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Book Review: God’s War

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God's War

I started reading Kameron Hurley’s God’s War out of a sense of obligation to read the titles on this year’s Nebula Award ballot, even though I’m hard pressed to even imagine a better offering than China Mieville’s Embassytown.

And I’m glad I did. Hurley’s novel is a great ride of compelling characters, entertaining worldbuilding, intriguing sociology, and pace-pounding plot threads. Religious elements familiar but different, believable extrapolations/evolutions of today drive much of the book, but the book is not about religion. Nor is it about war, though war pervades every page, every character, every motivation, every outcome. Ultimately, this book is about what every book is about, people. What makes people tick. What drives us to acts of sacrifice and honor, cowardice and despair, love and fear, vengeance and transformation.

And if that’s too heady for you, no need to worry, there’s plenty else in here to keep you delighted, whether it be the all-to-casual beheadings as a way of bounty-hunting, or magicians who have the power to manipulate bugs for defense and healing and long distance communications, or boxing like you’ve never seen it before.

Buy this book. Read this book. Give your copy away to someone else, and go out and buy another.

Buffalito Contingency Release Day Coming Soon!

No Comments » Written on June 25th, 2011 by
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Despite what it says over at Amazon.com, the “official” release date of my second novel, isn’t until Monday, June 27th.

Buffalito Contingency

BUFFALITO CONTINGENCY cover – first look!

No Comments » Written on January 31st, 2011 by
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I received an email from my publisher last night, and got my first look at the preliminary cover art for my forthcoming novel Bufalito Contingency. The brilliant Rachael Mayo has done it again. But don’t take my word for it,take a peak yourself:

BUFFALITO CONTINGENCY

Titling and such will likely be coming in a few days. I promise to post again when I have it.

And Rachael, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

The past week

5 comments Written on December 18th, 2010 by
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Last Saturday’s visit to DC delighted! The performance of Richard III had a techno-urban twist to it (machine-pistols will do that, I suppose) which oddly worked quite well. Afterwards, back at the hotel, Marc Okrand came by for drinks and then we were off to a Tapas restaurant that was running a special menu with a couple dozen different small plates and the option of paying a flat price and having as many of as many of them as you wanted. We all indulged. It was very Yum.

On the way back, the weather had warmed up from the 20’s and a light freezing rain pelted us. I don’t mind the freezing temps, but the dampness got into me and gifted me with a cold. The drive back on Sunday was unremarkable, but I was getting cloggy by the time we arrived and went straight to bed, which is pretty much where I stayed until Wednesday night, thereby missing several days of work.

Meanwhile, first readers were devouring the MS of Buffalito Contingency, finding little bits here and there for me to address (which I began doing on Wednesday and will finish up with this weekend).

Thursday I did an interview with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal regarding the Klingon production of A Christmas Carol. The reporter was going to go to the show yesterday (Friday), and I believe he met up with Marc Okrand there — Marc had mentioned at dinner last Saturday that he was going to be in Chicago on his to California and stopping in for the play — and we’re both mentioned in his article.

Friday I sent in some Klingon bits for an author doing a story for a forthcoming work from Pocket Books. That was fine and always nice to be able to do for a fellow writer. It was also the first day all week I got any exercise, going off to Pilates in the afternoon; the instructor thoroughly kicked my ass. Um, yay?

Today was house-cleaning day (as in, the house cleaner is coming, but we have to put everything away first, so she can clean), followed by errands to the post office and the bank, followed by a visit to my favorite Chinese Buffett where I finished reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother — which I highly recommend, by the way, and should do a separate post for. I’m still a little sub-par health-wise, and of course as I started feeling better Valerie took over the ailment and is now in congestion blah-land.

I anticipate sending the final MS off to my publisher as a Xmas gift, and then getting back to some seriously overdue projects for Paper Golem during the last week of the year. Also, I hope to lay in the first two weeks of a daily Klingon podcast I intend to start up in the new year.

And now you’re all caught up to date.

Thanksgiving Means Sweet Potato Pie

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Here in the colonies, the annual feast of Thanksgiving is almost upon us. For some, this holiday means eating turkey, but for me it’s all about the pie.

Which makes it the perfect time to celebrate by visiting my publisher, Eric Reynolds of Hadley Rille Books, and ordering a copy of my collection, Sweet Potato Pie (and other surrealities).

Available in both hard cover and trade paperback editions, the book is discounted, and includes free shipping! And you’ll be contributing to Eric’s push to sell 5,000 books during the last three months of 2010 to mark the company’s fifth anniversary. Need more incentive? You could win a Kindle!

Mmmm… can’t you just taste the pie already?
Sweet Potato Pie and Other Surrealities

Hadley Rille Books 5 Year Celebration

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Hadley Rille Books is celebrating five years in the business. They’ve added the ability to order directly from their website and they’re offering reduced prices and free shipping. Also, every book ordered puts you in the running for a free Kindle!

HRB 5K RunnerIt’s no secret that I’m a big fan of HRB and its publisher Eric Reynolds. I’ve had stories in five of their anthologies, and been a judge for a sixth. HRB published my first novel, will be publishing the sequel, and this year released a collection of my short fantasy work.

I’ve worked with Eric not just as my publisher and editor, but also as a fellow small press publisher. At a time when the industry seems to be going crazier than usual, when other small presses are collapsing and failing, it is a great pleasure to see Eric’s efforts succeed and his business continue to prosper.

That Jay Lake Fellow

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Not that he needs my endorsement, but this post is a plug for Jay Lake’s latest collection The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press. The link in the title points you to the hardbound, signed, numbered edition, and it is a thing of beauty (truly, William Schafer and Subterranean have outdone themselves)!

Jay baffles my comprehension with the poignancy of his storytelling, again and again. What more can I say. I’m privileged that I get to call this author my friend. What I always like about his collections is the opportunity to see him craft a story, one after another, to soak up the way he does it in a way that reading one of his novels doesn’t afford. Now if I could just steal his talent…

This is a big, fat book of win. Readers and writers alike will enjoy it, although not necessarily for the same reasons. Thanks, Jay.

The Sky That Wraps