Sep 9

Battle Ground wins Dragon Award!

Congratulations to Jim Butcher on Battle Ground, the seventeenth book in the Dresden Files series, winning the 2021 Dragon Award for Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)!

Aug 13

2021 Dragon Award nominees include Bear and Butcher!

The 2021 Dragon Award nominees include Elizabeth Bear and Jim Butcher!

Best Science Fiction Novel
Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
Battle Ground, Jim Butcher (Ace)

Aug 3

Locus on Star Eater

Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

“This is an exquisitely gripping novel with a bloody, unflinching heart. And yet, for all the intricate brutalities of its worldbuilding, it holds out the hope of revolutionary change….The queerness of Star Eater rests as much in its unsqueamish examination of power relations and the meaty, bloody metaphor of its magical mechanics as in its normalising treatment of queer relationships and the sexualities of its major characters: it’s a novel with teeth, and it sets those teeth into a thematic argument about – an indictment of – the hereditary transmission and constant maintenance of power that comes from acts of, essentially, theft and consumption….It’s striking how full and complex Hall’s world is here, how invested with communities and meanings. Neither support for the Sisterhood nor opposition to it is an uncomplicated thing. Hall writes with striking, assured pose, bringing her world and characters vividly to life. Both in style and (thematic) substance, her work here reminds me of Max Gladstone’s Craft novels, of Aliette de Bodard’s novel-length fantasy work, of A.K. Larkwood’s blisteringly good debut The Unspoken Name. (Hardly surprising, then, to find both Gladstone and Larkwood have contributed advance praise.) Star Eater is a fantastic book. I recommend it highly.” — Locus

Jul 8
2021 on Star Eater (second review)

Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

“Kerstin Hall’s Star Eater is a stunner of a novel. As debuts go, it’s up there with Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead, A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name, and Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire, and—to me, at least—a little reminiscent of all three. Hall’s prose is precise and striking, her characters compelling, and her narrative—well, damn. Damn. To say nothing of the worldbuilding: the bloody, visceral, deeply embodied queerness of its reified metaphors, the personal and political freight borne by the control and regimentation of the female body and its reproductive and generative potential, flesh consumed to fuel a society built on a fundamental act of theft… there are layers here. This novel has teeth and claws and it’s not afraid to use them—but it’s also a lot of fun, and undergirt with a generous helping of kindness. It’s absolutely fantastic. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” —

Jul 1

Network Effect wins Locus Award!

Congratulations to Martha Wells on Network Effect, the first full-length novel in the Murderbot Diaries series, winning the 2021 Locus Award for Science Fiction Novel!

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