Favourite Sci-fi & Fantasy Novellas

Today I’m recommending seven sci-fi and fantasy novellas that are, in my opinion, amazing(and quick to read) books.

➤Books mentioned:

The Emperor’s Soul: https://www.bookdepository.com/Emperors-Soul-Brandon-Sanderson/9781616960926?a_aid=iasminaedina

Bodies Of Water: https://www.bookdepository.com/Bodies-Water-V-H-Leslie/9781784630713?a_aid=iasminaedina

All Systems Red: https://www.bookdepository.com/All-Systems-Red-Martha-Wells/9780765397539?a_aid=iasminaedina

The Slow Regard Of Silent Things: https://www.bookdepository.com/Slow-Regard-Silent-Things-Patrick-Rothfuss/9781473209336?a_aid=iasminaedina

Every Heart A Doorway: https://www.bookdepository.com/Every-Heart-Doorway-Seanan-McGuire/9780765385505?a_aid=iasminaedina

Legion: https://www.bookdepository.com/Legion-Brandon-Sanderson/9781473212633?a_aid=iasminaedina

Legion: Skin Deep: https://www.bookdepository.com/Legion-Skin-Deep-Brandon-Sanderson/9781473212497?a_aid=iasminaedina

Binti: https://www.bookdepository.com/Binti-Nnedi-Okorafor/9780765385253?a_aid=iasminaedina

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David Foster says:

Thank you for your recommendation. I’m gonna try to read at least three of them.

Trinidad Lara says:

did you announced the winner?
by the way, i love your channel

Law says:

Sounds interesting…might read some of these! Are novellas like shorter novels? Would you consider also the southern reach books by Jeff van Der meer as novellas?

Morfeus says:

My top novellas list-
1. Little Prince by Exupery
2. Chronicle of Death Foretold- by GG Marquez
3. White Nights by Dostoyevsky
4. Beren & Luthien by Tolkien
5. Picture Of Dorian Grey by Wilde
6. The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Gaiman
7. Captain’s Daughter by Pushkin
8. Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe
9. Candide by Voltaire
10. Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Lexithan says:

This made me want to start reading novellas, I wonder why I never did before. Some of these seem really interesting. ^^

Wayne Hampton says:

The Kite Maker by Brenda Peynado

Tarun Teja says:

I like you

Milton M. says:

I just started reading A Name in the Wind last night 🙂

Anette Monserrat Hernández says:

if you want to read sci-fi i would highly recommend the chaos walking trilogy by patrick ness, everything in it is amazing, the characters, the world building, and the most real and interesting villain ive read so far, it owns my heart 🙂

Marzena Lidia says:

As I’m “a few” years older than you & my first books experience was driven by what was published in Easter Europe, I would have a few recommendations of older novels or something that may not came on your radar in US:
1. Boris Vian – Foam of Daze (1947)- this is an incredible love story with the magical realism so incredible you can see it’s influence on all the genre books coming after this one
2. Stanislaw Lem – The Star Diaries (1957) – a book of short stories, written as independent diaries entries of the space traveler, Ijon Tichy. easy to read & the worlds build in it are so complex, fantastic and familiar at the same time, it’s a book you cannot put down
2. Isaak Asimov – Foundation (1951) – a first part of the series, but can be read independently. The absolute masterpiece of si-fi classic
3. Andrzej Sapkowski – Witcher series (1993-1999) – the base for the game with the same title & soon-to-be Netflix tv series – seven books of the fantasy story about the monsters assassin with moral dilemma regarding his job, love triangle & problem-magnet friend who get himself entangles in political war of the fantasy world he lives in. Took me 7 days to read all books – best week of my life.
4. Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series (1979-1992) – “a trilogy in five books” si-fi with the most surrealistic British sense of humour you can get.

and something more modern:
5. Dmitry Glukhovsky – Metro 2033 (2005)- post apo story located in Moscow metro, Incredible story, part of the bigger installment, but can be read independently.
6. Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London (2011) – even if it’s part of the series, it can be read independently – modern London, magic, ghosts and old fairy tales with a twist.
7. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2013) – it’s such an incredible look at the XIX century, Victorian England with the magical twist

and on the complete different note – graphical novel “Thorgal” by Grzegorz Rosinski and Jean van Hamme – vikings, aliens, discovering of lost civilizations with the beautiful drawings and story that could easily be an incredible book that takes us through the live of this incredible multidimensional character of Thorgal, his friends & his family.

Carlo Viggo Cairo says:

Anyone who live in Denmark here

Ricky says:

Here’s a list of the novella’s I’ve read:

That’s it. Never read one.

Himanshu Saliya says:

branderson sanderson never disspoint in any genres.

Gabe Nedwek says:

Great list! A few I have read and a few I’ve been wanting to read. Thanks for making another great video. Keep it up!

Gaming Postman says:

This channel is very different from my own channel but it’s nice.

Erica's Bookish World says:

I didn’t care for Every Heart a Doorway. I felt it was boring. Not much happened.
I plan to eventually try out Brandon Sanderson’s books. I have heard many good things about him.

Arkapravo Bhaumik says:

The Emperor’s Soul was a wonderful read. Shai’s character and her thoughts were so nicely fleshed out.

As a recommendation, try ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami and ‘Freuds’ in the collection ‘Self-Reference ENGINE’ by Toh Enjoe.

Ricky says:

8:14 I can see multiple people too

Biz Jet TV says:

Iasmina, do you think Novellas are the future and not novels? Reason I say this is that between social media, games, netflix and other modern entertainment a short book has a better chance of winning someones time.

遊俠Peter says:

You guys should check out the Trials of the Middle Kingdom series,
It’s an Asian martial arts/ action adventure/ historical fantasy. I highly recommend it for histfic and medieval fantasy fans.

with cinnamon, please says:

there are so many authors on this list that I’ve been meaning to check! thank you for the recommendations ^^

William Bartlett says:

Awesome Video, thank you! I gonna read some of these now

Plimandis Dehrim says:

I can’t think of any novellas that you didn’t allready mention, but I could recommend the “William Shakespear’s Star Wars” series by Ian Doescher. They are really short, all about 170 pages, and fun to read.

Logan Chamberlain says:

You should check out: Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

Stephanie Reads says:

Ahhh, I want to read all of these!

Cătălin George Feștilă says:

Have you read the authors of science fiction: Herbert, Asimov and Wells and more …?
They are born visionaries.

Chetan Ubhayasekera says:

Talking about Legion the latest novella in that series, Lies of the Beholder came out today. Can’t wait to read it!!

Nina says:

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been in a huge reading slump since the semester started and I’ve been wanting to read something short.

Jacob Barnes says:

Dang, you have a beautiful smile.

And a good taste in books. 😉

Razika says:

I think I’ll give a try to The Emperor’s Soul; I trust you enough 😉

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