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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 19 and 20

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week: gully dwarves and draconians. This week: one more gully dwarf! And other more exciting stuff.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

[The party is doing what it does best: wandering about.]

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 13: Nnedi Okorafor

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

This week, World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor joins Mahvesh to talk about writing for different age groups, Lagos, teaching to stay sane and stories that are powerful juju.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 17 and 18

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread! Last week we met a dragon and a goddess. This week—gully dwarves and draconians.

That means the party stands a chance, right? Right? Well, that’s ok, because Raistlin’s looking out for us. Rest easy, Heroes.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 15 and 16

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week, our companions had gotten drunk in a swamp, then captured by draconians, whom they escaped by setting fire to a wicker dragon. Best. D&D. Ever.

But, all kidding aside, this week’s chapters are where things really kick off—join in, if you dare.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 12: Emily St. John Mandel

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

This week, Clarke award winner Emily St. John Mandel joins Mahvesh to talk about Station Eleven, which bits of the apocalypse interest her, Shakespeare, and reading voraciously as a child. And on the Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh speaks with Will Wiles, writer of the acclaimed Care of Wooden Floors and the Kitschie nominated The Way Inn about the modern gothic, creepy hotels and Ballard.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 13 and 14

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week Kamila Shamsie dropped by to chat about the impact of both Kitiara and the absence of Kitiara (think of it as Schrödinger’s Kitiara). But now we’re back with our intrepid party, and their quest to find the lost-ish city of Xak Tsaroth.

When we last saw them, they’d passed through the remains of Que-Shu, and were struggling to deal with what they’d seen… This week’s chapters are hopefully a little cheerier—for the heroes’ sake!

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 11: Genevieve Valentine

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

Genevieve Valentine is this week’s guest on Midnight in Karachi. She tells us about her recent novel Persona, writing DC’s Catwoman comics, Gotham, and her love for terrible TV. You can read an excerpt from Persona here on Tor.com.

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Make Your Own Kind of Music: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley’s entry into YA fantasy is a strong, strong one. Magonia is the story of 16 year old Aza Ray Boyle, a girl who can not breathe the air of earth and has has been almost drowning in the atmosphere since shewas a baby.

Aza has always been different, always been unlike anyone else. ‘My history is hospitals’, she says at the very start of Magonia, describing her disease as something so unique that it is named after her, the only known carrier of Azaray Syndrome, with her tilted lungs and her strange heart. A miracle, the school nurse proclaims, and maybe she is, but mainly, Aza is just tired of being sick, tired of doctors not understanding her. ‘I’m dark matter’, she explains. ‘The universe inside of me is full of something, and science can’t even shine a light on it. I feel like I’m mostly made of mysteries’.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 11 and 12

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week we ended on a cliffhanger. Or a forest-hanger: the party have been driven off the road, into the woods and along a magical path. There were deer, but also spectres.

This week’s chapters… do we have a turning point? Do we get to know what’s going on? Will we get a few more monsters? Where are our dragons?!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 9 and 10

Last week we fought lizard-monster things and the party demonstrated a—rather fabulous—lack of strategy. But hey, Raistlin blew things up, so who’s complaining?

Will this week see more fireworks? Or are we going to return to the “old ways” of getting lost in the woods? Maybe a bit of both…

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 10: Andrew Smith and Musharraf Ali Farooqi

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

In this episode of Midnight in Karachi, Mahvesh speaks with writer Andrew Smith about learning from teenagers, whether YA can be too dark and a certain interview that created a bit of an uproar a few weeks ago. And on Under the Radar we hear from Musharraf Ali Farooqi, translator of the Urdu fantasy epic Hoshruba, which is being serialised right here on Tor.com.

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A Tale to Blow Your Senses Away: Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism

This article was originally published July 24, 2014 as part of Tor.com’s Under the Radar series.

Imagine a magical realm, an alternate plane called a tilism, with a pre-ordained, limited life span. At its very creation, it is known that one day the land will all be unravelled by one man.

Within the tilism, called Hoshruba, ‘sorcerers exercised powers that defied the laws of God and the physical world. They created illusions, transferred spirits between bodies, transmuted matter, made talismans, and configured and exploited Earth’s inherent physical forces to create extraordinary marvels.’ They did all this knowing it would all come to an end one day. The Emperor Afrasiyab swore to protect the land from its destiny, with all his power.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 7 and 8

We’re back with another entry in our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! After last week’s spectacular non-spectacular, the Heroes of the Lance are still… well… lost in the woods.

Are we going to get porridge? Or action? Will they keep ambling around the Solace suburbs? Or finally get somewhere? Will there be introspection… or a bit of action?

Only time, and the recap below, will tell.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 5 and 6

We’re back! Before Sam Sykes’s minotaur-laden interlude, our Heroes of the Lance were sliding down ropes and making a hasty escape from Solace. In this week’s chapters, they’re doing… pretty much the same.

Please remember—although we’re keeping the content of these posts spoiler-free, the comments are fair game, and we encourage everyone to chip in with connections, stories and other fun facts from the 9,000+ Dragonlance materials out there.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 9: Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar

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

This week Midnight in Karachi features the editors of the latest Jurassic London anthologies Jews versus Aliens and Jews versus Zombies. Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar talk about how these anthologies came to be, the line between irreverence and offensiveness, and what’s next for each of them personally. And on Under the Radar, Mahvesh speaks with Bangladeshi writer Saad Hossain about his debut novel Escape from Baghdad, South Asian mythology, jinns, and gonzo literature.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! This week’s chapters contain the last of the character introductions, and all the niceties aside, things fling into action!

As always, although the recaps themselves are spoiler free, the comments are open to Dragonlance readers of all experience levels.

Caution, this week’s recap contains math.

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Midnight in Karachi Episode 8: Kelly Link and Becky Chambers

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

This week Midnight in Karachi features two interviews, with writers Kelly Link and Becky Chambers. Kelly talks to Mahvesh about her new collection, Get in Trouble, unique reading experiences, creative writing degrees, identifying your readers, and that Ishiguro book. And on the Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh speaks with debut novelist Becky Chambers, whose self-published space opera The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet has been making waves with its recent award nomination and its sale to UK publisher Hodderscape.

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The Future of Diplomacy: Persona by Genevieve Valentine

Tune in to any news report covering the meeting of heads of states and you’ll hear about the ‘relationship’ their countries have with each other. You’ll hear about how they plan on nurturing said relationship, or how it means a lot to them, or even that they want to take it further.

What if these relationships were played out physically by a single person representing each nation? What if international alliances were genuinely formed in and by a society of highly trained and specialised diplomats, whose actions in their very specific celebrity microcosm reflected where their nation stood on a global scale?

In Genevieve Valentine’s latest novel Persona, Suyana Sapaki is one such diplomat.

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 1 and 2

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles. Last week we plodded about in the prelude; this week we get into the action! Well, mostly.

After much discussion, we’re going to keep our reread posts spoiler-free, but the comments won’t be. This way if you’re reading the series for the first time—or revisiting it after a long hiatus—you won’t have the adventure ruined. But also, these books are full of connections and tie-ins and spin-offs and foreshadowing and shadowforing, and we don’t want to stop people from chatting about those connections. This solution, like the world of Krynn itself, seems totally True Neutral.

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