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Tue
May 27 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: June Releases in Fantasy

Fiction Affliction fantasy releases JuneTwenty new fantasies combine history, magic, and new worlds to conquer this month, including series additions from, among others Ian Irvine (Tainted Realm), P.C. Hodgell (Kencyrath), Erin Hunter (Survivors), Deborah J. Ross (Seven Petaled Shield), Elizabeth Haydon (Symphony of Ages), Andy Remic (Rage of Kings), and Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher).

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
May 19 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The White Lands of Empathica, Chapter 2: “On Badlands Avenue”

A Read of Stephen King's 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 week, Roland, Susannah and Oy navigated the tunnels beneath Castle Discordia, barely escaping the wrath of the Worm with a Thousand Pink Eyes.

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Mon
May 12 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The White Lands of Empathica, Chapter 1: “The Thing Under the Castle”

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, Roland and Oy reunite with Susannah in Fedic, and prepare to try making their way beneath the Castle Discordia.

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Mon
May 5 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, In This Haze of Green and Gold, Chapter 4: “Fedic (Two Views)”

Stephen King 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, Roland said a probably farewell to Keystone World—and to Jake—by visiting the Tet Corporation. Then “Olan” and Oy returned to the Dixie Pig and the door back to Fedic to rejoin Susannah and finish the quest.

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Fri
May 2 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Paranormal Romance

Fiction Affliction new releases May paranormal romanceIt’s spring and those who love all the non-humans of the world will need to take up gardening, with only fifteen new titles in the pararom universe this month to keep them busy. Still, look for series additions from, among others, Kimberly Frost, Cindy Spencer Pape, Christine Feehan, Alexandra Ivy, Sandra Hill, Paula Altenburg, and Vicki Pettersson.

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
May 1 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Urban Fantasy

Fiction Affliction new releases May urban fantasyThirty-nine—yes, thirty-nine—books in the urban fantasy/horror/contemporary fantasy genres hit the shelves in May, a few of them even for adults. Look for a new Dresden addition from Jim Butcher, plus brand new series starts from, among others, Charlaine Harris (Midnight, Texas), Seanan McGuire (Ghost Stories), Charlie Fletcher (Oversight), Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Maeve’ra), Kristen Painter (Crescent City), Tim Waggoner (Shadow Watch), and Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Dangerous Creatures).

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
Apr 30 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for May

Fiction Affliction new releases May genre bendersTwenty-seven books straddle the fence known as genre this month, with young adult titles continuing to attempt world domination, in a dystopian kind of way. Look for three new star-studded anthologies this month edited by Kij Johnson (Nebula Awards Showcase), Ellen Datlow (Best Horror of the Year #6), and Jonathan Strahan (Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year #8), as well as new titles from, among others, Taylor Anderson, Jean Johnson, Jo Walton, and Richelle Mead.

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
Apr 29 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Science Fiction

Fiction Affliction new releases May science fictionIf technology doesn’t get us, aliens will. Just consult this month’s twenty-six science fiction releases. Look for series additions from, among others, Gini Koch (Kitty Katt), Jeff VanderMeer (Southern Reach), Michael J. Martinez (Daedalus), Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier); David Drake (Lt. Leary/RCN), and Ian Douglas (Star Carrier).

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
Apr 28 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Fantasy

Fiction Affliction May new releases fantasyTwenty-eight new fantasies fight for control of imaginary realms this month, including series additions from, among others, L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Saga of Recluce), Elizabeth Moon (Paladin’s Legacy), Jill Archer (Noon Onyx), Kristen Britain (Green Rider), Heather Blake (Wishcraft Mystery), Barb Hendee (Mist-Torn Witches), Peter Lerangis (Seven Wonders), and David Dalglish (Bloodsounder’s Arc).

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
Apr 28 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, In This Haze of Green and Gold, Chapter 3: “New York Again (Roland Shows I.D.)”

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 our sad farewells to Jake, leaving Roland and Oy to rejoin Irene Tassenbaum for a trip to NYC and a door.

