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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:46:08 +0000
Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Happy Monday! Today we are delighted to be hosting the cover reveal and exclusive excerpt for Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin, a haunting coming-of-age story set in Ireland which is out this spring. Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: About the book: Years ago, the house at the end of the lane burned down. The townspeople never learned what happened, but Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth of what happened that summer—and they’ll never say a word. When they’re told they’d be spending their summer with their great aunt Rita, Mae and Rossa were anything but thrilled. Nothing at Rita’s is as it seems: a cat who is more than a cat and a dark power called Sweet James that lurks behind the wall, enthralling Bevan with whispers of magic and escape. And Mae is equally as enthralled with Bevan, desperately in the grips of first love she’d give the other girl practically anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desires is a taste of her and her brother… So begins the strangest summer of their lives. An […]

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:09:03 +0000
Alternatives to Romance: Nicole Kornher-Stace on writing platonic relationships in Archivist Wasp and Latchkey (& a Giveaway)

Hello everybody and happy Thursday! As you may recall, a few years ago Ana read and loved Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace. There is now a sequel out – Latchkey and we are delighted to welcome Nicole to the blog to talk about writing the platonic relationships in the novel, along with hosting a giveaway. In the three years since Archivist Wasp was published, there’s one thing about it that keeps coming up in reviews and reader comments/questions again and again. Which is fine by me, since I haven’t gotten tired of talking about it yet! (Hilariously, after signing up to write this post, I got put on a Readercon panel on the same topic. They said: Tell us why you should be on this panel. I said: I never shut up about this topic. Ever. It is the soapbox I will die on. And they gave me the panel! Readercon = BEST CON.) And so, without further ado! The full, entire, possibly long story of why I write all my close relationships as friendships instead of romances, the pros and cons of same, and how I wish more books/movies/shows/etc would do so. (I do. So much. Universe, take note.) […]

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:45:52 +0000
Women to Read: July 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 July’s Women to Read. By coincidence, all four pieces this month deal with some form of haunting – whether it’s literal ghosts, characters haunted by their past, or both. My recommendations include three short stories and one novel, and all are worthy additions to your summer reading list. Jac Jemc is a Chicago-based author who writes both short and long fiction. My recommended starting place is her deeply unsettling haunted house novel, The Grip of It. The novel opens with a familiar scenario–a couple, James and Julie, buy a new house that seems too good to be true. It’s affordable, with a big yard, just isolated enough to feel private, but in an area where they’re both easily able to find jobs. Even though the house needs some work, they delight in its quirks; there are hidden passages and closets and extra rooms tucked away throughout the house. Of course there are also strange noises, a growling sound in their bedroom at night, and a low hum during the day, just on the edge […]

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Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:00:20 +0000
Joint Review: SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik

Title: Spinning Silver Author: Naomi Novik Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: July 2018 Hardcover: 448 Pages A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, which was hailed as “a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic” by The New York Times Book Review. With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures […]

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 16:07:52 +0000
Book Review Roundup: TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER by Tamora Pierce + THE POPPY WAR by R.F. Kuang

I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately, and two novels have recently struck me with their thematic similarities (though both are intended for wildly different audiences): Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Title:Tempests and Slaughter Author: Tamora Pierce Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication date: February 2018 Hardcover: 465 Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble. Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. In the […]

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Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:20:09 +0000
On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: We Smugglers are huge fans of Dia Reeves – of Bleeding Violet and Slice of Cherry fame – and we just found out there are two new Portero books she just published. COMMENCE FREAKING OUT. I reviewed Miscreated recently and here is the second one: A large creepy estate, mysterious twin brothers, family secrets, a diabolical invention known as the bone machine, and a young girl who is not at all human. Meet the Westwoods: a father whose inventions often create death and despair, his twin sons who are not above experimenting on the servants, and the daughter whose existence no one is supposed to acknowledge. A sudden infestation of ghastly creatures into […]

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Tue, 03 Jul 2018 06:14:36 +0000
Over at Kirkus: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

IT’S FRIDAY WOOHOOOOOO (and there is a Brazil x Belgium World Cup game in the horizon). We are also over at Kirkus – this time, with a review of The Calculating Stars. I LOVE IT GO READ IT.

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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:41:12 +0000
The Ninety-Ninth Bride: Who Gets a Happy Ending?

