From Archer to Steel | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

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Archer, Jeffrey. This Was a Man. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781250061638. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867512. $28.99. SAGA A lot of stuff happens in this seventh and final volume of Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles,” starting with a gunshot—but who fires and who’s targeted is anyone’s guess. As Giles Barrington discovers unsettling […]

Smaill’s Debut of the Month, Charlton, Griep, Kay, plus Nebula Awards News & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews, April 15, 2016

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VISITING VIVIDLY IMAGINED worlds is a large reason so many readers enjoy sf and fantasy. The sights, sounds, rituals, and cultures all create a richly transporting experience.

The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016

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Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are just dying to be checked out now.

T.C. Boyle, Ha Jin, & the Conclusion of a Big Biography on Eleanor Roosevelt | Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2016, Pt. 1

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Boyle, T.C. The Terranauts. Ecco. Oct. 2016. 528p. ISBN 9780062349408. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062349460. LITERARY FICTION Winner of the Robert Kirsch Award for his entire oeuvre at last year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Boyle returns quickly after the New York Times best-selling The Harder They Come. In this eco-relevant work, set in 1994, […]

Neuvel’s Debut of the Month, with First Novelists Howard, Jennings, McDoniel, & others | SF/Fantasy Reviews, March 15, 2016

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This month’s titles barrel through the limits of the imagination: athletes become warriors; a writer who grew up on fairy tales learns happy endings have a price; horror mixes with humor; and, what exactly does it mean to be human?

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2016

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the Reference & User Services Association’s (RUSA) Reading List Council, made up of 12 expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, announced the 2016 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A short list of honor […]

DiSclafani, Erdrich, Haddon, Joe Hill, & Fargo’s Hawley | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, May 2016, Pt. 1

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DiSclafani, Anton. The After Party. Riverhead. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781594633164. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698161238. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY DiSclafani’s daring debut, the much proclaimed and New York Times best-selling The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a coming-of-age story set in the 1930s South. Her new work, set in oil-rich 1950s Texas, features a […]

Kupari’s Debut of the Month, Dark Fantasy from Gilman, Little, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, October 15, 2015

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For this column, a wonderful new crop of spooky prose is on offer. There are traditional tomes from well-known horror writers such as Bentley Little and ­Christopher Golden. However, many of the best books are genre blends.

Haunting Halloween Debuts | The Reader’s Shelf, October 1, 2015

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Looking for some new voices in horror to suggest to patrons this Halloween? Here are six satisfyingly scary recent debuts that showcase the vibrant state of today’s horror.

A Genre Takes Flight | Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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SF/fantasy is enjoying a pop cuilture moment. Leading trends include epics, dark and light alike; secondary world urban fantasies; comebacks for hard, military, and near future sf, and aerial adventure.