Favorite speculative fiction of 2011

(These are books that I read in 2011, but were not necessarily released in 2011.)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness
From my review: “I know I’m gushing, but I don’t know how else to get across how much I adored this book. It has so many of my favorite things: an academic setting; the study of history; elements of the paranormal; spine-tingling creepiness in parts; descriptions of wine that had my mouth watering; a plot that kept me turning page after page long after I should be doing something else; and, of course, a delicious, ages-enduring romance. Bottom line: read this book.”

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
From my review: “Onye’s story is a story of magic, of love, of being a woman. it’s the story of a mother’s amazing love for a daughter conceived in the most horrific circumstances; the story of true love that surpasses all; of finding and fulfilling one’s destiny in the face of insurmountable odds. Through Onye’s story, the author deals with racism, prejudice, and sexual discrimination. Onye is an amazingly strong young woman, full of passion for her world and a desire to stop the horrors being committed in the name of a religion that feeds prejudice and hatred.”

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
From my review: “Reading To Say Nothing of the Dog was the most literary fun I’ve had in a long time. If you haven’t already given Willis a try, what on earth are you waiting for?”

Blackout by Connie Willis
All Clear by Connie Willis
I didn’t review these, because I read them as part of a read-along and so all my thoughts were on the read-along posts. These are brilliant – and must be read back-to-back. A perfect combination of science fiction and historical fiction. Connie Willis is my hero.

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13 Responses to Favorite speculative fiction of 2011

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I haven’t read any of these, but that’s not surprising – that’s not my favorite genre.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – that’s okay – spec fiction isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. 🙂

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Argh! Connie Willis! Must read more of her!

  3. Jo-Jo says:

    The only one that I have heard of is A Discovery of Witches. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

  4. Sherry Early says:

    Oh, I love Connie Willis, too. You might like her book Passage, too. It’s not as good as the ones you listed above, but it’s still pretty good.

  5. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    A Discovery of Witches is one of my favourites and I loved To Say Nothing of the Dog when I read it last year. I really need to get back to her and read Doomsday Book.

  6. Kathleen says:

    I need to give Willis a try!

  7. Kailana says:

    A Discovery of Witches is one of my favourites, too. 🙂