Dog March 25, 2015 Dog Bruce McAllister "Watch the dogs when you're down there, David." The Museum and the Music Box March 18, 2015 The Museum and the Music Box Noah Keller History is rotting away, just like the museum. The Thyme Fiend March 11, 2015 The Thyme Fiend Jeffrey Ford It's not all in his head. The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself?
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March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
March 23, 2015
Language as Power in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Katharine Duckett
March 16, 2015
What Changes To Expect in Game of Thrones Season Five
Bridget McGovern
March 13, 2015
Five Books with Fantastic Horses
Patricia Briggs
March 13, 2015
Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?
Leah Schnelbach
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Mon
Mar 30 2015 9:00am

Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Fantasy

new releases fantasy april 2015Twenty-three new fantasies unleash their swords on bookshelves in April, with another set of Clan of the Claw novellas plus series additions from, among others, Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legends), C.J. Cherryh (Foreigner), Angus Watson (Iron Age), Melanie Rawn (Glass Thorns), Gail Z. Martin (Ascendant Kingdoms), and Kelly McCullough (Fallen Blade).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Eleven

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 eleven of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Thu
Mar 26 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 15

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 15 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 25 (“The Windblown”) and Chapter 26 (“The Wayward Bride”).

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 probably would have been reconciled to it if he’d called the chapter “Silly Dornish K-nnnnnnigghets”]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 1:45pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Ten

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 ten of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Mar 25 2015 12:00pm

Cover Reveal for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider

Dreamstrider Lindsay Smith

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider, a high-concept espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Below, get a look at the full cover designed by Elizabeth H. Clark and illustrated by NastPlas, a creative duo based in Madrid, Spain. Author Lindsay Smith also shares her thoughts on the inspirations behind writing the novel, as well as what dreams mean in the world she has created. Dreamstrider publishes October 6th from Roaring Brook Press.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 10:00am

“I Have Never Been Terribly Good at Holding My Tongue.” Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk

Marie Brennan Voyage of the Basilisk Lady TrentWith Voyage of the Basilisk, the third volume of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series, Marie Brennan takes us to new lands in search of new species of dragon. Isabella, several years widowed and the mother of a nine-year-old son, is a dragon naturalist and pioneering natural philosopher in a world similar to our own in the Victorian period, from a nation with resemblances to Victorian Britain: while (some) women are beginning to set themselves against the social and cultural forces that would prefer to confine them to hearth and home, the role of adventurous scientist is still one that only the most strong-minded of gentlewomen would ever take up.

No one could ever accuse Isabella Camherst of lacking determination. Her latest adventure takes her on a long voyage, even further from home than ever before, to eventually conduct research among volcanically active archipelagos that resemble our own 19th century Pacific and South East Asian island chains—down to the presence of competing colonial and local expansionist interests. Once again, Isabella’s scientific curiosity leads her into dangerous territory, on the slopes of an active volcano. And once again she finds herself playing an active part in politically significant events.

[May contain spoilers. Contents may have settled during transit.]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 23

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux is go!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 42 and 43 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[DREAMSHARD!]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Nine

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 nine of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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
Mar 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: George Lucas Checks in on His Baby

George Lucas buys Star Wars comics

George Lucas stopped into Midtown Comics on Wednesday, and there were some familiar faces on his pull list! Apparently he got Marvel’s Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia series, plus some old-school issues of Heavy Metal, which seems awesomely appropriate.

Morning Roundup has news from the shores of Dorne, an update on Neill Blomkap's Alien film, and an in-depth essay on why fantasy literature is vitally necessary for human brain function.

[Plus, you really should’ve weighed that idol more carefully, Indy...]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 1:30pm

Hunting Rebecca Levene’s The Hollow Gods

Hunter's Kind

The Hunter’s Kind is coming! Book Two of Rebecca Levene’s Hollow Gods quartet, which began with a bang last July, is to be released less than a year since Smiler’s Fair sunk its hooks into more than a few folks, including yours truly. As I concluded in my review:

Fans of either Abraham or Abercrombie—fans of fantasy full stop, in fact—will find lots to like in Smiler’s Fair. Its setting, its narrative, its characters—unlikeable though they may be—all impress immensely, developed as they are with depth and discerning detail. In truth, the only complaint I’d make about the book is that there isn’t more of it.

Well, there will be in just a couple of months. Time to start getting excited, right? Not least because this week saw the release of some cracking cover art and a tantalising plot synopsis.

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Thu
Mar 19 2015 11:00am

Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly Place

Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles The Slow Regard of Silent Things My obsessively detailed reread of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles is over, but we want to keep on talking about the books. I’m going to post the occasional continuation post when the last one gets too long or if there’s something to say.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella published in book form. It is about Auri, Rothfuss himself says that this is not the place to start with his work, and it absolutely is not. This novella is strictly for the fans. That would be us then.

