I read what the Locusts tell me to – 2022 Locus Online Recommended Reading List –

Ok, so I don’t read them all because it is a large list, but I’m always excited when the Locus Online Recommended Reading List gets published.

If you’re unfamiliar, I’ll let them explain:

We are so pleased to share this list of excellent fiction! Published in Locus magazine’s February 2023 issue, the list is assembled by Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and well-known critics of genre fiction and non-fiction. We looked at 982 titles from 2022 in short fiction and long fiction. The final recommendations, trimmed down to a somewhat reasonable-length list, are our best recommendations for your consideration.

Lots of books on that list, and I’ve even read a handful.

Here are the ones I’ve already read:

  • The Spare Man, Mary Robinette Kowal: I read this book and then I watched “The Thin Man,” which partly inspired the novel. The movie was very good!
  • Eversion, Alastair Reynolds: This book is great. So great that I suggested people gift it for Christmas.
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society, John Scalzi: A fun popcorn read. Won’t take you long, and you won’t have to think much.
  • The Grief of Stones, Katherine Addison: I love this series so much and would like more right now.
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang: We’re going to talk about this on an Incomparable podcast (reading tomorrow as I write this). I really enjoyed this book, and it does make you think (subtle it is not).
  • The Cartographers, Peng Shepherd: As I said in my review, I enjoyed this book though the mystery is laughable.
  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree: I just finished reading this the other day! It is very cozy and very sweet.
  • The Genesis of Misery, Neon Yang: I had no idea where this book was going, but I enjoyed the ride.
  • Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi: This was well written and depressingly plausible.

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