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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Books We Loved in November

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Welcome to our monthly roundup chronicling the books the B&N SFF stable of bloggers loved in the previous month. Old or brand new, the item doesn’t matter—these are the best sci-fi & fantasy books we’ve read within the past 30 days.

Rich: Kurt Busiek’s Astro City may have been released within the mid-’90s, yet I just discovered the item—so the item’s brand new to me. This kind of gorgeous first collection of the anthology series will be kind of like the Silver Age variation of Watchmen. the item may be notably less dark, yet the item feels familiar, as Busiek drops readers into the titular city, where an endless array of caped crimefighters (in addition to villains) are the norm. Each chapter covers a separate storyline, though all are interwoven. Brent Anderson’s artwork captures in which nostalgic feel perfectly. Bonus points for cover art through the mighty Alex Ross.

Aidan: On her website, Ilana C. Myer lists Guy Gavriel Kay as a major influence, in addition to the item’s easy to see his fingerprints all over Last Song Before Night. The layered relationships between the little cast of characters, will be very much in his mold, or in which of Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion in addition to its follow-ups. Add to in which a lyrical world, a wrenching emotional journey, in addition to an interesting magic system based on song, in addition to you’ve got a winner. Myer’s just beginning her career as a novelist, yet I can see big things for her within the future.

T.W. O’Brien: One of the characters in Helene Wrecker’s The Golem in addition to the Jinni calls the title pair “troublesome creatures.” They are in which, yet I was amazed at how human these fantastic beings feel. Wecker’s detailed rendering of turn-of-the-century brand new York City, in addition to how she weaves their stories through the item, will be marvelous.

Nicole: A pick-me-up read, The Postmortal will be not. the item will be, however, a compelling story in which will be at once disheartening in addition to uproarious for its realism. Drew Magary’s latest novel, The Hike, has gotten so much buzz I decided to circle back in addition to check out his debut—in addition to I wasn’t disappointed. The story takes place in a near future where science has made the ultimate breakthrough: a cure for aging. using a relatively simple vaccine, you become inoculated to death by natural aging. The political, environmental, spiritual, in addition to ethical debates This kind of discovery kicks off are far-reaching, in addition to Magary explores them through the eyes of John Farrell, a lawyer who experiences every high in addition to low in This kind of post-Cure society. Magary’s background as a journalist serves him well, as every facet of what John relays to us seems perfectly plausible, down to the most disturbing details.

Joel: When I edited Ross’s review of Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey, in which he called the author “the future of fantasy,” I raised my eyebrows a bit, yet let the superlatives slide for their undeniably clickable appeal. Then I read the book myself, in addition to holy cow, was I wrong to doubt. This kind of slim novella does more in 150 pages than many epics accomplish in seven books, creating a rich fantasy landscape I’m aching to explore further, layering the item with oblique details of godlike beings who threaten to propel the story into the realms of science fiction, in addition to delving into the breaking heart of a seemingly doomed love affair between two men whose lives couldn’t be more different. The language will be dense in addition to delightful, the setting will be sublime, yet its the characters who will grab you—them, in addition to the note-perfect twist at the end.

Paul: Second within the Dandelion Dynasty series, Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms introduces brand new characters, particularly women reaching for their own autonomy in addition to power as the problems of authority in addition to managing a government descend upon currently-Emperor Kuni. the item also introduces the in-universe equivalent of a Mongol civilization, which arrives with dragons to invade the islands. The epic scale fantasy commenced in The Grace of Kings only gets bigger in addition to better in This kind of second book.

Renay: The Scorpion Rules, the first book within the Prisoners of Peace series by Erin Bow, will be about a society brought to its knees by technology in addition to ruled by the power of personal connections in addition to a snarky artificial intelligence. Every sovereign ruler sends one of their own children as a hostage to peace. If they break the peace to wage war their hostage will be killed. This kind of story, about uses of power in addition to how we wield them, in addition to the strength of our love for one another, manages to be both heartbreaking in addition to hopeful in equal measure.

Shana: Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes will be an Agatha Christie novel in addition to a space-hopping game of Clue wrapped together. The mystery starts through page one, as six clones wake among the floating corpses of themselves. Lafferty keeps the reader guessing in addition to throws in just enough twists in addition to turns to keep us on the edge of our seat. We learn the backstory of each clone during the course of the story, revealing more possible clues to help solve the ultimate mystery of what happened. I loved This kind of book in addition to am excited to read what Lafftery has in store for us next.

