Science Fiction/Fantasy for the Summer

Here are a few recommended summer reads in the science fiction and fantasy genres. I chose the first three for the weather theme:

To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis-Time travelers must search in Victorian and WWII England for a missing bishop’s bird stump. (Don’t know what that is? You have to read the book to find out. Trust me, it’s a priceless description.) A fun read that does feature a few Victorian summer activities. I love this book so much I own it in both paper and eBook formats.

The Snow Queen/The Summer Queen, by Joan Vinge–The politics of a planet shift with the seasons, or at least they’re supposed to. But the Snow Queen has plans to continue her reign…Unfortunately, it looks as though The Snow Queen is out of print. It’s still a good read if you can find it.

Brood of Bones/Fox’s Bride/Gravity’s Revenge by A.E. Marling–For another series with hot and cold settings, visit the Lands of Loam. The second book is set in an analogue of ancient Egypt, and the third takes place during a blizzard at a magic school.

Forged in Blood II–This book, the finale of Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series, is slated to come out in August. While the series doesn’t have a weather motif like the other books, it’s a fun mix of steampunk, action, and humor. Plus, Lindsay ended Forged in Blood I on a cliffhanger that’ll send me straight to the next book as soon as it’s available.

Lyon’s Legacy/Twinned Universes–Admittedly my books aren’t set during the summer, but I can’t resist mentioning them since they’re part of the Smashwords summer sale. You can get both of them for 50% off with the coupon SSW50 through July 31.

Do you have a science fiction or fantasy book that you think is a good summer read? Recommend it in the comments!

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