The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season is an amazing book. It’s set on a post-apocalyptic earth that’s plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events called “Fifth Seasons” that keep people always on alert. The evidence of past civilizations litters the planet — ruined cities, incomplete ‘stonelore’ handed down from …

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem is hard science fiction, in that there’s a lot of science involved. I don’t know where I originally heard about it, probably some “best of sci-fi translations” list, but it’s won a fair number of awards and is thoroughly enjoyable. It’s also hard to talk about without …

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Dave McKean (Reading level: Ages 9-12) I just finished The Graveyard Book, and no one warned me. No one told me how attached I would become to the graveyard residents and Bod’s life there that I would end up crying when Bod …