I love fairy tales, and some of my favorite novels and films are fairy tale adaptations. Adapting a fairy tale comes with a unique set of challenges, as I found out when I adapted the story of Scheherazade for my novel The Ninety-Ninth Bride. A purist might say that The One Thousand and One Nights, of which Scheherazade plays a part, is not quite a fairy tale. I would argue that, in our context, the Nights fit– a story that has its roots in oral tradition, including magical elements, usually reproduced for children. The Nights open in a faraway land, and at first we focus on the Sultan, who, betrayed by his Queen, has resolved to marry and then murder a succession of virgins. Then our focus comes to Scheherazade–the clever young lady who hatches a plan to stop this slaughter. And The One Thousand and One Nights ends with a happily-ever-after in the frame story–the Sultan pardons Scheherazade and she becomes his Queen. This is not unprecedented in the world of fairy tales. In the western European story “Like Meat Loves Salt,” for instance, there is a father who cruelly turns out his daughter at the start of the […]

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Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:34:59 +0000
Cover Reveal – Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein.

Hello everybody! Today we are delighted to be hosting the cover reveal for the anthology Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein, a new anthology bringing together five great new and established writers to explore the world of Mary Shelley’s all-time classic, Frankenstein Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: About the book: “My spirit will sleep in peace; or if it thinks, it will not surely think thus. Farewell.” Victor Frankenstein was the first to unlock the key to life, but he would not be the last. Through two centuries of scientific enquiry and relentless advancement, five more minds found the secret, and five more creatures were made. Five more stories ended in tragedy. From the 1840s to the modern day, from the race to publish the first anatomy to the desperate search for weapons to win the Second World War, telling the stories of the creatures that never were. Edited by David Thomas Moore and with stories by Emma Newman, Tade Thompson, Paul Meloy, Kaaron Warren and Rose Biggin, Creatures: The Legacy of Frankenstein will be published in October 2018 and you can pre-order it now.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:30:17 +0000
Trash and Treasure: Foz Meadows on Queer Reflections

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… Ever since reading Sarah Gailey’s wonderful, moving Between the Coats essay about navigating their queerness through their writing, I’ve been reflecting a lot on my own queer/narrative trajectory. Among other things, it made me realise that I have no obvious ur-moment for seeing myself reflected in the stories I read in my tweens and teens, because people like me were never there; or if so, it was only ever unnamed, peripheral, tragic. And that makes me wonder: how might things have been different, if I’d known myself in fiction? The first time I ever had bisexuality explained to me, I was fifteen, hanging out with friends, and experienced an immediate eureka moment – “Oh, so that’s why I feel the way I do about Mila Jovovich!” – that saw me claiming the label on the spot. It bothers me now that I can’t recall what topic sparked that revelation, what show or joke or book we were talking about. I’d like to think it was Daria, and maybe it was, but I can’t be […]

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 10:52:55 +0000
Cooking the Books with Mary Robinette Kowal

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 Mary Robinette Kowal, talking to Aliette and Fran over at the main kitchen, about her new novel The Calculating Stars, (pre-order) which is a prequel to the fantastic and award-winning story “The Lady Astronaut of Mars“. I am told we will need six boxes of tissues – especially if you had read the short story and knows how it ends. I AM NOT READY. But I digress! Back to the podcast at hand…which is the 65th edition! Congratulations! Here at the extension kitchen, we have bonus Q&A content and an audio snippet: The Book Smugglers: Let’s play Marry/Kiss/Kill, but with food. Mary Robinette Kowal: Marry: Cornbread – It is comforting, with surprising variations, and there for you. Kiss: Sticky toffee pudding. – It is so rich and creamy and amazing but not appropriate for every occasion. Kill: Cooked carrots – Abominations of texture and taste. And here is the audio snippet: Go over to the main kitchen to check out the full episode and to listen to the whole interview!

