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Podcast episode 42- Marissa Meyer talks about her Lunar Chronicles reissues, her new podcast, INSTANT KARMA, writing, and more!

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Welcome to the Ink Feather Podcast, which explores the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy books through those who bring them to life. We chat with authors and industry pros about their books, including new releases and old favorites. I’m Lauren and this is episode 42, where I chat with author Marissa Meyer!

Marissa and I chatted about the re-release of The Lunar Chronicles with their gorgeous new covers! We also talked about her new writing podcast, her upcoming book, INSTANT KARMA, writing, reading, and more!

Also, don’t miss out on your chance to win a copy of CINDER with the gorgeous new cover (US and Canada only). Entries open until 11:59 EST on July 16th.

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Podcast Episode 34: Susan Dennard on hope, work-life balance, and writing tips galore!

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Welcome to episode 34, where I chat with bestselling author Susan Dennard!

Sooz is amazing. She is super open online, sharing both personal and professional tidbits, trials, struggles and celebrations. She has been very vocal about her fertility struggles in her personal life, which posed some big challenges for her right when BLOODWITCH came out in early 2019.
She talks about this, as well as how she’s worked on balancing writing and these personal challenges. She also digs into some awesome writing advice, and this episode is really great for writers. All this and so much more on this episode.

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‘Every Day’ by David Levithan is a Thought-Provoking Romance With a Sci-Fi Bend

Hey all! I’m happy to introduce another new book reviewer. Welome, Kate! Here’s a little bit about her:

I have two great loves in this world, which are caring for animals and science fiction/fantasy. I am currently working as a Senior Pet Care Specialist at a PetSmart PetsHotel. In my spare time I consume all forms of science fiction and fantasy, from movies and TV shows to books! By far my favorite sci fi TV show is Stargate SG-1 but my current obsessions are Dr. Who and Dexter. Whenever I find time I am also reading, which usually means reading in place of sleeping. Some of my favorite books include the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, Life of Pi by Yann Martel and anything written by Tamora Pierce. But a list of all the books, movie and TV show I love could go on forever. I just want to say I couldn’t be happier getting the chance to share my love with all of you!

For her first review Kate scored David Levithan’s lovely Every Day, which has quite the buzz around it and is already a New York Times bestseller. What’s it about? Take it away, Kate!

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For my first ever book review I got the chance to read David Levithan’s Every Day. Right away the idea stuck with me: what if you woke up in the body of a different person every day? Not just to inhabit their body, but to access their memories and truly live their life for just one day. It’s such a simple idea, such a wonderful idea. Each chapter is a new day, and each new day is a new life.

“A” is a sixteen year old boy. But A isn’t always a sixteen year old boy. He has spent his entire life shifting from one person’s life to the next. When he awakes each morning he can access the memories of the body he finds himself in, but it’s like a biography: all the details are there, just not the emotions.  Just enough to get by with no one noticing the difference, and this is what A wants: to go unnoticed. That is until he meets Rhiannon, the first person that A wants to notice him; the problem is that A is in Justin’s body. Justin is Rhiannon’s boyfriend. A does everything that he can to give Rhiannon the perfect day, because that is all he thinks he can give. Just one day.

However, A can’t forget Rhiannon in the morning, in the next body. But how do you explain that you are the same person in a new body? How to you make them believe? This is what A has to do, convince Rhiannon. While A stays about the same age, he doesn’t stay in the same place. One day he is an hour away from her, the next 3 or 4 hours away, but also sometimes the same town. This makes finding opportunities for A and Rhiannon to see each other difficult. Even harder is that A isn’t always a boy. While A thinks nothing of this, it may be his biggest hurdle in making Rhiannon understand. A has never thought of himself as male or female (I find myself using the male pronouns because that is how I pictured A, and referring to A as “it” doesn’t feel right).

A has also always been very careful about going unnoticed. Until he trips up and a host remembers not being in control of his body. This causes A to start questioning himself and what he does. He begins to wonder if he is the only one out there.

I loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading, and  I couldn’t stop thinking about it. While the concept drew me in, it is the writing that makes this book shine. I really felt like I knew each and every one of these characters that we get to meet so briefly. Every chapter was like starting a new book. At the beginning of each chapter Levithan introduces you to a new character and a new household. The people that A inhabits are so varied that I think anyone can find something to relate to in this book.

