Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Thirty-Six

Happy Thursday, Cosmere Chickens! This week’s installment of the Stormlight Archive reread deals with a whole lot of betrayal. Shallan and company arrive at Lasting Integrity, and things… well, go exactly as well as was predicted, with the additional roadblock of Shallan having to deal with a truly nasty revelation about who’s been talking to the Ghostbloods behind her back.

[They’re not going to listen to you, Brightlord. They’re going to arrest you.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Floral Hazards: Wendy N. Wagner’s “The Black Azalea”

Welcome back to Reading the Weird, in which we get girl cooties all over weird fiction, cosmic horror, and Lovecraftiana—from its historical roots through its most recent branches.

This week, we cover Wendy N. Wagner’s “The Black Azalea,” first published in the Mike Davis’s 2016 Autumn Cthulhu anthology. Spoilers ahead. Content warning for cancer and animal death.

[“Perhaps waking up to apocalyptic sci-fi had put her in a dispirited mood…”]

Series: Reading the Weird

In-Development Stargate Revival Might Include Another Core Team Member

There’s been some rumblings in the last year that MGM has been working on a way to revive its Stargate franchise with a new series. More recently, there were hints that said series might include some of Stargate SG-1‘s original crew, like Daniel Jackson. And now, it sounds as though the creators have plans to bring back another: Samantha Carter, the genius astrophysicist played by Amanda Tapping.

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Realm Announces Slate of Original Projects, Including a Reimagined Captain Nemo

Realm—the fiction and podcast outlet formerly known as Serial Box—has just announced a slate of projects that includes new stories from horror icon John Carpenter, and a second season for the network’s Orphan Black continuation (with star Tatiana Maslany set to return), and a new iteration of Jules Verne’s famous oceanic captain.

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18 of Our Favorite Books on Writing

Are you a writer? Do you like learning about the creative process, either for your own projects, or just cause you think it’s interesting? This post is about to make your day. As I’m sure you know, there is a booming industry of books on the art and craft of writing, from all sort of different authors, who cover all sorts of different angles. A new addition to the genre is soon to hit shelves, Charlie Jane Anders’ Never Say You Can’t Survive, originally a Tor.com column. By way of celebration of Anders’ book, I’ve rounded up 18 of my favorite craft books.

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How Can You Run When the Stars Are Everywhere? Revealing Sylvain Neuvel’s Until the Last of Me

The First Rule is the most important: “Always run, never fight.”

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of Until the Last of Me, a Take Them to the Stars novel by Sylvain Neuvel. Set a generation after the events of A History of What Comes Next, Until the Last of Me arrives March 2022 with Tordotcom Publishing.

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The Problem(s) of Susan

C.S. Lewis failed. He failed to clearly say what he was trying to say. He failed his readers. He failed Susan.

When I read The Last Battle as a kid, and got to the moment when Susan was “no longer a friend of Narnia” I was shocked. Well, I thought, there are still some pages left to go. I’m sure she’ll be back before the end. But she wasn’t. And all of her siblings and friends, her cousin, even her parents, were romping along through New Narnia without ever mentioning her again.

It felt strange, and dismissive, and horrible. Much of the end of the book is about catching up with old friends, with cameos and reunions with beloved companions from previous books, even those who were dead—Reepicheep and Fledge and Puddleglum and Caspian—and yet somehow Susan never gets a moment. We don’t even peek in on her back on Earth, and no one thinks to ask, “Is Sue alright?”

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Series: The Great C.S. Lewis Reread

How to Pay Attention: Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi

Sometimes you get a book that reminds you how to live. Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi can be interpreted in many ways, but  so far, in the trudge through the Dead Marshes that is 2021, I’ve found it most helpful to think of it as an instruction manual.

The main character (who is called Piranesi even though he’s pretty sure his name is not Piranesi) is a perfect metaphor for our time. He lives in near-total isolation, in a House that is, as far as he knows, the entire World. Twice a week he spends a single hour with “The Other”, a man about twenty years his senior. Piranesi’s understanding is that he’s assisting the Other with an ongoing experiment, but his understanding is also that he has always lived in the House, and that he is somehow about 30 years old, but he also only seems to remember about five years of his life.

His understanding might be a little off.

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Blood in the Thread

Nothing tears two women apart like the men who want and take indiscriminately. In this retelling of “The Crane Wife”, a makeup artist and her actress lover struggle to stay together as the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood transforms into a cruel and manipulative beast that threatens to pluck them apart.

Content warning: This story contains fictional depictions of domestic violence.

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A24’s The Green Knight Gets a Stunning Trailer and Release Date

Last year, A24 released a first look at its upcoming adaptation of the Arthurian story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Green Knight, and its had us salivating for it ever since.

The COVID-19 pandemic scuttled the film’s intended release, but now it looks as though we won’t have to wait too much longer. A24 released a new trailer for the project, as well as a release date: July 30th.

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No Ordinary Murder Mystery: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

P. Djèlí Clark has been one of my auto-buy authors for a few years now, so when I heard he was putting out a full-length novel (finally!), I jumped at the chance to review it. Of all his works, his Dead Djinn series is my favorite. I’m a sucker for urban fantasy mysteries, and especially drawn to those with locales, leads, and legends who aren’t white and Western/European/British. Happily for me, A Master of Djinn did not disappoint.

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