Nov 112015

Cover for Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs.Daily Mail: One of the most compelling things about the fantasy genre is the sense it gives of other realities existing a mere hair’s breadth from our own – its practitioners constructing not only plots but entire worlds in which for them to unfold.

Foreign Devils is an especially adept example of this. It is also what one can only describe as an historical thriller set in the future, the premise being that the Ruman (yes, Ruman) Empire has neither declined nor fallen but harnessed a literally demonic form of weaponry known as Hellfire.
We accompany Livia and Secundus Cornelius, scions of one of Rume’s oldest and most powerful families, on a diplomatic mission to Kithai (a brilliantly wrought cultural landscape that perhaps bears the same relation to China as Rume does to Ancient Rome).

But who are the remote Autumn Lords who hold sway over Kithai? And are they as benevolent as they’re made out to be? You’ll have to read this brutal, beautiful tale to find out.

Nov 112015

Cover for Made to Kill by Adam Christopher. A noir stylized painting of a closeup of a robot dressed in a fedora and trenchcoat with a woman's silhouette in the background.NPR: Made to Kill finds the common ground between [the hardboiled detective story and science fiction], and Christopher owns every inch of it . . . Made to Kill is the first installment of a planned trilogy, but it has all the potential of an open-­ended series; knowing there are only two more Raymond Electromatic mysteries to come is the book’s only disappointment.

Read the full review of Made to Kill at NPR.

Nov 092015

Cover for Made to Kill by Adam Christopher. A noir stylized painting of a closeup of a robot dressed in a fedora and trenchcoat with a woman's silhouette in the  There’s a lot to love about this book and a lot to attract readers with even the vaguest interest in science fiction. […] Christopher has a solid talent at crafting entertaining description. […] Made to Kill is going to be one of those books I pass out like party favors to friends, family, and strangers alike.

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Nov 032015

Cover for Made to Kill by Adam Christopher. A noir stylized painting of a closeup of a robot dressed in a fedora and trenchcoat with a woman's silhouette in the background.Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency–except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen–and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

Nov 032015

Cover for NEED by Joelle Charbonneau. Intense close up of an angry white girl with blue eyes and blond hair, with NEED on the side in pixels and lists of what people need faded in the background.“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.

Oct 302015

Cover for Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig.Star Wars: Aftermath returns to the USA Today Bestselling Books list at #122!

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

Oct 272015

Cover for Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke. All colored in a dark icy blue, the bottom of a woman's face hovers over a domed city.Hope City, Antarctica. The southernmost city in the world, with only a glass dome and a faltering infrastructure to protect its citizens from the freezing, ceaseless winds of the Antarctic wilderness. Within this bell jar four people–some human, some not–will shape the future of the city forever:

Eliana Gomez, a female PI looking for a way to the mainland.

Diego Amitrano, the right-hand man to the gangster who controls the city’s food come winter.

Marianella Luna, an aristocrat with a dangerous secret.

Sofia, an android who has begun to evolve.

But the city is evolving too, and in the heart of the perilous Antarctic winter, factions will clash, dreams will shatter, and that frozen metropolis just might boil over…

Oct 202015

Cover of Koko the Mighty by Kieran Shea. Pale woman with short blue hair stands set to punch the viewer.Booklist: After barely surviving the events in Koko Takes a Holiday (2014), Koko Martstellar, the world’s most badass mercenary, and her boyfriend, Jedidiah Flynn, are back home trying to live peacefully as the proprietors of the most decadent and violent resort on twenty-sixth-century Earth. Koko wants to leave the killing behind, but there is still a determined bounty hunter out to capture her. So begins Koko’s next cyberpunk adventure, one that is even more dangerous and with bigger stakes than those in her previous outing. Told in an urgent present-tense voice, with alternating viewpoints, this novel is fast paced, action packed, violent, and just plain fun. And since this is a sequel, readers are treated to even more world building and character development, both of which are just as interesting and satisfying as the action-driven plot. Although Koko’s tale is told in words only, it has a graphic-novel storytelling sensibility that will appeal to fans of series like Hellboy or Saga. As the ending implies, we can expect more from Koko in the future, so make sure this crowd-pleasing, well-executed series is on library shelves now.

Oct 202015

Cover for Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig. A flying painted figure of a singing bird, in white on a black backgroundMiriam Black is trying to live an ordinary life, keeping her ability to see how someone dies hidden…until a serial killer crosses her path. This is the second book in the Miriam Black series.

“Visceral and often brutal, this tale vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge.” —Publishers Weekly

Miriam is trying. Really, she is. But this whole “settling down thing” just isn’t working out.

She lives on Long Beach Island all year in a run-down, double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a checkout girl. And her relationship with Louis—who’s on the road half the time in his truck—is subject to the mood swings Miriam brings to everything she does. It just isn’t going well.

Still, she’s keeping her psychic ability—to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them—in check. But even that feels wrong somehow. Like she’s keeping a tornado stopped up in a tiny bottle. Then comes the one bad day that turns it all on her ear.