Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Holt 3/18) West African lore infuses this young-adult fantasy novel, the first book in the Legacy of Orisha trilogy and a first novel gathering considerable acclaim. Zélie fights to reclaim her people’s magic and stop the monarchy’s ruthless efforts to eradicate it.
Elizabeth Bear, Stone Mad (Tor.com Publishing 3/18) The steampunk Old West fantasy adventures of Karen Memory continue in this rollicking ...Read MoreRead more
Prior to my career as a writer, I worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation. My job was to help communities prepare for natural and man-made events, some of them bordering on apocalyptic. I spent most of my time working with communities to prepare for these disasters, but I also spent time in the field observing and documenting the aftermath when disaster struck. Seeing how devastating ...Read MoreRead more
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month 1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 4 1 2) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 4 3 3) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 2 2 4) Child of a Mad God, R.A. Salvatore (Tor) 1 – 5) Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce (Random House) 1 – 6) Into the Fire, Elizabeth Moon (Del Rey) 1 – 7) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 4 4 ...Read More
This is the 349th week that George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has appeared on this bestseller list compilation page since these weekly pages began in January 2003, covering now not quite 800 weeks. It’s the record; next is Martin’s A Game of Thrones, on 276 weekly pages, then Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, on 275 weekly pages. ...Read More Read more
Greg Egan’s Phoresis, R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War; collections and novellas by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Priya Sharma, Steven Rasnic Tem, and Connie Willis; an anthology from Bill Campbell, & Francesco Verso; and novels by James Abbott, Joseph Brassey, Emily Devenport, Faith Hunter, Sarah J. Maas, Sylvain Neuvel, Eliot Peper, S.A. Sidor, Jodi Taylor, and Steve White & Charles E. Gannon. ...Read MoreRead more
Two published books debut this week: Richard Powers’ novel The Overstory (Norton), ranking as high as #12 on the New York Times list; and a Star Wars novel by Daniel José Older, Last Shot (Del Rey), ranking #15 on the NYT list.
And forthcoming in November, but already selling on two Amazon lists: George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood: A History of House Targaryen of Westeros, Volume 1 (Bantam). ...Read MoreRead more
Kelly Barnhill, Dreadful Young Ladies (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2/18) Newbery Medal winner Barnhill’s first collection presents nine fantastic stories for adults, infused by her very distinctive, poetic voice, with tales full of fairytale elements, interesting insects, and ladies who refuse to follow the rules, including the title character of the quirkily dystopian novella, “The Unlicensed Magician”.
Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell, The Tangled Lands (Saga 2/18) ...Read MoreRead more
Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12, John Scalzi’s Head On, Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City, Jack McDevitt’s The Long Sunset, and titles by Bryan Camp, Cass Morris, Emma Newman, Jeremy C. Shipp, and AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller. ...Read MoreRead more
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month 1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 2 2) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 1 – 3) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 3 1 4) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 3 6 5) Neogenesis, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen) 1 – 6) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 2 3 7) The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition, William Goldman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ...Read More
Michael Benson’s Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, Neil Clarke’s The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Three, Samuel R. Delany’s collection The Atheist in the Attic, Richard Powers’ The Overstory, and titles by R.S. Belcher, Kendare Blake, D.J. Butler, Leo Carew, David Drake, Sarah Beth Durst, Kevin Hearne, Margaret Killjoy, Mark Lawrence, Jeff Noon, Chris Roberson, and ...Read MoreRead more
Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140, Victor LaValle’s The Changeling, David Brin & Stephen R. Potts’ anthology Chasing Shadows, and titles by Kristen Britain, Jack Campbell, Steven Erikson, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Maberry, Sylvain Neuvel, V.E. Schwab, Catherynne M. Valente, and Michael Z. Williamson. ...Read MoreRead more
Nick Harkaway, Gnomon (Knopf 1/18) The world of Gnomon is the ultimate panopticon surveillance state, with every word and action recorded, and the overarching authority of the System can even access the memories and thoughts of its citizens. When an alleged dissident dies during an interrogation, a state inspector delves into the victim’s mind, and discovers impossible memories of various lives… and a cipher that could reveal world-altering secrets. Harkaway ...Read MoreRead more