Articles tagged "speculative fiction"
Happy Friday, friends! Our #FridayReads have multiple starred reviews:
DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES by Seanan McGuire — 3 starred reviews!
“Beautifully crafted and smartly written, this fairy-tale novella is everything that speculative fiction readers look for: fantastical worlds, diverse characters, and prose that hits home with its emotional truths.” — Library Journal, starred review
“McGuire’s exquisitely written fairy tale is about the choices that can alter the course of a life forever, lost innocence, and what it is to love and be loved.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Exquisitely crafted, this is the rare companion novel that can stand alone.” — Booklist, starred review
MY LIFE WITH BOB: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues by Pamela Paul
“Titles about reading and books abound, but this memoir stands in a class by itself. Bibliophiles will treasure, but the addictive storytelling and high-quality writing will vastly increase its audience. Highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Readers will be drawn to this witty and authentic tribute to the extraordinary power of books.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove
Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection, an October 2016 Indie Next pick, and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove
The October 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize! “Szalay delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel.” — Library Journal, pre-pub alert
If you loved the show Black Mirror, we have the perfect book for you: CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein.
“These stories arose from my growing concern over the effects that the internet age is having on our social, emotional, and psychological interactions,” said Weinstein, who is also the director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Readers are introduced to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots, but in a voice that’s top notch literary fiction.
The acclaim is pouring in for this outstanding debut, including three starred reviews!
“[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
“Like a prose version of the Netflix series Black Mirror, this volume encapsulates a brave and imaginative examination of possible futures. Highly recommended for all readers. ” — Library Journal, starred & boxed review
“Touching on virtual families, climate change, implanted memories, and more, Weinstein’s debut collection of digital-age sci-fi stories is scary, recognizable, heartbreaking, witty, and absolutely human. Weinstein’s collection is full of spot-on prose, wicked humor, and heart.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Barnes & Noble’s Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers program includes two Macmillan titles!
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
THE ART OF WAITING: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
A September 2016 Indie Next pick! “So much more than a memoir about trying to conceive. In her reporting, researching, and sharing, Boggs has performed a public service for those in a similar position—and for anyone interested in the implications of parenthood or in a story well-told and deeply felt.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror reading lists of 2016, including these Macmillan titles:
Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2016 (full list)
ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
The alternate-world science is novel, and the plot is thrilling in this Verne-inspired tale, a joyous throwback to sf adventure of old.
Top 10 Horror: 2016 (full list)
PRESSURE by Brian Keane
Carrie free-dives deep underwater to help determine why the ocean floor is collapsing. As if that’s not scary enough, she encounters a creature that destroys everything in its path. A gory, winning horror thriller—a different kind of beach read, you might say.
Top 10 Youth SF/Fantasy/Horror on Audio (full list)
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell, read by Euan Morton
Dramatizing a Harry Potter–like world filled with wizards, vampires, ghosts, pixies, and shape-shifting demons coexisting with “Normals,” Morton displays a chimerical skill at voicing characters and captivates with his humor- and horror-steeped performance.
CARRY ON was also mentioned in Michael Cart’s Carte Blanche column on Speculative Fiction and LGBTQ Literature.
Core Collection: Space Operas (full list)
THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS by Kevin J. Anderson
Anderson (also famous for his many series titles) hits it out of the galaxy again: space opera doesn’t get much more exciting, or much more richly populated with alien races, technologies, and cultures, than it does in this sprawling, engrossing epic. A joint exploratory mission to the edge of the galaxy reveals an alien presence, one so powerful that it could conceivably wipe out all life in the galaxy.
EARTH UNAWARE by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
The beginning of this prequel series to the ever-popular ENDER’S GAME finds young Victor Delgado risking his life to warn earth of the impending invasion.
REDSHIRTS by John Scalzi
Ensign Andrew Dahl, assigned to the spaceship Intrepid, begins to notice that things are a bit weird. His shipmates frequently behave in an unpredictable or unmotivated manner, and problems are often resolved by the use of the Box, a mysterious vessel that, when you input a seemingly unsolvable problem, spits out a resolution after a suitably dramatic pause. As he tries to figure out what the heck is going on around him, Andy discovers a truth so staggering that he has no choice but to believe it. readmoreremove
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
The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:
“Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” — The New York Times Book Review
“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
— People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)
“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” — The Guardian
“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” — The Boston Globe
“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.” — Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”
“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed