Author of THE CONDUCTORS and THE UNDERTAKERS Nicole Glover’s next two books in the Murder and Magic series, THE IMPROVISERS, set in the 1930s, featuring a pilot (and former bootlegger) whose investigation into cursed enchanted objects finds a murderous tie to her family’s inn, and THE STARSEEKERS, set in the 1960s, about a magic researcher at NASA whose work goes into jeopardy following a workplace accident that is likely a cover for murder, to Jaime Levine at William Morrow for publication under Harper Voyager, by Jennie Goloboy.
“Sharkey is the natural artist, performing his magic for nothing but love.” – Wolcott Gibbs, the New Yorker
Sharkey tells the compelling story of an unusually gifted, trained sea lion who shared the stage with practically every important performer of the first half of the twentieth century-from Bob Hope to Ella Fitzgerald, from Broadway to Hollywood and beyond. Readers follow Sharkey and his flippered colleagues as they travel the world with stops at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, vaudeville houses, Manhattan during the Harlem Renaissance, burlesque nightclubs, movie palaces, Radio City Music Hall, and the legendary studios of early radio, movies, and television, meeting a who’s who of showbiz entertainers, sports superstars, and even a US president. Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, Sharkey is a quirky slice of New York and entertainment history sure to delight fans of vintage pop culture and Americana, as well as animal lovers.
The Guardian: An absorbing novel…. Heartfield sustains a fine balance between history and fantasy.
A sweeping historical epic with a thread of magic, perfect for readers of THE FAMILIARS, THE BINDING, and THE MINIATURIST.
‘Power is not something you are given. Power is something you take. When you are a woman, it is a little more difficult, that’s all’
1768. Charlotte arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Two years later, her sister Antoine is sent to France to marry another stranger. In the mirrored corridors of Versailles, they rename her Marie Antoinette.
But the sisters are not powerless. When they were only children, Charlotte and Antoine discovered a book of spells – spells that seem to work, with dark and unpredictable consequences.
In a world of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, Charlotte and Antoine use their secret skills to redefine their lives, becoming the most influential women of the age.
But every spell requires a sacrifice. As love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution.
Novels – Science Fiction
- The Second Shooter, Nick Mamatas (Solaris)
- Noor, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
- Perhaps The Stars, Ada Palmer (Tor; Ad Astra)
Novels – Fantasy
- Soulstar, C.L. Polk (Tordotcom)
- The Mask of Mirrors, M.A. Carrick (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Novels – Horror
- A Broken Darkness, Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
- The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s)
Young Adult Novels
- A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
- Machinehood, S.B. Divya (Saga)
- Star Eater, Kerstin Hall (Tordotcom)
- The All-Consuming World, Cassandra Khaw (Erewhon)
Illustrated and Art Books
- After the Rain, Nnedi Okorafor, adapted by John Jennings, art by David Brame (Abrams ComicArts/Megascope)
- A Blessing of Unicorns, Elizabeth Bear (Audible Originals 10/20; Asimov’s 9-10/21)
- And What Can We Offer You Tonight?, Premee Mohamed (Neon Hemlock)
- The Annual Migration of Clouds, Premee Mohamed (ECW)
- Remote Control, Nnedi Okorafor (Tordotcom)
- The Necessity of Stars, E. Catherine Tobler (Neon Hemlock)
- Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
- “The Red Mother”, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com 6/23/21)
- “Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story”, Nalo Hopkinson (F&SF 11-12/21)
- “The Black Pages”, Nnedi Okorafor (Black Stars)
- “Music of the Siphorophenes”, C.L. Polk (F&SF 3-4/21)
- “In the Garden of Ibn Ghazi”, Molly Tanzer (F&SF 3-4/21)
- “The Wishing Pool”, Tananarive Due (Uncanny 7-8/21)
- “Clap Back”, Nalo Hopkinson (Black Stars)
- “Proof by Induction”, José Pablo Iriarte (Uncanny 5-6/21)
- “Love, That Hungry Thing”, Cassandra Khaw (Apex 1/21)
- “Laughter Among the Trees”, Suzan Palumbo (The Dark 2/21)
- “Of Claw and Bone”, Suzan Palumbo (The Dark 5/21)
Siblings Rachel Hope Cleves and Aram Sinnreich writing as RA Sinn’s SAVEPOINT, near-future SF about a woman who works for a company that uses brain implants to rewind time five seconds — but when a new upgrade is tested, she finds herself moving back in time every day, and only a nonbinary hacker from her past might help, to Jim Killen at Rebellion, for publication in 2023, by Jennie Goloboy.
WHEN THE SPARROW FALLS by Neil Sharpson
REMOTE CONTROL by Nnedi Okorafor
Enslaved by a mute-race of cruel dictators, Razvan learns their touch-language and works as a translator in order to survive. But war is on the horizon and his quiet life is about to get noisy…
When he was a boy, Razvan trained as a translator for the hated Keda, the mute enslavers of his city, Val Kedić. They are a cruel race who are quick to anger. They keep a tight hold on the citizens of Val Kedić by forcing their children to be sent to work in the dangerous mines of the city from the age of eleven until eighteen. By learning fingerspeak – the Keda’s touch language – Razvan was able to avoid such a punishment for himself and live a life outside the harsh climate of the slums. But the same could not be said for his son…
Now a man, Razvan has etched out a quiet life for himself as an interpreter for the Keda court. He does not enjoy his work, but keeps his head down to protect his son, held hostage in the Keda’s mines. The Keda reward any parental misdemeanors with extra lashings for their children. Now the city is under siege by a new army who are perhaps even more cruel than their current enslavers. At the same time, a mysterious rebellion force has reached out to Razvan with a plan to utilize the incoming attack to defeat the Keda once and for all. Razvan must decide which side to fight on, who can be trusted, and what truly deserves to be saved.
Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead.
Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benji originally thought.
The Undertakers continues the adventures of murder and magic, where even the most powerful enchantments can’t always protect you from the ghosts of the past . . .
Booklist: Hetty Rhodes never met a problem she couldn’t solve. And when she gets into trouble, her husband, Benjy, calms her down and helps her out. But the couple has never faced so many crises at once. There are murders, of course. And arson. A few secret societies. Don’t forget an unintelligible cypher that could lead to a fabulous treasure. Although The Undertakers is the sequel to The Conductors (2021), it works well as a standalone book. The novel covers multiple interconnected mysteries with humor and warmth. It also expands the cast of characters that fill out the Rhodes’ found family and the city of Philadelphia, making the city feel like a character itself. A constellation-based magic system is heavily featured (especially in the many action scenes), and recalls the use of stars by enslaved people as navigational aids. Hetty and Benjy’s camaraderie is the real star of the show, no matter how many spells they fire off at assailants. The Undertakers’ historical fantasy vibe will appeal to fans of Alyssa Cole’s Loyal League series and Maurice Broaddus’ Buffalo Soldier (2017).