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[Review] The Love of Danger by Jeremy Zimmerman

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Jeremy Zimmerman’s Kensei is a tightly-plotted, dramatic-comedic YA superhero tale about a kick-ass bi-racial, teen, lesbian crime fighter named Jamie Hattori, who targets baddies in Cobalt City through her ability to communicate with the spirits of places and inanimate objects in the city. As if dealing with her own family, school, and relationship drama wasn’t enough, she has a massive deity problem to handle. If you haven’t read it yet, give it a shot. It’s a fun YA title with a nice crossover appeal.

The Kickstarted sequel, The Love of Danger, continues the adventures of Jamie Hattori. And now we’ve got undead, fascist villains and their robots, plenty of relationship (family, professional, and romance) drama, and Jamie’s new set of skills.

I love the backdrop, with Jamie working in a world already populated by well-known Cobalt City superheroes. Her experience is a bit like being a minor superhero in The Incredibles, but with less family togetherness and more getting smacked around by her racist grandfather. The shared world Zimmerman accesses gives him some interesting characters and events pre-fabricated, a history of conflicts and resolutions, of biases and trust issues that already populate the landscape. We also learn a great deal more about the conflicts and motivations of some of the awesome characters from the first go-round.

The first book gripped me more than the second, but The Love of Danger is an excellent follow-up and I am looking forward to where the series goes next.

 

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About the Author

Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” His fiction has most recently appeared in 10Flash Quarterly, Arcane and anthologies from Timid Pirate Publishing. He is also the editor for Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with five cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.

Between the Covers, Or

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How I Turned on That Weird Box in the Living Room and There Was MAGIC

Dear reader, I have a confession; I’ve been watching TV again. Don’t judge me. You see, all of those promos for The Shannara Chronicles (and I still say ‘shan uh ruh’ not ‘shan are uh’ because the author, Terry Brooks, has brainwashed me; like a less militant Patty Hearst or something) and so, I braved my living room and found the remote for THAT THING.

10-trw-new-york.nocrop.w480.h670 After replacing the batteries, I got the thing to work, and I turned it onto MTV which has become one of the few channels I watch the last couple of years though I haven’t watched it regularly since The Real World was required watching back in 2001 (two words: Teen Wolf). And I waited.

I should mention that I’m not one of those hystericals who will go on and on about how if a particular adaptation isn’t up to par that it will RUIN a favorite book. Because TV and movies don’t have that power over me. Did I die a little while watching ‘Stardust’ and that appalling ending they gave it? Yes, I did. But now I pretend that it’s bad fanfiction and watch it cause Charlie Cox is adorable and Michelle Pfeiffer is magical; much as the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones has captured me on it’s own merits, not just because I love the books. Additionally, while the desecration of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ in it’s adaptation is rather appalling, the casting was SPOT ON.

MV5BMTkxNjEwOTY4M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTA2ODk0NzE@._V1_SX640_SY720_ So my interest for Shannara (there I go and do it again) Chronicles was high, but my actual fan investment was rather low. Or so I thought. Because the minute Austin Butler (whose lips deserve their own screen credit) appeared on screen, I knew we’d be okay. Because he pretty much captured Wil Ohmsford in about 3 minutes (I didn’t say Wil was a deeply written character, just engaging). And Manu Bennett is Allanon. Besides being like 3 feet shorter, which he can’t really be blamed for.

After it was done I got to watch the mid-season premiere of Teen Wolf (which if you haven’t watched beyond the first season is stunning) so it was just about a perfect night.

themagicians_show Tonight, I finally watched the first episode of ‘The Magicians’ based on the books by Lev Grossman which you can watch on the Syfy app and on Syfy.com right now. And it was also fantastic. I have a real love/hate relationship with Grossman’s books. I love the world, and how it’s a much truer telling of what a modern school of magic would be than the anachronistic Harry Potter. But on the flip side, there’s Quentin Coldwater, who might be the most irritating (read that as accurate) teenager ever put on paper.

