Favorites

Looking for something good to read? Here you will find my favorite sci fi/fantasy authors. I’ve listed them in the order I read them. I’ve also broken stand-alone novels and Young Adult series into their own categories.

Series

Jim Butcher: The Dresden Files
It all started with this guy. I hadn’t read any sci fi or fantasy since I was a teenager. Then someone lent me Storm Front and I was hooked. Wizard Harry Dresden is the original urban supernatural detective. The books in this series are funny, action-packed, and filled with vibrant characters.

Jim Butcher: The Codex Alera
The codex tells the story of Tavi, an ordinary boy who lives in a world of people who command the elements. But Tavi’s superpower is his brain! He outthinks and outmaneuvers his enemies again and again. But not without help from his friends. I loved this series.

Simon R. Green: The Nightside
In the parallel world of the Nightside, the sun never shines because it’s always 3 a.m.  John Taylor spends his time in the Nightside solving crimes and hanging out with bizarre characters like Dead Boy, Count Video, and the deadly Shotgun Suzie.

Simon R. Green: The Secret Histories
The Droods are members of an ancient family who protect humanity from evil forces eager to punch into this world. Eddie Drood is the black sheep of the family for several reasons — not the least of which is his romance with the wild witch, Molly Metcalf. But he still wears the family’s signature golden armor, which renders him invincible.

Brandon Sanderson: Mistborn
Something is wrong with the world. The sun never shines and ash continually falls from the sky. In this world, a small group of people possess the talent for allomancy, which enables them to manipulate people and objects by ingesting small amounts of metal. One day a street urchin and an altruistic prince Meet Cute. Next thing you know, they’re conspiring to overthrow the Lord Ruler and fighting a war to end slavery.

Kate Griffin: Matthew Swift
Two years after his murder, sorcerer Matthew Swift wakes up back in his own body on the floor of his old apartment… which now belongs to a stranger. Even more unsettling, Something Else has come back with Matthew and shares his body and mind. Will this help or hinder him in his search for his killer?

Harry Connolly: Twenty Palaces
This world and its characters are much grittier than you typically find in stories about magic. The protagonist, Ray Lily, is an ex-con who serves as an expendable Wooden Man to his boss, Annalise. He helps her track down Predators from other dimensions. If the Predators don’t kill him, Annalise probably will.

Tad Williams: Bobby Dollar
Angel Doloriel defends recently deceased humans as they are judged by representatives of Heaven and Hell. In his corporeal form, he goes by the name Bobby Dollar, and spends his free time getting drunk, pissing people off, and causing more trouble than he can handle.

Tad Williams: Otherland
In this fascinating series, three ordinary people embed themselves in the world’s most sophisticated virtual reality program. They face a series of increasingly dangerous obstacles as they search for something that shouldn’t exist.

Justin Cronin: The Passage Trilogy
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Kevin Hearne: The Iron Druid Chronicles
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Mike Carey: Felix Castor
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Richard Kadry: Sandman Slim
Magical practitioner James Stark got demon-snatched into Hell when he was eighteen years old. Eleven years later, he returns to L.A. to seek revenge on the man who killed his girlfriend. Unfortunately, L.A. is so crappy, Hell is looking better by the day. The writing is equal parts dark and hilarious, and there are guest appearances by God and Lucifer, who aren’t quite what you’d expect.

Patrick Rothfuss: The Kingkiller Chronicles
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Marcus Sakey: The Brilliance Trilogy
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Jeff Carlson: Plague Year
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Ben Winters: The Last Policeman Trilogy
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Hugh Howey: The Silo Saga
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Dan Simmons: The Hyperion Cantos
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Kim Stanley Robinson: The Mars Trilogy
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Mira Grant: Newsflesh
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James S. A. Corey: The Expanse
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Brent Weeks: Night Angel
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Brent Weeks: Lightbringer
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Robert Charles Wilson: Spin
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Robert J. Sawyer: Neanderthal Parallax
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Neal Asher: Spatterjay Books
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Neal Asher: Polity Novels
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Gregory Benford and Larry Niven: Bowl of Heaven Duology
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Kevin J. Anderson: Saga of Shadows
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Vernor Vinge: Zones of Thought
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Margaret Atwood: Oryx and Crake Trilogy
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Marko Kloos: Frontlines
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Joe Halderman: Forever War Trilogy
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Joe Halderman: Marsbound
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Becky Chambers: Wayfarers
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Karl Schroeder: Virga
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Vaughn Heppner: Doom Star
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Vaughn Heppner: Extinction Wars
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Vaughn Heppner: Lost Starship Series
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Peter Clines: Ex-Heroes
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Robert Jackson Bennett: The Divine Cities
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Joe Abercrombie: The First Law Trilogy
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Joshua Dalzelle: Black Fleet Trilogy
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Orson Scott Card: The Ender Quartet
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Terry Goodkind: The Sword of Truth
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Stand Alone

Elizabeth Moon: The Speed of Dark
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Peter Heller: The Dog Stars
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Max Barry: The Company
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Peter Clines: The Fold
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Young Adult

Brandon Sanderson: The Reckoners
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Pierce Brown: The Red Rising Trilogy
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Susan Ee: Penryn & the End of Days
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Richard Phillips: The Rho Agenda
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Rick Yancy: The Fifth Wave
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Marion G. Harmon: Wearing the Cape
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Karen Thompson Walker: The Age of Miracles (stand-alone).
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