Weekly Bestsellers, 19 March 2018


Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (Henry Holt) debuts on two print lists this week, ranking #1 on the New York Times YA list, and #13 on the combined USA Today list.

Several other debuts this week: Jason Fry’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (Del Rey), ranking as high as #2 on two lists; Patricia Briggs’ Burn Bright (Ace), #2 on one list; Karen Marie Moning’s ...Read More

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No Wrinkles, and Some Wasted Time: Gary Westfahl Reviews A Wrinkle in Time

When reviewing a film, I’ve always strived to avoid reading anything about it, so I can evaluate the film while untainted by others’ opinions. Today, however, that is no longer possible. In a world where people are starving in Venezuela, and innocent civilians are being slaughtered in Syria, the breaking news each week is the anticipated fortunes of the major films about to be released. So, simply by glancing at ...Read More

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Blinks: Ansible; Guardian reviews; Scott Edelman dines; Events at KGB, Borderlands, SF in SF

» David Langford’s Ansible 368

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Tom Sweterlitsch, Gareth L. Powell, Jen Williams, Sarah Maria Griffin, Elan Mastai

» Scott Edelman dines with David Mack

» KGB Fantastic Fiction hosts Kelly Robson and Chandler Klang Smith, March 21st

» Borderlands hosts John Picacio, Mishell Baker, and Seanan McGuire this month

» SF in SF hosts Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, and Silvia Moreno Garcia, March 25th ...Read More

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New Books : 6 March 2018

Nancy Kress’s If Tomorrow Comes, Jane Yolen’s Mapping the Bones, Daniel H. Wilson’s collection Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, the first English translation of a 1974 novel by Catalan writer Manuel de Pedrolo, and titles by Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Jeremy K. Brown, Steven Brust, Tony Daniel & Christopher Ruocchio, Paul Di Filippo, Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon, Sean Grigsby, Alma ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig (Viking 978-0-525-52287-4, $26, 336pp, hardcover) February 2018

I am not quite sure how I managed to be ignorant of Matt’s Haig’s work prior to this moment, especially since he has produced twelve prior novels–the first appearing in 2004, and one currently optioned for film–and a non-fiction bestseller. I can only blame the incredible and overwhelming plethora of interesting books being produced these ...Read More

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Damaged Goods: Gary Westfahl reviews Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel Annihilation is a magical and mysterious book, and the simplest way to criticize Alex Garland’s film of the novel is to say that it is not a magical and mysterious film. To be sure, director and screenwriter Garland might protest that he did the best he could to convey the essence of VanderMeer’s novel while working within the confines of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, but the bottom ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell

Embers of War, by Gareth L. Powell (Titan 978-1785655180, $14.95, 411pp, trade paperback) February 2018

The first appearance in Interzone that I can track down for Gareth Powell’s fiction is “Memory Dust” in 2009, although he had been publishing elsewhere since 2004. But Interzone is where I personally discovered this marvelous fellow, and I am glad I did. When his pivotal story “Ack-Ack Macaque” showed up (the three allied ...Read More

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Blinks: Naomi Novik on Ursula K. Le Guin; reviews in NYT, Guardian, WaPo

» Naomi Novik’s For Ursula, posted Jan. 24th, is printed in today’s NYT Book Review

» NY Times Book Review: Clare Clark reviews Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Alastair Reynolds, Josiah Bancroft, Chris Beckett, Brooke Bolander, Nick Clark Windo

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell, E.J. Swift, Vandana Singh ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Madness Is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

Madness Is Better Than Defeat, by Ned Beauman (Knopf 978-0-385-35299-4, $27.95, 416pp, hardcover) February 2018

When I reviewed Ned Beauman’s first two novels–Boxer, Beetle and The Teleportation Accident–I concluded by citing “his endless fecundity of invention and specificity. No setting is unburnished, no individual, even walk-ons, left undistinguished. Second, and more amazing, is his patterning ability — a skill so important to an author yet one of ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Tim Wirkus’s The Infinite Future

The Infinite Future, by Tim Wirkus (Penguin Press 978-0-7352-2432-2, $28, 400pp, hardcover) January 2018

The concept of “steam engine time” should be familiar to most SF readers. The notion derives from a line by Charles Fort in his book Lo!. “A social growth cannot find out the use of steam engines, until comes steam-engine-time.” This initial formulation evolved into a broader principle, as defined by the Urban Dictionary: ...Read More

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The Omega Boy: A Review of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, by Gary Westfahl

Although I haven’t read any reviews of the film, I suspect that Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure (simply entitled The Death Cure in the opening credits) will be praised, or condemned, as a routine action film, with a series of exciting, well-executed sequences pitting likable protagonists against impossible odds, stitched together by quieter scenes to advance its plot and develop the characters. In sum, if you like the ...Read More

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