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From The Blog
September 25, 2014
After Paris: Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride
Jo Walton
September 23, 2014
It’s All About the Benjamins in Sleepy Hollow: “This is War”
Leah Schnelbach
September 23, 2014
The Death of Adulthood in American Culture: Nerd Culture Edition
Lindsay Ellis
September 22, 2014
Five Brilliant Things About Doctor Who “Time Heist”
Paul Cornell
September 19, 2014
“WCKD is Good,” But The Maze Runner is Bad
Natalie Zutter
Tue
Sep 30 2014 5:00pm

Popcorn Reading: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell Lost Stars Imperfect Sword review I have a small wee habit of complaining about the difficulties of reviewing series books. And yet I still find myself saying “Oh yes, definitely, I’ll review that! Love to!”

If you’re already familiar with Jack Campbell’s The Lost Stars series, a spin-off to his ever-longer-running The Lost Fleet sequence, you already know whether or not you’re interested in reading this one. You also know what you can expect: Campbell is nothing if not predictable. If you’re not familiar with this series, here isn’t the place to start: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword is the third book in a series that began with The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight and continued in The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield.

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Tue
Sep 30 2014 3:20pm

Visit Tor Books at New York Comic-Con and New York Super Week!

Tor Books NYCC schedule 2014

Celebrating the 27th year in a row of being named LOCUS Magazine's Best Publisher, Tor Books has tons of exciting programming for both New York Comic-Con 2014 and the first-ever New York Super Week!

Visit them at booth #2223 for author signings and giveaways, and check out our geeky game show at the Javits Center. Plus, you can swing by Barnes & Noble for a Family Feud-style showdown between sci-fi and fantasy authors, and check out an erotic fanfiction showdown at The Bell House!

[Check out the full Tor Books schedule for Super Week and NYCC!]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 2

Robert Jordan The Eye of the World rereadGreetings, salutations, and what up: Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 1 and 2 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!

[HuffPo says wearing silver and gold together is no longer a faux pas. Of course, HuffPo also claims we’ve “embraced neon” so color me extremely skeptical]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Books, Redux

So here we are again, as summer slides towards autumn in the northern hemisphere. Another week, another column. Let me know if you guys are getting bored or anything with all this talk about books: I’m sure I could find a controversy to stick my oar in on if I really tried...

(On second thought, let’s not.)

So, books! Let me tell you about some more of them! Specifically, let me tell you about four titles marketed as Young Adult, and one book aimed at a slightly different audience...

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Fri
Sep 26 2014 11:00am

Awesome Aliens: Jim Cambias’s A Darkling Sea

A Darkling Sea James L CambiasWhat’s better than a first novel with awesome aliens that includes really well done alien points of view? A first novel with two lots of different awesome aliens that includes two different alien points of view!

I’ve been enjoying James Cambias’s short work for years, and I was excited to hear about A Darkling Sea. When I was asked to read it to see if I wanted to blurb it I agreed—and at that point I didn’t know anything about it but the title and author. Then I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it even more reading it again now. I’d have loved this book when I was twelve, and I still love it. This is an old-fashioned science fiction novel with today’s science—biology and physics and astronomy.

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Fri
Sep 26 2014 10:30am

Get The Way of Kings for Free from iBooks!

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings

Are you looking for a new bestselling epic fantasy series? Are you interested in The Stormlight Archive, but are still looking for a sign that now is the time to jump in? Are you just tired of lugging a gigantic physical book around? We have triply-good news for you!

Apple is launching an initiative in tandem with their new iOS 8 system, and in addition to some other fine books, they’re making Brandon Sanderson’s novel The Way of Kings available as a free download from iBooks. Brandon Sanderson was excited to be part of this Apple promotion and was happy to offer the book to readers for free, saying “I believe that people’s investment of time in a book like The Way of Kings is worth more than their investment of money.”

