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Quick Bites of SFF

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex and…hey, we made it through the week! It’s sure been a bunch of days ending in Y. We also made it past November and into December. Though one good thing that happened this week was my favorite space magic FPS video game gave us an on-screen kiss between our collective grandpas; may the tears of angry bigots sustain us all through this glorious winter. If any fellow Guardians are reading this newsletter, a very happy, belated Osiris and Saint-14 Kissing Day to you! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Weyland-Yutani Asset Tag Sticker by MostynsOddbins

I was contemplating bookplates and stamps, but this would sure also be a unique way to tag your bookish assets…$5

New Releases

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The Two Doctors Górski by Isaac Fellman

Annae is a graduate student of psychiatric magic who can read people’s minds; because of the academic abuse she has survived, she compulsively uses her abilities to track how her colleagues view her. When she moves to England to finish her studies under Marec Górski, a magician infamous for bringing his unwanted better self to life as a homunculus, she finds in him her mirror image and someone who destroys those around him. To survive, she will need to break free of the conditioning that binds her and find her own path.

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Fables and Spells by adrienne maree brown

This is a collection of 70 (seventy!!) short stories and poems that focus on social justice through an Afrofuturist lens. Also worth checking out, her novel Grievers, about a mysterious illness and a city made nonfunctional by grief.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I’ve really enjoyed the return of the novella as a viable format in SFF; sometimes you just want some quick bites when it comes to reading. And here are a couple that I’ve enjoyed recently!

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Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

While technically third in the series (and the other two books are also GREAT), this book is functionally standalone. In this adventure, the wandering cleric Chih travels into the titular riverlands to collect the stories of this brutal and conflicted region filled with near-immortal, legendary martial artists. They soon find themself in the midst of an ancient feud that’s deeply entangled with the stories they came here to collect.

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And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed

Jewel is a courtesan in a House, a luxurious place that provides its own brand of protection from a government that will cull someone for even the smallest mistake. But when one of her fellow courtesans is murdered by a client, that shakes her badly enough — but then her friend comes back to life, somehow.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Time-Looping Murder Mysteries

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and that’s right — I’m back from a vacation filled with some absolutely amazing food and at least one trip to a cat café. I also caught up on some reading (Homicide and Halo-Halo and Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala), which is all one can ask from a vacation. And! Freshly back, I got to see Glass Onion since a theater near me is playing it, and it was hecka fun…so hopefully this explains why I’ve got mysteries on the brain a little bit right now. I hope everyone had a great weekend (holiday weekend if you’re in America)! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

Bookish Goods

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Crystal Dragon Fidget Toy by OfficialDoodleDept

Honestly, I was trying to find something mystery-themed for this newsletter (harder than you think), but then I accidentally stumbled across this cool toy and I desperately want one for myself. $18

New Releases

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House of Yesterday by Deeba Zargarpur

Fifteen year old Sara’s family is falling apart; her parents will soon be divorced and her beloved grandmother, Bibi Jan, has become a shadow of her former self. As a distraction for the summer, she throws herself into her mother’s latest home renovation project — but the house holds secrets in its wood and plaster, ones that bring up her family’s dark history and ghostly apparitions.

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Geometries of Belonging: Stories & Poems from the Birdverse by R.B. Lemberg

The core of R.B. Lemberg’s interconnected “Birdverse” stories is a magic based upon geometry, from which springs art, love, and healing. This collection of stories and poetry explores traditional social boundaries and cultures and the obstructions thereof.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I am on a mystery kick after seeing Glass Onion and reading some cozies over vacation…so how about a couple of SFF mysteries?

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Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

This is the start of a paranormal mystery series about an African American classical musician named Gethsemane Brown who finds herself investigating mysteries, often at the behest of ghosts. This first book starts in the Irish countryside where Gethsemane has been hired to turn a group of ill-behaved schoolboys into an orchestra…and her lovely cliffside cottage she’s staying at is haunted by the ghost of a man falsely accused of killing his wife and himself.

