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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry All Our Pretty Songs Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs is another member of this year’s James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List. (I previously wrote about Tiptree honoree The Golem and the Djinni.)  Only a little over two hundred pages long, this is a short, beautiful novel—and one about which I can say very little without spoiling the quiet inevitability of its development and ending.

So if you haven’t read it, and you want to read it pristine and spoiler-free, look away now. (You can read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com in the meantime.)

[Spoilers ahead]

Thu
Jul 17 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 22

George RR 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 22 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 30 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 31 (“Brienne”).

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!

[“It’s a conjuring trick, that’s what it is. I saw a fellow make a peanut disappear once.”]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 2:00pm

Tomorrow and Tomorrow: Apocalypse in the Steel City

Tomorrow and Tomorrow Thomas Sweterlitsch This book can’t really decide what it is, but is that a bad thing?

Thomas Sweterlisch’s debut novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow never quite decides what it wants to be, and is all the stronger for it. It’s a murder mystery, but also a commentary on an information-addled society. It’s a moving meditation on grief and loss, but also an exploration of what the objectification of women does to men. It’s a scalding satire on our addiction to celebrity and scandal, but also a startlingly optimistic look at the state of poetry in future America.

[The survival of poetry is by far the most unbelievable aspect of this dystopian near-future novel.]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Recent Reading

What have I read lately that’s good? Or at least fun? Let me tell you about it!

I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to, which most likely just goes to show how much I’d like to. But there are eight books I’d like to draw to your attention in this column, though—even if two of them were part-authored by a bloke.

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Sun
Jul 13 2014 10:00am

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for July

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's Picks July 2014

For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for July!

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 21

A Song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin 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 21 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 29 (“The Reaver”).

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!

[“They want us alive when they eat us.”]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 1:00pm

“A Contract Requires Payment, or it Doesn’t Take.” Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five review Max Gladstone Full Fathom Five is Max Gladstone’s third novel, after 2013’s Two Serpents Rise and 2012’s Three Parts Dead. This might be his third novel in as many years, but one could be forgiven for believing Gladstone had an entire previous career writing books under another name: Full Fathom Five reads like the work of a mature writer, one in full control of his craft and style. Not only that, but a writer conscious of his thematic arguments, and actively involved in a conversation with the fantasy genre.

[Spoilers be mild ones]

Tue
Jul 1 2014 11:00am

Juicy and Interestingly Complex: Amanda Downum’s Necromancer Chronicles

Amanda Downum’s first three novels, The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and The Kingdom of Dust, came out between 2009 and 2012. (Her next novel, the Lovecraftian Dreams of Shreds and Tatters, comes out next June from Solaris Books.) I really love these books. And I’m not the only one to admire them: in 2010, The Bone Palace made the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List for that year.

Entirely deservedly.

And I get to talk about them right here and now.

[This is not a review.]

Tue
Jul 1 2014 10:30am

Brian Staveley Invites You to Hunt Down Pieces to The Emperor’s Blades Sequel!

Brian Staveley scavenger hunt, The Last Abbot

Want to play a global game? The hunt is on!

Brian Staveley has created a scavenger hunt for you. Want to read an excerpt from his next novel in his Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy? Just find the right book... it’s sort of like a Golden Ticket!

[Check it]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 20

A Song of Ice and Fire A Feast For Crows readthroughWelcome 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 20 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 28 (“Cersei”).

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!

[“Stop saying that!”]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Books To Look Forward To, July-December 2014

The second half of 2014 is upon us! (Already? Where did this first half of the year go? Seriously, I want some of that time back.) Which means it’s time for my semi-regular post about which books* I’m looking forward to seeing in the latter part of the year.

*By persons who aren’t blokes. Though as always: yes, there are books by guys which I’m looking forward to, too.

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Thu
Jun 19 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 19

Geoarge 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 19 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 26 (“Samwell”) and Chapter 27 (“Jaime”).

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!

[aka “Doublemeat Palace.” EWWWW]

Wed
Jun 18 2014 4:00pm

Attack of the Logical Positivists! James Morrow’s The Madonna and the Starship

The Madonna and the Starship review James Morrow A pair of fresh-faced young writers working in the brand new medium of television face off against homicidal lobster-like aliens in James Morrow’s The Madonna and the Starship, a light romp which celebrates Golden Age SF, logical positivism, and the undisputed value of keeping an open mind.

