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John DeNardo on 11 Can’t-Miss SF and Fantasy Books in March

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

New York 2140 Kim Stanley Robinson-small Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells-small The Man with the Speckled Eyes Lafferty

The tireless John DeNardo is back with another list, this time looking at the Can’t-Miss SF and Fantasy titles in March (and he should know). Here’s a few of his recommendations.

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson:

In the not-too-distant future, New York City’s streets are submerged underwater due to climate change, making every street a canal, every building an island unto itself. Intrigue abounds in the Met Life tower, now converted into a co-op, and the target of a buyout from a shadowy corporation desperate enough to sabotage the building’s infrastructure… Robinson weaves a tapestry of interconnected personal narratives that is captivating for its portrayal of humankind.

New York 2140 was published by Orbit on March 14, 2017. It is 624 pages, priced at $28 in hardcover and $14.99 for the digital edition.


Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells:

A penniless orphan named Hob is stranded on a planet owned by the company with a monopoly on interstellar space travel. She’s taken in by Nick, a member of the Ghost Wolves, a mercenary biker gang roaming the landscape of Tanegawa’s World. Years later, Hob discovers that Nick’s brother has been killed and Nick’s daughter has been taken by taken by devious beings known as the Weathermen. It’s time for action.

Hunger Makes the Wolf was published by Angry Robot on March 7, 2017. It is 464 pages, priced at $7.99 in paperback and $6.99 for the digital edition. It is a first novel.

The Man with the Speckled Eyes is the fourth volume of the Lafferty Library, a 12-volume project from Centipede Press that aims to reprint all of R.A. Lafferty’s short fiction. Here’s the description from the Centipede Press website.

In a career that began in 1959 and continued until his death in 2002, R.A. Lafferty garnered the admiration of authors and editors including Robert A.W. Lowndes, Harlan Ellison, A.A. Attanasio, Gene Wolfe, Michael Swanwick and many, many others. His body of short fiction is comprised of well over 200 stories and, despite his vast popularity, there was never a concerted effort made to produce a comprehensive collection of his short fiction, until now.

Welcome to the fourth volume of the Lafferty Library, a series that will run to a dozen volumes and collect all of R.A. Lafferty’s short fiction. This present volume features Lafferty classics such as “Bank and Shoal of Time,” “The Cliff Climbers,” “Been a Long, Long Time,” “Ishmael into the Barrens” and many more. The depth and breadth of R.A. Lafferty’s wondrous imagination is on display once again. Enjoy seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before!

This volume includes an introduction by Richard A. Lupoff, an afterword by John Pelan, and photographs of R.A. Lafferty.

The Lady of the Lake Andrzej Sapkowski-smallThe Man with the Speckled Eyes was published by Centipede Press on March 14, 2017. It is 400 pages, priced at $75 in hardcover. There is no digital edition.

Additional titles on the list include The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski, Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar, and The Wanderers by Meg Howrey. Read the complete article at Kirkus Reviews.

Our previous coverage of John’s recent Kirkus articles includes:

The Best of the Best of 2015’s Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books
January Must-Read Speculative Fiction
February Speculative Fiction Books You Can’t Miss
The Must-Read Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror in June
John DeNardo on the Best Books of August 2016
The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction You Won’t Want to Miss in September
John DeNardo’s Savory Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy for October
John DeNardo Proves Lovecraftian Fiction is Alive and Well
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for November
The Best of the Best: The Definitive List of 2016’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

See all our coverage of the best new book releases here.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the plug, John!

    Mmm…books…

    Comment by John D. - March 28, 2017 7:55 pm


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