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Starred Review: Fiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter

“Jeter’s vision of a Victorian world transformed by steam power is fascinating and funny, populated by ambulatory lighthouses, grain-disdaining meatpunks, anarchist coalpunks, and depraved ‘fex’ addicts obsessed with ‘valve girls.’ He thoroughly entertains readers with brilliant speculation and a charmingly reluctant hero.” K. W. Jeter’s Fiendish Schemes got a starred review in Publishers Weekly! Here’s…

Starred Review: Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett

“Barnett gleefully blends Victorian-era characters with steam and clockwork technology in a ‘steampulp’ romance of supernatural adventure… With sky pirates, gibbering frog-faced hordes, and nods to historical figures both real and imaginary, Barnett doesn’t miss a trope, and even readers who don’t usually love steampunk will gobble it up.” David Barnett’s Gideon Smith and the…

Starred Review: Drift by Jon McGoran

“McGoran (Body Trace and two other Madison Cross mysteries under his D.H. Dublin pseudonym) impressively integrates concerns about genetically modified produce with an action-filled storyline and fleshed-out characters.” Jon McGoran’s Drift gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly! Here’s the full review, from the May 13th issue:  McGoran (Body Trace and two other Madison Cross…

Starred Reviews: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

“Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from McSweeney), feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages.” —Publishers Weekly “Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by thoroughly detailed cultural and…

Starred Reviews: The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla

“Gafla creates an interconnected puzzle of living and dead characters and their stories that will shock, amuse, and illuminate the nature of humans and their inevitable end.” —Publishers Weekly “Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking, handled with sublime assurance, astonishingly inventive, funny and totally fascinating.” —Kirkus Reviews The World of the End, by Ofir Touché Gafla, gets…