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Mon
Apr 21 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, In This Haze of Green and Gold, Chapter 2: “Ves’-Ka Gan”

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, Jake, and Oy racing to intercede as Brian Smith barreled his blue minivan down on an unsuspecting Stephen King, Roland drops his gun getting out of the truck being driven by Mrs. Tassembaum, and sorrow is to come.

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Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, In This Haze of Green and Gold, Chapter 1: “Mrs. Tassenbaum Drives South”

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, with Susannah off burying Eddie and Sheemie about to short-circuit, Roland, Jake and Oy transport to June 19, 1999, in an attempt to save the lazy author Stephen King and, thus, themselves and the Tower.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 12: “The Tet Breaks,” Sections 12-19

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 time, we said our final, sad goodbyes to Eddie Dean, and Roland and Jake (and Oy) prepared to leave Susannah behind to bury him while they tried to save Stephen King.

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Fri
Apr 4 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Paranormal Romance

Fiction Affliction new releases paranormal romance AprilHis Majesty Wrath has returned! God save the King! But The King, book twelve in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, isn’t the only para-rom coming out this month. There are twenty-eight other novels vying for our attention, including series additions from, among others, Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound), Laura Kaye (Hearts of the Anemoi), Keri Arthur (Damask Circle), Jacquelyn Frank (The World of Nightwalkers), Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake), Cynthia Eden (Phoenix Fire), Debbie Viguie (Witch Hunt), and Hanna Martine (The Elementals).

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
Apr 3 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Urban Fantasy

Fiction Affliction new releases urban fantasy AprilNews of its death might seem greatly exaggerated since thirty-six new books in paranormal fantasy (oh, okay, call it urban fantasy if you must) hit the shelves in April, until one realizes that precious few of them are newly published titles aimed at adult readers. Pause for a moment of respectful silence and then look (you’ll have to look hard) for adult series additions by, among others, Alex Hughes (Mindspace Investigation) and Devon Monk (Broken Magic), plus a star-studded anthology compiled by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

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
Apr 2 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for April

Fiction Affliction new releases April genre bendersTwenty-one books straddle the fence known as genre this month, with Dorothy going all bad on Oz, Thomas Edison on a rampage, and the fate of the worlds past and present might lay in the hands of teenagers. Look for new titles from, among others, E.E. Knight, Christopher Moore, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christine D’Abo (Shadow Guild), Felix Gilman, Kelley Armstrong, Michael J. Sullivan, and A.A. Aguirre (Appratus Infernum).

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
Apr 1 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Science Fiction

April new releases science fictionIt ain’t easy being a starship trooper. Ask the characters in many of this month’s twenty-seven science fiction releases. Look for series additions from, among others, Mark Walden (H.I.V.E.), C.J. Cherryh (Foreigner), Stephen Coonts (Saucer), Robert Buettner (Orphan’s Legacy), and David Weber and Eric Flint (Honorverse: Wages of Sin).

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
Mar 31 2014 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: April Releases in Fantasy

Eighteen new fantasies struggle to escape the dregs of the neverending winter this month, including series additions from, among others, Gail Z. Martin (Ascendant Kingdoms), Lynn Flewelling (Nightrunner), Patrick Weekes (Dragon Age), Elizabeth Bear (Eternal Sky), Joseph Delaney (The Last Apprentice/Wardstone Chronicles), and Mercedes Lackey/Rosemary Edghill (Shadow Grail).

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
Mar 31 2014 11:00am

A Read of The Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 12: “The Tet Breaks,” Sections 1-11

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 staged a successful siege on Algul Siento but paid a high price as Eddie suffered a mortal gunshot wound to the head.

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Mon
Mar 24 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, Blue Heaven, Chapter 11: “The Attack on Algul Siento”

The Dark Tower readthrough 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, Sheemie, Ted and Dinky, along with the ka-tet, formed their plan of attack on Algul Siento.

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