SF/Fantasy

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Fonda Lee’s Epic Picks | BackTalk

Here are 12 fantasy novels and series inspired by cultures and eras that will take readers far from the Middle Ages.

Debuter Maaren Joins Cogman, Hunter, Okorafor, Yolen, & Many More | Sf/Fantasy Reviews

This month’s selections of short fiction will delight both longtime fans with favorite authors and newcomers who want to sample the genres.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, December 2017

Lovesay’s exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters; trippy, nail-biting speculative fiction from Sweterlitsch; fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book; D’Salete’s brutal and tragic tales lend context to the ongoing fight for individual liberties worldwide; another riveting read from the unparalleled Chase

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, November 15, 2017

A stellar compilation that upholds the high standards of its predecessors; Maaren’s enchanting debut is for anyone who enjoys stretching their imagination; a gorgeous, unsettling look into the human psyche, richly conceived yet accessible to all; irreverent, zany, and hilarious, this debut romantic comedy for the digital age is a pure delight

Fonda Lee’s Pick of the Month, Mira Grant, Nora Roberts, Josh Malerman, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Space opera is one of the most iconic subgenres under the sf/fantasy umbrella. For many, it conjures up images of starships, ray guns, and space battles against alien enemies. But the modern version encompasses more than those iconic elements, often marrying the action and broad sweep of space with nuanced characterization and social commentary.

Christmas Can Be Murder: 27 Tales of Yule

This year there’s plenty of homicide for the holidays, along with a pack of dog stories and all kinds of delicious holiday treats.

SF/Fantasy | Best Sellers, April 2017

Sanguinity rules: Crimson Death; The Blood Mirror; The Queen of Blood

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, October 15, 2017

This year, there’s plenty of homicide for the holidays: check out these 27 new tales of Yule; Zumas presents characters who are strong and determined, making her story that much more believable; top indie fiction for fall and Halloween; notable and new space opera from Wagers, Baker, and Hines; the latest romance has it all—finding love online, in the Old West, and with a Southern belle

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

Benedict “follows the war home,” engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion; debuter McKibben will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of resistance; Chakraborty brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world unfamiliar to most American readers