Haul & News – 17 May 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig (review) from Adaptive Books on NetGalley
  • Reach for Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan (review) from Solaris on NetGalley
  • Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review) from Hachette Australia
  • The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 edited by Gordon Van Gelder (review) from Tachyon Publications on NetGalley
  • Buzz Books 2014: Young Adult by Publishers Lunch (review) from NetGalley

Coin Heist caught my attention mainly because of the cover, but the blurb sealed the deal:

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. 

Unfortunately my reading has been a bit slow lately. I want to read this! Other things are currently in the way and I’m struggling to find the time to read. Last weekend I was away giving judges talks and on the plane I read 22 issues of various comics rather than any novels. Sigh.

Reach for Infinity is an anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan – any of his I tend to pick up without second though, as they’re all pretty decent. The contents are as follows:

  • “Break My Fall”, Greg Egan
  • “The Dust Queen”, Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Fifth Dragon”, Ian McDonald
  • “Kheldyu”, Karl Schroeder
  • “Report Concerning The Presence of Seahorses On Mars”, Pat Cadigan
  • “Hiraeth: a tragedy in four acts”, Karen Lord
  • “Amicae Aeternum”, Ellen Klages
  • “Trademark Bugs: A Legal History”, Adam Roberts
  • “Attitude”, Linda Nagata
  • “Invisible Planets”, Hannu Rajaniemi
  • “Wilder Still, the Stars”, Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • “The Entire Immense Superstructure’: An Installation”, Ken Macleod
  • “In Babelsberg”, Alastair Reynolds
  • “Hotshot”, Peter Watts

As usual, I’ll try to review each story individually, as well as the anthology as a whole.

Thief’s Magic is a book I didn’t request to review, but very thankful to receive. I’ve read most of Trudi’s work, and like the sound of this new series. Trudi’s work is usually quick to read and hard to put down, incredibly engaging and a full world you really feel you can step into and disappear within, so it’ll be a good book for the weekend!

Tachyon’s The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Volume 2, edited by Gordon Van Gelder was a book very kindly offered to me by the publisher via the NetGalley widget (my first offer via NG!)  I haven’t read an anthology put together by Van Gelder yet, so I’ll be interested to see how this balances. I’m really looking forward to it! I’m reading so many anthologies lately.

  • “The Third Level” by Jack Finney
  • “Fondly Fahrenheit” by Alfred Bester
  • “The Cosmic Charge Account” by C. M. Kornbluth
  • “The Anything Box” by Zenna Henderson
  • “The Prize of Peril” by Robert Sheckley
  • “—All You Zombies—” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Green Magic” by Jack Vance
  • “The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth” by Roger Zelazny
  • “Narrow Valley” by R. A. Lafferty
  • “Sundance” by Robert Silverberg
  • “Attack of the Giant Baby” by Kit Reed
  • “The Hundredth Dove” by Jane Yolen
  • “Jeffty Is Five” by Harlan Ellison
  • “Salvador” by Lucius Shepard
  • “The Aliens Who Knew, I mean, Everything” by George Alec Effinger
  • “Rat” by J. P. Kelly
  • “The Friendship Light” by Gene Wolfe
  • “The Bone Woman” by Charles de Lint
  • “The Lincoln Train” by Maureen McHugh
  • “Maneki Neko” by Bruce Sterling
  • “Winemaster” by Robert Reed
  • “Suicide Coast” by M. John Harrison
  • “Have Not Have” by Geoff Ryman
  • “The People of Sand & Slag” by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “Echo” by Liz Hand
  • “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” by Stephen King
  • “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu

Buzz Books 2014: Young Adult contains substantial pre-publication excerpts from more than 20 forthcoming young adult and middle grade books. This one contains excepts from Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, Julie Kagawa and 18 others. It’ll be interesting! Though probably also aggravating, because you’ll want to read on, but won’t be able to.

Links of Notice

  • So it seems that Orbit will not be providing full copies of their Hugo-nominated novels in the Hugo Packet, which has recently become the norm. They’ll be providing extended excerpts instead.
  • As usual, John Scalzi has a fairly well-rounded blog post of thoughts on this.
  • The authors involved (Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), Ann Leckie, Charles Stross) have released a statement regarding this as well.

Cover Reveals:

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab

Expected publication: February 2015 by Tor.

Tor.com have posted about how the cover was decided, showing a collection of other version they went through before deciding on this one.

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travellers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.


 The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga #1) by Kameron Hurley.

Expected publication: September 2014 by Angry Robot.


Blog Post by author: Finding joy when writing becomes work.  

On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.

As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.


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