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The View From Monday - January 21, 2019


Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week:

The Gutter Prayer (The Black Iron Legacy 1) by Gareth Hanrahan.

The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery (The Risen Kingdoms 2) by Curtis Craddock;

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Vultures (Miriam Black 6) by Chuck Wendig.

The View From Monday - January 21, 2019The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
The View From Monday - January 21, 2019
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - January 21, 2019



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

January 22, 2019
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Hod King Josiah Bancroft F/HistF - The Books of Babel 3
The Kingdom of Copper S. A Chakraborty F - The Daevabad Trilogy 2
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery Curtis Craddock F/SP - The Risen Kingdoms 2
Tor.com Publishing Editorial Spotlight #1: A Selection of Novellas (e) Carl Engle-Laird (Ed) SF/F - Anthology
The Gutter Prayer (D) Gareth Hanrahan F - The Black Iron Legacy 1
Pandora: Contagion Eric L. Harry SF/Th - Pandora Thriller 2
Callis and Toll: The Silver Shard Nick Horth F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Mississippi Roll (h2tp) George R. R. Martin
Wild Cards Trust
SF - Wild Cards 17
The Will to Battle (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction Sunyoung Park (Ed)
Sang Joon Park (Ed)
SF - Anthology
Miraculum Steph Post Occ/Sup/Cr/HistM
Crucible James Rollins Sus - Sigma Force Series 13
Blood Angels - The Complete Rafen Omnibus James Swallow SF - Warhammer 40,000
All Systems Red (Hardcover Edition) Martha Wells SF - The Murderbot Diaries 1
Vultures Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 6
Warriors of the Chaos Wastes C L Werner SF - Warhammer Chronicles
Golden State Ben H. Winters Cr/PolTh/TechTh



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
Cr - Crime
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HSF - Hard Science Fiction
Hu - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legend and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
NF - Near Future
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Parnormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PolTh - Political Thriller
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
Sc - Science
SE - Space Exploration
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The View From Monday - December 18, 2017


Happy Monday! There are no debuts this week and just one novel from a formerly featured DAC Author:

The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 3) by Ada Palmer.

The View From Monday - December 18, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - December 18, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

December 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Martian Job Jaine Fenn SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 Book 1
The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Sherrilyn Kenyon
Alethea Kontis
F
Roadwork (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus/H
When The Skies Fall Adam Korenman SF - The Gray Wars 2
Scorched Shadows Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 7
The Will to Battle Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
S Koji Suzuki Occ/Sup - Ring 5
The More Known World Tiffany Tsao CF - The Oddfits 2



December 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daredevil (e) Gwenda Bond SFTh - ReMade Season 2 6
Dragon Rampant (e) Karen Lord HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 11



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

December 2017 Releases


Here is The Qwillery's list of novels, etc. being published in December 2017. If there is something that we've missed, please leave a comment below. Any genre mistakes are ours. Leave a comment below if you feel that the genre is wrong. Also note that this list is always under revision. Publication dates change. We try to keep this as accurate as possible. Please note that we use the publisher's publication date in the US. Check The View From Monday each week for each week's updated release list.



December 2017 Releases



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

December 1, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Fallen (e) Michele Hauf PNR - Of Angels and Demons 3
Heartland Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 2
A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms Volume 3: The Sleeping Beauty\Beauty and the Werewolf (e) Mercedes Lackey F - A Tale of the Five Hundred Kingdoms
The Witch's Thirst (e) Deborah LeBlanc PNR
Third Flatiron Best of 2017 Juliana Rew (Ed) SpecFic - Anthology
The Unyielding Gary J. Shipley H
Spy Glass (e)(ri) Maria V. Snyder FR - Chronicles of Ixia



December 4, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Race (e) Amanda Carlson SF/PA/Dys - Holly Danger 3
Chosen One (e) Scarlett Dawn FR - Forever Evermore 6



