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Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale

Through next Monday, July 31st, Orbit is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with $2.99 e-book deals on 10 of its most popular titles. Happy Anniversary, Orbit!

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Orbit, May 22, 2012
eBook, 576 pages

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best SF Novel of the Year

The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future.

The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Ancillary Justice
Imperial Radch 1
by Ann Leckie
Orbit, October 1, 2013
eBook, 432 pages

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Blood of Elves
Witcher 1
by Andrzej Sapkowski
Orbit, May 1, 2009
eBook, 416 pages

The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

Blood of Elves is the first full-length Witcher novel, and the perfect follow up if you've read The Last Wish collection.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Newsflesh 1
by Mira Grant
Orbit, May 1, 2010
eBook, 608 pages

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives-the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

FEED is the electrifying and critically acclaimed novel of a world a half-step from our own---a novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
The Fifth Season
Broken Earth 1
by N. K. Jemisin
Orbit, August 4, 2015
eBook, 512

"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)


This is the way the world ends...for the last time.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
The Girl With All the Gifts
by M. R. Carey
Orbit, June 10, 2014
eBook, 416 pages

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Leviathan Wakes
Expanse 1
by James S. A. Corey
Orbit, June 15, 2011
eBook, 592 pages

The first book in the landmark Expanse series, now a major television series from Syfy!

Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic, New York Times bestselling series the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the solar system.

Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship's captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Red Country
by Joe Abercrombie
Orbit, November 13, 2012
eBook, 480 pages

A New York Times bestseller!

They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.

Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into an alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust . . .

RED COUNTRY takes place in the same world as the First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold, and The Heroes. This novel also represents the return of Logen Ninefingers, one of Abercrombie's most beloved characters.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
Parasol Protectorate 1
by Gail Carriger
Orbit, October 1, 2009
eBook, 416 pages

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook Sale
The Way of Shadows
Night Angel Trilogy 1
by Brent Weeks
Orbit, October 1, 2008
eBook, 688

From New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks...

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

The View From Monday - December 19, 2016

Happy Monday! Note that we may be posting sporadically (or not) until the end of the year. We'll see. Just a thought - books make great holiday presents!

For Star Trek fans there are 2 adult coloring books out this week - Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: The Original Series. Also published this week is The Dreamblood Duology by N. K. Jemisin which includes The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun.

There are no debuts this week (or month) and only one formerly featured DAC Author has a book out this week:

Bayou Wolf (Bayou Magic 3) by Debbie Herbert is out in Mass Market Paperback.

The View From Monday - December 19, 2016

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

The View From Monday - December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016
Alpha's Revenge (e) N.J. Walters SFR - Project Alpha 3

December 20, 2016
Take Back the Sky Greg Bear SF - War Dogs 3
Dead Living Glenn Bullion SF/AP/PA
Kushiel's Legacy (e) Jacqueline Carey HistF - Kushiel's Legacy Omnibus
Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book CBS PerfArt/TV
Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book CBS PerfArt/TV
Ragnar Blackmane Aaron Dembski-Bowden SF - Space Marine Legends 1
The Art of Hammer - Posters from the Archive of Hammer Films Marcus Hearn PerfArt/ Film and Video
Bayou Wolf Debbie Herbert PNR - Bayou Magic 3
The Dreamblood Duology N. K. Jemisin F - The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence Ken MacLeod SF - Second Law Trilogy 2
The Lady Who Drew Me In Thomasine Rappold PNR
The Iron Tactician Alastair Reynolds SF
Fabius Bile: Primogenitor Josh Reynolds SF - Fabius Bile 1
Angels of Caliban Gav Thorpe SF - The Horus Heresy 38

December 21, 2016
One Fell Sweep (e) Ilona Andrews PNR - Innkeeper Chronicles 3
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed: The Official Movie Novelization - Special Edition Christie Golden SF - Assassin's Creed

December 22, 2016
Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities: Literary Retrofuturisms, Media Archaeologies, Alternate Histories Roger Whitson SF/SP/HC - Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

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

AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GB - Genre Bender
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MedTh - Medical Thriller
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PerfArt - Performing Arts
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Pop Culture
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SH - Superheroes
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
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.

Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season
Series:  The Broken Earth 1
Author:  N. K. Jemisin
Publisher:  Orbit, August 4, 2015
Format:  Trade Paperback and eBook, 512 pages
List Price:  US$15.99 (print); US$9.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9780316229296 (print); 9780316229302 (eBook)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin.

Brannigan's Review

The first thing I thought about after starting The Fifth Season is N. K. Jemisin does for fantasy what Kurt Vonnegut did for Science Fiction—she keeps it strange in a fun way. She likes to talk to the reader, constantly breaking the narrative, and she's funny.

Jemisin isn't afraid of doing some strange things, like having one character with a second person narrative, which I haven't seen since I stopped reading choose your own adventure books. I have to say it was actually my least favorite part of the book as it made it hard for me to connect to the character. Truthfully, I had a hard time connecting to most of her characters due mostly to their strangeness.

One area Jemisin excels in is world building. Her world is old and carries the ruins of past civilizations all over it. It's in constant seismic activity as the world seems to be trying to kill off every living thing. Because of this, the people are hardened. I loved how everything goes back to its relation to the world and its aggressive nature.

The negative of the story is I can't really say a lot happened that would make me want to go back for more. It was a fun experience reading it, but I didn't find anything to really grab me and pull me back for more. I prefer more action and events, as well as character connection in my fantasy. She nailed the world building, but that's only one of the three tiers of my personal preferences.

The Fifth Season is a one-of-a-kind fantasy book by a one-of-a-kind author. I'm still on the fence about how I truly feel about this book. I think I will be for awhile, until I've had time to really take it all in. I think this is a love/hate book that will depend on the reader's preferences. There is violence, adult language, and sexual situations. I would recommend the book to older teens and adults. For any friends who don't think fantasy can make you think, give them this book to read.

Orbit 10th Anniversary eBook SaleThe View From Monday - December 19, 2016Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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