Brandon Sanderson Book Signing

So, I’m not a big people-person. I usually avoid crowds of people like the plague, so it takes a lot for me to get to go to things like book signings with a “#1 New York Times Best Selling Author.” I did it, though, and I’m glad I did (and thanks to my friend I…

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Prospero Lost – L. Jagi Lamplighter

From Publishers Weekly:  Lamplighter’s powerful debut draws inspiration from Shakespeare and world mythology, infused with humor and pure imagination. Four centuries after the events of The Tempest, Prospero’s daughter Miranda runs Prospero Inc., a company with immense influence in the supernatural world. When she discovers a mysterious warning from her father, who has gone missing, Miranda…

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Acacia – David Anthony Durham

Publishers Weekly:  In this sprawling and vividly imagined fantasy, historical novelist Durham (Pride of Carthage) chronicles the downfall and reinvention of the Akaran Dynasty, whose empire, called Acacia, was built on conquest, slaving and drug trade. The Acacian empire, encompassing “The Known World,” is hated by its subjugated peoples, especially the Mein, who 22 generations…

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The Reality Dysfunction – Peter F. Hamilton

From Publishers Weekly:  First published in 1996, this behemoth opening to the Night’s Dawn trilogy takes humankind across the galaxy on a quest for profit that becomes a desperate battle for survival. Space scavenger Joshua Calvert begins shipping wood from the primitive planet Lalonde to the pastoral patrician planet Kulu despite a revolt among the…

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Yes, I know I missed this feature last week. I apologize. I posted a review instead. I’m going to have another review up of The Reality Dysfunction tomorrow (which I have started to read to the exclusion of all other books, a rare phenomena which happens only very occasionally and forces me to slow down my review…

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A Forest of Stars – Kevin J. Anderson

Back Cover Blurb:  Five years after attacking the human-colonized worlds of the spiral arm, the hydroges maintain full control over stardive fuel…and their embargo is strangling civilization. On Earth, mankind suffers from renewed attacks by the hydroges and decides to use a cybernetic army to fight them. Yet the Terran leaders don’t realize these military robots have…

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Before They Are Hanged – Joe Abercrombie

From Publishers Weekly:  Starred Review. This grim and vivid sequel to 2007’s The Blade Itself transcends its middle volume status, keeping the reader engaged with complicated plotting and intriguing character development. As savage Northmen invade Angland, the northernmost province of the unwieldy Union, honorable, hard-working Union soldier Colonel West watches his notions of civilized warfare erode in…

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Curse of the Mistwraith – Janny Wurts

From Library Journal:  Two brothers, heirs to lands and locked in a blood feud, are drawn across a dimensional portal into a world where they are hailed as the promised saviors. As Arithon, the Master of Shadows, and his half-brother Lysaer, the Lord of Light, prepare to do battle against the Mistwraith, who has for…

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Evil for Evil – K.J. Parker

Product DescriptionCivitas Vadanis is in trouble. The Mezentines have declared war; and the Mezentines are very focused on their goals when it comes to killing. Duke Valens, of Civitas Vadanis, has a dilemma. He knows that his city cannot withstand the invading army; yet its walls are his only defence against the Mezentines. Perhaps the…

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Dragonfly Falling – Adrian Tchaikovsky

From Publishers Weekly:  Tchaikovsky returns to the caste-haunted insect-themed world of 2010’s Empire in Black and Gold, as the inapt kinden realize that their natural gifts and old knowledge are no longer sufficient to allow them to dominate their apt cousins, who can use technology. The Wasp kinden have been slowly conquering the land for three…

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