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Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:24:42 +0000
Book Review: THE DEFIANT HEIR by Melissa Caruso

Title:The Defiant Heir Author: Melissa Caruso Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication date: April 2018 Paperback: 515 pages Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to stifle the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction. Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire. Stand alone or series: Book 2 in the Swords and Fire series How did I get this book: Review Copy from the Publisher Format (e- or p-): Print Review Lady Amalia is the last person one would expect to be a falconer. The daughter and heir to the powerful Cornato family, one of the ruling council members of the Raverran Empire, Amalia has been raised to follow in her formidable mother’s footsteps. All of that changes, though, when Amalia meets Zaira–an exceptionally […]

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Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:13:25 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, I look at the latest (final!!!!!) Murderbot novella by Martha Wells. It is OF COURSE, super good! Go over there to check it out.

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Sat, 03 Nov 2018 14:55:49 +0000
News from Book Smugglers Publishing

We have some important news to share with regards to Book Smugglers Publishing. As of December 31st 2018, we will be shifting our business away from for sale short stories, novellas, and novels. We started our publishing venture in 2014 with big dreams and goals for our little company. Over the course of these past five years, we have been digital editors and publishers–we have acquired short fiction and commissioned essays, created print on demand and limited print edition titles, and expanded our offerings to novellas and novels. The last five years have taught us how to be flexible and innovative, as we’ve pivoted our business several times to react to the marketplace as well as our readers, in search of balance. The entire time, we’ve pretty much managed all of this work between the two of us and in addition to our full-time jobs: from reading submissions to commissioning work, editing manuscripts to creating marketing and social media campaigns, and managing every part of workflow from layout to distribution. One of the biggest items we’ve grappled with from the start is the problem of scale–as a small indie press, we’ve found breaking into traditional book sales really tough. And […]

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Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:05:23 +0000
Over at Kirkus: EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS by Emiko Jean

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! Thea takes over today with her review of Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. A standalone YA fantasy novel set in a fictional Japanese-inspired world, Empress of All Seasons blends some familiar tropes–to-the-death trials, star-crossed and unrequited love, rebellion against injustice–through the perspectives of three very different main characters. Head over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:36:02 +0000
Trash & Treasure: Stories are save points

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. This month’s entry takes a slightly different approach… I’ve struggled this month with feelings of total inadequacy. It’s easy to be afraid right now – of the world; of the future; of politics – and I’ve let those fears take root in me, until there’s hardly anything left untouched. I don’t blame myself for being afraid, but I want to take ownership of it. As Carrie Fisher famously said, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway,” and for me, right now, the it in question is writing. Last year, something happened in my professional life that utterly shook my confidence. It wasn’t that I no longer felt I had stories to tell; it’s that I lost faith in my ability to succeed in the industry. That sense of failure festered and grew, and as my anxiety about the political state of the world increased, the two became intertwined. What was the point in striving for professional acceptance if the profession in question might not survive the next decade? Written out so baldly, it sounds absurd, but irrationality thrives in dark places; in the […]

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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:30:13 +0000
Here, Have A Creepypasta: Channel Zero and Slender Man (and a Giveaway)

I’ve always thought creepypasta was a great word. For those uninitiated, creepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet, most often focusing on supernatural horror (although serial killers, suicide, and other non-supernatural types of horror are also covered). For this Halloween season, I want to talk about a few notable recent creepypastas to whet your appetite: SyFy’s remarkable and under-the-radar Channel Zero series, and the recent novelization of Slender Man. If there’s any creepypasta you’ve heard of, it’s probably Slender Man–the internet boogeyman that started as a photoshop submission and became subject of a myriad different written and visual fictions, including a pretty effective webseries, video games, and, eventually after years of copyright struggles, a major motion picture. (A really, really terrible one.) There’s also  infamous near-fatal stabbing in 2014, when two twelve-year-old girls attempted to sacrifice their friend in order to summon Slender Man (and the subsequent news frenzy, HBO documentary, and even a new questionable taste fictionalization). Slender Man–also known as the Operator, the Tall Man, amongst many other aliases–is depicted as a spindly-limbed, tentacled, suit-wearing figure, usually abducting and traumatizing his victims (often children). Depending on the story, film, or […]