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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This book combines two things I love — murder mysteries and time loops. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until Aiden Bishop can figure out who her killer is and break the cycle of her death…and every day as he investigates, he wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Cthulu-esque, But In a Cute Way

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got some new releases for you, and some extremely cool, fresh-off-the-press short story collections and anthologies to boot. November continues to fill our shelves and stuff even more books in our pockets if we run out of space. I won’t see you for the next few newsletters since I’m going to be out of the country on a family vacation, but I have no doubt there will be many more good books coming. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you again on the last Tuesday of the month!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Upside-Down Ocean Wave Octopus Planter by CindySearles

I never thought I’d have a reason to call something “delightfully chthonic” but here we are. I have no idea how this planter works, but it’s…just charming. Adorable. Cthulhu-esque, but in a cute way. $36

New Releases

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Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Colorado mining town of Goetia booms with prospectors in 1883; wealth practically pours from the mines where a new element called Divinity has been found. It is the descendants of demons, called the Fallen, who helped find this new ore. And it is the Virtues, who won the ancient war, who rule. When card sharp Celeste’s sister is accused of murdering a Virtue, she must take on the role of advocatus diaboli to save her.

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Beneath the Burning Wave by Jennifer Hayashi Danns

Kaori and Kair are twins, one born of fire and one born of water — and they are the first twins to survive into childhood on the island of Mu, a place where gender is fluid as water. But their survival is not greeted with celebration, because a prophecy hangs over them: they will lead to the destruction of the island, with volcano and tsunami.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I’m mixing it up a little — today I’m recommending some recent anthologies/collections that are coming at us from small presses!

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Breakable Things by Cassandra Khaw

This is the first short story collection by Cassandra Khaw, and it thematically explores the way love and grief twine into human existence, sometimes relating cosmic horror and bodily trauma.

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Opulent Syntax: Irish Speculative Fiction edited by Don Duncan and Dave Ring

This anthology contains both short stories and poems of Irish authors, the pick of modern Irish speculative fiction. Stories range from a near future Dublin that is a dystopian capitalist hellscape to the old and witchy landscape of the Midlands.

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Snaring New Suns: Speculative Works from Hawai’i and Beyond edited by Tom Gammarino, Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada, D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie, and Lyz Soto

This collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories and poetry includes the work of 48 writers from around the world who have a connection to Hawai’i and the Pacific and explore these ties from the supernatural to climate-riven future.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Wandering Into the Witch’s Woods

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and today I’m coming in with an extravaganza of new releases that includes a couple of exciting indie titles that I wanted to spotlight. I don’t know what is up with this November — there are so many good books coming out — but I’m certainly not complaining. Stay safe (and warm) out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Baba Yaga necklace by WhiteWhaleApothecary

Channel your inner Baba Yaga with this necklace inspired by the Baba Yaga house. $18

New Releases

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Nubia: The Awakening by Omar Epps and Clarence A. Haynes

Zuberi, Lencho, and Uzochi have never seen their utopic, ancestral homeland of Nubia; it was destroyed by massive storms. Their families fled as climate refugees to New York City, already suffering its own climate difficulties and torn by class struggle. For most of their fellow Nubians, being a refugee means being constantly disrespected. But these three teenagers are awakening to something more, powers both extraordinary and terrifying that they could use to either lift their people up — or leave them behind.

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Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

Bree wanted only to find out the truth about her mother’s death when she infiltrated the Legendborn Order; on the other side, she’s found herself the wielder of power she could have never imagined. She is a medium, a bloodcrafter, and a scion — and the boy she has fallen in love with has been kidnapped. The Regent of the Order claim they want to protect her, and that secrecy is of the utmost importance; Bree isn’t about to let any of that stop her.

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Into the Forest: Tales of Baba Yaga edited by Lindy Ryan

A collection of new short stories inspired by the eastern European legend of Baba Yaga, the witch who lives in a house that runs on chicken legs and travels in a mortar and pestle.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I want to shine the spotlight on more indie/small press books as we’re moving toward the holidays…so here’s a couple to consider for your shopping needs!

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Dr. No by Percival Everett

Wala Kitu is a brilliant professor of mathematics whose name literally means “Nothing Nothing” — the thing at which he is an expert. Aspiring villain John Sill, who wants to break into Fort Knox to steal a mysterious shoebox also filled with nothing, sees him as the perfect partner in crime. It’s up to Wala Kitu to figure out how to foil John Sill’s plans to become a literal Bond villain while somehow also remaining in his employ.

