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Mon
Mar 17 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 10: “The Last Palaver (Sheemie’s Dream)”

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

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 9: “Tracks on the Path”

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: March Releases in Paranormal Romance

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: March Releases in Urban Fantasy

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: Genre-Benders for March

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: March Releases in Science Fiction

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: March Releases in Fantasy

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.

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Mon
Feb 24 2014 12:00pm

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 8: “Notes from the Gingerbread House,” Sections 10-19

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

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 8: “Notes from the Gingerbread House,” Sections 1-9

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

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 7: “Ka-Shume”

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

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 6: “The Master of Blue Heaven”

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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Fri
Jan 31 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal Romance

Fiction Affliction February new releases paranormal romanceFebruary might be the month for love, but Valentine’s Day won’t find many of the finned, fanged and furred offering hearts and flowers, with only twelve paranormal romance releases this month (well, not counting the 4,397 other digital releases).  Among the series additions this month: Katie Reus (Moon Shifter), Amanda Ashley (Breeds), Suzanne Wright (Phoenix Pack), Patricia Eimer (Speak of the Devil), Shawna Thomas (Triune Stones), Jaime Rush (Hidden), and Marjorie M. Liu (Hunter Kiss).

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
Jan 30 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Urban Fantasy

Fiction Affliction February releases Urban FantasyTwenty-one new books in the genre I will insist on calling “paranormal fantasy” hit the shelves of All Things Kickass in February, including the highly anticipated penultimate book in Kim Harrison’s long-running Hollows series, The Undead Pool, coming February 25.

Look for other new series additions from, among others, Ben Aaronovitch (Peter Grant); Glen Duncan (Bloodlines); Thea Harrison (Game of Shadows); Caitlin R. Kiernan (Siobhan Quinn); Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires); Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles); Rhiannon Held (Silver); Susan Sizemore (Laws of the Blood); and Leigh Evans (Mystwalker).

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
Jan 29 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for February

Fiction Affliction new releases February genre-bendersRack and ruin seem to be the themes for February as eighteen new releases in this month’s genre-blending category. Look for quite a few new standalones, a Romeo and Juliet retelling, and series launch. There are also new series offerings from Julianna Baggott (Pure); Shannon Stoker (The Registry); Kristen Simmons (Article 5); G.T. Almasi (Shadowstorm); Joseph D’Lacey (Black Dawn); Lynn Viehl (Disenchanted & Co.); and M.K. Hume (King Arthur).

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
Jan 28 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Science Fiction

Fiction Affliction February new releases science fiction“There are other worlds than these,” as Jake Chambers notes in The Gunslinger, and sixteen of those worlds show up on the science fiction new-release shelf in February. Look for series additions from, among others, Ian McDonald (Everness), James K. Decker (Haan), John Ringo (Black Tide Rising), David Weber (Safehold), Rachel Bach (Paradox), and Bob Mayer (Area 51: The Nightstalkers).

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
Jan 27 2014 6:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Fantasy

Fiction Affliction Fantasy releases FebruaryEleven new fantasy realms rise from the misty winter mountains this month, with series additions from Patrick W. Carr (The Staff and the Sword), Jeff Wheeler (Whispers from Mirrowen), Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Tales of Goldstone Wood), Dennis L. McKiernan (Mithgar), Erin Hunter (Survivors), and Steve McHugh (Hellequin Chronicles).

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
Jan 27 2014 12:00pm

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 5: “Steek-Tete”

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 found and went through the door into Thunderclap, and were met by a trio of cowpokes who both recognized them and urged them to get to safety. The older of the three mistakes Jake for Bobby Garfield, of Hearts in Atlantis fame.

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Mon
Jan 20 2014 12:00pm

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 4: “The Door Into Thunderclap”

A Read of the Dark Tower 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, the walkin’ dude Randall Flag, aka Walter O’Dim, aka the Man in Black, finally met his Waterloo rather ignominiously when he was devoured by spider baby Mordred.

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Mon
Jan 13 2014 12:00pm

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 3: “The Shining Wire”

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, while the ka-tet rested in the apartment of the late Nigel, spider-baby Mordred watched, and plotted.

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Mon
Jan 6 2014 11:30am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 2: “The Watcher”

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 had decided on their plan of action: first to Fedic, then to Castle Discordia, and then to the Tower. But Susannah senses someone is watching, and doesn’t quite trust Nigel, the ever-helpful robot.

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