LJ Fiction Reviews: September 15, 2016

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Put Ackerman on the A-list; Casey’s sophomore work is perfect for fans of women’s fiction; Weinstein’s Children of the New World encapsulate brave possible futures; Girard’s ode to a treasured relationship will appeal to adults and teens; Gigl’s debut fantasy brims with wit and thrills

Diversity Trumps Puppies | Hugo Awards 2016

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Despite the best efforts of the anti-diversity Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies groups to game the Hugos by flooding the ballot system with their own nominations, female authors swept the major fiction awards.

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

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Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Stories of Families | SF/Fantasy Reviews, August 2016

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Debuter Wagers’s fast-paced, twisty space opera; Neill continues to prove she is adept at worldbuilding and nonstop action; Roberson’s series launch will appeal to any thriller fan; gripping and occasionally brutal, Shaw’s survival story highlights both the best and worst in humanity

LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Chang and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

Levine’s Debut of the Month, Cato, First Novelists Black, Das, & New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, July 1, 2016

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS! The 2016 Nebula Awards were presented on May 14 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, in what turned out to be a sweep by women authors. Winners included Naomi Novik’s Uprooted (best novel), Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti (best novella), Sarah Pinsker’s “Our Lady of the Open Road” (best novelette), and Alyssa Wong’s “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (best short story).

Blake Crouch | LibraryReads Author, July 1, 2016

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In Blake Crouch’s fantastically conceived yet utterly persuasive Dark Matter, contented family man Jason Dessen is walking home from a friend’s celebratory bar meet-up when he’s abducted. He awakens in a laboratory where everyone reveres him, yet things are decidedly off

Summer Promise | Debut Novels, July 1, 2016

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Ranging from literary biggies that boomed at BookExpo America to hot genre fiction that got LibraryReads love, the debut novels on this list are backed by reviews and/or reader interest and are definitely worth reading and recommending.

Leckie, Novik, Liu Win 2016 Locus Awards

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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ann Leckie’s conclusion to her “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, was named Best Science Fiction Novel. Naomi Novik’s fairy-tale fantasy, Uprooted, which last month garnered […]

LJ Fiction Reviews: July 1, 2016

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An intense and dark conclusion to Rock’s “Subs Club” series; new novels from Butler, Foer, Hill, and Moore come highly recommended; a final and unforgettable Elfquest; starred reviews for first novelists Black, Das, Levine, and Thomas