Feb 5
2018

2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List includes Yoon Ha Lee, Elizabeth Bear, Nicky Drayden, Martha Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Lucy Taylor! Congratulations to all!

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION
Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

NOVELS – FANTASY
The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)

FIRST NOVELS
The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager US)

NOVELLAS
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTES
“The Worshipful Society of Glovers”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Uncanny 7-8/17)
“The Chameleon’s Gloves”, Yoon Ha Lee (Cosmic Powers)
“Extracurricular Activities”, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 2/15/17)
“Sweetlings”, Lucy Taylor (Tor.com 5/3/17)

Dec 8
2016

Ghost Talkers is one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2016

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal is one of AudioFile’s 2016 Best Audiobooks!

Oct 19
2016

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

Sep 12
2016

Kirkus on Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

“A novel of unsung voices and alternate World War I history, Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal is a wonderful, fraught, and heart-wrenching read. Set against the backdrop of World War I, it reinvents history to allow unheard stories to be told, whilst at the same creating a marvellous piece of romantic speculative fiction. ” — Kirkus

Sep 7
2016

NPR Books on Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

“It was the idea of it that got me into the book, and Kowal’s affectless presentation of the mediums and their work that kept me going. Did it help that the main plot concerns American heiress Ginger Stuyvesant (a working medium, exhausted and burnt-out by the stresses of experiencing the deaths of hundreds of young men) and her fiancé, British intelligence agent Benjamin Hartford? Of course it did. I like a good spy story as much as anyone (even without spaceships). And once things get going, Ghost Talkers has a good thrust with the Germans trying to discover the location of the Spirit Corps, a highly-placed mole in the British command, secret murderers, double crosses, codes and ciphers.

But it was that rare ability of Kowal’s to make what could have been a completely goofy add-on to the British war effort into something that felt completely wedded and solid that sold me — that spark of a great idea, well-executed. It is a story that just works. That lays out a presumption (ghosts are real), builds a plot architecture around it (they might be useful intelligence assets), and then grounds it with emotional weight (those forced to talk to the ghosts of the young and dead might not come out of it unscathed).” — NPR Books

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