At the heart this book is a love story between A and Rhiannon. But through all of A’s host bodies we get to experience love in so many facets. The love between parents and children, between siblings, the exciting love a new relationship, the comforting love of a partner that see the real you, and even how life can be with the lack of love. What I found refreshing and intriguing about the relationships in this book is how Levithan didn’t restrict himself to heterosexual relationships. We see female-female relationships, male-male relationships and a very endearing couple with a transgender female and his girlfriend.

I found this book to be a thought-provoking romance with a definite sci-fi bend, and I loved every minute of it. You’ll want to cry, laugh and cheer for these wonderful characters.

Every Day hit shelves on August 28th, 2012.

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New Book Releases, Week of September 9th, 2012

 

Here’s this week’s list of new scifi and fantasy books coming out. Click on the title to see the cover. Enjoy!

Released Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer), by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is dying.
He’d thought he had five years left–now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiancée who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.

The White Forest, by Adam McOmber

In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story.

Young Jane Silverlake lives with her father in a crumbling family estate on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Jane has a secret—an unexplainable gift that allows her to see the souls of man-made objects—and this talent isolates her from the outside world. Her greatest joy is wandering the wild heath with her neighbors, Madeline and Nathan. But as the friends come of age, their idyll is shattered by the feelings both girls develop for Nathan, and by Nathan’s interest in a cult led by Ariston Day, a charismatic mystic popular with London’s elite. Day encourages his followers to explore dream manipulation with the goal of discovering a strange hidden world, a place he calls the Empyrean.

A year later, Nathan has vanished, and the famed Inspector Vidocq arrives in London to untangle the events that led up to Nathan’s disappearance. As a sinister truth emerges, Jane realizes she must discover the origins of her talent, and use it to find Nathan herself, before it’s too late.

Full Blooded (Jessica McCain), by Amanda Carlson

It’s not easy being a girl. It’s even harder when you’re the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it’s next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race… Meet Jessica McClain — she just became part of the pack.
In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth…

Haven 6 (New Dawn), by Aubrie Dionne

A product of an illegal pairing, Eridani is the only woman without a lifemate aboard the colonization ship, the Heritage, and she is determined her less than perfect DNA will not get in the way of finding love. As the ship nears its final destination of Haven 6 after three hundred years of travel, images from the surface show evidence of intelligent life on a planet supposed to be uninhabited. Commander Grier assigns Eri to the exploratory team to spy on the alien society and return with information on how to defeat them.
When Eri’s team lands, tribes of humans attack and Eri is saved by Striver, the descendant of a colonist and a pirate from Old Earth’s colonization efforts in other parts of the galaxy. Striver helps Eri rescue her team, and they are drawn to each other despite their different allegiances. While Striver battles with trusting Eri, Eri must decide whether to warn him and his people about the Commander’s intentions, or follow orders and complete her mission.

Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Halli Villegas 

ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books unite in a joint venture to produce a yearly anthology of speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism). Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and cultural identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. At their best, these pieces disrupt habits and overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental, and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.

The 13th Reality, Book 4: The Void of Mist and Thunder, by James Dashner

Atticus Higginbottom is trapped in the Nonex with his mortal enemy Mistress Jane and the corrupt and powerful Mr. Chu. No one has ever escaped the Nonex before, but for Tick, Jane, or Mr. Chu to have any hope of surviving the strange and deadly realm, they will have to work together for the first time in their lives. And they must escape. An all-consuming void has opened up and is unleashing monsters throughout the Realities. All of reality is unraveling at the seams and Ticks friends and fellow Realitants are facing an epic war that could spell the end of all they hold dear. Master George has one last weapon at his disposal: the mysterious and unpredictable Karma button. And depending on the character of the person who wields it will determine if its unlimited power is used for good or for evil. The Void of Mist and Thunder is the fourth and final book in the 13th Reality series.

The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan

On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings—and to catch their wives.
The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.
Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.

