Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

marthawells: (Reading)
Here's a link for more places to donate for Hurricane Harvey relief: https://www.patreon.com/posts/14076152 Avoid donating to the Red Cross. The mayor of Houston confirmed that the Red Cross isn't getting supplies to shelters. (Just like Haiti after the earthquake, when the Red Cross just sat on most of the money.)

If you're in the Bryan/College Station area, donations are being collected today (8/30 8am to 7pm) at the Target stores for the Ken Moore Cabinet trucks to take into Houston. The list is on here http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/How-you-can-help-victims-of-Hurricane-Harvey-442067553.html


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Book Recs


(If you've been following my book rec and new book listing posts for a while, you may have noticed this already, but while most book lists emphasize books by popular straight white men, this one emphasizes everybody else. I include books by straight white men, but in about the same percentage that other book lists include everybody else. I also try to highlight books that are less well known.)

(I only link to one retail outlet in the book's listing, but most books are available at multiple outlets, like Kobo, iBooks, international Amazons, Barnes & Noble, etc. The short stories are usually on free online magazines.)


* The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle
In these nineteen stories, the enfants terribles of fantasy have arrived. The New Voices of Fantasy captures some of the fastest-rising talents of the last five years, including Sofia Samatar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Brooke Bolander, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Ursula Vernon, and more. Their tales were hand-picked by the legendary Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and genre expert Jacob Weisman (The Treasury of the Fantastic).


* Story The Lamentation of their Women by Kai Ashante Wilson


* Dreadnought by April Daniels
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.


* Dragon Sisters by Joyce Chng
A special edition to celebrate the enduring friendship between Xiao Xiao and Ming Zhu, two princesses from two different worlds. Enter a world of fantasy and magic and recipes set in Qing China. What happens when Xiao Xiao, a daughter of an Imperial Courtesan, finds a magical green pearl in the hands of her adoptive little sister? When she meets Ming Zhu, a dragon princess, daughter of the Dragon King, a friendship is formed. But will Princess Ming Zhu ever return back to her watery kingdom and reconcile with her father, the Dragon King?


* Sunvault edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation is the first anthology to broadly collect solarpunk short fiction, artwork, and poetry. A new genre for the 21st Century, solarpunk is a revolution against despair. Focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom. Contributors include Elgin Award nominee Kristine Ong Muslim, New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older, James Tiptree, Jr. Award winner Nisi Shawl, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, and Lambda Literary Awards finalist A.C. Wise, as well as Jess Barber, Santiago Belluco, Lisa M. Bradley, Chloe N. Clark, Brandon Crilly, Yilun Fan and translator S. Qiouyi Lu, Jaymee Goh, José M. Jimenez, Maura Lydon, Camille Meyers, Lev Mirov, joel nathanael, Clara Ng, Sara Norja, Brandon O’Brien, Jack Pevyhouse, Bethany Powell, C. Samuel Rees, Iona Sharma, Karyn L. Stecyk, Bogi Takács, Aleksei Valentín, T.X. Watson, Nick Wood, and Tyler Young.


* Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider
In Clearview, Texas, a wealthy recluse has joined the community and is leading the restoration of an old opera house. When he falls to his death, Sheriff Dan Rhodes suspects that he’s been murdered, but there doesn’t seem to be a motive. Who would want to kill someone who’s helping the town and hasn’t been around long enough to make any enemies?


* Bewitching Benedict by C.E. Murphy
Benedict Fairburn does not quite need his ailing great-aunt’s fortune, especially since he’ll have to marry to get it. His family, however, thinks otherwise—as do many of the eligible ladies in London—and the pressure is mounting. An embarrassment of attentions fill Benny’s time, but the young lady he prefers roundly dislikes him.
marthawells: (Teyla)
Let's see. Things that are definite: there will be four Murderbot Diaries novellas, and it looks like at least two of them, Artificial Condition and Rogue Protocol will come out next year, the first on May 8 and the second in August 7. (They're starting to show up for preorder in bits and pieces, but only at a couple of places so far.)

It looks like both Murderbot 2 and 3 will be released in hardcover, which the publisher is doing so they can get them into more bookstores. There will of course still be ebooks and audiobooks.

Artificial Condition is done except for the final proof, which I need to read and return to the publisher soon, and Rogue Protocol is finished and I'm doing a little revision before it goes on to the copyedit stage. I'm finishing up the first draft of the fourth story, which has the tentative title of Exit Strategy. I think that's it.

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As far as the hurricane goes, we came through fine here, and I've caulked the leaky window. We don't have mail service yet, but we did get a garbage pick-up today, so that was good.

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