RT Book Review: Bishop’s Novel of the others series has truly been one of the most original and phenomenal UF series out there, so this fifth book is a bit bittersweet. While Bishop’s worldbuilding is second to none, it has been the characters and their relationships that elevate these stories into masterpieces. It appears that this will be the final Simon and Meg book (at least for now), since in her next book Bishop will turn to new characters in a different part of Thaisia. Bottom line, this is once again an epically amazing and thrilling story, but I really hope Bishop returns to continue Simon and Meg’s unforgettable journey because this didn’t feel like a finale.
Kirkus: A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. In the past three decades, books about wrongful convictions have become so numerous that they form their own genre. The advent of DNA testing for law enforcement purposes validated the previously discredited statement that American prisons are filled with innocent inmates while the actual perpetrators remain unpunished. Few of the books, however, match this skillful anthology, assembled by Life After Innocence founder Caldwell (The Dog Park, 2014, etc.) and Edgar Award-winning mystery editor Klinger (editor: In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914, 2015, etc.), in which exonerated individuals tell their stories to high-profile authors, most of them known for their fast-paced crime novels. While the names of the exonerees may be unfamiliar to general readers, the names of the authors are better known: Sara Paretsky, Lee Child, Laurie King, and more. Scott Turow and Barry Scheck provide the introduction. […] A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s three new novels in the epic Liaden series, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen in a six-figure deal by Jennifer Jackson.
Publishers Weekly: The universe appears to be literally shrinking around Ozzie Pinkerton: erasing people, obliterating the stars, and reducing the world to little more than his town of Cloud Lake, Fla. Ozzie alone remembers the world as it was […] As in We Are the Ants, Hutchinson uses a science fiction overlay to explore important topics, including self-mutilation, gender identity, and child abuse. Ozzie’s friends remind him that the world doesn’t revolve around him, but Hutchinson playfully disagrees, turning the literal shrinking of the universe into a smart metaphor for Ozzie’s introversion and alienation. Ozzie’s wit and concern for his friends make him a captivating narrator frozen by the changes and choices he faces. The conceit also works as a powerful parable for victimization, as everything Ozzie knows is stolen and the people he should be able to trust constantly undermine him—or disappear altogether.
Novels – Fantasy
* City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
Novels – Horror
* The Family Plot, Cherie Priest (Tor)
* Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
* Project Elfhome, Wen Spencer (Baen)
* Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw (Tor.com Publishing)
* “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/03/16)
* “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies“, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
* “Breathe“, Cassandra Khaw (Clarkesworld 5/16)
* “Shadows Weave“, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/26/16)
* “Afrofuturist 419“, Nnedi Okorafor (Clarkesworld 11/16)
Shelf Awareness: Any breakup can make a person feel like the world has just ended, but high school senior Ozzie Pinkerton of Florida feels even worse: as far as the universe is concerned, his ex-boyfriend Tommy never existed.
While Shaun David Hutchinson is a master of fusing the bizarre with the mundane, and the plot is delightfully constructed, it is Ozzie’s pained, sardonic voice that steals the spotlight. Hutchinson’s authentic characters, exploring their gender and sexuality with equal parts confusion and confidence, will resonate with many teens who no longer see their identity as binary or unchanging. Ozzie’s story may be fantastical, but its emotional honesty renders the whole complicated story believable, and readers will flock to its central truths.
Discover: Shaun David Hutchinson’s smart YA novel finds authenticity in the weirdest of places.
Amanda Downum’s STILL SO STRANGE, collecting together her short fiction and including a previously unpublished story, to Sandra Kasturi at ChiZine Publications by Jennifer Jackson.
Locus: The fifth book in the urban fantasy world of the Others picks up shortly after the Elders, particularly powerful and deadly forms of the Others, stopped an attempt by humans to kill off the shapeshifting Others and take over. Having wiped out much of humanity in this world’s version of Europe, the Elders, who have little experience with humans, want to know what makes some humans so much trouble. They decide to invisibly observe Lakeside Courtyard, where humans and Others have learned to co-exist. Unfortunately, the Elders turn up just as a particularly bad human arrives the brother of police lieutenant Crispin James Montgomery, one of the cops who helped defend the Courtyard, and brought most of his family there to live. That brother, Cyrus, is totally different, a self-absorbed petty criminal who manipulates others to avoid the repercussions of his actions, with a troubled wife and two children already imitating their abusive father’s bad behavior. Cyrus makes a fascinating villain, too stupid or lazy to learn what’s really going on, making plans that fail because of his ignorance which has its funny moments but also causing a lot of pain for those around him. The leaders of the Courtyard, aware that the Elders are watching, keep a close eye on him, but his plans suddenly take a far more dangerous turn, leading to some serious thrills. As always, Bishop spins an engrossing tale and ultimately we get a sweet ending that those who’ve been following the series should really appreciate, as the story arc involving Meg and Simon Wolfguard concludes.
Dana Leydig at Puffin has acquired Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley’s UPSTAGED, pitched as a modern-day retelling of Romeo & Juliet, about a teen girl who always winds up playing the Rosaline in her off-stage relationships—the girl before he finds “the one”—but when cast as Juliet in her school play she begins to notice the Romeo she never expected. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2018; Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
Spanish renewal rights to Brent Weeks’ Night Angel series, to Debolsillo, in a three-book deal, by Maru de Montserrat of International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.
Japanese translation rights to Yoon Ha Lee’s Hexarchate series, including NINEFOX GAMBIT, RAVEN STRATEGEM, and REVENANT GUN, to Tokyo Sogensha, in a three-book deal, by Kohei Hattori at the English Agency (Japan) Ltd. in association with Jennifer Jackson.