As a TV character however, Quentin doesn’t irritate me nearly as much. Because here we see all the fantastic characters around him unfiltered by Quentin’s more annoying personality. This isn’t to say that they made Quentin either more interesting or reduced his annoyingness, just that his importance is reduced to primacy from omnipresence.

I actually like The Magicians MORE than the books as a result, which I’m not sure has ever happened (besides movies like ‘The Shipping News’ where the book is rather tedious).

1760889851gZ5QdYeUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ I still haven’t watched the first episodes of ‘The Expanse’ because first it was Christmas, and now I’ve watched 4 hours of TV in a week and I’m EXHAUSTED. Plus I have two books beside my bed to finish, Jenn Bosworth’s lovely The Killing Jar which I’m enjoying immensely (and was trying to finish for this review but it just didn’t happen) and Peter Orullian’s Trial of Intention which makes me want to put Irene Gallo on trial for approving that terrible cover when she normally has impeccable taste though the book is quite enjoyable.

Well, my hope of winning the Powerball so I could retire and read books and write angry letters to the HOA about the squirrels that torment my cat seems to be in vain, so I am off to work! Ta-ta my lovelies, and I will see you all in a week!

Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, Awesome

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So, background.

Janelle and I met through a mutual friend on FB (whom neither of us are friends with anymore, natch) and discovered a mutual love of the Dresden Files. We talked. We conjectured. We bonded. When Skin Games came out, we conceived a plan to go to Redondo Beach for a book signing on opening day. I would drive to Pismo to her place, she would drive us down south, we would get a hotel the night before so we could get the books on our Kindle Apps the second it was released (9:00 Pacific Standard Time!), then we would buy copies and get them signed and basically have a Dresden geek fest for two days.

All was well until we climbed into the car and she told me that she didn’t like the character of Lieutenant Karrin Murphy.

What. WHAT?? That was almost the end right there, I have to tell you. How could she hate someone so beloved, someone so important, someone so faithful and true. We argued, debated, muttered, and passionately orated on the subject for the entire drive between Pismo and Redondo. As we hit the naturally hideous traffic in Southern CA, this took maybe 7 hours, thoroughly enjoying ourselves the whole time.

It is incumbent on me to give credit where it is due, Janelle is smart and knows Dresden better than most anyone, she is erudite, and she lays out a good argument. But she she isn’t correct this time. I’ll tell you why.

First…she is basing this on the evidence of the first three Books—Storm Front, Fool Moon, and Grave Peril. And if it were just those three books, I might agree with her. But character development matters, and Jim Butcher has certainly developed her character through the series. More cogent to this argument, he has developed Harry’s character.

I am not going to rehash Janelle’s arguments as you can and should read them for yourselves. Instead, I am going to lay out the defense.

Murphy is at the core, a cop. And a cop who knows very little of the Supernatural world. She knows it exists, that is why she is smart enough to ask Harry for help. But her primary drive is the protection of the people of Chicago and taking down the perpetrators. So in Storm Front when people are killed by gruesome magic, and Harry is the only Wizard around, what is she to think? Especially when she is being stonewalled, as I will discuss shortly.

And yet, she still cared for Harry. Remember the scene in Storm Front when she took him home, tucked him into bed, left him money? All the times she brought him coffee? There are many tiny scenes where she shows her care. In fact, once you move beyond the first three, those scenes come up with regularity and in more profound ways. Remember how Murphy willingly helped Harry in Proven Guilty, KNOWING she was going to face serious consequences at work, and did it anyway? We see more of that, and it will come up again in future posts as we move through the series.

Harry didn’t, or couldn’t, tell her enough of what was going on. She didn’t know about the White Council. Or the laws of Magic. She didn’t know about the Doom of Damocles over his head. Harry might have had reasons he couldn’t tell her, but it means that the information she was working from and basing decisions on was very limited. And because of that, because he lied to her (and admitted as such, not hiding it from her), what was she to do? You can only make the best decisions you have based on the information you have, and Murphy was being left in the dark. And when someone lies to you…why should you trust that person? I sure wouldn’t. It is especially difficult because she considered Harry to be an ally and a friend, so this betrayal cut even deeper. And it WAS a betrayal. Dresden made his choices with the best of intentions, but he absolutely betrayed their friendship. I don’t know about you, but I don’t react well when a friend lies to my face and betrays our confidence.

