Dadly SF/F

Likes sci fi and some fantasy (Kingkiller Chronicle). Murderbot and Stars Now Unclaimed last year no response to those.
The Last Watch (The Divide Series #1) By J. S. Dewes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250236340
Published: Tor Books - April 20th, 2021

First in a series by a Madison author, I've heard good things--definitely in the The Expanse niche of semi-military space opera. The sequel, Exiled Fleet, just came out too.


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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) By Arkady Martine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

I just love this series so muuuuuuch. Another political space opera whodunit with interesting tech and great characters. It won the Hugo a couple years ago.


Midnight Riot (Rivers of London #1) By Ben Aaronovitch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345524256
Published: Del Rey - February 1st, 2011

This is an older/ongoing series but I really like it and I think if your dad hasn't tried it he might too. It's set in London and it's about a mixed race young beat cop who gets caught up in magical underworlds. It's a very mystery crossover with just very winning characters. The audiobooks are brilliant.


Sandman Slim: A Novel By Richard Kadrey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061714351
Published: Harper Voyager - September 2nd, 2014

This is a series whose final book just got published. Pat Rothfuss loves this series, and I've seen other middle aged dudes talk about how relatable the main character is. Another kind of noir fantasy detective style one. I haven't read these. The warehouse that our website is connected to is out at the moment so DM me if you want this one and I'll see how long it'd take to get from the publisher.


The Priory of the Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635570304
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

This is a chonky tome, high fantasy in the vein of Eddings but less... well let's just say don't google "Eddings child abuse". This one has more women and gays in it but otherwise hits a lot of the high fantasy notes. Ditto what I said above about the warehouse being out of stock.


Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture #1) By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316705851
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Published: Orbit - August 3rd, 2021

I don't know much about this one but it's space opera and this author seems to be pretty popular among the SF crowd.


The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765376671
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

Lots of people who love Kingkiller also love Sanderson, especially this series. This is the first book, this is the trade paperback edition--there's also a mass market edition which is cheaper but I think these books are so chonky as to make that format unwieldy, personally--however, if you want to order the mass market, here's the link: https://www.roomofonesown.com/book/9780765365279


We Have Always Been Here By Lena Nguyen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780756417291
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Published: DAW - July 6th, 2021

A robots and space thriller! Definitely creepy and claustrophobic in parts, also a bit political in terms of AI rights by the end. Gripping read. Also a little gay.


City of Stairs: A Novel (The Divine Cities #1) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Crown - September 9th, 2014

I love this series and I feel like nobody ever heard of it. There are 3 books and they're all out now. The author has a newer series that's more high fantasy that I'll link below. This is the first in this trilogy and it's a bit of a political spy mystery where the old gods who were killed by and occupying force may not be as dead as we think. Very thoughtful.


Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Del Rey - May 21st, 2019

The newer series by RJB! I haven't read this but my partner liked it. Good magic system.


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The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) By Andrea Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316541435
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Published: Orbit - March 30th, 2021

A bit of a less rapey and terrible game of thrones situation--multiple protagonists with varying perspectives on an oppressive empire. The magic system is very cool and a little gruesome. Good characters and the worldbuilding is great.