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Tue, 22 May 2018 04:01:26 +0000
A Most Dangerous Woman: Brenda Clough on Writing serialized fiction in today’s world.

Hello everybody – we are here today with MOST EXCELLENT news about Serial Box’s new series. Creator Brenda Clough returns to the roots of serialized fiction with a sequel to The Woman in White by Wilkie Collin, with A Most Dangerous Woman. Originally published in serial form in 1860 in Charles Dickens’ magazine “All the Year Round,” The Woman in White is considered to be one of the first and finest examples of the mystery genre. A Most Dangerous Woman continues the tradition laid out by Wilkie Collins. At the conclusion of Collin’s tale over 150 years ago, the brave Walter Hartright has saved his love Laura Fairlie from a plot to steal her fortune, with help from Laura’s plain but whip-smart half sister Marian. In Brenda Clough’s sequel it’s Marian who finds and marries her true love, Theo Camlet. But when Theo’s first wife, who everyone believed to be dead, reappears, Marian and Walter must delve into the darkest and most dangerous corners of London to save Theo from accusations of bigamy and murder, as well as the hangman’s noose. We invited Brenda Clough over to talk about writing a series in 2018 and about the great heroine that […]

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Mon, 21 May 2018 09:56:17 +0000
WHEN THE LETTER COMES by Sara Fox

When the Letter Comes by Sara Fox Published 5/22/2017 Henry believes that someday, something awesome will happen–everything will turn out all right and all her problems will disappear once her letter arrives, welcoming her to magic school. So even though puberty is already here with changes (like her voice deepening and hair growing in places she does not want), she also knows it’s only a matter of time. After all, hundreds of books have said so. But when the letter finally comes on Henry’s thirteenth birthday, it is not addressed to her, but to her sister. When The Letter Comes is a short story with a YA trans protagonist that embraces the experience of those left behind, who must find their own way in the world–magic or not. When the letter comes Henry is thirteen, a real teenager, and she’s been reading about magical doors and portals and schools since forever. Middle school may have already started. Puberty may have wrecked her life with hair growing patchily in weird places and vocal cords stretching her voice into a warbling bass—but it’s a waiting game. Henry believes that everything will turn out all right in the end and that everything will […]

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Fri, 18 May 2018 23:13:29 +0000
When the Letter Comes: Sara Fox 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 “When the Letter Comes” by Sara Fox, the first short story in the Awakening Season. Today, Sara is here to talk about the inspirations and influences behind the story! Give a warm welcome to Sara! I never received my letter and I’m willing to bet I’m not alone. Oh, sure, I received regular letters. My grandmothers sent me cards with crisp one dollar bills and I had a pen pal or two while the internet was young and I hadn’t ventured much past AOL. But I never received the letter. I also never stepped through a wardrobe or found an alien in a construction site, although I would have welcomed both. I have always been an equal-opportunist adventurer. Like most people, I grew up wanting even as I also learned our world’s structures, categories, and expectations. Metaphoric slamming doors were all over the place—here you are too loud, there you are too quiet, you […]

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Thu, 17 May 2018 10:42:01 +0000
Over at Kirkus: UNBURY CAROL by Josh Malerman

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this time, with a review of Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman. Unbury Carol is a western with a killer premise–about a woman who has died multiple times and faces being buried alive–go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Wed, 16 May 2018 11:24:27 +0000
A Smugglerific Cover: WHEN THE LETTER COMES by Sara Fox

In which we reveal the inaugural cover for the first short story in our 2018 season, Awakenings: When the Letter Comes by Sara Fox. Behold the smugglerific cover: About the Story Henry believes that someday, something awesome will happen–everything will turn out all right and all her problems will disappear once her letter arrives, welcoming her to magic school. So even though puberty is already here with changes (like her voice deepening and hair growing in places she does not want), she also knows it’s only a matter of time. After all, hundreds of books have said so. But when the letter finally comes on Henry’s thirteenth birthday, it is not addressed to her, but to her sister. When The Letter Comes is a short story with a YA trans protagonist that embraces the experience of those left behind, who must find their own way in the world–magic or not. A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers) Do you remember the first time you read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? And when those letters arrived for Harry, via all manner of owl? And Harry’s wonder and elation when he finally realizes that he’s a wizard; that […]