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 04:01:05 +0000
Old School Wednesdays: Night’s Master by Tanith Lee

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: Night’s Master Author: Tanith Lee Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Daw Publication date: First published 1978 Paperback: 208 pages NIGHT’S MASTER is the first book of the stunning arabesque high fantasy series Tales from the Flat Earth, which, in the manner of The One Thousand and One Nights, portrays an ancient world in mythic grandeur via connected tales. Long time ago when the Earth was Flat, beautiful indifferent Gods lived in the airy Upperearth realm above, curious passionate demons lived in the exotic Underearth realm below, and mortals were relegated to exist in the middle. Azhrarn, Lord of the Demons and the Darkness, was the one who ruled the Night, and many mortal lives were changed because of his cruel whimsy. And yet, Azhrarn held inside his demon heart a profound mystery which would change the very […]

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:41:15 +0000
NUSSIA by Michele Tracy Berger

Nussia by Michele Tracy Berger Published 6/26/2018 Nussia… I said her name like a wish. All Lindsay Fields has ever wanted was to have a best friend–someone to share all her likes and dislikes, who would truly understand her. When she enters a competition to host Nussia, a teenage alien from a different planet–and wins–thirteen-year-old Lindsay is ecstatic. Now, the Fields’ are not only the first ever humans to host a Fike alien, they are also the first African-American family to do so. But Nussia is not quite what Lindsay expected. And Lindsay’s family, home, and entire life changes because of Nussia’s arrival… but not in the way she imagined. From the author of Reenu-You comes a brand new novelette of being careful of what you wish for. Nussia. I said her name like a wish. I was elated that our family was chosen to host Nussia, an alien child. My family was this regular black family that owned a house in Parkchester, in the northern section of the Bronx. Nussia, well, Nussia was Fike (pronounced Fīkē). The Fike landed on Earth in 1975. In 1976 the President announced a contest to build good relations between humans and Fike. The […]

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:22:27 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Trail of Lightning

It’s Monday and we are over Kirkus! GUYS! GUYYYYYYYS! I so freaking loved Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse! <3 Go over to Kirkus to read more.

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Sat, 23 Jun 2018 12:27:52 +0000
Nussia: Michele Tracy Berger 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. Hello everybody! Tomorrow we publish “Nussia” by Michele Tracy Berger, the second short story in the Awakenings Season. Today, Michele is here to talk about the inspirations and influences behind the story! Give a warm welcome to Michele! An African American girl “wins” an alien in the 1970s who comes to live with her family. What could possibly go wrong? I like to think of the tagline for this story as E.T. meets Fatal Attraction. I didn’t intentionally set out to write an anti-E.T. story. I was probably the same age as the main character, Lindsay when I saw E.T., around twelve or thirteen. Like many, I enjoyed the movie despite its saccharine feel. And, like the speculative fiction media that shaped my early life (e.g. Lost in Space, Bewitched, The Bionic Woman, Star Wars, etc.), themes of race and gender as well diversity in casting were habitually absent. So while speculative media served as a fantastic conduit to […]

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:54:13 +0000
Over at Kirkus: AWAKENED by James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this time, with a review of Awakened by James S. Murray & Darren Wearmouth. A summer horror blockbuster in book form, Awakened is the story of a brand new New York City subway line. When the inaugural train pulls into the state-of-the-art subway station beneath the Hudson River, however, all of its passengers are missing, leaving only a bloody mess behind. Intrigued? Go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:57:14 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: NUSSIA by Michele Tracy Berger

In which we reveal the cover for the next short story in our 2018 Awakenings series, Nussia by Michele Tracy Berger! Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story Nussia… I said her name like a wish. All Lindsay Fields has ever wanted was to have a best friend–someone to share all her likes and dislikes, who would truly understand her. When she enters a competition to host Nussia, a teenage alien from a different planet–and wins–thirteen-year-old Lindsay is ecstatic. Now, the Fields’ are not only the first ever humans to host a Fike alien, they are also the first African-American family to do so. But Nussia is not quite what Lindsay expected. And Lindsay’s family, home, and entire life changes because of Nussia’s arrival… but not in the way she imagined. From the author of Reenu-You comes a brand new novelette of being careful of what you wish for. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) There are two ways that first contact stories tend to go–you either get E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial sweetness in a tale of understanding, hope, and friendship, or you get Independence Day style devastation and calamity. Aliens are either analogs of […]

