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April 18, 2014
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Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:30pm

We gave you an early look at The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke this week, and now we want to send you the out-of-this-world graphic novel, out from First Second on May 13th! Be the first to get your hands on Zita’s third and final adventure as she faces her biggest challenge yet: plotting the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Paul Cornell The Severed Streets

Detective Inspector James Quill is back in Paul Cornell’s The Severed Streets—a police procedural tinged with fantasy—available May 20th from Tor Books!

Desperate to find a case to justify the team’s existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he’s struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn’t seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.

The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he’s only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or ‘the funny people’ as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.

[Read an excerpt]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Body Parts“Body Parts”
Written by Louis P. DeSantis & Robert J. Bolivar and Hans Beimler
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 4, Episode 24
Production episode 40514-497
Original air date: June 10, 1996
Stardate: 49930.3

Station log: Quark is back from two weeks on Ferenginar with some pretty awful news from his annual insurance physical: he has Dorek Syndrome, which is incurable, and he’ll be dead in a few days. It’s very rare, afflicting only one in five million Ferengi—Quark comments morbidly that he finally beat the odds. Rom is beside himself, suggesting he get a second opinion from Bashir, but Quark dismisses the notion. How good a doctor can he be when he doesn’t even charge?

Quark’s biggest concern is the paying off of his debts so he can get into the Divine Treasury after death. Rom suggests selling his vacuum-desiccated remains on the futures market. Quark doesn’t think anyone will buy, as he considers himself a joke. Rom’s assurances that he’s a pillar of the community and an important businessman on the station fall on deaf (if very large) ears, because the only opinions Quark cares about are those of other Ferengi. To them, he’s just small-time, but he doesn’t have any other way of paying off his debts, so he goes ahead and puts his body up for sale.

[“I thought you were going to break the contract!” “What are the key words there? ‘You thought’.”]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 2:10pm

Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron Ginny Weasley, Quidditch World Cup

After giving some info on the history of Quidditch over at Pottermore recently, J.K. Rowling is at it again—a new section of the website has appeared for the Daily Prophet, the U.K.'s primary wizarding newspaper. What's intriguing is the content available via the publication: coverage of this year's Quidditch Cup from Ginny Potter (née Wealsey).

[More info]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 2:00pm

The Forever Watch David Ramirez review

No one on the Noah knows how or why or when the Earth went to hell—only that it did, and if humanity is to stand the slightest chance of surviving, the monolithic generation ship that these several thousands souls call home for the moment must succeed in its ambitious mission: to populate the planet Canaan.

Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling, however, and 800 years yet from its eventual destination, unrest is on the rise aboard the Noah.

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 1:00pm

Eternal Sky Elizabeth Bear

“Better a storm crow than a carrion bird.”

–Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear

This is not a review. The Powers That Be here at Tor.com have asked me to write about Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy as a whole now that it’s available in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Because I love it, you see. I love it so much, now that it is done, that the small criticisms I may have had for the middle book fade into insignificance: it has the kind of conclusion that raises up everything that has gone before, that adds fresh meanings to previous events in the light of new knowledge, new developments, new triumphs and griefs.

[Read more]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 12:00pm

Welcome to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter nineteen of Dust of Dreams.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 11:00am

In all likelihood you’ve heard of both God’s War by Kameron Hurley and Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Both were debut novelists with big pushes among the online community due in no small part to each author’s interesting social media persona. They were, in their moment, the kinds of titles that everyone talked about. They appeared on dozens of blogs and have managed long tails when it comes to name recognition. Hurley’s God’s War slightly more so due to her delayed release in the United Kingdom and a number of significant award nominations.

But despite the early successes of these authors, their second and third novels seem to have fallen into the black chasm of no one cares.

[But why?]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 10:00am

Shardblade Val Alston Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive

During Brandon Sanderson’s book tour for Words of Radiance, super-fan Val Alston traveled from Mexico to attend a signing event at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona in order to meet the author and present him with this amazing homemade Shardblade!

We reached out to Val to get the full scoop on the design and creation of the Shardblade, and he was nice enough to share his story. Check out Val’s process below, including some in-progress photos!

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 9:00am

In the folklore of various cultures and ancient civilizations, rabbits have represented a kind of Trickster figure; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean mythology, rabbits live on the moon. The Aztecs worshipped a group of deities known as the Centzon Totochtin, a group of 400 hard-partying rabbits who were the gods of drunkenness, and in a slightly more recent mythos, bunnies were the bête noir of a certain thousand-year-old former vengeance demon.

