Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

Rumor has it Miles Cameron, author of The Red Knight, is a pseudonym for historical fiction author Christian Cameron. I’ve no idea if it’s true, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Orbit’s new novel has a ring of authenticity that fantasy often eschews, particularly with regards to combat and tactics. It’s also woefully unoriginal, layered with… Read more »

Raymond E. Feist — United Kingdom Reissues

I’m reading Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. It’s reminding me a lot of being a teenager when I fell in love with the Wheel of Time. During that same time, I also fell in love with Raymond Feist’s Riftwar novels, which are going to be reissued in the UK with these… Read more »

Find me at SF Signal today

My newest column on small presses has gone up at SF Signal. I focused the spotlight on Prime Books, a small publisher out of Maryland. I apologize for being two months behind on my column. It’s been a busy time. My wife and I found out we’re having our second child. We bought a puppy…. Read more »

A Turn of Light or A Memory of Light?

Julie Czerneda has been around a while. She’s published a bunch of novels (over a dozen) since her debut, A Thousand Words for Stranger, was published in 1997 by DAW Books. Her next novel, A Turn of Light, is due out early next year. Check out the cover. The village of Marrowdell is an isolated… Read more »

The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones

The Desert of Souls, Howard Andrew Jones’ debut novel, and The Bones of the Old Ones, his second novel out this week, should be considered the gold standard on two counts. One, I haven’t read anyone who feels as in control of his first person narrator. Two, no one writing today has a better understanding… Read more »

Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky

Raymond Chandler, considered one of the greatest crime writers ever, was not always considered as such. He was once quoted as saying about his critics, The thing that rather gets me down is that when I write something that is tough and fast and full of mayhem and murder, I get panned for being tough… Read more »

A Kickstarter I Support and Encourage

Last year I read The Winds of Khalakavo and called it fantasy meets War and Peace, or something like that. Brad Beaulieu merged the epic fantasy tradition with a very Russian aesthetic, and it worked brilliantly. I went on to read his co-authored novella (with Stephen Gaskell) Strata and continued to be impressed. Then, I got… Read more »

Smugglivus 2012–My Contribution

Ana and Thea from the Book Smugglers contacted me a few months ago and asked me to write a post for their annual Smugglivus event. They ask their guest writers to [look] back at their favorite reads of 2012, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2013. But, since I’m not one for binary… Read more »

SpecFic 2012 Deadline for Submissions–December 31

As I announced a few months ago, Jared Shurin and I are co-editing an anthology, Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary. Left to our own devices, Jared and I would surely curate a masterful volume, but we recognize we haven’t been exposed to every voice in the field — not even… Read more »