December 5, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Canto Bight Saladin Ahmed
Rae Carson
Mira Grant
John Jackson Miller
SF - Star Wars
The Girl in the Tower Katherine Arden F - Winternight Trilogy 2
The Black Tide (e) Keri Arthur SF/GenEng/PA - Outcast Novel 3
Defiant Dave Bara SF - Lightship Chronicles 3
The Wicked Vampire Kate Baxter PNR - Last True Vampire 6
Immortal Life: A Soon To Be True Story Stanley Bing LF/TechnoTh/SF
Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired Lawrence Block (Ed) LF - Anthology
The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline Jeff Bond Art/SF - Star Trek
The Chaos of Luck Catherine Cerveny SFR - A Felicia Sevigny Novel 2
Persepolis Rising James S. A. Corey SF/SO -The Expanse 7
The Outcast Chronicles Rowena Cory Daniells F - Outcast Chronicles Omnibus
1636: The Vatican Sanction Eric Flint
Charles E. Gannon
SF - Ring of Fire 24
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness (h2mm) Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles 1
The Rising (h2mm) Heather Graham
Jon Land
Th/Sus
The Macedonian Nicholas Guild HistTh
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin Essays
The Forever Ship Francesca Haig SF/AP/PA - The Fire Sermon 3
Steadfast (e) Michelle Hauck HistF - Birth of Saints 3
The Dosadi Experiment and The Eyes of Heisenberg (ri) Frank Herbert SF/SO
The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel Tracy Hickman
Richard Garriott
F - Blade of the Avatar 1
Flame in the Dark Faith Hunter UF - A Soulwood Novel 3
The Order War (ri) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Saga of Recluce 4
The Wrong Dead Guy (h2tp) Richard Kadrey F/HU - Another Coop Heist 2
Record of a Night Too Brief Hiromi Kawakami Psy - Japanese Novellas
The Moon and the Other John Kessel SF
Legends of the Dragonrealm: Cut from the Same Shadow and Other Tales Richard A. Knaak F - Dragonrealm Novellas
The Dreamer's Song Lynn Kurland FR - A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms 11
Pathways Mercedes Lackey (Ed) F - Valdemar Anthology 11
The Witch's Thirst Deborah LeBlanc PNR
The White Serpent Tanith Lee F - Wars of Vis 3
A War in Crimson Embers Alex Marshall F - The Crimson Empire 3
Mississippi Roll George R. R. Martin Wild Cards Trust SH - Wild Cards 15
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson Richard Matheson H - Collection
Fleet Insurgent Susan R. Matthews SF - Under Jurisdiction 8
The Crimson King Graham McNeill SF - The Horus Heresy 44
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning David Moody Dys - Hater 4
The Last Sacrifice James A. Moore F - Tides of War 1
Heart Sight Robin Owens PNR - A Celta Novel 14
Plague Garden Josh Reynolds F - Hallowed Knights 1
Year One Nora Roberts F/P - Chronicles of the One 1
The Demon Crown James Rollins Th - Sigma Force 13
Glass Town (D) Steven Savile CF
Hymn Ken Scholes SF - The Psalms of Isaak 5
Princess Holy Aura Ryk E. Spoor CF
Winterglass Benjanun Sriduangkaew ScF
Empire Games: A Tale of the Merchant Princes Universe Charles Stross SF - Empire Games 1
God's Last Breath Sam Sykes F - Bring Down Heaven 3
Rosewater (e) Tade Thompson SF



December 6, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword and Spirt (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 9
Save Point (e) E. C. Myers
Amy Rose Capetta
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 4



December 11, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Emerald Princess: and Other Decadent Fantasies Félicien Champsaur
Brian Stableford (Tr)
F/H
Windhome Kristen Landon SF



December 12, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Warmaster Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts 14
The Founding Dan Abnett SF - Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus
The Art of Ferdinand Titan Books Art
The Art of Destiny, Volume 2 Bungie SF
The Mannequin Makers (D-US) Craig Cliff LF
Odysseus Awakening Evan Currie SF/SP - Odyssey One 6
Mad Hatters and March Hares: All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland Ellen Datlow (Ed) F - Anthology
A Sword of Truth Set: Richard and Kahlan (The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, Severed Souls, Warheart) (e) Terry Goodkind F - Richard and Kahlan
Seven Deadly Ghosts C.L. Hernandez F/DF - The Complicated Life of Deegie Tibbs 3
The Corean Chronicles, Volume Two: Alector's Choice, Cadmian's Choice, Soarer's Choice, The Lord-Protector's Daughter, Lady-Protector (e) L. E. Modesitt Jr. F - Corean Chronicles
Pretty Vicious (e) K.S. Merbeth SF/AP/PA - Wastelanders
The White City Simon Morden SF
The Two of Swords: Volume Three K. J. Parker F - The Two of Swords 3
Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Fyre Sean Schubert SF/AP/PA
The Complete Dragonships of Vindras Series (Bones of the Dragon, Secret of the Dragon, Rage of the Dragon, Doom of the Dragon) (e) Margaret Weis
Tracy Hickman
F - Dragonships of Vindras



December 13, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Man's Best Friend (e) Amy Rose Capetta
Gwenda Bond
SF/Th - ReMade Season 2 5
A Blur of Bright Water (e) Tessa Gratton
Karen Lord
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 10
Festival of Fear Graham Masterton H - Collection



December 14, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Halloween Children Brian James Freeman
Norman Prentiss
H
Firestorm (e) Lucy Hounsom F - The Worldmaker Trilogy 3



December 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Martian Job Jaine Fenn SF - NewCon Press Novellas Set 3 Book 1
The Simi's ABCs: Adventures with Dark-Hunters Sherrilyn Kenyon Alethea Kontis F
Roadwork (ri) Stephen King Th/Sus/H
When The Skies Fall Adam Korenman SF - The Gray Wars 2
Scorched Shadows Steve McHugh CF - The Hellequin Chronicles 7
The Will to Battle Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 3
S Koji Suzuki Occ/Sup - Ring 5
The More Known World Tiffany Tsao CF - The Oddfits 2



December 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Daredevil (e) Gwenda Bond
Matthew Cody
SFTh - ReMade Season 2 6
Dragon Rampant (e) Karen Lord
Joel Derfner
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 11



