Book Review: STEEL VICTORY and STEEL MAGIC by J.L. Gribble

28 Jul

This Sunday I featured Steel Blood for my first offering in the ‘A Book By Its Cover’ series of humorous fake reviews. I haven’t yet read this third volume in J.L. Gribble’s Steel Empires series, but I have read the first two novels, Steel Victory and Steel Magic. Seems the perfect time to write real reviews on them. Continue reading

Signal Boost #13: Nicky Drayden (The Prey of Gods) and Wendy Wagner (An Oath of Dogs)

26 Jul

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Nicky Drayden (a debut author!) joins Stina (in her debut as host!) to talk about the crazy genre mash-up, The Prey of Gods, the journey to becoming a debut author, and how she’s working on a pipeline to encourage Black speculative fiction writers through ArmadilloCon. Then, Jen is joined by Wendy Wagner, associate/managing editor of Lightspeed & Nightmare magazines, to talk about her new novel, An Oath of Dogs; they also talk about why she chose to focus on blue-collar workers in Science Fiction, explore man’s relationship with dogs, and what it took to make the jump from Pathfinder novels to one set in her own world.

(And yes, it’s a total coincidence that we happen to have on two authors whose titles are palindromes of each other)

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Book Review: Cold-Forged Flame and Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan

26 Jul

 

 

A woman appears out of nowhere, with no memory of who she is.  She is bound to a task by a spell she cannot escape, as if she were a summoned demon (and perhaps she IS, she doesn’t know). The woman, even her name eluding her, makes her way on a perilous journey to obtain what is needed for a band of rebels to overthrow a tyranny. The woman remembers skills, certain very useful skills, even if things like her name and what she is elude her memory. She may not know who she is, but she can climb, travel through wilderness, and fight. Her story to find out what she is, who she is and what she was are intertwined with the quests she has been set, and later, undertakes on her own.

Cold-Forged Flame and Lightning in the Blood, Tor.com novellas, begin to tell the story of a summoned spirit, an Archon, an Archon who learns that her name, or at least part of it, is Ree. Continue reading

Reading Rangers #2: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

24 Jul

Hello, Rangers! In our second installment of Reading Rangers, Trish, Paul, Stina, and Kate dive into the second book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayar, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Trish and Paul offer the experienced voices, while Stina and Kate are mostly new.  There is quite a bit to unpack in this book, including why Cordelia is homesick, what the hell is up with the toxic patriarchy of the Vors, and how awesome cave systems are for screwing with stupid soldiers.

Next time, we’ll be discussing The Warrior’s Apprentice. Kate might have actually cried a little when she found out it wasn’t all about Cordelia.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

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#PollMondays: Which spaceship would you buy at your local dealership?

24 Jul

It’s a new day, which means it’s time for another silly poll!

This week, we’ve got the question of the ages for you:  a spaceship question.

Choose wisely!

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