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New Wheel of the Infinite icon

Rec Me Some Books

Many things:

I made a new icon, from Tiger Bright Studios lovely new cover for the ebook release of Wheel of the Infinite.

I forgot to mention yesterday, the cover of The Serpent Sea (January 2012, Night Shade Books) is going to have Jade on it this time.

Book Recs: We haven't done a book rec post in a while, so if you have a chance, post a comment with a rec of an SF/F or mystery novel you're reading now, or recently read, that you enjoyed, that you think other people would enjoy.


DC Women Kicking Ass: An Interview with the Batgirl of the SDCC panels

Jay Lake: [cancer] The things people say

FutureBook: I publish, therefore I am invisible

Classic photo of kickass women: Women firefighters douse flames during the Pearl Harbor attack

SF Signal: Galen Dara's Appreciation of Two Diverse Artists: Jo Chen and Joyce Farmer

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Reading now: The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
(Better late then never, right?)

I've been reading everything of Rachel Neumeier's that I can get my hands on. Starting with the Griffin Mage trilogy, then her two YA's, The City in the Lake and The Floating Islands. Plus two as-yet-unpublished ones (we share the same agent). Her prose is brilliant and beautiful, stoked by a glorious imagination, wonderful world-building, and memorable characters.

Just finished re-reading the Fools' Guild medieval mystery books by Alan Gordon, which start with 'Thirteenth Night'. A great comfort read, full of action and awful puns!

Also would recommend 'Desdaemona' by Ben Macallan to anyone who's looking for a quirky well-written urban fantasy with a distinctly British feel.

I've been enjoying Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift novels. Spot-on descriptions of London, plus sorcery. The first in the series is 'A Madness of Angels'.

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Some books I've really enjoyed lately:
  • Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies
  • Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim and Kill the Dead
  • Catherynne Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Currently reading: Diane Duane, Door into Sunset
(Anyone interested in seeing this series finished should see this.)

During breaks at work I'm re-reading P.C. Hodgell's Seeker's Mask

Read in July:
Jim Butcher, Ghost Story
Derek Landy, Dark Days
Carrie Vaughn, Kitty's Big Trouble
Jacqueline Carey, Naamah's Blessing
Ian C. Esslemont, Stonewielder

(Everything mentioned in this comment is book three or later in a series.)

I've been staying up way too late this past week reading Jacqueline Carey's Naamah's Blessing. I also just started reading Simon Pegg's autobiography Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid and I love him now more than ever. (Simon Pegg is science fictional right? Right?)

I'm also halfway through A Discovery of Witches which I like the idea of but keep getting distracted by because the main character is a professor who works in special collections, so I keep getting annoyed when she gets distracted from her research by the vampire and the problems I have with it are not ones other people are likely to have, I, uh, hope. *looks awkward*

I keep hearing good things about A Discovery of Witches -- I'm going to have to check it out.

I forgot to mention yesterday, the cover of The Serpent Sea (January 2012, Night Shade Books) is going to have Jade on it this time.

This is very cool. I've been spending way too much mental time trying to imagine exactly what she looks like. Jade's groundling form is Arbora, and my question is, does she have human-like hair on her head or is it all spines? (Strangely, in my mind, Moon in groundling form looks a lot like a certain John Sheppard.)

Jade has spines and frills, which are softer versions of the spines. The drawings don't quite get it right, because in my head both the queens and the male and female Aeriat have fairly big manes. I think the cover of the first book is much closer to how I see it.

(Strangely, in my mind, Moon in groundling form looks a lot like a certain John Sheppard.)

That's okay. :) Moon's groundling skin would be a lot darker, though.

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