Favorite speculative fiction of 2013

I read these books in 2013, but they were not necessarily published in 2013. The quotes are from my reviews, which are linked in the titles.

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte: “City of Dark Magic is as bizarre as it sounds, and as much fun as you could imagine. I loved the characters, the romance, and the setting. The city of Prague is revealed in all its mysterious history and splendor, and Sarah’s experiences there make for fantastic reading. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book two.”

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan: “There is much to ponder in this book: faith and science; morality and discovery; love and loyalty; perception and reality; greed and honor. And in the midst of all of these issues, you’ve got a fascinating love story and an honorable man that made me long for a simpler time. This is a book I won’t forget any time soon.”

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: “This book is a complete mind-twister, in the best possible way. I could not stop reading. You would think that a book that continually repeats earlier scenes would get boring, but Atkinson is a pure genius.”

London Falling by Paul Cornell: “The idea of a hidden world lurking just outside our sight isn’t new, but Cornell gives it a particularly London flavor, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The villain they are pursuing is truly terrifying, the setting is brilliantly rendered, and the story had one twist that had me gasping out loud. While this story stands alone, the epilogue definitely indicates that Cornell is hoping to make this a series. If so, I look forward to reading the next one.”

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma: “This book has just about everything you can imagine: romance, adventure, science fiction, literary references, etc. Definitely a page-turner and a complete delight to read.”

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14 Responses to Favorite speculative fiction of 2013

  1. Kailana says:

    I loved Life After Life!

  2. M Light says:

    I loved the City of Dark Magic! My daughter (home from college) is reading it right now. I was happy to find the sequel at my favorite local bookstore, and I got it for my son for Christmas. I’m going to go look up the other ones and put them on my Goodreads list. 🙂

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    That’s not my favorite genre so it’s not surprising I’ve only read one book on your list.

  4. ibeeeg says:

    Great list; added a couple listed to. My to-read list.
    London Falling is intriguing me the most and then The Curiosity.

  5. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I really need to read Magnus Flyte! I know I’d love the books.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – the first one was a lot of fun, and I have the second one on my to-review shelf. 🙂

  6. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    When I opened this post, I figured it was just for kicks because I don’t really like speculative fiction. But I DID read Life After Life and I loved it. I don’t think I even knew it was in that genre! Haha!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I really think you would like The Curiosity, too. It’s heavy on story, characters, and writing – the science fiction is just the framework. And you read dystopian, right? Dystopian is part of speculative fiction – basically it just covers every genre with something that’s outside of real life, whether it’s futuristic, paranormal, or fantasy.

  7. These are all books I want to read. Ho hum. I had been hoping to get to London Falling and Dark City Magic this past year, but I wasn’t able to. Hopefully this year. I used some of my B&N gift card to get Life After Life and The Curiosity.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – I think you will enjoy both of those. I still think about The Curiosity a lot. I hope he writes something else soon.