Monthly Archives: January 2018

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Body Library (John Nyquist #2) by Jeff Noon

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Body Library (John Nyquist #2) by Jeff Noon

(April, 2018 by Angry Robot)

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Author Interview: Dana Fredsti

Today I am interviewing Dana Fredsti, author of the new dark urban fantasy novel, The Spawn of Lilith, first book in the series.

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DJ: Hey Dana! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Dana Fredsti: Hi there! Thanks for having me as your guest! Let’s see… a little bit about myself. First of all, to quote my official bio: Dana Fredsti is an ex B-movie actress with a background in theatrical combat (a skill she utilized in Army of Darkness as a sword-fighting Deadite and fight captain). Through seven plus years of volunteering at EFBC/FCC, Dana’s been kissed by tigers, and had her thumb sucked by an ocelot with nursing issues. She’s addicted to bad movies and any book or film, good or bad, which include zombies. She’s the author of the Ashley Parker series, touted as Buffy meets the Walking Dead, the zombie noir novella, A Man’s Gotta Eat What a Man’s Gotta Eat, and the cozy noir mystery Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon.

And that’s enough of talking about myself in the third person.

I love writing, reading, wine-tasting, am involved in animal rescue, and live in San Francisco with my husband, a horde of cats, and our dog Pogeen (which means “little kiss” in Gaelic). David, my husband, is also a writer and we’re co-writing a science-fiction series for Titan Books called Time Shards.

DJ: What is The Spawn of Lilith about?

Dana: Well, for a short and spoiler-free answer, it’s about Lee Striga, a stuntwoman who discovers there’s more in her family tree during a film shoot that’s plagued by demons. Supernatural creatures of all sorts are a part of the world of Spawn of Lilith, although they go under the radar for the most part.

It’s hard for me to give a detailed response because the story arcs of each book are, to some degree, intertwined with the series arc and we all hate spoilers. Each book stands on its own as far as wrapping things up for that particular piece of the series arc, while also giving a little more of Lee’s background and family history. So hopefully readers will not finish any of the books with Empire Strikes Back syndrome. My second book in the Ashley Parker series really did end on a “Han frozen in carbonite” cliffhanger, but I ran out of my allotted word count. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Josiah Bancroft

Today I am interviewing Josiah Bancroft, author of the new fantasy-adventure novel, Senlin Ascends, the first book in The Books of Babel series.

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DJ: Hi Josiah! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Josiah: Hello, DJ. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me.

Certainly! I’m a rabbit-loving, bass playing, recovering poet who has recently embarked upon the adventure of writing fantasy novels for a living. In the past, I’ve been an aspiring comic book artist, a college-level writing instructor, and a rock and roller in the band, Dirt Dirt. I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with my wife, Sharon. We’re anticipating the arrival of our first child this April.

DJ: What is Senlin Ascends about?

Josiah: It’s the story of a nightmarish honeymoon to the immense, over-populated, and byzantine Tower of Babel. Thomas Senlin travels with his young bride, Marya, to the Tower to celebrate their recent wedding, and very shortly after arriving, he loses her in the teeming crowd. In his efforts to find her, he is thrown into all sorts of unexpected adventures, none of which he is at all prepared for. At the start, Senlin is a proud and bookish know-it-all, but the Tower quickly breaks him down, and he soon realizes that if he is going to survive this horrible vacation and this merciless, deceptive place, he is going to have to grow as a person, developing both humility and courage.

DJ: What were some of your influences Senlin Ascends and the series?

Josiah: A number of books and films inspired the writing of Senlin Ascends. When I began writing the series, I was re-reading many of the adventure novels I’d enjoyed as a boy, including those written by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Alexandre Dumas. I find the world view and social opinions of those works extremely problematic, but the underlying sense of awe and adventure was something I wanted to recapture and update for a contemporary audience. I was also reading many South American and European magical realist novels, including Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, Gabriel Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

I’ve always loved films. My mother started me on a steady diet of classic Hollywood movies when I was young, and I never lost my love of the form. My writing has been influenced by many pictures, directors, and screen writers over the years. In particular, Senlin Ascends owes a lot to Fritz’s Lang’s Metropolis, Hayao Miyazaki entire canon of work (but particularly Spirited Away), and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. I wanted the books to provide readers with a cinematic experience without bogging them down with great chunks of world-building exposition. Hopefully, I was successful in that regard. Continue reading

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Book Review: Infinity Blade: Redemption (Infinity Blade #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Infinity Blade: Redemption(Infinity Blade #2by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: ChAIR Entertainment Group

Publication Date: September 8, 2013 (first published September 3, 2013)

Edition: ebook, 147 pages

Genre: Fantasy, Video Game, Novella

Rating: 4/5

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Warrior Within by Angus McIntrye

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Warrior Within by Angus Mcintyre

(March 8, 2018 by Publishing)

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Author Interview: Genevieve Cogman

Today I am interviewing Genevieve Cogman, author of the new epic fantasy novel, The Lost Plot, fourth book in The Invisible Library series].