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Desert Creatures by Kay Chronister

Nine-year-old Magdala and her father flee across the harsh desert of the American West in search of the holy city of Las Vegas, hoping for succor from the neon-powered saints who reside there. But they never make it across the Sonoran desert; one by one the adults die and Magdala fends for herself for seven years before turning her path once again toward Las Vegas — and this time she will not be stopped.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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The Best Of the “Best Of” Books

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, coming at you with your Tuesday set of new releases and…how did I not know until this moment that there was a new C.L. Polk book coming out? I’ve been busy, but not that busy. Anyway, I hope you are as excited as I am about this news. (And about some massive new short story collections, too.) Hold onto your hats, it’s an incoming word storm! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

Bookish Goods

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Dragon-Roasted Coffee T-shirt by WDShirts

Dragon-roasted coffee is some good fantasy joke stuff anyway, but this one comes with a joke straight from The Hobbit, and I think that only makes it more charming. $20

New Releases

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Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

A magical detective once sold her soul to save her brother’s life; now she’s got a chance to do one last job before taking her place in hell for the rest of eternity. But when she refuses, the client offers her the impossible: a chance to have a future, one where she stays with the woman she loves. All she has to do is track down Chicago’s most dangerous serial killer, the White City Vampire.

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Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Viv is an orc who has lived her life as a sellsword…but now she’s ready to retire, and she’s got a plan. She’ll open the first coffee shop in the city of Thune, a place where no one actually has any idea what coffee is, let alone its fancier preparations.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I missed screeching about these last week, so you get to hear about them now! We’ve got two Best Of short story collections, coming in hot! The editors alone have got me excited to get them in my hands.

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (2022) edited by John Joseph Adams and Rebecca Roanhorse

This massive (432 pages!) volume contains a diverse plethora of short stories published this year that runs the gamut of modern SFF.

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The Best of World SF Volume 2 edited by Lavie Tidhar

This second annual collection of short stories written by authors from across the globe was edited by Lavie Tidhar, which is exciting of itself. But of the 29 stories contains eight exclusive stories that have been published nowhere else before!

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Steampunk on the Brain

Happy Friday shipmates! Here we are, the first Friday of November, and I’m coming at you with a new Nisi Shawl collection (and some other books of hers you ought to check out)! I hope you’ve all had an absolutely lovely first week of my favorite month of the year and that you got some good stuff out of Discount Candy Day. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Steampunk Silver Book Necklace by PureMaddy

I’ve got steampunk on the brain today — you might figure out why if you look into the recommendations — so I found this neat little pendant. It actually opens into a tiny book with paper pages! Very cool. $14

New Releases

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Our Fruiting Bodies by Nisi Shawl

Here’s a new short story collection by the inimitable Nisi Shawl, one that focuses on old growth and fresh decay, and the connections between life and nonlife.

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The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix

Ranka is a young blood-witch already tired of life, traumatized by her past; all she wishes is to live quietly with her coven. But when she is chosen as the treaty bride to be given south to the human kingdom of Isodal, she is sent with one mission: kill him. But the prince is nothing like Ranka expected, and neither is his sister — and when other witches begin to die of a mysterious, magical plague, Ranka’s only chance is to make alliances and finally learn to control her magic.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I’m so excited that we’re getting another collection by Nisi Shawl. If you’d like more of her work (and you should definitely give her a try if you somehow haven’t yet!) here’s a couple more recommendations.

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl

In an alternate Belgian Congo, the native Africans developed steam power before their would-be colonial oppressors. Everfair is a safe haven within the Congo, a place for native populations and escaped slaves to find fair treatment and peace, and its story is told in a multitude of voices.

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Filter House by Nisi Shawl

Nishi Shawl’s previous short story collection has 14 tales that speak to the reader’s subconscious and summon magic, traveling to strange and wonderful places.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Happy November, Shipmates!

Happy Tuesday, shipmates — and happy November! It’s Alex, and we’re starting out this month with some sequels that I’m super excited to have in my hot little hands because the first books were just so dang good. I hope everyone had a great Halloween; I got to have a neat holiday dinner with my best friend, for which my nibling made deviled eggs that had little spiders made of black olives on them. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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The City We Became Bookmark by InLineWithAnnemieke

To celebrate the sequel to The City We Became coming out this week — and the original book as well — here’s this cool bookmark inspired directly by the story! $4

New Releases

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The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin

The avatars of New York City may have temporarily defeated the Woman in White, but she has far more powers at her disposal — and now she’s angry. Her new attack takes the form of a candidate for mayor wielding racist, xenophobic, populist rhetoric who seems set on warping the very fabric of the city. If the avatars are to triumph over this enemy, they’ll need to join together with the other Great Cities to do it.

