August Online Exclusives: 11 Bonus SF/Fantasy & Horror Reviews

So many good books, not enough pages. This is the Burden of the Booklist Editor, alas, and it is a Weary Burden that Doth Make My Shoulders Stoop.

ANYWAY. Here’s a bunch of real good science fiction, fantasy, and horror that didn’t make it into the August spotlight issue due to space being finite and all kinds of other boring physics stuff.


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Boundless, by R. A. Salvatore

The second adventure of Drizzt Do’Urden finds Drizzt and his allies defending kingdoms against hordes of demons, and the attacks may be masterminded by a political rival from Drizzt’s father’s past.

Brave the Tempest, by Karen Chance

Cassie Palmer has finally taken on the role of chief clairvoyant—and just in time, as new adversaries are trying to weaken the supernatural community. Can she handle her new leadership responsibilities and a love triangle?

A Choir of Lies, by Alexandra Rowland

Ylfing is starting over in a new job in a new place (after the events of A Conspiracy of Truths, 2018), but when he sees an opportunity to use his storytelling powers for good, he can’t resist revisiting his past.

Cry Pilot, by Joel Dane

Maseo Kaytu is a young misfit with a secret, making him the perfect candidate for the CAV Corps, a futuristic sort-of-suicide militia, in this diverting military science fiction story that leaves enough open doors for a sequel.

The Girl on the Porch, by Richard Chizmar

In this ripped-from-the-headlines horror, footage from a suburban home’s security camera reveals a young woman frantically ringing a doorbell, a shackle dangling from her wrist. Readers who hanker after straight-ahead, fast-paced thrills in the Stephen King style will be well satisfied by this slender book.

The Gossamer Mage, by Julie E. Czerneda

In a world where the ability to write magic comes with a deadly price, one mage scribe vows to eliminate the Deathless Goddess, only to find that ancient, darker forces have the same goal.

Houses under the Sea: Mythos Tales, by Caitlín R. Kiernan

What Kiernan has retained from the Cthulhu Mythos is a sense of vast, geologic time, transformations, and unknowable mysteries; what she has added to it are deftly drawn characters, a pleasing prose style, and a fantastic collection of settings.

Kill Monster, by Sean Doolittle

Ben Middleton’s life has been pretty unremarkable thus far, but according to Reuben Wasserman, a desperate stranger from Chicago who tracked Ben down in Kansas, he’s also about to be murdered.

The Killing Light, by Myke Cole

In the conclusion to Cole’s Sacred Throne trilogy (starting with The Armored Saint, 2018), Heloise, a born leader with a heart of gold and the mind of a military genius, continues the fight against the Order to better the rule of the Emperor and the lives of the people in her village.

Master of the World, by Edward Willett   

Shawna Keys wakes up in a world modeled after the works of Jules Verne, where her most immediate concern is convincing the locals that she is neither a witch nor a spy. This series is for fans of any piece or part of geek culture.

A Single Light, by Tosca Lee

After escaping from the New Earth cult, Wynter Roth raced across the country in search of a cure for a devastating swine-borne flu. But on the way, she was falsely accused of murder, and now she’s underground, in hiding with other survivors, who don’t know her fugitive identity.



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