(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Explorer by James Smythe, review at SF Signal
When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity’s great explorers. But in space, nothing goes according to plan.
The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue.
But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death … unless he can do something to stop it.
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke, review at A Fantastical Librarian
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist.
There’s never been anyone - or anything - quite like Finn.
He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.
When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, review at The Wertzone
Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.
When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman, review at Janicu’s Book Blog
Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard, review at The Ranting Dragon
Legend by Marie Lu, review at Escaping . . . One Book @ A Time
Cinder by Marissa Meyer at Cuddlebuggery.
Looking Back at 2012
Fantasy Literature offers their Books We Loved in 2012
Mihir at Fantasy Book Critic gives his Top Reads of 2012
The Ranting Dragon posts their Top 20 Best Speculative Fiction Novels of 2012
Vampire Book Club list the Top 10 Most Popular VBC Reviews
Triumph Over Tragedy
. . . is now available! Check out the details at Bookworm Blues.
The Book Smugglers’ “month long celebrations of all things bookish and geeky”.
Game of Thrones News
Winter Is Coming shares a couple of GoT Laughs: I especially like The Twelve Days of Christmas, and make sure you watch the comments while it plays.
George has published a chapter from The Winds of Winter on his website, if you want to catch up with Arianne Martell.