December 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Survival Ben Bova SF - Star Quest Trilogy 3
Kill All Angels Robert Brockway H - The Vicious Circuit 3
1636: Mission to the Mughals (h2mm) Eric Flint Griffin Barber AH - Ring of Fire 23
The Complete Aliens Omnibus: Volume Five Michael Jan Friedman SF/MTI
Assassin's Fate (h2mm) Robin Hobb F - Fitz and the Fool 3
Arachnosaur (D) Richard Jeffries H
Nemo Rising C. Courtney Joyner SF/SP
Better Dead (D) Pamela Kopfler PCM - A B&B Spirits Mystery 1
The Night Parade (tp2mm) Ronald Malfi H
The Man From the Diogenes Club Kim Newman F - Collection
Silver Silence (h2mm) Nalini Singh PNR - Psy-Changeling Trinity 1
Kill Before Dying (h2mm) Travis S. Taylor SF - Tau Ceti Agenda 5
Angels of Caliban (tp2mm) Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38
World's End Joan D. Vinge SF - Snow Queen 2
Count to Infinity John C. Wright SF - The Eschaton Sequence 6



December 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
We're All in This Together Owen King H - Collection



December 31, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Reading Stephen King Brian James Freeman (Ed) Essays
Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library! Hans-Ake Lilja H - Anthology
The Ignored Bentley Little H
Dominion Bentley Little H
The Walking Bentley Little H
Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel SF/PA
The Weight of Words Dave McKean F - Anthology
Don't Live For Your Obituary John Scalzi Essays
Ironclads (e) Adrian Tchaikovsky SF



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
ScF - Science Fantasy
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recent and upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


RJ Barker (2017)

Blood of Assassins
The Wounded Kingdom 2
Orbit, February 13, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The king is dead, long live the king...

The assassin Girton Club-foot and his master have returned to Maniyadoc in hope of finding sanctuary, but death, as always, dogs Girton's heels.

The place he knew no longer exists. War rages across Maniyadoc, with three kings claiming the same crown - and one of them is Girton's old friend Rufra. Girton finds himself hurrying to uncover a plot to murder Rufra on what should be the day of the king's greatest victory. But while Girton deals with threats inside and outside Rufra's war encampment, he can't help wondering if his greatest enemy hides beneath his own skin.

Blood of Assassins is the epic sequel to RJ Barker's debut Age of Assassins, set in a world ravaged by magic, featuring a cast of assassins, knights, ambitious noblemen, and fools.





Callie Bates (2017)

The Waking Land
The Waking Land 1
Del Rey, January 2, 2018
Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 27, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
In the lush and magical tradition of Naomi Novik’s award-winning Uprooted comes this riveting debut from brilliant young writer Callie Bates—whose boundless imagination places her among the finest authors of fantasy fiction, including Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir.

Lady Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder—and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition—powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.



The Memory of Fire
The Waking Land 2
Del Rey, June 5, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
Callie Bates’s debut novel, The Waking Land, announced the arrival of a brilliant new talent in epic fantasy. Now, with The Memory of Fire, Bates expertly deepens her tale, spinning glittering threads of magic and intrigue into a vibrant tapestry of adventure, betrayal, and romance.

Thanks to the magic of Elanna Valtai and the Paladisan noble Jahan Korakide, he lands once controlled by the empire of Paladis have won their independence. But as Elanna exhausts her powers restoring the ravaged land, news that the emperor is readying an invasion spurs Jahan on a desperate mission to establish peace.

Going back to Paladis proves to be anything but peaceful. As magic is a crime in the empire, punishable by death, Jahan must hide his abilities. Nonetheless, the grand inquisitor’s hunters suspect him of sorcery, and mysterious, urgent messages from the witch who secretly trained Jahan only increase his danger of being exposed. Worst of all, the crown prince has turned his back on Jahan, robbing him of the royal protection he once enjoyed.

As word of Jahan’s return spreads, long-sheathed knives, sharp and deadly, are drawn again. And when Elanna, stripped of her magic, is brought to the capital in chains, Jahan must face down the traumas of his past to defeat the shadowy enemies threatening his true love’s life, and the future of the revolution itself.





Ada Palmer (2016)

Seven Surrenders
Terra Ignota 2
Tor Books, November 28, 2017
Trade Paperback,
Hardcover and eBook, March 7, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
From 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner, Ada Palmer, the second book of Terra Ignota, a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity

“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war…a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed locations, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.

Shot through with astonishing invention, Ada Palmer's Seven Surrenders is the next movement in one of the great science fiction epics of our time.

Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead



The Will to Battle
Terra Ignota 3
Tor Books, December 19, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Novels by DAC Authors
The Will to Battlethe third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota seriesa political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity

“A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.” —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.

Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.

The Hives’ façade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away.

Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone—Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints—scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time.” —Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead

The View From Monday - November 27, 2017


Happy last Monday in November!


There is one debut this week:

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren.