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Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell

Tennal is a neuromodified “reader” who can quite literally read minds and navigate spaceships across interstellar distances, a rare asset, who has been conscripted into the military. There, he’s placed under the care of Surit, the son of a disgraced general and an “architect” who can impose his will on others — and in this case, he’s supposed to control Tennal by merging their minds together. But Surit is too honorable to follow his illegal orders, and so he and Tennal fake a sync bond so they can both plot their escape…until a war begins in their path.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Since both of the new releases in this newsletter are second books, let me recommend the first book to go with each of those!

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Every Great City has a soul, and that soul manifests as an avatar. But New York City? Has six. And they’ve all awakened at once: ordinary people who have become so connected with their borough that they embody it. And what has awakened them awakens an enemy for them to face as well, a Woman in White looking to strangle the city in its cradle before it can be truly born…

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Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Kiem is a prince and the least favorite grandchild of the Emperor, but he’s been given a chance to make himself useful, finally — by marrying a representative of the empire’s newest and most obstreperous vassal planet. That the representative, Count Jainan, is a widower and quite possibly a murderer is of no concern to anyone but Kiem. Neither of these men wants to wed, but if they wish to survive the conspiracy they find entangling them, they’re going to have to work together.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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That’s No Sun…

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’m here with a final round of new releases (major publisher and indie) for you to check out for this last newsletter of October. Tonight, I get to enjoy a Halloween dinner with my best friend’s family — and then we’ll see how many trick-or-treaters come to the neighborhood on Monday. May you have a spooky and fun weekend! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and if you end up with any mini snickers you don’t want, I will definitely take them.

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Vintage Book Ghosts by Createdwithrepurpose

Since it’s almost Halloween, I had to get these guys in — little 3D ghosts made from recycled/repurposed old books. And as you might see in the picture, they do cool looking pumpkins as well. $57

New Releases

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Launch Something! by Bae Myung-Hoon translated by Stella Kim

A second “sun” has appeared in Earth’s sky — “sun” being a loose term here, since it looks more like Pac-Man in shape — and it’s causing a massive heatwave. As the mysterious “sun” approaches and the heat cranks up, the Korean government decides to help by aiding the U.S.-led Allied Space Force, creating its own Korean Space Force.

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Sign Here by Claudia Lux

Peyote Trip is a regular guy in the deals department…on the fifth floor of Hell. It’s not a bad job (though the coffee maker has been broken for centuries), but he’s gunning for a promotion — and he’ll have it if he just gets one more member of the Harrison family to sign their soul over. When the Harrisons go on vacation to the family lake house, he jumps into action with his coworker Calamity…but things are not as they seem, and a sure deal…isn’t.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I want to get in one more round of indie/small press books to check out, since it’s been a good couple months for those releases.

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Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052-2072 by M.E. O’Brien and Eman Abdelhadi

An oral history of a future (reminiscent in some ways of KSR’s The Ministry for the Future), this imagines a mid-21st century world where the world’s governments have collapsed under the weight of war and climate catastrophe. The heart of a new way, this is the oral history of the “insurrectionists” who created the New York Commune in the wake of capitalist armageddon.

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Saturnalia by Stephanie Feldman

In a Philadelphia beleaguered by climate change and economic collapse, the Saturnalia carnival is a winter respite, a holiday wholeheartedly adopted into American life despite its pagan roots. This Saturnalia will be the third anniversary of Nina walking away from the elite Saturn Club. Since then, she’s made a thin living with her Saturn Club tarot deck. But her remaining friend from the club pulls her back in this year for the celebration, and she finds herself once more in the midst of this occult secret society, where she must confront her past if she is to save her own — and the city’s — future.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Poster Girl for a Fallen Empire

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, bringing you some new releases for this last week of October, as well as a few more indie books to check out as we close out the month. We got our first frost warning for the fall this weekend, which meant I had to bring my plants inside — and put the “anti-cat forcefield” (it’s mosquito netting) around them. Stay warm — and safe — out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Friday!

