BOOK REVIEW: Ever After by Kim Harrison

REVIEW SUMMARY: While I wouldn’t recommend Ever After as a starting point for new fans, it will more than satisfy current fans of the Hollows series.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In the 11th installment of the Hollows series, Rachel must fix the ley lines and stop one of the most powerful demons ever in order to save demonkind, and herself

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Lots of action, angst, bombshells…and gargoyles!
CONS: Honestly? No complaints here! Loved it!
BOTTOM LINE: Tension-filled and action packed, Ever After is one of my favorites in the series so far!

As Ever After opens, we find Rachel heading off to Chicago’s Carew Towers to meet Quen, Trent Kalamack’s right hand man, for what Rachel suspects is a job offer. Well, it is, of sorts, but it’s not quite what Rachel had in mind. Quen is afraid that, with his new responsibilities as a father to his and Ceri’s daughter, Ray, and also to Trent’s daughter Lucy, he’s not able to provide the level of security for Trent that he’s managed in the past, and he’s asking for Rachel’s help. If you’ve been keeping up with the series, you already know that Rachel and Trent have a long, very complicated history, and Rachel is adamantly opposed to the idea. She doesn’t quite trust Trent, plus she’s pretty sure that Trent would be insulted if he found out about Quen’s offer.

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Waylines Magazine Is Here!

Waylines Magazine is a bi-monthly, pro-paying fiction magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror and “anything between.” Publishers David Rees-Thomas, a former managing editor at Ideomancer Magazine, and director/writer Darryl Knickrehm launched Waylines on January 1st after a successful Kickstarter campaign in November.

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My Hugo Choices: A Mildly Odd Misadventure, With Some Observations About the Lessons of Fiction

On Monday the latest SF Signal Podcast went live, and I was on it. The topic: 2013 Hugo Ballot Suggestions. With January 31st the deadline for joining LoneStarCon to be eligible for submitting nominations, it seemed like a very good opportunity to participate in the conversation about them, especially since I was not going to be able to formally contribute to the process (due primarily to financial considerations).  But I had read some great fiction in 2012 and wanted to give those stories a boost, so I volunteered to be on the podcast even though, as some of you know, my attitude towards awards is rather conflicted. Despite that, I wanted to put forth some suggestions for people to ponder.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 174): Interview with Seanan McGuire

In episode 174 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Seanan McGuire.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Complete Set of Jay Lake’s “GREEN” Trilogy!

Courtesy of Tor Books, SF Signal has 2 copies of Jay Lake’s Green trilogy to give away to 2 lucky SF Signal users in the U.S. or Canada!

Each trilogy set includes:

  • Green (in paperback)
  • Endurance (in paperback)
  • The newly released Kalimpura (in hardback)

Here is what the each book is about and how you can win:
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Space Babies!

Yes, this is a video of a commercial, but it’s a good one that sf-related. So there.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 1/31/2013

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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 1/31/13

Interviews & Profiles

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Fun with Friends—Helen Lowe Talks with Fellow Authors from Australia and New Zealand: Today’s Guest Is Marianne de Pierres

About the Series:
“Fun with Friends” is an SF Signal interview series in which I feature fellow SFF authors from Australia and New Zealand. The format is one interview per month, with no more than five questions per interview, focusing on “who the author is” and “what she/he does” in writing terms.

Introducing Mariane de Pierres:

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a Role Playing Game. She is also the Davitt award-winning author of the humorous Tara Sharp crime series, written under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt, and the Night Creatures teen dark fantasy trilogy. In 2013 her Sentients of Orion SF series has become available to North American readers for the first time.

Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. To find out more about Marianne’s writing, visit her websites at www.mariannedepierres.com, and www.burnbright.com.au and www.tarasharp.com. You can also follow Marianne on Twitter: @mdepierres


Interview With Marianne de Pierres

Helen: Marianne, with three SFF series to your name—the “Parrish Plessis” (near future dystopia) books, the “Sentients of Orion” (space opera) series, and “Burn Bright” (dystopian YA)—you obviously love science fiction. When did that love begin and how did it develop?

Marianne:  Hi Helen! I’d never read science fiction until I was in my twenties, though I had grown up with Doctor Who. Once I discovered Arthur C. Clarke though, there was no going back. I read SF steadily for several years. Then in my thirties I spent time reading endless fantasy sagas. When I’d gorged myself there, I returned to space opera. While I read a lot more crime these days, there are certain SF authors I must always have. Ian MacDonald heads that list.