The View From Monday - November 27, 2017
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



From formerly featured DAC Authors:

The Resurrection Game (Conspiracy of Angels 3) by Michelle Belanger;

Dangerously Divine (Broken Riders 2) by Deborah Blake;

Shadow Sun Seven (The Starfire Trilogy 2) by Spencer Ellsworth;

The Squirrel on the Train (Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 2) by Kevin Hearne; 

Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder 1) by Brian McClellan is out in Trade Paperback;

Seven Surrenders (Terra Ignota 2) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

Blood and Tempest (The Empire of Storms 3 ) by Jon Skovron;

and

Thunderbird (Miriam Black 4) by Chuck Wendig is out in Trade Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



The View From Monday - November 27, 2017



Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

November 28, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Taming the Lion: Saving His Wolf Kerry Adrienne PNR - Shifter Wars 3
The Resurrection Game Michelle Belanger DF/UF - Conspiracy of Angels 3
Dangerously Divine Deborah Blake PNR - Broken Riders 2
Eagle Rising David Devereux DF
Darkness Falling Ian Douglas SF - Andromedan Dark 2
Once Bitten, Twice Burned Cynthia Eden PNR - Phoenix Fire Novel 2
Starfire: Shadow Sun Seven Spencer Ellsworth SF/SO - The Starfire Trilogy 2
Dark Magic (ri) Christine Feehan PNR -Dark 4
The Brightest Embers Jeaniene Frost PNR - A Broken Destiny Novel 3
The Devastation of Baal Guy Haley SF - Space Marine Conquests 1
The Keeper of Lost Things
(h2tp)
Ruth Hogan Fict
Djinn City Saad Z. Hossain F/CF/HU
Tales of the Slayer (e) Various SF/F/H - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series 1
Star Trek Prometheus - Fire with Fire Bernd Perplies
Christian Humberg
SF - Star Trek Prometheus
Mrs. Caliban (ri) Rachel Ingalls LF
Vampire Fight Club (e) Larissa Ione PNR - A Demonica Story
Mass Effect: Initiation N.K. Jemisin
Mac Walters
SF/MTI - Mass Effect
Unleash the Night Sherrilyn Kenyon FR/CF/P - Dark-Hunter 8
Revival (ri) Stephen King H
Wake a Sleeping Tiger (h2mm) Lora Leigh PNR - Breeds 31
Weave a Circle Round (D) Kari Maaren CF/SF/TT/CoA
Titan: Fortune of War David Mack SF - Star Trek
Sins of Empire (h2tp) Brian McClellan F - Gods of Blood and Powder 1
Cold Welcome (h2mm) Elizabeth Moon SF/SO - Vatta's Peace 1
Seven Surrenders (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 2
Deathwatch: The Omnibus Steve Parker
Justin D Hill
Ian St. Martin
and more
SF - Deathwatch
The Goblet S.C. Parris DF - The Dark World 5
The Year of the Knife G.D. Penman F/Th/UF
Bay of Sighs (tp2mm) Nora Roberts PNR - Guardians Trilogy 2
Blood and Tempest Jon Skovron F - The Empire of Storms 3
Extinction War Nicholas Sansbury Smith SF - The Extinction Cycle 7
The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (e) Lisa Tuttle PM - From the Casebooks of Jesperson & Lane 2
Shadow of Victory (h2mm) David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 19
Thunderbird (h2tp) Chuck Wendig SupTh - Miriam Black 4



November 29, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Wyvern's Outlaw (e) Deborah Cooke FR - The Dragons of Incendium 4
Behind the Mask (e) Joel Derfner
Paul Witcover
HistF - Tremontaine Season 3 #8



November 30, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Penric's Mission Lois McMaster Bujold F - World of the Five Gods Novella
The Squirrel on the Train Kevin Hearne UF - Oberon's Meaty Mysteries 2
The Handyman Bentley Little H
Deadknobs and Doomsticks Joe Pasquale H - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
Bio - Biography
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
Fict - Fiction
FM - Folklore and Mythology
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
MU - MashUp
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PHR- Paranormal Historical Romance
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Psy - Psychological
PsySus - Psychological Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
Ref - Reference
RP - Role Playing
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SO - Space Opera
SP - SteamPunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

The 2017 Compton Crook 35th Award - Winner


The winner of the 2017 Compton Crook 35th Award has been announced.
The members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (BSFS) created the Compton Crook Award in 1982 to honor the best first novel of the year written by an individual author (collaborations are not eligible) in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre. Since its inception, the award has been presented at Balticon — the four-day annual Maryland regional science fiction convention produced by BSFS, currently held on Memorial Day weekend in the Baltimore, MD area.

The Award was named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981. Professor Crook was active for many years in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and was a staunch champion of new works in the fields eligible for the award. The first Compton Crook Award was presented in 1983 for Donald Kingsbury's debut novel Courtship Right, a work published in 1982.


Too Like the Lightning
Terra Ignota 1
Tor Books, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Trade Paperback, January 24, 2017

The 2017 Compton Crook 35th Award - Winner
Short-listed for the 2017 Hugo Award Best Novel category, Ada Palmer's political science fiction, Too Like the Lightning, ventures into a human future of extraordinary originality

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life...

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists


The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the 2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists

About the Compton Crook Award:
The members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (BSFS) created the Compton Crook Award in 1982 to honor the best first novel of the year written by an individual author (collaborations are not eligible) in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre. Since its inception, the award has been presented at Balticon — the four-day annual Maryland regional science fiction convention produced by BSFS, currently held on Memorial Day weekend in the Baltimore, MD area.
Read more here.


