Last week, like most of the MW regulars, I was at Dragon Con, an experience which–much as I love it—is thoroughly overwhelming: the tracks, the stars, the costumes, the events, the people…
And the books.
I had a moment in the dealer room, standing at the Larry Smith bookseller booth where, confronted by all those slick and stylish covers, I felt that particular blend of elation and ignorance.
I often feel these two at cons; there’s just so much stuff there I know nothing about, much of it intriguing, even thrilling, but all of it pointing an accusatory finger as if to demand what on earth I have been doing that has left me so little time for this.
Or all of those.
So I’m gazing at this wall of books, aghast at how few I’ve even heard of, let alone read, and I’m feeling that rising sense of panic that I’m missing crucial stories, characters and worlds, and just don’t know where to start, when it occurs to me that cons are full of like minded (or near enough) people and I figure I should just ask around.
Which is where you come in. MW is, after all, a bit like our own semi private convention, so where better to pick brains (in the non zombie sense,) than here?
So tell me: what is your favorite spec fic book published within the last 5 years and why? I need to add to my TBR pile.
I realize this looks a bit on the lazy side, so I’m going to ask not for lists but for one title only per comment with a short (50 word) explanation of the choice, in the hope that the conversation will generate more than just statements of taste. Show me the basis of your judgment and sell me on why I should move your choice right to the top of my list.
That’s all. I know: can’t believe I managed to write an MW post that was under a thousand words…
Over to you and thanks in advance for the suggestions.