So we soldier on with our stripped down version of the blog, and conclude our round-up of the new volumes due in February.
The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith has made a name for himself with hard-hitting, often remorseless armed sf, and as the designation of this new novel depicts, this is right on the money. It’s the first part of a new line, placed 400 times in the future when crooks are stored in suspended animation aboard prison carries. But Miska Corbin, with a background in black ops, has stolen one of the following options ships and turned its inmates into her own private infantry. The question is: what does she want this army for?
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Pennsylvania, 1997: a Navy SEAL’s family has been slaughtered, and his daughter is missing. Shannon Moss, the Navy investigator, finds out that the SEAL was aboard the spaceship Libra which was lost in a age movement venture. Determined to find the missing girl, Moss proceeds into different versions of the future, looking for a clue. But what she locates there is terrifying, because what she detects there is the approaching Terminus, the end of humanity, and the only way to prevent it is to crack the case.
Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift
There’s a age portal in the bar where Hallie wields, and when a strange bride known as the Chronometrist starts to harass her Hallie has little choice but to step through the portal. Soon she is tumbling into the past and the future, falling in love and changing the world. But each pilgrimage she makes payments a little bit of herself, and before long the effects of her journeys are ruffling through time so thoroughly that it is impossible to tell what is the future that she is trying to save.
The Clarity by Keith Thomas
This is a fast-paced thriller about rebirth, recognition and life after death. It starts with psychologist Matilda Deacon’s brand-new case, Ashanique, an eleven-year-old girl with the recollections of the last man killed in the First World War. But when Ashanique starts talking about the Night Doctors, Matilda starts to realise that the girl is in grave danger. Then she learns about Rade, an assassin who has left a cruel trail various regions of the world, and who is after a secret contained in memories.
When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas
When their father-god left them, the one thing that met being passable for the three Vasquez children was Luz. Luz was a shimmering figure who materialized in the canyon behind their room, and he befriended the children each in their own way. But then Luz left too, and “hes taking” with him something from each of the children. But Luz had changed the way they encounter themselves and the world, and in his absence they have to work out anew how to connect with other people again while memorize what the alien attendance had taken from them.
The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer
Bornewas one of the most highly-praised novels of 2017; now Jeff VanderMeer follows it up with this intriguing story about a human built in a laboratory. Proportion bird, part human, she has to flee when the scientists turn against her. But though she makes good her escape, she still isn’t safe. The wildlife also repudiates her, and the world is full of biotech beings, flunked experimentations that have outlived the company who realized them. Amid the detritus of human civilization, she must find a way to survive in a narration that builds a whole new perspective on the world of Borne.
Starlings by Jo Walton
And talking of strange fowls … here’s a first short story accumulation from multi-award winning Jo Walton. Long overdue, I believe numerous parties will say. It’s a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, magic and machinery. Confidentials are discovered, wizard reflects ensure everything, and search engines set off down the path to existential despair. As ran, as skilled, as intriguing as her novels, this is a stunning collection of stories, vignettes, poetry and more.
Blood Binds the Pack by Alex Wells
The second part of the Hob Series is set on Tanegawa’s World, where TransRift Inc have found the strange blue-blooded mineral that allows the interstellar travel that human society now takes for conceded. TransRift will stop at nothing to rip out every last bit of the priceless mineral, and the one thing that is currently in their space is Hob Ravani’s Ghost Wolves, the proscribe resistance that is doing everything in their influence to hold on to their world. As the hunger for the mineral gets ever stronger and the company propagandizes the miners ever harder, things are coming to a brutal head.
And that’s it for the month’s brand-new bibles. Maybe next time the blog will be behaving itself a bit better.
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