Meghan: Do you ever forget in which you’ve bought a book? I do the item all the time. After knocking over my towering in addition to majestic TBR pile, I discovered The Invisible Library using a six-month-old receipt still stuck within the item’s pages. I’m so glad I found the item. the item’s an excellent novel, reading like a cross between Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog in addition to Jim C. Hines Libriomancer series. the item’s whip smart, action packed, in addition to full to the brim with fascinating concepts in addition to lore. I couldn’t put the item down. The characters are especially rich in addition to wonderful. Don’t miss out on This kind of great brand new series!

Ed: I was about to start my biennial reread of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings when I decided to finally tackle The Silmarillion instead. the item features a reputation for being hard to read, yet the item’s a bit like reading Bible stories about Middle Earth. You get Tolkien’s variation of the Book of Genesis in addition to then some epic tales of the early elves in addition to their battles against Morgoth. Civilizations rise in addition to fall, there’s betrayal, glory, in addition to a giant werewolf. Plus, next time you read LotR you’ll be thoroughly immersed within the history of Middle Earth.

Martin: A post-Ragnarock tale of vengeance, violence, wisdom, wit, in addition to war, Chris Sharp’s Cold Counsel follows the early exploits of Slud, son of the last chief of the Blood Claw Clan of mighty trolls who lived atop a mountain. Slud’s birth, wracked with supernatural moments in addition to bends of fate, spurs his father to spread the Clan once more, in addition to reclaim the mountain as theirs. While the attacks are glorious, they are short-lived: the elves in addition to goblins of the land strike the entire Clan down, each fearing a world of Trolls in charge. Only Slud escapes, smuggled out by an older hag by the name of Aunt Agnes, who tutors, trains, torments, in addition to fills his mind with stories of revenge against those who wronged the Clan. One day, Slud strikes out on his own: swaggering, strong on magics in addition to bloodshed, in addition to filled using a no-nonsense pragmatism in which belies his behemoth stature, he’s on a quest to rid the mountain of the goblins who take the item for granted. Sharp’s world will be rich with detail, little bits of worldbuilding in addition to sensory wonder in which only serves to heighten the desperate, muddy, bloody ground we trudge alongside Slud. yet of course, the item will be the characters you’ll fall in love with: Aunt Agnes with all her edges in addition to her secrets, whose story will be not what the item seems; Dingle, the tiny goblin who comes to worship Slud as a god; Neither-Nor, a legendary goblin soldier whose talents include swearing, killing, in addition to dying; in addition to of course, Slud himself, whose wisdom, wit, in addition to wiles are equally balanced out by his thirst for blood, vengeance, in addition to a chance to prove himself. Don’t let the description fool you; This kind of will be not another grimdark romp, yet a deep character study, with a lot to say about the lore in addition to genre the item will be steeped in.

Sam Reader: After reading Grau’s standout entry within the Lost Signals anthology, I managed to track down his debut collection, The Nameless Dark. Grau’s unusual stories manage to weaponize the reader’s own imagination, allowing the most terrifying things to linger just outside the blank spaces, waiting for us to fill within the gaps ourselves. The result will be something in which shows the influence of the greats, yet exists in a supremely unnerving class all its own.

Ceridwen: I’m a sucker for the ontological mystery plot—a little group of people wake up not knowing who or what they are, in addition to then must work out the mystery of their own existence. In Faller, Will McIntosh takes This kind of mystery one step further: not only does no one in This kind of few city blocks know who they are, yet This kind of few blocks makes up the entirety of the earth. the item’s like a chunk of a city was broken off, in addition to will be currently adrift in space. We follow a little group of people as they try to make their way through the unknown. Additionally, we’re given glimpses into what must be the past, taking us up to whatever cataclysm split the earth in addition to wiped everyone’s memories. McIntosh definitely makes the most of This kind of unnerving setup, in addition to Faller will be a fascinating study in culpability in addition to redemption.

