New & Notable Books, February 2018

Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower (Del Rey 12/17) This enchanting follow-up to the stunning debut The Bear and the Nightingale continues the Winternight series, inspired by Russian folk tales and legends. Heroine Vasilia rejects the acceptable paths of marriage or the convent in favor of an unlikely third option: dressing as a boy and setting off on horseback for adventure, and in the process, she comes to the ...Read More

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Locus Bestsellers, February 2018

HARDCOVERS Months
on list Last
month 1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1 – 2) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 1 – 3) Edgedancer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1 – 4) Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US) 3 2 5) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 1 – 6) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf) 2 4 7) The Mongrel Mage, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor) 1 – 8) ...Read More Read more

Amazon’s Best of 2017

Online bookseller Amazon.com published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2017, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

The Editors’ Picks: Top 100 Print Books in­cludes the following works of genre interest:

  • #6 Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)
  • #8 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown)
  • #9 Sourdough, Robin Sloane (MCD)
  • #16 Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf)
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Forthcoming Books Through September 2018

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the December 2017 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through September 2018. Find out about your favorite authors upcoming books!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the December issue in print or digital editions.

 

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New & Notable Books, January 2018

Chris Brookmyre, Places in the Darkness (Orbit 11/17) A novelist noted for his mysteries and crime novels (as Christopher Brookmyre), the author here mixes plenty of hard SF with mystery in a complex tale of murder and memory manipulation set on a space station where rival groups build test designs for the great colony ship that will carry mankind to the stars.

 

S.A. Chakraborty, The City of Brass (Harper ...Read More

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Sarah Gailey Guest Post–“Gods and Beggars”

How might a God test the worthiness of their people?

Religious traditions the world over are fascinated by this question. How will we prove to our Gods that we are following their rules, that we are just and virtuous, that we are deserving of reward?

A worthy answer to this question lies in an oft-repeated fable: the god disguises themself as a beggar, sits at the roadside, and waits to ...Read More

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