Science Fiction & Fantasy from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

Look out, this is Battle Fantasy at its best. Fans of Joe Abercrombie will feel right at home—particularly fans the kick-ass Monza in Best Served Cold. The twisting plot of ambition and revenge is full of tough female characters—they are intelligent commanders, vicious fighters, ruthless plotters and no one is surprised that they’re also women. It’s also refreshingly non-heteronormative, and the story is full of inventive narcotics, creative demonology, and twisted religious fanatics. It’s a wild ride.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316277983
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Published: Orbit - April 14th, 2015

Five years ago, Nnedi Okorafor made her mark with Who Fears Death, a dystopian tale that broke the mold before there was one. Okorafor now gives us what came before—characters with unique powers and abuses, whose stories and actions change the world. In the tradition of the best futurist stories, we fear not the horrific and the fantastic but the prejudices and threats which are all too probable from where we stand now.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780756410193
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Published: Daw Books - May 5th, 2015

This book kept me up past my bedtime even after I’d finished reading it. It is a very smart thriller that’s as expertly written as it is completely terrifying. Managing to be incredibly creepy and brilliantly terrifying and amazingly awesome, it reminded me of both Justin Cronin’s The Passage and of Arthur C. Clarke’s apocalyptic writing. Consider your sleep cycles warned.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

MORROW Everything I love about Stephenson’s writing is here—the compelling characters, the intense action, and the in-depth engagement with technology—except now it’s the end of the world. The moon has shattered, the debris are going to wipe Earth clean, and humanity has roughly two years to get it together to send something—anything—up into space to survive. This incredible book covers the nail-biting venture to create sustainable life beyond Earth’s atmosphere and then jumps far into the future to survey the results. Plus, we’re talking about humanity, so of course politics and ambition do as much damage as any bolide strike. Seveneves is fantastic.

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Nici
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780062190376
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 19th, 2015

Aaah, another Bacigalupi. The Windup Girl was one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve read over the last decade, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting his next adult SF work. (His young adult stuff has also been fantastic.) Bacigalupi’s new one, The Water Knife, reminds me of early Gibson, but the playing field is the water-parched Southwest rather than the online world. Like The Windup Girl, it has a hard-hitting environmental theme.

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Dave
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ISBN: 9780385352871
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

Some books are like a delicious, warm chocolate chip cookie, familiar while never being boring. Novik’s entry into high fantasy is just such a book, paying homage to the classics while managing to make the (excellent and witty) heroine’s coming-of-age tale feel just as magical and interesting as any I have ever read. The heroes are engaging and the villains complex, with intrigue aplenty about who is which. I completely loved it!

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Jax
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ISBN: 9780804179034
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

This is the first book in an epic series set in a complex medieval fantasy world, and I loved it. Upon leaving hiding to claim the throne that is her birthright at age 19, Kelsea finds herself battling forces at home and abroad. Headstrong and compassionate, she forges ahead regardless of the threats surrounding her, intent on becoming a great queen. I was sucked in and can’t wait for the next installment, The Invasion of the Tearling, available in June!

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

Meet Pat. Or is it Trish? 90, living in a retirement home, and being visited by two different sets of grown children—from two very different lives. Because at Trish’s—or Pat’s?—age, she remembers two different lifetimes, having lived two different histories. And she doesn’t know if differing histories changed her lives or if her decisions changed her worlds. Alternate history, timelines, and destiny: Jo Walton thinks big.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780765332684
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Published: Tor Books - May 19th, 2015

 

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