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Martha Wells

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New Books Plus Weekend

I ended up taking most of the weekend off (one of our goddaughters came to stay the weekend for her birthday, and our other goddaughter who lives in town came over, and their parents day-tripped in on Saturday so it was a fun weekend) but I finished the second read-through of The Edge of Worlds. Today I'm doing some last changes (getting rid of a scene, maybe inserting a couple of others) etc, but I should still finish by Friday.


* Free short story at Three-Lobed Burning Eye Magazine: The Demon of Russet Street by Jessica Reisman
"There’s been a disassembling in the Shoals," Marshal Luin announced as she navigated the narrow stone stairs behind Rusk's house.
Reaching the garden at the bottom, where Rusk had spent his early morning reading, she added, "An unattached farrago named Sirin."
"A murder, you mean?" Rusk said, mildly.

* Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (this one's only $1.99 on Kindle right now)
It’s up to a famous rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier to handle humanity’s first contact with an alien ambassador—and prevent mass extinction—in this novel that blends magical realism with high-stakes action.

* Dominions by James a Hetley
When the goddess of death killed the goddess of chaos, she hadn't meant to wake every other god and godlet on earth and beyond, yet that's exactly what Melissa el Hajj has done. Now every single one of them is hunting her, drawn by the demon knife she carries.

* Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
Isobel, upon her sixteenth birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense—but not unlimited—power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve.

* The Warlord and the Nightingale: A steampunk fairy tale (Gunpowder Chronicles) by Jeannie Lin
Hanzo the karakuri puppet maker is summoned to Koriya Castle to build a mysterious device for a fearsome warlord. Within the walls, he encounters a beautiful courtesan who must sing from dusk until dawn to chase away nightmares. Caught in a madman's domain, will Hanzo find his escape, or sacrifice himself for the sake of love? A classic fairy-tale retold with a steampunk twist in feudal Japan.

* Avaryan Resplendent: Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr
Prince Daros of Han-Gilen is an infamous rake and wastrel–and a hidden and completely untrained mage of enormous power. Caught breaking the strictest laws of the Mageguild and their magical Worldgates, he is sentenced to serve an aged emperor far away from either taverns or temptations. But a tide of darkness is rising to swallow the worlds of the Gates. Mages are dying and worse; but Daros’s very lack of training shows him the way to stand against the tide: to enter the darkness, and pay its price, and engage it on its own ground.