“Readers who enjoy the extensive worldbuilding of epic fantasy and are looking to get into space science fiction might find Ancestral Night the perfect gateway . . .”
“This is a book likely to age well. It’s genuine, charming, and confident in its presentation of independent girlhood.”
“The scope of Camp’s mythological knowledge continues to be impressive, even as he builds a cosmos that is distinctly his own.”
Ruin’s Wake presents a future dystopia of totalitarian rule loosely modeled on modern North Korea: the power of the state (and the associated military) is absolute, technology works only i
The entire plot of The Undefeated could be summarized as “Woman returns to her hometown and muses about her life.” Focusing on the plot, however, would do this subtle and mesmerizing novel
“Five Unicorn Flush is a perfect blend of space opera and high fantasy and includes an incredibly diverse cast of mythological features, from centaurs and unicorns
“If Jorge Luis Borges’ fables had deep human dimension, they would read like Chiang’s tales; Chiang’s writing deserves to be treated with equal respect and reverence.”
“Carrying McGuire’s signature voice, Middlegame takes the reader through fantastic yet dark childhoods that blossom into a grim, powerful godhood.
“Beverly Cleary once said great fiction should be, above all things, a pleasure to read, and Westside is certainly that, and then some.”
“The vivid cultural background of Roanhorse’s series comes as a breath of fresh air, providing not only a change of genre pace but a voice still heard all too rarely in speculative fiction.
“Emily Eternal is a fast-paced, well-written science fiction thriller . . .”
“Doctorow would have been better served to render his ideas as essays, so that he could give them the complexity they deserve, and release his barely realized characters from their politica
The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.
“well worth reading; however, readers should be prepared for the breadth of the stories and the occasionally problematic sexual encounters.”
Cecelia Ahern’s collection of short stories titled, Roar, couldn’t be better timed.
“Wounds will no doubt be remembered as one of the most disquieting and memorable short story collections to come out this year.”
“Marlon James delivers a twisting, hallucinatory epic fairy tale that delivers a punch that can be felt ’round the world.”
“what is most important about this, the last of Brabcová’s gifts, what makes it deserving of a place in the most minimalist of bookshelves, is its honest, overwhelming beauty, its celebrati
“The Razor is science fiction written at a thriller pace.
“Forstchen's fully developed characters face mind bending moral questions that readers will be forced to ask themselves on the way to the nightmare inducing ending.”
“Gingerbread is a phenomenal book, haunting and dark and ravenous.”
“Titanshade satisfies well enough to make you start over at the beginning to see what you missed.”
“The Bird King is a beautiful read, paying fine attention to the natural environment and the nuances of the characters’ interactions.”
“If this should happen to be the last novel in the series, the story couldn’t end in a better way.”
“The wall means having no choices. It means a bone-crunching ordeal of loneliness, isolation, hunger, and most of all penetrating cold.”