TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Opinionated Book Lover

I love a good sci-fi or fantasy TV series, perhaps more than I like those genres of books. If you’re in a similar boat but looking for a good book, check out these recommendations based on some beloved TV series.

Sherlock/Penny Dreadful --> Stalking Jack the Ripper

Sherlock/Penny Dreadful…Stalking Jack the Ripper

I admit I haven’t watched all of Penny Dreadful. My husband didn’t like it as much as I did, so it kind of feel by the wayside. I don’t watch much TV alone these days because usually I’d rather be reading. But we both love Sherlock, although we have 2 episodes to go in the latest season.

When I read Stalking Jack the Ripper late last year, it reminded me a lot of the setting of Penny Dreadful and the character of Thomas reminded me of Sherlock. If you like either of those shows, check out Stalking Jack the Ripper. The second book comes is due out in September, so you may want to wait until then. Although the book doesn’t end with a cliffhanger.

Once Upon a Time --> The Lunar Chronicles

Once Upon a Time…The Lunar Chronicles

If you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles by now, you probably don’t read a lot of book blogs, but in case you need a final push, I didn’t want to skip this series. Like Once Upon a Time, Marissa Meyer has woven together many fairy tales (Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White) into an amazing series of YA books. But the twist is that these books are sci-fi. Cinderella is a cyborg with an android sidekick, etc. It all works so well. Marissa Meyer is a master at world building, and the books in this series (CinderScarletCress, and Winter) just keep getting better and better. There’s even a back story book for the evil queen (Fairest),  who plays the roll of the bad guy in all 4 books, similar to Regina in Once Upon a Time. And of course some short stories at fit into the series, including an amazing epilogue (Stars Above). Can you tell I’m a big fan? It’s my second favorite series ever, after Harry Potter.

Firefly --> Starflight/Starfall


We all know that Firefly ended too soon. It only got one season and a movie, but it’s got such an amazing cast of characters and a huge fanbase. When I read Starflight a few months ago, it reminded me a lot of the squad goals from Firefly, and it takes place in space in a similar world. It’s YA, but it’s not angsty. Check it out if you liked Firefly. The sequel, Starfall, just released last month, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy from my library.


Are you a fan of these TV shows? Do you have other book recommendations? I’d love to hear them.


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    1. Thanks. I tried to get my husband to read Starflight since he’s such a huge Firefly fan. And I have been begging him for years to read The Lunar Chronicles. Sadly, he’s not much of a reader. I may have to get him the audio, and then he might actually “read” them. 🙂 Let me know if you like Starflight. It also had a Titanic vibe at the beginning.

    1. I’m curious whether you’ll like Penny Dreadful – I need to watch more of that show. I’m still not sure where it’s heading, but it’s the same period as Stalking Jack the Ripper. Oh my, you will LOVE Firefly. It’s an adult show, but I see a lot of the same character elements as Starflight. I need to read Starfall to see whether it heads the same direction. Let me know how those shows work out for you.

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