2017 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2017-published works, which people have read and recommend to other Filers.

There will be no tallying of recommendations done in this thread; its purpose is to provide a source of recommendations for people who want to find something to read which will be Hugo-eligible next year.

You don’t have to stop recommending works in Pixel Scrolls, please don’t! But it would be nice if you also post here, to capture the information for other readers.

The Suggested Format for posts is:

  • Title, Author, Published by / Published in (Anthology, Collection, Website, or Magazine + Issue)
  • Hugo Category: (Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Related Work, Graphic Novel, etc)
  • link (if available to read/view online)
  • optional “Brief, spoiler-free description of story premise:”
  • optional “What I liked and didn’t like about it:”
  • (Please rot-13 any spoilers.)

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56 thoughts on “2017 Recommended SF/F List

  1. Jacqueline Carey’s Miranda and Caliban (novel, Tor Books) is a prequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest that merges into the events of the play in the last few chapters. It’s a sad and convincing version of the story, and I found it well worth reading, though it isn’t really what I want in a Hugo contender. I stopped after a couple of chapters to revisit The Tempest, and concluded it wasn’t necessary to appreciate the book.

    It’s on my possibles list for now, and if it’s displaced it’ll be for intangibles.

  2. Martha Wells’ tor.com novella All Systems Red arrived Tuesday and I finished it Wednesday. Fun was had. I enjoyed the narrator and its humans – the book is stuffed full of potential for touching moments of cyborg-human connections, which would happen in a different book and don’t in this one.

    It’s on the list for now, it may well stay there, and I’ll definitely tune in for future installments.

  3. I finished Six Wakes and I highly recommend it. At first I suffered a lot from the Eight Deadly Words up until about page 80, which I get isn’t a glowing recommendation, but it’s totally worth hanging with and as a mystery sticks the landing real well.

  4. City of Miracles, by Robert Jackson Bennett

    Novel, third book in a series

    Comments: This book vastly exceeded my expectations. While I was a big fan of the first book in this series, I thought the second one, while still enjoyable, wasn’t as good. And then, the only things I had heard about this one before I picked it up was that my favorite character is dead, and the main character would be someone who I thought wouldn’t really work in a leading role. I figured I’d enjoy it but probably not think it was fantastic or anything. I was wrong. It was fantastic. Highly recommended to anyone who liked City of Stairs.

  5. @Kyra —

    City of Miracles, by Robert Jackson Bennett

    Glad to hear that. I liked the first two a lot, and I’m dying to find out more about Sigrud.

  6. I just finished Mishell Baker’s Phantom Pains, the sequel to Borderline. We learn a lot more about Arcadia in this one, and more of the Project outside LA. I’m not sure if it will stick to my Hugo ballot, depending on how many eligibles I read. However, I read it straight through, enjoyed it, and will be back for further installments in the series.

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