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War in the smoking ruins of tomorrow! Thirty years ago, the world ended. Giant electrovoric ants and pterodons came through a rift in space-time, millions of humans died, and that was that. Without electricity, most survive at subsistence level. For Chuck Gibson, the simple life of a rancher was enough. But then he met a mysterious dying stranger and now he’s on the road of destiny accompanied by a mystic warrior monk, a beautiful dragon tamer, a runaway cultist, and a mystic drunken lecher—all searching for the key to reclaiming humanities past and future.
Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex with some new releases and a bit of news for you–and I’m ridiculously excited that one of the new releases actually has a ship on the cover (The Forever Sea.) I’ve had a difficult time reading lately–stress just destroys my focus–so I’ll recommend a couple neat things I’ve watched recently. Love and Monsters is a fun journey across 85 miles of the post-monsterpocalypse, which has a solid emotional core and a Very Good Boy named Boy in it, who lives through the whole thing (it’s that kind of movie). And WandaVision is actually really good? I’m a little annoyed at the MCU for sucking me back in. Here’s hoping I get my reading mojo back soon–I just cracked open Across the Green Grass Fields and I’ve got a good feeling about this. Stay safe out there, space pirates, remember to breathe tomorrow, and I’ll see you on Friday!
Thing that made me giggle this week: A cat watching The Rise of Skywalker
Also, if you have missed Sea Shanty TikTok, here is a mashup/compillation that has helped me maintain my grip on reality this week.
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
An alien artifact falling from the sky takes everything from Fatima–even her name. The new name given to her is Sanokfa, and the Angel of Death is the one who named her. Now she searches for that alien artifact with only a fox as her companion, and anyone who gets in her way will face a girl whose simple glance can kill.
The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick
Nadezra is the city of dreams, but a corrupt nightmare has begun to weave its way through its underbelly. Ren, who left the city to save her sister and returned as a con artist to gain her revenge, finds herself at the heart of this tangled danger. If she does not save this city she returned to destroy, she’ll lose more than she can imagine.
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
The Arz has fallen and the battle on Sharr has ended. Though Altair has been captured, Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are determined to finish the plan they set in motion, to return magic to Arawiya. Nasir must learn to command the magic in his blood while Zafira struggles to maintain her sanity against the bond with the Jawarat–and despite all this, they find themselves falling in love.
Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long
Hessa is a warrior priestess called an Eangi, exiled for her refusal to obey her goddess and kill a traveller. While she is exiled, her village is razed and the other Eangi are killed. Hessa has no choice but to try to win back her goddess’s favor by finishing the job she failed at–but along her journey of redemption she discovers the the gods are dying and the afterlife is fading. There is more on the line than her own life after death, and powers older than the gods are about to awaken.
The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson
The Forever Sea is a miles-high expanse of prairie grasses, sailed by harvesting vessels. The hearthfire keeper on one such vessel, Kindred, receives news that her grandmother has stepped into the Forever Sea from the railing of another ship and disappeared. But this was not an act of suicide–there’s something going on in the depths, and Kindred’s grandmother has gone to investigate. Kindred soon follows in her grandmother’s footsteps, discovering the conflicts simmering in the dark beneath the green waves–though it might cost her everything to learn.
Inscape by Louise Carey
In a future where corporations jealously guard their territory and tech over the ruins of human civilization, Tanta is an agent who has trained all her life to do InTech’s bidding. When she’s sent outside the corporate territory to retrieve a stolen hard drive, two of her team are killed and she barely makes it out alive. Determined to redeem herself, she starts an investigation that leads her to a conspiracy deep within her employer.
News and Views
You still have time to register for Tim Fielder in conversation with Edward Hall and Victor LaValle about Infinitum on January 21!
Audio interview with Rebecca Roanhorse over at New Books Network.
Catherynne M. Valente will have a Best Of collection from Subterranean Press!
Ursula K. Le Guin is going to be on a stamp this year!! There’s also an overview of Le Guin’s career at the Longon Review of Books: It’s not Jung’s, it’s mine
Wednesday Books has announced Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, a fantasy Ethiopian-inspired retelling of Jane Eyre.
This is a cool mini-doc about the martial arts reference videos for Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
On Book Riot
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.