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Monday Book Recs

This weekend we saw the movie Trumbo, which was excellent. It's the story of writer Dalton Trumbo, who refused to testify to the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in congress in 1947 (during the witch hunt for communists), went to prison, and was blacklisted by Hollywood. It's a very gripping story, and very relevant right now.

* There's a great review of The Edge of Worlds at Rising Shadow.net:
"What makes The Edge of Worlds stand out among other fantasy novels is the author's passion for storytelling and and her strong worldbuilding. Martha Wells has created a strong and addictive story that adds depth and more sense of wonder to her fantasy world. She has also created three-dimensional characters that are wonderfully realistic and even have flaws that make them all the more interesting."

New Books

* Tor.com: Excerpt of Infomocracy by Malka Older (Preorder)
With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

* Beastkeeper by C.L. Hellisen
Falling in love means becoming a monster. Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She's grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn't know that it's magic her parents are running from.

* Preorder: The Starlit Wood edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
An all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings, featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers.

* Free story: World SF Blog: The Basics of Flight by Joyce Chng

* Free story: Distant Thunder by Juliet E. McKenna

* Free Story: Nightmare Magazine: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong (this was also in Queers Destroy Horror)

* Preorder: Of Sand and Malice by Bradley Beaulieu
Çeda, the heroine of the novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.

Kickstarter: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling Anthology
Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is an anthology of short stories and poems that highlights the long-standing tradition of writers who identify tropes and cliches in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and twist them into something new and interesting.

* Preorder: The Second Death Los Nefilim Part 3 by T. Frohock
For Diago Alvarez, that’s the choice before him. For unless he wants to see his son Rafael die, he must do the unthinkable: Help the Nazis receive the plans to the ultimate weapon. And while Diago grows more comfortable not only with his heritage, but also with his place among Guillermo’s Los Nefilim, he is still unsure if he truly belongs amongst them.