Best horror from 2010

The Readers Advisor online blog suggests these gems from last year.

Under the Radar: Best Horror of 2010

Laird Barron – Occultation
Robert Jackson Bennett – Mr. Shivers
Justin Cronin – The Passage
Ellen Datlow, ed. – Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (short stories)
Stephen M. Irwin – The Dead Path
Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars
Jeff Lindsay – Dexter Is Delicious
John Ajvide Lindqvist – Handling the Undead
Dan Wells – Mr. Monster
Dave Zeltserman – The Caretaker of Lorne Field

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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Added

Fifteen new science fiction and fantasy titles are being added to the library’s collection this week, including Book Two of the Cobra War series by Timothy Zahn, an adventurous tale by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, and an alternative history by Catherynne M. Valente that’s getting 5-star reviews from readers.   Take a look! Receive a weekly email list of all the new items added to the library’s collection by subscribing to Wowbrary. It’s a free and easy way to quickly see what’s new at your library.

Gibson wraps up a trilogy

Though Zero History stands on its own, readers may find it more rewarding if they remember  Pattern Recognition and Spook Country by William Gibson.  In the latest novel, Gibson uses consumerism, the military-industrial complex, addiction and more to explore today’s global culture.  Touted as the funniest and lightest of Gibson’s books so far.

It’s a mad, mad world

Connie Willis’s latest, Blackout, sends a team of historians from the year 2060 back to World War II to see how average people in London survived Hitler’s Blitz. While they have to be concerned about the proper attire and interpersonal relationships, at least they don’t have to worry about changing history. Sophisticated 21st-century technology prevents it … or so they think.

Dark, Indeed

Best-selling writer Peter Straub has been praised for his ability to blend horror with literary fiction. Critics gave mixed reviews of his latest novel, A Dark Matter, with some raving about Straub’s mastery of the horror genre and others complaining they were bored! As usual, what do the critics know?

Straub’s main character, Lee Hartwell, has a bad case of writer’s block.  He switches to nonfiction, writing about a deadly incident from his youth that he hasn’t talked about in years.  As he goes back to discover what really happened on that strange night, he finds that the answers are far from simple.

2010 Locus Award Winners for SF and Fantasy

The winners of the 2010 Locus Award include:

Best SF Novel: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Best Fantasy Novel: The City & the City by China Miéville

Best First  Novel:  The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

See all the winners at Locus Magazine.

A New Vamp in Town