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Tue, 15 May 2018 12:23:11 +0000
X Marks the Story: May 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. Spring cannot be denied any longer. The long winter is over and in a month I’ll be complaining that it’s too hot, but for now in this glorious moment things have thawed, the trees are budding, and color has returned to the Northern hemisphere. To celebrate, the stories I’m X-ploring today feature themes of loss, threat, and survival. Which might not sound entirely appropriate, but they feature characters who are going through some very difficult times, have suffered their own harsh winters, and find themselves reaching toward a spring that’s finally coming ever closer. Healing, hope, and escape all give these stories a warmth to shake off the cold’s lingering touch and herald in the start of a new season. So find a stylish pair of shades and don’t forget to apply broad spectrum sunscreen as we go in search of X-traordinary short SFF! “Logistics”,  A.J. Fitzwater (published in Clarkesworld #139, April 2018) What It Is: Enfys, an enby, […]

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Mon, 14 May 2018 14:56:09 +0000
Excerpt: We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ

We are here to share some pretty sweet news with regards to Joanna Russ! On May 8, Open Road Media published the ebook editions of The Female Man, And Chaos Died, and Picnic on Paradise—all of which were finalists for the Nebula Award—as well as The Two of Them and We Who Are About To…. making this the first time the fiction of radical feminist writer and academic Joanna Russ is available digitally! And the covers are looking great too! To celebrate the news, we are hosting an exclusive excerpt from We Who Are About To…, introduced by The Portalist: The works of the late feminist sci-fi author Joanna Russ are now more accessible than ever before. On May 8, Open Road Integrated Media published the first-ever digital editions of five novels by the feminist sci-fi writer, including The Female Man, Picnic on Paradise, And Chaos Died, The Two of Them, and We Who Are About To…. The latter novel, 1977’s We Who Are About To…, is a disarming work that displays Russ’ subversion of sexist sci-fi tropes. In her 1972 essay “What Can a Heroine Do? Or Why Women Can’t Write,” Russ criticized stories in which women “exist only […]

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Thu, 10 May 2018 08:08:56 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Miscreated by Dia Reeves

We are over at Kirkus today with a review of a NEW DIA REEVES NOVEL WHAT That’s right, there is a new Dia Reeves novel out there set in the world of Bleeding Violet! Go over to Kirkus to read all about it.

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Wed, 09 May 2018 12:34:20 +0000
Women to Read: May 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 another installment of Women to Read. In this month’s column, I have a little bit of everything to recommend – a novel and three short stories, covering near-future science fiction, contemporary fantasy, and horror. Katie Williams is the author of adult and young adult novels, and short fiction. My recommended starting place is her latest novel, Tell the Machine Goodnight. (Disclosure: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher.) The novel is near-future SF, which takes a light touch with the speculative elements. The world it describes could be our own, with a few notable advances in technology. Chief among these is Apricity, a machine that tests a person’s DNA and tells them what to do in order to achieve happiness. After a simple cheek swab, the machine provides three recommendations, which might be simple (put a warm blanket on your bed), strange (cut off the top of your left ring finger) or life-altering (cease all contact with your brother). Katie Williams There are believers and non-believers. Pearl believes. She works […]

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Tue, 08 May 2018 13:11:18 +0000
Old School Wednesdays: The Wicked Heart by Christopher Pike

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 Wicked Heart Author: Christopher Pike Genre: Horror, Fantasy Publisher: Archway Paperbacks / Hodder Children’s Books Publication date: First published 1994 Paperback: 244 pages He did not want to kill. Dusty Shame was a high school senior, and a serial killer. Already he has murdered three young women, and he has more planned. Yet Dusty did not want to hurt anybody. There was something inside him, or perhaps outside him, that compelled him to kill. Sheila Hardolt has lost her best friend to Dusty’s insane attacks. It will be her task to probe the clues Dusty has left at the site of each of his murders. Clues that will point her into the past — to a time when a large portion of mankind lost all sense of decency. There she will find the seed […]

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Fri, 04 May 2018 11:37:02 +0000
You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. the Borg – An essay by Marina J. Lostetter

