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Sci-Fi Month 2016: Favorites of 2016

SciFi Month 2016

2016 was the year I really got into adult science fiction and found quite a few new favorites (both new to me authors and books). I still hope to read a bunch of great book this month (and in December) but I’ve already got enough titles to make a favorites list of the year. (These are books I’ve read this year, not just titles released this year)

Good stuff you should read too

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Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
Fierce girl in a space ship in danger of a female space pirate. Need to know anything else? I think not!

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
This is a book you all need to pre-order because ASDHSFKJDLGKDFG SO GOOD! It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before and not very science-y but really good in its very unique way.

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
Morning Star was a little predictable at times but still got my pulse racing and was a great conclusion to the trilogy. Now give me that spin-off series please!

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The Lives of Tao (Tao #1) by Wesley Chu
You can read my full review of The Lives of Tao but in short: this book doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it’s both hilarious and entertaining and I love that they have plans to adapt it for TV.

Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi
This is the first book ever that I read which was from the POV of an old man and it was hilarious. Love Scalzi’s humor and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The Fold by Peter Clines
Me loving this book is kind of a surprise because the characters were rather meh and characters are important, even THE most important part for me. The science part was just too good not to like it though.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Not gonna lie, this book is HIGHLY predictable BUT still addictive AF, I don’t even know why. I could have easily read this in one sitting, it was that good.

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
If you’re looking for diverse scifi, read this one. Too bad it’s only short fiction. Definitely made me want to read more by Okorafor.

The Warren by Brian Evenson
Very, VERY weird short story that prompts more questions than it answers them, which I really loved, as weird as that sounds.

Very pleasing to the ear

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Lock In by John Scalzi
Okay, I actually still regret (and forever will) that I didn’t read this as a book first because of the main character not having a gender which I obviously didn’t notice when listening to the audiobook. This is still an AMAZING audiobook though and Will Wheaton is one of my favorite narrators. 

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
Yep, yet another Scalzi book, but THIS BOOK IS NARRATED BY ZACHARY QUINTO! The story is great too though and I hope there’ll be more set in this world.

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff Vandermeer
This one was weird AF and that’s pretty much why I liked it a lot. I don’t remember much though, to be honest, and I’ll probably never read the sequels (which aren’t as good anyway from what I’ve heard), but it’s worth reading as a standalone. Just be prepared for being confused throughout the whole book. (Only recommending this as an audiobook. I think reading it would be quite boring)

Comic-Zone of epic proportions

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Saga Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Saga was the first comic I read before I started to get into them and I still love it as much as way back when I read the first Volume. 

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 4 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
This was my favorite volume up to date and I was so glad we’re back to the original art because man, Vol.3 was the absolute worst.

Paper Girls Vol. 1+2 by Brian K. Vaughan,  Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson
I had no idea what I was getting into when I read the first issue of Paper Girls and I certainly didn’t expect it be scifi but SO HERE FOR THAT. Both story arcs were great and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

What are your favorite scifi reads of 2016? Have you read any of these too?