Top Twenty Most Anticipated Novels of March 2013

January was a great month for the speculative genre, and February may have been even better. Can this year really be great enough to churn out a third amazing month in a row? Possibly! March looks to be another great month, with novels from both superstar authors like Elizabeth Bear, Patricia Briggs, Orson Scott Card, Anne Bishop, and Robert J. ... Read More »

March Movie Releases: The Last Exorcism II, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz The Great and Powerful, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host

As expected, January was a little lackluster with movie releases this year, while February was a little too heavy on the romances. March, however, is chock-full of some really promising speculative fiction releases. There are two sequels, a novel adaptation, and two twists on well-known tales. And for lovers of high fantasy like myself, the first two weeks of March couldn’t look ... Read More »

Ice Forged (Ascendant Kingdoms Saga #1) by Gail Z. Martin

Ice Forged is the seventh novel by American author Gail Z. Martin, and her first one to take place outside of the Winter Kingdoms, the world of the Fallen Kings Cycle and the Chronicles of the Necromancer. It tells the story of a young man’s quest to stay alive in a world turned to chaos. Blaine “Mick” McFadden finds himself struggling to ... Read More »

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

I’ve read a lot of Star Wars books by a lot of authors. There are many I’ve enjoyed, but nearly all my favorites are by one author: Timothy Zahn. When I heard he was writing a new standalone novel, I immediately knew I would have to read it! And, as a bonus, this novel is all about everyone’s favorite scoundrel: ... Read More »

Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Triptych #1) by Ian Tregillis

In 2010, Ian Tregillis took the SF/F world by storm with his stunning alternative World War II debut, Bitter Seeds. Tregillis received a large amount of attention because he was groomed under the tutelage of some of fantasy’s greats, such as George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham. If his teachers were not enough to lure you in, its arresting hardcover ... Read More »

Fragments (Partials Sequence #2) by Dan Wells

The Hunger Games is still huge, two years after the trilogy reached completion. So it’s no surprise that dystopian fiction is all the rage in the young adult market, with a number of strong contenders for readers’ interests. Dan Well’s Partials series is one such, of which Fragments is the second installment. In the late twenty-first century, the world is ... Read More »

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) By Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife is the second installment in Philip Pullman’s critically acclaimed, controversial His Dark Materials series. Lord Asriel has begun to prepare for war, Lyra Silvertongue is hunting for answers into the nature of Dust, and other characters from the first book are all off trying to keep the situation all together. While the first book only had Lyra is its ... Read More »

Cover Battle: Which is the Best Cover of The Best of All Possible Worlds?

It’s been about a month since the Cover Battle of 2012 culminated in an epic battle in which the cover of Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds was crowned Best Cover of 2012 after a very close race with the cover of Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon. Now 2013 is well underway, and there are already a lot of gorgeous covers coming out. Like last year, ... Read More »

February Movie Releases: Warm Bodies, Beautiful Creatures, Escape from Planet Earth, Dark Skies

1. Warm Bodies February kicks off with the release of the second book adaptation of 2013. Warm Bodies is based on the 2010 debut novel of the same title by Isaac Marion. Fitting for the month, this is not only a zombie movie, but a zombie romance! America has fallen to the zombie apocalypse. Human survivors huddle in heavily guarded ... Read More »

Top Twenty Most Anticipated Novels of February 2013

So far, 2013 is turning into quite the superstar year of speculative fiction. I know we’re still in the first month, but January had some pretty amazing books. There were A Memory of Light, Fortress Frontier, and Scoundrels—and February might even top that. This month has anything a Ranting Dragon reader could possibly want. If you like high fantasy, we have ... Read More »