Blinks: Amazon’s Best of 2018; NYT on Shaun Tan, YA fantasy; Alec Nevala-Lee essay and review; LA Times review; Scott Edelman dines

» Amazon’s Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2018 are led by Christelle Dabos’ A Winter’s Promise

» NYT Book Review: Hugo Lindgren’s Everyday Weirdness reviews Shaun Tan, including his new book Tales From Outer Suburbia

» NYT Book Review: Marjorie Ingall reviews YA fantasies by Nova Ren Suma, Neal & Jarrol Shusterman, Alex London, Kendra Fortmeyer

» NYTRB last week: Alec Nevala-Lee on What Isaac Asimov Taught Us About ...Read More

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New Books : 6 November 2018

This long list of new books lets us discover the monsters within, with surgically-reformed murderers, screaming angels, vampire mothers, a voidwitch, fractured fairy tales, garden of eldritch delights, airborne zombie plague, and Someone Like Me

Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Dawn, Glen Hirshberg’s Nothing to Devour, Andy Duncan’s collection An Agent of Utopia, and titles by Tamara Berry, Amanda Bridgeman, M.R. Carey, James Alan Gardner, Christopher Golden, W.L. ...Read More

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New Books : 30 October 2018

Explore the end of the world in this list of 12 new books: an uncharted sea, a border wall. Impending cataclysms, post-apocalypses, and humanity’s war with aliens.

Stephen King’s Elevation, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition illustrated by Charles Vess, Lavie Tidhar’s Unholy Land, and titles by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Shaun Barger, Seth Dickinson, Victor Godinez, Jonathan Maberry, Garth Nix & Sean ...Read More

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Blinks: PW’s Best Books of 2018; Reviews in NYT and WP; John Scalzi’s favorites

» Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2018 includes SF/F/H titles by Sam J. Miller, Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Rena Rossner, Nicky Draden, Lavie Tidhar, and C.L. Polk; the YA list includes Tomi Adeyemi, Neal and Jarrod Shusterman, Tillie Walden, and others

» NYT Book Review: Gilbert Cruz reviews Stephen King’s Elevation; Danielle Trussoni reviews horror from Sarah Perry, Edward Carey, Ellen Datlow, John Ajvide Lindqvist, and Andrew ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Ellen Datlow’s The Best of the Best Horror of the Year

The Best of the Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow (Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-983-2, $17.99, 432pp, trade paperback) October 2018

In the hurly-burly of making literature—writing fiction, buying it, editing it, publishing it, selling it, promoting it, reviewing it—one’s focus is always on the immediate. Tasks to do, commitments, hopes and aspirations, victories and defeats, what’s new now, the latest thing. Faddish trends can intrude, ...Read More

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New Books : 23 October 2018

What character will you choose from this week’s new books? A Green Rider, a mage-in-training, a geomancer, a holy soldier, a teenaged assassin, an amateur magician, a boarding house full of outlaw scientists, or a storyteller accused of witchcraft?

Alec Nevala-Lee’s nonfiction Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Red Moon, and ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan

Thin Air, by Richard K. Morgan (Del Rey 978-0345493125, $28, 544pp, hardcover) October 2018

I was bowled over by Richard Morgan’s debut, Altered Carbon, and the sequels—Broken Angels and Woken Furies—that fleshed out the saga of Takeshi Kovacs. Exciting, gritty, muscular nth-generation cyberpunk, self-aware yet not archly ironic or parodic, they took the tropes of that subgenre and amped them up to reflect the harsh realities ...Read More

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New in Paperback : October 2018

Young protagonists rule this list of new October paperbacks, with books by Nnedi Okorafor, Garth Nix & Sean Williams, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Rae Carson, and Orson Scott Card

Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior, Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City, James S.A. Corey’s Persepolis Rising, and titles by Pierce Brown, Orson Scott Card, Rae Carson, Susan Dennard, Mercedes Lackey, Sarah J. Maas, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Garth Nix & ...Read More

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New Books : 16 October 2018

These 10 new books are a fantastic mix of horror, space stories, and magic. Find Cthulhu, space pirates, and Elemental Master Sherlock Holmes all on this week’s list!