This is actually a major factor in the early books, and not just with Murphy. You see it with Butters and Billy Borden as well. Harry is forever conflicted between not wanting to lie to his friends, but not wanting to tell them the big, scary information that could get them killed. And it never turns out well. Things run much smoother when he just tells people everything. This is another area where Harry’s character develops through the series.

She had very good reasons for not being in a romantic relationship with Harry. I think of that elevator conversation in Proven Guilty. The fact that she will age normally and he will not? Very good reason not to get involved. Life isn’t as simple as I want this guy, let’s go for it. And Murphy is practical. We also get to see this slowly develop and change over the books, where both of them start to be willing to take the risk of getting romantically involved, even knowing the cost. I find it sweet, really, in my deep dark secret romantic heart.

Notice how Murphy appears to Dresden when he is using his sight

“The door burst open. Murphy came through it, her eyes living flames of azure blue, her hair a golden coronet around her. She held a blazing sword in her hand and she shone so bright and beautiful and terrifying in her anger that it was hard to see. The Sight, I realized, dimly. I was seeing her for who she was.”

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. Page number varies by format.

Does that seem like someone who has ill intent or is going to betray him? The sight reveals truth. And Murphy is a warrior, an Avenging Angel, a protector. If she had ill intent towards Harry, the sight would have shown that.

I am going to stop here because so far, we are focused on the first three books of the series. I have much to say (Arctis Tor, Chichen Itza, AHEM), about their relationship and connections in future posts, but all in good time.

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The Duck Quacks Again

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Following on from last weeks Quack:


Statement: Mab knows what the future holds.

“One day, wizard, you will kneel at my feet and ask me to bestow the rank of knight upon you.”

That Mab has foresight I consider a given. Considering she cannot lie, too many of her statements are made in the future tense for it And she is not bound by the white council’s laws of magic, but only by the laws of her own nature. But the manipulations Mab makes are more than just the machinations of someone with a gift of prophecy, she is too accurate at that, and at the same time, too bound.

There is another possibility. Mab might be a time traveler. Assume someone traveled back in time, and that the laws of this world have some sort of limit on ‘paradox’; much like the classic sci fi stories such as ‘all you zombies’. The traveler would know, or remember, in some general sense what happens, but as they come closer and closer to their original moment of leaving they become more and more bound by paradox. .less and less free to take action.

This would explain much. At the start of her time travel, she would be largely free to act, but would have to become more and more circumspect in her actions as she approached the event, and frankly, after being a god for who knows how long, this would tick you off. Quite a few people have speculated bought Lea’s statement “ the doom that confronts us all” and what deal the Black Council had made with Mab to tie her hands in such a manner she had to arrange PG just to be partly free of it. The answer, if I am correct, is it does not matter. Mab had to agree to such a deal, because she remembered she had agreed to this deal.

Statement: Mab may be a time traveler.

“Well there is a whole law of magic about messing with time, and given it’s a law of magic, Dresden is going to have to break it eventually. “-JB

Well then who is she?

Well, we have some clues.

First, JB has been planning something important between Molly and Winter since before the series was even published.

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“If so, that would imply that I was thinking about seven years ahead. I mean, I would have to be, to have written something like that back when I did Grave Peril, which was way before the books actually *sold*. It would mean that I’m doing a lot of stuff on purpose, given that, you know, Molly actually wound up /in/ the Winter Queen’s fortress, with Lea (Mab’s chief advisor) actually /right there/”.

“Ask yourself why Mab had Molly brought in. What chain of events did that set in motion? What secondary effects came about because of it? Ultimately, Mab can always go to the Wyld and draw in more muscle to replace fallen thugs. If worst comes to worst, with just a few “seed” fae, she could rear up enough Changelings to repopulate her cadre within a human generation or two–nothing, to a being thousands of years old. “

So let us consider secondary effects for a moment, not just In PG, but in TC. Assuming that Mab was the one who messed with LC, what did she gain? Well, it wasn’t the rescue of Thomas for one. And as to Peabody, by now I’m certain she could have just sent Harry a dang note. Or offered him power, to save Thomas he might have taken it.

