This book guide originally appeared in Den of Geek’s NYCC 2019 magazine.
Looking for a spooky read, a cozy title, or just the best new speculative fiction to hit the shelves? Here are six new or upcoming selections for your reading pleasure…
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, Now Available — Imprint
Debut author Sara Faring bursts onto the literary scene with a gothic YA horror inspired by her Argentinian heritage. When teen protagonist Mavi agrees to teach English at an elite girls school in remote Patagonia to escape the military regime that disappeared her mother, she soon learns that not all dangers are earthly. Vaccaro School is haunted, and Mavi must solve the mystery of the missing tenth girl before it is too late.
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz, Now Available — Tor Books
In what is sure to become a feminist time travel classic, io9 founding editor Annalee Newitz ties together the perspectives of time traveler Tess, working to stop a group of misogynists from destroying time travel forever, and Beth, a 17-year-old girl exploring the punk scene in 1992 California.
The Adventure Zone by Justin, Travis, Griffin, and Clint McElroy, and Carey Pietsch, Now Available — First Second
The Princess Bride meets Dungeons & Dragons in this series of graphic novels that follows hero-adjacents Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior as they look for things like magical artifacts, Merle’s errant dwarf cousin, and a railroad murderer. With the third book in the series on the horizon, now is the perfect time to dive into the hilarity, excitement, and imagination of The Adventure Zone.
The Mythic Dream, Now Available — Saga Press
Editors Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien join forces once again for this anthology of reimagined myths from some of the most talented, engaging, and important speculative fiction authors of today, including Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, Carmen Maria Machado, and Amal El-Mohtar.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Now Available — Tor Books
The start of a planned trilogy, Gideon the Ninth follows indentured-servant-turned-swordswoman of the Emperor’s Ninth House Gideon Nav, who is tasked with keeping sworn enemy Harrowhark Nonagesimus safe. Come for the lesbian necromancers, stay for the skeleton battles!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Oct. 8 — Flatiron Books
When 20-year-old Alex is offered a full-ride to elite Yale University, there’s just one catch: she must keep an eye on the occult goings-on of Yale’s secret societies for her mysterious benefactors. This fantasy horror’s tale of power and privilege is the first adult novel from YA powerhouse Leigh Bardugo and is one of the most-anticipated reads of 2019.