2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists

The Finalists

Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire 1) - Yoon Ha Lee - Solaris, June 14, 2016

Arabella of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby) - David D. Levine - Tor Books, July 12, 2016

Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan - HarperTeen, January 19, 2016

Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files 1) - Sylvain Neuvel - Del Rey, April 26, 2016

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) - Ada Palmer - Tor Books, May 10, 2016

Sleep State Interrupt - T.C. Weber - See Sharp Press, September 1, 2016




Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit
The Machineries of Empire 1
Solaris Books, June 14, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics.  Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics.  Cheris's career isn't the only thing at stake.  If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris's best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own.  As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao--because she might be his next victim.




David D. Levine

Arabella of Mars
The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
Tor Books, July 12, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 352 pages
Mass Market Paperback, May 30, 2017

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Arabella of Mars, the debut novel by Hugo-winning author David D. Levine offers adventure, romance, political intrigue, and Napoleon in space!




Kathy MacMillan

Sword and Verse
HarperTeen , January 19, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley called "fascinating and unique," debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.

Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that's been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground rebel army—to help liberate the city's slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.




Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants
Themis Files 1
Del Rey, April 26, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages
Trade Paperback, January 24, 2017

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?




Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning
Terra Ignota 1
Tor Books, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages
Trade Paperback, January 24, 2017

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life...




T.C. Weber

Sleep State Interrupt
See Sharp Press, September 1, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 318 pages

2017 Compton Crook 35th Award Finalists
In Sleep State Interrupt, a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few.

Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, is the only hope for a brighter future. She and her countercultural friends bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail and sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser at the Smithsonian castle, where they hope to record incriminating admissions that will wake up the world. Hunted by Homeland Security, Waylee and her friends must reach a sufficient audience by broadcasting their video during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built.

The View From Monday - January 23, 2017


Happy Monday!

There are 3 debuts this week:

Department Zero by Paul Crilley;

Dreadnought (Nemesis 1) by April Daniels;

and

Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking;

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.




From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson 11) by Darynda Jones;

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 1) by Sylvain Neuvel is out in Trade Paperback;

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) by Ada Palmer is out in Trade Paperback;

and

Unveiled (A Changeling P.I. Novel 2) is out in Mass Market Paperback.

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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.



Debut novels are highlighted in green. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in blue.



The View From Monday - January 23, 2017



January 24, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Legends of the Age of Sigmar David Annandale
David Guymer
Guy Haley
Robbie MacNiven
Josh Reynolds
Rob Sanders
Gav Thorpe
F - Warhammer: Age of Sigmar 1
Of Fate and Phantoms (e) C.J. Archer HistF - Ministry of Curiosities 7
The Blue Line (h2tp) Ingrid Betancourt Pol/MR/LF
A Case of Conscience (e) James Blish SF/Meta
The Skill of Our Hands Steven Brust
Skyler White
CF - The Incrementalists 2
Prophets of the Ghost Ants Clark Thomas Carlton F - The Antasy Series 1
The Andromeda Strain (ri) Michael Crichton TechTh/SF/AP/PA
Department Zero (D - Adult) Paul Crilley CF/SF/SP
Dreadnought (D) April Daniels SH/LGBT - Nemesis 1
Power Game Christine Feehan PNR/Th/SF/GenEng - GhostWalker 13
Death's Mistress: Sister of Darkness Terry Goodkind F - The Nicci Chronicles Volume 1
Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone Richard Handley (Ed)
Jim Beard (Ed)
SF - Planet of the Apes
Age of Wonders: Exploring the World of Science Fiction David G. Hartwell LC/SF/F
Three Years with the Rat (D) Jay Hosking LF/SF/TT
Mr. Splitfoot (h2tp) Samantha Hunt LF
Complete Ghost Stories M. R. James GH - Macmillan Collector's Library
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Darynda Jones PM - Charley Davidson 11
Mongrels (h2tp) Stephen Graham Jones CoA
A Conversation in Blood Paul S. Kemp F/DF - Egil & Nix 3
Passing Strange Ellen Klages HistF/R
Who Killed Piet Barol? Richard Mason LF
Sleeping Giants (h2tp) Sylvain Neuvel SF/TechTh - Themis Files 1
Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories Kim Newman H - Collection
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (h2tp) Claire North PsyTh
Too Like the Lightning (h2tp) Ada Palmer SF - Terra Ignota 1
Night Blood James M. Thompson H - Elijah Pike Vampire Chronicles 1
The Merman (h2tp) Carl-Johan Vallgren MR
Unveiled Ruth Vincent UF - Changeling P.I. 2
The Time Machine H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 92
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells SF - Macmillan Collector's Library 93
Leman Russ: The Great Wolf Chris Wraight SF - The Horus Heresy: Primarchs 2



January 26, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Apocalyptic Fiction (ri) Andrew Tate AP/HC - 21st Century Genre Fiction



January 27, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Call to Arms (Ke) Jay Allan SF - Blood on the Stars 2



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindly only eBook
mm - Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FL - Family Life
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghosts
GN - Graphic Novel
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
Meta - Metaphysical
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
Psy - Psychological
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SO - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
Vis - Visionary


Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26


This is the twenty-sixth in this new series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their works published since their last update. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year that author was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here Part 11 here Part 21 here Part 31 here Part 41 here
Part 2 here Part 12 here Part 22 here Part 32 here Part 42 here
Part 3 here Part 13 here Part 23 here Part 33 here Part 43 here
Part 4 here Part 14 here Part 24 here Part 34 here Part 44 here
Part 5 here Part 15 here Part 25 here Part 35 here Part 45 here
Part 6 here Part 16 here Part 26 here Part 36 here Part 46 here
Part 7 here Part 17 here Part 27 here Part 37 here Part 47 here
Part 8 here Part 18 here Part 28 here Part 38 here Part 48 here
Part 9 here Part 19 here Part 29 here Part 39 here Part 49 here
Part 10 here Part 20 here Part 30 here Part 40 here Part 50 here



Malka Older (2016)

Infomocracy
Tor.com, August 8, 2017
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 7, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26
It's been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.

