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The Shape of Water: The Novel | Oscars 2018

Daniel Kraus’s The Shape of Water is no ordinary novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

Bishop’s fans will be happy to return to the universe of the Others; Ganshert’s emotionally charged and powerful novel will have readers examining their own personal biases; those who take the plunge will be rewarded with a wild ride from a narrator whose sardonic outlook reveals profound truths; based on real-life events, Winthrop’s engrossing story unfolds through strong memorable characters

Windo’s Debut of the Month, Baker’s Latest “Aracadia” Entry, Newcomers Blum, McIntyre, Myers, Wilson | SF/Fantasy Reviews

This thought-provoking debut shines a speculative light on the subjects of connection, disconnection, and identity; Gratton’s engrossing and magical debut will attract fans of vivid epic fantasies; Wilson’s first story collection highlights imaginative works in which AIs and humans connect, for better or worse

Diversity Reigns | 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. These awards honor the best in sf and fantasy—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year.

The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, February 15, 2018

Hirshberg’s amazing mosaic of fact and fiction will hold readers in its grip; another tautly plotted page-turner from Roberts; Kleypas adds to her superb series a witty and delightfully passionate Victorian romance; the final volume in Baker’s trilogy wraps up a layered story line with a satisfying imperfect ending

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, January 2018

This atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary L.A. that will still be recognizable to readers of Raymond Chandler; Bujold’s many faithful readers will delight in this engaging blend of mystery and magic; a standout contribution to the ever-increasing subgenre of BDSM erotic fiction; Ball combines a travel adventure with a meditation on human kindness to create a deeply perceptive work of essential truths

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