You might want to try some of these items below. I've even reviewed a few of them.
In short: give the gift of books to people you care about. They're cheaper than iPods. Heh.
As with last year, I will start with suggesting my own novels. Not even all of my own novels, just some of them. The newest ones, for starters.
I have no idea.
But if you're new here, it's about a boy meeting a girl. One of them is a homicidal monster. The other's just a vampire. It has Vatican Ninjas, and holy water burning vampires, and sunlight killing unholy monsters AND NONE OF THE VAMPIRES SPARKLE, DAMNIT.
People like it. We have over fifty Amazon reviews. And almost everyone likes it. Even people I don't know like it. I'm not sure why, but there you go.
Honor at Stake, I have no choice but to recommend the next book in the series...
Yes, yes, Murphy's Law of Vampires. This is the point where I answered everyone's problem of a weak final villain from Honor at Stake ... and then gave them everything they asked for and more. Bad guys? Why, yes, I can make you a bad guy. BWAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAAHA
Set to Kill. Which is basically taking Sad Puppies Bite Back, and taking it to a whole new level of insane. It's another part of the Murder Con Series, including It Was Only On Stun!
Basically, take insane security agent who is a "mundane" at an SF convention
Drop him head first into the culture.
Drop the bodies to the floor.
Codename: Winterborn .... the "other" novel, also strangely well reviewed. Genre: character-driven scifi espionage. While on a mission to the Islamic Republic of France, Lt. Kevin Anderson's team is betrayed by the politicians who sent them. As the only survivor, Anderson must stop the senators involved before the next team is slaughtered on the altar of political greed. He's certain he won't survive, but he will make this sacrifice, for his Codename is Winterborn.
I recommend this for all fans of Baen novels -- like John Ringo, David Weber, and even your straight up thriller writers, like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, et al.
There is, of course, the sequel: Codename: UnSub, which only just came out.
For those of you who might think that distopias aren't dark enough, I bring you....
Dystopias plus a superpowered serial killer.
Yes. Because I like making things even harder than they already are.
Oh, yes, we have a mailing list now. Free stuff if you sign up. Also an opportunity for selling ARCs, and whatever else I can come up with
Signed copies and gift sets can be ordered here. Order early so they arrive on time for Christmas. Order two of everything, and you should have something for everyone on your list.
Iron Chamber of Memory - For adults only, really...or any mature 12 year old, like I was. I don't care in what format you buy it, but you owe it to yourself to buy at least one copy for yourself, though I recommend buying half a dozen, just so you can immediately hand out copies to your friends.
The Big Sheep - Perfect for anyone who likes SF mysteries, mild dystopias, and Terry Pratchett. As far as I'm concerned, if Rob Kroese wants to keep putting out books about Erasmus Keane for the rest of his life, I'll happily use him as a substitute for Practhett.
Chasing Freedom -- for anyone who sees the USA falling to fascism, but also sees some small hope in our future. A Dystopia that doesn't make you want to slit your wrists. Yay
Black Tide Rising -- For those people who hate zombies ... you can like
The Book of Helen -- dang, this was a kickass little novel. The West Wing meets the Trojan war, this novel goes beyond the "they all lived strangely ever after" of Helen of Troy, and follows the rest of her life after she came home from Troy. Yes, Helen did have an "after Troy." You know the mythology, and now, this is the rest of the story.
Ordinance 93: I've reviewed this book (on Amazon), I've interviewed this author back when Examiner.com still existed. Ordinance 93 is a thriller that sort-of centers around abortion, but is mostly a fun chase novel. I'd actually like the next one to come up.
Infinite Space, Infinite God II .... a Catholic scifi-anthology, so, yeah...fun.
Stealing Jenny, by Ellen Gable: After 5 miscarriages, Jenny is about to have a pregnancy come to full term... until a psychotic woman kidnaps her and chains her in her basement with the intention of taking the child for her own. I liked this one.
Amy Lynn and Amy Lynn: Golden Angel. Just buy them. Read them. The first one could be dark YA. The second ... yeah, for adults only. One's a solid novel, the second one is a solid thriller. Just go with me on this one, okay?
Night Machines by Kia Heavey .... this one was interesting. Almost Doctor Who-ish by way of Rod Serling.
And, of course, there is an endless list of books I can recommend, which happen to be a different tab at the top of the page -- includes Flynn, Ringo, Weber, Thor, etc, etc.
Tears of Paradox, by Daniella Bova, reviewed here
End of the road, by Amy Bennett: This looks like a fun one, a straight up, old fashioned murder mystery...Yes, I know I haven't read it yet, but I've been busy...
By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World.
Also, here's everything I suggested for the Dragon Awards.
And here's everything nominated for a Dragon Award.
That should cover a fairly wide net.
You can also click one of the above tabs for suggested books.
Good luck with shopping, everyone.