I’ve got a robot-empathy problem. I like to tell people that if you put googly eyes on a trash can, I’ll empathize with it. I can’t help but imagine that, to some degree, it has become alive. Try it. Imagine the trash can outside is now aware of its surroundings, of what’s happening to it.  It has sensory organs of some kind–eyes, the proverbial gateways to the soul, or a nose with which to smell, or a tongue with which to taste–something that implies an interaction with the external by the internal. It’s man-made, metal or plastic most likely, and really only has one known behavior: it gladly accepts garbage. What do you expect the trash can wants out of life? Well, that’ll likely depend on its level of sentience. If it’s got the sentience of your average box turtle, it’s probably content to sit there and eat garbage all day. But what if it has the self-awareness of an elephant? Homo sapiens? At what point do you look at that trash can and wonder if it wants to be human? What? You might be saying now. Where did that come from? One second I’m trying to imagine my dustbin […]

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Sat, 28 Apr 2018 11:20:36 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Circe by Madeline Miller

It’s Friday and after a short break, we are over at Kirkus. Today, Ana reviews Circe by Madeline Miller, the follow-up to the amazing The Song of Achilles. Go over there for the full review.

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Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:40:57 +0000
Over at Kirkus: HEAD ON by John Scalzi

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this week, with a review of Head On by John Scalzi. A police procedural, with an android powered professional sports league that involves ripping the opposing team’s head off, set in a futuristic world that explores discrimination and disability–need I say more? Go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:01:00 +0000
Cooking the Books with Eric Smith

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 Eric Smith, talking to Aliette and Fran over at the main kitchen, about his incredible new YA novel, The Girl and the Grove. 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? Eric Smith: Oh, this is such an easy one for me. While I’m really tempted to go on at length about the food in Harry Potter and how reading (or watching!) any of those scenes makes me long for Thanksgiving (because that is seriously what every single meal looked like), I’d love to focus on something a little more… offbeat. An ancient truck stop egg salad sandwich. Look, I hate egg salad and anything that has mayo in it. Next. But in the Futurama episode Parasites Lost, Fry buys an egg salad sandwich at a random truck stop out in the galaxy. He opens it up, and pulls out a blackened disc. Bender asks “what’s that black cracker?”, and as Fry […]

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:18:33 +0000
Trash and Treasure: The Blinged-Up Birdbath Edition (April 2018)

Trash & Treasure is a miscellany of monthly opinions on SFF, fandom and general geekness from Foz Meadows. I’ve been racking my brains for an SFFnal subject to write about for this month’s column, but the truth is, I’m preoccupied. It’s playoff season for the NHL, and now that I’m deep in ice hockey fandom – which is to say, investing emotionally in an Actual Sport – a significant portion of April is necessarily devoted to yelling about armoured men in knife shoes squabbling over whose turn it is to drink champagne out of a blinged-up birdbath. The thing about competitive team sports, it turns out, is that they’re an ongoing human drama. It’s like unscripted reality TV with genuinely high stakes – and in the case of North American ice hockey, it’s also a fascinating mix of the violent, the sublime, and the ridiculous. Take, for instance, the playoffs tradition of throwing octopus on the ice in Detriot – formally referred to as the Legend of the Octopus – which has since spawned a sister tradition of throwing catfish on the ice in Nashville. During last year’s playoffs, a Nashville fan was ejected from the Pittsburgh arena for smuggling […]

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:52:16 +0000
Hugo Award Packet 2018

The Book Smugglers are finalists for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention–aka Worldcon–which is also responsible for administering them each year. This year’s award ceremony will be held in San Jose in Thea’s home state of California, and we Smugglers could not be more excited to be included among the year’s finalists. HugoPacket 2018 It’s tradition for Hugo Finalists to provide sample work in the year’s Voter Packet–this year, we’ve selected some of our favorite short stories, essays, and reviews for the 2018 packet. Whether or not you’re a voting member of Worldcon, we hope you’ll enjoy the selection of content we’ve put together below! Download the PDF Prefer to read the original content as it lives on the blog? No problem! Check out the full TOC here. Table of Contents Short Story Nini by Yukimi Ogawa | Published 10/31/2017 Essay One Girl in the Justice League by Tansy Rayner Roberts | Published 1/23/2017 Essay Fruitcakes and Gimchi in SPAAACE by Yoon Ha Lee | Published 1/12/2017 Book Review Death’s End by Cixin Liu by Thea James | Published 1/10/2017 Essay […]

