Adult Room

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Here are some adult books I read that - in my humble opinion - deserve more recognition than they actually got. As usual, bold indicates I haven't read a book yet, but I plan to. Reviews (and more titles) coming in time.


He's written very few adult books, but they are worth reading - though I'm personally not satisfied with Sati, but that's just me maybe. Check out The Season of Passage...if you like a blend of sci-fi, supernatural and horror, that is. Check out The Blind Mirror, one of the most demented, awesome horror books out there. On second thoughts, it's not like I'm into horror that much (for instance, Stephen King's body horror is usually too heavy for my tastes), but I loved those novels all the same - so maybe non-horror fans will too.
Titles are in chronological order BTW.

Sati (09/90) *contemporary with a twist  -> [maybe??? you'll have to judge for yourselves...]
The Season of Passage (02/92) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
The Listeners (01/95) *supernatural, horror
The Cold One (12/95) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
The Blind Mirror (05/03) *thriller, sci-fi, supernatural, horror
Falling (03/07) *thriller
The Sixth Door -> [a future release Pike is working on]


I found her adult books to be a great addition to the urban fantasy genre, but on the other hand, I have reservations about her teen Shade trilogy. From the excerpts I read, it seems to me that while Smith-Ready is at her best when dealing with adult characters, the voice she gives to her teens is not as convincing and pleasant (I don't mean "pleasant" as in "lovely and sweet to the ears" - I mean "pleasant" as in "I hear you and I sympathize with your predicament, though I may not share your feelings all the time")*. The sharp wit I like in Ciara Griffin from the WVMP Radio series doesn't sound good to me when applied to 16 years old Aura Salvatore from Shade. Anyway, here goes the list of Smith-Ready's adult novels I've read.

* Note: since then, I've read and loved her YA book This Side of it was probably something about Aura that didn't click with me, because the teen voices in that one were awesome!

Requiem for the Devil (04/01) *urban fantasy

   Wicked Game (05/08) *urban fantasy
   Bad to the Bone (05/09) *urban fantasy
   Bring on the Night (08/10) *urban fantasy
   Let It Bleed (07/12) *urban fantasy -> [free-download novella here-not anymore]
   Lust for Life (11/12) *urban fantasy

   WVMP Tie-in Short Stories:
      Crossroads [Monroe] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Rave On [Spence] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      When the Music's Over [Jim] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Last Request [Shane] *urban fantasy -> [read it online here]
      Thief [in Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite] *urban fantasy


