Publishers Weekly has announced its list of the best books of 2021, divided into 13 categories, including “50 excellent titles for children and teens.” Their overall Top 10 includes Assembly by Natasha Brown (Little, Brown), Second Place by Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford (Flatiron).
The best books in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category are:
- Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris (Saga)
- In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu (Tordotcom)
- A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (Tor)
- Noor by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
- Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (MCD)
- The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (Orbit)
- On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu (Erewhon)
Titles and authors of genre interest listed in other categories follow.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
- The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
- A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Biblioasis)
- Burntcoat by Sarah Hall (Custom House)
- The Morning Star by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Penguin Press)
- My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee (Riverhead)
- Outlawed by Anna North (Bloomsbury)
- Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
- A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
- Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (Random House)
- The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon (Inkyard)
- Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp (Little, Brown)
- Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton)
- Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon (Candlewick)
- The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)
- The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky (Holt)
- The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider (Viking)
For more information, including the complete list, see the PW website.
While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine and site going, and would like to keep the site paywall free, but WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT to continue quality coverage of the science fiction and fantasy field.
©Locus Magazine. Copyrighted material may not be republished without permission of LSFF.