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:40:54 +0000
Book Review: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Title:Meddling Kids Author: Edgar Cantero Genre: Fantasy, Mystery Publisher: Doubleday Books / Titan Books UK Publication date: July 2017 Paperback: 322 1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years. The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting. Stand alone or […]

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:28:11 +0000
Over at Kirkus: TORN by Rowenna Miller

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this time, with a review of Torn by Rowenna Miller. A story about a kingdom on the precipice of revolution, and the seamstress-magic weaver caught in the middle, Torn is both compelling and disheartening. Go over to Kirkus to get the full review.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:18:40 +0000
Cover Reveal: Bookburners Season 4

In which we showcase the cover of Bookburners Season 4, the latest season of the critically acclaimed urban fantasy serial about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic. Created by Max Gladstone, the new series will debut on June 13th on Serial Box. Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: Previously on Bookburners Sal Brooks once thought magic wasn’t real. She worked for the NYPD, she found criminals, and she had a good, basically normal life. Then her brother was possessed by a demon. To save him, Sal joined forces with the Vatican’s Team Three, a secret task force that tracks down dangerous magical books and artifacts and sequesters them in the Vatican’s Black Archive for study. Sure, saving her brother involved merging his soul with an angel, but it was better than the alternative. But Team Three is losing ground. The world we know is an island of stability in an ocean of magic, and the water is rising. The Vatican’s longstanding sequester-and-forget policy with regard to magic doesn’t work so well in a world where digital sorcerers can use online versions of mystic texts to open the gates to the […]

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:06:56 +0000
X MARKS THE STORY: APRIL 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. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. So what does April snow bring? I’m not sure I want to know. But it seems fitting given today’s speculative treasure hunt–I’ve traveled far and wide to unearth some short SFF that carry a rather chilling touch. Whether it’s from the cold altitude of an airplane’s flight or the creeping dread of knowing that something is going on in the apartment upstairs, each of this month’s stories have yet to shake off winter’s lingering influence. Even so, there is still the knowledge that the cold won’t last forever–as long as people create a bit of warmth with their own resilience, compassion, and hope. There are six stops on today’s travels around the wilds of speculative short fiction, so make sure you’re fully hydrated, pack an emergency sweater, and let’s go! “A Priest of Vast and Distant Places”, Cassandra Khaw (published in Apex Magazine #106, March 2018 []) What It Is: A […]

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Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:21:01 +0000
Born to the Blade: Michael R. Underwood 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. Our guest today is Michael R. Underwood, one of the creators behind Born to the Blade – the new series coming from Serial Box. Described as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets The West Wing, Born to the Blade debuts tomorrow and we have an essay below talking about Babylon 5 and how it inspired the series. Please give it up for Michael R. Underwood! I watched Babylon 5 at just the right time for it to leave an indelible mark on my mind. I heard about the show when it was first on, but at the time I avoided it due to my affection for Star Trek, instead watching Deep Space 9. I don’t think I would have been able to appreciate B5 as much if I watched it in ’94. I was only eleven then, still deep into the aesthetics of works like The Dragonlance Chronicles, Earthworm Jim, and The Secret of Mana. But when I did get around […]

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:43:29 +0000
Over at Kirkus: Family, Ancestors and Coco

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus. Today, Ana finally musters the courage to talk about her feelings for Coco Warning: LOTS OF CRYING AHEAD

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:30:32 +0000
Circe: Madeline Miller 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. Our guest today is Madeline Miller, award-winning author of The Song of Achilles, whose follow-up novel Circe is out now. Madeline is here today to talk about the books and works that inspired Circe Since my novels, The Song of Achilles and Circe, are inspired by the Iliad and the Odyssey respectively, any talk of influences and inspiration has to start with Homer himself. These two ancient poems first gripped me as a child, when my mother used to read me selections from them at bedtime. I can still remember lying under the covers, hearing my mom speak the first line of the Iliad: Sing goddess, of the rage of Achilles, destructive rage… I was immediately hooked, and have been hooked ever since.  Homer’s world is expansive, exciting, tragic, intimate, and filled with wonder and mystery.  It was that mystery which led me to both my novels—I wanted to understand who this Patroclus was whose death could cause the great […]