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:13:01 +0000
X Marks the Story: June 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. Happy Pride Month! Rainbows and unicorns for everyone! Even as Pride is a celebration, though, it’s also a reminder. For all the progress that has been achieved in striving for equality and justice, the journey hasn’t been easy, and there’s still a lot of work to do. With all of that in mind, I wanted to focus my June sel-X-ions on resistance, resilience, healing, and hope. From tyrannical suns to greedy scientists, from monsters to wind gods, from warriors and cooks to skeleton detectives—these stories feature a wide range of injustices to fight against and loves to root for. So tie on your favorite flag cape, try not to get any glitter in your eyes, and let’s start this literary adventure! “I Sing Against the Silent Sun”, A. Merc Rustad and Ada Hoffmann (Lightspeed #97, June 2018) What It Is: Spinning out of Rustad’s Sun Lords of the Principality setting, “I Sing Against the Silent Sun” picks back up […]

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:18:10 +0000
The Ninety-Ninth Bride: OUT NOW + GIVEAWAY

Hello everybody! We are celebrating the release of our new novel – The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King – which is out today, with a giveaway! The Novel “Sister, would you please tell me a story?” Dunya is fifteen when her father, the Grand Vizier, gives her over to the mad Sultan for his bride. Ninety-eight Sultanas before Dunya have been executed, slaughtered at the break of dawn following their first night with their new husband. But on her own wedding night, the ninety-ninth bride finds help from the mysterious and beautiful Zahra, who proposes to tell the Sultan a story… The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a story of sisters and magic, and a kingdom on the brink of disaster. The Giveaway We are giving away a Paperback + $20 Amazon Gift card combo to two lucky winners. Open to ALL. Please use the form below to enter and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway How to Get the Novel You can purchase the paperback or the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as an essay from the author available for purchase on all major online retail sites. Order the Ebook Today Amazon US ¦ Amazon UK […]

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:01:48 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: THE NINETY-NINTH BRIDE by Catherine Faris King

In which we reveal the cover for our new novel, THE NINETY-NINTH BRIDE by Catherine Faris King! The novel, based on the author’s short story “The Ninety-Ninth Bride”, is out tomorrow, June 19. Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Novel “Sister, would you please tell me a story?” Dunya is fifteen when her father, the Grand Vizier, gives her over to the mad Sultan for his bride. Ninety-eight Sultanas before Dunya have been executed, slaughtered at the break of dawn following their first night with their new husband. But on her own wedding night, the ninety-ninth bride finds help from the mysterious and beautiful Zahra, who proposes to tell the Sultan a story… The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a story of sisters and magic, and a kingdom on the brink of disaster. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) A long, long time ago, there was a wonderful collection of folk tales which we came to know as One Thousand and One Nights or, as it is more commonly known in English, Arabian Nights. For readers such as us, its stories within stories within stories have been a source of delight. Scheherazade herself, a master storyteller, someone we came […]

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Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:38:10 +0000
Non-Binary Authors to Read: June 2018

Non-Binary Authors To Read is a quarterly column from A.C. Wise highlighting non-binary authors of speculative fiction and recommending a starting place for their work. Welcome to another edition of Non-Binary Authors to Read. This month’s recommendations include two novels, a short story, and a piece of flash fiction, running the gamut from fantasy to mystery, and science fiction to fairy tales. Happy reading! A.E. Prevost is an author of fiction, non-fiction, comics, and poetry. My recommending starting place for their work is “Sandals Full of Rainwater” from Capricious #9: Gender Diverse Pronouns: a lovely story of immigration, language, chosen family, and finding a place in the world. Despite the roofs, there was water everywhere: splashed up by carriage wheels and the jostling steps of strangers, pouring out of the rumbling and broken-open sky, rushing down cast iron eavestroughs and churning white in the grate-covered gutters by Piscrandiol’s feet. It was an excess, an exuberance of water, enough to fill every well in Salphaneyin. It sloshed through Piscrandiol’s sandals and weighed down the hem of their skirts like it had nowhere better to be. Piscrandiol Deigadis, an immigrant from drought-stricken Salphaneyin, arrives in Orphanthyre, a land of seemingly never-ending rain. […]

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:49:29 +0000
Between the Coats: A Sensitivity Read Changed my Life – an Essay by Sarah Gailey

I’m queer, which is why I always thought I’d be dead by now. I grew up standing just inside the open door of the closet, like a cat looking out the window at a bird and thinking she’s outside. The door was open — my queerness wasn’t a secret, that’s what I told myself. The door was open, but I was tucked between the coats, breathing shallow and hoping no one asked any questions. Sometimes people knew and sometimes people didn’t and often people forgot, forgot for years at a time, forgot even though we were coworkers, parishioners, friends, best friends, relatives, married. I let them forget. A big part of me wanted them to forget, because, let’s be honest: I wanted to forget, too. Of course I wanted to forget. I wanted to forget the same way that I want to forget I have a heart murmur (surely this will be the year I finally get that checked on). I wanted to forget the same way that I want to forget about the hurricanes that get worse every year and the coastlines that are crumbling fast, fast, faster. I wanted to forget because I knew in my bones that […]

