343. Jeannette Ng (a.k.a. Lady of the Moths) — Under the Pendulum Sun (An Interview)

11 Dec Under the Pendulum Sun Cover

Shelley, trifles, and rap, oh my! Shaun and Jen have a talk with Jeannette Ng about her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun! Jeannette shares what inspired her to write a Gothic romance fantasy novel about Missionaries — specifically one that tackles such heavy theological subjects such as the soul and sin — why she constructed Arcadia as a purposeful, artificial thing, and how the narrative structure hints at the biblical story it contains.

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Horror review: Penny Reeve on A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

10 Dec

Although she’s been a name within the young adult horror/fantasy scene for a while now, Frances Hardinge was recently projected into the mainstream public gaze when her novel The Lie Tree won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year Prize. After such a bar was set with her last novel, Hardinge’s fans waited with bated breath for her newest, A Skinful of Shadows. Luckily it is an intricate and masterfully told coming-of-age tale, full of intrigue and more than a little creepy, which lives up to expectations. Plus, it was nominated for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award 2017. Take that, Costa.

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Book Review: Windhome by Kristin Landon

6 Dec

 

An expedition to an alien planet goes horribly wrong, and the survivors try and find their way amongst a most alien culture in Windhome, by Kristin Landon. Forced quickly to survive with reduced numbers and a fear of what has occurred, the expedition’s goal to make contact with the locals and find evidence of aliens who have ravaged worlds, including the very world they have landed on, is the core of the plot. Continue reading

Signal Boost #28: Claudie Arseneault (City of Spires Trilogy) and Brandon O’Brien

5 Dec

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Claudie Arseneault about her work, including the recently released second book of the City of Spires trilogy, City of Betrayal. They discuss the mosaic narrative of City of Spires, found families, the solar punk genre and her first book, Viral Airwaves, and what inspired Claudie to create the Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database.

Then Brandon O’Brien, speculative poet and poetry editor, joins Shaun to talk about what draws him to poetry as a medium, his classical and local influences, how he explores the African diaspora from a Caribbean perspective in his work, and about FIYAH Magazine and what he looks for in a good speculative fiction poem.

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Book Review: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

2 Dec

If you ever thought Jane Austen needed more demon hunting, The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman is the book for you.

In Regency London, Lady Helen Wrexhall is preparing for her presentation to the queen. Her parents died under mysterious circumstances no one talks about except to mention the shame Lady Helen’s mother brought to the family. This means that Lady Helen must be a paragon in order to avoid the stain of such an association and marry well.

Which makes it very inconvenient when she starts to manifest unusual abilities. Having grown up being able to read the tiniest signs of emotion in people’s faces, she starts to find herself filled with a restless energy. When one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen sets out to investigate. She finds herself drawn into a shadowy side of the world she never knew existed and to the Earl of Carleston. Through him she learns the truth of her abilities and must choose between her duty to her country and her desire to lead a normal life. Continue reading

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