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Cover Breakdown: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

BY DJ DeSmyter, SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

With her Glamourist Histories series, Mary Robinette Kowal has enthralled us again and again with her unique take on magic in the Regency era. Mary has quickly become not only a favorite amongst readers, but also with us here at RT. Back in May, during the RT Convention, Mary discussed the importance of diversity in literature and the Fantasy genre, and mentioned she was working hard to ensure her books included a wide range of characters. So when the cover for Of Noble Family, the fifth and final book in the series, was revealed, starring a woman of color, we were more than excited. Let's take a look:

Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Sylvia Izzo Hunter

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love debut authors here at RT and we love introducing them to our readers. This month, we're shining the Debut Author Spotlight on Sylvia Izzo Hunter, the author behind the sweeping historical fantasy, The Midnight Queen, which our reviewer says is "a novel that readers will be unable to put down." Read on to learn more about Sylvia and the book!

Name: Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Book: The Midnight Queen

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Current Home: Toronto, Ontario

Author Icon: Jane Austen (who wrote insightful novels full of brilliant social satire at a time when respectable women weren't supposed to write novels at all) and Lois McMaster Bujold (who has long written in a genre that some people think women shouldn't write in, and who also puts romance in her SF despite all the people saying SF shouldn't have romance in it).


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Waiting for the Next Episode of The Lottery? Try These Read-Alikes!

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Two weeks ago, The Lottery premiered on Lifetime, captivating viewers like myself with its grim premise. In the show, the year is 2025 and women are no longer able to get pregnant and give birth. When a medical team succeeds in fertilizing 100 embryos, the government announces a lottery to select the surrogates. With intriguing characters who have secret agendas and plenty of suspense, The Lottery is off to a promising start. And if you’re like me and are already hooked and wanting more, here’s a list of books you should check out to make the wait for new episodes a bit more bearable.


The Jewel by Amy Ewing

What It’s About: Part dystopian, part fantasy tale, Ewing’s debut stars Violet, a teenage girl trained to become a surrogate for the royalty who can no longer get pregnant and who want perfect children with unique abilities. When Violet is sold to the Duchess of the Lake, her life takes a dark turn and she must fight to reclaim the freedom that was stolen from her.


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Magazine Extra: More Questions For John Scalzi

BY Regina Small, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Lock In by John ScalziIn our September 2014 issue, I was lucky enough to catch up with celebrated science fiction author John Scalzi, who is a particular favorite of the RT staff. We chatted a bit about his September release Lock In, which centers on a chilling pandemic called Haden's Syndrome — a disease that leaves one percent of the population completely physically paralyzed, but still fully conscious and aware. As nearly 4.5 million people are "locked in" to their own bodies, a global crisis emerges, one that reshapes the world politically, economically and socially. Scalzi came up with some ingenious options for the "locked in" to move about: 1) remote-controlled androids known as Threeps, operated by signals sent by the brain and 2) Integrators — able-bodied folks whose brains allow the Haden's-afflicted to take over their bodies. We were curious to hear a bit more about Scalzi's take on the latter, as well as the background that informed this tense near-future murder mystery.

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Have You Joined The Holy Taco Church Yet? - On Creating A Successful Collaborative Blog

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

For many authors, group blogs are a fun, relatively easy way to promote their work. And for readers, these blogs can be highly entertaining. There are tons of group author blogs, but the Holy Taco Church might be my new favorite. As far as excellent group author blogs go, the Holy Taco Church has nailed it.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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More Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week I wrote about some of genre fiction’s power couples, and the response was great. So many people reminded me of couples I missed, or told me about couples I didn’t know about. Today, I’m bringing you more genre fiction author couples who share both a life and a passion for writing.

Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

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Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer both write romance, usually with some sort of supernatural edge. Steampunk romance, paranormal romance, historical romance with paranormal elements — between the two of them they’ve got it all covered. Most of their work is done separately, but together they penned the Ether Chronicles (Zoe wrote 3 in the series, Nico wrote 2), a western steampunk series. Currently, Nico is in the middle of his erotic, paranormal Demon Rock series, while Zoe is working on her Nemesis Unlimited novels.

Clay and Susan Griffith

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Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Many readers know the power couples of literary fiction — Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss (who, technically, aren’t anymore after they recently revealed their split), Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman — but what about genre fiction? There’s plenty of romance in romance … and urban fantasy, science fiction and YA! Below are some genre fiction power couples who just ooze mushy love.

Ilona and Gordon Andrews

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

The first genre fiction power couple that comes to mind is, of course, Ilona Andrews — the writing team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews. Ilona immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and met Gordon (whose real name is Andrew Gordon, fun fact), and together they wrote Magic Bites. Their Kate Daniels series is extraordinarily popular and the two have such a fun, playful dynamic in person. I’ve seen them on several panels at RT Con, and they’re absolutely delightful.

Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs


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Cover Chat: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

BY DJ DeSmyter, JUNE 11, 2014 | PERMALINK

Let’s have a little cover chat, shall we? Last month, sci-fi/fantasy author V.E. Schwab — known in the YA world as Victoria Schwab — revealed the stunning cover for her upcoming adult fantasy novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, an exciting first book in a series about parallel universes, magic and treachery. Before we get up close and personal with the cover, let’s take a look at the book’s official summary:

Kell is one of the last Travelers — magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes — as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne — a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London ... but no one speaks of that now.


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Why Will McIntosh Is One Of The Most Underrated Science Fiction Writers - Plus An Excerpt From Defenders

BY Elisa Verna, MARCH 24, 2014 | PERMALINK

Everyone has their favorite tropes and plot devices. In romancelandia we call this "romance cat nip," but readers of all genres have certain elements that will make them pick up a book no matter what. When it comes to sci fi, many of Will McIntosh's stories contain everything I look for in a SF novel, and I'm honestly surprised his work isn't more highly regarded. His upcoming May release, Defenders, just about blew me away. I wanted to email him and ask, "Did you write this story just for me? Be honest, Mr. McIntosh." Of course he didn't, but the book contained nearly every element on my Perfect Sci Fi Novel checklist.

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1. It was accessible.

Let's be real here, I understand science on a basic 10th-grade biology level, at most. I'm not going to be upset if your fictional science isn't completely perfect. In fact, I probably won't even notice. I feel like a lot of SF/F readers get hung up on the plausibility of science and magic in their stories, and rightfully so, but I'm already going into a SF/F book suspending my disbelief, so chances are I'll accept whatever science an author throws at me, proven that they've actually worked through all of it before crafting their story.


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The 100 Recap: Episode 1.1 - "Pilot"

BY DJ DeSmyter, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

We open on our main girl, Clarke, as she’s busy drawing and delivering a rather poetic voiceover, telling us how a nuclear apocalypse pretty much decimated Earth ninety-seven years ago. But don’t worry, there were twelve space stations, including one known as the Ark, with survivors! Woot woot! Turns out, though, the Ark isn’t exactly Happyville. Any crime is an offense, and Clarke is — you guessed it, a criminal! When guards come to get her, she learns she’s one of the 100 who are going to “the ground” — Earth. And then a guard drugs her and we’re treated to the nifty title logo.

The Ark, aka Our Future Home

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Clarke wakes and finds herself on a space shuttle with her fellow prisoners. And then Isaiah Washington pops up on screen as the Chancellor and gives the 100 a little explanation of what’s going on. Clarke and her sort of friend Wells, who’s the Chancellor’s son, try to keep everyone in check, but the lack of gravity is too appealing. Outside, the shuttle is nearing Earth and those who aren’t strapped in their seats have a bit of a, well, rough landing. Houston, we have a problem! All communication with the 100 has been cut off.


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