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[Viva Voce] Let’s Talk About Some Books!

Welcome to Viva Voce, a new periodic “Word of Mouth” SF Signal post series, where we will do some book slinging. The books we talk about in these posts are books we bought or books we have on pre-order. For me personally, I don’t like relying on the front tables of my local Big Box retailer to determine who or what I should read. That is where word of mouth comes in and factors heavily in how I spend my book dollars.



Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters
(Dark House Press | February 29, 2016)

Publisher description:

In this haunting and hypnotizing novel, a young woman loses everything—half of her body, her fiancé, and possibly her unborn child—to a terrible apartment fire. While recovering from the trauma, she discovers a photo album inhabited by a predatory ghost who promises to make her whole again, all while slowly consuming her from the inside out.

Where I heard about it: I can’t give you an exact person or moment to mark when this book first came onto my radar because I have seen it ALL over the Twitterverse. I am incredibly excited to dig into this one, it hits so many boxes in my wheelhouse.

(Saga Press | March 08, 2016)

Publisher description:

A publishing event: “Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume. A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.”

Where I heard about it:
I can’t recall if I heard about this one from Ken’s newsletter or from Saga Press/Joe Monti Twitter feeds when first announced. Regardless, anything from Ken Liu is an auto-buy for me. Honestly, I would buy a multi-volume collection of everything written by Ken Liu.


Furnace by Livia Llewellyn

(Word Horde | February 15, 2016)

Publisher description:

Furnace is Livia Llewellyn’s newest collection of thirteen tales filled with dark, stirring, evocative prose and disturbing, personal narratives.”

Where I heard about it:
I first heard about this book when tweets from Ellen Datlow and Ross E. Lockhart hit my time line. I am a huge horror fan and after seeing so many endorsements for this collection I had to make sure I picked it up. It is on my kindle calling to me as I type…


Marginalia to Stone Bird by Rose Lemberg

(Aqueduct Press | January 01, 2016)

Publisher description:

“In this powerful debut collection, Rannu Award-winning poet Rose Lemberg explores the deep-rooted fluidity of gender, tradition, language, and desire in landscapes as familiar as high fantasy and as foreign as San Francisco. Written in the voices of immigrants, shape-changers, sentient ships in a distant future and heroes of a mythic past, her poems inhabit a fragile, vital space of complex identity and story as a conscious act, stubbornly urging the reader’s attention toward the marginal, the liminal, and the unheard—a firebird cautioned to burn less brightly, a ghost-child ignored by the gods, a lover laying a road of words for a beloved to follow. By turns devastating and deeply hopeful, Marginalia to Stone Bird writes a fearless commentary on our history and others.”

Where I heard about it: I actually purchased two copies of this after I saw a review on Strange Horizons from Karen Burnham and Sofia Samatar. I read the first few paragraphs of the review and had to order it straight away, one for me and one as a gift for one of my dearest friends that is a poet. Writing poetry has always been a challenge for me so I was excited to pick this collection and let the words wash over me as I slowly enjoy all it has to offer.

(Vintage | March 03, 2015)

Publisher description:

When a tsunami sends a massive island made of trash crashing into the coast of Taiwan, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical country and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. A work of lyrical beauty that combines fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga, here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan.

Where I heard about it: I’d made a note about this title a while back and then completely lost track of the note. Thankfully it popped back up when Jenn, Director of Events and Programming for Riot Media, started talking about it on Twitter! It reminded me I had been waiting for it to come out and still needed to pick it up so I scurried out to buy it and now it is working its way towards the top of a TBR stack.

About Shana DuBois (8 Articles)
Shana is an extreme bibliophile that spends every spare moment surrounding herself with books. She recently started a monthly column at Luna Station Quarterly called Beyond the Front Tables where she highlights small and independent presses. She can also be found on her own blog, BooksAbound, from time to time or more frequently fluttering around the Twitterverse as @booksabound.
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