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?

Infomocracy is Malka Older's debut novel.





Lauren Oliver (2014)

Replica
HarperCollins, October 4, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 544 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26
Two girls, two stories, one epic novel

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book" that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.





Melissa F. Olson (2012)

Nightshades
Tor.com, July 19, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 176 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26
Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations―the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades.

Or vampires, as they’re more widely known.

Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids before it’s too late.

Nightshades is a new gritty urban fantasy from Melissa F. Olson.


Boundary Born
Boundary Magic 3
47North, June 21, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 288 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26
Something wicked is at work in Colorado’s supernatural community. Vampires are being paralyzed or killed with poison…a weapon favored by witches. This offense threatens to break apart the already-fractured alliance between witches and the undead.

The state’s cardinal vampire, Maven, summons boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther to stop the killing before it ignites a war. Lex has barely started investigating when she gets another surprise: the biological father she’s never met arrives on her doorstep. He has answers to all of Lex’s questions about her bloodline, but getting those answers could mean betraying the life she’s already built.

Then the next vampire is poisoned—and this time it’s Maven herself. The new evil that hunts Lex is powerful and ruthless enough to stop the strongest supernatural creature in the state. In order to find such a killer, Lex will have to face down her own birthright and call on every ally—both living and dead.


Midnight Curse
Disrupted Magic 1
47North, February 7, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook

[cover not yet revealed]
Scarlett Bernard is used to cleaning up messes. As a human who cancels out any magic around her, Scarlett’s job is to keep the supernatural world hidden—at any cost.

On the eve of the Vampire Trials, a two-day tribunal that allows the otherworldly community to air their grievances, Scarlett receives a blood-soaked message from Molly, her estranged former roommate. Molly, a vampire, had been living with twelve human college students…and in one terrible night, she slaughtered them all.

Scarlett believes Molly’s been set up, but no one else in the Old World agrees with her. And the true perpetrator is determined to make sure Molly goes on trial for the massacre—the penalty for which is death.

With less than two days to prove her friend’s innocence, Scarlett calls on former LAPD detective Jesse Cruz to help her dig into Molly’s past. But no one—Molly included—wants Scarlett and Jesse to bring the terrible truth to light.





Daniel O'Malley (2012)

Stiletto
The Rook Files 2
Back Bay Books, April 18, 2017
Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 14, 2016

[cover not yet revealed]
"Satisfying and spellbinding....I just loved this book."--Charlaine Harris

When two secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers--and the bureaucratic finesse--to get the job done. Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries:

The Checquy--the centuries-old covert organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and...

The Grafters--a supernatural threat.

But as bizarre attacks sweep London and threaten negotiations, old hatreds flare. Surrounded by spies, only the Rook and two women who absolutely loathe each other can find the culprits before they trigger all-out war.

STILETTO is a novel of preternatural diplomacy, paranoia, and snide remarks from an author who "adroitly straddles the thin line between fantasy, thriller, and spoof." (Booklist)





Ada Palmer (2016)

Too Like the Lightning
Terra Ignota 1
Tor Books, January 24, 2017
Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Hardcover and eBook, May 10, 2016

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life...


Seven Surrenders
Terra Ignota 2
Tor Books, February 21, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors, Part 26

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Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning


Please welcome Ada Palmer to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews and the Too Like the Lightning Blog Tour. Too Like the Lightning was published on May 10th by Tor Books.



Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Ada:  I started writing when I was tiny. I still have a one paragraph short story about blue and silver alien raccoons on Planet Forest printed out on the new high-tech dot matrix printer at my Dad’s office and lovingly illustrated in scribble. I remember the thrill as the words came out in real print, it felt so important, so permanent. So I’ve been writing, and plotting and outlining stories constantly for as long as I can remember. At first I just enjoyed creating stories and wanted to share them, but over time I became more interested in the conversation people have about stories, wanting to add my ideas to the big worldwide discussion and see people chew on them and create new ideas in response.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Ada:  I outline everything in advance, usually more than a book ahead, so for this series I was outlining book three as I began book 1. I don’t think I could make something so intricate without a detailed outline. I stick to my outlines too, and regret it when I don’t. Sometimes as I’m working I look back over my outline and think, “Why did I make those two separate chapters? I can cut this bit and merge these two together and save space!” and then I try, and a week into banging my head against the attempt I admit, “Nope, Past Me was completely right, those have to be two separate chapters. Why do I even doubt Past Me anymore?”