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Tue, 30 Oct 2018 04:01:15 +0000
On Haunted Homes: MALEVOLENT, TERRIFIED, and INFIDEL

On Haunted Homes: TERRIFIED, INFIDEL, and MALEVOLENT I love October. It’s a time of year when publishers put out their yearly measure of horror novels, and I’ve finally made peace with the end of summer and the days getting colder and darker, and it is socially acceptable–hell, even encouraged–to watch horror movies all day. So this month, I’ve been indulging–particularly in the haunting arena. One of my favorite archetypes in horror is the Haunted House. Certainly there are spots which inevitably attach to themselves an atmosphere of holiness and goodness; it might not then be too fanciful to say that some houses are born bad. –Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House I don’t want to talk about Hill House, though, or the rebooted Netflix show reimagining its family saga and haunting. Shirley Jackson is fantastic, and there’s plenty to be said about the new show, but there are so many other haunted home stories to explore and why do we always fixate on this one? Instead, I want to look at three different haunted homes: the Argentine horror film Terrified, the Netflix film Malevolent, and the graphic novel Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote with art by Aaron Campbell. In Malevolent […]

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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:29:09 +0000
TIMSHALA by Leah Cypess

Timshala by Leah Cypess Published 10/30/2018 Siara has always known that every step of her life is predestined—with the exception of a few true choices, a few points in time where she can exercise free will. But when she is condemned to be buried alive in her mother’s tomb, she figures choice is no longer an issue. She is wrong. Siara doesn’t know why her own mother wanted her dead, or why others at the royal court are determined to save her. In her attempts to untangle the secrets swirling around her, she will discover that some choices were taken from her before she was ever born. Now, only she can take them back—if she is brave enough to confront a future she never believed possible. 1 We sat in the shadows waiting to die. There were five of us: the royal secretary, the two handmaidens, the music master, and me. The tomb was dark and musty, shadows pressing around us, darting into the flickering circle of light. It was ridiculous to be afraid of ghosts when you were about to become one. “It’s an honor,” one of the handmaidens said. She had said it five times already, more firmly […]

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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 04:01:10 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Damsel by Elana K Arnold

It is almost Halloween and I have an unusual recommendation for you: Damsel by Elena K. Arnold. Not a horror book per se but horrific in all ways that count. It is a wonderful – if harrowing – novel. Go over to Kirkus to read the full review.

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Fri, 26 Oct 2018 11:27:33 +0000
TIMSHALA: Leah Cypess on Inspiration & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. It is our great pleasure to publish Timshala by Leah Cypess tomorrow, marking the sixth and final short story in our Awakenings season. Today, we are hosting Leah to talk about the inspirations and influences behind her story. Timshala was built out of three entirely separate influences, that I hope I’ve melded together successfully into one coherent story. The first inspiration is buried in the fog of time: the idea of a girl buried to die in her mother’s tomb. I’m sure I came across this idea somewhere in my reading, but I honestly can’t tell you where. I can tell you that I was in the basement of my parents’ home, working out on an exercise bike, when the idea for that first scene came to me. I wrote it down immediately, planning to make a novel out of it; like many of my novel ideas, however, I ran out of steam after three chapters, and put it […]

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Thu, 25 Oct 2018 02:04:58 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: TIMSHALA by Leah Cypess

In which we reveal the cover for the last short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Timshala by Leah Cypess! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story Siara has always known that every step of her life is predestined—with the exception of a few true choices, a few points in time where she can exercise free will. But when she is condemned to be buried alive in her mother’s tomb, she figures choice is no longer an issue. She is wrong. Siara doesn’t know why her own mother wanted her dead, or why others at the royal court are determined to save her. In her attempts to untangle the secrets swirling around her, she will discover that some choices were taken from her before she was ever born. Now, only she can take them back—if she is brave enough to confront a future she never believed possible. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) Every once in a while, you get lucky enough to discover an author whose work you love–and then sometimes, if you’re very lucky, that author submits short fiction to your open call. Such is the case with Leah Cypess–whose work we’ve loved since […]

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Tue, 23 Oct 2018 04:11:37 +0000
X Marks the Story: October 2018