The book will be available for free through the end of the year, so head over to iBooks to download. Note: Unfortunately, it appears that iBooks is offering this only to U.S. users right now.

Thu
Sep 25 2014 2:15pm

Get Ender’s Shadow, Mistborn, and Emperor’s Blades for $2.99 from Google Play

Google Play Emperor's Blades Mistborn Ender's Shadow

From today until September 28th, Google Play is offering the ebooks of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn, and Brian Staveley's The Emperor's Blades for $2.99 each. Click through for the sale links.

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Thu
Sep 25 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 32

Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for Crows

Welcome 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 32 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 44 (“Jaime”), Chapter 45 (“Samwell”) and the Epilogue.

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!

[Not exactly St. George, innit]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 12:45pm

Did You Miss John Scalzi’s Lock In Tour? Experience it Virtually!

John Scalzi Twitter Apple Chat Lock In

John Scalzi recently completed his book tour for his futurist thriller Lock In. Each tour stop included a reading and Q&A with the always delightful author.

And because Scalzi realizes that not all of you live in the cities he visited, he’s provided footage from some of the stops so you can experience them in a non-corporeal environment! Given that the main character in Lock In experiences the world through a robot interface, this seems somehow more appropriate than actually meeting Scalzi in person...

Anyway, if you missed the tour, or just want to relive the magic, check out the videos from Scalzi’s readings below!

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Thu
Sep 25 2014 11:15am

Highlights from Robert Jackson Bennett’s Reddit AMA

Robert Jackson Bennett AMA

Robert Jackson Bennett—the award-winning author of American Elsewhere, The Troupe, The Company Man, and Mr. Shivers—recently took to reddit to answer your questions! His latest, City of Stairs, is an atmospheric and intrigue-filled spy novel complete with dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city. The novel is available now in the US (Crown Publishing) and publishes October 2nd in the UK (Jo Fletcher Books).

Read an excerpt from City of Stairs here on Tor.com, and be sure to check out Kameron Hurley’s response the novel’s protagonist, the Rocket Talk podcast episode where Bennett discusses the future of genre fiction, Brian Slattery’s interview with the Bennett, and our own Pop Quiz Q&A! Oh, and do yourself a favor—follow Bennet’s hilarious Twitter feed. You’ll thank us later.

Bennett talked about his influences and writing process in a great reddit AMA this week, and we’ve collected the highlights below!

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Thu
Sep 25 2014 10:40am

Amtrak Residency Writers Include Fables Creator Bill Willingham and Other Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors

Amtrak Residency Program writers Bill Willingham

Amtrak has announced the winners of its inaugural Amtrak Residency Program. Over the next year, these lucky 24 residents will get a free Amtrak train ride during which they can compose their next (or, in some cases, first) great work.

While the full list includes a BuzzFeed editor and a former CIA agent, we took special note of the five writers representing for sci-fi/fantasy and geek culture. That’s about one-fifth of the writers—not too shabby. Read on to learn more about the Amtrak residents—one of whom has already decided what she’s writing about, and it sounds amazing.

[All aboard!]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 9:00am

After Paris: Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

I am not the intended audience for William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Likely you’re not either, as you’re reading this on Tor.com. We read fantasy. We love books about heroes and villains and giants and princesses. We are not so cynical that we have to be coaxed into a story about true love and a wicked prince and a masked pirate. Goldman isn’t a fantasy writer. He’s a literary writer, and his imagined readers are literary readers, and he wrote The Princess Bride with no expectation that it would fit on my shelves between Parke Godwin and Lisa Goldstein. It’s possible he’d be slightly embarrassed if he knew he was rubbing shoulders with them, and he’d be happier to see his work set between William Golding and Nadine Gorimer. He wrote The Princess Bride in 1973, after Tolkien, but before genre fantasy was a publishing phenomenon. And it’s not genre fantasy—though it (or anyway the movie) is part of what has shaped genre fantasy as it is today. Goldman’s novel is a swashbuckling fairytale. I think Goldman wanted to write something like a children’s book with the thrills of a children’s book, but for adults. Many writers have an imaginary reader, and I think Goldman’s imaginary reader for The Princess Bride was a cynic who normally reads John Updike, and a lot of what Goldman is doing in the way he wrote the book is trying to woo that reader. So, with that reader in mind, he wrote it with a very interesting frame. And when he came to make it into a movie, he wrote it with a different and also interesting frame.

