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Mon
Nov 24 2014 9:00am

A Non-Comprehensive-But-Awesome Accounting of Your Favorite Books of 2014

Steles of the Sky best books of 2014

As we come to the end of 2014, we’re looking back on this year’s books, and asking ourselves some important questions: which ones were our favorites? Why did some resonate more than others? And what do our picks say about the state of SFF as we head into 2015? We took to Twitter to ask the hivemind for their best of the year, and you responded with a wonderful avalanche of reading suggestions! While there were too many for one post, we’ve gathered up twenty five of your picks in the non-scientific and non-comprehensive-because-seriously-2014-ain’t-even-over list below!

[Read more! WE MEAN IT.]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 10:00am

Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels

One of the things you get used to as a fantasy fan is that each new book is a commitment. Some people commit to other people, marriages, children, careers.... When fantasy fans start a new book, they do it knowing that they may still have to be reading about these characters 20 years later.

As a guide for those who maybe want a fling rather than a marriage, we asked Twitter to suggest standalone fantasies, and you did not disappoint: From Goblin Emperors to Fox Women to Raven Kings, here are 17 of your favorites!

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Thu
Nov 20 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 1

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 1 of A Dance with Dragons, in which we cover the Prologue and Chapter 1 (“Tyrion”).

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!

[“Part of me says I need to stop drinking like this. The other parts of me say ‘Stop listening to her, she’s drunk.’”]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 5:00pm

Meet Your Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell in the First Look at the BBC Miniseries

first look Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell BBC miniseries

The BBC has released the first promotional photo from its miniseries adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Hugo-winning novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! Here’s Bertie Carvel (Les Misérables) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, The World’s End) in-character as dueling magicians Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell.

[Click through for the synopsis]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 9

Lay on, Macduff, and welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 16 and 17 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!

[Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 3:00pm

When the Internet Doesn’t Work With Your 1970s Plot: Down a Dark Hall

From the moment she arrives at the school, Kit Gordy is aware that something is wrong. No, more than wrong—outright evil. These claims could, I suppose, be dismissed as usual teenage angst. But as it turns out, Kit is quite right: The building, the school, and its purpose are all quite, quite evil.

That isn't actually the disturbing part of reading Lois Duncan's Down a Dark Hall (1974/2011) today.

[When updating your book for the Internet age causes all kinds of contrived plot problems in a book that already had contrived plot problems.]

Fri
Nov 14 2014 4:10pm

You Already Love This Eerie Children’s Fantasy/Horror Book

Harry Potter concept art book thestrals

Once there was a little boy who liked to ride around on bone horses. Operating under a clear death wish, this bright-eyed child encountered skeleton monks, watched snakes hatch from human corpses, and swam through seas of grasping bony creatures. If you like fantasy and horror, this is the book for you.

[Click through for more illustrations]

Thu
Nov 13 2014 3:48pm

New Translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales Will Include the Original, Bloody, Creepy Stories

Grimms' Fairy Tales first edition new translation blood grisly horror detailsJack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, has translated the first edition of Jacob and Wilhelm’s famous fairy tales into English. But unlike past translations, which have watered down the stories, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition (out now from Princeton University Press) retains all of the grisly details.

Now when you tell people about how Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off their feet to fit into the glass slipper, you’ll have easily-accessible evidence! Not to mention how a clueless Rapunzel gets pregnant after a “merry time” with the prince, or—perhaps the most damning—the reveal that it was Snow White’s mother, not stepmother, who wanted her beautiful daughter’s heart cut out.

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Thu
Nov 13 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: ASoS Review and Predictions for A Dance with Dragons

George RR Martin A Storm of SwordsWelcome 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, um, Part 53 of A Storm of Swords? I guess? In which I do some memory-related cheating. Sort of.

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!

[So kiss a little longer, stay close a little longer, hold tight a little longer—longer with Big RED WEDDING AAAAAAAAGGGHH]

Wed
Nov 12 2014 11:30am

Marking Time: Ben Aaronovitch’s Foxglove Summer

Ben Aaronovitch Foxglove Summer review

Foxglove Summer is the fifth instalment in Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, about a junior London copper who finds himself apprentice to the only wizard still active on the force.

Foxglove Summer doesn’t answer the question posed by the end of Broken Homes. It steps away from the whole issue of the Faceless Man and the ongoing arc for a bit of a procedural ramble in the countryside. Two eleven-year-old girls have gone missing in rural Herefordshire, near Leominster. Inspector Nightingale sends Peter out on a routine check to make sure that the ancient, retired former wizard who’s made his home nearby has nothing to do with it. Mere routine: but Peter can’t keep his nose out of other people’s business, and when he finds nothing immediately to raise his hackles, he volunteers his services to the local police forces instead of returning to London.

Contains spoilers.

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Tue
Nov 11 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 8

Hi there! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 14 and 15 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!

