Speculative Fiction 427
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn again this Friday, and she is list-making, inspired by her recent read of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. All the buzz right now, Sleeping Giants is an epistolary science fiction novel that tells the story of impossibly large […]
What would happen if the most important, fundamental element for human survival was toxic? In H2O by Virginia Bergin we learn the answer: nothing good. Title: H2O Written by Virginia Bergin Genre: Apocalypse, Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: October 2014 Paperback: 327 pages .27 IS A NUMBER RUBY HATES. It’s […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn this Friday, as she tackles Paper Girls volume 1–the newest ongoing monthly comic from Brian K. Vaughan, with art from Cliff Chiang. The year is 1988, and four newspaper delivery girls go about their routes on the morning […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Today we are delighted to welcome Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, co-authors of The […]
In which we unveil a brand new adventure from your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers: The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac! As you may have noticed, we Book Smugglers are always looking for ways to improve, to grow, to try new things, and to embark on new adventures. For the past two years–ever since we launched Book […]
A profound, feminist dystopian novel about friendship, sisterhood and courage, Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is exquisite. Title: Maresi Written by Maria Turtschaninoff Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Pushkin Press (UK) Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 256 pages Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before […]
A surprising parable about technology, nature, and free will, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is beautiful, at turns heartbreaking, and deeply profound. Title: The Wild Robot Written by Peter Brown Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: April 2016 Hardcover: 288 pages When robot Roz […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take a look at book 3, our favorite in the series. WILL IT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea tackles Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse: The debut novel form Peevyhouse, Where Futures End is a collection of five inextricably linked novellas following five different protagonists across almost 100 years in the future. It is ambitious, strange, and […]
First in a new series starring DC Super Heroes in a Super Hero high school, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is super delightful. Title: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High Written by Lisa Yee Genre: Middle Grade, Superheroes, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 2016 Hardcover: 240 pages […]
Lila, Kell and Rhy are back in this second book–and, oh dear readers, IT IS GOOD. Title: A Gathering of Shadows Written by V.E. Schwab Genre: Fantasy, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor (US) / Titan Books (UK) Publication Date: February 2016 Hardcover: 512 pages Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea FINALLY reviews Updraft by Fran Wilde (just in time for awards season): Given all of the Nebula buzz for this title, Thea decided to FINALLY review the book. Featuring some of the best and most original world-building Thea’s had […]
Darrow’s final adventure comes ot a triuphant close in Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Title: Morning Star Written by Pierce Brown Genre: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: February 2016 Hardcover: 518 pages Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged […]
In which we shamelessly promote Speculative Fiction 2014–on sale now for just $0.99. (Right in time for Hugos season, you know?) Today, we’re delighted to announce that Speculative Fiction 2014:The Year’s Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, edited by Renee Williams and Shaun Duke, is now available for a STEAL. Just $0.99, and the ebook […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take it up a notch to book 2, wherein Harry Potter comes face to face with the past in the Chamber of Secrets. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews new novella from Tor.com, Emily Foster’s The Drowning Eyes. From its beautiful cover to its poetic title, The Downing Eyes is Thea’s first foray into Tor.com’s novella program. And you know what? It’s pretty darned good. To quote […]
It’s Friday! And we are over at Kirkus… Today, Ana takes a look at AC Wise’s collection The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. It’s…ULTRA FABULOUS (you must have seen that coming!). Go here to get the full scoop.
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews the deluxe collectible edition of Wayward (Book 1) by Jim Zub with art from Steven Cummings. The deluxe edition collects the first 10 issues of Wayward, plus includes some awesome essays and extras from the author–and it’s every […]
Mystery, science, and intrepid investigative skills–ON THE MOON–all collide in this smart, fast-paced middle grade adventure. Title: Space Case Author: Stuart Gibbs Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Middle Grade Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 2014 Paperback: 352 Pages It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and […]
Today, we are delighted to host an exclusive excerpt of Forest of Memory–the new novella from Hugo Award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s […]
Deceivers and Reclaimers clash in The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman–a tantalizing opening to a brand new trilogy. Title: The Dark Days Club Author: Alison Goodman Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 496 Pages New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn today with her review of graphic novel The Fall of the House of West by Paul Pope, J. T. Petty and David Rubín. The second graphic novel in Aurora West’s arc (but part of the larger Battling Boy […]
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation […]
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, is the first review of The Time Travel Project.
In which we celebrate the publication date of The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott! The Beatriceid Published 12/22/2015 A stunning new short story, written in verse, set in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Universe Before Andevai, the waking of dreaming dragons, the war for Europa, and the cruel treachery of the Wild Hunt, cousins Catherine and Beatrice Hassi […]
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1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction and popgeekery for all ages since 2008.
2 : a digital-first publisher of speculative fiction and nonfiction since 2014.
3 : 2014 Hugo Nominee for Best Fanzine
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