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(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.)


* Where Oblivion Lives by T. Frohock
Born of daimon and angel, Diago Alvarez is a being unlike all others. The embodiment of dark and light, he has witnessed the good and the horror of this world and those beyond. In the supernatural war between angels and daimons that will determine humankind’s future, Diago has chosen Los Nefilim, the sons and daughters of angels who possess the power to harness music and light.


* A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court. Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.


* All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
The debut short story collection from acclaimed U.K. writer Priya Sharma, “All the Fabulous Beasts,” collects 16 stunning and monstrous tales of love, rebirth, nature, and sexuality. A heady mix of myth and ontology, horror and the modern macabre.


* Paper Girls, Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matthew Wilson (Artist)
Can anyone escape fate? That’s what Mac and her fellow newspaper delivery girls must discover as they escape the year 2000 and travel to the distant future.


* The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there. Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe.


* The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths wracks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.


* The True Queen by Zen Cho
When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.


* Finders by Melissa Scott
Desperate for a job, salvagers Cassilde Sam and Dai Winter accept help from Summerlad Ashe, their former partner and lover, who betrayed them during a war between the worlds of the Entente and the Verge. Ingenious adaptations of the technologically advanced relics of humanity’s Ancestor and Successor predecessors form the foundation of civilization, and Ashe’s theories about a particular section of the Ancestor sky palace being open for salvage leads the trio to a Gift, a legendary Ancestor healing device. Space travel and faster-than-light drives blend with world mythology as Sam, Winter, and Ashe race to stay ahead of an underground group that hunts for Gifts across the settled worlds.

Date: 2018-12-11 05:34 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: Boromir and Faramir grinning and hugging. (LotR: Squee!)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW ZEN CHO!

Date: 2018-12-11 06:29 pm (UTC)
anne: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anne
ME TOOOOOO!!

and more Melissa Scott! Truly we live in a golden age.

Date: 2018-12-11 07:50 pm (UTC)
finch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] finch
Me three!

Date: 2018-12-14 12:00 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: The Middleman makes exclamatory jazz-hands (@ !!!!)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Aahh, I didn't know there was even going to be more Sorceror To The Crown! Yess. <3

Date: 2018-12-12 05:13 am (UTC)
syncytio: (Default)
From: [personal profile] syncytio
I am so excited about The True Queen. Siblings! Curses! Women getting shit done.

Date: 2018-12-16 12:23 am (UTC)
helivoy: (Shade)
From: [personal profile] helivoy
Dear Martha, I'm chuffed to see Melissa Scott's Finders among your recs! It marks Melissa's return to original SF after more than a decade's absence, and is the first of a planned trilogy. It also has a stunner of a cover by Eleni Tsami, the artist who did the magnificent covers of The Other Half of the Sky (with your Raksura story) and its younger sibling, To Shape the Dark.
Edited Date: 2018-12-16 12:24 am (UTC)

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