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All Out of Bubblegum: Hard-Hitting SF

There's action to suit every taste in the speculative fiction genre: space ships slugging it out over stellar distances, charming rogues performing acts of derring-do, armies out-maneuvering each other with the tactical elegance of chess pieces, noble adventurers braving unknown dangers and creatures... and then there are the books on this month's list. 

Sometimes, you're just not in the mood for nobility or skillful tactics.  You don't want a plucky, hopeful teenager saving the world and ruining your perfectly bad mood.  What you want is blood, and plenty of it.  You want a hard, wild ride.  You want a gritty, in-your-face action tale with lots of stuff getting hacked off or blown up. 

Titles like these aren't for everyone (certainly no one without a strong stomach)-- they're visceral, dark, and unapologetically violent.  But occasionally, that's exactly what you're looking for after a day of frustrating paperwork and road rage.  (Far better to work out those issues in fiction than at home, yes?)  If you're a fan of movies like Pitch Black, Death Race, Aliens, or even Shoot 'Em Up or Fight Club, this is the reading list for you!

These heroes have come to kick tail and chew bubblegum... and they're all out of gum.

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (Fantasy Abercrombie)
Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett (SF Abnett)
Total Recall by Piers Anthony (SF Anthony)
Cowl by Neal Asher (Pbk-SF Asher)
Edge by Thomas Blackthorne (Pbk-SF Blackthorne)
Control Point by Myke Cole (Pbk-Fantasy Cole)
Midnight Blue: The Sonja Blue Collection by Nancy A. Collins (Fiction Collins)
Child of Fire by Harry Connolly (Pbk-Fantasy Connolly)
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia (Fantasy Correia)
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (Express Horror Duncan)
Fell: Feral City by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (741.5 Ellis)
Preacher: Book One by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (741.5973 Ennis)
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep (Pbk-Fantasy Estep)
High Bloods by John Farris (Horror Farris)
White Wolf by David Gemmell (Fantasy Gemmell)
Feed by Mira Grant (Horror Grant)
Death's Head by David Gunn (SF Gunn)
God's War by Kameron Hurley (SF Hurley)
Already Dead by Charlie Huston (Horror Huston)
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey (Horror Kadrey)
Wicked City: Black Guard by Hideyuki Kikuchi (Horror Kikuchi)
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Fantasy Lawrence)
30 Days of Night by Tim Lebbon (Pbk-Horror Lebbon)
The Conqueror's Shadow by Ari Marmell (Fantasy Marmell)
Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding (Pbk-Fantasy Meding)
Black Light by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, & Stephen Romano (Express Horror Melton)
Hater by David Moody (Fiction Moody)
The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan (Fantasy Morgan)
Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson and Emma Rios (741.5973 Nelso)
Orcs: Forged for War by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood (Express 741.5941 Nich)
City of Others by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson (741.5973 Niles)
Blood Blade by Marcus Pelegrimas (Pbk-Horror Pelegrimas)
Crossover by Joel Shepherd (SF Shepherd)
Black Magic by Masamune Shirow (741.5952 Shiro)
The Electric Church by Jeff Somers (SF Somers)
A Shot in the Dark by K. A. Stewart (Pbk-Fantasy Stewart)
A Taint in the Blood by S. M. Stirling (Horror Stirling)
T2: Rising Storm by S. M. Stirling (SF Stirling)
Caine Black Knife by Matthew Stover (Fantasy Stover)
Bite Marks: A Vampire Testament by Terence Taylor (Horror Taylor)
Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck (Pbk-Fantasy Tuck)
13 Bullets by David Wellington (Horror Wellington)
I Don't Want To Kill You by Dan Wells (Horror Wells)
Brunner the Bounty Hunter by C. L. Werner (Fantasy Werner)
All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson (Horror Wilson)

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