Adams, John Joseph et al.: Dead Man's Hand (05/14) *sci-fi, urban fantasy
Adams, John Joseph et al.: Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (02/15) *sci-fi,
   urban fantasy
Ahmed, Saladin et al.: Canto Bight (12/17) *sci-fi
Aubry, Edward: Caprice (01/12) *thriller, sci-fi, fantasy
Aubry, Edward: UNHAPPENINGS:
   Unhappenings (01/15) *sci-fi
   ????? (out ??/??) *sci-fi
Barnes, S.A.: Dead Silence (out 01/22) *sci-fi
Bell, Alden: REAPERS:
   The Reapers Are the Angels (08/10) *sci-fi, horror 
Butcher, Jim et al.: Shadowed Souls (11/16) *urban fantasy
Caine, Rachel et al.: Carniepunk (07/13) *urban fantasy
   The Girl with All the Gifts (01/14) *sci-fi, horror
Crowther, Peter: Jewels in the Dust (09/13) *contemporary with a twist
Dicks, Matthew (a.k.a. Green, Matthew): Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (08/12)
   *contemporary with a twist
Disney, Neda: Planting Wolves (11/19) *contemporary with a twist
Doucette, Gene: The Apocalypse Seven (05/21) *sci-fi, thriller
Evans, Nicholas J.: FOR HUMANS, FOR DEMONS:
   Order of Dust (09/20) *supernatural, urban fantasy
Ferrell, Sean: Man in the Empty Suit (02/13) *sci-fi, thriller
Gardner, Troy H. et al.: 13 Tales to Give You Night Terrors (10/15) *supernatural, afterlife, horror
Goodwater, Walter: The Liar of Red Valley (out 09/21) *supernatural
Grant, Mira (a.k.a. McGuire, Seanan): NEWSFLESH:
   Feed (05/10) *sci-fi, horror
   Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box [short story set in the Newsflesh universe] (04/11) *sci-fi,
   Deadline (06/11) *sci-fi, horror
   Fed [alternate ending to Feed] (05/12) *sci-fi, horror
   Blackout (05/12) *sci-fi, horror
   Feedback (10/16) *sci-fi, horror
   Rise: A Newsflesh Collection (06/16) *sci-fi, horror
Grant, Mira (a.k.a. McGuire, Seanan): ROLLING IN THE DEEP:
   Rolling in the Deep (04/15) *urban fantasy, horror
   Into the Drowning Deep (11/17) *urban fantasy, horror
   ????? (out ??/??) *urban fantasy, horror
Grant, Mira: Final Girls (02/17) *sci-fi, horror
Grant, Mira: Kingdom of Needle and Bone (12/18) *sci-fi, horror
Grant, Mira: In the Shadow of Spindrift House (06/19) *supernatural, mystery, horror
Greenberg, Martin H. et al.: Westward Weird (07/12) *urban fantasy, sci-fi, horror
Harris, Charlaine et al.: Games Creatures Play (04/14) *urban fantasy, horror
Hart, Rob: The Paradox Hotel (out 02/22) *sci-fi
Hughes, Kerrie L. et al.: Hex in the City (11/13) *urban fantasy, sci-fi
   The Hotel at the End of Time (02/21) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
   The Elevator to Everywhere (out 08/21) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
   ????? (out ??/22) *sci-fi, supernatural, horror
Kennedy, James: Dare to Know (out 09/21) sci-fi, supernatural, horror
Khaw, Cassandra: The All-Consuming World (out 08/21) *sci-fi, thriller
Klima. John at al.: Glitter & Mayhem (08/13) *urban fantasy, sci-fi 
Leslie, Ryan: THE BETWEEN:
   The Between (04/21)
   ????? (out ??/??)
Marrs, John: The Minders (07/20) *sci-fi
McGuire, Seanan: INDEXING:
   Indexing (05/13) *urban fantasy
   Reflections (08/16) *urban fantasy
McGuire, Seanan: GHOST ROADS:
   Sparrow Hill Road (05/14) *afterlife, urban fantasy
   The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (07/18) *afterlife, urban fantasy
   Angel of the Overpass (05/21) *afterlife, urban fantasy
McGuire, Seanan: Boneyard (10/17) *urban fantasy
McGuire, Seanan: Laughter at the Academy (10/19) *sci-fi, fantasy, horror
Mi Young Hur Angela: Folklorn (04/21) *contemporary with a twist
Nassise, Joseph et al.: Urban Allies (07/16) *urban fantasy, sci-fi
Nassise, Joseph et al.: Urban Enemies (08/18) *urban fantasy, sci-fi
Power, Rory: In a Garden Burning Gold (out ??/22) *supernatural
   Doors of Sleep (01/21) *multiverse
   Prisoners of Sleep (out 01/22) *multiverse
   ????? (out ??/??) *multiverse
Rain, J.R. et al.: Chronology (01/15) *sci-fi, fantasy, thriller
Rain, J.R. et al.: Darkscapes (01/17) *sci-fi, fantasy, thriller
   The Green Eyed Monster (10/12) *thriller, supernatural
   Negative Space (08/13) *thriller, supernatural
   Waking Gods (01/16) *thriller, supernatural
Ryan, Leslie: The Between (04/21)
Sims, Jonathan: Thirteen Storeys (11/20) *thriller, supernatural, horror
Snyder, C.W.: The Infernal Machine (01/20) *supernatural, fantasy, horror
Tchaikovsky, Adrian: One Day All This Will Be Yours (03/21) *sci-fi, dark comedy
Vogel Dawn (editor) et al.: I Didn't Break the Lamp (10/19) *supernatural
Wallace, Kali: Dead Space (03/21) *sci-fi
Walters, Ron: Deep Dive (out 01/22) *sci-fi
Wilson, Daniel H.: Press Start to Play (08/15) *sci-fi
Wymore, James et al.: THE ACTUATOR:
   Fractured Earth (08/13) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Borderlands Anthology (09/14) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Return of the Saboteur (07/15) *sci-fi, fantasy
   Chaos Chronicles (12/16) *sci-fi, fantasy
   The Last Key (11/17) *sci-fi, fantasy
Wymore James et al.: Windows into Hell (10/16) *afterlife
Yu, Charles: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (09/10) *sci-fi, multiverse

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