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Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:40:07 +0000
Women to Read: April 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 another installment of Women to Read. I’m writing this in the midst of yet another snowstorm, but hopefully by the time you’re reading it, spring has finally arrived. This time around, I have two debut novels to recommend, and two short stories – a nice balance for all your reading needs! Miriam Seidel is an author, curator, and long-time sci-fi fan, who wrote a libretto for an opera about Nikola Tesla, which has been performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia. Her debut novel, The Speed of Clouds was released this month from New Door Books. (Disclosure: I received a pre-release copy and provided a blurb. I adored the book, and wanted to highlight it here.) Miriam Seidel The novel, set in the early 1990s, centers on Mindy Vogel, a devoted fan of SkyLog, a sprawling science fiction property spanning multiple series, and inspiring fan fiction, fan publications, fan groups, and conventions. As the novel opens, Mindy learns the ‘zine she’s been running, “Voice of the Cyborg”, has been co-opted by her supposed friend, […]

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:36:56 +0000
Joint Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #3)

Title: Obsidio Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 2018 Hardcover: 615 Pages Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken. Stand alone or series: Book 3 in The Illuminae Files. Our review of the first book can be found here and of the second book, here. How did we get this book: Review Copy from the publisher + Bought Format (e- or p-): Print REVIEW Ana’s Take: And now we come to the end of a trilogy that […]

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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:20:38 +0000
Old School Wednesdays: Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly

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: Bride of the Rat God Author: Barbara Hambly Genre: Horror, Fantasy Publisher: Open Road Publication date: First published 1994 Paperback: 336 pages Chrysanda Flamande was the sultriest vamp of the silver screen in Hollywood, California, in the year 1923. Then an elderly Chinese gentleman warned her that a trinket she’d worn in her last movie had marked her to be the bride of an ancient devil-god of Manchuria. Now the Rat God is stalking closer, and Chrysanda is discovering that there’s no mousetrap big enough to keep her from being dragged unwilling to the altar! Stand alone or series: Stand alone How did I get this book: Bought Format (e- or p-): ebook Review This is another entry in a series of Old School Wednesdays posts, brought to you by the amazing folks who supported […]

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:40:45 +0000
The Hugo Awards 2018 Nominees (and Aurealis, Ditmar Award News)

It is that time of year again, folks–awards season! We are thrilled to share with you the news of three major speculative fiction awards: The Hugo Awards, The Aurealis Awards, and the Ditmar Award. The Hugo Awards are one of the longest-running SFF awards, distinguished from all other major speculative fiction awards in that it is voted on by fans who are members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Each year, Hugo Award winners (and associated Not-A-Hugo-Awards, like the Campbell) are announced at WorldCon. This year’s WorldCon will be in San Jose, California with the Hugo Awards ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 19. Even if you are not attending WorldCon 76, please note that ANY SFF fan can sign up for a supporting membership ($50) which gives you the right to vote for your favorites to win the Hugo Award. The 2018 Hugo Award Finalists We are absolutely delighted to announce that The Book Smugglers is a finalist in the Best Semiprozine category for the second year in a row! Being nominated for this award means so much to us–we are alongside SFF powerhouse institutions, like Strange Horizons and new fixtures like Uncanny Magazine; we’ve worked with the […]

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Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:21:02 +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: I really enjoyed Nicky Drayden The Prey of Gods and can’t wait to read her new novel: In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor—from the author of The Prey of Gods Two brothers. Seven vices. One demonic possession. Can this relationship survive? Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s […]

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:26:14 +0000
Over at Kirkus: A List of Spring Reads

It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at what she is looking forward to reading in the next couple of months. She also talks about the new Squirrel Girl novel which is SUPER FUN. Go over there to check it out.