Finding excellent short SFF can often feel like hunting for buried treasure. Sometimes it takes a guide to help fill in the map, connecting readers with fantastic fiction and showing where X Marks The Story–a new monthly column from Charles Payseur. Welcome, intrepid readers, to another X-citing month of short SFF! Though October might traditionally mean pumpkins and spooky stories told around a dying fire, to me it brings to mind one thing above all else: sweaters. As the weather begins to chill (and


Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:01:44 +0000
The Right to the City: Urbanism, Planning and Cities in Science Fiction and Fantasy

As an urban planner, I read about far flung cities to better understand the possibilities of close by ones. As a lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I’ve become fascinated with the way that fictional cities expand upon central themes in urbanism—diversity, mobility—or major crises such as homelessness and climate change. Sci-fi and fantasy overturn assumptions of “how things are” and make the strange accessible but not necessarily appealing. Thinking through science fiction and fantasy (novels and short stories only) in which the city is a pivot upon which the story turns, I found a reminder that real-world urban residents need: cities are odder than we can comprehend and full of strangers who also belong as much as we do. I also found a hopeful lesson in politics – a city changes if forced to by external conditions but also if its people demand differently. Cities are fertile settings.[1] Whether fantastical or real, cities are accretions of power of all varieties. Human hands built Angkor Wat and Cusco[2] but the divinities in Robert Jackson Bennett’s The City of Stairs manifested structures directly from their worshippers’ belief. The labyrinthine city of Tai-Tastigon in P.C. Hodgell’s God Stalk is my favorite “god-ridden” […]

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:27:08 +0000
Over at Kirkus: VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a review of V.E. Schwab’s Vengeful. The long-awaited sequel to ViciousVengeful is a delightful return to the world of EOs and stars a brand new character–one who happens to steal the show. Head over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:34:15 +0000
Giveaway: BETWEEN THE FIRMAMENTS by JY Yang

In which we celebrate the collected ebook and print versions of Between the Firmaments by JY Yang–and offer up a sweet giveaway. In 2017, we Book Smugglers ran our very first Kickstarter–and beyond our wildest expectations, we not only funded but hit our stretch goals. One of those goals was a new serialized story from JY Yang–a tale of fallen gods in hiding and loves lost and found. We published Between the Firmaments last week in three installments. About the Story In an occupied city controlled by oppressive off-worlders, Bariegh of the Jungle is a god living in hiding—toiling away day after monotonous day, hoping his godliness will go unnoticed by those who would harness it. But then a beautiful, daring, godling man walks into his life without a care in the world, his divinity uncloaked, and Bariegh is utterly undone. JY Yang’s Between the Firmaments is a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It is beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome. About the Author: JY Yang JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate novellas from Tor.Com Publishing (The Red Threads of Fortune, The […]

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Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:53:57 +0000
Women to Read: October 2018

Women To Read is a monthly column from A.C. Wise highlighting female authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to October’s Women to Read. This time around, I have three short stories and a novel to recommend. Two of my recommendations are science fiction, while the other two are appropriate to the Halloween month: one, an alternate history with a horror twist, the other, horror with a historical vibe. Nancy Kress is a multi-award-winning author with a vast body of work. The piece of hers that most recently caught my eye is “Every Hour of Light and Dark”, originally published in the newly-revived Omni Magazine, and reprinted in The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 3. In the future, humanity has colonized the moon, and professional art forgers work with scientists to rescue treasures from Earth’s past, bringing them forward in time and leaving copies in their place. Cran is part of this team, but laments that he will never create anything original or truly beautiful like the great masters. He can appreciate true beauty however, and becomes obsessed with a Vermeer painting, Lady Sewing a Child’s Bonnet. The light! It falls on […]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:56:58 +0000
Cooking the Books with Alex London

Happy Wednesday and welcome to a regular monthly feature in partnership with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard’s Cooking the Books Podcast! Today’s guest is Alex London, talking to Fran and Aliette about his novel Black Wings Beating Here at the extension kitchen, we have bonus Q&A content and an audio snippet: The Book Smugglers: What’s your favorite food scene from (an SFF) movie, tv show, or book? (e.g. Imaginary Food becomes Real Food morphs into Food Fight in ’90s classic, HOOK). Alex London: The Dinner Scene in Alien. While I have no idea what they were eating, it was one of the more dramatic endings to a meal in film history. And at least the Xenomorph ate well. The Book Smugglers: Let’s play Marry/Kiss/Kill, but with food. Alex London: Marry: Pizza Kiss: Chocolate Chip Cookies Kill: Lima Beans And here is the audio snippet and Alex’s answer to our Pokemon question: Go over to the main kitchen to check out the full episode and to listen to the whole interview!