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Foolish Mortal Wooden Bookmark by TheBookishDen

To close out October, here’s a cool wooden bookmark (double-sided!) inspired by Disney’s Haunted Mansion. However, if you check out the shop, this seller has a lot of other very cool SFF wooden bookmarks! $9

New Releases

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Into the Riverlands by Nghi Vo

Wandering cleric Chih — accompanied by a talking bird with a perfect memory named Almost Brilliant — travels the lands to record tales of the strange and interesting. This journey takes them to the riverlands in search of near-immortal martial artists; on their journey they fall in with a pair of young women and an older couple, and this drags them headlong into an ancient feud that they never expected.

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Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

For decades, everyone in the Seattle-Portland megalopolis have lived under both constant surveillance and the slogan WHAT’S RIGHT IS RIGHT. Then came a revolution, freeing everyone from the rigid control of the Delegation — and imprisoning the former rulers. Sonya was once a poster girl for the Delegation, and she’s been in prison for that for 10 years. Then she’s offered a chance at freedom: find a missing girl who was abducted by the old regime and earn her way out.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

As we’re in the last week of October, I wanted to showcase a few more indie/small press books published over the last couple of months.

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Empire of the Feast by Bendi Barrett

Riverson is the 32nd ruler of the Stag Empire; he has awakened without the memories of his previous lives, but must still find a way to govern a land grinding toward war and torn with political schisms he barely understands — all while maintaining the erotic rituals necessary to stave off an eldritch horror eager to consume his people.

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The Black Maybe: Liminal Tales by Attila Veres, translated by Luca Karafiáth

Attila Veres is one of Hungary’s leading horror writers, and now he’s made his English language debut with this collection of 10 translated stories. Don’t let the fact that he’s primarily known as a horror writer stop you — the stories in here range from weird fiction to cosmic horror, emphasizing the blackly humorous and frightening.

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Panics by Barbara Molinard translated by Emma Ramadan

Panics is the only collection Barbara Molinard produced in her lifetime, now translated into English. Molinard was concerned first with the bizarre and the nightmarish, and these 13 stories showcase her views on sickness, death, violence, and control, always with a cast of unreality.

See you, space pirates. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me over at my personal site.

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Searching for the Library of All Things

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got some Indian-inspired fantasy coming at you today. Whew, the month is really flying by, isn’t it? We’re only 10 days off from Halloween — how did that happen? And here in Colorado we might be due for a frost in the next week, to go with all the crunchy leaves. Hope you have a warm drink and a good book to curl up with! Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you on Tuesday.

Let’s make the world a better place, together. Here’s somewhere to start: NDN Collective and Jane’s Due Process.

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Fantasy Reader Sticker Collection by FINNandFABLE

Sometimes you just need some cute stickers for notebooks or laptops or any other flat surface. This five sticker sheet (pictured to the left is just one of the stickers) celebrates the magic of fantasy books. $11

New Releases

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Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra

Katyani is the best guardswoman in Garuda, advisor to the prince — and subject of a forbidden soul bond to the queen of Chandela that saved her as a child. After a foiled assassination attempt leaves her with a faceless corpse on her hands and no further leads, she dutifully follows the princes to a monastic school in a forest where monsters roam. When tragedy strikes, Katyani finds herself separated from the only life she has ever known, and the key to her future will be the answers found only in her past.

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Singer Distance by Ethan Chatagnier

In the 1960s, Mars has been sending Earth mathematical puzzles by carving them into the surface of the planet; it’s been 30 years since the last unsolved proof, however. But Crystal Singer, her boyfriend Rick, and three other MIT grad students think they have the answer and trek out to Arizona to paint it across the desert. But after this experiment of theirs, Crystal disappears…and Rick is left to find a new path for himself.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Rati Mehrotra’s new fantasy book has me wanting more Indian-inspired fantasy, so here’s a couple others!

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The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

A coup against the royal family took everything from Esha; she’s since taken on the name “Viper” and become a rebel to make the guilty pay. But her greatest target yet, General Hotha, will put more of a challenge than she bargained for in her path: his nephew, a soldier who never strays from what he thinks is the right path.

Cover of The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

When the conquering Emperor Sikander comes to Shalingar, Princess Amrita offers herself as his bride, sacrificing everything she cares for to try to save her people and her land. Her offer is not enough; soon she’s fleeing from her besieged palace with only Thala, an oracle once enslaved by Sikander, for company. While Amrita wants to try to help her people, Thala has a grander idea: they will find the Library of All Things, which will allow them to reverse their fates and regain everything Sikander has taken from them.

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