6 Great Sci-Fi And Horror Books Set in The 80’s

For anyone who is a fan of the 80’s vibe, the wild hairdos, and bulky smartphones then here are a few books that are really going to take you back in time while also giving you a highly engrossing story.

The Sacrifice Box By Martin Stewart

The story revolves around 5 friends who discovered an odd looking stone box while walking around in the woods in 1982, they all decide to leave something important in the box and set three rules that absolutely must be followed: do not ever visit the box all on your own, never try to take back hat you put in it, and never open it after the sun goes down. 4 years after 1982, the 5 friends begin running into terrifying and odd events, a clear indicator that one of them broke the rules, and all of them are going to be punished for it.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism By Grady Hendrix

This novel’s story follows two childhood best friends: Gretchen and Abbie, both of whom have been inseparable, up till now. As both of the girls begin going to high school, one of them realises that the other is beginning to change, and not in a normal way. We get to see just how far is one friend willing to go to keep their friendship intact, even when faced by demonic forces.

Giving Up The Ghost By Eric Nuzum

This book is more of a memoir than a novel, however, it has a number of elements in it that make it a very interesting read. You get to go through stories about teenage madness, otherworldly forces, and plenty of eighties rock, all of which comes together to spin a coming of age story like you have never read before.

Scowler By Daniel Kraus

This horror novel has had the honour of being compared with the works of Dean Knootz and Stephen King, it starts off with a meteor crashing close to a family farm and bringing a downright terrifying man along with it. The novel’s YA rating is quite misleading as it has more than enough elements to freak out even the most staunchest adult horror readers.

The United States of Japan By Peter Tieryas

Sci-fi books that take an alternative approach to reality are always fun to read, this novel gives us a look at what the USA would have been like if the Japanese had dominated in World War 2. Set in the eighties, it creates an alternative reality in which almost everyone loves the Japanese emperor’s rule over the USA, expect for a rebelling party that dares to go against the winners.

Ready Player One By Earnest Cline

While Ready Player One is not set in the eighties, the novel is loaded with all kinds of eighties references that really give it an 80’s vibe without even having to be set in that time period. It’s a great read for anyone who wants to get the best of both worlds.

3 Great Fantasy Reads For Children

Kids nowadays are really drifting away from reading, a once fun pastime that let kids really explore their imagination and keep their brains active. Instead, children prefer to play video games or stick to their smartphones, a part of this problem is that many parents do not know a lot about book series. This prevents them from being able to pick interesting books for their kids from an early age and draw them towards book reading before they become too absorbed in technology.

Picking a book series is no easy task, especially if you are exploring the fantasy side of reading, there are tons of series with numerous parts that not only make the process if picking an interesting book hard, but also makes getting into a series a very high commitment thing. If you want to explore fantasy novels with your kids without having to commit yourself to one storyline then here are a few books that you should definitely check out.

A Wrinkle in Time

There are a number of books that follow the adventures of Meg Murry, a fictional character who most people know from The Golden Compass, a superb book that even got a film adaptation. What makes the whole series so great is that while it follows similar characters, it does not require one to read every part in the series to enjoy it. A Wrinkle in time is a compact and fun addition to this series that your kids can enjoy without having any knowledge about the series as a whole.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban

Many people might think of it as sacrilegious to even think of reading the Harry Potter series in a non-linear fashion. However, the third instalment in the series has enough isolated plot points in it to make it a worthy solo read, in fact many people consider it to be the best structured book in Rowling’s entire series. Which means that it can be a great read for any kid that wants to get a taste of what the Harry Potter series is all about without having to put up with the repetition that is common in the series’ first two parts, and since many of the questions presented in this part get answered at the book’s end, it does not leave any loose ends.

Prince Caspian From The Chronicles of Narnia

This book was written as a direct sequel of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and it is perhaps one of the best books in this critically acclaimed series in terms of introducing the reader to the rich world of Narnia. Instead of focusing on one aspect of Narnia and easing the reader into the plot, Prince Caspian just throws the reader right into the middle of everything and sets them off on a mature adventure that brings out the best of the entire fantasy genre and really lets one appreciate C.S Lewin’s masterpiece of a fantasy world.

6 Superb Recommendations For a Clueless Reader

Recommending a book to someone is easy and difficult at the same time because of the fact that there are so many books to recommend, however, one can never really know where should the begin from, what genre to pick, what collection, what kind of setting, and more, the list just goes on and on. Things get even more difficult when the reader asking for recommendations is not sure about what they want to read themselves. So let’s take a look at some awesome books that can be recommended to pretty much anyone without having to worry about the details.

The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin

Under the cover of The Immortalists, lies a stunningly well written story that offers s gripping plot, an interesting cast of characters, and many more elements that make the book really enjoyable. It is one of those books that you are bound to get absorbed in, which makes it an incredibly recommendation friendly read.

Electric Arches By Eve L.Ewing

Guaranteed to be loved by all poetry fans, this book takes a variety of elements and uses them to write incredibly unforgettable poems revolving around a variety of topics, and the best part is that every poem tells a story in a really intuitive manner, which makes this book as thought provoking as it is fun to read.

Cloud Atlas By David Mitchell

What makes this book so recommendation friendly is that it has a bit of everything in it, the story follows the lives of six separate characters, each character’s story being set in different genres. There are elements of a dystopian tale, crime fiction, and also historical fiction, all of which are well-written enough to be a joyful solo read, and when read together, they create an incredibly intricate tale that is worthy of being referred to as a masterpiece.

Wade in The Water By Tracy K. Smith

This book takes a look at the many social problem that America has been facing for a very long time now, including sexism, racism, xenophobia, and a variety of other forms of marginalization. The book lets us explore its content through the eyes of a black woman, a poet, a mother, and an individual living in the present.

Delicate Edible Birds By Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies might have made her famous, but it is not the only read worthy book that she has penned, her short story collection Delicate Edible Birds is a superb book for anyone who wants to read inspirational tales about women standing against violence that they face in society.

The History of Bees By Maja Lunde

This book might sound like a boring documentary on the origins of bees, but in fact, it is a pretty lively novel that follows the lives of American, Chinese, and US beekeepers that are set many years apart from one another. The book’s ending neatly brings all these stories together to provide a very satisfying and worthwhile ending.