Mar 162018

photo of author Nicky Drayden.Author of THE PREY OF GODS and the forthcoming TEMPER, Nicky Drayden’s ESCAPING EXODUS, the story of young Seske Kaleigh, heir to the command of a biological, city-size starship carved up from the insides of a spacefaring beast, and what happens when she makes a discovery that will change her understanding of her world and her people, and a second untitled novel, to David Pomerico at HarperVoyager by Jennifer Jackson.

Mar 152018

Cover of Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby.Publishers Weekly: High-octane action pairs beautifully with an unusual take on the dragon mythos in this futuristic urban fantasy. . . . Grigsby marries his real-world firefighting experience with a depth of emotion that brings with it a strong authenticity.

This is an exciting story that breathes new life into the urban fantasy genre.

Mar 142018

Cover of Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure by Elizabeth Bear.Booklist: Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town when Karen’s irrepressible curiosity gets them entangled with a pair of spiritualists, a stage illusionist, and a riled-up tommy-knocker kidnapped from its mine.

The spiritualist Arcade sisters start it off with a bit of table knocking, but it could be a real “haint”—there’s a story, Karen tells us, about a man returned from Alaska who murdered everyone in the place. Then again, it could just be a grift. Priya, more cautious, is having none of it—which leaves Karen in the hotel with the Arcade sisters and Mrs. Horner, the illusionist, when the hotel starts shaking. The Arcade sisters have gotten the attention of something much more dangerous with their tricks.

Karen is an affable narrator and an enthusiastic investigator, and the story is an excellent adventure as well as a genuinely touching narrative about relationships and compromise; Bear’s (The Stone in the Skull, 2017) narrative skill and flair for both plot and character continue to impress.

Mar 092018

Cover of Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.RT Book Reviews: Although award-winning Bishop’s amazing new UF book is not about beloved characters Meg and Simon, it is thankfully still set in the world of the Others. Bishop moves the action and story to a tiny village adjacent to Lake Silence. The richness of the world that Bishop has created is truly impressive, and the perspectives of the Others, including their view on humanity, makes these stories unique and unforgettable.

While this reviewer is still hoping for additional Meg and Simon books, visiting Sproing and its fascinating inhabitants is also habit-forming! Bishop delivers again!

Mar 082018

Cover of Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley.Kirkus: Bold senior Megan Harper is known for directing student theater productions and being a self-proclaimed boy-crazy flirt. But Megan isn’t ever “the one”: Most of her seven ex-boyfriends have met their true loves right after leaving her…

Charming characters and an enchanting exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy make this husband-and-wife duo’s debut a must-read.

Mar 022018

Cover of Lake Silence by Anne Bishop.Syfy Wire: The world Anne Bishop created in LAKE SILENCE, the sixth installment in her bestselling The Others series, is as unpredictable and possibly volatile as it is fascinating.

Bishop’s mythical realm of Thaisia is a legend waiting to happen. Read the feature article here.

Mar 012018

Cover of Artificial Condition by Martha Martha Wells is an amazing writer, whose work I’ve generally loved since first encountering THE ELEMENT OF FIRE. When her novella ALL SYSTEMS RED came out last year from Publishing, it was a delight to see Wells turn her considerable talents to original science fiction­ – space operatic science fiction with a sense of humour and a deep well of kindness. This year will see two sequels published, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION (May) and ROGUE PROTOCOL (August), and­—not a word of a lie—they’re both really good.

Wells brings a strong sense of character to Murderbot. Deeply socially anxious, immensely awkward about talking to Actual People, and constantly insisting that they don’t care (when it becomes obvious that they do), Murderbot is a very human sort of bot­—despite their occasional assertion that they’re not really a person.

Wells’ pacing is sharp, and the world of the Murderbot Diaries is atmospheric and filled with cool shit. And the individuals who appear on the pages of these stories, however briefly, all feel like fully-rounded people. These are delightful books, and I sincerely hope that Wells writes many more of them­—because I definitely want to find out what happens next.

Feb 282018

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author Cherie Priest’s THE TOLL, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.