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Old School Wednesdays Presents: A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeline L’Engle

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 On this edition of Old School Wednesdays, Thea re-reads A WRINKLE IN TIME and then watches the movie. Mild spoilers ensue. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. This is my first entry in a series of Old School Wednesdays posts, brought to you by the amazing folks who supported us on Kickstarter. As one reward level, backers were given the opportunity to pick an Old School title for Ana and I to read and review online–A Wrinkle in Time was selected by the wonderful Iysha Evelyn. (You rock, Iysha Evelyn!!!) A little background: I first read A Wrinkle in Time […]

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Гонка продолжается, и единственный способ выжить - победа....

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Элияху М. Голдратт, Джефф Кокс Цель. Процесс непрерывного улучшения The Goal (A Process of Ongoing Improvement): Special Edition
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Человек, столкнувшийся при ведении личного бизнеса с какой-либо проблемой и понуждаемый ею мыслить логически, спокойно, поступательно, без авантюрно-истерических перескоков и разрывов, должен иметь способность видеть причинно-следственные связи между действиями и результатами и знать базовые принципы достижения успехов.

Для широкого круга читателей.

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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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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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Кэнфилд Джек; Хансен Марк Виктор; Хоуторн Дженнифер Рид; Шимофф Марси Куриный бульон для души. 101 история о женщинах
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Удивительная коллекция вдохновляющих историй от женщин. Как они любят и как переживают потери, как жертвуют многим ради семьи и сколько радости получают взамен, как они стареют и сталкиваются с болезнями и как они прекрасны и сильны. 
Стейси родилась не такой, как все, но получила от жизни все, что хотела. Какие три секрета счастья поддерживали мать-одиночку в самые трудные времена? Джоан пережила в детстве насилие и начала "заедать" внутреннюю боль. Анджела кардинально изменила жизнь, научившись говорить "нет". 1716 писем понадобилось Луизе, прежде чем соединиться с любимым...
Эти и другие 96 историй тронут ваше сердце, заставят смеяться, плакать и снова влюбиться в жизнь....

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Энтони Берджесс Заводной апельсин A clockwork orange
Заводной апельсин
"Заводной апельсин" - литературный парадокс XX столетия. Продолжая футуристические традиции и литературе, экспериментируя с языком, на котором говорит рубежное поколение malltshipalltshikov и kisok "надсатых", Энтони Бёрджесс создает роман, признанный классикой современной литературы.
Умный, жестокий, харизматичный антигерой Алекс, лидер уличной банды, проповедуя насилие как высокое искусство жизни, как род наслаждения, попадает в железные тиски новейшей государственной программы по перевоспитанию преступников и сам становится жертвой насилия. Можно ли спасти мир от зла, лишая человека воли совершать поступки и превращая его в "заводной апельсин". Этот вопрос сегодня актуален так же, как и вчера, и вопрос этот автор задает читателю....

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Кэнфилд Джек; Хансен Марк Виктор; Ньюмарк Эми Куриный бульон для души. 101 история о любви Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about Dating, Romance, Love, And Marriage
Куриный бульон для души. 101 история о любви
В детстве, когда вы болели, ваша бабушка давала вам куриный бульон. Сегодня питание и забота нужны вашей душе. Маленькие истории из "Куриного бульона" - исцелят душевные раны и укрепят дух, дадут вашим мечтам новые крылья и откроют секрет самого большого счастья - счастья делиться и любить.
Что делать, если ты влюбился и ты…. монах. Чем заканчивается свидание, которое начинается с разбитой фары. Оригинальный способ встретить Принца - коллекционировать лягушат. Разведенная женщина 33 лет встречает первую любовь - школьного учителя. Как не отчаяться, когда все вокруг выходят замуж, а ты все ждешь. Чем больше детей, тем меньше романтики - или наоборот?! И другие 95 волнующих историй о любви, от которых вы не сможете оторваться.

