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so many pretties came in the mail recently.  i want to pet them and snuggle with them. (oh, these are for reading, not snuggling, you say? I can read AND snuggle! so there! Osmosis totally works, right?)

What looks good to you?

From Nightshade Books:

cash crash

Cash Crash Jubilee, May 2015, debut novel from Eli K. P. William (looks pretty cool! I dig the cover art, and it sounds like a fun read)

what it’s all about:

In a near future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees. A BodyBank computer system implanted in each citizen records their movements from moment to moment, and connects them to the audio-visual overlay of the ImmaNet, so that every inch of this cyber-dystopian metropolis crawls with information and shifting cinematic promotainment.



Emissary, by Betsy Dornbusch April 2015 (emissaryThis is the 2nd book in a series. That alone takes it off my priority list, since i haven’t read the 1st book)

What it’s all about:

Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when cursed black magic took his wife and his honor away, he fought past his own despair and grief, and carved out a new life in Akrasia. His bloody, unlikely path, chronicled in Exile: The First Book of the Seven Eyes, led him to a new love, and a throne.

Draken has seen too much blood . . . the blood of friends and of enemies alike. Peace is what he wants. Now he must leave his wife and newborn child in an attempt to forge an uneasy peace between the Monoean King and the kingdom of Akrasia. The long bloody shadow of Akrasia’s violent past hangs over his efforts like a shroud. But there are other forces at work. Peace is not something everybody wants . . . not even in the seemingly straightforward kingdom of Draken’s birth.


From the friendly folks at Pyr:


Superposition, by David Walton, April 2015. Sorry for the crappy photo, this is some striking cover art that didn’t come through very well.

what it’s all about: Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker…apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.

As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.


From my friends at Tachyon Publications:

HannuCollected Fiction of Hannu Rajaniemi, May 2015. (Now this one, I’m super interested in. His novels intimidate me, but anyone can read a few short stores, right?)

what it’s all about: Inside the firewall the city is alive. Buildings breathe, cars attack, angels patrol, and hyper-intelligent pets rebel. Again, apologies for the fuzzy photo.

With unbridled invention and breakneck adventure, Hannu Rajaniemi is on the cutting-edge of science fiction. His post-apocalyptic, post-cyberpunk, and post-human tales are full of exhilarating energy and unpredictable optimism.

How will human nature react when the only limit to desire is creativity? When the distinction between humans and gods is as small as nanomachines—or as large as the universe? Whether the next big step in technology is 3D printing, genetic alteration, or unlimited space travel, Rajaniemi writes about what happens after.


There was also an envelope from Tor. what was inside it? A finished copy of Icefall, by Gillian Philip! I now have three (yes, three!) copies of this book! Anyone want one? the ARC and US version are up for grabs. the UK one stays with me forever, as it was a gift.

three icefalls



the mechanical tregillisThe Mechanical, by Ian Tregillis

Published March 10th, 2015

where I got it: received ARC from the publisher (thanks Orbit!)










in an alternate history where the Dutch scientist and mathematician  Christiaan Huygens made more than just clocks and lenses, the world was changed forever when his clockwork servitors were perfected. These Clockwork servants, owned by the Crown and leased to the populace on 99 year leases, allowed the Dutch Empire to expand their control over trading posts, exploration, and world politics. Of course you’ll come to rule the world when you have an unlimited workforce that never sleeps, doesn’t have to eat, and never complains, and mechanical soldiers who never die.


Hundreds of years have gone by since the Guild of Horologists was created in 1680. America never existed, the Dutch never gave up New Amsterdam (which you know as Manhattan), and France is in shambles after a disastrous war, with much of the French nobility living in Montreal with their exiled King.


In an alternate history that never was, physics and chemistry fight horology and alchemy for control of the belief structure of the modern world. I’ll leave the plot chat to other reviewers, because I want to talk about everything that’s happening in The Mechanical underneath the plot, things like Tregillis’s genius treatment of chemistry vs alchemy,  warring philosophies over free will and identity, and the intersection of faith and compulsion.

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Since I can read minds, I knew you were looking for some good reviews, discussions and give aways. So here you go!


My Life My Books My Escape recently reviewed Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy

The Writing Slices blog specializes in review of “How To Write” books.

Homeschool Reader recently reviewed The Warded Man, by Peter V. Brett. She loved most of it, but had issues with it as well.

Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog loved Ferrett Steinmetz’s Flex as much as I did.

Holy crap, SFSignal has a give away for the entire trilogy of Wesley Chu’s Lives of Tao series!

Far Beyond Reality reviews Touch by Claire North

Shadowhawk’s Shade is enjoying his reread of Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.