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Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:41:11 +0000
In the Vanishers’ Palace: Aliette de Bodard on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. In the Vanishers’ Palace is Aliette de Bodard’s latest offering, a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast, where they are both women and the Beast is a dragon. Set in a ruined universe inspired by Vietnamese folklore, where scholar-magicians and spirits walk the earth, the novella is out now! To celebrate it, we have Aliette over to talk about the inspirations behind the work. I wrote In The Vanishers’ Palace because I wanted to argue with “Beauty and the Beast”. Don’t get me wrong: I love the fairytale. I read the abridged Beaumont version as a child, and then went on to read and watch various retellings, including the Disney one. I still get that shiver of anticipation when Beauty meets the Beast for the first time and the familiar story unfolds beat by beat. Much as I love it, I also recognize that it’s textbook skeevy consent: can one really fall in love with one’s jailer, in such a […]

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Fri, 12 Oct 2018 05:10:03 +0000
Book Review: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

It’s Monday and Ana is over at Kirkus with a review of Time Travel thriller slash murder mystery, The Psychology of Time Travel. Go over to Kirkus for the full scoop.

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Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:01:16 +0000
Zero Sum Game by SL Huang: Giveaway of Signed Copies!

Hello everybody! TGIF! Zero Sum Game by SL Huang is out now and the author popped over to the Tor Towers and signed some copies of this super cool SF Thriller – and we are excited to have four signed copies to give away here and one over on Instagram! The Book: Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she’ll take any job for the right price. As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower…until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she’s involved. There’s only one problem… She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore. The Giveaway: To enter, use the form below and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wed, 10 Oct 2018 04:01:24 +0000
BETWEEN THE FIRMAMENTS by JY Yang – Part Three

Between the Firmaments by JY Yang (Part Two) Last year, we Book Smugglers ran our very first Kickstarter–and beyond our wildest expectations, we not only funded but hit our stretch goals. One of those goals was a new serialized story from JY Yang, which we are delighted to bring to you this week in three different installments. In an occupied city controlled by oppressive off-worlders, Bariegh of the Jungle is a god living in hiding—toiling away day after monotonous day, hoping his godliness will go unnoticed by those who would harness it. But then a beautiful, daring, godling man walks into his life without a care in the world, his divinity uncloaked, and Bariegh is utterly undone. JY Yang’s Between the Firmaments is a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It is beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome. Sisu shot up as if lightning-struck. I grabbed her arms and held her as she tried to fight me off. “Don’t,” I hissed. “Sisu!” Her breath came in angry gasps. “Bari, they’ve got him.” It was a struggle, keeping my voice low and calm. Except it wasn’t […]

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Tue, 09 Oct 2018 04:01:32 +0000
BETWEEN THE FIRMAMENTS by JY Yang – Part Two

Between the Firmaments by JY Yang (Part Two) Last year, we Book Smugglers ran our very first Kickstarter–and beyond our wildest expectations, we not only funded but hit our stretch goals. One of those goals was a new serialized story from JY Yang, which we are delighted to bring to you this week in three different installments. In an occupied city controlled by oppressive off-worlders, Bariegh of the Jungle is a god living in hiding—toiling away day after monotonous day, hoping his godliness will go unnoticed by those who would harness it. But then a beautiful, daring, godling man walks into his life without a care in the world, his divinity uncloaked, and Bariegh is utterly undone. JY Yang’s Between the Firmaments is a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It is beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome. Work had not been going well. The blasphemers were building a new merchants’ wing to accommodate shoals of airships that came daily to nurse on the borders of the hanging city. Yes, the city was growing, and like all growing things it had an appetite. The rising […]