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Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:12:24 +0000
Bookburners: Brian Slattery – Working on a collaborative serialized fiction project

Happy Monday! The new season of Bookburners will be available on June 13th from Serial Box and we have one of its creators here today – Brian Slattery – to talk about the collaborative process behind the series. When I’ve told people that, for the past four years, I’ve been working on a collaborative serialized fiction project with a whole team of other authors, I’ve generally gotten one of two responses. Response #1: “Cool!” Response #2: “How is that possible?” In one conversation, after the second response, I explained the process we use—the meetings, the outlines, more meetings to hash out details, drafts, feedback on drafts, all before it goes to an editor—and thought that would do it. “But what if you find yourself disagreeing with another person?” my friend said. “In that case, the other person would have to be killed.” My friend was joking, of course. But his comment got at a popular conception of authors as solitary figures, writing in their offices apart from society, then delivering their manuscripts to publishers who then put them out into the world. In my case, that conception is a myth. I’ve always thought of writing as collaborative. Whether I’m writing […]

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Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:28:22 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Bruja Born by Zoraida C

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:39:14 +0000
Guest Book Review: Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Today, we are giving the floor over to Charles Payseur, a member of our Smuggler Army with his monthly column X Marks the Story and a Book Smugglers Author, to talk about Sam J. Miller’s recently published novel Blackfish City. Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ecco /Orbit Publication date: April 2018 Hardcover: 328 pages After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population. When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves. Blackfish City is a remarkably […]

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 11:39:36 +0000
Old School Wednesdays: The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1) by Jonathan Stroud

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: The Amulet of Samarkand Author: Jonathan Stroud Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Disney / Corgi Publication date: First published 2003 Paperback: 476 pages Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who’s boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion. Stand alone or series: First in the Bartimaeus series How did I get this book: Bought […]

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Sat, 02 Jun 2018 19:28:38 +0000
Oops, I Accidentally wrote a Trilogy – Yoon Ha Lee on the Machineries of Empire

Revenant Gun, the third book in the Machineries of Empire trilogy by Yoon Ha Lee is out next week (I CAN’T WAIT) and we invited the author to talk about writing the series. Oops, I Accidentally wrote a Trilogy NOTE: contains spoilers for Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem. This is perhaps not the most politic thing to admit, but Machineries of Empire wasn’t originally going to be a trilogy at all.  When I started writing the novel that became Ninefox Gambit (originally titled Ninefox and Suicide Hawk, which a friend made me change because it sounded too much like two superheroes who were unusually bad at picking pseudonyms), I intended it to be a nice, self-contained standalone novel.  I knew that it was risky to write sequels because there was no guarantee anyone would be interested in book #1, let alone any subsequent volumes. The original handwritten version of Ninefox, which doesn’t exist anymore thanks to the 2016 Louisiana floods, was different from the later drafts in a number of different ways.  For example, Hexarch Shuos Mikodez only existed in a couple of throwaway lines.  I figured I’d never see him again.  Undead tactician Jedao was an out-and-out sociopath, complete […]

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Thu, 31 May 2018 11:44:03 +0000
Over at Kirkus: The Most Coveted SFF at BookExpo & BookCon 2018

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn, with a list… This week was BookExpo 2018 and BookCon 2018–annual book gatherings for publishing professionals, media, and booklovers of all ages. Each year, Thea puts together a list of her most coveted SFF galleys at the show–go over to Kirkus to get the full list.

