[GUEST POST] T.K. Kenyon Reviews ‘Wickedly Charming’ by Kristine Grayson

MY RATING: (or 5 out of 5 Sparkly Hearts)

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Mellie is Snow White’s supposedly wicked stepmother, but she’s been misunderstood for centuries by the one-sided telling of the fairy tale. Now, she’s out to set the story straight and redeem the reputation of stepparents everywhere, but she’s going about it all wrong. Prince “Dave” Charming, one of the several Princes Charming, tries to help her, and they fall for each other.


PROS: Wonderful world-building and nicely drawn characters.; Wickedly Charming is a fun foray into the paranormal romance genre.

CONS: The limitations of the paranormal romance genre hobble Grayson’s story.

BOTTOM LINE: Grayson brings a sweet touch of reality to one of the most maligned characters in fairy tales.

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10 Worthwhile Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Look For in December 2011

This week at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I pick 10 Worthwhile Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Look For in December 2011.

Do you think they’re good selections, or am I totally off my rocker? Head on over and find out! (Although the good money’s on “off my rocker”…)

MIND MELD: Our Favorite SF/F Media Consumed During 2011

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

As 2011 draws to a close, it’s time for our annual roundup of SF/F consumed during the year. For this week’s Mind Meld we turned to our ever expanding coterie of SF Signal irregular for their answers. We asked them this question:

What are your favorite SF/F books/movies/TV shows/comics/etc. that you consumed in 2011?

Here’s what they said…

Jessica Strider
Jessica Strider works once a week at a major bookstore in Toronto. The other 6 days are spent reading books, taking pictures, acting as a pillow for 2 kitties and cooking. Her in store SFF newsletter, the Sci-Fi Fan Letter, eventually evolved into a blog for author interviews, themed reading lists, book reviews and more. She plans to have a novel published one day.

I’m hoping to still read a few good SF/F books before the year ends, but I’ve had a remarkably good year for books so I’m going to focus on those. Here, in the order I read them, are the books I enjoyed and recommend:

  • The Fallen Blade – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Eutopia - David Nickle
  • The Dragon’s Path – Daniel Abraham
  • O.4/Human.4 – Mike Lancaster
  • Trouble and Her Friends – Melissa Scott
  • Element Zero – James Knapp
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • The Declaration – Gemma Mallory
  • This Perfect Day – Ira Levin
  • City of Dreams & Nightmare – Ian Whates
  • River Kings’ Road – Liane Merciel
  • Tankborn - Karen Sandler
  • Germline - T. C. McCarthy
  • After the Golden Age – Carrie Vaughan
  • Debris - Jo Anderton
  • Postmortal - Drew Magary
  • Legend - Marie Lu
  • The Emperor’s Knife – Mazarkis Williams
  • All Men of Genius – Lev A. C. Rosen
  • Touch of Power – Maria Snyder
  • When She Woke – Hilary Jordan
  • Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi

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Magick 4 Terri!

If you read fantasy fiction, then there’s a very good chance you’ve come across the name Terri Windling. From Bordertown, Silver Birch, Blood Moon and anthologies such as The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror she co-edited with Ellen Datlow, Terri has changed the face of contemporary short fiction.

Now Terri is in need and a special website has been dedicated to raise some money for a good cause. Go visit Magick 4 Terri and you can bid on prozes donated by folks like George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Steven Brust and a host of others.

Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for December 2011

Daily Science Fiction has announced its December 2011 line-up of free stories:

  • December 1: “Found in the Wreckage” by Marge Simon
  • December 2: “The Girl in the Next Room Is Crying Again” by Peter M. Ball
  • December 5: “Schrodinger’s Outlaw” by Matthew W. Baugh
  • December 6: “Substitution” by Brooke Juliet Wonders
  • December 7: “A Time to Kill” by Melanie Rees
  • December 8: “Autopsy” by Budge Burgess
  • December 9: “Character is What You Are” by Michael R. Fletcher
  • December 12: “Inflection” by Tina Connolly
  • December 13: “Lures, Hooks, and Tails” by Adam Colston
  • December 14: “Not a Prince” by Kathryn Yelinek
  • December 15: “A Stitch in Space-Time” by Nicky Drayden
  • December 16: “The Black Spirits Which Rage in the Belly of Rogue Locomotives” by Rahul Kanakia
  • December 19: “Butterfly Shaped Objects” by George Potter
  • December 20: “Are You There? Are You Safe? Is the Flock Safe?” by Robert D. Hamm
  • December 21: “Naughty or Nice?” by James S. Dorr
  • December 22: “Crickets” by William Greeley
  • December 21: “Don Sebastien’s Treasure” by Colin Harvey
  • December 26: “Ten Seconds” by Scott W. Baker
  • December 27: “Gifted and Talented” by Sadie Mattox
  • December 28: “Lists” by Annie Bellet
  • December 29: “Cold Cuts” by Don Norum
  • December 30: “Chit Win” by Debs Walker

SF Tidbits for 11/30/11

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REVIEW: Weight of Stone by Laura Anne Gilman

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The Vineart War series continues as Vineart apprentice Jerzy and his companions search for the tainted threat to the Lands Vin.



