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Book Gossip: Volume Two

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The final book in Alma Alexander’s Were Chronicles is due out in November, but the writer is already hard at work on several different projects (we’re not entirely sure when she has time to sleep). All of these are at different stages of completion. Included in this is a Byzantium-based historical fantasy – normally, I would be dying to read this, but I was privileged to read it a couple years ago. It’s looking for a home, and it needs a home. Alexander is so good at evoking a particular historical era, and the labyrinthine court of the Byzantine Empire is one of my favorites. Not only has she completed this project, but she’s got a couple other Eastern European projects in the works. But what she’s really focusing on now is a very American story, about the building of the transcontinental railroad.

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Subterranean Press – well known for their collector’s editions of beloved books – has bought Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric’s Demon. I’m sure we can expect a beautifully rendered edition of the novella set in the “Five Gods” world. Subterranean Press has guided any number of novellas and novels from utilitarian novels to works of art, and I am excited to see how Penric’s Demon will be transformed. Lois McMaster Bujold’s writing has always seemed very lyrical and artistic to me, so it’s easy to see how her words could inspire fans and professional artists to want to build off of her creativity.

Nalini Singh won’t be outdone when it comes to novellas. Her Psy/Changeling series is getting a little update: A collection of novellas set in that world was just sold to Berkley.

We all know that Jim Butcher has a new release out this month (Aeronaut’s Windlass, September 29), and that he’s hard at work on Peace Talks, the next installment in the Dresden Files. That didn’t stop him from giving his fans a lot of information at his solo panel at Dragon*Con. Most interestingly, he discussed the book following Peace Talks and Mirror Mirror, and how it will involve some of the Greek gods, and how they’re gaining followers and worshipers by being involved with the WWE.

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Fitting, right? Butcher hasn’t revealed a title for this one yet, but my guess is Cut Man – unless that term is exclusive to boxing, in which case – hey, there’s a reason why I gossip about books, not sportsing. His Dragon*Con interview is filled with all sorts of exciting tidbits like that.

In other news…

1) The third book in Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn and Grim series has a working title of Heartwood House

2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote a cookbook to be published in 2017 – I bet it has a lot of stake recipes.

3) Tad Williams is not only writing a novella set between Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn and the new trilogy, but he is seriously considering writing a (short) novel set between the last two books in the Last King of Osten Ard trilogy. Considering that the first book in the new trilogy is a whopping 350,000 words, I can only imagine that a short novel from Tad Williams is 100,000 words.

4) David Levithan recently signed a four-book deal. Included in this is the concluding volume of the story begun in Every Day, and continued in Another Day.

Book Gossip: Volume One

Book Gossip: Volume One published on 6 Comments on Book Gossip: Volume One

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The last book in Jacqueline Carey’s Agent of Hel trilogy, Poison Fruit, came out last fall. So what has she been working on? Two projects, it turns out. The first is a novella, “One Hundred Ablutions”, which will be published in Yanni Kuznia’s Fantasy Medley 3. It will tell the tale of Dala – a young woman chosen by her people’s overlords to be a slave among slaves, and will include themes of ritual and redemption. The anthology will also include novellas from Kevin Hearne, Laura Bickle, and Aliette de Bodard.

Carey’s next novel will be a dark retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and will chronicle the lives of the titular characters Miranda and Caliban. It will be published in July 2016. I am still hoping that this is a code, and what it really means is that she is writing a new trilogy set in Terre D’Ange, but that hope is dwindling fast.

Seth Skorkowsky will be publishing a new collection of Black Raven stories in October, and is also hard at work on the third book in his wonderful Valducan series: Ibenus. He gave us a brief teaser of the plot, and it looks fantastic. Don’t believe us? Read it for yourself.