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Wed, 30 May 2018 12:27:08 +0000
Trash and Treasure: The Avengers and my Controversial Geek Stance of the Month

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. With Avengers: Infinity War now out at the cinemas and inflicting grievous emotional damage on the general populace, I’m once more forced to examine my weird, pseudo-relationship with the MCU. Once upon a happier time, DC vs Marvel was not a fight in which I had any sort of dog, but slowly, steadily, superhero films and TV shows from both imprints have become so ubiquitous that, having seen a certain percentage of what’s on offer, a whining mongrel investment has shown up at my door regardless. I’d be lying if I said fandom itself hadn’t played a part in my caring about the MCU: though I didn’t love many of the early films – or, indeed, most of the later ones – enough friends bombarded me with well-written fanfic and judiciously chosen gifsets of Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan that I found myself on board with the general concept, if not always its canonical execution. And that’s a strange place to occupy, I’ve found: a sort of liminal territory between caring and not, where the bulk of my caring has […]

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Cooking the Books with C.L. Polk

Happy Friday 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 C.L. Polk, talking to Aliette and Fran over at the main kitchen, about Witchmark her fantastic debut novel from Tor.com Meanwhile… 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? C.L. Polk: There’s a certain dinner party in the middle of A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. It is a complete disaster. Miles wanted the dinner party as a chance to woo a shy, skittish widow named Ekaterin, but because her previous marriage was awful, she doesn’t want to be married again. If you know Miles Vorkosigan, you know that his great gift is to set up elaborate plans and strategies to solve problems or complete missions, and then when everything goes horribly wrong, we find that Miles’ real gift is for rolling with the punches and improvising. So too with the dinner party. The seating gets tampered with. The menu’s not quite what he’d asked for, what with the bug butter and […]

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Джордж Оруэлл 1984
1984
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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Фредрик Бакман Бабушка велела кланяться и передать, что просит прощения Min Mormor Halsar och Sager Forlat
Бабушка велела кланяться и передать, что просит прощения
Эльсе семь, и она непохожа на других семилетних девочек. Ее бабушке семьдесят семь, и она тоже непохожа на других бабушек. Ведь мало какой бабушке взбредет в голову флиртовать с полицейским или сбежать из больницы, чтобы залезть в вольер к обезьянам. Но бабушка - лучший и единственный друг Эльсы. Каждую ночь они вместе отправляются в Просонье - удивительную страну, где время измеряется вечностями и сказками и никто не должен быть "нормальным". Однажды бабушка уходит в Просонье навсегда, оставляя Эльсе только письма. Их нужно передать тем, у кого бабушка хочет попросить прощения за свои ошибки. Эльсе предстоит узнать, что герои и чудовища живут не только в сказочных королевствах....

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Джордж Сондерс Линкольн в бардо Lincoln in the Bardo
Линкольн в бардо
Роман-шедевр в прогрессивном жанре трансреализма: большая часть событий происходит в бардо - пограничном месте-состоянии между жизнью и смертью (в буддизме). Сондерс, блестящий мастер короткой формы, написал трагическую семейную историю со сверхъестественной атмосферой, преодолевая все жанровые условности. Наследник Эдгара По и Германа Мелвилла, Сондерс в "Линкольне в бардо" соединил поэтичность и исторические реалии, взяв за основу реальный случай с американским президентом и его маленьким сыном. Этот роман действительно перенесет вас за грань реальности....

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Пол Каланити Когда дыхание растворяется в воздухе. Иногда судьбе все равно, что ты врач When Breath Becomes Air
Когда дыхание растворяется в воздухе. Иногда судьбе все равно, что ты врач
Пол Каланити - талантливый врач-нейрохирург, и он с таким же успехом мог бы стать талантливым писателем. Вы держите в руках его единственную книгу. Более десяти лет он учился на нейрохирурга и всего полтора года отделяли его от того, чтобы стать профессором. Он уже получал хорошие предложения работы, у него была молодая жена и совсем чуть-чуть оставалось до того, как они наконец-то начнут настоящую жизнь, которую столько лет откладывали на потом. Полу было всего 36 лет, когда смерть, с которой он боролся в операционной, постучалась к нему самому. Диагноз – рак легких, четвертая стадия – вмиг перечеркнула всего его планы. Кто, как не сам врач, лучше всего понимает, что ждет больного с таким диагнозом? Пол не опустил руки, он начал жить! Он много времени проводил с семьей, они с женой родили прекрасную дочку Кэди, реализовалась мечта всей его жизни – он начал писать книгу, и он стал профессором нейрохирургии. У ВАС В РУКАХ КНИГА ВЕЛИКОГО ПИСАТЕЛЯ, УСПЕВШЕГО НАПИСАТЬ ВСЕГО ОДНУ КНИГУ. ЭТУ КНИГУ!...

