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

London Rolling, or, The Empire Slides Back: Gary Westfahl Reviews Mortal Engines

I must first admit that I enjoyed Christian Rivers’s Mortal Engines far more than I thought I would, and the film’s first hour definitely qualifies as a marvelous piece of entertainment. Unfortunately, this story about motorized, traveling cities starts to sputter and run out of gas as it progresses, at the precise time when the filmmakers evidently believed that they were ratcheting up the excitement to an even greater level. ...Read More

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Classic Reprints, Sept. – Nov. 2018

Vintage stories about Mars and the Moon, Peter S. Beagle’s THE LAST UNICORN, and two books by Ursula K. Le Guin are all on the latest list of Classic Reprints

Classic works in new editions include a Library of America anthology of SF by women edited by Lisa Yaszek, other anthologies by Mike Ashley and by Hank Davis & Christopher Ruocchio, and titles by Poul Anderson, Peter S. Beagle, David ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 10 December 2018

George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones ranks on all lists this week.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT 12.16 LAT 12.09 USAT 12.02 PW 12.10 Amz (12.10) UK: Amz UK (12.10) Canada: Amz.ca (12.10) 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 / 40 6 +2 ...Read More Read more

New Books : 4 December 2018

Collections from N.K. Jemisin, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Scott Edelman, and Julie E. Czerneda on this week’s list of new books!

N.K. Jemisin’s first collection How Long ’til Black Future Month?, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s 15th collection The Dinosaur Tourist, Scott Edelman’s 6th collection Tell Me Like You Done Before and Other Stories Written on the Shoulders of Giants, and titles by R.S. Belcher, Cassandra Clare, Michael Cobley, Julie ...Read More

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Blinks: Slate on Jemisin, NYTBR on Jemisin, Wells, and others; Scott Edelman dines

» Slate: Tammy Oler: Changing the Lore: N.K. Jemisin is reimagining other worlds, and ours.

» NY Times Book Review: Amal El-Mohtar reviews Martha Wells, Maria Romasco Moore, Seth Dickinson

» NY Times Book Review: Laura Miller review N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ‘Til a Black Future Month?

» Scott Edelman dines with Jo Walton and comics legend Paul Levitz ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike Ashley’s Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet

Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet, edited by Mike Ashley (University of Chicago Press 978-0226575087, $17.00, 304pp, trade paperback) October 2018

Once upon a time, when book publishers first decided that there was a wealth of fantastical stories that deserved reprinting, buried in back issues of magazines, our field featured many expert spelunkers of pulp, editors who could delve deep into the substrata of ...Read More

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New Books : 27 November 2018

Military and thriller sci-fi rules this week’s list of new books with Bright Light by Ian Douglas, Abandoned by W. Michael Gear, A Pillar of Fire by Night by Tom Kratman, and The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Hazards of Time Travel and titles by Jacey Bedford, Genevieve Cogman, Ian Douglas, W. Michael Gear, Tom Kratman, Mercedes Lackey, and J. Barton Mitchell ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 26 November 2018

 

Two new sets of Harry Potter books debut on lists this week, both from US publisher Arthur A. Levine.

First, in paperback, Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the series first book in the US. And second, Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection, a boxed set of the first three illustrated volumes of the series, in ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Amanda Bridgeman’s The Subjugate

The Subjugate, by Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot 978-0857667717, $12.99, 400pp, trade paperback) November 2018

I have not had the pleasure of reading Amanda Bridgeman’s six-book Aurora series, nor her previous standalone novel, The Time of the Stripes. But if they are half as good as her newest singleton, The Subjugate, I will heartily search them out with the guaranteed prospect of enjoying them thoroughly. This new book ...Read More

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New Books : 20 November 2018

Police who can speak to the dead, bomb squads that defuse magical weapons. Or, if you prefer, we’ve got dragons from George R.R. Martin and a Pride-and-Prejudice-meets-wyverns. This week’s list of 6 new books:

George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History), Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World, and titles by Ben Aaronovitch, Mirah Bolender, ...Read More

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Blinks: Bradfield on Nevala-Lee; Burrow on Roberts; Edelman’s WFC speech

» LA Times: Scott Bradfield reviews Alec Nevala-Lee’s Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction

» Guardian: Colin Burrow reviews The Black Prince by Adam Roberts – wonderful homage to Anthony Burgess

» Scott Edelman’s World Fantasy Convention Guest of Honor Speech, about inclusion ...Read More

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