Teaser Tuesday: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

It’s back! Since my thoughts have started to turn toward that old monster, the Holiday Reading List, I decided that a good point to return to this weekly meme after its recent ARC-induced hiatus would be with one of the books I plan to endure a flight with! Enter one Seanan McGuire…

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Review: The Apex Book of World SF 3

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Editor: Lavie Tidhar | Format: eARC | Publisher: Apex Book Company | Publication date: June 30th | My rating: 4/5

These stories run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors herein come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.

My appreciation for short fiction has been growing pretty steadily lately, and a lot of that is down to the work being published by Apex. Whether in their monthly magazine or in these anthologies, I’ve yet to find a real dud anywhere. In some cases, I’ve even found stories that I’ve fallen in love with. One of them was in this book. Below the cut, I’ll highlight a few stories from this anthology that have stood out in my mind.

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Rewriting the Script: Musketeer Space, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

This month’s feature post is a bit different from previous ones. Rather than a straight-up review or an author guest post or interview, I’m going to simply let my inner fangirl out to play (in the best, non-ranty way!). Because if anything is worth a few hundred words of Squee, I think this is. Join me!

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Review: The Fisherman’s Net, by Laura Lam

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Series: Pantomime/Vestigial Tales | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Kindle | Publisher: Penglass Publishing (Laura Lam) | Publication date: 1st July 2014 | My rating: 5/5

Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Fisherman’s Net

A humble fisherman in a village of the coast of the island of Linde buys a trinket at the market, which he discovers is Vestige. The poor man soon becomes the best fisherman in the village and marvels at his newfound wealth. One day, he ensnares a most unusual catch: a Chimaera sea maiden that isn’t meant to exist. And he’s not sure if he can let her go.

The second of Laura Lam’s Vestigial Tales short stories is considerably shorter than the first (The Snake Charm), but is just as well-told.

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Review: The Child Eater, by Rachel Pollack

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Format: Hardcover (ARC) | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: July 3rd 2014 | My rating: 5/5

TWO BOYS, WORLDS AND CENTURIES APART

In a time of magic, a penniless boy named Matyas runs away to the Academy of Wizards to pursue his dream – to discover the secret of flying. Along the way he will become the greatest Master of his age, only to lose everything.

In the modern day, Simon Wisdom struggles to hide his psychic abilities while his father Jack lives in fear that those powers will destroy his son. But nothing can stop Simon from hearing the cries of dead children pleading for his help.

Matyas and Simon will never meet. But they are bound together, for only their combined strength can hope to overcome the monster that haunts existence itself – the Child Eater.

Sometimes I think fantasy novels are like summer movies. Larger than life, full of spectacle and character chemistry and humour. Unabashed romps that seem to last no time at all and leave you thoroughly excited. Sometimes, though, they’re more like the kind of thing you enjoy on your own, curled up somewhere cosy and quiet with your tea (or coffee, I’m not judging) and a whole night of nothing else happening to enjoy it in. Both types are equally awesome, if you ask me. The Child Eater is the second kind of awesome. So much so, in fact, that I’ve been thinking on it for a few days and it’s still hard to come up with such a book I’ve enjoyed more.

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