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So! Apparently I can finally squee publicly about this now – SCI-FI MONTH IS COMING BACK! Not only that, but yours truly will be hosting this awesome event alongside its creator, Rinn, at Rinn Reads!
Well, it’s that time again… My activity here in August seems to have gotten cranked up a notch, and judging by what’s coming over the next few months it may well keep on cranking! Let’s take a look at what August brought…
This week we’re focusing on chapters 50 to 61, Susan at Dab of Darkness is our host, and as usual, please beware of spoilers ahead!
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings—cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens, and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule.
Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings’ mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings’ power…if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don’t find her first.
I read a lot, and I read a lot of different books. I appreciate variety in narrative style as well as plot or subgenre, but one thing that will always make a book memorable to me, as much as any ending, is a really strong beginning. Bradley Beaulieu’s Twelve Kings opens with a scene strong enough to take me by the throat and keep hold of me for the rest of the book – and given that we’re talking about 700-plus pages, that is a damned impressive grip.
The final week of our Full Fathom Five Read Along is here! All is revealed, and once again Max Gladstone has impressed the hell out of me with this book. This final post covers chapter 50 to the end, and I am your host for this week. You can find a roundup of post links in the topic folder for this book over at the SF/F Read Alongs Goodreads page, and as always, beware of spoilers below!
Today I’ve got a new guest on the blog! I am shining the spotlight on Rhonda Parrish’s latest anthology, Corvidae, and the woman herself is here to share a taste of her favourite feathery myths in fiction.
If you’re into comic books, space opera or both, chances are you might have heard of this one. Heck, compared to many I only dabble in those things and even I’ve come across it. According to the latest press release, Asphodel is “a new creator-owned, independent science fiction comic, written by Alex Kane and handpainted by Gale Galligan”. Oooh.
As the Kickstarter for this new Shiny Thing enters its final days, I find my interest increasing, so here’s a quick look at the details…