Get Out of the Chill & Into a Wild World

It’s starting to get cold out there – leaves are falling, breath floats in the air. To be honest, it’s already snowed in my neck of the woods, only to be melted the next day. It’s sweater weather, the kind that just requires you to curl up next to a fireplace or under a blanket to get in some great reading time. 

If you’re feeling cold and aren’t too excited about the chilly days to come, here are a couple of great reads that will distract you with wild stories and characters you’ll get lost in.

Chocolate + Aliens = A Good Time

Free Chocolate, by Amber Royer (Published by Angry Robot)

Free Chocolate is everything I could have wanted and more, complete with intricate and dramatic characters, dozens of twisting plot lines that lead to a slam-bang finish, and an absurd resource at the center of all the drama: chocolate. Say the words “Space Opera” and I’m there with the popcorn, ready for the ride. This is an outstanding debut novel in a universe I can’t wait to dive deeper into.

Eager Explorers & An Almost War

Gate Crashers, by Patrick Tomlinson (Published by Tor)

Tomlinson has mastered science fiction humor with Gate Crashers, pairing witty one-liners with a strong story to create a wild ride you’ll want a ticket for. If you’re looking for a delightful, hilarious romp through space, complete with alien races and a robust cast of characters, this is the book for you. It definitely made me chuckle, watching our brightest (and not-so-brightest) try to secure our place in a universe filled with all manner of advanced societies.

The Wildest Ride of them All

Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Published by Saga Press)

The best way I could describe Space Opera is with a simple math equation: Douglas Adams x 10 + Speed. The book shoots out of the starting gate and shows such startling imagination and speculative depth that it’s nigh impossible to keep up with everything happening. In the face of such originality and inventiveness, it’s hard not to stare in awe of an author able to put so much into 294 pages.

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Author: Jacob Olson

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