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Fiction and Excerpts [7]

Fiction and Excerpts [7]

The Jewel and Her Lapidary Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from Fran Wilde's THE JEWEL AND HER LAPIDARY. The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. Read by Mahvesh Murad.

Illustrated Scenes from Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway

Artist Rovina Cai illustrated a few select scenes from Seanan McGuire's EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, bringing to life the students of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, where teenage survivors of portal fantasies go when the doors to their lands of wonder close.

Charles Vess Talks Slipping Into Ursula K. Le Guin’s Brain to Draw Earthsea Dragons

In 2018, Saga Press will publish all six of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels in one volume, to mark the 50th anniversary of her landmark fantasy series. What’s more, The Books of Earthsea will be the first fully illustrated edition, with the cover and both color and black-and-white interior illustrations (including chapter headings, full-page illustrations, and smaller pictures) by Charles Vess.

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Visit FierceReads at San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

FierceReads is coming to San Diego Comic-Con International July 20-24! From Preview Night to Kids Day, they’ll be hosting author signings and giveaways at the Macmillan Booth #1117 (unless otherwise noted). A bevy of authors will be in attendance, including Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Kami Garcia, and more.

Follow along with all the fun on Tumblr, be sure to stop by and say hi, and check out all of their the programming below!

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Scholastic to Publish Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship

His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman is releasing his first original graphic novel through Scholastic. The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship, a middle-grade tale about a doomed ship trapped in the mists of time, will be published jointly by imprints David Fickling Books and Graphix in North America in June 2017.

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Visit First Second at San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

First Second Books will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con July 21-24, 2016 at Booth #1323! But that’s not all—they also have a great group of authors and comics professionals appearing at panels on each day of SDCC, projecting the future of kids’ comics in 2026 and talking about myths and fairy tales. First Second will also be doing in-booth signings and giveaways.

Be sure to stop by and say hello, and check out all of their programming below!

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Revealing the Cover for Marie Brennan’s Within the Sanctuary of Wings

We’re incredibly excited to reveal the cover for the fifth—and final—novel in Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent. Isabella has journeyed far and wide in the pursuit of scientific discovery, but the true story of her most notorious adventure is ready to be told…

Well, what are you waiting for?! Feast your eyes below on Within the Sanctuary of Wings, featuring more amazing dragon art from the great Todd Lockwood!

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Victor Milán Answers Your Burning Dino-Questions on Reddit

Victor Milán’s latest novel, The Dinosaur Knights, is the second installment of a lush, exotic tale about knights—knights riding dinosaurs. As George R.R. Martin describes it: “It’s like a cross between Jurassic Park and A Game of Thrones.” Milán had us at Dinosaur Knights, but maybe you’re worried that the DinoHype isn’t real, or you’re disappointed that the books center around knights riding dinosaurs rather than dinosaurs who are knights (which, okay, would be amazing)… So let this recent Reddit AMA convert you to the DinoTruth, as Milán drops the DinoMic!

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The 2016 World Fantasy Award Nominees Have Been Announced

The nominees for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards have been announced, including Lifetime Achievement recipients David G. Hartwell and Andrzej Sapkowski. The winners of the 2016 World Fantasy Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, October 27-30, 2016 in Columbus, OH. This year’s theme is “Flights of Fantasy.”

The full list of nominees follows.

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Visit Tor Books and Publishing at San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

Tor Books and Publishing have just released their lineup for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, including appearances by V.E. Schwab, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Seanan McGuire, and more! Authors from both imprints will participate in panels about everything from Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail to Science Fiction/Future Now, as well as in-booth signings. You’ll find all the excitement at the Tor Booth 2707. And don’t forget to follow @TorBooks and @TorDotComPub on Twitter for up-to-date information and last-minute events!

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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Subterranean Press Announces Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

In early 2017, Subterranean Press will publish Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, a collection of Scalzi’s “briefest and best” fiction spanning 1991-2016. The 18 stories collected in Miniatures range from Pluto’s thoughts about being thrown out of the solar system to (one of four new stories) artificial intelligences detailing their plan not to destroy humankind.

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Listen to Victor LaValle, Paul Tremblay, and Laird Barron Dissect the Horror Genre

Last week, three masters of horror—Victor LaValle, Paul Tremblay, and Laird Barron—read from their latest works at Book Culture Columbus in New York City, and stopped by The Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy Podcast to discuss dark fiction, H.P. Lovecraft, and the roots of psychological dread with Michael Calia.

The three authors discussed the first books and movies that scared them, and how those early experiences of horror fiction resonate in their work today. All thread relatable fears through their uncanny tales: LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom connects cosmic horror to the visceral perils of prejudice, while Tremblay’s new novel Disappearance at Devil’s Rock revolves around the fraught relationship between children and parents. Barron’s upcoming collection, Swift to Chase, combines dark fantasy with tangible terror, and incorporates noir into his stories of horror in the Alaskan wilderness.

Listen to LaValle, Tremblay, and Barron discuss fiction, fear, and things that go bump in the night on the Speakeasy Podcast now!