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January 28, 2015
Heists and Capers Redux!
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January 23, 2015
11 Winter’s Tales For Your Chilly Reading Needs!
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January 23, 2015
Winter 2015 Anime Preview: Season of Sequels
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January 21, 2015
Don’t Touch That Dial: Midseason SFF
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Fri
Jan 30 2015 11:31am

Scott Westerfeld’s New Trilogy Will Turn Teen Zeroes Into Superheroes

Zero to Hero Hercules

Simon Pulse announced today that it will publish a new young adult superhero trilogy written by Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds), Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island), and Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings). In a press release, Simon & Schuster shared the title and synopsis for the first book, Zeroes, out later this year. (Above, our concept of what the cover should be. JUST SAYIN'.)

[Who are the Zeroes?]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 8

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 8 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 12 (“Reek”) and Chapter 13 (“Bran”).

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!

[I’ve heard of putting down roots, but this is ridiculous]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 5:30am

The Shortlist for the First Annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing

James Herbert Books

Pan Macmillan has just announced the shortlist for the first annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing! Celebrating work “from the darkly fantastical and post-apocalyptic to desolate rural mysteries, gut-wrenching body horrors and modern re-imaginings of classic horror tropes,” the shortlist represents a diverse array of writing from some of our favorite writers.

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 3:30pm

Medieval Scribe: “Oh My God, I’m So Hungover”

Irish manuscript hangover gloss ogham script

Clearly, the medieval scribes-in-training who spent their hours at school doodling in the margins of illuminated manuscripts grew up to be the scribes who basically threated other ancient texts as their diaries. According to blogger Anglandicus, adult scribes would detail their physical and emotional states on the ancient manuscripts they were working on, from reciting prayers to complaining about their peers’ shoddy work to nursing a wicked hangover.

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 16

Look on my Wheel of Time Reread Redux, ye mighty, and despair! Or at least feel mildly bad about yourselves! Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 29 and 30 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 12:00pm

Michael Moorcock Talks “Experimenting” with The Whispering Swarm and the Appeal of the Multiverse

Michael Moorcock Tor Books videos The Whispering Swarm The Eternal Champion Sequence multiverse

Science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s newest novel The Whispering Swarm is autobiography through the lens of the lens of his own work and how it has impacted him. In a series of videos, Moorcock speaks with Tor Books about “try[ing] something new” with The Whispering Swarm, his first independent novel in nine years. He also discusses the impetus of the Multiverse that links his Eternal Champion Sequence, and reads from one of his early novels.

[Watch the videos]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 11:00am

11 Winter’s Tales For Your Chilly Reading Needs!

Gimli in snow

It’s cold outside. There’s snow fluttering through the air, the sun is swallowed by that jerk serpent by like 3:30 in the afternoon, and there are never enough layers, it sucks. But at least we’re not on Gethen!

We defrosted our fingers long enough to type a question of Twitter: what books capture winter for you? And the beautiful snowmisers of the internet responded with an avalanche of suggestions!

[Brrrr.]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 7

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 7 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 11 (“Daenerys”).

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!

[Are you not entertained?]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 11:00am

Weird Magic: Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout

Pacific Fire review Greg van Eekhout

Pacific Fire is Greg van Eekhout’s latest novel, a fast and slick sequel to last year’s California Bones. It situates itself in the same peculiar subgenre as California Bones, a subgenre so unusual that I find it difficult to think of many examples outside van Eekhout’s own work but one that nonetheless feels like a subgenre in its own right: the fantasy heist novel.

The heist story—the caper plot—is a thing unto itself. It often crops up in espionage thrillers or as part of some larger narrative. California Bones is a heist novel whose major focus is the heist itself. Pacific Fire combines elements of the heist with the more straightforward thriller narrative of bad things are going to happen and SOMEONE has to stop them.

[Contains spoilers]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 5:47pm

Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba Series Optioned for TV/Film

Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba optioned Daniel Jose Older Anika Noni RoseDeadline reports that Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Elementary) has optioned the TV/film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. The first book of the series, Half-Resurrection Blues, was published January 6 by Roc Books; you can read our review as well as an excerpt of the novel.

