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Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« on: April 09, 2020, 04:42:17 AM »
Sooooo.

I've been out of the SF/F loop for about 5 years now. Looking to break back in after I graduate with my Master's (please dear God let's get this thing over). So I want some recommendations that show me how terrible of an idea it was to take a siesta with the genre.

What I'm looking for:
1) Short. At or under 400 pages. Preferably 300 but that's probably a long shot.
2) Sweet. I only want good stuff, not average content.
3) Recent. They should have been published in the past 5 years. Preference given to 2019.

Some of you may know my tastes. Run with that or not, but don't feel bad recommending books you may think I wouldn't care for. I truly want to know what's been good in the genre these past five years. I want to see what I've missed, catch up with great content, and be able to contribute to conversations among these parts. I'm excited for what you recommend.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2020, 05:58:59 AM »
Sixteen ways to Defend a City by KJ Parker

Mindspace investigations by Alex Hughes

The ring of Solamon by Jonathan Stroud

The Throne of the five Winds by S.C. Emmett

Green war Saga by Fonda Lee

Priest of Bones by Peter McLean  this would be the one for you

The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft

The seven and half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Cold bath Street by A.J Hartley

Murderbot by Martha Wells

Chaos trims my beard by Brett Herman

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 07:01:08 AM »
+1 to Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, I just finished it and am still vibrating at its frequency
+1 to Library at Mount Char, if it looks like your sort of thing, it's an amazing piece
+1 to Murderbot

From 2019:
Joe Abercrombie's A Little Hatred (probably bigger than 400 pages...)
Ann Leckie's The Raven Tower (mythic fantasy written with a sci-fi approach and a Hamlet retelling)
Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth, but perhaps someone better acquainted with your taste could confirm or deny that one, because it's got a strong and polarising style. :)

Some slightly older ones, but still within spec:
Melissa Caruso's "Swords and Fire" trilogy, first book The Tethered Mage
Seth Dickinson's The Traitor (Baru Cormorant) (and sequels)
NK Jemisin's "Broken Earth" trilogy, first book The Fifth Season (which you may actually have heard of...)
Robert Jackson Bennett's "Divine Cities" trilogy, first book City of Stairs

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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2020, 07:43:20 AM »
+1 to NK Jemisin's "Broken Earth" trilogy, first book The Fifth Season (which you may actually have heard of...)
+1 to Robert Jackson Bennett's "Divine Cities" trilogy, first book City of Stairs

I'll add:
Adrian Tchaikovski's "Echoes of the fall" trilogy, first book The tiger and the wolf
Aliette de Bodard's "Dominion of the fallen" trilogy, first book The house of shattered wings (which can also be read as a standalone)
Our own @CameronJohnston 's duology, starting with The traitor god
Ed McDonald's "The raven's mark" trilogy, first book Blackwing
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2020, 10:01:22 AM »
You have to read The Broken Earth trilogy (the first book is The Fifth Season), so +1 on that. Also all her other books.

Becky Chambers' Wayfarer books are also bloody amazing (the first book is The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet)

Yoon Ha Lee's The Machineries of Empire series is also good (the first book is Ninefox Gambit).

+1 on Murderbot, those are nice and short. Another short but great series is Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2020, 10:26:41 AM »
Heavily recommending RJ Barker's The Wounded Kingdoms

Heavily seconding Aliette de Bodard's Dominion of the Fallen and Seth Dickinson's The Traitor

Also recommending Marie Brennan's Turning Darkness Into Light

Also seconding The Traitor God, Echoes of the Fall, and Green War
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2020, 10:27:51 AM »
By the time Chilly finishes reading all these, another 5 years have passed ;D

(getting ideas for myself too!)
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2020, 11:20:18 AM »
Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly. Three books beginning with Amberlough going onto Armistice and finishing with Amnesty. You may also like American Hippo by Sarah Gailey.

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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2020, 11:37:10 AM »
I think I might be the only one who disliked Broken Earth :)
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2020, 11:48:29 AM »
Can I +2 for Murderbot if I don’t mention any others?
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2020, 01:48:14 PM »
This post added up magnificently to my tbr pile, hahah.  ;D

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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2020, 03:38:30 PM »
By the time Chilly finishes reading all these, another 5 years have passed ;D

My thoughts exactly.

Preliminary ideas lean toward KJ Parker, Scott Hawkins, Martha Wells, Ann Leckie, NK Jemisin, and go from there. This is subject to change dramatically as I haven't looked at any of the blurbs. The titles sound exciting, and I know these authors (save Hawkins).

Keep 'em coming!
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2020, 04:08:15 PM »
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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2020, 02:00:31 AM »
I think you’d also like Jonathan French’s The Grey Bastards, but it doesn’t fit your length criteria, same with Nicholas Eames’ Kings of the Wyld.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Short, Sweet, and Recent Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2020, 03:20:42 PM »
Seconding Turning Darkness Into Light (and the Lady Trent series if you haven't read it)

Also worth looking at Tor.com's novella line. Lots of good stuff from across the genre.
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