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DJ: Hi Genevieve! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Genevieve Cogman: I live and work in the north of England, and I’m over 40: my day job is Classifications Specialist for NHS Digital. (It involves working with the medical codes that are used to record diagnoses and operations in hospitals in the UK. I’ve written the ongoing Invisible Library series, and have also done some freelance writing for roleplaying games (the pen-and-paper sort, such as Exalted and GURPS).

DJ: What is The Lost Plot and then The Invisible Library series about?

Genevieve: It’s a series about a mysterious interdimensional Library, and the Librarians who work for it, collecting unique works of fiction from alternate worlds in order to support the structure of reality, and dodging both dragons (creatures of order) and Fae (creatures of chaos) in the process. The Lost Plot involves Irene (the protagonist) having to investigate Library involvement in lethal dragon politics, and ending up in a 1920s America world dodging guns, gangsters, and bootleg gin. (Actually, the bootleg gin isn’t that bad.)

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Invisible Library series?

Genevieve: There are a lot of sources for mysterious libraries out there, but I’d include Pratchett’s L-Space from Unseen University, Neil Gaiman’s library of Dream, the library of the Archangel Yves from the In Nomine roleplaying game; magic and naming in Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea books, and the Speech in Diane Duane’s Wizardry books; dragons from Chinese mythology and legend, and a lot of other places; and Sherlock Holmes. To name a few. There are lots more. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Michael Moreci

Today I am interviewing Michael Moreci, author of the new science-fiction novel, Black Star Renegade.

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DJ: Hi Michael! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Michael Moreci: Sure, and thanks for having me!

So, hi everyone. I’m Michael. DJ’s right; my debut novel just came out, on January 2 to be exact. Before that, I was known for my work in comics. There, I’ve written series like Roche Limit, Hoax Hunters, and Burning Fields; I’ve also written for established characters like Superman, The Flash, Conan the Barbarian, The Shadow, and more. I live just outside Chicago with my two sons (I’m a stay at home dad), wife, and our dog.

DJ: What is Black Star Renegades about?

Michael: It’s a space adventure centering on a young guy named Cade Sura who, through certain circumstances (I don’t want to spoil anything!) comes into possession of a mythical, powerful weapon. He’s a terrible choice for this responsibility, but if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the weapon, then Ga Halle–the queen of the evil Praxis kingdom–will take it from him and use it to complete her tyrannical control over the entire galaxy. Along with a group of friends–Kira, Mig, and 4-Qel, all misfits just like Cade–Cade sets a course to upend the fate that’s been shoved into his hands and create a new future for the galaxy.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Black Star Renegades?

Michael: Star Wars, obviously, is a big one. But there’s a pretty wide range things that have touched BSR in different ways.I guess it would be best to break it down into categories, so here goes:

Literary influences: John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Timothy Zahn

Film/TV influences (the book is fairly cinematic): Buck Rodgers, Flash Gordon, Battle Beyond the Stars, Guardians of the Galaxy

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Book Collecting: Update #25

When I came home from school this winter, there were few books waiting to greet me! 😀

All of the books you are about to see have been sent to me by the publisher.

Regrettably, I most likely will not have time to get to all of these novels during my break (I am already working on a trilogy for this break), but I who know! Maybe I’ll finish early and get to try one of these out before classe start again 🙂

So, even if I don’t get to a chance to read these, I have included links to the Goodreads and Amazon pages for you to learn more about these novels – that I wish(!) I could read!

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The Friday Face-Off: You know Your A, B, Cs

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

A full list of future Friday themes can be found at Lynn’s Book Blog

The Friday Face-Off: You know Your A, B, C’s

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Blog Update: End of 2017; Start of 2018

Hello all! 😀

I’m sure some of you have noticed my sudden emergence again in SFF community this past week, and may be wondering where this suddenly came from? Particularly since the blog had been so slow in November and December.

Well, if you would give me like 5 minutes of your time, I will explain what happed at the end of 2017, how things will be at start the year, and what else will be going for the rest of the year!

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