Science Fiction & Fantasy

Book Hunters in Brief #104: The Force Awakens!

From everything we have heard and most of the reviews we have read, the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of those rare occasions when the movie lives up to both the studio marketing machine hype and the hardcore fans' expectations.

But the fact is that even if you see the movie three times a day for the next week, you will still have a lot of time to kill between viewings (seven hours and twelve minutes per day to be exact). Even if you figure you will be getting a good eight hours of shut-eye each night (you won't), that's still over nine hours a day of waiting. How are you going to make it?

The Spooky Halloween Mega Post of Madness (and Laziness)

Hey, readers!

Sooo, it’s pretty much Halloween, and I was thinking that instead of doing my usual three posts/month reviews, I’d just make one mega-post this month with a large variety of books to discuss for your pleasure. But in, like, a more abridged than usual sort of way. Because this Insidious 3 movie ain’t gonna watch itself.

Wytches

Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Cinder Spires: Aeronaut's Windlass

Jim Butcher is well known for his captivating series, whether with a film noir, magical detective style such as the Dresden Files or the Roman era in another time and place through the Codex Alera series. Butcher takes familiar SF tropes and tweaks those creating wonderful new adventures. He has done so again with the first in The Cinder Spires series, The Aeronaut's Windlass.

Parasitology

Parasitology is the newest series written by zombie novel veteran Mira Grant. With the second book having been released last November, and the third and final novel releasing on November of this year, I figured I’d just go ahead and review it now so that the rest of you can suffer in anticipation with me. Mwa ha ha.

SF Books People Claim to have Read

Today, io9 wrote a blog about "10 Books you Pretend to Have Read." Looking over the list, I realized that, while I've not pretended to read books that I have not actually read, there were several books out there I do need to read.  Lists like this are a good way to grasp the history of the genre, see what has changed, and what ideas we are still exploring.

Book Hunters in Brief #81: Jurassic Reads!

Humans weren't around during the heyday of the dinosaurs, and it's a good thing, too--for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the fact that our  fast tracked evolutionary progress would have, in all likelihood, come to the proverbial screeching halt had our species represented the equivalent of the giant economy-size bag of potato chips for the various giant economy-size carnivores roaming about.

The Demonata

The Demonata is a series written by popular YA author Darren Shan. The series ended with the publication of Hell’s Heroes in 2009, but for fans of horror who aren’t familiar with Darren Shan, he is a gift and this series is a great popcorn (quick and easy) read.

Lockwood & Co

Lockwood & Co is a new series from the author who brought us the Bartimaeus trilogy and you could call it the British answer to Shutter. Set similarly in a world that has become overrun with restless spirits, children and teens gifted with the ability to sense these aggravated apparitions are employed by agencies designed to contain and remove them. Sometimes with séances. Sometimes with salt. Sometimes with swords.

Shutter

Shutter is the debut novel of author Courtney Alameda. If you ever played the cult video game hit Fatal Frame then this is the book you didn’t know that you were waiting for.

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