LJ Fiction Reviews: May 15, 2017

Engrossing erotic crime from Castille, with playful writing, abundant sex, and plenty of melodrama from Wild & Bliss; Binet’s latest is sensational fun for the intellectually astute; genre experts pick the top summer reads; a grim, spare, and fascinating first novel from sf’s Tidbeck

SELF-e Circs: Top Ten Most Read Fantasy Titles in SELF-e Select

A 2015 Honorable Mention in LJ’s annual Indie Ebook Awards, Anthony St. Clair’s Forever the Road is a quirky offering filled with fantasy, travel, and beer.

Expanding the SF/Fantasy Universe | Readers’ Advisory

Among librarians, both science fiction (sf) and fantasy can create feelings of fear and uncertainty about our ability to serve our readers’ needs. But that needn’t be the case: here are some ways to become more comfortable with sf and fantasy and better at connecting patrons with the genre.

RA Ready: A Beginner’s Guide to Genre Fiction | Readers’ Advisory

There are few things more satisfying for a librarian than uniting a reader with a great book (or two or ten). But many library staffers experience anxiety when asked to recommend titles in genres they don’t read themselves and with which they are unfamiliar.

Quality and Diversity | Hugo Nominations 2017

After a contentious two years due to the Sad/Rabid Puppies dispute, last week’s announcement of the 2017 Hugo Award nominees was received with acclaim.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 15, 2017

A highly recommended work for those who can accept a number of coexisting realities; Cole’s new series launch sees courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love; McGuire’s smartly written, fairy-tale novella is everything speculative fiction readers look for

Newcomer Honeywell, McClellan, North, Robinson, Scalzi, Skovron, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

THE ELEMENTS, whether a personal power or a force of nature, have been mainstays of sf/fantasy writing from the genre’s beginning. How humanity has dealt with these components can be either a bane or boon, focused on creation or destruction. This month’s titles highlight the strengths of such elements in both natural and magical ways.

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

Inspiring in tone, Denton’s delicious debut delivers a must-read; an excellent series of Sapphic fantasies; McClellan’s skillful worldbuilding and nuanced characters will undoubtedly tempt readers to go back to his earlier work; with hints of a YA coming-of-age tale, Trophy Son will draw in sports fiction fans; Ludwig’s triumphant achievement is borne from his own experience as the adoptive parent of a teen with autism

Fresh Genre Spins | Nebula Nominees 2016

On February 20, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced its nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards and and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

Donnelly’s Debut of the Month, Baker, Bledsoe, Lawrence, Neuvel, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2017

Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision; McGuire continues to keep the high energy and excitement in her frenetic action-filled stories; Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales