Posts By: Justin Landon

The Future of Pyr: Reply Hazy, Try Again

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Editor’s note: I believe Lou Anders leaving Pyr is a red flag for the imprint. I also believe that Anders is a very good editor, art director, and person. Nothing in this article is intended to discredit his ability. Publishing is a casino, as Kameron Hurley’s coined phrase goes. Sometimes things just come up snake… Read more »

Brian Ruckley’s The Free and Karen Miller’s The Falcon Throne

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I apologize for the lack of reviews lately. Life has caught up with me to some degree. My kids, in particular, are now old enough to demand an excessive amount of attention. Who the hell do they think they are anyway? Not to mention the day job has become increasingly demanding and for some reason all… Read more »

Review of a Handful of Books

Sorcerer’s Legacy by Janny Wurts Janny Wurts’ debut novel, Sorcerer’s Legacy, was published in 1982. Reading it is confirmation of that fact. It engenders nostalgia for a brand of fiction that’s largely gone. Where such an accusation is often damning, in the case of Sorcerer’s Legacy it’s a recognition of what’s best about that generation of fantasy literature. The… Read more »

The Series is Dying. And the Internet Is Killing It.

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You’ve heard of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s a little series by a guy named George R.R. Martin. The first book, The Games of Thrones, debuted in 1996 to much critical fanfare. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The… Read more »

Breaking Down the Hugos: Careful Like

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Why am I doing this? Got me. I think I’m doing it because the Hugo Award is important to me. It’s the one award I believe has significance outside our insular community. It has name ID, and that has power. Data also has power. With data we can explain the world around us. We can… Read more »

Loncon3: Where I Will Be (Or Where You Should Avoid)

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I am flying to London in a week to be a part of Loncon3. I have been nominated for a Hugo Award with my co-editor and publisher and blogging soul mate, Jared Shurin (eesh, that sounds creepier than it is). Also, I participated in wrangling the cats for the Literary Program, which means if you see… Read more »

A Week of Reading

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A plane ride to the east coast yielded significant reading time, which resulted in finished reads of two novels and a short story collection. The latter was the first read on the outbound flight, its mathematically precise cover drawing the eye like a child to breakable objects. Jurassic London’s Irregularity, edited by Jared Shurin, is one… Read more »

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

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Kameron Hurley wrote a book called God’s War. It won her the 2011 Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society, and the 2011 Kitschies for Best Debut Novel. It was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the British Science Fiction Award, the Nebula award, shortlisted for a Locus Award for Best… Read more »

Duck and Covers: A Cover Stained Sykes

Today, Sam Sykes unveiled his cover for his fourth novel, and first with Orbit Books, The City Stained Red. Orbit Art Director Lauren Panepinto did the cover herself, using voodoo. Personally, I adore the type setting, although I was more  a fan of the background from an earlier version that was circulated. Either way this… Read more »

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

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Let me know if you’ve heard this story before. A god is reborn in the form of a human child. This child is destined to change the world, to restore everything to balance. The child’s father, the King, wants to kill him because the prophecy threatens his rule. But the child’s mother wants to protect him,… Read more »