Still looking for a good summer read? Here are lists of some sci-fi/fantasy books you might have missed, courtesy of library volunteers for the MIT Science Fiction Society. I asked them for two categories of books: recently published novels destined to become classics and overlooked gems. The term “overlooked” proved somewhat controversial—how ignored does a book have to be? And obviously these are subjective opinions. Regardless, there might be some books here you have yet to enjoy. And please, share your picks for must-read books in the comments.
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Books by Ken MacLeod and Charlie Stross
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach
The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Anything by Martha Wells
The following were of questionable “overlooked” status:
Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh
Anything by Iain Banks
The Dragon Waiting : A Masque of History by John M. Ford
Heroics for Beginners by John Moore
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Carve the Sky by Alexander Jablokov
Looking for more books? Read reviews on the MITSFS site.