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February Stars

Whoa, it’s February! That came on quickly and we’re already halfway through it (good news for the many February-haters out there). Time for me to tell you what’s coming out this month that’s earned starred reviews in my sections of PW. There’s quite a list, so I hope you’re all taking notes.

First, a belated January entry: Fly Into Fire by Susan Jane Bigelow, the sequel to last year’s Broken. That review came in late and has just gone up in our online annex.

Now, February proper, in SF/F/H:

I think we already have more starred horror-ish titles than we had all last year, but that might just be my perception.

And in romance:

Happy reading!

January Stars

The popular monthly starred review feature is back! Here are the January SF/F stars:

And for romance:

This year I’m going to do my damnedest to read every book that gets a star in one of my sections. So far I’ve read… one. But it’s a start!

April and May Stars

I neglected this last month–apologies!–so here is a bonanza of books with April and May pub dates that received starred reviews in PW‘s SF/fantasy/horror section, plus a starred paranormal romance from the romance section.




  • Shivers VI edited by Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance)


Links go to our reviews, as usual.

Since I’m getting the April titles out late, I expect some of you have read them already. What did you think?

March Stars

A little late this month, but at least you know all these books are out and available right now!

These March fantasy and SF titles received starred reviews in PW:

Each title links to the book’s review, so you can see why we felt these were worthy of special acclaim.

No paranormal romance or horror on this month’s list, but a very varied group nonetheless: sword & sorcery, hard SF, urban fantasy, indie presses, big imprints, series books, standalones, anthologies. Good times.

February Stars

February’s a short month, so you’ll want to apportion your reading time wisely. Fortunately, Genreville is here to help you pick and choose! Here’s a roundup of the February titles that received starred reviews in PW‘s SF/F/H section:

The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie (Orbit)
Brave New Worlds edited by John Joseph Adams (Night Shade)
Pack of Lies: Paranormal Scene Investigations, Book 2 by Laura Anne Gilman (Luna)
Fire the Sky: Book 2 of Contact: The Battle for America by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear (Gallery)
Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard (Angry Robot)

And as a bonus, some late January SF/F/H titles that got starred reviews online:

Enchanted No More: Mystic Circle, Book 1 by Robin D. Owens (Luna)
Agatha H and the Starship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio (Night Shade)
The Hammer by K.J. Parker (Orbit)

January Stars

If you’re broke after buying holiday presents–or just plain broke–you might be trying to decide which new books are worth your money. To help you out, here’s a list of the January titles that got starred reviews in PW‘s SF/F/H section:

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot)
The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones (Aqueduct)
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg (Roc)
Dark Griffin: The Fallen Moon, Book 1 by K.J. Taylor (Ace)

I’ve read Zoo City and Among Others and greatly enjoyed them both.

You may also wish to consider In Too Deep: Book 1 of the Looking Glass Trilogy by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam), a romance with fantasy elements that got a starred review in our romance section.

Is this useful to you? Should I make it a monthly Genreville feature?