Genre Friday: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (8/12/22)

This Genre Friday brings us the ultimate round-up of new and upcoming sci-fi and fantasy releases, including a family who consumes books as food, a civil war breaking out in dystopian Hollywood, a man playing with time in the midst of World War I, the start to an epic fantasy series about an immortal man hiding as a storyteller, and two daughters trying to find out the truth behind their mother’s disappearance.

THE BOOK EATERS BY SUNYI DEAN

3 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick!

“A powerful story of overwhelming mother love, as something both powerful and potentially horrific. It’s a book that delves into the need to survive even when a system is built to break you or determined to crush you; a powerful queer story about difference that refuses to flinch away from difficult choices or the impact of trauma, both generational and inflicted. Readers will devour this compelling, rich fantasy.”–Booklist, starred review

“Dean’s unputdownable debut gives the phrase ‘voracious reader’ a new, very literal meaning… The fascinating magic system, impeccable and unusual worldbuilding, and well-shaded characters will keep readers riveted through every twist of this wild ride.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A fascinating debut with shades of gothic fantasy and contemporary thriller, wrapped in a narrative full of vivid and detailed characters and worldbuilding, and an unusual premise.”–Library Journal, starred review

40 BY ALAN HEATHCOCK

“Heathcock’s first novel beautifully captures the seriousness of the questions, posed in sparkling prose. Dystopian fans will relish this compelling, lyrical tale.”–Booklist, starred review

MIDNIGHT ON THE MARNE BY SARAH ADLAKHA

“A few crucial choices change the fate of two people in this entrancing speculative love story from Adlakha (SHE WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING)… Adlakha expertly lays the foundation for this sweeping, tragic romance while never shying away from the merciless bloodshed of war… This wistful tale is a winner.”–Publishers Weekly

THE FIRST BINDING BY R.R. VIRDI

“An ode to storytelling, complete with a rich mythology, turbulent adventures, and a flawed hero you’ll root for… Approached with patience, this epic fantasy will satisfy any fan of the genre.”–Kirkus Reviews

THE WILDERWOMEN BY RUTH EMMIE LANG

Available for download on Edelweiss here.

“Lang (BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) deftly weaves magical realism into a touching tale of sisterly bonds and family relationships… Reminiscent of Catherine Ryan Hyde, Lang focuses the main characters’ journey toward finding and cherishing family and friendship under challenging circumstances.”–Library Journal

THE BOOK EATERS by Sunyi Dean; 9781250810182; available now.
40 by Alan Heathcock; 9780374100230; available now.
MIDNIGHT ON THE MARNE by Sarah Adlakha; 9781250774590; available now.
THE FIRST BINDING by R.R. Virdi; 9781250796172; 8/16/22.
THE WILDERWOMEN by Ruth Emmie Lang; 9781250246912; 11/15/22.

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