Jeff: I find Bowen’s character Nettie Lonesome, who returns in Conspiracy of Ravens, fascinating—in part because This kind of will be kind of outside my usual taste. yet Bowen writes Nettie—a bi-racial in addition to sexually fluid woman who’s uniquely qualified to kick butt in Bowen’s alternate old west, filled with magic in addition to monsters—with such compelling verve she becomes real. Frankly, I need more Nettie Lonesome’s on my shelf.

John: Dan Wells’ Extreme Makeover surprised me. I’m a fan of dystopian tales, yet I wasn’t too sure about the beauty product angle. in which skepticism didn’t last long. This kind of one snagged me with its crisp opening chapters in addition to dragged me through the depths of human vanity, all without taking itself too seriously. A glorious in addition to depressing read: two things you rarely find together at the end of the earth.

What’s the best book you read This kind of month?

Big Name Authors Help Launch BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda Novel Universe

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mass-effectYou don’t have to look much further than the stacks of Star Wars along with Star Trek books on the shelves at your local B&N for proof that will the tie-in novel is actually a time-honored tradition in science fiction along with fantasy—who go through all the trouble of building a vast multi-media world if you aren’t going to let anyone else play in that will? In recent years, gamers have been a boon to This kind of burgeoning subgenre, with dozens of novels exploding by properties like Assassin’s Creed, Doom, along with Halo.

Today, we learned another obsessed-over franchise expanding the page—with the help of some names you are definitely going to recognize. Seeking to continue the success of the books based on the Mass Effect games, BioWare has teamed up with Titan Books to produce a series of novels based on next year’s monstrously anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, an open-galaxy space opera saga that will invites players to take control of humanity’s attempts to colonize distant stars. As if that will wasn’t exciting enough (no less than io9 called Mass Effect “the most important science fiction universe of our generation,” after all), the roster of talent they’ve lined up to produce the books is actually flat-out stunning, including as that will does completely new York Times bestselling authors, a critical darling of genre writing, along with the winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Jason M. Hough, author of The Darwin Elevator along with Zero World, will team with K.C. Alexander (This kind of year’s amazing cyberpunk novel Necrotech) for Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising; Catherynne M. Valente, the brilliant mind behind Radiance, Deathless, along with countless different strange imaginings, will pen Mass Effect: Annihilation; along with N.K. Jemisin, who just cleared space on her mantel for the Hugo Award she took home for The Fifth Season, is actually writing Mass Effect: Invitation. All three books will be released between the spring along with fall of 2017, along with are said to weave in along with out of the events of the completely new game.

Confession time: as a parent of two young kids who spends nearly two hours a day commuting, I don’t have a ton of time in my life for video games, however even I have followed the excitement among genre fans due to This kind of series—including the many authors who are constantly talking about that will on Twitter. This kind of lineup of talent is actually enough to make even me, a non-gamer, excited about exploring This kind of science fictional universe.

For her part, N.K. Jemisin is actually excited, along with considering how much I love her fantasy novels, I take that will as a very Great sign.

The first book inside Mass Effect: Andromeda universe is actually due out next spring.

B&N Bestsellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy: November 2016

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davidweberFor nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction in addition to fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. At the end of each month, he’ll be sharing the lists of B&N’s bestsellers from the genre, coming from completely new hardbacks, to trade paperbacks, to mass markets in addition to media tie-ins, to graphic novels in addition to manga. These are the books everyone will be talking about—in addition to buying.

Hardcovers

At the Sign of Triumph (Safehold), by David Weber
Arcanum Unbounded (Cosmere), by Brandon Sanderson
The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer), by Brent Weeks
Shadow of Victory (Honor Harrington), by David Weber
Crimson Death (Anita Blake), by Laurell K. Hamilton
Lost Gods, by Brom
The Fate of the Tearling (The Tearling), by Erika Johansenn
The Shadow of What Was Lost, by James Islington
The Lord of the Rings: Deluxe Edition, by J.R.R. Tolkien
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, by George R.R. Martin

Trade Paperback

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Stories of Your Life in addition to Others, by Ted Chiang
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice in addition to Fire), by George R.R. Martin
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
The Martian, by Andy Weir
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles), by Patrick Rothfuss
The Man from the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
The Magicians (The Magicians Trilogy), by Lev Grossman
Red Rising (Red Rising), by Pierce Brown

