A new post over at Tor.com:
A little while ago, I received an ARC of Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh’s collaboration with her spouse Jane Fancher, set in Cherryh’s Alliance-Union continuity—the universe of Cherryh’s acclaimed Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988). While I tried to read Downbelow Station years ago, before I understood the rhythms of Cherryh’s work, Alliance Rising is the first work in this particular setting that I’ve ever finished. It spurred me to find a couple more—the omnibuses Alliance Space and The Deep Beyond, available in ebook form—to see just how representative Alliance Rising is of the works in this setting.
A new review over at Tor.com:
If you’re new to the Foreigner series, this is not the place to start. (The best advice is to start at the beginning, or else at book four, Precursor.) If you’re a fan, then it’s entirely likely that you already know whether or not you want to read Emergence: it does very similar things to its predecessors—although it suffers from the absence of the aiji-dowager, whose inimitable presence has improved every book that’s featured her.
A new column over at Tor.com:
Tanya Huff’s A Peace Divided is the second novel in her new space opera series, set in the same universe as her Valor novels, and starring former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. The war is over, but that’s just released a lot of well-trained, battle-scarred survivors back into the general population. Someone with the appropriate training and mindset to deal with violence needs to be part of civilian law enforcement, and as it turns out, Torin Kerr and her crew of (mostly) former Marine misfits are reasonably well-suited to the demands of the job.
Note to self: do not photograph books with reddish covers against the reddish rug. This is bad strategy.
Courtesy of DAW Books (which reminds me that I must get in touch with the nice person at DAW Books who has been sending me things to thank them, and perhaps make one or two more specific requests), Jacey Bedford’s CROSSWAYS and Phyllis Ames’ FROZEN IN AMBER.
Courtesy of Angry Robot Books, Alyc Helms’ THE DRAGONS OF HEAVEN, Danielle L. Jensen’s HIDDEN HUNTRESS, Ishbelle Bee’s THE CURIOUS TALE OF THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, and Susan Murray’s THE WATERBORNE BLADE and WATERBORNE EXILE.
I received this as an ARC from the publisher and read it a sufficient number of weeks ago that my memory of the details is rather fuzzy. It’s the third book in Hines’ Magic ex Libris series, sequel to Codex Born, and the general level of peril has ramped right up.
Isaac Vainio has lost his magic and most of his connections, but he’s still determined to fight the good fight. There’s some decent treatment of Isaac being depressed in this book, and more exploration of his interesting poly relationship with Lena Greenwood and Nidhi Shah. Mostly it is fun stuff and explosions.
Lots of fun stuff. I remember this book made me happy, and when I was reading it, that was very important to me. Well, it still is, but less urgently so.
I like Hines’ work, generally. This book I’m not sure I like enough to pay hardcover prices for, but I would definitely lay out for the paperback if I didn’t have this ARC.
This is not a review. It’s more of a ramble. Nice book. *pets*
Two this time, too
From Jo Fletcher Books, Karen Lord’s THE GALAXY GAME, forthcoming in January. And from DAW Books, Marshall Ryan Maresca’s THE THORN OF DENTONHILL, forthcoming in February.
On the left side is a tiny blur of disappearing cat tail.
This time, they’re from DAW (thanks, DAW!) and it’s Ben Aaronovitch’s FOXGLOVE SUMMER, Jim C. Hines’ UNBOUND, and a debut novel called IMPULSE by a bloke called Dave Bara, which based on its first chapter I won’t be finishing.
Two of ’em
From the lovely people at DAW this time: Seanan McGuire’s THE WINTER LONG and E.C. Blake’s SHADOWS.