LJ Fiction | Review Alert, October 15, 2017

This year, there’s plenty of homicide for the holidays: check out these 27 new tales of Yule; Zumas presents characters who are strong and determined, making her story that much more believable; top indie fiction for fall and Halloween; notable and new space opera from Wagers, Baker, and Hines; the latest romance has it all—finding love online, in the Old West, and with a Southern belle

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

Benedict “follows the war home,” engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion; debuter McKibben will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of resistance; Chakraborty brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world unfamiliar to most American readers

Editors’ Fall Picks 2017

Forty-one timely titles for autumn and beyond

Galaxy Quests | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Debuts showcase diverse voices, epics reign, space operas blast off, and horror rises from the grave (again) in our annual sf/fantasy preview. Plus Kensington and Tor launch digital and podcasting sf imprints.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, August 2017

Brady’s riveting psychological debut chiller will wow thriller lovers; a must-read for DeMille’s many fans; Ribchester’s fascinating historical mystery is a sure bet for fans of Hitchcockian suspense; sexy, racy, and simmering with heart-pounding passion, Jordan’s latest romp is just plain fun; a Sip of Carr’s haunting first novel will leave readers hopeful for the future

A Future-Forward Look at Current Events | SF/Fantasy Reviews

WHILE READERS often turn to sf and fantasy for “out-of-this-world” experiences, many of these titles are often grounded in current events woven into fantastical landscapes. Reflecting a resurgence of hard sf, two debut authors this month are ensuring that the world’s challenges are not lost.

Actor Snipes and Norman’s Debut of the Month, Cato’s Latest “Breath of Earth,” Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.

Praise for Newcomers Drayden, Bates, Bennis, Gailey, Tidbeck, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Drayden’s winning mashup mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent; Bennis’s military steampunky fantasy debut is filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters; Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.