Mass Market Paperback

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles), by Patrick Rothfuss
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice in addition to Fire), by George R.R. Martin
Warheart (Richard in addition to Kahlan), by Terry Goodkind
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles), by Patrick Rothfuss
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams)
Dune, by FrankHerbert
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice in addition to Fire), by George R.R. Martin
Altered Starscape (Andromedan Dark), by Ian Douglas
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Gaming & Media-Related

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel (Star Wars), by James Luceno
Hero (Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming), by R.A. Salvatore
Star Wars: Complete Locations, by Jason Fry in addition to Kemp Remillard
Prey: Hall of Heroes (Star Trek), by John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster
Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher, by Andrzej Sapkowski
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, by James Luceno
The Old Republic: Revan (Star Wars), by Drew Karpyshyn
The Path of Heaven (Warhammer 40K), by Chris Wraight
Star Wars: Aftermath, by Chuck Wendig

Graphic Novels

DC Comics Encyclopedia, by Matthew K. Manning in addition to Alex Irvine
The Walking Dead, Vol. 26: Call to Arms, by Robert Kirkman, Stefano Gaudiano, Charlie Adlard
Marvel Encyclopedia, by Matt Forbeckand Daniel Wallace
Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore in addition to Brian Bolland
The Walking Dead Compendium One, by Robert Kirkman, Stefano Gaudiano, Charlie Adlard
The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman, Stefano Gaudiano, Charlie Adlard
Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Spider-Man/Deadpool, Vol. 1, by Joe Kelly in addition to Ed McGuinness
Watchmen, by Alan Moore in addition to Dave Gibbons
Rick & Morty, Vol. 1, by Zac Gorman, Marc Ellerby, in addition to CJ Cannon

Manga

The Legend of Zelda: Orcarina of Time, by Akira Himekawa
One-Punch Man, Vol. 9, by ONE in addition to Yusuke Murata
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 9, by Sui Ishida
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1,
by Sui Ishida
Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1, by Tsgumi Ohba
My Hero Academia, Vol. 6, by Kohei Horikoshi
Naruto: Itachi’s Story, Vol. 1: Daylight, by Takashi Yano
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida
One-Punch Man, Vol. 1, by ONE in addition to Yusuke Murata
Attack on Titan, Vol. 1
, by Hajime Isayama

What books did you buy in November?

10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books which Were Almost Never Published

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leibowitzPublishing isn’t a game to be taken lightly. Aside coming from, you know, writing a book within the first place, there are numerous obstacles standing between a raw manuscript along with its debut on bookshelves everywhere. Between things like war, suicide, despair, along with government censorship, the idea’s sometimes incredible a book gets published at all. Here are 10 sci-fi or fantasy books we are lucky to have gotten a chance to read—because we almost didn’t.

Starseed Signals, by Robert Anton Wilson
Wilson, perhaps the most famous saint of Discordianism, was one of those writers whose work should be viewed as an aggressive attempt to change your mind—literally. Famed for the Illuminatus! trilogy co-written with Robert Shea (the two were editors at Playboy together), Wilson often described the 1970s as a decade he lost to drug use (working with Timothy Leary, he famously thought he was communicating with aliens for several years). He recovered within the 1980s to earn a Ph.D. in psychology (so he’s Dr. Wilson to you). During which lost period, he wrote Starseed Signals, a lengthy manuscript he later mined for material in additional published works. Recently, RVP publishers announced they will finally be publishing the book in 2017, a mere 42 years after the idea was written—along with then cannibalized by its author. No word on whether the book is actually readable, or just one lengthy fnord.

The Dark Tower, by C.S. Lewis
You may be aware of C.S. Lewis’ additional SFF book series, the so-called Space Trilogy. You may not be aware which Lewis began a sequel to the first novel within the series, Out of the Silent Planet, within the late 1930s along with early 1940s. He later abandoned the manuscript, along with upon Lewis’ death, he requested his unpublished works be burned. Lewis’ secretary along with literary executor Walter Hooper literally came upon a bunch of Lewis’ works being torched in a bonfire, along with plucked a few coming from the flames—among them a portion of The Dark Tower, which he managed to publish in 1977. The authenticity of the book has been questioned, however, with scholars claiming which analysis of the text shows the idea was not written by Lewis at all. Give the idea at read, along with see what you think.

