Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!
Published in Locus magazine’s February 2022 issue, this list is assembled by Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and well-known critics of genre fiction and non-fiction. This year we considered over 900 titles between short fiction and long fiction. The final recommendations, combined and trimmed to a somewhat reasonable-length list, are our best recommendations for your consideration. We know there will be titles you loved that do not appear here; it happens every year. Any one of our recommending group would have put forward a different exact list, but this is the combined sum of opinions, assessed with great affection and care for the field.https://locusmag.com/2022/02/2021-recommended-reading-list/
Just follow the link above to see the full lists. Below are the ones I have actually read…
NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Leviathan Falls, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK) — good conclusion to the series. Loved the epilogue.
.Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf; Faber & Faber) — not a winner for me.
A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK) — some great ideas, but I didn‘t love it.
Shards of Earth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK; Orbit US) — yep, one of my favourite reads of the year. Looking forward to the sequel in May.
YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna (Delacorte; Usborne) — considering that YA is not my genre, this was decent.
A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom; Orbit UK) — good. I liked the novellas and short stories more.
Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell (Tor; Orbit UK) — m/m romance in a SF setting. Fun!
Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom) — Murderbot. What else.
Well, I did not read a lot of the entries. Is there anything that you loved and that I really should have read?