[“New York is cold, glittering, malign. The buildings dominate. There is a sort of atomic frenzy to the activity going on; the more furious the pace, the more diminished the spirit. A constant ferment, but it might just as well be going on in a test tube. Nobody knows what it’s all about. Nobody directs the energy. Stupendous. Bizarre. Baffling. A tremendous reactive urge, but absolutely uncoordinated.” ~HENRY MILLER, Tropic of Cancer]

Tue
Nov 11 2014 12:45pm

Jonathan Nolan Developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series for HBO

Jonathan Nolan HBO adapt Foundation Isaac AsimovHBO continues to move into the science fiction sphere with an exciting new adaptation: The Wrap reports that Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan is developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series for the cable network. HBO nabbed the rights after an adaptation from Sony Pictures, with Roland Emmerich then attached to direct, never materialized.

This will be HBO’s second big sci-fi undertaking: They’re also collaborating with Nolan (and wife Lisa Joy Nolan) on a Westworld TV series (based on the 1973 film). But according to The Wrap, he’s been quietly working on the Asimov project as well for the last few months.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: YALLFest Announces West Coast Sister Event, YALLWest

YALLFest YALLWest Santa Monica 2015

Welcome to The YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases, and cover reveals from the YA genre!

This week covers a new west coast YA event, a trio of hilarious Hunger Games parody songs, one famous author’s failed attempts at writing YA as a teenager, and upcoming adaptions for The Scorpio Races, Tiger’s Curse, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 12:00pm

Our Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation

Babel Fish Hitchhiker's Guide

Ideally, shortly after we’ve learned to read we’d all be fitted with a pair of magical (or high-tech) glasses that act as the visual equivalent of Babelfish, and we’d be able to read anything we wanted, no translation required. Alas, we’re not quite there yet, but in the interests of acting as pseudo-Babels, we’ve compiled a list of SFF works from around the world that you can find translated into English. Some of these came from readers suggestions, some of them are Tor.com favorites, and all of them are fantastic. Let us know if we missed any other favorites in the comments!

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Fri
Nov 7 2014 2:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for November

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks for November

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 November.

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Thu
Nov 6 2014 4:00pm

NaNoWriMo Success Stories to Keep You Writing!

NaNoWriMo success stories National Novel Writing MonthOn November 1, National Novel Writing Month kicked off its 16th year of wonderful, terrifying, inspirational marathon writing! As a NaNoWriMo participant, you have a month to write 50,000 words—just writing, no editing or backtracking—while you’re cheered on by fellow writers both online and at in-person “write-ins.”

For some, simply hitting 50K is enough. But others take the post-NaNo time to revise their novels—and many NaNo-ers have actually seen their work published. And it’s not just unknowns: In recent years, more and more mainstream authors have revealed that they used the month of November to get started on what would become their bestsellers. What if we told you that a beloved book about fanfiction, a creepy circus story, and a radical retelling of Cinderella all started out as NaNo projects?

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Thu
Nov 6 2014 3:05pm

Celebrating Cixin Liu and The Three-Body Problem at the Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards

Ken Liu Xingyun Chinese Nebulas Liu Cixin The Three-Body Problem

I had a wonderful time at the Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards this past weekend. In addition to meeting many friends old and new and witnessing Bao Shu win the novel Xingyun with his fabulous Ruins of Time, I also participated in the celebration of the publication of the English edition of The Three-Body Problem with Liu Cixin’s passionate fans.

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Tue
Nov 4 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 7

Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux, y’all: the Reread so hip, it has difficulty seeing over its own pelvis. For REALZ. *nodnodnod*

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 12 and 13 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!

[“To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”]

Mon
Nov 3 2014 2:47pm

Syfy Will Adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001 as a Miniseries

Syfy adapting Arthur C. Clarke 3001: The Final Odyssey miniseriesSyfy really is serious about re-owning the science fiction genre. The network is already moving forward on its adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood’s End, but now Syfy has announced another Clarke project: 3001: The Final Odyssey, the never-before-produced last book of Clarke’s Space Odyssey series.

In a press release, Syfy announced that it will adapt 3001 into a miniseries:

An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke's final “Odyssey” book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.

Screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean; I, Frankenstein) will adapt the novel. He’ll also act as an executive producer alongside Ridley Scott (whose company Scott Free productions will be teaming up with Syfy) and David W. Zucker. The press release adds that “the 3001 adaptation is being done with the blessing and support of both the Kubrick and Clarke estates.” Of the four novels in the Space Odyssey series, only the first two have been adapted.

A digitally-restored version of 2001 is also getting a limited release in the UK, with a chilling new trailer.

Mon
Nov 3 2014 12:00pm

An Unusual Fantasy: The Future Falls by Tanya Huff

The Future Falls Enchantment Emporium review Tanya Huff The Future Falls is the third novel by Tanya Huff in her “Gale family” contemporary fantasy series from DAW Books, after 2009’s The Enchantment Emporium and 2011’s The Wild Ways. The Enchantment Emporium focused on the character of Allie, one of the only Gales without sisters, while The Wild Ways spent more time with Charlie, musician and Wild Power, Allie’s cousin and sometime lover, and the teenage Dragon Prince Jack. The Future Falls continues in this vein, with Charlie and Jack carrying the weight of the narrative.

The Gale family are terrifyingly powerful. Ruled by the aunties, their influence on the world is mostly benign: unless you piss one of them off, they tend to only involve themselves in matters that directly affect the family. But when the aunties get involved in anything, the aunties take over—or at least try very hard to get their own way.

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