Feb 5
2018

2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Yoon Ha Lee, Elizabeth Bear, Nicky Drayden, Martha Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Lucy Taylor! Congratulations to all!

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

NOVELS – FANTASY
The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)

FIRST NOVELS
The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)

NOVELLAS
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTES
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers)
“Extracurricular Activities”, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 2/15/17)
“Sweetlings”, Lucy Taylor (Tor.com 5/3/17)

Dec 8
2017

The Stone in the Skull is one of B&N SFF’s Best of 2017

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear is on the list of Barnes & Noble SFF’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017. Congratulations again, Bear!

They also chose twelve “alternate universe picks” (effectively runners-up), including The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells!

Nov 17
2017

The Stone in the Skull is one of Kirkus’ Best of 2017

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear is one of Kirkus’ Best Books of 2017! Congratulations, Bear!

Nov 9
2017

Locus (again) on The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

“Bear’s worldbuilding is, as ever, a richly detailed delight, rendered tangible in cut-glass prose. The precision and care with which she employs language make the landscapes through which her characters move come powerfully to life—and gives those characters, too, powerful presence and compelling life.

It’s an enormously rich and textured novel, magnificently compelling—and really easy to read. Despite its sprawling, epic canvas, its pace is tight, and Bear cuts between plotlines with an adroit eye for tension. The Stone in the Skull is an astonishing delight of a book.” — Locus (Liz Bourke)

Nov 6
2017

Tor.com (again) on The Stone in the Skull

The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

A second review from Tor.com:

“I want to rave about Elizabeth Bear’s The Stone in the Skull. Actually, it feels like I need to rave about it: a glorious, dramatic, lush and striking fantasy set in the same continuity as the Eternal Sky trilogy (Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars, and The Steles of the Sky), with a brilliant cast of characters and an opening that involves an ice wyrm attacking a caravan on its way up a frozen river. It’s no exaggeration to say I was hooked from the first page.

Add that to Bear’s amazing worldbuilding, gloriously precise prose, and excellent pacing. And a wonderfully human, humane approach to relationships. The Stone in the Skull is not exactly warm and fuzzy fantasy, but it rejects grimness ­and spits in the eye of pragmatism as the major criterion of human relationships. It may not take place in a kind world, but its characters move through their world with compassion. It’s hopeful without being naive. And I really love it.” — Tor.com

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