Dalight Saving, by Edward Hogan

Can you save someone from something that’s already happened?
Daniel’s expectations for his forced vacation with his father at the Leisure World Holiday Complex are low. He hates sports, and his father is mostly lost in drink and depression. But then he sees a strange girl swimming in the fake lake, and everything changes. Lexi has a smart mouth and a killer swim stroke, but dark secrets swirl around her. She’s got bruises and cuts that seem to be getting worse instead of better. She’s always alone. And her watch is ticking backwards. When a dark figure begins to stalk Lexi and Daniel, the truth must come out. This gripping ghost story will raise goose bumps and questions: does a traumatic past mean the future is a foregone conclusion?

 Demons (Seers- Trilogy), by Heather Frost

Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see Auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

Hidden: A Firelight Novel, by Sophie Jordan

A dangerous journey. Shattered bonds. Undying passion.

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted her fate long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning. . . .

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

Island of Doom: Hunchback Assignments 4 (The Hunchback Assignments), by Arthur Slade

After previous assignments in London, the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, and the Australian rain forest, this final adventure in the Hunchback Assignments series finds our hero, shape-shifting, masked spy Modo, on his most personal quest. Along with fellow spy Octavia Milkweed, they search for Modo’s biological parents. But when the Clockwork Guild find Modo’s parents first, Octavia and Modo chase them across Europe and North America to the Island of Doom. Joined by memorable characters from the first three books–some lovable, and some who are terrifying and evil–Modo and Octavia dash towards a thrilling conclusion.

The Secret Circle: The Hunt, by L. J. Smith

There’s no turning back. . . .

For Cassie and her Circle of witches, it’s hard to imagine life in New Salem getting any worse. A band of powerful witch hunters is targeting the group, determined to destroy them one by one. And Cassie’s half sister, Scarlett, won’t rest until she has a spot in the Circle—even if she has to kill Cassie to get it.

The Circle’s only hope against their enemies is Cassie’s father’s Book of Shadows—an ancient guide to the world of dark magic. But Cassie soon discovers that opening the book has grave consequences. Cassie’s drawn in by the book’s sinister spell, and it starts controlling her emotions and impulses, unraveling her relationship with Adam as it takes over her life.

Cassie fights against the darkness inside her as the threats against the Circle grow. But once evil is let in, she may never escape. . . .

Shadowfell, by Juliet Marillier

Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy, by Sarah Rees Brennan 

Kami Glass is in love with someone she’s never met—a boy she’s talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. . . . The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets—and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.

Vessel, by Sarah Beth Durst

In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana’s goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate—or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

Fang Girl, by Helen Keeble

Sure, the idea of vampires is sexy, but who actually dreams of spending eternity as a pasty, bloodthirsty fifteen-year-old?

Not me.

Unfortunately, the somewhat psychotic vampire who turned me into a bloodsucker didn’t bother to ask first. Now I’m dealing with parents who want me to vamp them, a younger brother who’s convinced I’m a zombie, and a seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake me or make out with me. Not sure which. Oh and PS, none of my favorite fanfic prepared me to deal with vampire politics—which are looking pretty tricky based on the undead Elder trying to hunt me down.

What’s a vampire-obsessed fangirl turned real-life fanggirl supposed to do?

 

All descriptions from amazon.com.

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Colleen Houck Week Update

Hey everyone! After some major server issues, it seems like Lytherus is back up and running. Yay!

Last week we planned a feature week for Colleen Houck, but since things were unaccessable, we’re pushing it to this week. Also yay!

As a reminder, here are the many goodies we’ll have for you over the next few days:

  • Book review of Tiger’s Destiny
  • Exclusive audio interview with Colleen
  • Guest blog post
  • Giveaways

Thanks everyone for your patience, and thanks for supporting Lytherus!

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It’s Colleen Houck Week on Lytherus!

Hey all! New York Times bestselling author Colleen Houck has the fourth book in her Tiger’s Curse series, Tiger’s Destiny, coming out today. I LOVE this series, and am happy to be able to bring you a whole week of Colleen!

What’s on the agenda for the week?

  • Book review of Tiger’s Destiny
  • Exclusive audio interview with Colleen
  • Guest blog post
  • Giveaways

Be sure to check back, we’ll have something going on almost every day.

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Guest Post: Author Tessa Gratton Talks Magic!