Gardner Dozois’ anthology The Book of Magic, Steven Erikson’s Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart, John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire, and titles by Lila Bowen, Paula Guran, S.T. Joshi, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Mercedes Lackey, Tim Major, and R.E. Stearns. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews By the Pricking of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts

By the Pricking of Her Thumb, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz 978-1473221499, $24.99, 272pp, hardcover) August 2018

I seem to recall a character from one of John Barth’s early novels who wanted to live a life of utter unpredictability and inconsistency, as a kind of embodiment of the chaos principle. But then with a shock the man realized that total inconsistency was a kind of predictability. And so he picked ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 15 October 2018

 

Several titles debut this week, beginning with Anne Rice’s Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (Knopf), ranking #5 on two lists, and David Weber’s Uncompromising Honor (Baen), ranking on three lists as high as #7.

Other debuts, as shown in the table below, are by David Levithan, Ransom Riggs, Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Laini Taylor, and Martha Wells. ...Read More

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One Small Step for a Family Man: Gary Westfahl Reviews First Man

Some people may wonder why a science fiction film reviewer is discussing a completely realistic film about an actual man and his actual accomplishments. But I can offer a simple explanation: I am reviewing, reasonably enough, a remake of the film that won science fiction’s Hugo Award as the “Best Dramatic Presentation” of 1969: namely, “News Coverage of Apollo 11.” (For even though, as I have noted elsewhere, space travel ...Read More

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Blinks: NYT on feminist dystopias; Reviews; Ansible; Scott Edelman

» New York Times front page on Wednesday: How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety, discussing works by Sophie Mackintosh, Naomi Alderman, Louise Erdrich, Joyce Carol Oates, and others

» NY Times Book Review: Amal El-Mohtar reviews C.L. Polk, Robert Jackson Bennett, John Schoffstall, Rachael K. Jones

» David Langford’s Ansible 375

» Scott Edelman dines with K. Tempest Bradford and Pat Cadigan ...Read More

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New Books : 9 October 2018

10 new October books, including follow-ups to: Power Play (Ben Bova), Rift Uprising (Amy Foster), Gilded Cage (Vic James), Miss Peregrine’s Home (Ransom Riggs), and The Tiger’s Daughter (K. Arsenault Rivera)

Ursula K. Le Guin’s last book of poems, So Far So Good: Poems 2014–2018, and other titles by Dale Bailey, Ben Bova, Amy S. Foster, Vic James, Gary Kemble, Marie O’Regan, Ransom Riggs, K. Arsenault Rivera, and K.B. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews The Apex Book of World SF 5

The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 5, edited by Cristina Jurado and Lavie Tidhar (Apex, $16.95, 359pp, hardcover) October 2018

It can be convincingly argued, I believe, that the expressed genuine interest of the English-speaking SF audience in foreign science fiction is exactly coterminous with the birth of the genre. For did not the very first issue of Amazing in 1926 feature work by Jules Verne? Yes, that’s ...Read More

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New Books : 2 October 2018

N.K. Jemisin & John Joseph Adams’ The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, Ellen Datlow’s The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction, Derek Künsken’s debut novel The Quantum Magician, Rich Larson’s debut collection Tomorrow Factory, and titles by Charlie Jane Anders, Terry Brooks, Catherine Cerveny, Julie E. Czerneda, N.S. Dolkart, Brendan DuBois, Dave Duncan, Jennifer Estep, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton

Salvation, by Peter F. Hamilton (Del Rey 978-0399178764, $30, 576pp, hardcover) September 2018

Peter Hamilton just keeps getting better and better with each book, more assured and more craftsmanly adroit, and more inventive. And to his credit, he wants to stretch and try different things, not just repeat himself. His newest–the first in a fresh cycle–is, to my eye, rather different than any of his previous books. I detect ...Read More

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New Books : 25 September 2018

Fulfill your sense of fantastical and SFnal mystery with new September books: Small Spaces, The Agony House, Sisters of the Winter Wood, The Astronaut’s Son, and Foe!

Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City, Alice Hoffman & Lisa Hoffman’s Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic, Sheldon Teitelbaum & Emmanuel Lottem’s Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature, and titles by Katherine Arden, Grace Draven, ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 24 September 2018

 

A new thriller by Dean Koontz, The Forbidden Door (Bantam), debuts on three lists, ranking as high as #5 on two of them.

Note that an error today on the Publishers Weekly website replaces the Children’s Frontlist Fiction list with a repeat of the Children’s Picture Books list; thus none of the YA titles that ranked on the PW list last week show up this week. ...Read More

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