Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
On Sale: November 2018
Zivah and Dineas have done the impossible: they’ve successfully infiltrated the Amparan Empire’s center of power, gathered powerful intelligence about the cause of the Rosemarked plague and its weaponization, and have escaped with their lives. Under the cover of darkness and subterfuge, the pair flees from central Ampara and makes their way to Zivah’s mountain village, where both of their people—Zivah’s Dara village and Dineas’s Shidadi warrior tribe—await.
Getting home is just ...
Photo courtesy of Libby Hilf
"I'm currently in the middle of writing a quieter book that I might describe as Charlotte's Web with a chimney monster." This is what author Jonathan Auxier told me two years ago at the end of this chat. The book he spoke of—once a tangled work-in-progress, as early drafts inherently are—has finally made its way to readers, and it’s called Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. It is the gripping, moving story of Nan Sparrow ...
I have to admit I haven’t been either reading or listening to books as much as usual.
Cleaning out mom’s house is a bear, but I’ll be back home in a few days to spend Thanksgiving with my family.
One of the great graces from this journey has been reconnecting with childhood and high school friends, many of whom have taken time out of their busy schedules to help us clear some things out.
Friends can be such ...
Historically speaking, the road to modern science fiction began at the editorial desk of John W. Campbell. Campbell was the editor of Astounding Magazine during its heyday and ushered in the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction (roughly 1939 – 1950). Motivated by his desire to present scientifically accurate sf with believable characters, Campbell shaped the creative output of many science fiction writers which would, in turn, shape the field for decades to come. If literature is an ongoing dialogue ...
BOOK REPORT for Toxic by Lydia Kang
Cover Story: Alan Parrish
BFF Charm: Yay x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said on a Spaceship
Bonus Factors: Artificial Intelligence, Identity, Suicide Squad, STEM Ladies
Relationship Status: Sexy Little Rubik's Cube
Cover Story: Alan Parrish
In the words of the protagonist of Jumanji, WHAT YEAR IS IT? Because this totally gives me déjà vu of YA covers of yore, back when closeups of flowers and other objects ...
Young readers might be surprised to pick up a copy of Emily Tetri’s debut children’s book, Tiger vs. Nightmare, and read that Tiger is lucky to have a monster (named Monster, of course) living under her bed. But she is lucky—because there is more than one monster in this book, and Monster is the good kind.
Tiger lives in some sort of futuristic world. Her parents have a shop where they fix flying cars. (I LOOOOVE this little sci-fi detail ...
For fuck’s sake, these humans are always in the way, trying to save me from stuff.
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
In this new episode of The Continued Adventures of Murderbot: CLOSURE! Dr Mensah! EMOTIONS! Conspiracies! Action! Friendship! MORE EMOTIONS! The fourth—AND FINAL! WOE IS ME—entry in Martha Wells’ series of novellas, Exit Strategy follows Rogue Protocol, Artificial Condition and All Systems Red, all of which I have enthusiastically reviewed here. The series stars Murderbot, a self-hacked SecUnit whose ...
As I mentioned last week, I took a break from El Paso and my mom’s house to hop back to Wisconsin for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, a lovely respite (and a welcome chance to see my husband too!).
This is a small book festival by many measuring sticks, but wow, it was wonderful!
I moderated a panel with Jennifer Trethewey, Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons and Christine Merrill, all romance author friends, and had the chance to ...