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Sat, 06 Oct 2018 13:50:05 +0000
BETWEEN THE FIRMAMENTS by JY Yang – Part One

Between the Firmaments by JY Yang (Part One) Last year, we Book Smugglers ran our very first Kickstarter–and beyond our wildest expectations, we not only funded but hit our stretch goals. One of those goals was a new serialized story from JY Yang, which we are delighted to bring to you this week in three different installments. In an occupied city controlled by oppressive off-worlders, Bariegh of the Jungle is a god living in hiding—toiling away day after monotonous day, hoping his godliness will go unnoticed by those who would harness it. But then a beautiful, daring, godling man walks into his life without a care in the world, his divinity uncloaked, and Bariegh is utterly undone. JY Yang’s Between the Firmaments is a secondary-world fantasy about a romance between two gods, set in an occupied city where being a god is illegal. It is beautiful, challenging, queer, slightly experimental, and 100% awesome. I noticed the boy hanging from the edge of the world, but not before he’d noticed me. The white devils know how long he’d had his gaze fixed my way by the time I looked up into the noonday sear. Crouched in the highest, freshest shoots of […]

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Thu, 04 Oct 2018 04:06:14 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Books to Grab at NYCC

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a list celebrating all things New York Comic-Con! NYCC is a treat for many fandoms–but it is especially fun for fans of science fiction and fantasy. So Thea compiled a list of the books she’s most excited to hunt down at the converntion: head over to Kirkus to get the full list.

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 04:01:18 +0000
Book Review: The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title:The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle/The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Author: Stuart Turton Genre: Fantasy / Murder Mystery Publisher: Raven Books / Sourcebooks Landmark Publication date: February / September 2018 Paperback: 438 pages At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed. Again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend. But nothing and no one are quite what they seem. Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Dean Koontz’s Ashley Bell and Agatha Christie. Stand alone or series: Stand alone How did I get this book: Bought Format (e- or p-): ebook Review WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is a high-concept novel: an interesting Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie meets Inception concoction with a lot of potential but which unfortunately turned out to have more lows than highs. A man wakes up […]

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Tue, 02 Oct 2018 06:24:47 +0000
Excerpt: KILL THE QUEEN by Jennifer Estep

We are delighted to share an excerpt from Jennifer Estep’s newest novel, Kill the Queen: the start of a brand new fantasy series. About the Book Gladiator meets Game of Thrones: a royal woman becomes a skilled warrior to destroy her murderous cousin, avenge her family, and save her kingdom in this first entry in a dazzling fantasy epic from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Elemental Assassin series—an enthralling tale that combines magic, murder, intrigue, adventure, and a hint of romance. In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre. Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a […]

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Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:48:22 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Nightingale by Amy Lukavics

It’s Tuesday and I am over at Kirkus! Halloween is nearly upon us and I started with the Horror reads already! Go over to Kirkus for the full scoop!

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Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:28:46 +0000
#FallforBookSmugglers on Instagram

It’s October already (hooooow) and we decided to have some fun on Instagram this year! We are hosting our very first Instagram Challenge with super fun daily prompts: We posted the first one today – go check it out and join us!

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Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:59:25 +0000
Rick Riordan Presents: THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes (Giveaway)

We Smugglers have been super excited about Rick Riordan’s new imprint with Disney, which highlights mythologies from all around the world. We read and loved the first book, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, a whole lot. Since we also loved The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes – a fun, adventurous book featuring Maya mythology and a pair of endearing protagonists – we are delighted to partner with Disney Book Group for a giveaway of The Storm Runner. About the Book How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world? Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno – for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient […]

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Trash & Treasure: My Hero Academia

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. Over the years, I’ve had what I’d a call an on-again, off-again relationship with anime. My tastes are fairly scattergun, and I’ll sometimes go through long periods where I don’t watch or keep track of the genre at all before suddenly re-immersing myself, as I’ve just done this month. After seeing it crop up endlessly online, I decided to put my shiny new Hulu account to use and try out My Hero Academia (aka Boku no Hero Academia, aka BNHA) and somehow ended up mainlining all three seasons – or most of them, anyway; the third is still updating – in a week. Set in what is either an indeterminate near-future or an alternate present, BNHA posits a version of our world where, several generations back, human beings started manifesting superhuman abilities called Quirks, which are now an accepted part of everyday life. While the majority of the population develops some sort of Quirk, only a select few grow up to become heroes: government licensed protectors who assist the police in taking down villains who use their Quirks for evil. Enter Izuru […]

