Jan 152019
 

Cover of Dragon Pear by Yoon Ha Lee.Shelf Awareness: In DRAGON PEARL, Yoon Ha Lee (the Machineries of Empire series) melds elements of Korean myth, science fiction and adventure stories into a strong, cohesive narrative that fans of multiple genres will enjoy…Lee’s inclusion of Korean mythological aspects isn’t limited to supernatural beings; it also impeccably incorporates “geomantic arts-—the flow of gi and the cosmic balance of the universe” into how the Space Forces’ battle cruisers are engineered. All these components work in harmony to shape Min’s quest, immersing readers in her journey.

Lee’s epic romp through space also includes discussions about prejudice (“Other supernaturals, like dragons and goblins and shamans… wield their magic openly” and are even praised for it, while foxes must pretend to be extinct), nonbinary identity (“This [guard’s] particular badge… had a small symbol next to the name that let me know they should be addressed neutrally, as neither female nor male”) and inequality between rich and poor (“Whoever this councilor was, I doubted she was thinking about people like me and my family, who could use the Pearl’s powers to make our lives less desperate.”) Lee handles these topics sensitively without burdening his audience.

DRAGON PEARL shoots for the moon and lands flawlessly, delivering a rollicking and meaningful space adventure.

Jan 152019
 

Cover of Dragon Pear by Yoon Ha Lee.Rick Riordan Presents Yoon Ha Lee’s space opera about thirteen-year-old Min, who comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.

Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

This sci-fi adventure with the underpinnings of Korean mythology will transport you to a world far beyond your imagination.

Jan 142019
 

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.School Library Journal: Strong, well-developed characters . . .    Give to fans of A.S. King and Andrew Smith.

Jan 112019
 

Cover of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells.B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog: Wells has been a beloved but under-read voice in fantasy for two decades, which is why it is so gratifying to see the success she’s having with the bestselling, and now, Hugo- and Nebula-winning Murderbot Diaries novella series, which follow a rogue Security Unit cyborg that has hacked its governor module and gained sentience and free will—and given itself the (mostly ironic) name Murderbot. This fourth and final novella (a full-length novel arrives next year) finds Murderbot close to getting the goods on the evil corporation GrayCris. When it learns that its former owner/possible friend Dr. Mensah is under threat, Murderbot doesn’t understand its own urge to save her. Wells’ explorations of free will and the question of what, exactly, makes us human remain fascinating, and the snarky narrative voice—and the murder-y mayhem—that peppers the story as it marches toward to a bracing conclusion are as fun as always.

Jan 072019
 

Photo Credit Karen HackerNew York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes will edit HEROIC HEARTS, a new paranormal fantasy anthology  celebrating heroes who do the right thing when they are called upon (including stories by Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and others). The deal was negotiated with Anne Sowards at Ace by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency (for Hughes) and Jennifer Jackson (for Butcher).

Jan 042019
 

Cover of Dragon Pear by Yoon Ha Lee.Publishers Weekly: In this highly original novel by Lee (the Machineries of Empire series for adults), 13-year-old Min must venture to the stars of the Thousand Worlds in order to find her older brother, Jun, who is suspected of deserting the Space Forces to search for the legendary Dragon Pearl. Min’s quick wits and technical prowess come in handy, but it’s her abilities as one of the fox people to shape-shift and charm others that prove vital after she leaves her home planet of Jinju aboard the freighter Red Azalea. When her brother’s former ship rescues the vessel from mercenaries, she poses as slain cadet Bae Jang, promising his ghost that she will avenge his death in exchange for impersonating him on the ship. Disguised as the dead cadet, Min is able to continue both quests, enlisting the aid of two of Bae’s friends—female dragon Haneul and nonbinary goblin Sujin—all the while avoiding the scrutiny of Captain Hwan as the ship heads to the Ghost Sector, the probable location of the Dragon Pearl. Lee offers a perfect balance of space opera and Korean mythology with enough complexity to appeal to teens.

Jan 022019
 

Congratulations to the DMLA authors who have made Vulture’s list of 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2018!

  • Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Temper by Nicky Drayden
  • Semiosis by Sue Burke
Jan 012019
 

THE BEST-SELLING UNDER JURISDICTION SERIES FROM CAMPBELL AWARD-NOMINATED AUTHOR SUSAN R. MATTHEWS CONTINUES. A new installment in the Phillip K. Dick-nominated series that Janis Ian called “a very scary series.” Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko finds himself out of the frying pan and into the fire: to fight back against a devious crime syndicate that is trying to murder him and bring slavery and darkness to Gonebeyond Space.

GONEBEYOND JUSTICE

Gonebeyond space: get there and you may find freedom from torture and genocide under Jurisdiction. Yet go there at your own risk. The Rule of Law has only a tenuous hold on Gonebeyond, and undefended settlements can be exploited with impunity.

Until now. The Langsariks’ Hilton Shires has forged a coalition to bring the worst of the Gonebeyond criminals—slavers—to justice. The criminal cartels that have profited from the freedom of Gonebeyond for so long aren’t having any of it, and they know the key to taking down Shires is to get rid of ally, renegade Fleet Inquisitor Andrej Koscuisko. But where can they find an assassin with the moxey to “disappear” Andrej Koscuisko? Many have tried. None have succeeded.

Enter his Excellency Danyo Pefisct. Years ago he honed his torturer’s craft against the Emandisan bond-involuntary Security slave Joslire Curran, once a servant to Andrej. Now Pefisct has come to Gonebeyond to enslave Andrej Koscuisko himself—all for the personal pleasure of the head of one of Jurisdiction’s most powerful crime syndicates.

But the torturer from the Jurisdiction hasn’t reckoned on one thing: Andrej Koscuisko is as relentless and effective as he ever was. The difference? Now Andrej serves the cause of Gonebeyond justice!

Dec 312018
 

Russian rights to the first two books in New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series, ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, to Eksmo, by Igor Korzhenevski at the Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Arabic rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning ALL SYSTEMS RED, the first book in The Murderbot Diaries, to Noura Al Noman at Makhtoota 5229, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.

Czech rights to USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda’s THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, to Dobrovsky by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.

Hebrew rights to Skye Warren’s THE PAWN, to Sifrut Shenogaat by Beverley Levit at The Book Publishers Association of Israel, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.

Italian rights to World Fantasy, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH, to Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta in association with Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.