What are the best Jewish-written sci-fi and fantasy books?

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    #1Anansi Boys

    Anansi Boys

    Neil Gaiman's novel Anansi Boys is about Fat Charlie, who discovered his lineage after his father's death. Aside from the surprise of having a brother, Charlie also found out he is a demigod, which means life just got more exciting, but also more dangerous. 

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    Virginia Peterson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Anansi Boys is full of surprises. It will leave you wanting more. This is a good read if you are into the sci-fi genre."
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    #2The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union

    The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon is a science fiction and literary detective novel originally published in 2007. This book won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award for Best Novel, and more.

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    Amalia Franco
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book has so many twists and turns! It's a fast-paced sci-fi novel with a detective, a crime, and a mystery! Not my usual genre, but I had a lot of fun reading this. The glossary really helped me understand a lot of the Yiddish words, which was good because there is so much going on in this book. You definitely need to be paying attention and keeping track. This isn't a beach read, but it's so worth it!"
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    #3Briar Rose

    Briar Rose

    Briar Rose is a young adult fantasy novel by Jane Yolen which follows the story of Rebecca and how she discovers that she is actually the Briar Rose in her grandmother's stories. It was published in 2002 by Tor Teen.

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    Vincent Gonzalez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a great book that is a retell of classic story of Sleeping Beauty, except that it takes place during the Holocaust. It is a very powerful book and should be mandatory reading for all grade school kids in some point in there education"
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    #4I, Robot

    I, Robot
    I, Robot is a series of short stories by the acclaimed author of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. It tells the story of robots outfitted with a "positronic brain" that allows them to feel what it is to be human, despite being made of metal.
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    Alan Bates
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I received this as a Hanukkah gift. I had mentioned I was interested in reading some fiction by a Jewish author. So this is what my mother decided on. It's really engaging. I read it in 2 days. Very great writing style. The way he makes you visualize what's going on is amazing. I highly recommend this book."
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    #5Maus

    Maus

    This metaphoric comic winner of the Pulitzer Prize by Art Spiegelman tells us the story of the father of the author during World War II. The story mixes past and present while the author asks his father about his own story. 

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    Jack Bailey
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Browsing through the reviews and comments about Maus, I saw that there was some question as to whether the hardcover edition comprised Parts I and II. This is understandable because the product is listed in Amazon as "The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (No 1)," which seems contradictory."
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    #6Six of Crows

    Six of Crows

    Six of Crows is the first book in the Six of Crows series. This young adult fantasy fiction novel is written by Leigh Bardugo, and it was published in 2015.

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    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I recently bought the book Six of Crows as a birthday present for a friend of mine, and I'm pretty sure he's gonna enjoy reading it. The book is a fantasy fiction novel that's part of a series of books, and, being the first chapter, is a good point to start with. I suggest it to everyone."
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    #7The Plot Against America

    The Plot Against America

    In the Presidential Election of 1940, the isolationist Charles A. Lindberg defeats Franklin Roosevelt. One of the first actions Lindberg is to negotiate a cordial 'understanding' with Adolf Hitler, accepting the conquests and crimes in Europe. 

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    #8The Demolished Man

    The Demolished Man

    The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester is a science fiction novel originally published in 1952. The first edition of this book was released by Shasta Publishers. The Demolished Man won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1953.

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    Gregory Hunter
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This was an absolutely magnificent novel. I was blown away at this fascinating study of character and was exactly what I was looking for when searching for a Jewish author."
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    #9People of the Book

    People of the Book

    People of the Book is a 2008 historical fiction novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. It focuses on a book conservator, Hanna Health, as she attempts to restore the Sarajevo Haggadah, a Jewish manuscript.
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    Cherry Xiao
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I found People to the Book to be very well written. It kept me so engage in stories that I did not want to put the book down. I learned a lot about the Sarajevo Haggadah that I did not already know. I personally do not feel that is should be classified as fantasy as it was a true story. "
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    #10A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)

    A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)

    A Harvest of Ripe Figs is a Jewish young adult LGBT fantasy fiction and the third book in Mangoverse series written by Shira Glassman. It is first published in 2015 by Prizm Books. 

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    Tiffany Newman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Boring. I've read this and that's all I can say about it. Too many people think they are authors when in fact they are not. Really puts me to sleep. Definitely a nice faux book if you need it for decor."
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    #11The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle. First published in 1968 by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K., it centers on the tale of a unicorn.

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    Marilyn Walsh
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Originally I discovered this novel in a second-handed book store. I started reading it and ... crap!! ... some of the pages were missing. It intrigued me to the point of me actually breaking down and buying a new book (I am really cheap .. er.. frugal. The Last Unicorn is a lovely story. The description of the characters and surroundings are vivid .. lovely."

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Best What are the best Jewish-written sci-fi and fantasy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anansi BoysBooks 32 Paid
2The Yiddish Policemen's UnionBooks 30 Paid
3Briar RoseBooks 26 Paid
4I, RobotBooks 24 Paid
5MausBooks 21 Paid
6Six of CrowsBooks 18 Paid
7The Plot Against AmericaBooks 18 Paid
8The Demolished ManBooks 17 Paid
9People of the BookBooks 15 Paid
10A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)Books 10 Paid
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