More Weird Books!

Did you know that, unlike space, the pages of a magazine are finite, and there were a bunch of science fiction, fantasy, and horror reviews that we just couldn’t TARDIS into the August spotlight? (Because the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside…and is also now a verb.)

Anyhoo! As August comes to a close (HOW IS IT ALREADY), make it weird with a few more SF/Fantasy & Horror reviews, linked to the full Booklist review.

Fantasy

Denied, by Cathy ClampBook cover Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

The next in a dark paranormal series (after Illicit, 2016) about bear shifters who battle forest fires and murder.

Foundryside, by Robert Jackson Bennett

A young thief, a war hero, and an animated inanimate object fight for survival in the outskirts of rival walled territories in this fabulous series starter.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, by Seanan McGuire

The ghost of a murdered woman finds herself stalked by her murderer–and suddenly, inconveniently mortal–in this follow-up to Sparrow Hill Road (2014)

Hearthfire, by Emmie Mears

A uniquely told story of a young woman who learns that her way of life does indeed affect others.

In the Night Wood, by Dale Bailey

A twist on a gothic house tale that will appeal to readers of dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, psychological horror, and metanarratives.

The Isle of Gold, by Seven Jane

Book cover The Isle of Gold by Seven Jane

A pirate, a lost love, an orphan, and sea legends come to life–there’s lots to love in this fantasy epic.

Mira’s Last Dance, by Lois McMaster Bujold

The latest Pen and Des adventure (after Penric’s Mission, 2017) finds Penric healing from a magical attack, while his resident demon, Desdemona, uses one of her alter egos to help.

Phoenix Unbound, by Grace Draven

An engaging tale of a desperate gladiator who kidnaps a magical woman, and then must work with her to defeat the Empire.

The Queen of Crows, by Myke Cole

In the second Sacred Throne novel (after The Armored Saint, 2018), Heloise reluctantly leads her followers into a battle with a beloved emperor whose vicious guard are out of control.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood, by Rena Rossner

The fantastical story of two sisters, the daughters of shapeshifters, whose first loves become complicated, combining history, religious strife, and Russian folklore.

Spinning Silver, by Naomi NovikBook cover Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

A re-telling of “Rumpelstiltskin” set in a historical Russian kingdom from the author of the beloved Uprooted (2015).

The Wind in His Heart, by Charles de Lint

Four troubled lives intersect on the (fictional) Painted Lands Kikimi reservation in a story rich with imagery, magic, wisdom, and humanity.

Worldshaper, by Edward Willett

A fun, quirky series starter about a potter in small-town Montana who turns out to be the shaper of the world.

 

Horror

The Chrysalis, by Brendan DeneenBook cover Creature by Hunter Shea

A move to the suburbs gets freaky in this novel for readers who crave shocks without a gut of bloodletting and gore.

Creature, by Hunter Shea

A couple takes a bucket-list trip to Maine, but there’s something evil in the woods.

The House by the Cemetery, by John Everson

A haunted house by a cemetery…what could go wrong? Plenty, in this self-aware, pop culture-referencing debut.

The Mouth of the Dark, by Tim Waggoner

A father who has lost touch with his daughter is determined to rescue her from whatever terrifying entities are holding her hostage.

 

Science Fiction

Annex, by Rich LarsonBook cover Annex by Rich Larson

A thrilling debut that follows a group of kids who try to save the world from an alien invasion that has forced adults into suspended animation.

The First Protectors, by Victor Godinez

A scarred veteran witnesses a crash in the desert, and soon he is fighting aliens determined to colonize Earth in this debut that will appeal to fans of military science fiction with lots of technological detail.

Lost Mars: Stories from the Golden Age of the Red Planet, edited by Mike Ashley

A collection of classic Martian stories that span almost a century, featuring familiar and less well-known authors.

Noumenon Infinity, by Marina J. Lostetter

A human-driven space ship gets stranded 100,000 years in the future, while a ship helmed by clones searches for signs of intelligent alien life.

Resistant, by Rachel SparksBook cover Noumenon Infinity by Marina J Lostetter

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, nefarious government agents, and a young woman on the run make up this debut that will appeal to fans of sf and biological thrillers.

A Spy in Time, by Imraan Coovadia

A spy from the future goes back in time to save his utopia, but things don’t go according to plan.

Street Freaks, by Terry Brooks

The master of fantasy (i.e. one million Shannara novels, most recently The Skaar Invasion, 2018) takes on a Blade Runner-esque sf story featuring a teen on the run who falls in with a group of futuristic outcasts.

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