A new column over at Tor.com:
I’m sitting here, friends, trying to think of how to frame this week’s column. Because sometimes you read two books that seem complementary, but you’re not sure if you can put the reasons behind that feeling into words. For all its variety and flexibility, language occasionally falls short when it comes to articulating intangibles.
Rude of it.
A new review over at Tor.com:
The things I’ve liked best about Fran Wilde’s Bone Universe books—2015’s award-winning Updraft, last year’s Cloudbound, and now the trilogy’s capstone, the compelling Horizon—has been the character of Kirit Densira, accidental hero, accidental city-breaker, and determined friend; the weird, wonderful worldbuilding (invisible sky-squid that eat people! enormous bone towers in which people live far above the clouds! a society based around unpowered human flight!); and the deep concern with consequences.
Horizon is all about consequences.
A new post over at Tor.com:
It’s long been a truism in science fiction and fantasy that the world is a character—sometimes, indeed, the central character, against which humans and other beings recede into insignificance. Fran Wilde’s Bone Universe—the trilogy comprising Updraft (2015), Cloudbound (2016), and this September’s Horizon—doesn’t make the humans insignificant, but thanks to the wild, weird scope of its world, the world looms large in the reader’s consciousness—as large as the giant bone spires, high above the clouds, that are home to Wilde’s characters.
New column over at Tor.com.
I’m late with the cross-post, but there’s a new column over at Tor.com.
“This is my chair, human. I don’t care what you put on it.”
Courtesy of the magnificent folks at Tor.com, more books for me to talk about in my column have arrived. That’s Melinda Snodgrass’s EDGE OF RUIN and EDGE OF REASON, Mary Robinette Kowal’s VALOUR AND VANITY and OF NOBLE FAMILY, Alex Bledsoe’s LONG BLACK CURL, and Fran Wilde’s excellent UPDRAFT.
You might notice that the picture also contains a smiling villain. The cat insists the chair is his. I had to work around him.
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes. Orbit, 2012 (2011).
James L. Cambias, Corsair. Tor, 2015 (forthcoming). ARC courtesy of the publisher.
Read for review. I would have liked this book a lot more without the random anti-trans bit.
Fran Wilde, Updraft. Tor, 2015 (forthcoming). Copy courtesy of the author.
Read for review. Very enjoyable debut.