2018 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2018-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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305 thoughts on “2018 Recommended SF/F List

  1. Lorien Gray: The Only Harmless Great Thing

    Thank you for saying this; it didn’t work for me, either, and I figured it was just me. Neither of the past finalists “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” nor “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies” worked for me, either. I figure that this author’s work is just Not For Me.

  2. Best Related

    The Good Place: The Podcast, found here

    “Holy motherforking shirtballs! This is the official podcast for NBC’s The Good Place. We don’t care how many points you have, subscribe and you’ll get weekly behind-the-scenes stories, episode insights and anecdotes. Hosted by actor Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) with a rotating slate of co-hosts and special guests, including actors, writers, producers and more, this podcast takes a deep dive into everything on- and off-screen.”

    I’m recommending this in Best Related due to its being the official show podcast and to my mind not a Fancast. Anyone who likes behind-the-scenes stories will find this podcast interesting. Fans of The Thrilling Adventure Hour will know Marc Evan Jackson as Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars and he brings a similar humor to this podcast.

  3. @Cora Buhlert: I see you have Tess of the Road on your longlist. I read it and quite enjoyed it, but I am confused as to why it’s considered YA. Yes, the protagonist is technically under 18, but beyond that it seems quite adult. I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on what makes it YA.

  4. @Lorien Gray
    Largely because it has been marketed as YA and first came to my attention via reviews as a YA book to check out. Maybe it’s also because it is the sequel to Seraphina, which was also marketed as YA. Though Tess of the Road is certainly the sort of book that would have been marketed as just plain fantasy twenty or thirty years ago.

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