Nov 15

RT Book Reviews on Shadowed Souls

Shadowed Souls edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

“Most times heroes/heroines are in the good-rather-than-evil camp, but what if behavior that is considered “good vs. evil” is in the eye of the beholder? Eleven of today’s most talented authors take on this theme and serve up a variety of intriguing, if sometimes dark, short stories. Most of the stories feature characters from the various author’s ongoing series, so readers will enjoy another glimpse into the worlds they have created. A must-read anthology for UF fans!” — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

Nov 3

The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a B&N Bookseller’s Pick (Again)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

“One of 2015’s standout fantasy debuts is now in paperback. Baru Cormorant hates the Empire of Falcrest for what it did to her family and her people when she was just a girl: arriving in force upon the shores of their small island, taking control, absorbing her people and erasing the markers of cultural identity deemed “unhygenic” by imperial science. Luckily, Baru is a prodigy when it comes to revenge. To destroy the empire, she must become a part of it, win its trust, and earn a seat at its heart, where she can strike a killing blow. After one book, Seth Dickinson has joined the ranks of the great evil geniuses of speculative fiction, authors able to make you care immensely for incredibly realized, complex, flawed, frustrating, fascinating characters, then to repay your indulgence by doing terrible things to them. But when the book is this well-constructed—wound tight as a watch, the plot ticking along with the intricacy and inevitability of a sweeping second hand—the result is worth the torment.” — Barnes & Noble SFF

Oct 19

Audio edition of Ghost Talkers wins Earphone Award

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal has won one of AudioFile’s Earphone Awards, given to “truly exceptional titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.”

“Imagine that the British military of the Great War utilized intelligence gleaned in their soldiers’ final moments by having the dead “report in” for debriefing with spiritualists. Kowal spins this idea into a thoroughly satisfying and believable novel blending fantasy, history, and suspense. The story is peopled with mediums, officers, servants, and gossips–some American, most English, and a few German–and with a plot that makes fine use of action as well as emotions. Kowal goes a giant step further with her narration, which is fully voiced, perfectly smooth, and paced with spot-on accuracy to invest every passage with compelling listening. With such a unique and thoroughly developed story, and a performance that brings it as fully to life, this is a must-listen for everyone.” — AudioFile

Oct 6

B&N SFF on The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“A ghost story lives or dies on its creep factor, and Priest absolutely nails it, spinning a Southern Gothic tale of family secrets and avenging spirits with just enough humor sprinkled throughout to break the tension before racheting the suspense back up to heart-pounding levels.” — Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Oct 3
2016 on The Family Plot

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

“Priest has a striking prose style—­she’s immensely readable—­and a chilling ability to write really unnerving scenes…The house itself is an incredible character. Place matters, here: matters deeply. One of the most notable things about The Family Plot, as a southern Gothic haunted house horror novel, is the sense of ever-increasing claustrophobia. It’s about interiors, both literal and metaphorical: the interior of the house, and the inside of a person’s mind and/or emotions. The inside of the home turned strange and threatening: the inside of the self exposed and forced into the light.” —

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