What happened in TC? Harry made a pact with Demonreach, that’s what happened.

Statement: Demonreach is important to Harry’s future, and Mab intended him to have it.

Now we wander off completely into happy thought medication lands. There just isn’t enough evidence to say why Mab wants harry to be part of Demonreach. We know too little. What we do know:

The fey have an important sacrificial table, and when it formed into the real world, it formed over Lake Michigan. We have an ancient source of magical power, quite dark, on an island in.. Lake Michigan. And the island is old, damn old.

“They were not put there by Demonreach; they have been there a very long time. They are pre-Council. They’re a prehistoric script, actually. Harry could have figured out the script if he’d had the comic book. NOTE: I think this has something to do with runes on a wall in Under City seen in Welcome to the Jungle

Also, people have a few things wrong about the Gatekeeper and the island. The Gatekeeper did not hurt Demonreach. Gatekeeper has been on the island a couple of times, and it’s never gone well, but he didn’t cause Demonreach’s limp. That’s the work of the glacier that carved out Lake Michigan.”-Jb

Statement: Mab is a mortal wizard who did an ascension ritual

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“If (cowl) succeeded, he’d have had the collective power of all of those supernatural beings and then some. He’d have been clearly stronger than the Ladies, and a full-on equal to Mab. I mean, why do you think the Erlking was summoned as part of that ritual? Because that’s how the big E got so boss in the first place.

For that matter, how do you think the Mothers and Queens and Ladies established their original base of power? That big old sacrificial, power-sucking stone table in Tir na noth isn’t there for its primitive decorative aesthetic.”-JB

“I am Mab. I am Sidhe”-Mab

“all the fae are a little bit mortal.”

“ Depends on how much influence he has in the world. That’s how the Sidhe gain their size and power. Mab wasn’t always as big as she is now. ”

Now there are some other facts. :

“The thing is that Mab never really figures Dresden quite right. She never gets it right when she tries to predict what he will do. But Small Favor turned out really well for her.”

Whom else do we know that is in love with Harry and could be described just the same? And not, JB said Harry will break the laws of time, not Molly. Mab herself refers to it in SF, with “Whatever your past, whatever your future..” I thought at first she meant his personal past, but what if in the past, he did something?

“ But Harry will regret every having set foot on that island. Of course, Harry regrets just about anything he’s ever done.”-JB

“Mab is one of her true names.”- JB

Margaret Katherine Amanda Carpenter.. Mab, or more properly Meab, is old English short for Margaret. And then there is her looks, and the hair ( started many colors, is now tinged with white and blue at the ends.) and how her powers are in enchantment, illusion, glamour and mental magic’s..

The Theory:

At some time in the future, Harry and Molly will be forced to experiment with time travel, quite probably involving demon reach. Harry will screw something up, and leave Molly behind, or lost in time, 100,000 years ago.. she becomes Sidhe, and ascends, to come back to him..

Mine ! Mine ! Mine !
– Nuff said.

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Edit and Update:

The idea came to me in a game we played sometime between the publishing of SmF and TC. It was then later updated for TC. Since the publication of Changes and Aftermath, I think we can add some more into it:

Why Demonreach?

Because Mab knew Harry was going to be shot. Demonreach is a source of magic; dark and dangerous magic. By the statement of the gatekeeper, it is not on a ley line, it is the well from which the line comes. Now there may be several types of dark magic, and it is true that there are four dark ley lines in Chicago. But outside of Demonreach, one we know for certain is the intersection beneath the field museum, which is a very potent source of necromancy. The magic for raising or bringing back the dead.

It is my belief that while Mab may have rid Harry like a pony for personal reasons, she broadcast it to every place and water in faerie to let her enemies know she was preparing for war. She has enemies, but is still uncertain who they all are; they are hidden from her sight. Therefore she has to lure them into the open; and then smite them.

