We had an ice storm last night, and there's a bit of snow in our yard and the street this morning.
* Dismantling the Echo Chamber: On Africa SF A review by Andrea Hairston of Africa SF, edited by Mark Bould.
Africa SF is a marvelous meditation on African cultural production. It celebrates and troubles, analyzes and reviews, critiques and illuminates the black-to-the-future science fiction and fantasy project from the 1880’s to the present. Mark Bould gathers writers, artists, scholars, and critics so that we can talk to each other and everyone else about what’s been going down and what might be coming up! Sf scholar Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe) interviews me about my sf&f novels and plays. Essays, reviews, and interviews explore novels, comics, film, music, and visual art. This range is a treat for readers well-versed in the topic while still being largely accessible to curious readers unfamiliar with this tradition in change.
* The Big Idea: Lillian Stewart Carl Lillian has a new book out in her ghost story/mystery series, The Avalon Chanter. I really love this series. It's set in modern day Scotland, with Jean Fairbairn who is a historian/writer and Alasdair Cameron, a police detective, who can both hear and see ghosts. The first one is The Secret Portrait and is on kindle for .99.
* Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells is out.
Patrol cop Kate Prospero didn't know that the bloody werewolf that she shot was the number one snitch for the Magic Enforcement Agency task force. What she has come to realize, though, is that getting an assignment with MEA is just the first step in putting her life permanently endangered.
* I just read London Falling by Paul Cornell, and enjoyed it a lot. It's a fantasy/mystery, for people who love fantasy and British detective series like Inspector Lewis or Luther. In fact, it's a very cinematic book, and I could see Idris Elba playing Costain, and Noel Clarke playing Sefton. (Plus the guy who plays Inspector Fred Thursday in Endeavor as Quill.) I'm not sure what actress would play Ross; her looks were so distinctive. But it's about three police detectives and an analyst who get the second sight and have to solve a horrible magical serial killer case in a London they can now see is populated with ghosts and terrible things, and they have no help and no one to tell them what to do.
* Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Descended from powerful magic-users, but ignorant of her heritage, young Alfreda Sorensson learns magic and wisdom from her extended family in an alternate early 1800s Michigan Territory.
"Katharine Eliska Kimbriel's Allie books do Harry Potter one, or two, maybe even three better. This is superb dark fantasy. These are the kind of good books that help a reader get through a bad night."
--Alexis Glynn Latner, author of Hurricane Moon
January 24th, 2014