Underrated Sci Fi/Fantasy

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I hear you. You've read all the must-read sci fi and fantasy novels on the best seller lists, and now you're looking for something else to read. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Check out these underrated science fiction and fantasy novels, courtsey of the Tor blog.


Jack Vance
Description: Glawen Clattuc is a survivor, with the intelligence and cunning necessary to succeed in the Byzantine society of Araminta Station. In a culture where savage competition for every position in the Houses of Cadwal is natural, Glawen must achieve Status to fulfill his destiny.
Call Number: FIC Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Robert Charles Wilson
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Matthew Woodring Stover
Description: A street thug turned superstar and master assassin, Caine has become a living legend because of his single-handed extermination of the fierce Black Knives.
Call Number: FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Roger Zelazny
Call Number: FIC Zel
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Raymond E Feist, Janny Wurts
Description: Mara, a young, untested Ruling Lady of Kelewan, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja and marry the son of a hated enemy. Queen Mara of Acoma vows to avenge the deaths of her brother and father, even if it means killing her own husband.
Call Number: FIC Fei
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Jonathan Lethem
Description: Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems--not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny--and not so funny.
Call Number: FIC Let
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
William Sleator
Description: Five sixteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response.
Call Number: YA FIC Sle
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Ken Scholes
Description: As an ancient weapon destroys the city of Windwir, a young apprentice watches from a nearby hilltop, mourning the death of the city and his father. When Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, realizes what has happened, he knows for certain that the land will soon be plunged into a devastating war.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Mark Lawrence
Description: After witnessing the murder of his mother and brother and leading a band of bloodthirsty thugs, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father's castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives.
Call Number: FIC Law
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Russell Hoban
Call Number: FIC
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Charlaine Harris
Description: When Lily Bard, a reclusive cleaning lady with a penchant for karate, finds and reports a dead body, her shady past and connections to potential perpetrators make her a leading suspect.
Call Number: FIC Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Glen Cook
Description: It should have been a simple job. But for Garrett, a human detective in a world of gnomes, tracking down the woman to whom his dead pal Danny left a fortune in silver is no slight task. Even with the aid of Morley, the toughest half-elf around, Garrett isn't sure he'll make it out alive from a land where magic can be murder, the dead still talk, and vampires are always hungry for human blood.
Call Number: FIC Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Tim Powers
Description: A novel of time travel that combines action and adventure with the surreal and bizarre.
Call Number: FIC Pow
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Lynn Flewelling
Call Number: FIC Fle
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Lloyd. Alexander
Description: Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
Call Number: J FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
P. C. (Patricia C.) Hodgell
Call Number: FIC Hod
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Matt Haig
Description: When an extraterrestrial arrives on Earth, his first impressions of humans are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete his task and hurry back to his own utopian planet. Disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, he is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to reconsider.
Call Number: LP FIC Hai
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Susanna Clarke
Description: Presents an anthology of stories set in a mysterious, fantastical version of England populated by petulant princesses, vengeful owls, and endless paths in the dark woods, and features the Duke of Wellington and other colorful characters.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Ursula K. Le Guin
Description: Many dream of changing the world. But George Orr's dreams do change it--for better or for worse. Made desperate by this unsought power, George consults a psychotherapist who promises to help him. But it soon becomes clear that the scientist has his own plans for George and his dreams. Why not, after all, forge a brave new world--one free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery? But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence; so George must dream and dream again, forever seeking a more perfect future as the very essence of cosmic reality begins to disintegrate.
Call Number: FIC Le G
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Jennifer Fallon
Call Number: FIC Fal
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Maxim Jakubowski, M. (Muncy) Christian
Call Number: SC SF Mam
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Paul. 1967- Kearney
Call Number: FIC Kea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Mary Doria Russell, David Colacci
Description: The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.
Call Number: FIC Rus
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
Elizabeth Moon
Call Number: FIC Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
J. P. (James P.) Smythe
Description: Seventeen-year-old Chan, whose ancestors left a dying Earth hundreds of years ago, lives on the violent interstellar transport ship Australia, filled with murderous gangs and twisted cults, but Chan's discovery of a possible way to return the Australia toEarth, which may still be uninhabitable, puts her life and those of her loved ones in terrible danger.
Call Number: YA FIC Smy
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 24, 2017
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Araminta Station
Jack Vance
FIC Van
The Bone Doll's Twin
Lynn Flewelling
FIC Fle
Blind Lake
Robert Charles Wilson
FIC Wil
The Book Of Three
Lloyd. Alexander
J FIC Ale
Caine Black Knife
Matthew Woodring Stover
FIC Sto
The God Stalker Chronicles
P. C. (Patricia C.) Hodgell
FIC Hod
Damnation Alley
Roger Zelazny
FIC Zel
The Humans [Large Print]
Matt Haig
LP FIC Hai
Daughter Of The Empire
Raymond E Feist, Janny Wurts
FIC Fei
The Ladies Of Grace Adieu And Other Stories
Susanna Clarke
FIC Cla
Gun, With Occasional Music
Jonathan Lethem
FIC Let
The Lathe Of Heaven [By] Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin
FIC Le G
House Of Stairs
William Sleator
YA FIC Sle
The Lion Of Senet
Jennifer Fallon
FIC Fal
Lamentation
Ken Scholes
FIC Sch
The Mammoth Book Of Future Cops
Maxim Jakubowski, M. (Muncy) Christian
SC SF Mam
Prince Of Thorns
Mark Lawrence
FIC Law
The Mark Of Ran
Paul. 1967- Kearney
FIC Kea
Riddley Walker
Russell Hoban
FIC
The Sparrow [Audiobook]
Mary Doria Russell, David Colacci
FIC Rus
Shakespeare's Landlord
Charlaine Harris
FIC Har
The Speed Of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
FIC Moo
Sweet Silver Blues
Glen Cook
FIC Coo
Way Down Dark
J. P. (James P.) Smythe
YA FIC Smy
The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers
FIC Pow