In the end of Changes, and Aftermath, and in Ghost Story I believe that this exactly what is happening. Her enemies, believing she has lost her knight ( and hence her ability to wage war on the mortal plane) ( They killed him) and that the other powers that might stop them ( The White Council, The White Court, The Red Court) have all been placed out of play have stepped out into the open and are openly perusing their own real objectives, at last.

They don’t know that Mab has made her knight a ‘get out of death free’ card.

And there shall be smiting
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Predictions
• Harry was killed by the Black Court, or their agents. They had their people standing by to take advantage within hours of his death.(uncertain as of GS, are the fallen agents/allies/ ?)
• The Black Court, or their agents, are the enemies of Ghost Story(ditto)(Jim said after Cold Days)
• Demonreach will be involved in Harry’s return. (Correct as of GS!)
• Mab planned this in advance. (Correct as of GS!)

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Notes on Cold Days
– We now know Mab can simply walk right in to Dresden’s Lab at any time; the threshold only limits her if she means to do harm. Apparently Harry always knew this but ‘forgot’ for the last six years.. Probably because Mab wanted him too.
– Molly of course, did not become Mab in this book. She became the winter lady, Mab’s heir. But, the series is not over yet.
– It is confirmed that Mab has been preparing Molly for this, likely since Proven Guilty. Her answer, that she did so because of Harry’s faith in Molly, only makes sense if you assume some level of foreknowledge.
– We now know that Demon reach is very important to Mab, and in a purely personal sense.
– Mab does indeed have a plan about luring her enemies in
– Mab was mortal once
– The headaches may have been caused by Lash; this is implied by demon reach. But the timing is off for her to be the cause of all of them; we know for a fact Mab caused one in Small favor and the timing of the rest is still very coincidental.
– We also know Mab, Demon Reach, and lash have some sort of arrangement
– Mab at the end of Ghost Story swore not to mess with Harry’s head anymore. This is likely why Harry remembers about the Sidhe and thresholds. I predict Mab made a deal with Lash, to mess with Harry’s head for her from now on.
– It’s likely that the missing Black Court elders are in demon reach prison, explaining their interest in the place
– The existence of the mantle, and its ability to move information thru time, may be a much better explanation for the Mab/Molly relationship then time travel. It still solves the essential questions and does so more neatly; my only excuse is Jim never mentioned such a thing prior to Cold Days
– Imagine a line. Point A is Mab in the past, point B is Molly/Mab in the future. Now from each point, draw radials; this is the light cone of potential pasts and futures. At a distance, the two points can perceive each other clearly, but as they approach a unified present more and more possible lines intersect, leading to more random events and a harder time making predictions. It’s a feedback system; each foreknowledge defines and curtails future information; as its gets closer and closer to a present now, Mab’s precognition gets less and less accurate.
– Or in plane language, it will fail her when she needs it most.
– And it will be Harry’s fault

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Molly’s Nifty Trick

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In the Dresdenverse short story “Bombshells,” the only story told in first-person POV by Harry’s apprentice Molly Carpenter, she describes a way to incorporate math (!) into her version of the first spell she learned from him- the tracking spell- and uses it to estimate the distance to her target (Thomas Raith, using a few of his hairs) without having to actually go all the way there. This occurred to me as pretty significant because it’s not something Harry ever showed her how to do (or even figured out for himself) and it’s a vivid demonstration of Molly’s own strengths and intelligence.

Here’s how she did it.

The basic idea is that if the target of your tracking spell is close to you, and you’re moving, it will appear to shift a lot relative to your position. If it’s really far away, it won’t appear to move much at all when you move- it stays pretty much the same direction from you. Compare looking at faraway things as you drive past them to the things right at the side of the road that whoosh by your window. You may have even used some form of this trick in video games like Call of Duty, Skyrim, Arkham City, or anything else that lets you see a pinned location relative to which way you’re facing. For many years (before electronics got decently sophisticated) airplane pilots used bearing changes and a mechanical calculator to fudge estimates of their distance from radio navigation aids.