My Bookish Ways has an interview and  give away of Evensong by John Love

And speaking of John Love’s Evensong, I recently reviewed it over at SFSignal

Bibliotropic reviews The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Ferrett Steinmetz talks about how Stephen King kills off characters and Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings

Books, Bones and Buffy reviews Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

From Couch to Moon reviews The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks

Civilian Reader reviews The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nice article over at Buzzfeed about Independent booksellers

101 Books blog finds snobby authors to be, well, snobby.


While you’re patiently waiting for reviews that I’m writing (I’m writing them, I swear I am!), here’s some fun stuff from ’round the web!

at SFSignal a Mind Meld roundtable on The Intersection of SF/F Games and Genre Fiction, curated by Paul Weimer

Have you checked out the All Good Things podcast yet?

My Bookish Ways is looking to add Suspense and Mystery reviewers to her team

Far Beyond Reality reviews Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Over the Effing Rainbow reviews The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick

Lynn’s Book Blog shows some love for Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy and what makes it a future classic

Fantasy Review Barn has a nice review of Watersmeet by Rachel Cotterill

I’m loving these gloriously geeky Valentine’s over at Beamer Books

The Book Stop reviews The Martian by Andy Weir (a book I freakin’ LOVED)

Civilian Reader reviews The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes

The Guilded Earlobe reviews The World House by Guy Adams

and here’s a silly owl. or possibly it’s a muppet. i can’t tell.


Confusion ProgramA few weekends ago I was at Confusion, a fan run scifi convention in Detroit Michigan. This is my fourth year attending Confusion, and every year there are more “hey, great to see you!”’s, more hugs, more great conversations, more random meetings with people I was hoping to run into (but didn’t know what they looked like until now), and more happy surprises.  Long story short is that Confusion is a fan-freaking-tastic convention, and if you live within driving distance of Detroit, you should consider going.


this year’s Confusion was a whole new con for me, for two reasons:


I was on panels


People knew who I was


We arrived after dinner on Friday, just in time for Opening Ceremonies.  That event leads into the Dessert Reception, where you can get pastries and cookies and such and mingle with the special guests. I was hoping to introduce myself to Karen Lord, because I’d recently interviewed her at SFSignal. I caught up with her as she was finishing a conversation with someone else, and introduced myself. And she knew who I was! We had a very nice chat and I may have nearly passed out.

Karen Lord reading from The Best of All Possible Worlds

Karen Lord reading from The Best of All Possible Worlds

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wow, it’s the end of January already! How did that happen??


As it turned out, the majority of what I read for Vintage Month was published in the 60s and 70s.  I got a taste of New Wave, more psychology studies than I can shake a stick at, our fears of overpopulation, our hopeful expectations of future technology, and science fiction as written through the lens of the Vietnam War.  My focus on that time period was accidental, but i’m happy it worked out that way.
I want to thank everyone who participated in Vintage Science Fiction Month this year. Whether you wrote reviews, did a discussion or a guest post, or simply retweeted something tagged #VintageSciFi that looked interesting, it’s because of YOU that Vintage SciFi Month was a success.

A huge Thank You goes out to:

Vintage SF badgeDrunken Dragon Reviews

Book Haven

Lesley Conner

Uncertain Tales

The Broken  Bullhorn

Andrew Robins (for the guest post AND the loan of the DVDs!)


Bruce Baugh

Battered, Tattered, Yellowed and Creased

Fate SF

Howling Frog Books

Tethyan Books

Dab of Darkness

this is how she fight start

Over the Effing Rainbow

Susan Hated Literature

The Bastard Title

Two Dudes in an Attic

My Reader’s Block

Stainless Steel Droppings

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

Science Fiction Times

Lynn’s Book Blog

Nashville Book Worm

RedStar Reviews

The Finch and Pea

Bookishly Witty



Looking for some more Vintage SciFi goodies? I’ve got you covered!  Remember, it’ll be a lot easier for everyone to find your post if you link to it in the “Vintage SciFi Not-a-Challenge” tab up top, or tweet it with hashtag #VintageScifi

check these out!


Bruce Baugh reviewed Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow

Over at The Bastard Title is a fantastic review of Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

Tethyan Books enjoyed the Retro Hugo Award winning Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein

Over the Effing Rainbow continues reading through Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Science Fiction Times reviews Isaac Asimov’s first published story, “The Callistan Menace”

Book Haven reviews StarMan’s Son by Andre Norton, and suggests this title as a great starting point for her work

Over at Dab of Darkness, Nlrymrtl reviews the audio books of Possible to Rue by Piers Anthony, and “The Book of Beasts”, which was written in 1900 by E. Nesbit

At The Finch and Pea is an in depth review of The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Bookishly Witty reviews The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

My Reader’s Block reads the terrifying Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Susan Hated Literature offers a review of Inverted World by Christopher Priest (also? gorgeous cover art!)

Pornokitch entertainingly discusses the History of the Hugo and Nebula awards




2014 Hugo Awards

I reviewed some Hugo nominated stuff. Click here for the list.

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