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Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with some news, a few ebook deals, and a little list of SFF with badass moms that you might want to check out. It’s the first Friday of May, and it’s been shockingly rainy here, with lots of little hail showers. It’s also almost Mother’s Day (whence the theme) so happy holiday if you celebrate it! (And if it’s a day you have a fraught relationship with, I see you.) I’ve been looking forward to putting my plants outside since they’re always so much happier there…. but in Colorado, the common wisdom is that you can never count on a plant surviving out in the elements until after Mother’s Day. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and may your plants be thriving and green!
News and Views
SFF eBook Deals
The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon Yang for $1.99
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo for $2.99
Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach for $2.99
On Book Riot
You have until May 11 to enter to win a $100 ThriftBooks gift card and $100 for a non-profit of your choice. This month you can win an iPad mini, a one year subscription to Owlcrate, and a year of reading.
Free Association Friday
It’s Mothers Day (at least in the United States) in two days, so I wanted to put the focus on some books with badass moms in the forefront.
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
Queen Talyien of Jin-Sayeng is also know as the She-Wolf—and less flattering, the Bitch-Queen—because she exiled her husband and murdered a man the day before her coronation. But she’s also a mother who loves the son she has with the now-exiled husband, and she’ll do anything to keep him safe.
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Technically Shards of Honor is the first Cordelia Vorkosigan book, but this is the one where she becomes a mom. Cordelia is basically the space opera GOAT, someone whose complete self confidence and emotional intelligence let her cut through masculinist BS like a laser cannon through butter. She is a delight in every book.
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Vern is a young woman who must flee both her abusive husband and the cult he leads because she’s determined that both she and her babies should have a better life. To protect her family, she undergoes a terrifying, violent metamorphosis… and will have to face the violence in both her personal history and that of her homeland.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
This entire series is set off by Essun discovering that her husband has killed their son and kidnapped their daughter, and that sets her off on a world-spanning and world-altering journey to save her surviving child–and maybe ultimately the world.
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Ti-Jeanne is a new mother; her child, Baby, is so young that he doesn’t even have a proper name yet. Living in the walled-off center of an abandoned Toronto, she has to face down the crime lord who runs the place while learning to accept her relationship with the spirits from her grandmother, Gros-Jeanne.
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Isabella Camhearst is a naturalist making ground-breaking discoveries and studying the dragons of the world, all while being a single mother. She even eventually brings her son along on one of her journeys of discovery.
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.