Tessa Gratton’s guest post is about none other than magic! Since this is the theme that runs through her books, I wanted her to tell us a little bit about how she got the inspiration for these amazing stories. This post talks about how magic has hit her at different points at her life and what it meant for her, bringing her to the now.

Take it away Tessa!

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“Magic Inspiring Magic”

When I was a kid, I was desperate to learn how to use magic. I wanted to apprentice to a great wizard and spend years studying alchemy and geometry and runes, culminating in a masterwork that allowed me to become a great wizard myself.

In my quest, I read everything I could find about magic all over the world. Fiction, yes, but mostly history and anthropology. I focused on western European medieval magic at first because it was the most easily accessible, but as I got older and more capable of intensive research in the bowels of a university library, I branched out into African tribal magic, Japanese magic, and American Indian magic. I realized that frequently western researchers conflated religious rituals with magic when they were looking at non-western traditions, and that led me to examine Catholicism with an eye for its magical rituals, which in turn led me to modern America.

Not only have I spent time with plenty of pagans – who practice magic as a form of prayer directly, are very ritualistically oriented, and attached to the idea of the natural connectedness of all things – but I’ve read a lot of modern books about the resurgence of western magic since the 1950s in Europe and America.

I believe I was searching for a sort of truth that I’d lost when I stopped going to church with my family as a teenager. I wanted a universal understanding of humankind’s fascination with the idea of magic – of energy and ritualized prayer, of how we can affect the world with our emotions and willpower.

It wasn’t until I “discovered” Pennsylvania Dutch magic that I hit on something I was ready to write about. At the time I thought it was wonderful because it’s a system of magic that harkens back to medieval European practices, but is also still apparent when you drive along I-80 in Pennsylvania today. Hexes painted on the sides of barns, or for sale in road-side shops, point to the rich magical heritage of the area. The magic itself is based on the home and family: painting hexes and runes, tying knots in rope, candles and cooking and other things that make it not only very practical, but hold it in the realm of “women’s magic.” It was passed down through families and tied to the community and women whereas old European high magic like alchemy was considered secretive, quasi-scientific, and dominated by men.

That’s what I chose to embrace the most when I created my magical system for The Blood Journals: the personal nature of American folkloric magic, the family relations and communal nature, the practical side, the connection to the natural world. And the fact that it’s very uniquely American in how it’s a transplanted magic (mostly from Germany) that took pieces from the new land, the new cultures around it. To that I added the blood being the key to power – which in itself comes from so many cultures and magical systems around the world I couldn’t list them all.

One of the reasons I wrote Mab from The Blood Keeper the way I did was because I wanted to revel in the joy, beauty, and natural strength of this magic. Silla and Nick were both traumatized by the magic, desperate for it, and fighting it frequently. To Mab, I wanted it to be a source of love and power.

The two books compliment each other that way: Blood Magic is the nighttime to The Blood Keeper’s daylight.

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Want more Tessa? You can find her on twitter (@tessagratton) and at http://www.tessagratton.com.

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Reality and Fantasy Blend Effortlessly in Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magician King’

Quentin and the gang are back in The Magician King, the second installment in Lev Grossman’s highly popular Fillory series, following up the New York Times Bestselling The Magicians. Everything there is to love in book one is present in spades in book two, and with new magic-filled adventures comes more realistic, personal struggles as we get deeper inside the heads of these lovely, screwed-up characters.

Quentin is bored and wants to go on a quest.  You know, because being one of four kings and queens of the magical world of Fillory isn’t quite enough for him anymore. He sets out with Julia, one of the queens and a good friend (and a former love interest who still pangs his loins from time to time), on a ship, sailing to far-off Outer Island to collect back taxes. While there he hears the tale of the missing seven keys and decides to set out to find them, knowing that this is truly the adventure he’s destined to undertake.

With renewed purpose he travels to another far-reaching island, and with luck gets his hands on one of the keys. But when he inserts it into an invisible door and opens it, he and Julia end up in the one place neither of them wish to be: Earth. With no seeming way to return to Fillory, and with Julia’s strange, distant behavior a constant concern for Quentin, they set out to find a way back to the magical land they call home – and to Eliot and Janet who were left there to rule with no idea where there friends had gone. The journey across Earth leads Quentin and Julia to encounter both friend and foe, and with quick thinking and a little magic, they hope to make their dreams a reality once more.