Spoilers for all of The Wise Man’s Fear andThe Name of the Wind and for The Slow Regard of Silent Things—these discussions assume you’ve read all of the books, and frankly they won’t make the slightest bit of sense if you haven’t. But we welcome new people who have read the books and want to geek out about them. This post is full of spoilers, please don’t venture beyond the cut unless you want them.

[Read more: OCD magic, and I’m not kidding about spoilers]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 9:00am

Saying Goodbye: Daniel Abraham’s The Price of Spring

The Price of Spring Long Price Quartet All things must end.

Through three books and sixty years by the Khaiem calender, Daniel Abraham has brought us into a world of power, magic, family, and pain, through summers of youth, winters of sorrow, and the horrors of autumnal war. Here, in the final book of the Long Price of Quartet, Abraham takes us one last time into a world of strife, through a season when all hopes wilt and die and bloom anew, toward the realization that only at the end of our lives can we look back and see clearly the prices we paid along the way.

Welcome to The Price of Spring.

[Minimal spoilers to follow.]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Eight

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 eight of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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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Wed
Mar 18 2015 11:00am

The Perfect Vessel: Kushiel’s Avatar, Part 2

Kushiel's Reread Tor.com Kushiel's Avatar new book cover Jacqueline CareyOur reread of Kushiel’s Legacy comes to a close! Whereas last week we were really beaten down by Phèdre and Joscelin’s willing entry into the hell of Daršanga, here we end on a joyous note. Not unlike Phèdre, filled with the Name of God, we’re brimming with new knowledge and insight into the trilogy—plus at least one disagreement about how things settle after the epic end of Kushiel’s Avatar.

We’re going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments. As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

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Tue
Mar 17 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 22

The Eye of the WorldOf all the blog joints in all the websites in all the Internet, you clicked on mine: The Wheel of Time Reread Redux! You’re awesome!

Today’s Redux post will play it again, Sam cover Chapter 41 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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 don’t believe you’re leaving / ‘Cause me and Charles Manson like the same ice cream]

Tue
Mar 17 2015 10:30am

The Blades of Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Blades

City of Stairs is an awesome novel. That much shouldn’t be news to you. Here on Tor.com, Kameron Hurley confessed to falling a little in love with it, and in last year’s Reviewers’ Choice, Justin Landon and Rob H. Bedford both sang the praises of Robert Jackson Bennett’s first fantasy. I only read it recently, or I’d have made mention of it in my contribution too.

But better late than never! And it turns out my timing wasn’t too terrible, because today, it’s my tremendous pleasure to tell you that the Shirley Jackson Award-winning author’s first fantasy won’t be his last.

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Tue
Mar 17 2015 10:00am

Agony in Autumn: Daniel Abraham’s An Autumn War

An Autumn War Daniel Abraham Welcome back to the world of Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet. This is where it all changes.

For centuries, the Khaiem have used the threat of the andat to keep their enemies at bay, holding a knife to the throat of the world. In that enforced peace, they have thrived and prospered, putting aside any pursuit of technology and military tactics, because, honestly? There was no need.

By harnessing the andat, they exerted complete control over industry and production, and if anyone dared defy or attack them, they would sink their cities, boil their oceans, scar their wombs. The Khaiem bloomed in the shadow of the andat and the rest of the world had to hope that they would survive another day.

At least until Balasar Gice arrived.

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Mon
Mar 16 2015 4:00pm

Call and Response: The Glorious Angels by Justina Robson

Glorious Angels Justina Robson

Mixing science fiction and fantasy with elements of horror and erotica, as well as the weird, The Glorious Angels is Justina Robson’s first non tie-in novel since Down to the Bone—the conclusion of the Quantum Gravity quintet—fully four years ago. I don’t mind admitting that I had high hopes it would represent a return to form for the oft award-nominated author, but despite its dizzying ambition and a few glimmers of brilliance, to be blunt, it doesn’t. A syrupy slow opening sees to that from the start.

The first few hundred pages of Robson’s cross-genre odyssey take place in Glimshard, a magnificent city of crystalline stems and spires at the very tip of which sits the Empress Shamuit Torada, who has in her infinite wisdom waged a war of sorts against the Karoo, a strange and essentially alien race “from so far away they were considered beyond civilisation, as elusive as the two-headed wolf of legend,” and at least as dangerous, I dare say.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Seven

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 seven of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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
Mar 13 2015 11:00am

Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?

Ladyhawke: Phillipe and the Hawk

I spent last month rewatching a bunch of 1980s fantasy movies. (I know, I missed some, I’ll get there eventually.) Sometime around the middle of the month, I revisited Ladyhawke for the first time since high school, and found myself surprised at just how well it held up. True, some elements have not aged well—an opening song that recalls nothing so much as the MacGyver theme, for instance—but on the whole, it ended up being one of my favorites. And the more I think about it, the more I think Ladyhawke may be the most successful of all the fairy tale films.

[Yes, even better than The Princess Bride. Yes, those are fightin’ words.]