Sep 4

RT Book Reviews on Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

priest-maplecroftMaplecroft by Cherie Priest

Priest takes the epistolary format H.P. Lovecraft was fond of and uses it to far better effect, both in terms of characterization and horror. Her protagonists (Lizzie, her sister, her lover Nance O’Neil and the friendly Dr. Seabury) are extremely well drawn even as the nerve and mind-shredding events of 1895 drive them apart. Priest skillfully makes the menace around them specific and concrete while also remaining shadowy and unknowable, achieving maximum impact. Putting real historical characters in genre settings is an idea that’s seemed tired for a while, but this novel shows how compelling it can still be in the right hands. — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

Sep 3

Maplecroft one of Kirkus’ Top Picks for Speculative Fiction Reads in September

priest-maplecroft Kirkus has chosen Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches, Book 1 by Cherie Priest as one of it’s Top Picks for Speculative Fiction Reads in September!

“Part alternate history, part horror, Maplecroft is sure to be one of the season’s creepiest reads.” – Kirkus

Aug 18

Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal for her Hugo win!

Mary Robinette Kowal’s novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” has won the 2014 Best Novelette Hugo Award!

Congratulations, Mary!

Aug 12
2014 on Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

priest-maplecroftMaplecroft Will Be the Best Damn Cthulhu Novel You’ve Read in Ages

Lizzie Borden’s infamous murders took place just a couple of decades before H.P. Lovecraft first dreamed up the horrors of his greatest invention, the cosmic ocean monster-god Cthulhu. Cherie Priest has taken this historical confluence and turned it into a wild, awesome page-turner called Maplecroft.

Jul 30

Library Journal on Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake

lake-lastplanetoheavenLast Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection by Jay Lake

VERDICT: Perhaps inevitably this collection has a sense of yearning to it: a desire for escape, a wish for broken things to be fixed, a longing for more time. Here both literal and metaphoric narratives deal with Lake’s struggles with terminal cancer, but readers will enjoy plenty of adventure and pure flights of fancy as well.

Lake (1964-­2014) was a well-known author of sf and fantasy novels (Green; Mainspring), but he was also a prolific short story writer. This final collection shows the range of styles that Lake was comfortable with and showcases his clever way with words. There are pieces from the worlds he created in his novels, including “From the Countries of Her Dreams” about a priestess from the Copper Downs and “Promises,” a haunting tale of the City Imperishable about a young woman on a difficult path. Subtly steampunk is “The Woman Who Shattered the Moon,” centered on an old woman who was once a supervillain. “West to East” describes a landing crew trapped on a wind-scoured planet and their ingenious efforts to get one last message back to their ship. There are also two Lovecraftian stories that are perfect little gems in their own ways. — Library Journal

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