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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part III, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week we (finally) got Silvara to confess her big secret! Well, we didn’t—but Fizban did. And he’s so beyond the Fourth Wall that he’s probably reading this now. (Hi Fizban!) With Silvara spilling and Fizban fussing and Laurana listening and Gilthanas gawking and Tas taking off, we’re now out of a) alliteration and b) the Kagonesti storyline. And, frankly, thank the gods of Good, Evil and Neutrality for it.

Let’s see what our other friends are up to, shall we?

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 43: Sarah Pinborough

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week British Fantasy Award winner Sarah Pinborough joins the show to talk about YA fiction, whether trigger warnings are needed and her new YA crime thriller 13 Minutes (available February 18 in the UK from Gollancz).

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapter 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Remember waaaay back when we were super-excited about following #TeamLaurana and their adventures? Those halcyon days of youth, when elf-politics seemed exciting, and the worst thing we had to complain about was Gilthanas’ dating technique? That was a long time ago. But, huzzah! We are at the end of this section! No more wandering in the wilderness, and best of all, time to learn…

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 8 and 9

Welcome back! Thanks for indulging us in our Dragons of Winter Break (zing!)—now we’re back and raring to go. Bring on the dragons! The lances! Any combination thereof!

As a brief recap—our party split (rookie error) and the groups are off having independent adventures. We haven’t heard from Team Tanis for a while, and Team Laurana has now split off, with Team Sturm delivering the Dragon Orb to Sancrist. The remnants of Team Laurana are scampering around Elven territory, following their mysterious guide (and Gilthanas’ girlfriend?), Silvara.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 41: David Tallerman and Patchwerk

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Writer David Tallerman is on the podcast this week, talking about his new novella Patchwerk, the influence Labyrinth had on his work, graphic novels and how short stories were his first love. Read an excerpt from Patchwerk here on Tor.com!

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Where to Start with Will Self

Admittedly a ‘novelist of ideas’ (as told to The Paris Review in 2013), Will Self is a massive, rumbling, overbearing thunderball of a writer. His satire is always barbed and frightening, his dystopic visions even more so. Mostly received and critiqued as ‘literary fiction’ (though that means nothing to me!), his stories have always been full of the absurd and bizarre, oozing their way into speculative ideas and concepts. Essentially, his work is about the emotional disconnect many suffer from in modern society, the search and understanding of personal identity and purpose, and well…what it means to be human. His most obvious influences are J.G. Ballard and Hunter S. Thompson, but also Kafka, Swift, and Joyce.

Any place you start with Self is going to be befuddling—all his work is, to some extent—but here’s a list to ease you into the madness.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 40: Emily Foster and The Drowning Eyes

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

The podcast returns after a winter hiatus with debut Tor.com writer Emily Foster on her new novella, The Drowning Eyes, American mythos, and building worlds far from the one you’ve known. You can read an excerpt from The Drowning Eyes, and check out an enhanced map of the novella’s archipelago featuring clips from the audiobook!

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Magic on the High Seas: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Safiya is a Truthwitch—she can tell between lies and the truth, and there hasn’t been a witch with her ability in a century or more in the Witchlands. She’s kept her ability hidden from most, aware that she can forcibly be made a pawn in the political games being played out by the noble society she was born into, with a twenty year peace treaty between three empires having nearly run its course. What will the future hold for this magic infused world? Safi isn’t interested—she wants to live her own life with her Threadsister Iseult in Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch.

Iseult is a Threadwitch, powerful in her own right. Iseult and Safi have grown up together under the tutelage of men who have taught them well and trained them to defend themselves, but the girls appear to get in a fair bit of trouble regardless, which is why, when we meet them, they are on the run.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 6 and 7

We’re back! Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! And speaking of awkward situations involving relationships between expansionist settlers and the indigenous population, how about those Kaganesti elves? (Awkward segue!) When we last saw Laurana, she and her buddies—including her sex-starved brother—were fleeing through the wilderness, pursued by… pretty much everyone.

…and that’s pretty much still what’s happening.

[…and that’s pretty much still what’s happening.]

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 39: Hermione Eyre and Viper Wine

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Kitchies Golden Tentacle winner Hermione Eyre joins the podcast today to talk about her debut Viper Wine, a historical speculative novel about a beauty potion in 16th century England that also features Andy Warhol, Naomi Campbell and Joy Division.
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Midnight in Karachi Episode 38: Francesca Haig and The Fire Sermon

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week novelist and award-winning poet Francesca Haig joins Midnight in Karachi to talk about her first novel The Fire Sermon, moving from poetry to fiction, her literary influences, and what our actual apocalypses may be.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 37: Michael R. Underwood

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Writer Mike Underwood talks to Mahvesh this week about managing writing with a day job and podcasting, the soundtracks to his fiction, and his new Tor.com novella The Shootout Solution, the first in the Genrenauts series. Read an excerpt from the novella here.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapters 4 and 5

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Last week our secondary party had lost and then reclaimed their dragon orb from a group of Laurana’s elfin relatives, and were busy making a hasty exit with their new slightly shady companion, Silvara. This week, we hear the sad tale of a legendary silver dragon, and Gilthanas gets stalker-y.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 36: Louise O’Neill

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Louise O’Neill joins the podcast today, to talk about how writing a book is like a jigsaw, the lives of young women, not being tied down to one genre, and her dystopian novel Only Ever Yours—available from Quercus.

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