Author of The Divine Cities trilogy Robert Jackson Bennett’s VIGILANCE, a dark science fiction novella about an America that has permanently surrendered to paranoia, distrust, and gun violence to Lee Harris with Justin Landon editing at Tor.com Publishing by Cameron McClure.
On behalf of the estate of Hugo- Nebula- and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake, and available for the first time also in a digital edition, World English rights to TRIAL OF FLOWERS and MADNESS OF FLOWERS, the City Imperishable novels, to Marcus Gipps at Orion/Gollancz by Jennifer Jackson.
Kirkus: This latest in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint launches Korean mythological creatures into outer space.
Thirteen-year-old Min cannot believe her older brother, Jun, has deserted his Space Force post, as he’s been accused of doing. Naturally, Min runs away from home to clear her brother’s name. It’s a Rick Riordan trademark to thrust mythological figures into new settings. Fans will breathlessly watch while fox-spirit Min charms her way onto a hijacked starship, ending up on her brother’s military star cruiser on the way to the lawless Ghost Sector.
Lee has created an adrenaline-filled space opera with mythological creatures living alongside humans. Min and her family are gumiho, or shape-shifting foxes, but they present as human to hide their magical natures. She takes on the identity of Jang, a male cadet killed in battle, and enlists the aid of two other supernatural Space Force cadets: Haneul, a female dragon, and Sujin, a nonbinary goblin. Min is first and foremost a teenager on a mission and a magical being second. The ambivalence of her identity (fox or human, male or female, hero or traitor,) echoes ethical questions that many kid readers face. It is refreshing to see both Korean elements and a nonbinary character seamlessly integrated into the storyline. Narrator Min explains Korean mythology smoothly as the action progresses for readers with no previous knowledge.
A high-octane, science-fiction thriller painted with a Korean brush and a brilliant example of how different cultures can have unique but accessible cosmology and universal appeal.
Booklist: Following up on their successful collaboration in I AM PRINCESS X (2016), Priest and O’Connor neatly weave together the history of comic books and contemporary concerns about gentrification in this eerie ghost story set in a ramshackle house that’s as much a character as the people living in it.
Denise, her mom, and stepdad have just moved into an nearly destroyed, once-beautiful house in New Orleans, and almost right away, Denise starts noticing odd things. First, they’re harmless, if creepy, but later, unexplained, dangerous accidents happen as they renovate the house. But the comic book manuscript Denise finds carefully hidden in the attic (pages of which appear throughout the novel) is the key to source of the poltergeists. Meanwhile, Denise’s neighbors are uneasy about outsiders capitalizing on cheap property in New Orleans, and Priest does a great job of skillfully including the important conversations Denise and her family have with their new community.
At its heart, though, this is a ghost story, and Priest excels at building palpable atmosphere: Denise’s parents’ anxiety about their shoestring budget, the sweltering New Orleans summer heat, the disrepair of the house (“soggy plaster fell from the studs like wet cake”), and the increasingly terrifying haunting. Dynamic characters and a surprising mystery round out this sharp, satisfying, and engrossingly spooky story.
Locus Award and Crawford Award Finalist Ruthanna Emrys’ THE FIFTH POWER, a science-fiction novel set in 2084 about first contact between aliens and new human collective governments that rise as nation-states are failing, as the aliens seek to rescue humans from a climate changed planet whether they want to leave or not, to Carl Engle-Laird at Tor.com by Cameron McClure.
Carissa Ann Lynch’s MY SISTER IS MISSING, when a young woman returns home so that her sister can share secret that needs to be told in-person, she disappears, leaving her alone with her niece and nephew, and as clues start to unravel it makes her wonder if her sister is not only the victim of a crime, but also the perpetrator, to Charlotte Ledger at Killer Reads, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2019, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
WSFS Award for Best Young Adult:
Book: Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
Audio rights to Agnes Gomillion’s THE RECORD KEEPER, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Paul E. Stevens.
Audio rights to Robert McCammon’s CARDINAL BLACK, 7th book in the Matthew Corbett series, to Steve Feldberg at Audible, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Spanish rights to New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s GHOST STORY, the thirteenth book in the Dresden Files series and Spanish reprint rights to GRAVE PERIL, the third book in the Dresden Files series, to NOSOLOROL, by Maru de Montserrat at International Editors’ Co. in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Czech rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s FOUNDRYSIDE, to Host, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Publishers Weekly: Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) offers a veritable buffet of food for thought for crime fiction fans.