Aug 242018
 

Cover of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.Booklist: After finding evidence proving that the GrayCris Corporation engaged in illegal activities, Murderbot heads out to hand the case over to Dr. Mensah, its former owner. But Dr. Mensah has disappeared, and Murderbot must track her down—straight into the heart of enemy territory.

Saving its mentor and taking down GrayCris are just the beginning of its challenges—Murderbot also has to figure out who it is, where it fits in society, and just how it is supposed to relate to all these people. The fourth installment of Wells’ Murderbot Diaries (after Rogue Protocol, 2018) will satisfy readers’ hopes for this series finale. It follows the same basic structural formula as its predecessors, so it has all the action fans expect. Exit Strategy tones down the humor a bit but adds depth to Murderbot’s introspection as it wrestles with questions of identity that it has been avoiding, and the story leaves it to decide its own future.

Everything comes full circle while remaining appropriately open ended. Wells gives us a worthy conclusion to one of the best series in recent memory.

Aug 212018
 

Cover of The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal.Publishers Weekly: Kowal continues her exquisite exploration of race and gender relations in an alternate 1961 that is still shockingly close to our own.

The stunning second part of Kowal’s duology picks up 10 years after a meteor strikes Earth (depicted in The Calculating Stars) with series heroine Elma now serving as a pilot to the lunar colony. After she survives being taken hostage by a terrorist organization opposed to space travel, Elma is asked to join the first Mars mission, replacing a close friend and incurring the resentment of the existing crew. For Elma and her colleagues on both ships, contained in close quarters for three years far from family and friends, the journey is filled with tension, joy, terror, and sorrow, including the deaths of crew members and an anxious period when contact with Earth is cut off.

The clever details of life in space—from baking challah in zero gravity to finding tricks for communicating privately, as well as the more horrifying practicalities of how to deal with illness and corpses—create an immersive world that will stay with the reader well past the final page.

Aug 172018
 

Cover of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.Tor.com: Wells’ characterisation is pitch-perfect. Murderbot’s voice is darkly—and frequently not-so-darkly—funny, and Murderbot itself is a deeply appealing character. Other characters, as is appropriate for a writer of Wells’ talents, feel like fully formed individuals with lives and goals of their own, despite how little time the reader spends in their company. The pacing is excellent, tension mounting to an explosive conclusion, and like all of Wells’ work, it has atmosphere in spades.

And thematically, it’s about what it means to be human, and the nature of responsibility.

I really enjoyed this installment of the adventures of Murderbot. I’m looking forward to Exit Strategy, the next novella, and to the recently-announced forthcoming Murderbot novel. The world needs more Murderbot, because Murderbot is delightful.

Aug 152018
 

Cover of Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by KaeLyn Rich.Publishers Weekly: An inspiring and practical handbook for meaningful resistance.

Aug 102018
 

Cover of Temper by Nicky Drayden.B&N SFF Blog: Last year, Nicky Drayden’s debut novel THE PREY OF GODS blew the doors of science fiction and fantasy off their hinges, blending a diverse array of elements into a madcap Afrofuturist romp. If you expected she’d pump the brakes on her sophomore effort, or maybe just that she’d run out of ideas, well, friend, you were mistaken.

With TEMPER, Drayden has solidified herself as not only a fresh and riveting voice in SFF, but as a force to be reckoned with.

Drayden’s worldbuilding boasts depth and nuance, with details that pull taut a sprawling narrative, both figuratively and literally.

Yes, the world is fascinating, but, as was true in THE PREY OF GODS, the true strength of this novel is its cast of characters.

This is a beautiful story, and a dark one. It is raucous and twisted, a story of upheaval told with vibrant glee. TEMPER feels real in the ways of the best speculative fiction, as if we’re looking at ourselves in a funhouse mirror, noting the skewed beauty, and blemishes, and all.

Aug 012018
 

Premee Mohamed’s debut novel BENEATH THE RISING, an unforgettable tale of friendship, family, and primeval monsters in which a former child prodigy and her long-time best friend battle against eldritch forces as the fate of humankind hangs in the balance. Will they avert disaster or will the secrets they’re keeping from each other undo them first? David Thomas Moore at Solaris Books acquired World English rights, in a two-book deal, via Michael Curry.

Premee’s work has appeared in She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press) and Nightmare Magazine, among others, and is forthcoming in Analog Magazine.

Jul 312018
 

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to the untitled first full-length novel in Martha Wells’ Nebula Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Jul 312018
 

French rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to L’Atlante, by Robin Batet at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Romanian rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to Grupul Editorial Art, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava i Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

French rights to Robert Jackson Bennett’s forthcoming FOUNDRYSIDE and HEIROPHANT, the first two books in The Founders Trilogy, to Gilles Dumay at Albin Michel, by Deborah Druba at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

French rights Robert McCammon’s BOY’S LIFE, to Monsieur Toussaint Louverture, by Deborah Druba at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

Czech rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY), to Dobrovsky, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Polish audio rights to NYT bestselling author Jim Butcher’s BLOOD RITES, DEAD BEAT, PROVEN GUILTY, WHITE NIGHT, SMALL FAVOR, and TURN COAT, to Storytel, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

Robert McCammon’s SWAN SONG, to Iztok-Zapad (Bulgaria), by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

Robert Jackson Bennett’s FOUNDRYSIDE and HEIROPHANT, to Apex (Taiwan), by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

German rights to World Fantasy Award nominee  Tamsyn Muir’s debut GIDEON THE NINTH, the first book in the Ninth House trilogy, to Heyne, by Sarah Knofius at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in  association with Jennifer Jackson.