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Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, with Susannah off burying Eddie and Sheemie about to short-circuit, Roland, Jake and Oy transport to June 19, 1999, in an attempt to save the lazy author Stephen King and, thus, themselves and the Tower.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, we said our final, sad goodbyes to Eddie Dean, and Roland and Jake (and Oy) prepared to leave Susannah behind to bury him while they tried to save Stephen King.

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Fri
Apr 4 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases paranormal romance AprilHis Majesty Wrath has returned! God save the King! But The King, book twelve in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, isn’t the only para-rom coming out this month. There are twenty-eight other novels vying for our attention, including series additions from, among others, Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound), Laura Kaye (Hearts of the Anemoi), Keri Arthur (Damask Circle), Jacquelyn Frank (The World of Nightwalkers), Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake), Cynthia Eden (Phoenix Fire), Debbie Viguie (Witch Hunt), and Hanna Martine (The Elementals).

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.

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Thu
Apr 3 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases urban fantasy AprilNews of its death might seem greatly exaggerated since thirty-six new books in paranormal fantasy (oh, okay, call it urban fantasy if you must) hit the shelves in April, until one realizes that precious few of them are newly published titles aimed at adult readers. Pause for a moment of respectful silence and then look (you’ll have to look hard) for adult series additions by, among others, Alex Hughes (Mindspace Investigation) and Devon Monk (Broken Magic), plus a star-studded anthology compiled by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

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.

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Wed
Apr 2 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases April genre bendersTwenty-one books straddle the fence known as genre this month, with Dorothy going all bad on Oz, Thomas Edison on a rampage, and the fate of the worlds past and present might lay in the hands of teenagers. Look for new titles from, among others, E.E. Knight, Christopher Moore, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christine D’Abo (Shadow Guild), Felix Gilman, Kelley Armstrong, Michael J. Sullivan, and A.A. Aguirre (Appratus Infernum).

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.

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Tue
Apr 1 2014 5:00pm

April new releases science fictionIt ain’t easy being a starship trooper. Ask the characters in many of this month’s twenty-seven science fiction releases. Look for series additions from, among others, Mark Walden (H.I.V.E.), C.J. Cherryh (Foreigner), Stephen Coonts (Saucer), Robert Buettner (Orphan’s Legacy), and David Weber and Eric Flint (Honorverse: Wages of Sin).

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.

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Mon
Mar 31 2014 4:00pm

Eighteen new fantasies struggle to escape the dregs of the neverending winter this month, including series additions from, among others, Gail Z. Martin (Ascendant Kingdoms), Lynn Flewelling (Nightrunner), Patrick Weekes (Dragon Age), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky), Joseph Delaney (The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles), and Mercedes Lackey/Rosemary Edghill (Shadow Grail).

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.

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Mon
Mar 31 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of The Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, our ka-tet staged a successful siege on Algul Siento but paid a high price as Eddie suffered a mortal gunshot wound to the head.

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Mon
Mar 24 2014 11:00am

The Dark Tower readthrough on Tor.com

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, Sheemie, Ted and Dinky, along with the ka-tet, formed their plan of attack on Algul Siento.

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Mon
Mar 17 2014 11:00am

Stephen King the Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, Sheemie, Ted and Dinky, along with one of the “Rods,” had joined the ka-tet in their cave above Algul Siento, but the stress of it caused Sheemie to have seizures.

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Mon
Mar 10 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, the ka-tet listened to the last of Ted’s tapes and realized that not only must they free (or kill) the breakers, but they must rush back to the “real” when to save Stephen King and Sheemie will have to help them decide which ones needs doing first.

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Fri
Feb 28 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction Paranormal Romance new releases MarchRevenge, sacrifice, feral appetites—what perfect things to kick off spring? Twenty-three new paranormal romances hit the shelves this month, including series additions from, among others, J.D. Tyler (Alpha Pack), Kira Bradley (Deadglass), Shadowmaster (Nightsiders), L.J. McDonald (Sylph), Vicki Lewis Thompson (Wild About You), Shannon K. Butcher (Sentinel Wars), Shoshanna Evers (Pulse Trilogy), Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound), Dani Harper (Grim), and Shelly Laurenston (Pride).

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.

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Thu
Feb 27 2014 4:30pm

Fiction Affliction new releases urban fantasy MarchTwenty-nine new books in paranormal fantasy hit the shelves of kickassitude in March, including adult series additions by, among others, Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson), Barbara Hambly (James Asher), Seanan McGuire (InCryptid), Anne Bishop (Murder of Crows), Mur Lafferty (Shambling Guides), Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger), Dianne Sylvan (Shadow World), John Enright (Jungle Beat), and Heather Graham (Cafferty and Quinn).

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.

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Wed
Feb 26 2014 3:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases March genre-bendersFewer books seem to be suffering from genre-identity crises this month, with ten titles going all apocalyptic and steampunk on us. Look for new titles from, among others, Robert Conroy, Terry Pratchett (Discworld), and Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris, plus anthologies edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer and by Ellen Datlow.

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.

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Tue
Feb 25 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases sci-fi MarchStormtroopers rush in like a lion and go out like alien lambs (or something like that) in March. Look for series additions or starts from, among others, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Dune Universe), H. Paul Honsinger (Man of War), Bethany Wiggins (Stung), Jenna Black (Replica), and Adam Christopher (Spider War).

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.

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Mon
Feb 24 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction new releases March FantasyTwenty-three new fantasy realms rise from the misty winter mountains this month, with series additions from, among others, Marie Brennan (Memoir of Lady Trent), Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive), Miles Cameron (Fell Sword), Elspeth Cooper (Wild Hunt), Glen Cook (Instrumentalities of the Night), and Garth Nix and Sean Williams (Spirit Animals). And if you need a Song of Ice and Fire fix, there’s a new Game of Thrones Graphic Novel coming March 11.

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.]

Mon
Feb 24 2014 12:00pm

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, the ka-tet began listening to the tapes upon which Ted Brautigan told his history and, perhaps, some insights into the ka-tet’s world(s).

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Mon
Feb 17 2014 12:00pm

Stephen King the Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, we joined the ka-tet in exploring the cave and their supply of weaponry, and learned that something is soon to break them apart.

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Mon
Feb 10 2014 12:00pm

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, we had a chance to meet Pimli Prentiss, head of Algul Sienta, and his security chief, a taheen named Finli O’Tego. They know the final days of their task of destroying the Beams is approaching, and are ignoring the feeling that something else might be wrong.

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Mon
Feb 3 2014 12:00pm

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last time, our ka-tet got to know their Breaker hosts better, and Roland revealed that the Breaker known as Stanley Ruiz had once upon a time been Sheemie back in Wizard and Glass.

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