LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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

LJ Fiction Reviews: June 15, 2016


Scotch’s In Twenty Years is a must-read; fiction in translation beyond the best sellers; summertime romances; a fantastical Invisible Library and the Dark Matter of alternate lives

Allan’s Debut of the Month, Cogman, Kroese, Hugo Awards, Series Lineup, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, June 15, 2016


THE SF/FANTASY GENRES (and to a lesser extent horror) have a long history of not always taking themselves too seriously. From satires of the classics to the tension-releasing banter of urban fantasy protagonists battling monsters, there is a wide vein of out-of-this-world humor running through speculative fiction that offers a welcome relief from the sometimes weighty themes and stories.

Women Authors Sweep 2016 Nebula Awards


Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Nebula Awards, held May 14 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton, with a winning slate of female authors.

Smoke by Dan Vyleta | LJ Review


As a meditation on the nature of evil, Vyleta’s fourth novel has a depth that will be appreciated even as the action keeps the pages turning.