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Ada:  Finding time. I’m a historian by trade, teaching at U Chicago, which is not a profession that’s kind to your leisure hours. If I’m not up late helping students I’m up late translating Latin, or drafting articles, or helping the Shakespeare screening club or something. I have to be incredibly disciplined about time to carve out any, though I do try to write in the morning every day, if an academic emergency or new discovery doesn’t interfere. When I do sit down to write I’m always so eager and over-ready for it that it flows right out, not quickly but certainly with no delay or difficulty; on the contrary, I get so into it that time flies, and sometimes I discover I’m running late to my own class (ouch!) or that I’ve forgotten to eat lunch. And breakfast.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

AdaTerra Ignota is most directly based on 18th century philosophical novels by figures like Voltaire and Diderot. They wrote speculative fiction too, of a sort, exploring imagined political systems, metaphysics, even aliens in Voltaire’s Micromegas. We’re used to using classic science fiction futures to ask questions about things like technology, heroism, or transhumanism, but I wanted to write one that would ask the kinds of questions 18th century authors asked, about cultural relativism, hierarchy, equality, and whether we can reconcile Justice and Providence.



TQDescribe Too Like the Lightning in 140 characters or less.

Ada:  A future of globe-spanning borderless nations faces 2 threats: a break-in at the world transit hub, & a miracle-working boy in a world which bans religious language.



TQTell us something about Too Like the Lightning that is not found in the book description.

Ada:  Metaphysics! I love books that deal with big questions of metaphysics. Friends smirk when I say it but I think a book without metaphysics is like a day without gelato; it could be great, but would be even better with gelato! The book description says that the boy Mycroft and Carlyle find has the power to “make wishes come true” by bringing inanimate objects to life, but that isn’t how the characters discuss it, they discuss it as a “miracle,” and right away we get into the big question of what that might mean about metaphysics if it’s true. And the metaphysics keeps going, all the way.



TQWhat inspired you to write Too Like the Lightning? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Ada:  Since as kids we all grow up on fantasy and science fiction themes in storybooks and kids’ shows, for me the question is why I still prefer this genre now that I’ve grown up. Ursula Le Guin has described speculative fiction authors as “realists of a larger reality” because we imagine other ways of being, alternatives to how people live now, different worlds, and the questions about hope and change and possibilities and different worlds contain. I think she’s absolutely right that most “realist” or literary fiction is much more confined to this moment, the immediate questions of the fears and obsessions of our current instant, and how to live with them. Speculative fiction is much more similar to the historic literature I’m used to reading as a historian, which wasn’t written for the instant audience of one year or one decade, but for a community who would pass works on slowly over generations, one manuscript or hand-stamped print run at a time, and who were reading authors from earlier eras and writing for readers who would live in later eras. The figures I study as a historian—Voltaire, Petrarch, Dante—are speculative fiction authors too, and just like modern speculative fiction they used fantastic elements, imaginary kingdoms, inhuman characters, and allegories to ask questions, not about how to cope with the way the world is, but about ways the world could be, how it might change. I like the way such authors use speculation to write about hope, change, and alternatives, and the way they have empathy across time, responding to predecessors and speaking to posterity in the faith that we will pay it forward. Pre-modern authors did all that using speculative fiction, so it’s what I wanted to too.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Too Like the Lightning?

Ada:  I spend all day doing research on history, so I’m constantly squirreling away historical trivia, practices, anecdotes and questions that would be fun to explore in fiction, if I can’t fit them into my nonfiction.



TQWho was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Ada:  The easiest at this point is my main narrator, Mycroft Canner, since I’ve developed his voice so thoroughly, though he wasn’t easy at first. Like many Enlightenment narrators he is much more openly emotional and conversational than most modern narrators, often breaking off into long philosophical or historical tangents, addressing the “gentle reader” directly, and apologizing when he feels he’s failed. It’s a voice that lets me do a lot of “showing by telling” i.e. when Mycroft chooses to have a tangent telling us about some aspect of his world it shows us what he thinks the average reader of his day will know—since Mycroft is imagining a reader living at least 400 years in our future, his assumptions about the reader’s questions and opinions are often wrong in ways that reveal a lot about his world, and him.

The hardest is a character with lots of different names, usually referred to as J.E.D.D. Mason. Some of the reasons J.E.D.D. Mason is hard to write are spoilers, but one that isn’t too spoilery is that J.E.D.D. Mason was raised speaking seven languages, so I always pause to think through the structure of every sentence to consider how elements Latin or French or Greek or Japanese syntax might color the English. Every time J.E.D.D. Mason speaks it takes me quite some time to think through the best phrasing, but it’s worth it, a very special character.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Too Like the Lightning?