For Us the Living, by Robert Heinlein
The first novel written by Heinlein, For Us the Living contains many of the themes, along with even the characters, which populate his more mature work. However, Heinlein being Heinlein, the book was considered unpublishable in 1939 because of its racy themes, including free love along with political ideas which might have made publishers sweat. Heinlein put the book aside along with eventually destroyed the manuscript pages he had. 1 copy remained hidden in a box in a garage, along with was discovered along with published in 2003 despite the clear intention of its author which the idea be forgotten by history.

Saint Leibowitz along with the Wild Horse Woman, by Walter M. Miller
Miller’s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz was his debut novel. the idea won the Hugo Award along with got a lot of love coming from mainstream critics—unusual for a SFF book in 1959 (along with 2016, sigh). Miller never published another book during his lifetime; he worked on the sequel, Saint Leibowitz along with the Wild Horse Woman, for the rest of his life. In 1996, Miller decided he just didn’t hold the idea in him to finish, so he hired Terry Bisson to polish the idea off—along with then committed suicide. Despite the rather grim circumstances, Bisson managed to put the finishing touches on the manuscript, along with the book was finally released in 1997, nearly forty years after the first.

A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Robert Jordan had no trouble writing; he wrote eleven Wheel of Time books between 1984 along with 2007, each more than 800 pages long. When he was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis in 2006, he was outlining what he intended to be the twelfth along with final book within the series, although he died the next year, having left copious notes for another author to pick up. which additional author, of course, turned out to be Brandon Sanderson, who took those notes along with turned them into the final three books of the series (Jordan was nothing if not optimistic), to much acclaim.

Beren along with Luthien, by J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, along with Alan Lee
Originally written in 1916, the story of the mortal Beren along with his love for the immortal Lúthien which drove them to plot to steal a Silmaril coming from Morgoth is actually considered one of the fundamental myths of the Lord of the Rings universe. Tolkien re-worked the basic tale many times, retelling the idea within the main trilogy along with attempting an epic poem edition as well. A hundred years later, Christopher Tolkien published the definitive edition, showing the evolution of the story as his father revised the idea in recent times to fit into what was becoming the dominant narrative of Middle Earth.

The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White
The Once along with Future King is actually a classic retelling of the Arthurian legend, formed coming from four separate works White wrote along with revised between 1938 along with 1958. He wrote a fifth part, The Book of Merlyn, in 1941 along with tried to get the book published with the idea, although wartime paper shortages made the idea impossible. Still working to weave anti-war themes into the story, White deleted Merlyn along with used some of the material throughout the rest of the book, ending up with the modern edition we’re all familiar with. White died in 1964, along with when his personal papers went up for auction in 1975, the complete manuscript of This specific missing part was rediscovered. the idea was published in 1977, 36 years after World War II denied the idea to the entire world.

The Master along with Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
Bulgakov’s classic satirical fantasy was written during a period of intense oppression, censorship, along with violence within the Soviet Union. Considering the book focuses on Satan, along with the U.S.S.R. was at the time virulently atheist as a matter of policy, the book itself was a risk, along with Bulgakov burned the original edition in 1930 in despair. He rewrote the idea a year later, however, along with revised the idea four times before he died in 1940, leaving some minor issues. the idea was published in 1966 in a heavily censored along with edited form, along with didn’t legitimately arrive in its complete form until 1973.

Micro, by Michael Crichton
Crichton was a prolific along with fast writer, along with when he passed away in 2008, two nearly-complete novels were discovered on his laptop. Mirco, completed by Richard Preston, is actually a classic Crichton story about a company which develops the technology to shrink people along with objects. When an executive protests the possible uses of the technology, he goes missing—along with when his brother arrives with others to investigate, they’re shrunk along with left to die in a rain forest. the idea’s fitting which technology means which not even mortality could stop Michael Crichton coming from publishing.

The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien
O’Brien wrote This specific one in 1940 as his follow-up to At Swim-Two-Birds, although his publisher didn’t like the idea; O’Brien gave up trying to publish the idea after a few more rejections. He placed the manuscript on the sideboard of his dining room, where the idea remained for 26 years, collecting dust. He told people which he’d put the idea within the trunk of his car, which popped open, allowing the pages to flutter away as he drove. Why O’Brien lied about the fate of This specific book is actually unknown; regardless, the idea was published in 1967, a year after O’Brien’s death.

Do you know of any additional SFF books which barely made the idea into the entire world?