The heart of the story is Kurt Jastrow, an aspiring science fiction writer. Kurt has all but fallen into a job as the do-it-all creative force behind an inexpensive gee-whiz TV show called Brock Barton. This is exactly what it sounds like: Brock heads up a plucky ship’s crew and they bounce about having adventures. In space! Which always looks like the studio back lot!

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Tue
Jun 17 2014 3:54pm

James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse Series Adds a Third Trilogy!

Orbit Books has announced that they have acquired a third trilogy to James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series of sci-fi books! The announcement drops on the release date of the new fourth book in the series, Cibola Burn.

The already announced books five and six are scheduled to be released in 2015 and 2016, and now books seven through nine will join them in 2017, 2018, and 2019! Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, the authors who comprise the James S. A. Corey pen name, are understandably excited. From the Orbit Books press release: “We always knew this was an ambitious project, and we’re very pleased that we’re going to have enough room to tell the whole story.”

Check out the full press release here!

Tue
Jun 17 2014 1:30pm

Join Kevin Hearne on his Shattered Tour!

Kevin Hearne Shattered tour

Kevin Hearne is going on tour for Shattered, the seventh book in his Iron Druid Chronicles, available now from Random House!

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy, who has some catching up to do. As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

[See below for tour dates!]

Tue
Jun 17 2014 10:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

sleeps with monsters The Golem and the Djinni Jinni Helene Wecker It occurred to me a while back that I don’t read enough of what gets named in the James Tiptree Award honour list. And since I loved Hild and Ancillary Justice, to name two of the novels featured on the current list, I decided to try to rectify my oversight.

And—what could be more natural?—share the results of the experiment here. So today, let me talk about Helene Wecker’s debut novel, The Golem and the Djinni (written as The Golem and the Jinni for the US market), a lovely and accomplished book—and one I find myself a bit bemused to see on that Tiptree honour list. It’s a marvellous book, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t quite see how it fits the criteria of a novel that “expands or explores our understanding of gender.”

[In New York, the Golem meets the Djinni.]

Mon
Jun 16 2014 1:00pm

Why I Really Like Malinda Lo’s Adaptation and Inheritance

Malinda Lo Adaptation Inheritance

A natural disaster grounds planes and causes chaos all over North America. Stranded in Arizona after a high-school debate tournament, Reese Holloway and her debate partner—and longtime crush—David Li try to drive home. But they’re caught in an accident. They wake up a month later on a military base, with no memories of the intervening time, and once she gets home, the only thing Reese is really sure of is that she’s different now.

The story of Adaptation (2012) and Inheritance (2013), Malinda Lo’s excellent Young Adult science fiction duology from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is Reese’s story as she tries to figure out what’s changed, who she is now, and—later—how to live with it is a world where her difference puts her at risk from all the parties who want to destroy, control, or use her.

[This is not a review. Reviews contain more balanced opinions.]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 18

Geroge RR MartinWelcome 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 18 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 25 (“Brienne”).

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!

[Nolite te bastardes carborundorum]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 3:45pm

Darren Aronofsky to Adapt Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam for HBO!

Ooooh, this could be good—apparently Darren Aronofsky adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam series is going into development! Right now Aronofsky is executive producer for the project, and is assembling a writing team, with possible plans to direct. Aronofsky has referred to Atwood as one of his favorite writers, and he hopes to give her plenty of input on the show.

Atwood’s Maddaddam series, consisting of Oryx & Crake, The Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam takes place in the mid-21st century. Governments have been replaced by corporations, and the natural world is ravaged by genetic modification. After a Waterless Flood destroys most of the population, the story charts the survivors’ battles for life—both those whose greed caused the catastrophe, and the innocents left to suffer because of it. Plus hopefully Aronofsky will find a way to add rock monsters.

Thu
Jun 5 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 17

George R R Martin A Song of Ice and Fire 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 17 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 24 (“Cersei”).

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!

[But at least there were actual kittens involved?]