Lev Grossman has a way with words and story-telling. I’ve read a lot of fantasy in my life, both child and adult, and this book (and book one) is in a class of its own.  The mixture of realistic, relatable language and action of the characters, combined with the completely fantastical elements that make the story magic, is an amalgamation I have never read anywhere else. And that’s what I love about them. Quinten, a King of Fillory, on a quest to save the universe while dealing with talking animals and magical keys and whatnot, still says fuck and pees and likes to get his rocks off just like the rest of humanity. It is absurdly, unabashedly human, and Grossman manages to get inside the heads of these characters in a way that I rarely experience in any form of literature.

Quentin’s struggles felt wonderfully familiar, thanks to growing accustomed to his voice in book one. However it was Julia who really owns this book. She grows from a minor character in The Magicians to one of the most prominent presences in The Magician King. Her haunted reality is a puzzle to Quentin, one he pursues continually as the story moves forward, and throughout the book we pop into her thoughts as she leads us on the journey that started years prior, when she failed the Brakebills test and was left out in the cold. Her tale is intense and interesting, and as the main story was also extremely compelling, it was with a combination of glee and frustration when the story jumped from one account to the next (usually after something really interesting occurred, so of course you’re dying to know what happens!)

The way the author handles fantasy in The Magician King is also superb. Grossman plays homage to C. S. Lewis in creating the world of Fillory, obviously so, which is fun to see in and of itself. But try to imagine adult characters stomping around in Narnia, and all the realness that comes with that, and you’ll begin to glimpse why this book is a blast to read. I kind of felt like I was doing something naughty, venturing into virgin land, untouched by adults.  But that’s what’s great about it; all the perks and troubles and struggles and accomplishments that come along with being a grownup are thrust into a world that feels like it belongs to children, thanks to the parallels drawn from familiar stories of our youth. This juxtaposition is what makes The Magician King unlike anything else I have ever read, and I savored the experience.

The Magician King was at times hilarious, sad, violent, poignant, and not least of all very, very human. It took me to a place of magic and wonder while keeping me grounded and able to relate. Reading it was truly a pleasure, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes their epic fantasies with a side of lost innocence and a dash of in-your-face realism. Read The Magicians first, and then you can sink into the pleasure that is The Magician King and enjoy all of its wonders.

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What Are We Giving Away This Week? Check it Out (Week of May 20th)

Hidey-ho neighbors! Here’s this week’s awesome giveaways. Remember you can enter on both Facebook and Twitter. DO NOT enter here, it won’t count. Click here for a list of all the entry rules.  Without further ado, here are the goodies:

Monday: 

On Monday we’re giving away a copy of The Bridge to Neverland by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. This book is a companion to their other Starcatchers series. Click here to see what it’s about.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday:

Our Inheritance Cycle prize for the week is a copy of The Inheritance Almanac by our founder Mike Macauley. This is an A-Z guide for all things alagaesia, and is a must-have for Inheritance fans. BONUS: It’s SIGNED by both Mike and Christopher Paolini! Click here to learn more!

 

 

 

Friday:

Need a break from traditional fantasy and scfi? Trash by Andy Mulligan might be just the thing you’re looking for. Click here to get a full summary of this awesome book.

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2012 Locus Awards Finalists are Announced!

It’s awards time again! this time we bring you the short list for the 2012 Locus Science Fiction Foundation prize. Winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012.

Seems like a pretty great list this year. Drop us a line if you’ve enjoyed anything listed below, and tell us why it was awesome!

Science Fiction Novel

  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as11.22.63)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
  • Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

First Novel

  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Crown; Century)
  • God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade)
  • Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh (Night Shade)
  • The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime)

Young Adult Book

  • Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Novella

  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)

Novelette

  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)

Short Story

  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

Magazine

  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Tor.com

Publisher

  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor

Anthology

  • Welcome to Bordertown, Holly Black & Ellen Kushner, eds. (Random House)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Steampunk!, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (Candlewick; Walker UK)
  • Eclipse Four, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • Engineering Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris; Solaris UK)

Collection

  • Sleight of Hand, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1,
    Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
  • Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

Editor

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder

Artist

  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-fiction

  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
  • Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
  • Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
  • Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)