10 Exceptional Examples Of Canadian Genre Fiction
Canada has long been a source of incredible speculative fiction. From Margaret Atwood to Cory Doctorow, Emily Carroll, Guy Gavriel Kay, and even Golden Age author A. E. van Vogt, the country has provided an impressive array of genre fiction to the world. These authors continue in that impressive tradition to bring us some of the best horror, science fiction, fantasy, and more that exists. When you click links from this website, we may receive advertising revenue to support our research. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
Great Speculative Fiction From Canada
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
- The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
- Creepers by David Morrell
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
- We Are Legion by Dennis E. Taylor
- Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
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Fictional books with thrilling and adventurous plot lines are always great reads. They tickle the reader's imagination, which allows them to explore various worlds and versions of reality. If you're ready to discover books that will give you an extraordinary reading experience, in no particular order, here are 10 exceptional examples of Canadian genre fiction that you might like to read next.
#1: "Gardens of the Moon" by Steven Erikson. The Malazan Empire battles its way to conquer another continent named Genabackis. However, the soldiers still need to fight enemies and capture other lands before they reach their final goal. Meanwhile, Ganoes Paran, a boy whose dream is to be a soldier, is discouraged by Whiskeyjack, an army veteran. But he's not going to let this stop him from achieving his dream of becoming a hero. This fantasy book is action-packed and loaded with twists and turns that will intrigue readers.
#2: "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley. Flavia de Luce is always experimenting with poison. She plans to use it on her sisters. However, she has to postpone when she discovers a dead body in her family's garden. Flavia's father gets arrested because of this, but the brainy protagonist is determined to find the real culprit.
She plans to use it on her sisters.
#3: "Traitor's Blade" by Sebastien de Castell. This is a book about Falcio and his quest to find the "Charoite" jewels. His two best friends join him in his journey to fulfill this final mission. But restoring the Greatcoats' honor and saving their land from the Dukes isn't that easy. They will also face villains and others who will do their best to kill him before he succeeds.
#4: "The Hypnotists" by Gordon Korman. Jackson Opus is not your ordinary teenager. He has a superpower that allows him to make people do things when they look into his eyes. His hypnotism ability catches the attention of Dr. Elias Mako, who introduces him to an organization of hypnotists called the "Sentia Institute." He joins the group to learn more about his powers and find out how he can control them.
However, things get serious when he encounters another hypnotist who warns him about the evil plans of Dr. Mako. Together with his friends, Jackson races against time to save everyone from the evil doctor.
Together with his friends, Jackson races against time to save everyone from the evil doctor.
#5: "Creepers" by David Morrell. Frank Balenger is a journalist from the New York Times, and like anyone else in his field of work, he's on the prowl for a good story. One night, his search causes him to cross paths with five people who love exploring abandoned places, looking for whatever mysteries they can unravel. They are gearing up to enter the abandoned Paragon Hotel and uncover its secrets.
Pumped up for a potential scoop, Frank decides to join the group, not knowing that this is a decision he's going to regret. Beyond the rundown facade of the abandoned hotel lie dark secrets that should not be uncovered by anyone. They come face-to-face with the evil inside the Paragon Hotel. For those readers who love the thrill of horror stories, this is one book they should not miss out on.
#6: "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. Kirsten Raymonde was only 8 years old when she acted on stage with Arthur Leander. The same night, Arthur dies while in the middle of the play. Not long after, 99% of the human population dies because of the Georgian flu. The old civilization ends and a new one starts, with Kirsten as one of the few survivors.
The old civilization ends and a new one starts, with Kirsten as one of the few survivors.
Fast forward to the present. The little girl is now a 20-year-old woman who performs with The Travelling Symphony, a theater troupe. However, along their journey, they arrive in a town which is under the control of a strange religious fanatic. Their encounter with the bizarre community puts them in danger. This is a book that tells a post-apocalyptic story, and at the same time narrates the life of Arthur Leander before the Georgian Flu wiped out most of the world's population.
#7: "This Is Not a Test" by Courtney Summers. Sloane Price is a dead girl inside. She has an abusive father and a sister who abandons her and lets her suffer alone at the hands of their dad. Because of the tragic events of her life, this teenager is ready to give up. And the zombie apocalypse comes just in time for her.
But a group of teenagers rescue her from the monsters and show her why they all still want to survive. As the main character fights along with the rest of the group, she sees the horror and the cruel decisions that one has to make just to go on.
As the main character fights along with the rest of the group, she sees the horror and the cruel decisions that one has to make just to go on.
#8: "We Are Legion" by Dennis E. Taylor. Bob Johansson is a great software engineer. Although his love life is not the best, he's a genius who just sold a piece of software that will allow him to live a privileged life. However, before he gets the rewards for his hard work, he dies while trying to cross the street.
Bob then wakes up 117 years later and discovers that he has been turned into an AI by the US government. He is given a mission to look for a place in space that humans can occupy and live in. However, there are other countries competing against them. Bob faces a tough situation where he has to choose between accepting the mission that will make him a target, or being shut down permanently by the government.
#9: "Kings of the Wyld" by Nicholas Eames. Clay Cooper, the protagonist of this story, is a retired mercenary. Although he was once a mighty and feared warrior, he is now old, fat, and drunk. But when one of his old friends comes to him for help, he tries to gather his old band to go on a mission that might just be too impossible for them to win. Aside from the group's exciting journey, readers are also going to laugh out loud at their humorous adventures.
Clay Cooper, the protagonist of this story, is a retired mercenary.
#10: "Stolen Songbird" by Danielle L. Jensen. Cecille de Troyes, an ordinary farmer's daughter, gets kidnapped by trolls and dragged into their world. All she wants to do is escape. The city is reigned over by a mysterious prince that she is set to marry. However, when she starts making friends, the protagonist also becomes the only hope for the half-blooded trolls. Together with her Prince Tristan, Cecille fights for what is right and tries to change the world for the better.