Posts By: Justin Landon

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley


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


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 »

Doing Things at

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I have two items published on today. The first is this week’s episode of Rocket Talk, featuring Max Gladstone and Tabitha Jensen. I’ve been a big fan of Gladstone since his first novel, Three Parts Dead, debuted (review). One of the hallmarks of his fiction is out diverse it is, something we go into detail on… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Looks So Nice We Did It Twice

Jo Fletcher Books, recently purchased as part of Quercus by Hodder & Stoughton, has a thing for skylines and duo-chromatic color schemes. Clearly. I particularly like City of Stairs where the cityscape looks pixelated like a 1980s video game down to the little sprite person. This is probably a UK thing, as it seems more… Read more »

At A Review of The Quick by Lauren Owen

The Quick asked me to review The Quick by Lauren Owen. It’s one of those books that seems to come around once a year that’s trying to be both core genre and core literary at the same time. Other past entrants include Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Elizabeth Kostovo’s The Historian, and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Like… Read more »

Recently Read Books and My Thoughts


Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence Running concurrently with the Broken Empire Trilogy that Lawrence ended last year, Prince of Fools follows Prince Jalan Kendeth from Roma to the frozen North. His grandmother is the Red Queen, who we see just a bit of in the previous trilogy. At the queen’s side is the Silent… Read more »

What Tony Gwynn Taught Me

Yesterday, Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball, died of cancer at age 54.  He will be remembered as an ambassador for baseball, an articulate man with surreal talent for putting wood on rawhide and a legendary athletic career that defies explanation. I remember him for another reason…. Read more »

An Brief Aside on Last Night’s Political News

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John Boehner’s time as Speaker of the House is over and it might be worst thing that could happen for this country right now. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election last night in a stunning upset. I’m not sure people realize that this has the chance to be one of the most… Read more »

Duck and Covers: I Can’t Get Behind This


W.C. Bauers’ debut novel, Unbreakable, is set to release in January of 2015. Today, Tor Books released the cover by Stephan Martiniere with a not-so-pithy quote from David Weber. I don’t mean to belittle the quote, but c’mon D-Web, you can do better than that! The cover though, which I quite like, seems awful familiar… Read more »