New Books : 6 August 2019

Fantasy series are everywhere on this week’s list of new books! New volumes in The Age of Dread, Vorkosigan, Witchy Eye, The Custard Protocol, Monster Hunter, Legends of the Alfar, The Poppy War, Dragons of Terra, and The Dragon Corsairs series. New titles this week are by Stephen Aryan, Damien Broderick, Lois McMaster Bujold, D.J. Butler, Gail Carriger, Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt, Julie E. Czerneda, Joel Dane, J.P. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Stealing Worlds by Karl Schroeder

Stealing Worlds, Karl Schroeder (Tor 978-0-7653-9998-4, $29.99, 320pp, hardcover) June 2019

There are a handful of SF writers whose novels are both vastly entertaining and which also serve as engineer-level blueprints for refashioning the world. In this category I would put Kim Stanley Robinson, Vernor Vinge, Cory Doctorow, William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Charles Stross. Now, with a shift in his focus from far futures ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman

The Ghost Clause, Howard Norman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 978-0544987296, $27, 256pp, hardcover) July 2019

Never having read any of Howard Norman’s previous dozen widely acclaimed books, I was eager to have cause to trek through his newest, due to its falling within my fantastika remit. I discovered a charming, meticulously crafted, laid-back ghost story, a kind of inversion of Thorne Smith’s Topper, not quite so absurdist. Whereas, in that ...Read More

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New Books : 23 July 2019

What strange places this week? There’s a polluted planet run by a Goblin King; a scholar who can bring literary characters into the real world; a dreamhacker; a retired astronaut sent to the edge of the Solar System…. New titles this week are by C.S.E. Cooney, Emily Devenport, Suzette Haden Elgin, Fonda Lee, H.G. Parry, Anthony Ryan, J. Michael Straczynski, Tricia Sullivan, and David Wellington. ...Read More Read more

New Books : 16 July 2019

Get your sci-fi fix with a new Three-Body Problem, the Grand Tour sequence, 50 years of Lunar science fiction, a time war, and the ninth volume of Galactic Heroes! New titles this week are by Baoshu, Ben Bova, Neil Clarke, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski, Molly Gloss, Kerstin Hall, Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel, Christopher Ruocchio, Rudolfo A. Serna, Yoshiki Tanaka, Heather Webber, and ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Intimations of Death by Felix Timmermans

Intimations of Death, Felix Timmermans (Valancourt Books 978-1948405409, $15.99, 152pp, trade paperback) July 2019

The past is a seemingly inexhaustible trove of forgotten wonders. At least so the current literary rediscovery and reprint bonanza would tell us. (With concurrence from the music world, where lost tapes of fabulous concerts resurface regularly.) Formerly rare and unobtainable and legendary volumes such as The Ship That Sailed to Mars and The Temple ...Read More

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New Books : 9 July 2019

Kids hunting ghosts, firefighters battling dragons, a mathematical genius who fights crime, and a family defeating Lucifer! 12 new books this week: New titles this week are by Ann Aguirre, Craig Davidson, Sean Grigsby, S.L. Huang, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Lim, Cherie Priest, Jonathan Strahan, Michael J. Sullivan, Tade Thompson, Felix Timmermans, and Eric Van Lustbader. ...Read More Read more

New Books : 2 July 2019

Apocalypses aplenty for your Fourth of July week! Find them in THE HEART OF HELL; a skin-sealing epidemic; IMMUNITY from contagion; TYGER BURNING; a post-apocalyptic landscape called the Misery; zombies; ALPHA AND OMEGA; and a sleepwalking epidemic. New titles this week are by Wayne Barlowe, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Naomi Booth, Erin Bowman, Neil Clarke, Jennifer Estep, Charles E. Gannon, Duncan M. Hamilton, Marko Kloos, T.C. McCarthy, Ed McDonald, Peter McLean, ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull (Blackstone 978-1538584644, $26.99, 290pp, hardcover) June 2019

The nations of the Caribbean are so close to the USA, and share such a rich, tangled, fraught history with the States, that one would imagine many writers would have capitalized on the consanguinity to set their fantasies or futures there. And yet the bibliography at the handy website Caribbean SF lists titles for only thirty-some relevant novels. ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-267249-0, $26.99, 432pp, hardcover) June 2019

The history, culture, folklore, politics and superstitions of Middle Europe — otherwise Central Europe or, more exotically, Mitteleuropa, countries including Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and Albania — offer a rich mine of narrative and thematic possibilities. The same goes for the lands ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion, Blake Crouch (Crown 978-1-5247-5978-0, $27, 336pp, hardcover) June 2019

It’s easy to recognize a certain kind of technothriller bestseller, even one that’s skillfully done. The characters are not necessarily flat, but, for easy readerly absorption, they spring from readily identifiable societal niches: cop, businessman, housewife, general, terrorist. The language is pared down and highly cinematic, with lots of scenes plainly intended for the big screen. Not much introspection ...Read More

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New Books : 11 June 2019

The elixir of eternal life, a priest of war, The Last Supper Before Ragnarok, the God of Broken Things, galactic AI Gods, and quite nice Good Omens are all on this week’s list of new books! New titles this week are by Taylor Anderson, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston, Peter Cawdron, Blake Crouch, Neil Gaiman, Ada Hoffmann, Cameron Johnston, Richard Kadrey, Cassandra Khaw, Barbara Krasnoff, ...Read More Read more