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New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books: November 20 - 26

New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books: November 20 - 26

Lovers of paranormal and urban fantasy have a lot to be thankful for in this week's new sci-fi and fantasy book releases! For fans of True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse novels comes a collection of every short story in the series. There's also another urban fantasy anthology featuring tales all set in New York, written by a who’s-who of New York Times bestsellers and Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writers including George R. R. Martin, Maria Dahvana Headley, Holly Black, and more.

On the sci-fi front, you'll find a near-future tale about a narcoleptic dreamhacker that sounds all kinds of awesome (especially if you loved Inception as much as I did), and a unique, satirical take on the apocalyptic genre exploring what happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth in the form of a virus that obliterates the part of the brain where humor lives.

But what I'm most excited for this week is the return of Anne Rice! Writing with her son Christopher, this week brings the long-promised sequel to The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned. (Seriously, this was the third Anne Rice book I ever read a million years ago, and even then it was already yeas old! It's been that long.) Based on reviews, this book sounds like it's also a return to form for her, which makes my unabashed ride-or-die fangirl heart so happy!

Here are this week's new SFF books...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hazel Wood

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hazel Wood

Waiting on Wednesday is a feature created over at Breaking the Spine and now hosted at Wishful Endings as “Can’t Wait Wednesday” which spotlights upcoming, can't-wait-for books.

Last week's pick was all about witches, because witchy fiction is one of my favorite things. But more than my love of witches, I am obsessed with fairy tales — the Grimmer, the better. I mean, I love Disney too, but there's just something about the darker originals that resonate with me. Which is why I chose this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

In addition to the excellent reviews it's already getting, The Hazel Wood features a girl named Alice, a journey to grandmother's house, a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales (written by grandmother), and a trek into the cruel supernatural world where those pitch-dark stories are set. As you can see, it also hits that bookish soft spot every writer has for books about writers, and every reader has for books about books!

Check out The Hazel Wood for yourself...

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: November 13 - 19

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: November 13 - 19

After the hellish heat wave that closed out October here in LA, the promise of fall and cooler, darker days are finally here. This week's new SFF books feel the same: there's so much interesting, dark new sci-fi and speculative fiction with a new sci-fi heist thriller from The Martian's Andy Weir and a collection of Philip K. Dick tales to go with the new Amazon streaming show based on his work.

There's also a deliriously dark new fantasy about an alchemist and a book of life that writes itself, a lush epic fantasy set in the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, and a couple new dystopian tales, including an alt-history that explores what the world today would be had the Nazis won (basically: not good). You'll even find a touch of horror with Mira Grant's latest about an expedition to find... killer. mermaids. I need this in my life right now.

Here are this week's best new sci-fi and fantasy books...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Deep

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked Deep

Waiting on Wednesday is a feature created over at Breaking the Spine and now hosted at Wishful Endings as “Can’t Wait Wednesday” which spotlights upcoming, can't-wait-for books.

Can you believe it's November already? This year has just flown by. And while fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, it's also my busiest time — plus, I decided to do NaNoWriMo as well so I could finally finish a project I've been working on forever, which is why I've been lacking in new releases and just posting in general the last couple of weeks. I know, excuses, excuses.

Anyway, I thought I'd ease back in with a new Waiting on Wednesday pick: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. Reading the synopsis, I feel like this book was kind of written just for me? I mean, probably not, but like... I really, really love Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic (the movie more so than the book, I must admit).

And I really, really love witches and witchery in fiction (and real life too, I must admit as well). And there are sisters, which I also love to read about. And revenge. And generational curses. And a hint of deadly siren, perhaps? And a beautiful cover.

Oh yes, this book was definitely written for me. Take a look...

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 23 - 29

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 23 - 29

With Halloween just around the corner, you'll find some horror in this week's new speculative fiction, from a collection of Joe Hill novellas and a ouija board anthology to the latest in the Anno Dracula series. If you love vampires like I do, this series sounds awesome and unique and worth checking out.

There's also quite a lot of fantasy this week — everything from urban fantasy to a historical fantasy of manners in a belle epoque world, to an unseasonably early contemporary paranormal reimagining of A Christmas Carol. (Why is Christmas trying to creep on Halloween's territory? Did no one learn from Jack Skellington?) 

The only sci-fi to be found this week comes in the form of a gorgeously illustrated novel set in a snowy post-apocalyptic world. No, it's not Snowpiercer. Billed as a "stunning and cinematic combination of art and novel," this book would make a great gift for the lover of sci-fi art.

Check out this week's new sci-fi and fantasy books...

