All posts by John DeNardo

My Scy-Fy Blog Interview

Over at the Scy-Fy science fiction blog, I’ve been interviewed by proprietor S.C. Flynn about blogging and books.

Bagels may have been mentioned.

Head on over and take a look!

Everything You Wanted to Know About The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained in 4 Minutes

This excellent video is a fantastic primer for mythology behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

It kinda makes me want to read it again.

Damn you, clever video!

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Books Received: December 22, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-12-22

Interviews & Profiles

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Sunday Cinema: Gamera (1965)

I’m not gonna lie. As giant monsters go, a radioactive turtle is probably the Kaiju version of a nerd. Even so, that didn’t stop Gamera from warming the cold lump of coal I call a heart…

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 28): Snowpiercer / World War Z / X-Men: Days of Future Past

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…
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WINNERS: SCI-FI CHRONICLES Edited by Guy Haley

The winners of our giveaway for Sci-Fi Chronicles edited by Guy Haley have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to

  • Andrea B.
  • Ashley W.
  • Bob M.
  • Daniel W.
  • Dru S.
  • Jennifer K.
  • Kai G.
  • Milos T.
  • Ruhan Z.
  • Sue C.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Coming Soon: DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs

Check out the excellent Dan Dos Santos cover and the synopsis for the upcoming novel Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, book 4 in the Alpha and Omega series.

Here’s the synopsis:
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[Friday YouTube] Meet Summer Glau’s New Co-Star: Jeff, a 10′ Tall Robot & Hollywood Actor

Pretty much all you need to know here is Summer Glau and Big Robot.

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Table of Contents: Fantasy Scroll Magazine Issue #4

Fantasy Scroll Magazine (edited by Iulian Ionescu, Frederick Doot, and Alexandra Zamorski) is an online, quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. The magazine’s mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. With a mixture of short stories, flash fiction, and micro-fiction, Fantasy Scroll Magazine aims to appeal to a wide audience.

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue…
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Fill up Your eBook Reader with These 400 SF/F/H Fiction eBooks Priced Under $5 Each

I blame A.T. Campbell. He “innocently” sent word of a few eBook deals and, well, one thing led to another and…400 titles later, I have an eBook Deals post.

Each one of these science fiction, fantasy and horror eBook titles are priced at or under $5 at the time of writing this post…but WARNING: Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets.

  1. Blade Singer by Aaron de Orive (Cloak & Dagger Studios)
  2. Hang Wire by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)

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Table of Contents: FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS by Nalo Hopkinson

Tachyon Publications has posted the table of contents for Nalo Hopkinson’s upcoming collection Falling in Love with Hominids, coming next Summer.

Here’s the book description:

Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk) has been widely hailed as a highly significant voice in Caribbean and American fiction. She has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), and her work has been called “stunning,” (New York Times) “rich in voice, humor, and dazzling imagery” (Kirkus), and “simply triumphant” (Dorothy Allison).

Falling in Love with Hominids presents over a dozen years of Hopkinson’s new, uncollected fiction, much of which has been unavailable in print. Her singular, vivid tales, which mix the modern with Afro-Carribean folklore, are occupied by creatures unpredictable and strange: chickens that breathe fire, adults who eat children, and spirits that haunt shopping malls.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Superhero Stories That Will Leap to the Top of Your Reading Pile in a Single Bound

Look! Up in the sky! It’s…another article at Kirkus Reviews!

Check out my this roundup of superhero fiction over on Kirkus Reviews: Superhero Stories That Will Leap to the Top of Your Reading Pile in a Single Bound

eBook Deal: Get SOFT APOCALYPSE by Will McIntosh for Only $1.99!

Today only, you can get Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh for $1.99 on the Kindle and Nook platforms.

Here’s the book description:

What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America’s previously stable society apart, the “New Normal” is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang. New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Locus Award finalist and John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

The $1.99 price is available for today only, so grab it now if you want it.

Coming Soon: LESS THAN HERO by S.G. Browne

Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming superhero novel Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Table of Contents: STRAEON #1 Edited by M. David Blake

Here is the table of contents for the premiere issue of the new quarterly magazine STRAEON:

Here’s the book description:

From the creator of the acclaimed Campbellian Anthology series comes STRAEON: a new quarterly exploration of stories that are longer, more complex, more mature, and more challenging than the norm. If you’re looking for space unicorns, sexy vampires, or short comedies that end in bad puns, you won’t find that here.

But if conventional genre stories don’t quite fit you—if you aren’t comfortable with the genre you’ve been wearing, or have grown too comfortable with the way it hangs upon your frame— if you sometimes wonder why you never see stories that speak to who you are, and are looking for fiction that is new, different, and not entirely safe…

Maybe you should try on STRAEON.

Here’s the table of contents…
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WINNERS: NEAR DEATH by Glenn Cooper

The winners of our giveaway for Near Death by Glenn Cooper have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Arun S.
  • William W.

You will be receiving your prize soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

WINNER: Full Set of 3 Morgan Rhodes’ FALLING KINGDOMS Books Plus a FALLING KINGDOMS Dartboard

The winner of our giveaway for a Full Set of Morgan Rhodes’ FALLING KINGDOMS books plus a FALLING KINGDOMS Dartboard has been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to Cathy G.!

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Coming Soon: DREAMS OF SHREDS AND TATTERS by Amanda Downum

Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming Lovecraftian urban fantasy novel Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum.

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eBook Deal + Excerpt: Get JARAN by Kate Elliott for only $3.03!

As part of Open Road Media’s December eBook promotion on Science Fiction Series Firsts, we have an excerpt from Kate Elliott’s Jaran, which is currently on sale for only $3.03!

Here’s what the book is about:

The first book of Kate Elliott’s epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien-controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother’s revolutionary fate

In the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system—yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess’s parents.

Struggling to find her place in the world and still mending a broken heart, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother’s planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs while also attempting to get to the bottom of a smuggling scheme she encountered on her journey there. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya—who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own—Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.

Jaran is the first volume of the NOVELS OF THE JARAN, which continue with AN EARTHLY CROWN, HIS CONQUERING SWORD, and THE LAW OF BECOMING.

Read on for the excerpt!

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