PROS: A successful changeup to a quest and travelogue based plot from ook One; continues strong worldbuilding of the Lands Vin and beyond.

CONS: A few mid-series book flaws detract from the reading.

VERDICT: A deepening of the characters and the world of the Lands Vin.

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A Correspondent to the Past, Part 4: 2039

For those who missed the first three parts: I was finally let in on SF Signal’s little secret: they have a time machine and they allowed me to use it to travel back to those times in the history of science fiction that I thought interesting to report on. In part 1, I traveled to the first World Science Fiction convention in 1939 and interviewed John W. Campbell. In Part 2, I made for 1957 where I managed to wrangle an interview from a rather busy Isaac Asimov. For my third trip I’d revisited a Harlan Ellison reading from 1995. After hearing that reading again, I knew where I needed to go next–

I made an educated guess as to where the 97th World Science Fiction convention would be held. Given that the 97th convention would take place in 2039, it seemed to me there was only one possibility: the Big Apple; New York, New York. It turned out that I was correct, and why not? In addition to being the 97th WorldCon, it was also the 100th anniversary of the 1st WorldCon, a visit to which I’ve already described. Even guessing when it would take place wasn’t difficult: September 1-5, Labor Day weekend.

Finding the hotel in which it took place was a bit more tricky. I figured that once I got to New York, I could hop on the Internet and figure it out but the Internet had changed somewhat, evolved into more of an augmented reality in which (as a quickly learned) special contact lenses were needed to reveal and interact with that reality. It took some practice, but I managed. The most difficult part, of course, was obtaining a membership. There was good reason why I couldn’t attend under my own name, and while it is easy to appear to be a journalist in the past when you know what has happened, it is a much trickier thing to do in the future when the last 28 years are an unknown. So I attended as a fan and my name tag (a virtual tag that one could see along with my various social networking statuses thanks to the AR at the hotel) read: DAVID SELIG.

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TOC: ‘Heiresses of Russ’ Edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Steve Berman

Steve Berman has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology he co-edited with JoSelle Vanderhooft: Heiresses of Russ, a new annual anthology created in honor of Joanna Russ:

  1. “Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier” by Groegina Bruce
  2. “Storyville 1910″ by Jewelle Gomez
  3. “Her Heart Would Surely Break in Two” by Michelle Labbé
  4. “Black Eyed Susan” by Esther Garber / Tanith Lee
  5. “Thimbleriggery and Fledglings” by Steve Berman
  6. “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky
  7. “The Children of Cadmus” by [info]ellen_kushner
  8. “The Guest” by Zen Cho
  9. “Rabbits” by Csilla Kleinheincz
  10. “The Egyptian Cat” by Catherine Lundoff
  11. “World War III Doesn’t Last Long” by Nora Olsen
  12. “The Effluent Engine.” by N. K. Jemisin

SF Tidbits for 11/29/11

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Short Animated Film: ‘Wing It’

Wing It is an animated short movie created by students of The Animation School…

[via It’s Art Mag]

Roll Perception Plus Awareness: Traveller

Welcome back to Roll Perception Plus Awareness, my column here on SF Signal about roleplaying games and their place in a genre reader and writer’s world. This time out, I would like to tackle another of the ur-games of the genre.

If the ur-game for fantasy roleplaying games is Dungeons and Dragons, then the ur-game for science fiction, specifically space opera games, is Traveller. While probably near every reader of genre, and many who don’t read genre has heard of Dungeons and Dragons, I bet that Traveller, even though it was a formative a game in its way, is far less known to you. There are reasons for that, but let’s table that for the moment and just correct that imbalance, shall we?

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TOC: ‘The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six’ Edited by Jonathan Strahan

Jonathan Strahan has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six, which should be out in March 2012:

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Books Received: November 28, 2011

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.

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SF Tidbits for 11/28/11

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VIDEO: Rudy Rucker – Beyond Machines: The Year 3000

Here’s an interesting speech by mathematician and sf author Rudy Rucker at TEDxBrussels

[via Paul Di Filippo]

SF Tidbits for 11/27/11

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Phases of Gravity’ vs. ‘Tales from Super-Science Fiction’ vs. ‘Count to a Trillion’

Attention, armchair art critics! It’s time once again for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are today’s contenders…


Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

Aliens…On Ice!

From the people who brought you Robocop on Ice.

[via Super Punch]

SF Tidbits for 11/26/11

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