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Сергей Довлатов Ищу человека
Ищу человека
Сергей Довлатов - один из самых популярных и читаемых русских писателей конца ХХ - начала XXI века. Его повести, рассказы, записные книжки переведены на множество языков, экранизированы, изучаются в школе и вузах. Удивительно смешная и одновременно пронзительно-печальная проза Довлатова давно стала классикой и роднит писателя с такими мастерами трагикомической прозы, как А.Чехов, Тэффи, А.Аверченко, М.Зощенко. Настоящее издание включает в себя ранние и поздние произведения, рассказы разных лет, сентиментальный детектив и тексты из задуманных, но так и не осуществленных книг....

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Наталья Щерба Лунастры 3. Шаги в пустоте
Лунастры 3. Шаги в пустоте
Двуликий мир на пороге великого Часа Затмения. Кто проложит путь в таинственный Астралис: белый дракон сильвебр или черный дракон аурум? Кто завладеет новым миром: астры или лунаты? И что если корни этого противостояния уходят в самые ранние времена? А у жителей древней Фамагусты тоже есть свои планы? Тим Князев, Селестина Святова и Алекс Волков ищут свое место в мире в эти трудные времена, они чувствуют, что наступает момент, когда приходится, рискнув всем, сделать шаг в Пустоту. Но хватит ли на это смелости? И что ждет там, за Великим Пределом – жизнь или смерть?

Наталья Щерба. «Наконец-то нашёлся взрослый, с которым можно обсудить Гарри Поттера!» – статья на OZON Гид....

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Ооба Цугуми; Рябова Екатерина; Обата Такэси; Огнева Кристина Death Note. Black Edition. Книга 5
Death Note. Black Edition. Книга 5
У студента колледжа Лайта Ягами есть блестящие перспективы на будущее и ни малейшей идеи, чем заполнить настоящее. Парень сходит с ума от скуки. Но все меняется, когда он находит записную книжку синигами – бога смерти. Любой человек, чье имя окажется на ее странице, умрет. Лайт решает использовать Тетрадь смерти, чтобы избавить мир от зла. Куда приведут эти благие намерения?...

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Джон Р. Р. Толкин Книга утраченных сказаний. Часть 2
Книга утраченных сказаний. Часть 2
"Книга Утраченных Сказаний" — первое серьезное художественное произведе- ние Джона Р. Р. Толкина, начатое им в 1916–1917 годах, когда автору было двадцать пять лет, и оставленное незавершенным несколькими годами позже. "Утраченные Сказания" — прообраз тех мифов и легенд, что впоследствии будут названы "Силь- мариллионом". "Сказания", в которых чувствуется несомненное влияние английских легенд, обрамлены историей о предпринятом мореходом Эриолом грандиозном путе- шествии через океан на запад, к берегам Тол Эрэссэа, Одинокого Острова, где обита- ют эльфы. Здесь отважный Эриол узнает истинную историю волшебного народа — Утраченные Сказания Эльфинесса....

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Ю Несбё Красношейка Rodstrupe
Красношейка
Норвежскими неонацистскими группировками железной рукой управляет некто, скрывающийся под именем Принц. Инспектор полиции Харри Холе заподозрил, что Принц связан с силовыми структурами, и эта догадка стоила жизни его напарнице. Между сегодняшними скинхедами и теми, кто полвека назад воевал в дивизиях Гитлера, обнаруживается и другая связь. Мстительный призрак явился из прошлого, и мирный Осло потрясают кровавые расправы, но это лишь начало. Настоящий теракт намечен на День Конституции......

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Донато Карризи Девушка в тумане
Девушка в тумане
Затерянный в Альпах сонный городок, рождественский вечер, туман. От дома, где сияют огни елки и лежат подарки, до празднично украшенной местной церкви, всего триста метров, но в церкви юная Анна Лу так и не появилась… Вездесущие журналисты, фоторепортеры и телевизионщики осаждают городок. Каждый из них жаждет первым сообщить сенсационные новости о ходе расследования. Этим мастерски пользуется спецагент Фогель, привлекая внимание к собственной персоне. Но что на самом деле случилось с тихой рыжеволосой девушкой и причем здесь бродячий кот?.. Донато Карризи в своем новом триллере «Девушка в тумане» трактует расхожий сюжет с бесследным исчезновением в своем фирменном парадоксальном стиле. Впервые на русском!...

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