Jul 31

RT Book Reviews on Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

“In Chapelwood, Priest manages the very difficult task of jumping decades ahead — with a cast winnowed by the events of the previous novel in the series and the passing of years — and writing an equally gripping Lovecraftian thriller where our heroes are nearing or at retirement age and are pitched fully out of their normal settings. In some ways, this book is even scarier than the first, with their monstrous opponents coming to almost total power through good old-fashioned prejudice and hate; it feels very much like Borden, Wolf and their few allies are the last decent people in town. It’s a shame this feels like it must be the end of the series because readers will want more adventures with Borden and Wolf.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

Jul 29

Globe and Mail on I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

“Princess X is a converse-clad, katana-wielding heroine invented by childhood best friends May and Libby. When Libby dies in a car crash, so does the fictional superhero. But a few years later, Princess X mysteriously shows up in a popular Web comic. How could a dead girl’s ideas come back to life? Ninety per cent text and 10 per cent comics, this is the genre-bending story of May’s quest to learn the truth behind Libby’s death and Princess X’s baffling reappearance. Delicious twists and turns make up this tightly focused tale of sleuthing, hacking and friendship – even after May partners with Patrick, her tech-savvy neighbour, not a mite of flirtation clouds the plot’s trajectory. Don’t let the pink on the cover fool you; this is a staggeringly original thriller that should find a wide audience.” — Globe and Mail

Jul 27

Jay Lake nominated for three Endeavour Awards

lake-lastplanetoheavenCongratulations to Jay Lake, who has scored a triple nomination for this year’s Endeavour Award!

Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake (Tor Books)
Metatropolis by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes (WordFire Press)
Our Lady of the Islands by Shannon Page and Jay Lake (Per Aspera Press)

The 2015 Award will be the sixteenth year for the Endeavour. The winner will be announced November 20, 2015, at OryCon, Oregon’s major science fiction convention.

Jul 23

Publishers Weekly starred review for The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

“Dickinson’s debut, the start of a trilogy set in an impressively well-crafted fantasy world, is assured and impressive. After the island nation of Taranoke is conquered by the far-flung Empire of Masks, its culture and traditions are suppressed in favor of the empire’s rigid structure. Baru Cormorant, a young native woman, vows to do whatever it takes to rise to power within the so-called Masquerade so that she might someday free her people. At school, Baru is dubbed a savant; when she’s 18, she’s appointed to serve as Imperial Accountant for one of the Empire’s most troublesome regions, the country of Aurdwynn. There, Baru engages in a dangerous economic game against the empire and the quarrelsome dukes of Aurdwynn, always keeping to her own agenda while repressing her innermost longings, including her desires for other women. When her manipulations force the dukes into all-out revolution, she must pick a side and risk everything. Readers will share every one of Baru’s strong, suppressed emotions. Dickinson’s worldbuilding is ambitious and his language deviously subtle; both are seductive in their complexity. He combines social engineering, economic trickery, and coldhearted pseudoscientific theories to weave a compelling, utterly surprising narrative that keeps readers guessing until the end.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Jul 21

RT Book Reviews on Balm of Gilead by Adina Senft

Balm of Gilead by Adina Senft

“Sarah and Henry stand front and center as the side stories of Pris’ romance, Joe and Simon’s return from Colorado, and shy Amanda’s dangerous escapade with rebellious Jesse keep Whinburg Township on its toes. Readers will be pleased and relieved when this intense romance is resolved and Henry accepts that his heart’s desire was beside him all along.

Sarah continues to struggle with her feelings for Henry, and she prays that he will soon acknowledge that he is truly Amish in his heart. Meanwhile, Henry tries to focus his attention on his pottery and his engagement to Ginny. But the temptation to solve Ginny’s financial problems by participating in a reality show makes him see their relationship in a new light.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

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