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Своеобразный антипод второй великой антиутопии XX века — "О дивный новый мир" Олдоса Хаксли. Что, в сущности, страшнее: доведенное до абсурда "общество потребления" — или доведенное до абсолюта "общество идеи"?
По Оруэллу, нет и не может быть ничего ужаснее тотальной несвободы......

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Дэниел Киз Цветы для Элджернона Flowers for Algernon
Цветы для Элджернона
Сорок лет назад это считалось фантастикой.
Сорок лет назад это читалось как фантастика. Исследующая и расширяющая границы жанра, жадно впитывающая всевозможные новейшие веяния, примеряющая общечеловеческое лицо, отважно игнорирующая каинову печать "жанрового гетто".
Сейчас это воспринимается как одно из самых человечных произведений новейшего времени, как роман пронзительной психологической силы, как филигранное развитие темы любви и ответственности.
Не зря вышедшую уже в 1990-е книгу воспоминаний Киз назвал "Элджернон, Чарли и я".

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Алекс Хирш Гравити Фолз. Забытые легенды. Графический роман
Гравити Фолз. Забытые легенды. Графический роман
МИРОВАЯ ПРЕМЬЕРА!


Сборник СОВЕРШЕННО НОВЫХ историй о Гравити Фолз - историй, которые никогда не были показаны по телевизору и не публиковались ранее!
Книга выходит в России ВСЕГО ЧЕРЕЗ МЕСЯЦ после ее выхода в США. На сайте amazon.com книга занимает 2-е место в рейтинге всех детских комиксов и графических романов!
Это ПОСЛЕДНЯЯ КНИГА историй о Гравити Фолз - во всяком случае, так заявляет ее автор.
УНИКАЛЬНАЯ возможность - на страницах этой книги можно увидеть обитателей вселенной Гравити Фолз в комиксах разной стилистики - от боевого комикса до манги!
Эта книга займет почетное место на книжной полке каждого поклонника Гравити - уникальные истории, подарочное оформление, мелованная бумага, суперобложка с тиснением делают "Забытые легенды" настоящим must have для каждого фаната!

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Адам Кэй Будет больно: история врача, ушедшего из профессии на пике карьеры This Is Going To Hurt
Будет больно: история врача, ушедшего из профессии на пике карьеры
Что вы знаете о враче, который вас лечит? Скорее всего, совсем немного. Если хотите узнать больше, скорее открывайте книгу Адама Кея . Это откровенный, местами грустный, а местами - уморительно смешной рассказ молодого доктора от начала его профессионального пути в медицине до завершения карьеры. Вы будете чрезвычайно удивлены, как много общего у наших и британских врачей. Сложные и очень сложные клинические случаи, маленькие профессиональные хитрости, бесконечные переработки, победы и поражения в борьбе со смертью, а еще чиновники министерства здравоохранения, от действий которых одинаково страдают врачи и пациенты... Обо всем этом Адам Кей рассказывает так, что читатель с головой погружается в будни интерна, а потом ординатора и сам примеряет белый халат. Будет больно. А еще будет смешно до икоты, грустно до слез и захватывающе от первой до последней страницы...

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Архимандрит Тихон Несвятые святые и другие рассказы
Несвятые святые и другие рассказы
Один подвижник как-то сказал, что всякий православный христианин может поведать свое Евангелие, свою Радостную Весть о встрече с Богом. Конечно, никто не сравнивает такие свидетельства с книгами апостолов, своими глазами видевших Сына Божия, жившего на земле. И всё же мы, хоть и немощные, грешные, но Его ученики, и нет на свете ничего более прекрасного, чем созерцание поразительных действий Промысла Спасителя о нашем мире....