As we head into the weekend, I’d like to take a minute to pay tribute to some of the more memorable bunnies and assorted rabbit-like creatures who have hopped, time-traveled, and occasionally slaughtered their way through science fiction and fantasy, beginning (in no particular order), with everybody’s favorite hard-drinking, invisible lagomorph….

[Follow me down the SFF rabbit hole]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 8:00am

It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us—and we always return our books to the library! That you for the reminder, Jayme Linton!

Moning Roundup has an argument for the solo Black Widow movie America deserves, an analysis of the latest Game of Thrones wedding, and some hints about the Man of Steel sequel!

[Plus the soundtracks for all of Haruki Murakami’s novels!]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 5:00pm

Pax East 2014

PAX East hit Boston this week, and massive throngs of gamers turned out to explore the industry’s latest offerings, indie and mainstream alike. There was the odd game reveal, a plethora of indie offerings, and updates on some previously announced mainstream titles, including such highly anticipated titles as Evolve, Shinji Makami’s The Evil Within, and Telltale Games’ first foray into the Borderlands universe.

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Thu
Apr 17 2014 4:54pm

We are sorry to report that author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87, after a long illness. Marquez, considered the master of magical realism, published novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction throughout his career, including the classics One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in 1967, has been translated into thirty-seven languages, sold more than 20 million copies, and has exerted a massive influence on literature around the world. In 1982, Marquez became the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. You can read his Nobel Lecture here.

His work, particularly his dedication to using fantastical elements in otherwise realistic settings, made an enormous impact on writers around the globe, and his influence can be seen in much of today’s writing that blurs the line between solid reality and amorphous truth. He will be terribly missed.

Thu
Apr 17 2014 3:30pm

New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston gives readers a thrilling tale of space exploration and artificial intelligence in his new novel, The Kraken Project, out on May 13th from Forge. We gave you a look at the novel here, and now we want to send you a galley!

And don't forget to catch Douglas Preston on tour in May!

Check below for the rules!

[Read more]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt
Josh Malerman

Bird Box Josh Malerman

Check out Bird Box, Josh Malerman’s debut novel, available May 13th from Ecco!

Something is out there. Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but Malorie’s wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

[Read an Excerpt]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 3:00pm

Six years after sending a curious girl through a land of mathematics, dream, and logic in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll returned to the story of Alice in Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

In some ways, the book is a direct opposite of its predecessor: starting indoors, rather than outdoors, Alice stepping boldly through the looking glass instead of following a rabbit and falling down a rabbit hole. In nearly every other way, the book is a direct continuation: with Alice entering a world of logic and confusion and nursery rhyme and twisted poetry—only this time, I’m not quite as certain that she has entered fairyland, or a fairyland.

[I am certain that we will never know who was really the worst: the Walrus or the Carpenter, though we can be certain that if we ever become oysters, and see the Carpenter, we should try to wobble away really really fast.]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 2:00pm

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneThe Harry Potter Reread is like a locomotive that can’t be stopped! But a cool kind, with sleeper cars and a dining car, and passes through some really snazzy countryside. Always wanted to travel in one of those.

This week we’re going to make friends with Hermione and then win our first Quidditch match! Because wizard sports are way better than regular sports. On to chapters 10 and 11—Halloween and Quidditch.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[It’s Levi-o-sa...]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 1:00pm

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 11 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 15 (“Samwell”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Your pithy quote here]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 12:32pm

Aegon on his dragon Black Dread, art by J. Gonzalez from The World of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin has released a new sample from The World of Ice and Fire, the companion book detailing the history of the Seven Kingdoms from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, currently due out from Bantam on October 28, 2014.

The sample details Aegon’s slow conquest of the Seven Kingdoms:

The maesters of the Citadel who keep the histories of Westeros have used Aegon’s Conquest as their touchstone for the past three hundred years. Birth, deaths, battles, and other events are dated either AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest).

It’s a must-read for fans of the book and television series, as it details a period of Targaryen history that informs so much of the struggle in the current series and adds depth to Daenerys’ claim to the Iron Throne. (Also that painting of Black Dread is totally sick.) Check out the full sample and a larger version of the art here!

Thu
Apr 17 2014 12:10pm

Not that we would ever want to make Tom Hiddleston cry! It's just that now we know we can. The actor was asked to contribute to an anthology called Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, and he chose “Love After Love” by Derek Walcott as the work that turns him to mush. It's an excellent, unexpected choice—not simply a love poem, but a meditation on the difficulty of retaining a sense of self in the face of, well, life.

[click through for the poem!]