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We have a treat for readers today.

Hot off the heels of the exclusive cover reveal (and giveaway) of Carrie Patel’s The Buried Life comes this excerpt of the book.

To set the mood, here’s the book description, which will be available from Angry Robot in July:

The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Ricoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

EXTRA BONUS: After the excerpt, feast your eyes on John Coulthart‘s cover art for the sequel, Cities & Thrones!

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Ian Miller is an artist, illustrator and writer based in the U.K. He graduated from the Painting Faculty of St Martin’s School of Art in 1970. Between 1975 and 1976 he worked for Ralph Bakshi on his Feature animation Wizards and in the 80′s worked on a second Bakshi film called Cool World. Since then Miller has done pre-production work on numerous films including Shrek.

The first collection of his work was published in 1979 by Dragon’s Dream under the heading The Green Dog Trumpet. This was followed shortly afterwards by a second volume entitled Secret Art. Miller is currently working on numerous private commissions, films and projects, including ‘The Broken Novel’.

His new book, The Art of Ian Miller, was just released this week from Titan publishing.

Hre’s my chat with Ian about his work…

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John Fleskes, president and publisher of Flesk Publications, teams up with renowned portrait photographer Greg Preston to produce a special book created on the showroom floor of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, held May 9-11th in Kansas City, Missouri. Sessions: Spectrum Fantastic Art Portraits will feature the art, a brief bio, and a portrait created by Greg Preston of at least 50 of the creators behind today’s best contemporary fantastic art. This project is a singular opportunity that YOU can make happen, and as an added bonus you are invited to witness its creation.
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Check out Blake Morrow‘s gargoylish cover art and the synopsis of the novel Incarnate by Anton Strout, the latest in the series A Spellmason Chronicle
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Steven Gould’s upcoming Jumper novel, Exo, the fourth book in the Jumper series, coming in September 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:
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It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! This episode’s covers all come from the Fall 2014 Tor Books catalog.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it): play armchair art critic!

Tell us: which of these covers grabs your attention? What appeals to you? What works and what doesn’t work? Do any of them make you want to read the book?

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Samantha Shannon’s upcoming novel The Mime Order, sequel to New York Times bestseller The Bone Season.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Via Super Punch, here’s the synopsis and cover (larger version below) for the upcoming supernatural thriller Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.

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Here’s the synopsis and U.S. cover (larger version below) for Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter!
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Jet City Comics has revealed first three covers of Wool: The Graphic Novel by Eisner Award-Winning Artist Darwyn Cooke. (Larger version appear below.)

Cooke will be illustrating all the covers for the the six-issue adaptation of Hugh Howey’s Wool, which is being written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and illustrated by Jimmy Broxton.
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.

Here’s the synopsis (larger cover version follows):
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Check out the synopsis and cool cover for the upcoming novel The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero.

Here’s the synopsis – larger cover below:
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Check out the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Covenant’s End by Ari Marmell, the latest in the Widdershins Adventure series.

Nicole Sommer-Lecht’s minamalist cover design wonderfully showcases Jason Chan‘s excellent illustration work. It wisely maintains consistency with the series’ previous covers for Thief’s Covenant, False Covenant and Lost Covenant. All covers are embiggened below.

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Emissary by Betsy Dornbusch is the second book of The Seven Eyes series and is due out February 2015. Here’s the synopiss. A larger cover appears after the jump.

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It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! Here’s another selection on upcoming genre covers that are unconventional.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it): play armchair art critic!

Tell us: which of these covers grabs your attention? What appeals to you? What works and what doesn’t work? Do any of them make you want to read the book?

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming (October 21, 2014) novel War Dogs by Greg Bear.

Here’s the synopsis (a larger version of Lauren Panepinto’s cover design appears below):
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“I’m watching the future of art unfold before my eyes!”

—Michael R. Whelan (Said at the inaugural SFAL event)

As part of the promotional content for the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, sculptor Tim Bruckner has created a series of short videos highlighting a handful of the nearly 200 painters, sculptors, and illustrators who will be in attendance May 9-11, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is an event you don’t want to miss, and these minute-long teasers are sure to tempt you with their examples of the immense talent of the artists working in the field today. Biographic information on the artists is drawn largely from their respective web pages.

Altogether there is approximately 15 minutes of total viewing time here, but I promise you that they are minutes packed with eye-popping goodness. So sit back, enjoy the show, and let us know if any of the art speaks to you. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has been described as “The Art Fair with a Sense of Wonder”. This is a mere glimpse of why that is so.

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Here’s the front and back cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel The Enceladus Crisis by Michael J. Martinez, book two of the Daedalus series, which features some excellent cover art by Lauren Saint Onge. Ships in space!

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Jeff VanderMeer just revealed the cover for Acceptance, the final novel in his Southern Reach Trilogy. It features another great cover designed by Charlotte Strick with an illustartion by Eric Nyquist.

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It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! if there’s any theme this time around, it’s unconventional genre covers for books due in May 2014.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it): play armchair art critic!

Tell us: which of these covers grabs your attention? What appeals to you? What works and what doesn’t work? Do any of them make you want to read the book?

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