Monthly Archives: July 2012

Libriomancer – Jim C. Hines

Before I talk about Jim C. Hines’ newest novel Libriomancer, I wanted to briefly address his recent decision to withdraw from a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with the Fantasy Subreddit community. The Fantasy Subreddit is made up of nearly 18,000 highly engaged readers. It’s a wide ranging group of fans, some of a… Read more »

As Close to Investigative Reporting As I’ll Ever Get

They say curiosity killed the cat. In this case, curiosity killed the tiny little part of me that still believed in humanity. That might be a little dramatic, but who doesn’t love a little drama?I recently visited eBay on a hunch. A few weeks back there were a metric shit-ton (that’s a legit measurement) of… Read more »

End of Debut Authorpalooza and Grand Prize Giveaway

For the last fourteen days this blog has been turned over to ten of the best debut authors 2011 (and one 2012) had to offer. I was honored to have them here, not only because I didn’t have to write a post myself for two weeks, but because I believe supporting debut writers is the… Read more »

Guest Post | Douglas Hulick in the Trenches

Bringing up the rear, is Douglas Hulick, author of one of the most exciting novels of 2011, Among Thieves. I bought the novel electronically. After reading it, I was stunned to learn that it was limited to a mass market paperback. Similar to 2012 debut author Myke Cole’s Control Point (also an Ace/Roc mass market… Read more »

Excerpt from The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle (giveaway)

THE MERCHANT OF DREAMS by Anne Lyle  Chapter I  Mal leant over the ship’s rail, scanning the shore for any sign of a wreck. The mistral had swept the sky bare, leaving the coast etched in hard lines by the cold clear light of a January morn. “There,” he said at last, pointing to a… Read more »

Guest Post | Anne Lyle, Tearing It Down to Build It Back Up

As far as covers go, there’s one style that’s nearly guaranteed to do well in the fantasy world and Anne Lyle’s debut novel, The Alchemist of Souls, nailed it. Intensely character driven, with a hint of action and a dash of mystery, it sent all the right signals to readers. Even better, Lyle completely delivered… Read more »

Excerpt from The Straits of Galahesh by Bradley P. Beaulieu (giveaway)

THE STRAITS OF GALAHESH By Bradley P. Beaulieu *** The akhoz galloped more than ran, their long limbs loping over the ground faster than it appeared they could. Their lips were drawn back, their dark tongues hidden behind blackened teeth, making them appear vengeful and ravenous. Nasim’s sandals scraped over the ancient stone. His nerves… Read more »

Guest Post | Bradley P. Beaulieu Says “Lose Yourself” Quoting Eminem?

I tried to read Winds of Khalakovo three times before it finally hooked me. I figure that was for two reasons. One, I tried reading the trade paperback first, and that damn thing was more akin to Clue murder weapon than novel. Being a big “in bed” reader, it wasn’t easy to hold up. Once… Read more »

Excerpt from Knifesworn by Mazarkis Williams (and giveaway)

KNIFESWORN By Mazarkis Williams § Thrashing churned the water, white foam, tinged brown with river mud. Grada knelt on a broad stone bedded in the shoreline, her arms elbow deep, wringing as she had wrung out the robes of the wealthy many times before. Muscles bunched across her shoulders. Jenna had always said she was… Read more »

Guest Post | Mazarkis Williams Says Writing is Writing

The Emperor’s Knife is one of the several titles released over the last twelve months that fit into Paul Weimer’s designation of silkroad fantasy. That is to say, it’s a fantasy novel that wraps itself in the cultural texture of the Middle East and the Eurasian Steppe. Williams’ novel succeeds most often when Sarmin is… Read more »