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Somewhere Over the Rainbow, or, These Aren’t the Flying Monkeys I was Promised

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Oh, hello again dearest reader, is it that time again already?

My how the time flies!

I’m still buzzing with excitement over the first two episodes of Emerald City. What can I say, I love me some Wizard of Oz fanfiction, and this is really good fanfiction. I’ve been reading and watching some reviews of the show, and I can’t decide if some of the reviewers even watched the same show as me.

Where I saw a wonderous and strange (but with plenty of callbacks to the books) update to what are, in reality, fairly silly but delightful books, some of the reviews I’ve seen call it stupid, slow, and pointless. I do wonder if most of their exposure to the Oz mythos isn’t just having seen ‘The Wizard of Oz‘ movie a time or two (in fact my biggest irritation with Emerald City is that once again Glinda is shown as the witch of the NORTH, ugh!).

The inclusion of vital Ozian characters like the boy Tip and Mombi jolted me into hyper-excitedness, but I can see how a lack of awareness of who they are could lead to seeing the subplot at pointless, instead of BEING the point as the case may be (depending on where the showrunners plan to take things).

Anyway, it’s fanfiction for people like me who love the books. I just hope it attracts enough of an audience to keep it going for a few seasons. Ten episodes IS NOT ENOUGH!!!

Anyhoo, onto the books, SO MANY BOOKS!!!

I’m still working on my 2016 wrap-up, which has a whole (and rather large) section that I won’t have to write because neither George RR Martin’s ‘The Winds of Winter‘ or Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘Doors of Stone‘ arrived, and Scott Lynch’s ‘Thorn of Emberlain‘ continues to be delayed. Other books we didn’t see in 2016 were Tad Williams’ ‘The Witchwood Crown‘ (which will finally appear in June of this year) and Robin Hobb’s crowning volume in the saga of Fitz ‘Assassin’s Fate‘ (Also scheduled for later this year).

I do want to take a moment and shout-out about a couple of books I am VERY excited about coming this spring (and get used to me talking about them. Incessantly.

In May Saga Press is going to publish the omnibus edition of ‘Tremontaine‘ by Ellen Kushner and her merry band of rebels. I have written elsewhere about my love of ‘Swordspoint‘ and even more ‘The Fall of the Kings‘, and the world of Riverside in general. But in many ways the episodes of ‘Tremontaine‘ were some of my favorite bits of the world so far. It allowed the world to stretch out a bit and breathe, which only made it more breathtaking. If you haven’t read any of the Riverside books and don’t know where to start, ‘Tremontaine‘ is a great choice.

Also in May, and to my great disappointment, Robert Jackson Bennett will be closing out the world of his brilliant ‘City of Stairs‘ and ‘City of Blades‘ with the final book ‘The City of Miracles‘. I hoped he would decide that his children needed a college fund and would write 5 or 10 or 40 books about Shara and Sigrud, and the world they live in where the gods of Bulikov that once ruled all have been killed. If you haven’t read them, pick up ‘City of Stairs’, it’s a fast and brilliant read that will leave you breathless.

Oh my, look at the time! I think I blew my deadline again. So I should wrap this up with a quick air kiss for now, and a promise to be back again next week. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the books I’m excited for that are coming out today, January 10th-

Laura Anne Gilman • The Cold Eye

Max Gladstone • Bookburners

Katherine Arden • The Bear and the Nightingale (Debut Author Alert!!)

Seanan McGuire • Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy J. Erickson

Tracy Erickson has achieved one of his two childhood ambitions and now lives in a library. Sadly, Luke Perry is already married, so he has had to settle a bit on the second one. He loves chai, books, Mike' and 'Ikes and bigger books. When Mike and Ike broke up last year, he had complete faith that they'd get back together, once they realized what a horror the dating scene is.
Tracy J. Erickson

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