This Top Ten Tuesday’s Topic is Horror and Sci-Fi Books for the Beach. These are books that (sometimes for not so obvious reasons) flick off the light and fluffy, but still give you a thrill while you’re relaxing in the sand. Might not want to go in the water after reading them, but, eh, that’s your issue! (Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish)
Top Ten Horror and Sci-Fi Books for the Beach
The Deep by Nick Cutter -A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine. – Goodreads Synopsis ((Psst: I’m listening to this right now, and it’s creeeeeeepsy.))
The Elementals by Michael McDowelll – After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and Luker McCray since they were boys and which still haunts their nightmares. Something horrific that may be responsible for several terrible and unexplained deaths years earlier – and is now ready to kill again . . . – Goodreads Synopsis
Commander Devon Ardel is sent to a remote base on a backwater world to take over a struggling starfighter squadron. She soon realizes that her pilot’s simply lack the will to fight an enemy that has dominated them for months. Inspiring her people to fight proves easy enough until the enemy retaliates with a new and deadly fighter. Now she must figure out new tactics and overcome an enemy ace who threatens to kill them all in single combat aerial duels.
A gripping story of fighter pilots at war, told in the spirit of classic air combat yarns. – ((I just read this a few days ago. Great read. Perfect for the beach because the planet it’s set on….well, you’ll see.))
A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old…. ((just think about that while you’re sunning yourself beside the ocean…alien life could be waiting for discovery in the deepest parts of it…))
WHAT’S A WOMAN GONNA DO …When American Indians from the future move their entire island nation to our Earth, Ell Harmon makes the first alien contact. The take-charge Seattle biologist has yearned to find intelligent aliens, and her dream comes true when she meets Prince Tro Eaglesbrood.
Ell and Tro are quarantined together, while the fearful world wonders whether the newcomers are friends or foes, neighbors or conquerors. Ell knows Tro is honorable and Kwadrans are peaceful … but how to convince the world?
… WHEN SHE’S QUARANTINED WITH AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ALIEN?….They broadcast a show, which she flippantly titles Alien Contact for Idiots. Every day, Ell interviews Tro and tries to humanize Kwadrans. The show is wildly popular, and the romance developing on-screen between Ell and Tro reassures the world. If a smart woman like her can fall for a Kwadran, they must not be monsters, right?
But Tro’s duty lies with his people, and soon that duty threatens not only the show but Ell’s heart — as well as the peace and survival of our world. ((This is the perfect light ‘n’ fluffy read for the beach. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you need to go in to the cold water to stall your hormones for a minute.))
…. and that’s all I got. Sorry, folks. I’m a firm believer in reading whatever you want, wherever you want, so it’s hard to theme this kind of thing. Hopefully these give you some ideas, though.
Let me know what you’d choose for books for the beach!