Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read…

Blackfish CityReaders talk to other readers. They share information about the books and stories they love. They recommend. It’s as natural as breathing. Those recommendations lead to a broader commentary, to lists and canons and all sorts of other things. This week Jonathan and Gary discuss the way we talk about books, the nature of recommending, and much more.

As promised, this episode contains recommendations for books published during 2018 that Jonathan and Gary thought were of interest and might make for rewarding reads for Coode Streeters. As always, these are personal recommendations and not a whole lot more. There’s some fine reading on the lists below, which we both hope you’ll seek out. Also, let us know what we missed in the comments!



  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Saadawi Ahmed
  • Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson
  • Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel
  • Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee
  • Blackfish City, Sam Miller
  • Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds
  • Space Opera, Catherynne Valente
  • The Accidental War, Walter Jon Williams


  • Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman
  • Ahab’s Return, Jeffrey Ford
  • Annex, Rich Larson
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik
  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss
  • Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi
  • The Smoke, Simon Ings
  • Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller
  • Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar

One thought on “Episode 336: 2018 Novels to Read…”

  1. Greatly enjoyed the episode on 2018 novels. Always looking for new stories/authors to read. And I like the puzzle aspects of trying to predict what will be nominated for awards.

    I’ve read 5 of the novels mentioned and agree that they are worthwhile and may end up nominated. The only novel missing, from my limited reading, was “The Gone World” by Tom Sweterlitsch.

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