Nov 102017

Cover of The Stone in The Skull by Elizabeth Bear.Locus Magazine: With Elizabeth Bear’s previous novels in the same world: the Eternal Sky trilogy of Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars, and Steles of the Sky. That trilogy is one of the best – most deeply thought, carefully structured, and elegantly finished – epic fantasies of the last decades.

Bear’s worldbuilding is, as ever, a richly detailed delight, rendered tangible in cut-glass prose. The precision and care with which she employs language make the landscapes through which her characters move come powerfully to life – and gives those characters, too, powerful presence and compelling life.

It’s an enormously rich and textured novel, magnificently compelling – and really easy to read. Despite its sprawling, epic canvas, its pace is tight, and Bear cuts between plotlines with an adroit eye for tension. The Stone in the Skull is an astonishing delight of a book.

Nov 092017

Cover of The New Annotated Frankenstein edited by Leslie S. Klinger.Washington Post: With over 200 color and black-and-white illustrations, six appendixes and nearly 1,000 annotations, this edition of “Frankenstein” is a cornucopia of background information … Klinger’s edition allows readers to understand the complexities of the novel as well as the difficulties endured by its author. Only then can one be truly inspired by Mary Shelley’s genius and her bravery.

Nov 082017

Cover of It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter.Publishers Weekly: This solid mystery from Slaughter (While I Danced) opens with the murder of Clara Seibert’s twin sister, Moura, a piano prodigy. Clara’s voice and internal conflict feel authentic, and the contentious relationship between the sisters is equally believable.

Fans of the genre will find much to enjoy in this thriller.

Nov 072017

Cover of Windhome by Kristin Landon.Publishers Weekly: After an eight-year hiatus, Landon (The Dark Reaches) returns with a complex fourth novel that combines dystopian and first-contact themes. Vika Jai, a young female xenobiologist, wakes from 40 years of cryogenic sleep to a ravaged ship and crew. Only three humans survive to make landfall on Shothef Erau, an inhabited planet known to have been bombed by an alien force.

This is a quiet, tense book, saturated with dread. Vika, barely out of adolescence, is convincingly depicted as maturing just a hair too slowly in an environment with little room for error.

Nov 062017

Photo of author Les KlingerFrom the Edgar Award winning annotator Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes), a volume of five classic crime novels of the 1920’s, with annotations and illustrations in a deluxe edition, to Claiborne Hancock at Pegasus Books, via Donald Maass.

Nov 032017

Cover of The Stone in The Skull by Elizabeth I want to rave about Elizabeth Bear’s The Stone in the Skull. Actually, it feels like I need to rave about it: a glorious, dramatic, lush and striking fantasy set in the same continuity as the Eternal Sky trilogy (Range of Ghosts, Shattered Pillars, and The Steles of the Sky), with a brilliant cast of characters and an opening that involves an ice wyrm attacking a caravan on its way up a frozen river. It’s no exaggeration to say I was hooked from the first page.

Add that to Bear’s amazing worldbuilding, gloriously precise prose, and excellent pacing. And a wonderfully human, humane approach to relationships. The Stone in the Skull is not exactly warm and fuzzy fantasy, but it rejects grimness  and spits in the eye of pragmatism as the major criterion of human relationships. It may not take place in a kind world, but its characters move through their world with compassion. It’s hopeful without being naive. And I really love it.

Nov 022017

Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.Library Journal: The Victorian era setting of Tanzer’s latest (after the marvelous Weird Western Vermillion) adds a formality that contrasts nicely with the dueling and demonic communion. At its center is a difficult sibling relationship and the Gray sisters’ parallel efforts to find somewhere to belong.

Nov 012017

Author photo of Kate McIntyre.Kate McIntyre’s THE HEARTREADER’S SECRET, following THE DEATHSNIFFER’S ASSISTANT and THE TIMESEER’S GAMBIT, in which the Deathsniffer and her assistant, Christopher Buckley, return to her childhood home to investigate a missing inventor and discover a much bigger case, plus the harrowing realization that the very forces they hoped to protect Christopher’s sister from may have been led directly to her door, to Lisa Gus at Curiosity Quills Press, for publication in April 2018, by Caitlin McDonald.

Oct 312017

a pair of black ear budsAudio rights to World Fantasy, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s AKATA WITCH, to Hayley Marshall at Tantor Audio, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.

Oct 312017

Photo of earth.Bulgarian rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Prozoretz, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Brazilian rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s AKATA WITCH, to Galera, in a three-book deal, by Cristina Purchio of International Editors’ in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.

Hebrew rights to Nebula-nominated Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED, the first installment in The Murderbot Diaries, to Nova Press, by Beverley Levit at The Book Publishers Association of Israel in association with Jennifer Jackson and Michael Curry.

French rights to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s ETCHED IN BONE, Book 5 of the Others series, and to LAKE SILENCE, a stand alone novel in the world of the Others, to Bragelonne, by Anna Jarota and Juliana Miasso at Anna Jarota Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.

Czech rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s BEST DAY EVER, to Dobrovsky, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Katie Shea Boutillier.