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Сара Эдисон Аллен Хранитель персиков A Peach Keeper
Хранитель персиков
Уилла Джексон в школе слыла сорвиголовой, однако давно остепенилась. Роль хозяйки скромного магазина в родном городке вполне ее устраивает, и излишние волнения ей ни к чему. Но в один прекрасный день покой Уиллы нарушает ее бывшая одноклассница Пэкс Осгуд, самая богатая женщина в городе: она присылает Уилле приглашение на праздничный вечер, который состоится в роскошном особняке. Когда-то дом принадлежал семейству Джексон, его построил еще прапрадед Уиллы, однако в 1930-х Джексоны разорились, а особняк выкупили Осгуды. Уилле безумно хочется пойти на торжество, но она сомневается, и у нее есть на то причины. Этот дом с привидениями, который много лет стоял заброшенным, одновременно притягивает и отталкивает ее: где-то здесь похоронена тайна прошлого, связывающая семьи Джексон и Осгуд. Впервые на русском языке!...

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Алена Долецкая Не жизнь, а сказка
Не жизнь, а сказка

О чём может рассказать первый главный редактор российского Vogue, основательница русской версии Andy Warhol's Interview, легендарная московская красавица, чьё имя стало синонимом качественной глянцевой журналистики? О том, как она вывела в свет Наталью Водянову? О том, чего стоит дружба Наоми Кэмпбелл и Леонардо ДиКаприо? О том, каково это - держаться на олимпе не один десяток лет, оставаясь при этом настоящим человеком?
Дочь знаменитого хирурга С.Я. Долецкого, внучка первого директора ТАСС Я.Г. Долецкого со свойственной ей иронией и пронзительной искренностью покажет, что скрыто за маской сказочной dolce vita.

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Рэй Брэдбери 451° по Фаренгейту Fahrenheit 451
451° по Фаренгейту
451° по Фаренгейту - температура, при которой воспламеняется и горит бумага. Философская антиутопия Брэдбери рисует беспросветную картину развития постиндустриального общества: это мир будущего, в котором все письменные издания безжалостно уничтожаются специальным отрядом пожарных, а хранение книг преследуется по закону, интерактивное телевидение успешно служит всеобщему оболваниванию, карательная психиатрия решительно разбирается с редкими инакомыслящими, а на охоту за неисправимыми диссидентами выходит электрический пес......

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Харпер Ли Убить пересмешника To Kill a Mockingbird
Убить пересмешника
Харпер Ли — «гений одной книги», роман «Убить пересмешника» — ее единственное известное произведение. Но за эту книгу, переведенную едва ли не на все языки мира, писательница была удостоена Пулитцеровской премии. Книга была признана лучшим американским романом ХХ века по версии «Library Journal», а затем принесла автору высшую гражданскую награду США — медаль Свободы. Ее суммарный тираж только в Штатах составил более тридцати миллионов экземпляров! История маленького сонного городка на юге Америки, поведанная маленькой девочкой. История ее брата Джима, друга Дилла и ее отца – честного, принципиального адвоката Аттикуса Финча, одного из последних и лучших представителей старой «южной аристократии». История судебного процесса по делу чернокожего парня, обвиненного в насилии над белой девушкой. Но прежде всего – история переломной эпохи, когда ксенофобия, расизм, нетерпимость и ханжество, присущие американскому югу, постепенно уходят в прошлое. «Ветер перемен» только-только повеял над Америкой. Что он принесет?..

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Ю Несбе Призрак Gjenferd
Призрак
После трехлетнего отсутствия бывший полицейский Харри Холе воз вращается в Норвегию, чтобы расследовать еще одно убийство. На этот раз им движут глубоко личные мотивы: обвиняемый - сын его прежней возлюбленной Ракели. Харри знал Олега еще ребенком и теперь готов разбиться в лепешку, чтобы доказать его невиновность. Поскольку убитый был наркодилером, Харри начинает поиски в этом направлении. В ходе своего неофициального расследования он узнает о существовании таинственного человека, заправляющего местной наркосетью. Его имени никто не знает. Он появляется из ниоткуда, как призрак, дает указания, казнит и милует, а затем вновь исчезает. Его помощники действуют жестко и убивают не задумываясь. Харри понимает, что, только подобравшись к этому зловещему "призраку", он сумеет помочь Олегу......

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