Jim Butcher didn’t stick an actual equation into the story, and rightly so, because it would have dragged the pace down to nothing and alienated the readership. But for those of us who are obsessive nerds who enjoy that level of detail, it’s surprisingly easy math to do. Despite the implication that Molly’s technique would involve high-school-level trigonometry, you can do it in your head, using only an ordinary magnetic compass and a tracking spell (or its equivalent).

Step 1: Go ahead and put that blood or hair or whatever in your mouth and follow the tingle of your lips (like Molly does) or dangle it from a string or a chain (like Harry Does, if you don’t relish the idea of putting such things in your mouth) and determine the direction of your target. Use the compass to determine the exact number of degrees that is relative to magnetic north. For now, let’s say that the target happens to be directly (0°) north of us.

Step 2: Turn so you’re facing perpendicular to the way the tracking spell points, so the target is directly to your right or to your left. For example, with our hair donor directly north of us, we’d need to face directly east or west. Now, walk a reasonable distance to measure (Molly uses the convenient unit known as a “Molly-pace”) keeping the target exactly off your shoulder. Make sure to go at least far enough to register a slight change in the direction you’re facing according to the compass.

Step 3: Measure the change in your compass bearing. Continuing our example, let’s say we started with our target directly north of us, and walked fifteen paces west. Checking the tracking spell against the compass, our target is now four degrees east (004°) of dead north, and we’re not facing directly west anymore- we’re facing four degrees north of that (274°). We’re now ready to plug in some numbers. Do not fear trigonometry- that’s not what we’re doing. Instead, do this:

Step 4: (Molly-paces x 60) ÷ degrees changed = Molly-paces to the target
To finish our example, we took fifteen paces to travel four degrees. Fifteen times sixty is nine hundred. Divide that by four degrees, and we’ve got a result of two hundred and twenty-five paces to the target… however far that is. If you’re not as tall as Molly, your results may vary.

I’m certain that the math nerds in the crowd started mumbling about cosines and reached for their scientific calculators before this last step. The reason this trick works, however, is not because it’s a 30-60-90 triangle, nor because it approximates an isosceles triangle. What we’ve done is approximate an arc-length of a circle.
As we already know, a circle (a) contains 360 degrees, and (b) has a constant ratio between its circumference and diameter, known as pi, or 3.1415926blahblahblah, which, for the sake of rough simplicity, we will approximate as 3. What Molly’s trying to figure out is the distance (in Molly-paces) from the center of the circle (the target) to the perimeter, a portion of which she’s just paced off. That distance (the radius ) is half of the diameter, so we’re going to use (in rough simplicity, 6) as the total number of Molly-paces it would take to walk around the entire circle, and then solve for

Since we know how much of the circle we’ve walked around (“degrees changed” out of 360), we also know what portion of the circumference we’ve paced off (“Molly-paces” out of 6). Since these are equal portions, all we need to do is simplify:

degrees changed = Molly-paces 360 6r

degrees changed * 6r = Molly-paces * 360

degrees changed * r = Molly-paces * 60

r = Molly-paces * 60/degrees changed

TA-DA!

It’s not terrifically precise, but it doesn’t have to be. It was close enough for Molly to locate Thomas in Svartalheim, and now you’re just that much cooler (and/or more dorky) for knowing it. Now, for your homework, go find Mouse. Ten paces off your shoulder gives you two degrees of bearing change.

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Between the Covers, Or

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My Out of Office Reply is Broken

Dear Reader, I’m sure you felt that I had abandoned you.

Well, to be honest, I have. Not permanently mind you, but you know how busy the holidays can be, trees that need decorating and pie to be eaten. However, I have returned to you in this new year, with an updated list of releases for the first quarter, including some that I’m desperately smug about having already read (Like City of Blades) and some that I’m still desperate to read (I’m looking at you Brandon Sanderson). Currently I’m reading the new Jenn Bosworth, The Killing Jar, which I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite some time, and I’ll tell you all about it next week.

25372801I don’t pretend this is a complete list, but these are the books that have caught my attention, including a couple of impressive debut novels like the enormously buzzed-about All the Birds in the Sky by io9 Editor Charlie Jane Anders, and Drake by Peter McLean.

