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: The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

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The Wanderers Meg Howrey G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  March 14, 2017 ISBN 978-0-3995-7473-4 This book…wow. I read a lot of books; a lot of good books. But this one? Wow. The Wanderers is a work of fiction but it feels real, taking place in the imminent present day surrounding the final training simulation [….]

LitStack Review: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley Saga Press Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-4793-5 Kameron Hurley does not write pretty stories. But they are pretty darned amazing. Her newest work, the space opera The Stars Are Legion, is somewhat easy to summarize: in a system of decaying worldships known as the Legion, a struggle [….]

LitStack Review: Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace

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Idle Ingredients A Sin du Jour Affair- Book 4 Matt Wallace Tor.com Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-9003-5 Idle Ingredients is the fourth book in the Sin du Jour series, which follows the exploits of a premiere paranormal catering company based in Long Island.  These quick, witty novellas by Matt Wallace have indeed been [….]

LitStack Review: A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

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A City Dreaming Daniel Polansky Regan Arts Release Date:  October 4, 2016 ISBN 978-1-68245-038-3 I knew nothing of author Daniel Polansky when, on the recommendation from a friend, I picked up a copy of his novel Low Town. It turns out I enjoyed that book so much that I sought out more. Now that I [….]

LitStack Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

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All Our Wrong Todays Elan Mastai Penguin Random House LLC Release Date:  February 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-1019-8513-7 Most of us have read stories about future dystopias; for a while it seems like they dominated the speculative fiction landscape. Some of the stories would chronicle our descent from the present to the dilapidated future, but often [….]

LitStack Review: High Stakes – A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

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High Stakes:  A Wild Cards Novel George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, editors Tor Books Release Date:  August 30, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-3562-3 In 1983, author George R. R. Martin was given a birthday gift:  SuperWorld, a roleplaying game. For two years, he and his Albuquerque gaming circle obsessed over building characters that then [….]

LitStack Review: The Burning Light by Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler

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The Burning Light Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler Tor.com Release Date:  November 1, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-9086-8 New York City. The future. Manhattan is flooded, some buildings still tenable, but many abandoned, rusted and moldy, full of squatters and junkies. Transport moves via watercraft. Worldwide, humanity relies on mind-linking networks to communicate. And then there [….]

LitStack Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

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Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed DAW Books Release Date:  February 7, 2012 ISBN 978-0-7564-0711-7 Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy Awards. Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights. This book comes with a pretty impressive résumé. But what I loved [….]

LitStack Review: The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

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The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville Del Rey Release Date:  August 9, 2016 ISBN 978-0-34554-399-8 I adore China Miéville’s writing; it delights and confounds me in equal measure. For some reason, he can get away with making me feel absolutely lost and yet firmly tucked into wherever he goes. I am constantly running [….]