Rose has optioned the series through her production company Roaring Virgin Productions. It’s unclear if she plans to adapt the Bone Street Rumba books into a series of films, or if we’ll be seeing another urban fantasy TV series in the future.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 15

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux, blog without end, Amen! Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 27 and 28 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“I like Mass better in Latin. It’s nicer when you don’t know what they’re saying.”]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: One Book Leads to Another (and Another...)

Sleeps With Monsters

This was supposed to be a post about Canadian author Karina Sumner-Smith’s debut novel Radiant. Between reading Radiant and settling down to write about it, though, I chanced to read two more books I’d really quite like to talk about: another debut, Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library, and S.L. Huang’s second independently-published novel, Half Life.

Come for one! Stay for three!

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Mon
Jan 19 2015 3:00pm

Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About Fantasy

Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About Fantasy by Jo Walton

It was easier to think of the science fiction list, because science fiction gets me more excited than fantasy does. I’m not sure why this is. It may be because I write fantasy, so there’s a certain element of “If I can do that, anyone can do it.” Nevertheless, once I started thinking about it, it was quite easy to think of things. Oddly though, much more than with the SF list, these are series. Fantasy lends itself to series, I suppose?

Again, these are not intended as a “best” or a “favourite” list, they’re simply books that got me excited about the possibilities of the genre.

[Read more: eight books, no spoilers]

Mon
Jan 19 2015 12:00pm

Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About SF

Eight Books From the Last Decade That Made Me Excited About SF

A friend who used to read a lot of SF but who hasn’t read any for a while asked me for recommendations for recent science fiction books that I was excited about. These aren’t meant as anybody’s “best,” least of all mine, they’re just science fiction books written in the last ten years that have made me excited about the possibilities of SF all over again. The “sense of wonder” is easy to get when you’re twelve, because everything is new, but books that can give it to me now are valuable.

I thought I’d share my thoughts.

[Ten books, no spoilers]

Fri
Jan 16 2015 11:00am

Five Books in Which Giant Insects Ruin Everyone’s Day

Starship Troopers Bug

There’s something about insects in literature that make them the perfect monster. It doesn’t matter how they’re written. They can be small and deadly, or gigantic and misunderstood. They can be acting on instinct or driven by hyper-intelligence. Whatever the case, they’re perfect because up close, insects can look delightfully alien, with their multitude of legs, assortment of eyes, segmented bodies, and exoskeletons.

Also because ew. Bugs.

[Ew.]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:05pm

Roc Books Acquires Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings

Aliette de Bodard House of Shattered Wings Roc BooksLast November, we shared the news that Gollancz will be publishing Aliette de Bodard’s two new books, The House of Shattered Wings and its as-yet-unnamed sequel, in the UK. Now, Roc Books (a division of Penguin) has acquired the U.S. rights to the urban fantasy duology set in Paris after the destruction wrought by the Great Magicians’ War.

The two-book deal was negotiated by John Berlyne at Zeno Agency and Roc editor Jessica Wade.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 6

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 6 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 9 (“Davos”) and Chapter 10 (“Jon”).

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!

[“Life goes on. It always does, until it doesn’t.”]

Wed
Jan 14 2015 2:30pm

Idris Elba Will Bring Demon-Fighting Edgar Allan Poe to the Big Screen

Poe Must Die movie adaptation Idris ElbaEdgar Allan Poe was pretty superfluous in the serial killer movie The Raven, but maybe if movie producers give him more agency, he’ll make a more convincing protagonist on-screen? That could be the reasoning behind Idris Elba’s newest project, an adaptation of Marc Olden’s intense-sounding 1978 novel, Poe Must Die.

According to Variety, Elba is developing Poe Must Die as a trilogy of movies, through his production company Green Door. While it would be too cool to see him take on a role in this historic/supernatural thriller, so far there’s no word on if he’ll also act.

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 14

The Eye of the World Robert JordanMerry 2015, y’all! I usher in the new year with a sincere wish for everyone to please not freeze to death, because holy crap, and also with a new Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 25 and 26 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“We can’t shoot a dog. People? Okay. But not dogs.”]

Tue
Jan 13 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: I Want More of Everything I Like

Ancillary Justice The Goblin Emperor

2015 is starting to look like it’s well underway. And may it live up to the best of all our hopes!

When it comes to thinking about books, though, I haven’t quite caught up to the new year yet. I’ve spent the past little while, in fact, dwelling on the kinds of books I’ve read (and reread) in the last year, and considering the kinds of books I would give a wisdom tooth to see more of.

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