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Thu
Aug 28 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy

fiction affliction paranormal romance september new releasesTake a deep, deep breath, haul out your wallet, and get ready for forty-nine new titles in paranormal fantasy, urban fantasy, and fantastical horror this month.

Topping the wish list this month is the final novel (number thirteen, of course) in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, a story collection in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson world, and a new series from Cherie Priest, but also look for series additions from, among others, Jonathan Maberry (Dead of Night), Robin D. Owens (Ghost Seer), Kay Hooper (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit), Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus), Tad Williams (Bobby Dollar), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), Wen Spencer (Elfhome), Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain), Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock), Sarah Rees Brennan (Lynburn Legacy), Anton Strout (Spellmason Chronicles), and Yasmine Galenorn (Otherworld).

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
Aug 27 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for September

fiction affliction new releases september genre bendersTwenty-six books wander between genres this month, from alternative histories to steampunk mysteries. Look for series additions from, among others, Kat Zhang (Hybrid Chronicles), Bec McMaster (London Steampunk), and David Barnett (Gideon Smith), as well as story collections from Margaret Atwood, Terry Pratchett, and the late Jay Lake.

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
Aug 26 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Science Fiction

fiction affliction september new releases science fiction sci-fiTwenty new releases appear on the science fiction shelves this month, with dystopians edging out aliens and what seems like a healthy number of new titles... unless, of course, one is looking for science fiction aimed at adult readers. (Missing a favorite? Check tomorrow’s “Genre-Bender” column.)

Look for new series releases from, among others, Jeff VanderMeer (Southern Reach Trilogy), Jody Lynn Nye (Imperium), Steven Gould (Jumper), Kass Morgan (The Hundred), Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey), Rick Yancey (The Fifth Wave), and Robison Wells (Blackout).

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
Aug 25 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: September Releases in Fantasy

fiction affliction new releases september fantasyTwenty-six new fantasies hit the shelves this month, including new series beginnings from, among others, Charlie Holmberg (Paper Magician), Angus Watson (Iron Age), Joseph Delaney (Starblade Chronicles), J.F. Lewis (Grudgebearer Trilogy), M.C. Planck (World of Prime), Karen Miller (Tarnished Crown Quintet), and Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Magisterium).

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
Aug 25 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower Redux: Constant Reader Tackles The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Skin-Man (Part 1-A)

Once upon a time, a ka-tet of readers found themselves at tor.com on a long quest to reach Stephen King’s Dark Tower. During the journey, the author (or perhaps it was simply ka) tried to throw our hardy band of pilgrims into confusion by telling a new story.

Undeterred, their path followed the Beam until the end, and only now, when we know what is at the clearing at the end of the path, do we return to Mid-World once again, to join our old friends for The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower 4.5, if it do ya). Welcome. There be spoilers ahead.

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower Redux: Constant Reader Tackles The Wind Through the Keyhole: Starkblast

Once upon a time, a ka-tet of readers found themselves at tor.com on a long quest to reach Stephen King’s Dark Tower. During the journey, the author (or perhaps it was simply ka) tried to throw our hardy band of pilgrims into confusion by telling a new story. Undeterred, their path followed the Beam until the end, and only now, when we know what is at the clearing at the end of the path, do we return to Mid-World once again, to join our old friends for The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower 4.5, if it do ya).

Welcome. There be spoilers ahead.

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Fri
Aug 1 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Paranormal Romance

fiction affliction August new releases paranormal romanceSeventeen new paranormal romance titles promote the love of all things finned, fanged, and furry this month, including new series additions from, among others, Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed), Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark), Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf), Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Accidentally Yours), Kristen Callihan (Darkest London), Cynthia Eden (Phoenix Fire), Janet Chapman (Spellbound Falls), and Jessica Sims (Midnight Liaisons).

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
Jul 31 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Urban Fantasy

fiction affliction urban fantasy new releases augustAugust is a huge month for urban fantasy fans (and paranormal fantasy and contemporary fantasy). We can look forward to thirty-five new books filled with fins, fangs, and fur this month, including new series offerings from, among others, Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros), Kat Richardson (Greywalker), Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency), Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles), Marlene Perez (Nyx Fortuna), Elizabeth Bear (Promethean Age), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim), and Simon R. Green (Ghost Finders).

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
Jul 30 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for August

fiction affliction new releases AugustNineteen books wander between genres this month, from alternative histories to cozy paranormal mysteries. Look for series additions from, among others, Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery), E.C. Ambrose (Dark Apostle), Steve White (Blood of the Heroes), Tom Kratman (Desert Called Peace), Bailey Cates (Magical Bakery), D.B. Jackson (Thieftaker Chronicles), Mark Hodder (Burton and Swinburne), and Harry Turtledove (The War That Came Early).