Waiting on Wednesday: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Waiting on Wednesday: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Waiting on Wednesday is a feature created over at Breaking the Spine and now hosted at Wishful Endings as “Can’t Wait Wednesday” which spotlights upcoming, can't-wait-for books.

As it's still Black Speculative Fiction month, my pick for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, coming next April. Although I'd be anxiously waiting for this one regardless of what month it is!

Why this book? Well, not gonna lie, I am a Justina Ireland fangirl — I actively follow her on Twitter (by which I mean I actually read her tweets), and I love what she's doing as one of the executive editors (along with Troy L. Wiggins) at Fiyah Literary Magazine, a quarterly magazine of black speculative fiction. And in a world with questionable reimaginings of the Civil War like the totally misguided Confederate, Dread Nation is an alternate history I can get behind.

It's got a kick-ass black heroine, a vision of American history that requires no side-eye, and... zombies! And any book with those things that's also described as being 'at once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive' is a book I need to read. I only wish it was out now, as this would be a perfect time for it!

Check it out for yourself...

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 16 - 22

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 16 - 22

This week's new sci-fi and fantasy books are kind of all over the place, with quite a few gift editions of classics and favorites getting a jump on the holiday season -- you won't find those listed here because I'm saving them up for a gift edition post... after Halloween, when it's actually time to think about the holiday season!

What you will find this week: quite a bit of sci-fi in both YA and adult. Weird fiction that straddles the line between horror and fantasy from Seanan McGuire and the Night Vale creators. And the start of a new epic fantasy series from the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles.

What I'm most excited for, however, is the return of Phillip Pullman, who has a new series set in the world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials. I adored this series and I'm still a little salty that The Golden Compass movie never got a sequel (at the very least). But at least we have books!

Here are your new reads in sci-fi and fantasy...

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 8-15

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 8-15

'Tis the season for dark, creepy fantasy . . . Like, beserkers and ancestral Viking curses. Medieval magic, murder and mayhem. A dark East Asian reimagining of The Evil Queen legend. And an epic new series from Hugo-winning author Elizabeth Bear . . . these are just a few of the new fantasies out this week.

At the sci-fi end of the bookish spectrum, you'll find new Orson Scott Card — the first Enderverse novel in years — along with the third book in Paolo Bacigalupi's acclaimed dystopian Ship Breaker series. Also, a companion to Sharon Cameron's The Forgetting, and a competition for a spot on a mysterious mission to space.

In between, there are paranormal miracles and creepy island mysteries. And, of course, horror (though not as much as I'd like) — from a modern feminist tale of assault and witchy revenge that feels super relevant given this weekend's headline news, to good old-fashioned zombies lurching together in one massive set.

Here are this week's new sci-fi and fantasy books...

Waiting on Wednesday: Children of Blood and Bone

Waiting on Wednesday: Children of Blood and Bone

I am forever discovering upcoming books that I forget all about by the time they're released, no matter how many mental notes or actual note notes I give myself. And because I suck at Goodreads, it's not really much help. I hate this, especially when I'm in a book slump, looking for something to read and nothing sounds good. I hate it because I know there are all these books in the dusty caverns of my mind, trapped like James Franco in that one movie. 

Well, I've just discovered Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly (but for this here blog, bi-weekly) meme created over at Breaking the Spine and now hosted at Wishful Endings as “Can’t Wait Wednesday” which spotlights those upcoming, can't-wait-for-it books. Perfect, right? Now I'll have an easy record of what I'm most looking forward to, no mental amputation or useless notes required. Hopefully you enjoy these upcoming books too!

ALSO, you're aware it's October now. What you may not have known is that October is Black Speculative Fiction Month. So I'm starting off this Waiting on Wednesday with Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi ― a book that literally made me squee out loud when I read the synopsis. It's #ownvoices. It's a West African fantasy, a culture we haven't seen a lot of. It's already got a movie deal, and it won't even be out until next year. And the cover... well, just take a look for yourself and tell me that's not a pretty, pretty cover!

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 1-7

New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: October 1-7

Lovers of young adult SFF books, this week is for you — there's a ton of YA new releases this week. You'll find everything from lushly written magical realism and futuristic sci-fi entirely in text speak, to an urban fantasy series starter full of magic and motorcycle gangs and a utopian near-future with an alt-historical Victorian past.

This week's new releases also bring plenty of series follow ups, including the long awaited sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's striking fantasy, Akata Witch, and the third installment in Libba Bray's prohibition-era paranormal series, The Diviners.

Here are all the new sci-fi and fantasy books this week...