26883415Some of the ones I’m most looking forward to, besides of course the already mentioned Bosworth, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jackson Bennett, are the new Patricia McKillip (who I feel is criminally under-read), the final Fairyland book by Catherynne Valente, and the China Mieville. As well as the new Lois McMaster Bujold (which I’ve already read) and the Mary Robinette Kowal novella (that I’ve already read a version of) which are both as good as you expect from each author. For fans looking for Kowal to write something other than the period fantasy she has written so far in her novels (but which she has done widely in her short stories) Forest of Memory should be a don’t-miss.

A Gathering of Shadows FinalAmong the follow-ups to current series with follow-ups scheduled, I want to single out VE Schwab (who writes YA under her full name, Victoria) last year’s A Darker Shade of Magic was one of my favorite reads, so this years offering, A Gathering of Shadows is high on my to-read list. As well as the final book in Jeff Salyards trilogy, and the much expected closure to Pierce Brown’s epic scifi trilogy, Morning Star (and can someone explain how he wasn’t nominated for a Campbell Award please?).

So darling ones, there you go, a gigantic reading list sure to keep you busy for the next few months , and I’ll be sure to post the second quarter release list sometime in late February, so you have time to drool properly (and pre-order).

I’ll see you in a week!

January 5th

This Census-Taker by China Miéville
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older
City of Light Keri Arthur
Path of Gods Snorri Kristjansson
Drake by Peter McLean

January 12th

The People in the Castle by Joan  Aiken
The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster
Ancestral Machines by Michael Cobley
The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Goldenfire A.F.E. Smith
Xenowealth by Tobias Buckell

January 19th

Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
Patchwerk by David Tellerman
Pagan Night  by Tim Akers
The Beauty of Destruction by Gavin Smith
Occupy Me by Trisha Sullivan  (UK)

January 26th

Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) by Brandon Sanderson
Lustlocked by Matt Wallace
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2) by Maria V. Snyder
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Graveyard by William C Dietz.
Staked (Iron Druid #8) by Kevin Hearne
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files, #3) by Lisa Shearin

February 2nd

Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
Chains of the Heretic: Bloodsounder’s Arc Book Three by Jeff Salyards
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
The Custodian of Marvels (Fall of the Gaslit Empire #3) by Rod Duncan
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Best of Bova by Ben Bova
Graft by Matt Hill
Poseidon’s Wake by Alastair  Reynolds
The Alchemy of Chaos (Maradaine, #2) by Marshall Ryan Maresca
Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines

February 9th

The Hunt (Atlanta Burns, #2) by Chuck Wendig
Dragon Hunters (The Chronicles of the Exile #2) by Marc Turner
The Guns Of Ivrea (Tales of Valdur, #1) by Clifford Beal
Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) by Pierce Brown
Fathoms by Jack Cady
A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson
The Tiger And The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky (UK)

February 16th

Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Lovecraft Country by Ruff, Matt
Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy, #2) by Steven Erikson
Calamity (Reckoners, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Down Station by Simon Morden  (UK)
The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter

February 23rd

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab
Genrenauts by Michael R Underwood
Good Girls by Glen Hirshberg
Those Below (The Empty Throne #2) by Daniel Polansky
The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

March 1st

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland, #5) by Catherynne M. Valente
The Last Days of Magic: A Novel by Mark Tompkins
United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer
Arkwright by Allen Steele
 The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher
Nocturnall by Beth Bernobich* (Actually released Dec. 1 2015)

March 8th

The Spider’s War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5) by Daniel Abraham
The Cold Between by Elizabeth  Bonesteel
Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs
Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

March 15th

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #3) by Brian Staveley
Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
The Winged Histories: a novel by Sofia Samatar
Snakewood by Adrian Selby
Into Everywhere by Paul McAuley

March 22nd

Transgalactic by James Gunn
The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmel
Shadow and Flame (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) by Gail Z Martin.

March 29th

Javelin Rain by Myke Cole
The Mortal Tally (Bring Down Heaven #2) by Sam Sykes
Downfall of the Gods by K. J.  Parker

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