[Read more: You’re in the Pit of Despond]

Tue
Sep 23 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 1

The Eye of the World reread reduxGreetings, my peoples! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover the (official) Prologue 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!

[Kill your darlings]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 31

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 31 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 43 (“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!

[Pride goeth…]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 10:00am

Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast

Kushiel's Dart Legacy dream cast Jacqueline CareyEarlier this summer, author Jacqueline Carey put hope in the hearts of fans of her Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy when she said that Game of Thrones had opened the door for a potential adaptation of her sexy, brilliant, fantasy series. Now, there’s no specific project in the works right now, due (somewhat ironically) to the current glut of fantasy series. But now that we know television audiences like their courtly intrigue served with a generous helping of alternate fantasy and sexposition, it’s only a matter of time.

To that end, we couldn’t resist fantasizing about who should star in the hypothetical Kushiel’s Legacy TV show—starting with book one, Kushiel’s Dart. Check out our picks for Phèdre herself, the men who love and serve her, her teacher—the “Whoremaster of Spies”—and the dangerously alluring woman whose grip she can never quite escape.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 2:30pm

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Talk About The Iron Trial!

The Iron Trial Holly Black Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up for a new book, The Iron Trial, the first installment in the five-book Magisterium series—available now from Scholastic.

The novel follows Callum Hunt, a young man who tries his best to fail the magical test known as the Iron Trial. If he passes, he must join the Magisterium, against his father’s wishes and his own will...

The book’s co-authors hopped onto Twitter recently for an Apple iBooks chat about how their friendship affected their writing process, and we’ve gathered the highlights below!

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:00pm

Highlights from Steven Erikson’s Reddit AMA!

Steven Erikson Malazan Author

Steven Erikson has so much to tell us, reddit could barely contain it all! He’s nearing the end of the second novel in the Kharkanas trilogy, Fall of Light, which he hopes to finish “sometime in the next two months.” Plus, he took a break from working on that book to write a seventy-five thousand word Star Trek spoof called Willful Child (read an excerpt here). From the author himself:

“So here you all thought I’d spend this time writing and talking about Fantasy novels, huh? Wrong. This Trekker’s come out of the wardrobe closet, in public for the first time! Eat tribbles and die!”

In his comprehensive AMA, Erikson talked about Willful Child, the intricacies of Malazan, and his overall writing process. He also mentioned that he’ll be appearing at next year’s World Fantasy Awards Con in Saratoga Springs, so mark your calendars now!

[Check out the AMA highlights!]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 30

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 30 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 41 (“Alayne”) and Chapter 42 (“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!

[“Your head looks like a really clean carrot. Poit!”]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: “The Strike at Shayol Ghul”

Greetings, my peoples! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover the short story “The Strike at Shayol Ghul.”

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!

[“History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.” –Paul Eldridge, Maxims for a Modern Man]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 9:30am

Sleeps With Monsters: Another Post About Some Books

sleeps with monsters reviews

I’m a little bit too tired and short of brain to address any of the controversies cropping up in the realms of SFF this month. Or to get my teeth into a properly juicy matter for discussion: forgive me, friends. The spirit is willing, but the rest is weak.

So instead of proper thoughtfulness, this week I’m talking about all the lovely books I’ve read recently. And maybe mentioning the books I wish I was reading right now. (For some reason, there’s never enough time to read all the things I want to read. This is deeply unfair. Had I but world enough and time! etc.)

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