Jan 172018
 
Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.Tor.com: The characters are strong and compelling. The atmosphere breathes life. It has a generosity of spirit, beneath the dark bits. And the presence of queer women is delightful.
Jan 112018
 

Cover photo of Look For Her by Emily Winslow.Library Journal: What seems at the outset to be a textbook psychological thriller is anything but. The twists and turns make Winslow’s fourth Keene and Frohmann’s mystery (after The Red House) a compelling read.

Verdict: Former games creator Winslow has turned her talents to a very entertaining and readable thriller that can hold its own with the best of the current crop.

Jan 092018
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.School Library Journal: Hutchinson artfully blends the realistic and the surreal (and a bit of the biblical) for an utterly absorbing take on the Rapture.

Beneath the snarky, self-deprecating prose lie thought-provoking questions about morality, the universe, and free will.

The author presents an entirely original take on apocalyptic fiction—no mean feat. Hand this stirring tale to fans of Aaron Starmer’s Spontaneous and those who enjoy A.S. King’s work.

Jan 052018
 

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.LA Times: Nicky Drayden’s debut novel takes place in a future South Africa where robots have made life easier. The problem is the robots are starting to gain sentience, and it’s only a matter of time before they rebel.

This book has a lot going on; it’s told from multiple individual points of view, seemingly disparate stories that come together as the book progresses… Drayden takes her story in unexpected directions, with unrepentant action and a surprising amount of depth. This book certainly isn’t for everyone; it’s definitely strange and unexpected, with plot twists and turns along the way. If weird is something you enjoy in a read, then you’ll likely appreciate “The Prey of Gods,” one of the most inventive debut novels of 2017.

Jan 042018
 

Cover of The Listener by Robert McCammon.Booklist: McCammon masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family. The intricate crime plot is enhanced by superior character development, a richly detailed historical setting, a tense dread that begins in the opening scene and continues to intensify throughout, and an omniscient narration that lets the reader know exactly how bad things really are.

The Listener will be popular with fans of occult thrillers like those by Dead Koontz or F. Paul Wilson, but also consider suggesting it to readers who enjoy the thought-provoking speculative fiction of Victor LaValle.

Jan 032018
 

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.Publishers Weekly: Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy.

Polk unfolds her mythology naturally…The final revelations are impossible to see coming.

Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.

Dec 312017
 

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to Hugo-winning Elizabeth Bear’s STONE MAD, a sequel her acclaimed novel Karen Memory, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Dec 312017
 

Russian rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s CITY OF BLADES and CITY OF MIRACLES, Books 2 and 3 in The Divine Cities series, to AST, in a two-book deal, by Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.

German rights to NYT bestselling author Annika Martin’s MOST ELIGIBLE BASTARD, to Lyx, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Polish rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, to Foksal, by Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Dec 222017
 

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.Book Riot: Congratulations to Nicky Drayden on The Prey of Gods making Book Riot’s Best Books of 2017!

Blending urban fantasy and science fiction, this South Africa-set novel is packed with wild, raucous fun: demigods reclaim their powers, robots rise up, a new club drug gives humans godlike abilities, a trans politician embraces her inner diva, queer teens fall for each other, a dik-dik infestation gets adorably out of control, and more.

Thanks to a rip-roaring story and Drayden’s expansive imagination, it all coheres into the most fun you can have in 2017.