JADE ON: Christmas is coming, even for Geeks!

Article published on October 28, 2016.

It’s that time of the year again, well not really, but by the time you read this we’ll be well into the second half of the year and that means the inevitable run-up to Christmas. There, I’ve said it, and now we’ve got that out of the way, we can get on to the important stuff, namely, presents! And specifically bookish treats for the BookGeek in your life. Or if you are a self-confessed BookGeek, here’s a few book ideas to leave lying around for your nearest and dearest to stumble upon.

Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, Naomi Alderman’s The Power, which imagines a world in which girls have the power to inflict pain with a click of their fingers, is set to be one to watch. Daniel Polansky has another urban fantasy, A City Dreaming, out in October and fans of Stephen Lloyd Jones, author of The String Diaries, should look out for his latest release, The Disciple.

Following on from The Devil’s Detective, Simon Kurt Unsworth returns with The Devil’s Evidence, described as a dark, electrifying, detective story set in Hell whilst Robert Dickinson’s The Tourist blends conspiracy thriller with time travel. The latest titles from Alison Littlewood (The Hidden People) and T.C. Boyle (The Terranauts) may also be ones to add to the gift list, and so too the third title in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library Series, The Burning Page.

Fans of ghost stories have their pick of Michelle Paver’s Thin Air, as well as collections from two big-hitters, including the repackaged After-Supper Ghost Stories from Jerome K. Jerome, and The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories from Susan Hill. And anyone after a new author to discover should look out for Sam Wilson’s Zodiac, and James Bennett’s Chasing Embers.

If YA fiction is more your thing, you’re in for a treat, with a bumper pack of pre-Christmas releases, including Laura Lam’s Pantomime – the first novel in a new fantasy series, Laura Eve’s The Graces, and Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns. There’s also a trend on rewriting the classic fairy tale, with Danielle Paige’s Stealing Snow and Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. New releases from SJ Kincaid (The Diabolic) and Marcus Sedgwick (Saint Death) are always worth a look. And with the movie release of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the next instalment, Tales of the Peculiar, may be another one to add to the Christmas list.

And if all that lot’s not enough, a pre-order of a February 2017 non-fiction release sounds like the perfect present for BookGeeks – Geekographica.

Jade Craddock

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