20 Must-Read Cozy Fantasy Books
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by Isabelle Popp
1w ago
Cozy fantasy books have been popping up all over my bookish socials. I say it’s a sub-genre we’re way overdue for! My local bookstore shelves the cozy mysteries all together on the endcap of the mystery section. The dream is that cozy fantasy could reach the same status for the fantasy aisle. Like cozy mystery readers, cozy fantasy readers are looking for a fairly specific reading experience. First, we want an immersive world, lovingly drawn. We want characters we can really get to know and love. And perhaps most importantly, we don’t want the stakes to be super high. Here are the cozy fantasy ..read more
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8 Really Good SFF Series That Also Grapple With Racism
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by Anne Mai Yee Jansen
1w ago
Sci-Fi/Fantasy has a reputation for being escapist, yet some of the most powerful works of SFF (in my opinion) are the ones that grapple with racism. It may sound counterintuitive, but if you think about it, SFF is all about reshaping the world we live in. In her essay on the positive outcomes of RaceFail for SFF, esteemed writer N.K. Jemisin writes, “it used to be very noticeable that I could at least broach the subject of race in every other aspect of my life … but not in SFF.” She goes on to articulate the ways portrayals of racism in the literature or discussions of it in public forums wer ..read more
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The Best of the Weird West: 8 Alternate History Westerns
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by Rachel Brittain
1w ago
Despite my dad’s best efforts and his love of John Wayne, I was never a fan of westerns growing up. That all changed, though, when I discovered the world of alternate history westerns. Alternate history books explore history through the question “what if?” What if: angels and demons controlled a western town? What if: hippos had been introduced to the Mississippi? What if: abused women in brothels got their revenge? Those are just a few of the questions explored in the pages of alternate history westerns, a genre sometimes also referred to as “the weird west.” Alternate histories often — but n ..read more
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The Best Dark Academia in Science Fiction and Fantasy
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by Rachel Brittain
2w ago
Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. Alex Stern is back and the Ivy League is going straight to hell in this sequel to Ninth House, the smash bestseller by Leigh Bardugo. Thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters. When you think dark academia, you probably think uniforms, university, and mysteries or thrillers; you don’t think science fiction or fantasy. But you should. And here’s why: there’s more dark academia in science fiction and fantasy than you likely realize. In fact, s ..read more
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Class Action: 8 of the Best Dark Academia YA Fantasy Books
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by Liberty Hardy
2w ago
Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. Alex Stern is back and the Ivy League is going straight to hell in this sequel to Ninth House, the smash bestseller by Leigh Bardugo. Thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters. Did your school have any of these things: creepy vibes, supernatural murders, witches, ghosts, and/or vampires? Probably only the first thing, at best. But if it had the others, I am jealous! School would have been much more interesting if there were supernatural fact ..read more
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10 Space Horror Books Like the Dead Space Remake
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by Chris M. Arnone
2w ago
I’m a big fan of the Dead Space video game franchise. You play the engineer Isaac Clarke (even if the name is a bit on-the-nose) who is on a huge mining ship when something goes very wrong. Armed with a welding gun (at first), you have to discover what happened and if you can save any of your crew members. That horrifying and gravity-defying game is getting a remake on January 27. How better to get in the mood for this game than with some space horror books? Yes, I know. I’ve written before about how I don’t find horror books that scary. I still think that’s true. That doesn’t mean I don’t enj ..read more
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13 Cozy Fantasy Books to Cuddle Up With This Winter
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by Rachel Brittain
2w ago
Anytime I’m having trouble focusing on reading, I love to pick up a cozy fantasy book to reset. They’re just pure joy in book form. If you’re not familiar with the genre, welcome to your new favorite fantasy sub-genre. The concept was relatively new to me as well, though I quickly realized these sorts of warm and fuzzy fantasy stories were ones I had been seeking out for a long time without even realizing there was a name for it. Like cozy mysteries, cozy fantasy books tends to be somewhat lower stakes than is usual for the genre. And like cozy mysteries, sometimes called “cozies” for short, c ..read more
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8 of the Best Science Fiction Books About Robots
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by Rachel Brittain
2w ago
I’m a robot fan from way back. I mean, C-3PO and R2D2 were on my radar before I could even read. (Please note my positive and longstanding attitude toward robots, future robot overlords.) And ever since I learned to read, I’ve loved any book with robots in it. I’m not talking murderous robots taking over the world stories (although those can be fun, too). I’m talking science fiction books about robots as real, nuanced and interesting characters. Especially considering that robots and AI — such as we know them — are manmade, these sorts of stories are rife with possibilities for rich stories ab ..read more
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New SFF Out in January to Cozy Up With
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by Rey Rowland
3w ago
In the blink of an eye, January 2023 is here (seriously how did that happen?). You know what that means? New year, new books! Plus, this is the perfect season to cozy up with a new story. A warm blanket, a cup of tea, and a new book? Sign me right up! Anyways, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I absolutely love SFF stories for their magic and escapism. It’s the first genre in which I look for new reads. For those of us like me, you’re definitely in the right place. That’s because today I’m going to look at some of the best new sci-fi and fantasy books out in January 2023! You guys kno ..read more
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8 Unputdownable Authors like Brandon Sanderson
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by R. Nassor
1M ago
Brandon Sanderson’s vast worlds, surprising plots, and wonderful characters have taken the sci-fi fantasy world by storm. However, even more authors like Brandon Sanderson are out there waiting for you to pick them up and read without delay. As a decade-long Sanderson fan, I have been recommending his books in the Cosmere, the Cytoverse, and his other worlds for quite a long time. I look forward to his god-level magic systems, dense world histories, and complex political systems. Often, all three are at the brink of collapse or dramatic change due to the actions of odd little dorks trying thei ..read more
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