БОЛЕЕ 500 000 ПРОДАННЫХ КОПИЙ

ФЕНОМЕН В ИСТОРИИ КНИГОИЗДАНИЯ

САМАЯ ПРОДАВАЕМАЯ В МИРЕ СЕРИЯ

История успеха:
1993 Год: Книга, которую никто не хотел издавать / #1 New York Times Bestseller / 20 000 проданных копий
2003 Год: + 180 новых книг в серии / Серия-бестселлер / 80 000 проданных копий
2013 Год: Около 250 книг в серии / Самая продаваемая серия в истории / Более 500 000 проданных экземпляров

Как все начиналось
История создания книги "Куриный бульон" вдохновляет не меньше, чем маленькие истории, из которых она состоит.
Джек Кэнфилд и Марк Хансен, оба популярные мотивационные спикеры, любили свои выступления "приправить" парочкой вдохновляющих историй. После тренингов многие обращались к ним: "А где можно найти ту историю про девочку-скаута? Я бы купил книгу ее сыну". "А та история про парня и щенка - ее можно где-то прочитать?".
В течение года Кэнфилд и Хансен записывали истории, которые пережили сами или услышали от знакомых, и когда их набралось 101 - разослали по издательствам. Они получили 144 отказа.
Тогда Джек и Марк решили найти покупателей еще до публикации книги, в надежде переубедить издателей. Они рассказывали о ней своим знакомым и слушателям тренингов, и всех, кто был заинтересован, просила написать расписку о покупке будущей книги. Когда таких расписок набралось более 20 000, Джек и Марк снова обратились к издателям.
Книгу напечатали, и все, кто давал обещание, купили ее. А дальше… продажи встали. Джек и Марк не хотели сдаваться. У них была цель - продать 1, 5 миллиона за 1,5 года.
Тогда они придумали "Правило пяти": ежедневно совершать по пять активных шагов по продвижению и продаже книги. С этого момента Кэнфилд и Хансен каждый день рассылали по 5 экземпляров журналистам, голливудским звездам, делали по 5 звонков руководителям компаний с предложением подарить книги сотрудникам. В итоге через 1,5 года было продано 1.3 миллиона экземпляров.
Издатель попросил написать продолжение.
Со временем книга, которую отвергли 144 издательства, стала одним из самых успешных проектов в истории книгоиздания....

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Виктор Пелевин iPhuck 10
iPhuck 10
Порфирий Петрович - литературно-полицейский алгоритм. Он расследует преступления и одновременно пишет об этом детективные романы, зарабатывая средства для Полицейского Управления.
Маруха Чо - искусствовед с большими деньгами и баба с яйцами по официальному гендеру. Ее специальность - так называемый “гипс”, искусство первой четверти XXI века. Ей нужен помощник для анализа рынка. Им становится взятый в аренду Порфирий.
"iPhuck 10" - самый дорогой любовный гаджет на рынке и одновременно самый знаменитый из 244 детективов Порфирия Петровича. Это настоящий шедевр алгоритмической полицейской прозы конца века - энциклопедический роман о будущем любви, искусства и всего остального.

#cybersex, #gadgets, #искусственныйИнтеллект, #современноеИскусство, #детектив, #genderStudies, #триллер, #кудаВсеКатится, #содержитНецензурнуюБрань, #makingMovies, #тыПолюбитьЗаставилаСебяЧтобыПлеснутьМнеВДушуЧернымЯдом, #resistance...

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Наринэ Абгарян Дальше жить
Дальше жить
Книга о тех, кто пережил войну. И тех, кто нет.
"Писать о войне - словно разрушать в себе надежду. Словно смотреть смерти в лицо, стараясь не отводить взгляда. Ведь если отведешь - предашь самое себя.
Я старалась, как могла. Не уверена, что у меня получилось.
Жизнь справедливее смерти, в том и кроется ее несокрушимая правда.
В это нужно обязательно верить, чтобы дальше - жить"....

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Джулиан Феллоуз Тени прошлого
Тени прошлого
Благодаря своему другу Дэмиан попадает в высший свет, где сразу же становится душой общества. Приглашения на балы, вечеринки, пикники и праздники в загородных имениях следуют одно за другим. Девушки готовы на все лишь бы привлечь внимание остроумного и красивого молодого человека. Почти сорок лет спустя смертельно больного, одинокого, но очень богатого Дэмиана гложет одна мысль: кому завещать свое состояние? Его бывший друг, а ныне заклятый враг соглашается найти женщину, письмо которой утверждало, что она родила ребенка от Дэмиана. Отправляясь на поиски, рассказчик сталкивается не только с прошлым Дэмиана, но и со своим собственным… Впервые на русском языке!...

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