Articles tagged "Dan Simmons"

Charlie Jane Anders Is Seeing Stars

Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders’ newest novel, THE CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (on shelves next month), has now earned its FOURTH starred review!

“Anders’s worldbuilding is intricate, embracing much of what makes a grand adventure: smugglers, revolutionaries, pirates, camaraderie, personal sacrifice, wondrous discovery, and the struggle to find light in the darkness. This breathlessly exciting and thought-provoking tale will capture readers’ imaginations.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY) weaves an intricate tale of colonialism and evolution on both physical and social levels. The harsh world and well-developed characters combine with stunning storytelling that will capture readers’ minds and hearts.”Library Journal, starred review

“After environmental sci-fi/fantasy (the award-winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, 2016) and pop-culture dystopia (ROCK MANNING GOES FOR BROKE, 2018), Anders shifts gears for this sweeping work of anthropological/social sf… Anders contains multitudes; it’s always a fascinating and worthwhile surprise to see what she comes up with next.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Violence, politics, betrayal, love, friendship, encounters with alien predators, and experiences in a dying city entwine to create a conflicted world in an even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award–winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY (2016); a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969), Frank Herbert’s DUNE (1965), and Dan Simmons’ HYPERION (1989).”–Booklist, starred review

Happy Belated #BookBday (3/16/16 Edition)

Fun fact: all four of these new literary books have *starred* reviews!

SHELTER by Jung Yun
An April 2016 Indie Next pick & a BN Discover Great New Writers selection! Yun’s intense debut novel weaves a bloody mystery with domestic drama into a layered portrait of race, class, money, marriage and more. “Like Celeste Ng’s superlauded best seller, EVERYTHING YOU NEVER TOLD ME, also about a dysfunctional mixed-race family’s tragedy, this work should find itself on best-of lists, among major award nominations, and in eager readers’ hands everywhere.” — Library Journal, starred review

AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao
Two stars for Talia & Anne’s favorite debut short story collection about women during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. “Raw and breathtaking… Exquisite turns of phrase and editing with a fine-edged scalpel only add to an outstanding and memorable debut.” — Booklist, starred review

STORK MOUNTAIN by Miroslav Penkov
A Bulgarian-American college student stars in this mashup of myth, folk tales, and modern love story. “[A] searing, heartfelt novel. This book is rich, enmeshing the personal with the political and historical, told in strange and vertiginous language that seems fitting for a tale of such passion.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (6/23/15 Edition)

A very happy #BookBday to three BIG summer reads out today!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers Pick, a July 2015 Indie Next pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection!!!
A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
A Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a July 2015 Indie Next pick, and a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection! THREE starred reviews for Jarvis’s “astounding first novel” (Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review) which re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836 London. “…choice reading for fans of Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Dan Simmons’ Drood.” — Booklist, starred review

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! New York Times bestselling author Green delivers a powerful story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present. “The story line and flawed characters will give readers something to think about when they bring Green’s latest to the beach.” — Library Journal

Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce Titles

The American Booksellers Association recently announced their Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce selections. Chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S., the list honors the top upcoming debuts publishing between June and October 2015, including these Macmillan titles (which are also Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 books!):

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
THREE starred reviews for Jarvis’s “astounding first novel” (Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review) which re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836 London. “…choice reading for fans of Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Dan Simmons’ Drood.” — Booklist, starred review

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
Three starred reviews for Pulley’s literary historical fantasy about a genius watchmaker who can “remember” the future and uses it to help a 17th century London telegraphist.
“Pulley’s electrifying debut is a triumph of speculative fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
Clever and engaging, this impressive first novel will reward both casual readers looking for a fun period adventure and those fascinated by the tension between free will and fate.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Addictively immersive, Pulley’s narrative is as clever and spry as the watchmaker’s creations.” Library Journal, starred review readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Stars Edition

TGIF! We’ve got a couple novels with starred reviews to add to your TBR pile this weekend!

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
An epidemic of a rabies-like disease is carried only by blonde women, who all must go to great lengths to conceal their blondness.

“A nail-biter that is equal parts suspense, science fiction, and a funny, dark sendup of the stranglehold of gender.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ferociously clever, exceedingly well written…. The pandemic and its ripple effects make for a gripping, darkly bemusing read. But there’s more. This canny, suspenseful, acidly observant satire cradles an intimate, poignant, and hilarious story of one lonely, stoic, young mother-to-be caught up in surreal and terrifying situations. Schultz gives readers a lot to think about in this rampaging yet sensitive tale about the true depths of womanhood.” Booklist, starred review

Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.Library Journal, starred review

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
“In this astounding first novel, Jarvis re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836. The book is very long…but it is a staggering accomplishment, a panoramic perspective of 19th-century London and its creative class.” Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review readmoreremove

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