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
Jul 29 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Science Fiction

fiction affliction new releases scifi AugustAliens are busting out all over, with twenty-six new releases in science fiction this month. (Missing a favorite? Check tomorrow’s “Genre-Bender” column.) Look for new series releases from, among others, Whitley Strieber (Alien Hunter), John Varley (Thunder and Lightning), John Ringo (Black Tide Rising), Charles E. Gannon (Tales of the Terran Republic), Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Hellhole Trilogy), James Rollins (Sigma Force), Ann Aguirre (Dred Chronicles), and Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies).

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
Jul 29 2014 12:00pm

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Fantasy

Fiction Affliction fantasy new releases august

Twenty-five new fantasies bring war and magic to imaginary worlds this month, including series additions from, among others, Ian C. Esslemont (Malazan Empire), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Irene Radford (Children of the Dragon Nimbus), Daniel Abraham (The Dagger and the Coin), Brent Weeks (Lightbringer), and James Maxwell (Evermen Saga).

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
Jul 21 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Epilogue and Coda

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 left Patrick behind and faced an end to the story as we began it: with the gunslinger alone.

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Mon
Jul 14 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The Scarlet Field of Can’-Ka No Rey, Chapter 3

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 bid farewell with broken hearts to Oy the Brave, and to Mordred, son of Roland and the Crimson King and Mia and Susannah, with more pity than perhaps he deserved because sai King can even make us care about the monsters among us.

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Mon
Jul 7 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The Scarlet Field of Can’-Ka No Rey, Chapter 2

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 said goodbye to Susannah as she rolled off through the door Patrick had drawn, and watched Roland first beg her to stay, then accept her departure as he examined his own reawakened heart.

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Thu
Jul 3 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Urban Fantasy

fiction affliction urban fantasy new releases July 2014Urban fantasy fans (and paranormal fantasy and contemporary fantasy) can look forward to thirty-eight new books filled with fangs and fur this month, even a few aimed at adult readers. Look for new series offerings from, among others, Cassie Alexander (Edie Spence), Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels), Sierra Dean (Secret McQueen), Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin), Jess Haines (H&W Investigations), Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombie), Darren Shan (Zom-B), Charles Stross (Laundry Files), and Chuck Wendig (Heartland Trilogy).

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
Jul 3 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Paranormal Romance

fiction affliction new releases paranormal romance July 2014Eighteen new paranormal romance titles promote the love of all things finned, fanged, and furry this month, including new series additions from, among others, A.C. Arthur (Shadow Shifters), Coreene Callahan (Circle of Seven), Delphine Dryden (Steam and Seduction), Yasmine Galenorn (Indigo Court), Richelle Mead (Bloodlines), Sherrilyn Kenyon (The League), Michelle Rowen (Immortality Bites), and Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra).

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
Jul 2 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for July

fiction affliction new releases genre-benders JulyTwenty books wander between genres this month, from alternative histories to cozy paranormal mysteries. Look for series additions from, among others, Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery), E.C. Ambrose (Dark Apostle), Steve White (Blood of the Heroes), Tom Kratman (Desert Called Peace), Bailey Cates (Magical Bakery), D.B. Jackson (Thieftaker Chronicles), Mark Hodder (Burton and Swinburne), and Harry Turtledove (The War That Came Early).

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
Jul 1 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Science Fiction

fiction affliction sci fi new releases july 2014The future’s so bright we need to find a new planet. The doom of humankind dominates science fiction in this month’s list of twenty-nine new releases in science fiction, but the real story is the genre’s takeover by marauding Young Adults. (Missing a favorite? Check tomorrow’s “Genre-Bender” column.) Look for a new Gardner Dozois-edited anthology as well as series additions from, among others, Shaunta Grimes (Viral Nation), Evan Currie (Odyssey One), Phoebe North (Starglass), David Lynn Golemon (Event Group), Hannu Rajaniemi (Jean le Flambeur), Ben H. Winters (The Last Policeman), and Jean Johnson (Theirs Not to Reason Why).

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
Jun 30 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: July Releases in Fantasy

Fiction Affliction july new releases FantasyTwenty-two new fantasies bring the magic back to the world in July, including an army of new series starts as well as series additions from Django Wexler (Shadow Campaigns), Anthony Ryan (Raven’s Shadow), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt), Steven Erikson (Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach), Max Gladstone (Craft Sequence), John Gwynne (Faithful and the Fallen), Aaron Pogue (Godlanders War), and James Maxwell (Evermen Saga).

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
Jun 30 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The Scarlet Field of Can’-Ka No Rey, Chapter 1

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 left Roland, Susannah, and Oy riding off into the sunset with no-longer-Stuttering Bill while Mordred lagged behind and ate something he shouldn’t have. The corpse of Dandelo or Lippy, perhaps?

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