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ON MY RADAR: The Awakened Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin, Severance by Chris Bucholz, and The Very Best of Kate Elliott, by Kate Elliott

Here are a few book that I’m looking forward to reading…


(Orbit | Dec 9 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


As the first new godling born in thousands of years — and the heir presumptive to Sieh the Trickster — Shill’s got big shoes to fill. She’s well on her way when she defies her parents and sneaks off to the mortal realm, which is no place for an impressionable young god. In short order she steals a demon’s grandchild, gets herself embroiled in a secret underground magical dance competition, and offends her oldest and most powerful sibling.

But for Eino, the young Darren man whom Shill has befriended, the god-child’s silly games are serious business. Trapped in an arranged marriage and prohibited from pursuing his dreams, he has had enough. He will choose his own fate, even if he must betray a friend in the process — and Shill might just have to grow up faster than she thinks.

This novella, THE AWAKENED KINGDOM takes place after the events of The Kingdom of Gods and will also be included in both the print and ebook ominbus of THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY in 12/14.


WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR: I loved  The Inheritance Trilogy, so you know I’ll jump at any chance to read more stories that take place in this world. In fact, if she wanted to write a whole additional trilogy that connects to Inheritance, that would be just fine with me! 


SEVERANCE by Chris Bucholz
(Apex Publications | Dec 9 2014 | Cover illustration artist: Kimmo Lemetti)


Severance, the debut novel from famed writer Chris Bucholz, the inhabitants of a generation ark find two unlikely heroes who fight to keep everything together.

After 240 years traveling toward Tau Prius and a new planet to colonize, the inhabitants of the generation ship Argos are bored and aimless. They join groups such as the Markers and the Breeders, have costumed orgies, and test the limits of drugs, alcohol, and pain just to pass the time.

To Laura Stein, they’re morons and, other than a small handful of friends, she’d rather spend time with her meat plant than with any of her fellow passengers. But when one of her subordinates is murdered while out on a job, Laura takes it as her responsibility to find out what happened. She expects to find a personal grudge or a drug deal gone wrong, but instead stumbles upon a conspiracy that could tear the ship in two.


WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR: Chris Bucholz is a humor columnist, so I’m real curious to see what he comes up with. Any book that can make me snortlaugh in public gets extra brownie points.


(Tachyon Publications | Feb 10, 2015 | Cover illustration artist: Julie Dillon)


Strong heroines and riveting storytelling are the hallmark of groundbreaking fantasy author Kate Elliott (Crown of Stars, Crossroads). Elliott is a highly-compelling voice in genre fiction, an innovative author of historically-based narratives set in imaginary worlds. This first, retrospective collection of her short fiction is the essential guide to Elliott’s shorter works. Here her bold adventuresses, complex quests, noble sacrifices, and hard-won victories shine in classic, compact legends.


WHY IT’S ON MY RADAR: Can you believe I’ve never read any Kate Elliott? Yeah, me neither. Time to fix that.

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Andrea Johnson also blogs over at where she reviews science fiction and fantasy novels and talks about other nerdy stuff. She's also an interviewer at Apex Magazine. Her apartment looks like a library exploded, and that is how it should be.

4 Comments on ON MY RADAR: The Awakened Kingdom by N.K. Jemisin, Severance by Chris Bucholz, and The Very Best of Kate Elliott, by Kate Elliott

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // November 15, 2014 at 8:05 am //

    Wait, you’ve not read any Kate Elliott, Andrea?

    Yup, you need to fix that.

  2. I haven’t read Kate Elliot either. Maybe I need to fix that too.

    Hooray for more Inheritance world from Jemisin – one of my all time favorite authors.

    And I look forward to reviewing Severance as well. So curious to see what Bucholz comes up with.

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