Paul Di Filippo Reviews The Plotters by Un-su Kim

The Plotters, Un-su Kim ((Doubleday 978-0385544382, $25.95, 304pp, hardcover, January 2019)

The theme of secret conspiracies running our mundane world has sunk deep roots into the genre of fantastika. Although quite often such books exhibit no supernatural or SFnal apparatus, they still manage to evoke speculative or weird effects that resonate with the genre, since they demand a kind of cognitive estrangement: everything you know is wrong. John Crowley ...Read More

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New Books : 5 March 2019

20 new science fiction and fantasy books released this week!
New titles this week are by Andrew Bannister, Elizabeth Bear, Laura Bickle, Anne Bishop, K. Chess, Brian Lee Durfee, Jenna Glass, Kevin Hearne/Lila Bowen/Chuck Wendig, Kate Heartfield, John Lanchester, Tim Maughan, Seanan McGuire, Rati Mehrotra, Dan Moren, Helen Oyeyemi, Tim Powers, John Ringo & Gary Poole, Amber Royer, Martin L. Shoemaker, and Travis S. Taylor & Jody Lynn Nye. ...Read More Read more

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, 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, 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, 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