After surviving a demon attack, disgraced police detective Victoria Martin tracks down the Valducans in search of answers. Recognizing her potential, and despite the warnings of the other knights, Allan Havlock, protector of Ibenus, takes her in as his apprentice. As the Valducans travel to Paris to destroy a demon nest infesting the catacombs, the knights find themselves hunted by an Internet group intent on exposing them. Victoria, who belongs this group, must desperately play both sides to not only protect herself, but Allan whom she has begun to love. Ibenus, however, has other plans.

Back in April, Guy Gavriel Kay announced his new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, which will be published in spring 2016. This will, of course, be one of his lyrical and thoughtful fantasies in which he reveals a culture that has its roots in our world, but is obscured by a fantastical lens.

In The Children of Earth and Sky Kay returns to the familiar territory established in several earlier works, a reimagining of the melting pot of the medieval Mediterranean. In his hands well-known places and events are transformed into the wonderful and strange through the lens of fantasy, and brought to life with brilliantly drawn characters and the most graceful of styles, which will seduce his many fans and new readers alike.

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The interesting bit about this is that in February of last year, he sold not one, but two books. Could Children of Earth and Sky be the first in a duology like the Sarantine Mosaic or Under Heaven and River of Stars? It’s a wonderful notion – how many of us wish Tigana had been the first of two (or, maybe, seventeen) books?

Perhaps he could take a page from Robin Hobb? Her Realm of the Elderlings series is made up of sixteen novels.

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Assassin’s Fate, the book every single one of her fans longs for, yet are terrified by, is the culminating novel. It is sure to be wonderful and bittersweet at the same time, especially since she allows her story to take her to dark places. I can’t say that she ever simply “kills off” characters for the fun of it (or to add some drama), but she is devoted to the story she wishes to tell. No one is safe. No one is safe from having to wait, either. Typically, Hobb has a publishing schedule that has a book by her out every year. To my deepest sorrow, it looks like we will have to wait until spring 2017. It will be worth it. The best things are worth waiting for.

Fortunately, sometimes patience wins the day! Our wait for Grim Oak Press’s Unbound is nearly over, however. Shawn Speakman, expert author wrangler and talented writer, has put together another anthology that is… bound… to be a fantastic read. A lot of anthologies celebrate a particular theme, or joke, or location. Unbound is a compilation of stories that the authors just wanted to write. The Table of Contents is impressive, with Kristen Britain, Tim Marquitz, Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman, and Jim Butcher. (Yes, the Butcher story will involve our first glimpse of Harry Dresden post-Skin Game). Speakman prizes collectibles, and knows exactly what book lovers want. Follow the link to Grim Oak Press to purchase limited editions and ARCs.

In other news:
1. The first book in Tad Williams’s new Osten Ard trilogy has been delayed by one full year due to publishing shenanigans.
2. Christopher Moore is working on a book called Noire, set in 1947 San Francisco. Will the Author Guy never cease to surprise us?
3. Ernest Cline, author of Armada and Ready Player One, has signed another contract for a science fiction novel to be delivered at a later date.
4. Jeff Vandermeer spent the month of August away from social media, and came away 100,000 words richer. He is working on not one but two new novels for us.

That’s it until next time! Feel free to share in the comments any juicy book-related gossip.

You Didn’t Hear It From Us, But… (An Explanation)

You Didn’t Hear It From Us, But… (An Explanation) published on

I have a weakness for gossip.

I like to know things that not everyone else knows, I like to know things before everyone else knows them, and I don’t like not knowing something. This will be my outlet for sharing all the information I’ve gleaned from generally butting my nose in where others are too circumspect to do so.

Curiosity, it is a burden.

The first tidbits I will share include (but are not limited to) 1) what Jacqueline Carey has been secretly been working on the last year (hint: it’s a retelling of a famous Shakespeare play!); 2) will the first volume of Tad Williams’s new trilogy be released next year? (hint: the truth is an unhappy one); and 3) Which famous kid lit author just sold a five book series for a serious amount of cash.

I plan to write up a gossip post whenever I have juicy enough information to share.

I hope you’ll join me!

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