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

New Books : 4 June 2019

Get more bang for your book with these thick titles: Wastelands: The New Apocalypse (528pp), Spine of the Dragon (528pp), The Soul of Power (480pp), My Enemy’s Enemy (448pp), Ghosts of the Shadow Market (624pp!), Fray (496pp), and Fall; or, Dodge in Hell (880pp!!!)
New titles this week are by John Joseph Adams, David Afsharirad, Kevin J. Anderson, Callie Bates, James Brogden, Robert Buettner, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Cassandra Clare (et ...Read More Read more

Best Monster in a Supporting Role: Gary Westfahl Reviews Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters is not the worst Godzilla movie ever made, and when referring to the American films, that constitutes a high compliment; for after watching the first American Godzilla (1998), I personally thought that it was the worst Godzilla movie ever, until I watched the 2014 American Godzilla (review here) and concluded, somewhat controversially, that it was even worse. Nevertheless, any list of the top ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Million Mile Road Trip by Rudy Rucker

Million Mile Road Trip, Rudy Rucker (Night Shade Books 978-1-59780-992-4, $24.99, 504pp, hardcover) May 2019.

It’s been a highly productive year or so for Rudy Rucker. In August of 2018 he self-published the excellent Return to the Hollow Earth (review here). Now, only nine months later, from his new publisher Night Shade, comes Million Mile Road Trip, along with reissues of nine of his classics. Who says life ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit 978-0316452533, $15.99, 608pp, trade paperback) May 2019.

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s opener in this series, Children of Time, snapped up the Clarke Award for its year of publication, and it’s easy to see why. The book combines Stapledonian vistas with intimate human dramas, along with top-notch conceptualizations of an alien civilization. Toss in an Armageddon-extinction scenario, a generation starship, and a half-bonkers AI-posthuman godling, ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo Reviews Novellas by Spinrad, Gloss, McCleary, and Powers

General Strike, Norman Spinrad (Self-published 978-1091528574, $7.00, 61pp, trade paperback) March 2019.

Outside the Gates, Molly Gloss (Saga Press 978-1534414983, $24.99, 128pp, trade paperback) January 2019.

Too Fat to Go to the Moon, Rob McCleary (Zero Books 978-1785352317, $13.95, 160pp, trade paperback) April 2019.

More Walls Broken, Tim Powers (Subterranean 978-1596068865, $25.00, 136pp, trade paperback) February 2019.

The widespread interest in—and production of—novellas continues apace. Large ...Read More

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