Ada:  Social issues like race, gender, sexuality, religion and cultural relativism were big focuses of the eighteenth-century literature I used as my model, so I made them a big part of this series too. Gender is the biggest focus: this future believes it is post-gender, with gender neutral pronouns, clothes, and policies, but the narrator says it’s all just hiding residual ideas of gender which are still a big part of how people think, baggage left over from Earth’s millennia of gendered culture. It falls to the reader to observe and decide whether the narrator is right about this, or whether the obsession with gender is all in the narrator’s head. Racial diversity had to be a big part of the book because the transportation system means that people from all over the world mix everywhere, so all races live as minorities outnumbered by the members of many other minorities, a cultural development people in the book refer to as the “Death of Majority.” I really like how I got to touch on ageism, since in this future medicine has expanded lifespans to an average of 150 years, so if you pay close attention you can see how people’s ideas of what ages count as young, adult, or old have changed (just as in the past sometimes 12 or 13 was seen as adult but isn’t today). Similarly for ableism/disability, I tried to think about the new issues which might be generated by technological advances in medicine, since if conditions/injuries which are lethal now are treatable in the future, that means there will be people who have survived them and are living with the physical and emotional consequences.



TQWhich question about Too Like the Lightning do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!: MY QUESTION: Did you do anything strange or special with language, layout, or typography of the book?

Tons. I study the history of printing so I’m a big typography geek, and when I wrote to Tor’s awesome layout team about my ideas they went all out. The book is laid out like an eighteenth-century book, in period fonts with woodblock-type ornaments and ornamental italics. It was also common for period books to have a censorship page in the front, giving royal, episcopal or Inquisitorial permission for the book to be printed, and this book has an equivalent page which mixes historic and imagined future censorship techniques. You can learn a lot about a world from seeing what’s censored in it, and by which authorities. I also did a lot with punctuation. The characters in the book are from all over the world and speak many different languages, so when they do the text appears in English but the punctuation appears like the punctuation in that language, with French, Greek or Japanese quotation marks, Spanish sentences using ¡ and ¿ etc. It’s amazingly quick to get used to and I love how it makes you constantly aware that this is a world where English is only one of several dominant languages, and where most of the action is taking space far outside the Anglosphere. There’s Latin in the book too, which doesn’t have its own punctuation (don’t worry, I didn’t leave out the spaces like classical Latin!) but the narrator includes the Latin text for Latin dialog as well as English translations, since an 18th century book would have included the Latin too. The narrator also speaks in a voice which mixes pre-modern and contemporary styles, since this is a narrator in the future trying to sound like the past but not always succeeding, resulting in a mix.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Too Like the Lightning.

Ada:  My favorite quotes are spots where the prose makes past and future clash, where I write ornate addresses to the reader, or almost Homeric similes, very un-modern feeling, but reference something jarringly modern in the course of them.

“You must forgive me my ‘thee’s and ‘thou’s and ‘he’s and ‘she’s, my lack of modern words and modern objectivity. It will be hard at first, but whether you are my contemporary still awed by the new order, or an historian gazing back at my Twenty-fifth Century as remotely as I gaze back on the Eighteenth, you will find yourself more fluent in the language of the past than you imagined; we all are.”

“To say they listened intently is too commonplace. This was a different focus, deep. As when Utopia has sent a brave and precious probe to skim the surface of all-swallowing Jupiter, and the silence breaks, and the technicians lean raptly over their screens to piece together meaning from this first fuzzed data stolen from the heavens, so these nine men locked upon the words of their unofficial Tenth Director.”

“My old self laughed seeing the others’ faces as they watched me, or tried to watch me. Imagine, reader, in primordial days some vicious dinosaur, heavy with nightmare jaws, which chases a shimmering lizard up a slope, and the predator rejoices, already tasting the kill in its blood-starved mind, when, all at once, its slim prey spreads its feathered fins and takes to the air in a world that had not yet realized life could fly.”



TQThe world in Too Like the Lightning is described as "a hard-won utopia..." Do you have any favorite utopian novels?

Ada:  Is it dorky to say Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis? (Published 1627.) It describes an idealized 17th century island nation with an academy of scientists and researchers dedicated to exploration, invention and improving the human condition. For me New Atlantis is the most powerful and most realistic utopia, for all its heavy-handed politics and divine intervention, because it’s a utopia about progress. Instead of a static unchanging ideal world, it describes an ideal way to streamline how the world will change, a society set up to constantly improve, with institutions engineered to make sure it always changes for the better, and that all people benefit. Especially since I spend so much time studying history, how constantly we’ve changed, it makes more sense to me to think about an ideal path than an ideal world, and to think of utopias as a glimpse of a moment along a good path. Modern dystopias fascinate me, especially the classics like 1984, Brave New World and Zamyatin’s We, and, if you think about it, both BNW and We are utopias in a lot of ways, with happy populations and long life-spans, except that change and progress have been stifled, which requires stifling human ingenuity, individuality and creativity as well. I think a real utopia, a good path for humanity, will never be static, since the human mind always conceives new things to make, and do, and try.



TQWhat's next?

Ada:  The second book of Terra Ignota comes out in early December, so I’m very happy that people don’t have long to wait. The third book in the series is also finished so should come out soon after that, and the fourth book is well underway. It’s four total, a complete series fully plotted out, so no one has to worry about endless waiting or perennial cliffhangers.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





Too Like the Lightning
Terra Ignota 1
Tor Books, May 10, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life...





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Terra Ignota 2
Tor Books, December 6, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 400 pages

Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning






About Ada

Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning
Ada Palmer is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass. Her personal site is at adapalmer.com, and she writes about history for a popular audience at exurbe.com and about SF and fantasy-related matters at Tor.com.


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