Oct 312018
 

a pair of black ear budsRobert Jackson Bennett’s VIGILANCE, a novella about an America that has permanently surrendered to paranoia, distrust, and gun violence, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.

Shaun David Hutchinson’s BRAVE FACE, to Tom Spain at Simon & Schuster Audio, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Oct 312018
 

Russian rights to NYT bestselling author Robert McCammon’s BOY’S LIFE, SWAN SONG, THE BORDER, THE LISTENER and SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD, to Azbooka-Atticus, in a five-book deal, by Igor Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.

Hungarian rights to Brent Weeks’s THE BLOOD MIRROR and THE BLACK PRISM renewal rights, to Konyvmolykepzo, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, to Planeta Mexico, for world Spanish rights, by Amaiur Fernandez at International Editors’ on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.

Korean rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning ALL SYSTEMS RED (Book 1 of The Murderbot Diaries series), to Alma Publishing Co., by Jackie Yang at the Eric Yang Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Oct 242018
 

Cover of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.Tor.com: This is a fast, fun, and funny novella that, at its heart, is about personhood, independence, and selfhood: about autonomy, trust, and kindness, as well as anxiety, frustration, and anger. At its heart, Exit Strategy is a kind story, and a hopeful one. I deeply enjoyed it. I heartily recommend the entire Murderbot Diaries series.

Don’t start with Exit Strategy: start with All Systems Red. But you’ll find that Exit Strategy is worth the build-up.

Oct 232018
 

Publishers WeeklyTanzer’s charming, confident follow-up to Creatures of Will and Temper continues the conceit of drawing on famous literary source texts for character and plot material; here, The Great Gatsby crashes into the works of H.P. Lovecraft, with, of course, chaotic results. On Long Island in the 1920s, Ellie West does bootlegging by boat to help pay for her brother’s education. One night, she inadvertently gets into an altercation with another sailor that ends in her acquiring some odd new bottles of moonshine; those bottles end up at a party thrown by Delphine “Fin” Coulthead and her rich husband and friends. Fin is out of her element in the endless parties of the Roaring ’20s, a situation only made worse by the nightmarish paranormal effects of the tainted liquor. Fin and Ellie make an appealing team as they work to figure out what’s wrong and stop it, and the depiction of Long Island is a fine example of nuanced, lovely landscape writing. The portrayal of groups of normal people falling into mob violence and hatred of the other groups is genuinely unnerving, and Tanzer resists simplistic moral takes. Some elements of the plot are a touch predictable, but the overall effect is delightful.

Oct 222018
 

Author of the Majat Code series Anna Kashina’s SHADOWBLADE, in which a young blademaster must impersonate a lost princess and join a deadly political game that will upset the balance of powers in the empire, to Marc Gascoigne at Angry Robot, in a nice deal, for publication in May 2019, by Jennie Goloboy.

 

Oct 192018
 

Cover of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.Exit Strategy, the fourth novella in The Murderbot Diaries, hits the USA Today Bestseller list!

Martha Wells’s Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries, comes to a thrilling conclusion in Exit Strategy.

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?

Oct 162018
 

Photo of Elizabeth BearHugo Award winning author Elizabeth Bear’s THE BEST OF ELIZABETH  BEAR, a mega-collection of the author’s short works, to Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press by Jennifer Jackson.

Oct 152018
 

Cover of The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson. Booklist: Get ready, because Hutchinson is going to knock your socks off with this new, deliciously bizarre novel. . .  His intelligent writing will seduce readers with its complex and spunky characters, lively dialogue, offbeat humor, and emotional depth.

Oct 122018
 

Cover of Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.Booklist: Min is shocked to hear her brother, Jun, has deserted the Space Force in search of the legendary Dragon Pearl. Eager to prove his innocence, she sets out to find him, and to do so, she’ll need to use her family’s ancestral magic—they’re shape-shifting fox spirits who have preternatural charm—a skill that has not endeared them to others.

Along the way, Min outthinks pesky space security, earns money at a gambling den, survives a laser fight with mercenaries, impersonates a dead cadet, and breaks a planet-wide quarantine of the Fourth Colony to rid it of its vengeful ghostly inhabitants. Luckily, she has some new friends on her side, Haneul, a female dragon, and Sujun, a nonbinary goblin.

Lee’s written a unique space opera infused with elements of traditional Korean mythology. Not only are Lee’s characters refreshingly diverse both in race and gender identity, but the mythology mixed with sf means there is something for many readers to enjoy. Billed as a stand-alone, this is ideal for readers who want fantasy epics without the commitment to multivolume stories.

Oct 112018
 

Cover of Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett.NYT Book Review: An absolutely riveting secondary world fantasy. To say ‘I couldn’t put it down’ is a cliché, but… I felt fully, utterly engaged by the ideas, actually in love with the core characters for their differences and the immensely generative friction between them, and in awe of Bennett’s craft.

Crossing the brilliant economics and object-empathy of Edward Carey’s Heap House with the careful character and setting work of Fonda Lee’s Jade CityFoundryside is a magnificent, mind-blowing start to a series I’m hungry for.