New Books : 19 February 2019

13 new science fiction and fantasy books this week, including: 12 dark fantasy stories in COLLISION by J.S. Breukelaar; 16 stories translated from Chinese in BROKEN STARS, edited by Ken Liu; and 25 original stories, plus nine microstories by China Mieville, in THE OUTCAST HOURS, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin.
New titles this week are by J. S. Breukelaar, Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre, P. Djéli Clark, T. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds

Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds (Orbit 978-0316555708, $15.99, 448pp, trade paperback, January 2019)

A person huddles alone in the wreckage of a spaceship, body glowing with strange patterns of light. And all that the person can think of is revenge on those responsible for the situation.

Sounds familiar, right? Good old Gully Foyle in The Stars My Destination. Well, surprisingly, that’s not the book under discussion today. Instead, we ...Read More

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New Books : 12 February 2019

11 new books this week, including several continuing series: Susan Dennard’s BLOODWITCH; TERMINAL UPRISING by Jim C. Hines; THE REVENANT EXPRESS by George Mann; and David Moody’s ALL ROADS LEAD HERE.
New titles this week are by Charlie Jane Anders, Susan Dennard, Jasper Fforde, Jim C. Hines, George Mann, Kate Mascarenhas, David Moody, Sylvain Neuvel, Leife Shallcross, Sharma Shields, and Jodie Lynn Zdrok. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews Arkad’s World by James Cambias

Arkad’s World by James Cambias (Baen 978-1-4814-8370-4, $24, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)

One of my all-time favorite SF novels is Earthblood, by Keith Laumer and Rosel George Brown. It’s a space operatic quest following the life of a man called Roan, from youth to maturity. He’s the only human, and despised, in a galaxy of oddball aliens, and he’s determined to find the rest of his species on the ...Read More

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New Books : 5 February 2019

Royalty reigns over this list of 17 new books: evil queens, the ruin of kings, a space princess, and five royal daughters!
New titles this week are by Larry Correia, Theodora Goss, Joanna Hathaway, Micah Dean Hicks, Darius Hinks, Marlon James, Victor LaValle & John Joseph Adams, Jenn Lyons, Evie Manieri, Jessie Mihalik, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Scotto Moore, Larry Niven, Patrice Sarath, S.A. Sidor, Kristen Simmons, and Kim Wilkins. ...Read More Read more

Paul Di Filippo reviews The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-267813-3, $26.99, 640pp, hardcover, January 2019)

Chakraborty’s second novel, a sequel to The City of Brass, which I reviewed on this site, continues to chronicle with grace and elegance the ongoing exploits of Nahri, once an unassuming child of Cairo’s streets, whose true role was proven to be the scion of a race of magical healers. When her mystical powers ...Read More

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New Books : 29 January 2019

Gods rule this week’s new books: Inuit and Viking gods battle in THE WOLF IN THE WHALE by Jordanna Max Brodsky; TIDE OF THE TITANS by Thoraiya Dyer is about the gods and goddesses of thirteen cities in a forest canopy; and R.A. Salvatore’s latest RECKONING OF FALLEN GODS. 
Other new titles this week by Mike Ashley, Leigh Bardugo, Robert Jackson Bennett, Mike Chen, Simon Ings, Michelle Sagara, and Shaun ...Read More Read more

New Books : 22 January 2019

From the Middle East; to Guerdon, a city of saints and thieves; to the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate & Sword; to the lower wards of Kahnzoka, a great port city of the Blessed Empire; to the Golden State, there are many places to explore in these new books!
New titles this week are by Josiah Bancroft, Michael Chabon, S.A. Chakraborty, Curtis Craddock, Gareth Hanrahan, Henry Lien, Chuck Wendig, Django ...Read More Read more

New Books : 15 January 2019

Explore the past with a time traveling professor, or an alternate history WWII secret magical warfare program.
Explore the future with fox-magic space opera, or in a cursed pirate spaceship.
Explore both with a novel about a detective who solves crimes by traveling to alternate pasts and futures.
New titles this week are by Gregory Benford, Terry Goodkind, Yoon Ha Lee, David Mack, Christopher Paolini, Alastair Reynolds, S. Andrew Swann, ...Read More Read more

No Devils in the Deep Blue Sea: Gary Westfahl Reviews Aquaman

Yes, I will admit, I would have preferred to see fewer brutal fistfights accompanied by the amplified sound of crunching lettuce and more leisurely attention to the imaginative underwater environments that mostly serve as backdrops for the film’s incessant free-for-falls; and yes, the film would have benefited from some judicious editing to reduce its two-and-a-half hour length to two hours. But overall, Aquaman qualifies as a successful superhero film, persuasively ...Read More

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Blinks: Time’s Best Fantasy; Reviews by Di Filippo, Brown

» Time: The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018 are by Adeyemi, Kuang, Maas, Miller, Suri, Novik, Bennett, Tolkien, Penelope, and Harris

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo on The Future is (Nearly) Now: Science Fiction’s View of 2018, discussing Nick Clark Windo, Ahmed Saadawi, John Scalzi, Chandler Klang Smith, and Gordon Van Gelder

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Whiteley, Cobley, Jemisin, Owen, and Cogman ...Read More

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Practically Imperfect in Every Way: Gary Westfahl Reviews Mary Poppins Returns

Since Mary Poppins Returns was one of those rare films falling within my area of expertise that was of interest to my other family members, I watched it in the company of my wife and granddaughter, and I should report that six-year-old Serena Michelle Kong thoroughly enjoyed the film, explaining that she found it just as delightful as its esteemed precursor Mary Poppins (1964). And perhaps, that is the only ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 17 December 2018

Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness (McElderry) debuts strongly on two lists.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
12.16 LAT
12.16 USAT
12.09 PW
12.17 Amz
(12.17) UK:
Amz UK
(12.17) Canada:
Amz.ca
(12.17) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed 10×3 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone 03.12.18 / 41 6 = x xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. Clare, ...Read More Read more