Another year begins, and there are plenty of new releases coming in January to satisfy genre readers who like to mix things up a little. I can personally vouch for City of Light , Keri Arthur’s new series that presents readers with a really interesting new world that meshes SF and Fantasy in a way that reminded me of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling world. I also loved Tim Power’s new title Medusa’s Web, which shows his usual gonzo inventiveness. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett was a fantastic follow-up to City of Stairs that manages both to take the series in a new direction but also satisfy fans. Finally, All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders is a beautifully written mix of SF and Fantasy, funny and melancholy and just lovely. I haven’t read Carol Goodman’s latest and so I’m not positive what the fantasy element is, but I’ve loved everything she’s written, and her books often have a gothic vibe. I’m also tempted by the latest book in the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. Hopefully you find something good here to tempt you to start the new year out blending things up!
We’re starting to hit the winter doldrums of publishing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some marvelous blends being published. The biggest names are probably Nora Roberts, who has a new paranoral trilogy at the beginning of the month and the new Pendergast novel from Preston and Child that sounds like a return to the horror-tinged thriller of Relic, the very first book in the series. My picks include Tower of Thorns by Marillier, second book in her fantasy series set in ancient Ireland. I also loved The Girl with Ghost Eyes, which is set in 19th century San Francisco’s Chinatown. Have a great November!
While the fall season of publishing seems thave the biggest month in September, there are plenty of great fall new releases that combine genres this month. I can personally recommend the latest from genre-blender David Wong which is just as funny as his horror/thriller blends like John Dies at the End, but couples his trademark violence with SF this time out. Laura Anne Gilman’s latest is a weird west gaslamp fantasy set in a fresh take on the old west run by the Devil himself. I’m also looking forward to teh new Kate Morton, who writes like a dream and has a knack for historical settings. Another writer who always impresses is David Mitchell, and this time out he apparently is tackling the ghost story. Count me in! New historical romances from Lisa Kleypas and Lorraine Heath are always welcome, as well. Finally, I haven’t read it yet, but I hear marvelous thing’s about another weird west tale called Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen, so that’s on the top of my TBR list. Hopefully you will find a blend that’s calling your name as well.
The fall publishing season is kicking off, with plenty of great books coming out in the month of September that blend genres. Things I haven’t read but that get me squeeing with excitement? A new historical romance from Sara Donati, author of the swoonworthy Into the Wilderness; Girl Waits With Gun, which is getting great buzz from people I trust; and the start of a new steampunk series from Jim Butcher. Oh, and I’m always up for Margaret Atwood, especially when she is in scifi mode. Things I’ve read that I can wholeheartedly recommend? A new October Daye book from Seanan McGuire and the historical fantasy set in Napoleonic England from Zen Cho called Sorcerer to the Crown. Happy reading!
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I must apologize for the lack of new posts on Genrify.com lately. I wish I could say that it would get better soon, but I think things will be light here for the rest of the summer. But I remain committed to highlighting awesome genre blends, and hope to get back to normal eventually. In the meantime, here are your new releases for July. Summer is typically a somewhat lighter season for publishing, but there’s still plenty to read for blend lovers. Of this month’s new titles, I would recommend Wesley Chu’s exciting new SF thriller Time Salvager, which is non-stop fun and even has a touch of romance. Everyone who loved the action and SF of ernest Cline’s Ready Player One should run out and buy or borrow Armada . There’s also a new Max Gladstone book, although this one reads more like straight fantasy than some of the previous books that combined legal thrillers, mysteries and fantasy. If I had to pick just one blend to read this month, though, it would be Natasha Pulley’s The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which flawlessly combines fantasy, mystery and historical fiction with a bit of romance. It is so well-constructed that I immediately wanted to read it again to see how Pulley did it, especially since this is a debut novel.
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Summer is here are the blending is easy. There’s always a few mega-blockbusters on the rolls for June, and this month we get the new Stephen King horror-tinged thriller Finders Keepers, and the new Anita Blake novel Dead Ice for those who never kicked that particular habit (sorry, sorry! But when I think of how much I enjoyed the first few books of this series…). I personally could not be more excited to read the new book in the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, Nemesis Games , although I can’t tell how blendy it is as I could not get my hands on a review copy! But it’s bound to combine adventure and SF, with perhaps a bit of intrigue. Of the things I’ve had the pleasure to get my greedy mitts on already, I can personally rave about Peter Cline’s The Fold:, a very cool SF concept with thrills and a mystery to boot; The Invasion of the Tearling, the excellent sequel to the Queen of the Tearling that takes some serious genre-blendinng turns here; and the genre-defying debut novel The Library at Mount Char. Enjoy!
May is a good month for genre blends. I can personally recommend The Book of Phoenix, Okorafor’s marvelous follow-up to Who Fears Death. I’ll also draw your attention to Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife at the end of the month, an absolutely terrific blend of action-oacked thriller and plausible near-future SF. As usual, I have listed the genres in the order that they seem to be most prominent in the blend. What are you looking forward to?
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Historical/Fantasy)
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris (Fantasy/Mystery)
The Dark Side of The Road: A country house murder mystery with a supernatural twist (An Ishmael Jones Mystery) by Simon R. Green (Mystery/Fantasy)
Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 2) by Rod Duncan (SF/Fantasy/Historical/Mystery)
Midnight’s Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) by Thea Harrison (Romance/Fantasy)
Alien Separation (Alien Novels, Book 11) by Gini Koch (Romance/SF)
The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus Series Book Three of) by Michael J. Martinez (SF/Fantasy/Historical)
The Book of Phoenix (Who Fears Death) by Nnedi Okorafor (SF/Fantasy)
The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child (Thriller/Mystery/Horror)
Apex (Nexus Arc Book 3) by Ramez Naam (SF/Thriller)
Born of Defiance (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Romance/Fantasy)
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson) by Darynda Jones (Fantasy/Romance/Mystery)
I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter (Thriller/Historical)
Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Romance/Historical)
Love in the Time of Scandal by Caroline Linden (Romance/Historical)
The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi (SF/Thriller)
I’ve scoured sites for forthcoming books and pulled together the titles that look like they combine genres to bring you another genre blend new releases list. As always, I have tried to list the genres in the order os seeming importance to the story. For example, HISTORICAL/ROMANCE would be a mostly historical fiction novel with a romance, but ROMANCE/HISTORICAL is a romance novel with a historical setting. Make sense? Let’s round up March’s new blends!
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- The Liar by Nora Roberts (Romantic Suspense)
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We’re heading into spring soon, one of busier times in the publishing year. Plus March is one of those lucky months for new book lovers that has FIVE Tuesdays! Why do new books come out on Tuesday anyway? I’ve scoured sites for forthcoming books and pulled together the titles that look like they combine genres to bring you another genre blend new releases list. As always, I have tried to list the genres in the order os seeming importance to the story. For example, HISTORICAL/ROMANCE would be a mostly historical fiction novel with a romance, but ROMANCE/HISTORICAL is a romance novel with a historical setting. Make sense? Let’s round up March’s new blends!
The shortest month of the year is not short on new books that combine genres. Gearing up for the spring publishing season, there are some great new blended titles coming our way in February. As always, I have tried to list the genres in the order os seeming importance to the story. For example, HISTORICAL/ROMANCE would be a mostly historical fiction novel with a romance, but ROMANCE/HISTORICAL is a romance novel with a historical setting. Make sense? Let’s round up February’s new blends!