Booklist Reader Horoscope: Planets in Retrograde

Much like each successive season of The Bachelor, this summer has shaped up to be one of the dramatic ones on record. We’re blaming this on the five planets currently in retrograde—astrologically, planets in retrograde appear to be moving backwards across the sky, which means disruption and slowdowns in our daily lives.

In the future, of course, we’ll have the Space Force to handle these kinds of situations. But for now, the best we can offer is some recommendations for our star-crossed times; Booklist reviews are excerpted below.


Reviews of the Week with J. C. Cervantes, Kim Stanley Robinson, Katherine Arden, and More!

Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 13-17 below.

Monday, August 13

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The August issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 389 new reviews and 10 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced


Sisters in Crime has announced the 2018 winner of the annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award: Mia Manansala who, as the press release notes, serves as the secretary for the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. The prize has recognized emerging crime writers of color—both men and women—since 2014 with a $1500 grant. More from the press release:

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

Feminist dystopias are having a moment. I can’t think of any reasons why. Many of them have to do with fertility and reproduction. Again, not sure why that would be a thing people would have nervous feelings about that they want to express through speculative fiction. These books often intersect issues of fertility with apocalyptic environmental crises. I mean, where does that idea even come from?