queen sounds great! You always give me such great books to add to my list! Thank you :)

  6. Robin
    Twitter: robnmccormack
    says:

    The Passage is in my tbr pile waiting to be read. At this point, 2011 is full of chunksters.

  7. Kathleen says:

    I took The Passage on my camping trip with me this summer and didn’t read it like I planned. And I still haven’t read this one. I guess the time for this one hasn’t happened yet but I’m sure it will in 2011!