LitStack Rec: Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood & American Born Chinese

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Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood, by Teri Garr Think of Teri Garr, and likely it’s as the outspoken girl next door, the slightly off-kilter girlfriend, wife, or mother—characters she played in Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Young Frankenstein. Even when Garr is playing it straight, as in Mr. Mom and Oh God!, [….]

LitStack Review: ROAR by Cora Carmack

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Roar (Stormheart #1) Cora Carmack Tor Teen ISBN-10: 0765386313 In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom [….]

LitStack Review: The Standard Grand by Jay Baron Nicorvo

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The Standard Grand Jay Baron Nicorvo St. Martin’s Press Release Date:  April 24, 2017 ISBN 978-1-25010-894-4 It’s rare when an author is able to take characters that are not exactly admirable, and makes them beautifully memorable, especially when the author does not shy away from that which makes them, well, objectionable. It’s also rare to [….]

LitStack Review: The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

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The Last Good Man Linda Nagata Mythic Island Press Release Date:  June 20, 2017 Oh my, does Linda Nagata know how to write thrilling military science fiction, or what? (The answer is an unequivocal “yes.”) Following her superlative The Red trilogy (The Red: First Light, The Trials, Going Dark), Ms. Nagata returns to military science [….]

LitStack Review: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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Borne Jeff VanderMeer Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  April 25, 2017 ISBN 978-0-3741-1524-1 Jeff VanderMeer is an author who defies easy categorization. His fiction is easier to describe by adjective rather than genre: strange, complex, unsettling, and yet familiar, affecting, literate. Of Annihilation, the first book in his Southern Reach trilogy (soon to be [….]

LitStack Review: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light Shades of Magic, Book 3 V. E. Schwab Tor Books Release Date:  February 21, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-8746-2 If you like magic, if you like epic fantasy, if you enjoy tales of magicians both light and dark, of brothers and kings, of thieves and pirates, then you really must be reading Victoria [….]

LitStack Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

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Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) Brian Staveley Tor Books Release Date: April 25, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-8987-9 One of the major strengths of Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne epic fantasy series (The Emperor’s Blades, The Providence of Fire, The Last Mortal Bond), is his characters. While often they sit comfortably in a [….]

LitStack Review – Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M. T. Anderson, Illustrated by Andrea Offermann

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Yvain: The Knight of the Lion M. T. Anderson Illustrations by Andrea Offermann Candlewick Press Release Date:  March 14, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7636-5939-4 Don’t be swayed by the publisher’s information: Yes, M. T. Anderson’s graphic novelization of Chrétien de Troyes’s 12th century Arthurian legend is aimed at ages 12 and up, grades 7 and up. Yes, [….]

LitStack Review: Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

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Brother’s Ruin Industrial Magic, Book #1 Emma Newman Tor.com Release Date:  March 14, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-9396-8 It’s probably not politically correct to illustrate something literary by using a television reference, but I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful TV pilot Emma Newman’s first book in her Industrial Magic series, Brother’s Ruin, would make. This [….]

LitStack Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

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Phantom Pains The Arcadia Project, Book 2 Mishell Baker Saga Press Release Date: March 21, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-8017-8 Millie Roper, the central character in Mishell Baker’s Arcadia Project urban fantasy series, is a very intriguing hero, not because of her virtues, but because she perseveres despite her challenges. In the initial book in the series, [….]