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October 2022 Book Recommendations

science fiction, mystery fantasy book recommendations from October 2022

As I start to share all these science fiction, fantasy, mystery and romance book recommendations in blog post form, I have to admit it’s great to revisit some old book recommendations about some of my favourite books. These book recommendations are important to read because before writers become writers, they are readers. Therefore, please enjoy these fantasy and science fiction book recommendations from October 2022.

Cozy Sidekicks By Murder, Crime and Mayem

As a reader, I think we can all agree there are certain genres, niches and series that we return to again and again for different reasons. Maybe those reasons are because they're amazing stories, or maybe it's because the series is sort of like a big treat to us or maybe there is another reason altogether. And that's why I just had to return to the Mystery, Crime and Mayhem series last week and pick up this brilliant issue. Personally, it was a massive toss-up between this and another issue, but every single issue of this great magazine is brilliant and filled with amazing stories. I really liked this issue because it takes a very interesting take on the mystery genre by focusing on the sidekicks, and they do this very difficult task extremely well. With gripping stories by David Hendrickson Kari Kilgore Leah Cutter Juliet Nordeen and many more great writers. From crime solving cats to a couple helping their insurance investigator friend in the near future to everything in between, there are a lot of wonderful enthralling stories for you to enjoy and escape into this week. So definitely check out Mystery, Crime and Mayhem Cozy Sidekicks on all major eBook retailers.

The Slots Of Saturn By Dean Wesley Smith

Today's book recommendation is definitely a great, gripping read by one of the fiction masters. It's "Slots of Saturn' by Dean Wesley Smith. You know when you're reading a good book because you go out of your way to read it. Since I read this book in Smith's Monthly Issue 64 with the new cover (see the image), I read the other wonderful short stories in the issue very quickly. Then I started to read the novel and it was done within three days, and I read over half the book in a single day. It was that good. And if you're unfamiliar with Dean's Poker Boy universe then you really are in for a treat because this novel is set before most of the short stories. So you get to see Poker Boy when he was still learning a ton about his superpowers and what he can do, you get to see how him and his girlfriend met and fell in love, and so much more. Even if you're familiar to the series, then you're in for even more of a treat because you get to see little powers develop that he uses a lot in future stories. Also, I have to admit that the other characters are simply brilliant. You quickly get introduced to some sensational characters that are amazing and you love them just as much as Poker Boy himself. So this next if you want a gripping, unputdownable fantasy mystery book with wonderful characters, humour and a book that will leave you feeling great afterwards. Then definitely look no further than The Slots of Saturn by Dean. Available at all major booksellers.

The Destroyer By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This week's book recommendation is "The Destroyer" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, because I have to admit going to back to university, doing a bunch of fun writing projects and getting swept up in life stuff, that I just haven't been able to commit to reading a novel or novella or basically anything very long at the moment. So I've been reading a lot of short stories (so many that I've read the equivalent of a novella but that's life) and I'm really glad that I came across this great story. This wonderful story is a perfect contemporary fantasy read with great voice, character and it's very, very satisfying. I honestly can't say too much because it's a short story without spoiling it, but if you want to read a story about a cat and what he does to save himself and his friends. Then this is certainly the story for you. And because it's written by Kris, you know you're in for a great treat with her masterful writing skills, and I really, really liked the ending to this one. But to find out why I liked the ending, you'll have to read it. So what are you waiting for?

The Changeling By Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Originally, this was meant to be released earlier in the day because I had intended to write this yesterday and schedule it on Facebook and Instagram but that was never going to happen. So because university is still extremely busy, I'm still only reading short stories at the moment and there was one particular short story that I wanted to recommend because it was so good. And that honour goes to "The Changeling" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Because she's such a great writer, I know when I'm really busy and don't have time to try a new writer since I just want a good story, I know that I can always go to her without fail. And yeah, she seriously didn't disappoint with this short story because this was a very different story involving children, fae and magic but it's one of the best stories I've read for ages. The characters were interesting, the plot was stunning and the ending really made me feel great. The ending was what really made it because it was so clever and wonderfully done. So if you want a great fantasy short story this week that will not only entertain you but make you feel satisfied and great too. Then this is a story you definitely don't want to miss out on!

That Summer On Blue Heron Island By Dayle Dermatis

With life being really busy I finally got round to reading a novel again but I'm still reading that so I wanted to share with you something I read on holiday back in June. I really want to recommend "That Summer On Blue Heron Island" by Dayle A. Dermatis. Personally, I certainly think this is a perfect romantic suspense book because it's moving, emotional and very romantic making you want to read on so you get to see the characters get together. And it seriously is such an easy read that you will get lost in this great book for hours. I even think I finished this book in a single sitting and that doesn't happen very often. But it is still very much a romantic suspense book because there is plenty of gripping mystery, wonder and tenseness in the book that seriously helps to make the book even better. And I definitely think that this book could probably happen in real life, it's written that well. So if you're looking for a sensational romantic suspense book this week, definitely check out "That Summer On Blue Heron Island". Available at all major booksellers. So if you're looking for your next great read this week, then seriously look no further!

I hope you enjoyed these book recommendations and if you want to see some of my own fantasy, science fiction, mystery and romance books. Then please click the hyperlink on the genre you want to explore. You won’t regret exploring these great books.

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