Swords and Spaceships

Poster Girl for a Fallen Empire

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, bringing you some new releases for this last week of October, as well as a few more indie books to check out as we close out the month. We got our first frost warning for the fall this weekend, which meant I had to bring my plants inside — and put the “anti-cat forcefield” (it’s mosquito netting) around them. Stay warm — and safe — out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

Bookish Goods

a photo of wooden bookmarks with inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion illustrations

Foolish Mortal Wooden Bookmark by TheBookishDen

To close out October, here’s a cool wooden bookmark (double-sided!) inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion. However, if you check out the shop, this seller has a lot of other very cool SFF wooden bookmarks! $9

New Releases

cover of Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Wandering cleric Chih — accompanied by a talking bird with a perfect memory named Almost Brilliant — travels the lands to record tales of the strange and interesting. This journey takes them to the riverlands in search of near-immortal martial artists; on their journey they fall in with a pair of young women and an older couple, and this drags them headlong into an ancient feud that they never expected.

Cover of Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

For decades, everyone in the Seattle-Portland megalopolis have lived under both constant surveillance and the slogan WHAT’S RIGHT IS RIGHT. Then came a revolution, freeing everyone from the rigid control of the Delegation — and imprisoning the former rulers. Sonya was once a poster girl for the Delegation, and she’s been in prison for that for 10 years. Then she’s offered a chance at freedom: find a missing girl who was abducted by the old regime and earn her way out.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

As we’re in the last week of October, I wanted to showcase a few more indie/small press books published over the last couple of months.

Cover of Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett

Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett

Riverson is the 32nd ruler of the Stag Empire; he has awakened without the memories of his previous lives, but must still find a way to govern a land grinding toward war and torn with political schisms he barely understands — all while maintaining the erotic rituals necessary to stave off an eldritch horror eager to consume his people.

Cover of The Black Maybe by Attila Veres

The Black Maybe: Liminal Tales by Attila Veres, translated by Luca Karafiáth

Attila Veres is one of Hungary’s leading horror writers, and now he’s made his English language debut with this collection of 10 translated stories. Don’t let the fact that he’s primarily known as a horror writer stop you — the stories in here range from weird fiction to cosmic horror, emphasizing the blackly humorous and frightening.

cover of Panics by Barbara Molinard

Panics by Barbara Molinard translated by Emma Ramadan

Panics is the only collection Barbara Molinard produced in her lifetime, now translated into English. Molinard was concerned first with the bizarre and the nightmarish, and these 13 stories showcase her views on sickness, death, violence, and control, always with a cast of unreality.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.