Apr 30
2018

Lee, Bear, Wells, and Kowal are all 2018 Locus Award finalists!

The 2018 Locus Awards finalists have been announced, and they include Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee (for best Science Fiction Novel), The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear (for best Fantasy Novel), All Systems Red by Martha Wells (for best Novella), “The Worshipful Society of Glovers” by Mary Robinette Kowal (for best Novelette), and “Extracurricular Activities” by Yoon Ha Lee (also for best Novelette)!

Apr 2
2018

Tor.com on Stone Mad

Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear

“Bear deftly weaves this exploration of relationships and vulnerabilities, betrayal and compromise… Though this is a short volume—while being a long novella—the characters are elegantly drawn as entire individuals.

For all that Stone Mad has a lot to say about relationships, it avoids didacticism. Bear has an argument here, but it’s definitely an argument, with no easy answers. The only answer, it seems, is compassion and choosing to be kind—the same vein of kindness that runs underneath the entire story.

I loved Stone Mad. I found it powerful and deeply full of meaning. As well as entertaining: Karen is a magnificently engaging character, and a compelling one. I hope to see Bear write more about her, because she’s enormously fun.” — Tor.com

Mar 29
2018

Publishers Weekly on Stone Mad

Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear

“Bear’s Karen Memory (2015) introduced her stubborn and spunky heroine, Karen Memery, a teenage sex worker who saved her late-1870s Pacific Northwest town from threats foreign and domestic. Now Karen and her beloved, Priya, are preparing to enjoy their first night in their new home when traveling spiritualists dredge up an old, seemingly supernatural mystery poised to cause mayhem. Naturally, Karen wants to investigate. Though this novel lacks the scope and some of the sheer raucousness of the first, all of the characteristics that make Karen memorable are glowingly apparent on every page. Elements that would feel clunky from a less talented author—such as Karen’s habit of constantly flinging herself headlong into danger because of deep regrets about her past—all seem natural and inevitable by the finish. Subtle touches guarantee that every character is colorful, no matter how fleetingly introduced. Bear’s fans will definitely want to catch Karen’s latest adventure.” — Publishers Weekly

Mar 21
2018

RT Book Reviews on Stone Mad

Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear

“This second installment in the Karen Memory series is as well paced and well written as the first. Karen Memory and her relationship with Priya take the forefront here, and Bear does some very insightful examinations of the ways we trust each other, how we sometimes fail that trust, and how—when the love is real—we can learn to accept that people and relationships are never perfect” — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

Mar 19
2018

Booklist on Stone Mad

Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear

“Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town when Karen’s irrepressible curiosity gets them entangled with a pair of spiritualists, a stage illusionist, and a riled-up tommy-knocker kidnapped from its mine. The spiritualist Arcade sisters start it off with a bit of table knocking, but it could be a real “haint”—there’s a story, Karen tells us, about a man returned from Alaska who murdered everyone in the place. Then again, it could just be a grift. Priya, more cautious, is having none of it—which leaves Karen in the hotel with the Arcade sisters and Mrs. Horner, the illusionist, when the hotel starts shaking. The Arcade sisters have gotten the attention of something much more dangerous with their tricks. Karen is an affable narrator and an enthusiastic investigator, and the story is an excellent adventure as well as a genuinely touching narrative about relationships and compromise; Bear’s (The Stone in the Skull, 2017) narrative skill and flair for both plot and character continue to impress.” — Booklist

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