George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

Since pretty much page one of A Game of Thrones, a terrible threat has been hanging over the land of Westeros — the Others, those supernatural butchers who raise the dead. And now at last, in his new book The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin gives us details about what would happen if the Others win. Spoilers… » 10/27/14 1:25pm 10/27/14 1:25pm

The Future Is a Lonely Place, in William Gibson's The Peripheral

With his new novel The Peripheral, William Gibson returns to the genre that made him famous: near-future science fiction. But the world of The Peripheral is very different from the hyperactive cyberpunk citiscapes of Neuromancer. His canvas is much bigger — and his prophesies are far more melancholy. » 10/23/14 2:13pm 10/23/14 2:13pm

The Most Indispensible Book About Star Wars You'll Read This Year

Who hasn't seen Star Wars? Chris Taylor opens his book, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise, pointing out that while not everyone has seen Star Wars, most people in the United States and around the world know elements of the series. » 10/15/14 3:11pm 10/15/14 3:11pm

Rooms Is The Perfect Novel For Long Scary Fall Nights

Why do the spirits of people linger long after they've passed from the living world? This is a central question in Lauren Oliver's first adult novel, Rooms, a powerful haunted house story that digs deep into the cracks of a broken family, and the house they grew up in. It's the perfect novel to kick off your fall… » 10/10/14 4:02pm 10/10/14 4:02pm

David Mitchell's Bone Clocks Is A Fantastic Successor To Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas was a brilliant, confounding book that brought together a host of times and places into an interlocking story of oppression and self-discovery. It's hard to imagine how anyone could top that — but his new novel, the somewhat more cohesive The Bone Clocks, may have done just that. » 10/01/14 4:37pm 10/01/14 4:37pm

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman Takes Superheroes Where They've Never Gone

Nick Harkaway's Tigerman is a funny, original and very human novel about a man who puts on a costume and rights wrongs. It's also an echt superhero novel - it gives us a new take on superheroics, different from either superhero comics or films, by showing them through the lens of literary prose. » 9/24/14 4:00pm 9/24/14 4:00pm

Republic Of Thieves Proves That A Fantasy Novel Can Be Epic AND Fun

Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards books have received the type of acclaim you expect for some of the best known fantasy authors — for good reason. Lynch has a strong, fun voice that keeps the pages breezing past. His latest, the long-overdue Republic of Thieves, is a more complicated, but no less fun book than its… » 9/23/14 11:13am 9/23/14 11:13am

More Weird Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Original Star Trek

50 years ago, one of science fiction's greatest series was in development. The original Star Trek series was born out of desperation as much as inspiration, and a recent book called These Are The Voyages reveals tons of insane behind-the-scenes details. You think you know Star Trek? Here are tons of details you… » 9/16/14 3:11pm 9/16/14 3:11pm

Graham Joyce's Brilliant Novel About Being Haunted By The Class System

Graham Joyce's death last week was a huge loss, but at least he's left us with one last confounding masterpiece. The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, out now in the U.S., is a weird, semi-autobiographical novel in which the fantasy elements are mostly at the margins. And yet, it's a strangely haunting ghost story. » 9/15/14 4:36pm 9/15/14 4:36pm

Don't Miss the Gothic Internet Horror of Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters is about the dark forces that awaken in abandoned places — and abandoned people — when they yearn for the kind of attention they once had. Set in the back alleys and art warehouses of Detroit, it's a supernatural thriller that will disturb you in all the right ways. » 9/12/14 2:00pm 9/12/14 2:00pm

Finally, a Novel That Truly Captures the Intensity of Gaming

Wolf in White Van is a disturbing character study of Sean, a teenager who invents a role playing game that almost destroys him and the people who play it. But it's also about how gaming is a form of salvation. There's a dark ambiguity at the heart of this mystery, making it one of the most intense reads of the year. » 9/05/14 1:20pm 9/05/14 1:20pm

Lock In Is One Of John Scalzi's Most Accessible (And Relevant) Novels

In the near-future of John Scalzi's latest novel, Lock In, a pandemic called Haden's Syndrome sweeps the world. Some of its victims suffer flu-like symptoms, some die, and some experience 'Lock In', and are trapped in their own bodies, unable to move. This disease provides a sweeping backdrop for a fast-paced science… » 8/25/14 5:06pm 8/25/14 5:06pm

Lev Grossman Goes Where Other Coming-Of-Age Books Fear To Go: Adulthood

The world is full of magical coming-of-age books... and they generally don't show much of what happens after the age has come. We only glimpse thirtysomething Harry Potter. But in The Magicians Land, Lev Grossman uses his meta-fantasy world to create a thoughtful portrait of what it's like to be a functioning adult. » 8/13/14 7:30am 8/13/14 7:30am

Fool's Assassin Is A Triumphant Return To Robin Hobb's Farseer Realm

Any fan of high fantasy who has yet to read Robin Hobb is missing out. Fool's Assassin, which comes out today, returns readers to the world of the Farseers, where royal bastards may be trained to become assassins for the throne. And while the latest book isn't epic in scope, it's a reminder that there is room for… » 8/12/14 2:34pm 8/12/14 2:34pm

Maplecroft Will Be the Best Damn Cthulhu Novel You've Read in Ages

Lizzie Borden's infamous murders took place just a couple of decades before H.P. Lovecraft first dreamed up the horrors of his greatest invention, the cosmic ocean monster-god Cthulhu. Cherie Priest has taken this historical confluence and turned it into a wild, awesome page-turner called Maplecroft. » 8/11/14 1:00pm 8/11/14 1:00pm