Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ten top holiday-themed SFF books

E. J. Wenstrom believes in complicated heroes, horrifying monsters, purple hair dye and standing to the right on escalators so the left side can walk.

Her award-winning fantasy series Chronicles of the Third Realm War features a peculiar mashup of Greek mythology, Judeo-Christian folklore, and an extra dash of her own special brand of chaos.

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog Wenstrom tagged ten top holiday-themed science fiction & fantasy books, including:
NOS4A2, by Joe Hill

If you’ve read Horns, it is chilling to think of Hill taking on the holidays, but here we are all the same. Convicted child-napper Charles Manx was notorious for the presumed murders of countless children, but he wasn’t exactly killing them: instead, he took them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce, and into an alternate reality with a sinister amusement park he calls Christmasland, to await a fate more terrible than death. When Manx escapes and heads out on the road again, one of his past near-victims, now an emotionally scarred adult, must track him down and rescue his latest quarry. Easter Eggs for fans of Hill’s father (that would be Stephen King) abound, pulling in some seasonally appropriate nostalgia even beyond the climax that hinges upon a giant tree and cursed ornaments—and at 700-plus pages, this is a quest epic enough to sustain you through those long winter nights.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue