The Real-Town Murders, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

One of the great joys in reading an Adam Roberts novel is the stuff that goes on in the background, behind the story he’s telling: the interweaving subtexts, subtle linguistic cues, shifting points of view, and blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em references that hint at the nature of complex world he’s created. The Real-Town Murders is the story of … Continue reading The Real-Town Murders, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

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The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Del Rey)

For Star Wars fans looking for a way to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, this book will seem heaven sent. Rinzler follows up his magnificent The Making of Star Wars (2007) with this in-depth account of the production of the second act in George Lucas’ original three-act epic. The author distills information … Continue reading The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, J.W. Rinzler (Del Rey)

The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Del Rey)

Announced as early as 2008, the long, long, long-awaited sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) and Red Seas under Red Skies (2007) finally arrives. The story picks up almost immediately after the end of Red Seas. Locke Lamora, professional thief and con artist, has been poisoned (“He was being unknit from the inside; his veins and sinews were … Continue reading The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Del Rey)

Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

The science-fiction caper novel constitutes a small genre to begin with (Keith Laumer and Harry Harrison may be its best-known names), but Lynch added something entirely new to it with his debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006). That novel, which told the story of a young boy taken under the wing of a master thief, was … Continue reading Red Seas Under Red Skies, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

On a distant world, orphan Locke Lamora is sold into a crew of thieves and con artists. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke’s talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to … Continue reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (Bantam)

Pandemic, Scott Sigler (Crown)

Sigler’s gritty Infected trilogy wraps up as the author takes humanity to the brink of extinction. The extraterrestrial invaders, who came to Earth in the form of a virus that takes over the human body, seemed to have been vanquished or at least seriously roadblocked in the last book (Contagious, 2009). But the aliens’ last-ditch … Continue reading Pandemic, Scott Sigler (Crown)

Nocturnal, Scott Sigler (Crown)

From the author of several excellent horror novels, including Contagious (2009) and Ancestor(2010), comes another page-turner. Bryan Clauser, a San Francisco police detective investigating a series of strange killings, is shocked when his own tormented dreams seem to presage the murders. And when he discovers that the victims all appear to be connected to a deeply troubled boy, … Continue reading Nocturnal, Scott Sigler (Crown)