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[GUEST POST] Michaele Jordan on Korean Horror, Part 3: Psycho Killers

Michaele Jordan‘s novel, Blade Light, is a charming traditional fantasy that was serialized in Jim Baen’s Universe and is now available as an ebook at Amazon or at iBooks. Her newest novel, Mirror Maze, is available now.

Korean Horror, Part 3: Psycho Killers

Horror movies generally play off three main themes: monsters, ghosts and psycho-killers. The makers of Korean horror movies know these rules, and try to stay within the general guidelines. But they are artists (really, they are!) and they frequently end up re-inventing the genre. In particular, they cast a whole new light on slasher flicks.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads To Look Forward to in February

February brings another batch of promising new fiction!

Today at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I name my picks for the best SF/F February has to offer. This time around, instead of providing a flat list, I attempted to group the books into loose categories for readers looking for something particular.

Check it out!

MIND MELD: Rebranding Fiction as Young Adult

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

This week we asked about rebranding adult novels as YA:

Q: What genre novels would benefit from a re-branding as Young Adult? Which YA novels should not be branded as such?
This is what they had to say…
Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger is a New York Times Bestselling author writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Her YA book Etiquette & Espionage, the first in the Finishing School series, releases Feb. 5, 2013.

I’d like to hope they already have been rebranded, but two of my favorites are part of larger series. Mercedes Lackey’s Arrows of the Queen trilogy is possibly the most YA of her early Valdemar books. And Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong trilogy is a great introduction to the Pern universe. I’d like to see both reissued with updated cover art, in hardback, for a YA audience.

I’d also add two books that are the first in their respective series but stand well enough alone as YA. Mary H. Herbert’s Dark Horse, and Cherry Wilder’s A Princess of the Chameln both include one of my favorite plot points: a girl disguising herself as a boy.

Last, I think The Forgotten Beasts of Eld would make a great rebranded YA book. Although the protagonist isn’t technically young enough, she has an isolated innocence that makes her seem young. Also Patricia McKillip’s writing style is so atmospheric, like a fairy tale, I think younger readers would really appreciate her style.

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TOC: Lightspeed Magazine, February 2013

Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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TOC: Nightmare Magazine, February 2013

Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 1/30/2013

My kids are recovering well. Thank you for your telepathic queries on their well-being.

We’ll get through this backed up load of links TOGETHER.

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Mad Goblin” by Philip José Farmer

Titan Books has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Mad Goblin (A Wold Newton Parallel Universe Novel) by Philip José Farmer.
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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 1/30/13

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TOC: ‘The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination’ Edited by John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his new themed anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.:

Here’s the book description:

From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses—from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.

An all-star roster of bestselling authors—including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire…twenty-two great storytellers all told—have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.

Everybody loves villains. They’re bad; they always stir the pot; they’re much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How—and why—do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck: It’s finally time for the madmen’s side of the story.

Here’s the table of contents…
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[Outside the Frame] Lewis Trondheim’s “Ralph Azham 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?”

French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim brings a darkly humorous book to Fantagraphics with the publication of Ralph Azham 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? Trondheim previously worked Bourbon Island 1730 with co-writer Appollo, on the long-running series Dungeon with Joann Sfar, and has a number of other titles not yet available in English. Ralph Azham was previously published in French, and Book 1 translates the first two issues of the original series into a landscape-style 8.5″ x 6.625″ hardback.


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SFFWRTCHT: A Chat With Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is an award-winnng, Nebula-nominated writer who hacks out a living as marketing and advertising copywriter. She’s lived in Fairbanks, AK, Durban, South Africa, and Chicago, but grew up in Washington state. With degrees in history from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal she survives on Coke 0, Chipotle, low-carb cooking and lots of words. Her science fiction novels God’s War, Infidel and Rapture, a series, are out from Night Shade Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Year’s Best SF 12, Strange Horizons, Talebones, and on Escape Pod, amongst others. God’s War was nominated for a Nebula, made the Honor list for James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award and won the Kitschies Golden Tentacle. She can be found at her website and blog, on Twitter as @KameronHurley and on Facebook.


SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from?

Kameron Hurley: My interest in science fiction came from being an imaginative kid, I guess. I spent too much time making up stories. Science fiction and fantasy was the best place to explore how things could be really different. It had the best sandbox of any genre I read. I could do whatever I wanted.

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