I've been working to spray some science fiction and fantasy books on my reading list lately. To that end, I picked up Brian Merchant's The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, and I've been working on it every time I have a couple of free minutes. It's a fascinating exploration not only of how the iPhone came to be, but also of what each of the phones does, and it's not always a pretty picture.
As usual, this month there are also a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels in bookstores. Here are 15 novels that came out in March that caught our attention.
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Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is the first of a trilogy. In the recent past, King Saran banished the magic of the land of Orisha, killed his possessors of magic and rules with a tyrannical fist. Zélie Adebola lost her mother in the purge, but sees a ray of hope to restore the magic. Helped by a princess, plot an attack on the kingdom and its rulers. Kirkus Reviews gave the book a critical review, saying that its "well-drawn characters … an intense plot and skillful writing make this a strong story". There is also a movie in process.
Zero Limit by Jeremy K. Brown
After last year's Artemis by Andy Weir, and last month's David Pedreira's Gunpowder Moon, here's another book about things that go wrong on the Moon. In this novel, veteran Caitlin Taggart is a miner who is working as hard as she can to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter. When given the opportunity to lead a team to an asteroid, it's worth taking the risk. But when a disaster occurs, she is forced to try to save not only her team, but the Earth itself. Publisher's Weekly gave the book a critical review, saying it is "fun, dismal and technical".
Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Jason Fry
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters in December, but the novelization is about to hit the shelves. This tracking of The Force Awakens of 2015 continues the adventures of King, Finn and Poe, and has some additional scenes with the contribution of the director of the film, Rian Johnson.
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The blood of the four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have teamed up to write a new epic fantasy novel. Under the rule of the gods, the kingdom of Quandis has existed peacefully for years. The delicate balance between castes is unstable, however. The ambitious and astute princess Phela begins to learn about forbidden magic and kills her brother to claim the throne, while a member of the Bajuman caste trains to become a priest and free his people. Others are trapped in the path of Phela in their quest for power, threatening the entire kingdom.
The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre
In a distant colonial world, humans live next to the ruins of an ancient alien civilization, surviving what they can save. A team of commandos arrives in a small town, where they say they seek to find and kill a woman. They harass the city and threaten to overthrow the ruling religious autocracy, called Muljaddy. But a resident, Karsman, has a unique tool to combat them: he has a dozen different people living in his head, each expert on something. Karsman should try to maintain his original personality while using the skills he needs to protect everyone, including the woman he loves.
Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins
The king of Almissia has five daughters, each with his own strengths and passions. Bluebell is a warrior; Rose is the passionate queen of a neighboring kingdom; Ash discovers a talent for magic; Ivy is vain and feeds on admiration; and Ivy's twin, Willow, is dedicated to the gods. When his father is struck by a mysterious illness, they join to go in search of a witch to cure him, before his ambitious half-brother can take the throne by himself. The book is the first in an epic fantasy trilogy.
Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson is best known for his blockbuster novel Robopocalypse and last year's steampunk fantasy The Clockwork Dynasty. Now he came back with a collection of his short fiction, which includes stories about a drunk making friends with a robot postman, a mother trying to assimilate her daughter teleported into our world, and a robot that keeps coming back to life to save a girl young. Publisher's Weekly gave the book a starring critique and says with this book: "Wilson exhibits a painful humanity and literary sensibility."
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Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker
Mishell Baker's Arcadia Project series began in 2016 with the Nebula-nominated Borderline, where Millie, a cynical woman with a borderline personality disorder, is recruited into a secret organization called Arcadia Project that maintains relationships between Hollywood and Fairyland. In Phantom Pains last year, he returned to the organization after meeting the ghost of his former partner, Teo. Now, a gap between agents in London and Los Angeles has torn the project apart, and its new partner, Tjuan, is framed for murder. To clear her name, Millie will have to steal the key to her innocence under the watchful eye of a fey Queen. Publisher's Weekly gave the book a critical review, saying it is an "emotional knockout blow".
Gods, monsters and Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
Kelly Robson has been nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Award for her fiction short film, and her new novel is set in the distant future as Earth works to recover from the ecological disaster. Minh is one of the first of her generation to return to the surface of the planet in 2267, but the massive restoration projects she is working on are stagnating due to the invention of time travel. He was given the opportunity to travel to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers around 2000 BC, and has the opportunity to know who controls the secrets of time travel technology.
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
The Feed was everywhere, used by all the time, uniting the world. Tom, the son of the creator of Feed, has resisted the temptation of the social network. After a massive tragedy, he falls, taking to modern society and leaving everyone struggling to survive. When the 6-year-old daughter of Tom and Kate disappears, they have to find a way to find her. Kirkus Reviews compares the novel with The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Station Once by Emily St. John Mandel and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood.
Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Bear published her steampunk adventure Karen Memory in 2015, and returns to the world and her heroine in Stone Mad. Karen and her friend Priya are celebrating their retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie with the purchase of a ranch of their own, when they meet a couple of spiritualists who accidentally raise a knocker, which threatens to destroy everything in the city.
If tomorrow arrives by Nancy Kress
Last year, Nancy Kress kicked off a new trilogy with Tomorrow & # 39; s Kin, based on her award-winning novel "Yesterday & # 39; s Kin". Foreigners have landed their embassy ship on Earth, while humanity struggles to defend itself against an apocalyptic pandemic. A decade after the departure of the aliens, humanity has built its first ship to follow them. But when they reach their destination, the planet Kindred, they discover that the civilization they hoped to find is not there and that they have accidentally traveled in time. Now, they are locked in a race to find a cure for the disease that threatens to annihilate humanity and defend themselves against the military members of the mission, who have their own plans.
The queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
In Tessa Gratton's debut fantasy novel, she retells the story of King Lear through the eyes of the king's three daughters: Gaela, the ruthless commander; Regan, the master manipulator; and Elia, a priestess who is willing to sacrifice herself to protect her father. The king divides his kingdom between Regan and Gaela, throwing the court into chaos with his machinations. Kirkus Reviews says that Gratton "remains faithful to much of the work as he builds it to create an inventive universe filled with ancient magic and prophetic stars."
Flotsam by RJ Theodore
The captain of an airship crew only wants to keep his ship in good condition and feed his crew, and when a client receives a large salary to rescue a wrecked ship, Captain Talis does not ask many questions. When she and her team discover an ancient ring, they find themselves fleeing from a group of cultists with some powerful allies, and their discovery could provoke a battle between a secret society, extraterrestrials and even some gods.
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The tea master and the detective by Aliette de Bodard
Set in the Disperse Pearl Belt, the new adventure of Aliette de Bodard's space opera follows The Shadow's Child, an intelligent transport ship that was fired from the army after a traumatic injury. Now he makes his way creating drugs for space travelers, while an eccentric and eccentric scholar named Long Chau seeks a body for scientific study. It turned out that his corpse was killed, and dragged the ship to his investigation, which generated some secrets about the victim and Long Chau. Publisher's Weekly says that "history works well as a science fiction and murder mystery, and it explores a future in which pride, guilt and mercy are not the sole competence of humans."