If you liked ANCILLARY JUSTICE and GOD’S WAR you’ll love…

If you liked ANCILLARY JUSTICE and GOD’S WAR you’ll love…

Mar 24, 2014

Much to my surprise, at least, both Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE and my book GOD’S WAR have been shortlisted for the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Awards this year. Women on the shortlists actually isn’t as newsworthy a thing as perhaps it’s been touted in the media, but having two books that explicitly tackle tricky issues of gender, race, war, and...

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Illusion, by Paula Volsky

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Illusion, by Paula Volsky

Feb 23, 2014

 In this irregular series of posts, I want to highlight some of my favorite fantasy epics – gritty and otherwise – of the last twenty years. I discovered Paula Volsky’s Illusion the traditional way – it was recommended by a friend in high school, who fairly forced it into my hands and said, “You need to read this.” Illusion was a...

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: The Golden Key

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: The Golden Key

Nov 13, 2013

The Golden Key is a lush, stand-alone epic fantasy novel I picked up back in the hazy 90’s because it was co-written by some of my favorite fantasy authors in my teens: Kate Elliott, Jennifer Roberson, and Melanie Rawn. This summary from TV Tropes is pretty good, though it forgets some key characters, which I’ll get to after the quote: “(The Golden Key)...

Why Everyone Should Be Reading Ancillary Justice

Why Everyone Should Be Reading Ancillary Justice

Oct 22, 2013

Last night I stayed up late to finish Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. It’s been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book. Way too long. If you follow SF/F book blogs or are active in SF/F circles on Twitter, you’ve probably already heard of Ancillary Justice. If you STILL have not read it and bought copies for all your friends – NOW...

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Assassin’s Apprentice

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Assassin’s Apprentice

Oct 14, 2013

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: An irregular series In the rush of GRRM and Joe Abercrombie madness these days, I couldn’t help but notice that a good deal of excellent grimdark-y fantasy from the last thirty years seems to have been tucked under the rug and forgotten, as if nobody wrote about incest or political intrigue before 2001. In this irregular series of...

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Sword Dancer

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: Sword Dancer

Oct 7, 2013

Forgotten Fantasy Favorites: An irregular series In the rush of GRRM and Joe Abercrombie madness these days, I couldn’t help but notice that a good deal of excellent grimdark-y fantasy from the last thirty years seems to have been tucked under the rug and forgotten, as if nobody wrote about incest or political intrigue before 2001. In this irregular series of...

Books I’m Reading (and you should be reading too)

Books I’m Reading (and you should be reading too)

Sep 18, 2013

Here’s the latest roundup of what I’m (perpetually) reading: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi There’s been some buzz about this one in the circles I follow, and for good reason. Complex, fascinating heroine (she has a chronic illness!) running around a space-opera-ish universe. I’ve heard the book likened to really good Firefly fanfic,...

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