Jun 3

The Aeronaut’s Windlass has been nominated for a Legend Award

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher has been nominated for a David Gemmell Legend Award 2016 for the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote!

On a related note, Chris McGrath has been nominated for a David Gemmell Ravenheart Award 2016 for his cover art for The Aeronaut’s Windlass!

May 31

Publishers Weekly on Alliance of Equals

Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

“The 19th installment of the long-running Liaden Universe space adventure series (following 2015’s Dragon in Exile) opens with the members of Clan Korval and their allies still trying to solidify their economic position and regain their strength following their exile from their home planet. With the insidious Department of the Interior manipulating their public image and outright attacking their ships, the clan is hard-pressed to maintain and expand its trade routes. Meanwhile, Clan Korval member Padi yos’Galen is starting to manifest a power that could destroy her, and AI experts Tolly Jones and Hazenthull are dispatched to mentor a newborn computer intelligence, with orders to save or destroy it as necessary. The large number of ongoing story lines, ever-growing cast, and series-wide narrative arc make this an awkward book for newcomers, serving more as the mid-point of the current cycle. However, this space opera continues to delight with genteel interactions between mild-spoken characters who are capable of great passions and swift actions, and its immense scope encompasses a well-realized and comfortable universe.” — Publishers Weekly

May 26

The Traitor Baru Cormorant nominated for Morningstar Award

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson has been nominated for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award 2016 for best debut in fantasy fiction!

May 11

Karen Memory is a Locus Award finalist!

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear is a finalist for a Locus Award in the Fantasy Novel category, and her story “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” is a finalist in the Novelette category!

May 4

AudioFile on Princess X

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

“Priest’s compelling audiobook stars high-schooler May, computer whiz Trick, and the city of Seattle, which figures prominently in their adventures. May’s best friend died in a car accident when they were younger. Only now, May’s discovering hints that Libby may not be gone after all. Narrator Mary Robinette Kowal has an interesting voice (listeners may find themselves trying to place her regionalisms), and it sounds just different enough to add even more auditory interest. The print book features graphic novel sections, which the audio production effectively evokes with music and sound effects, while Kowal uses a booming movie trailer voice to clearly distinguish them from the rest of the narrative. Listeners will be caught up in the suspenseful (if occasionally far-fetched) action.” — AudioFile

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