Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with a couple more new releases for you to check out, and a mini-spotlight on the books that won Nebula Awards this last weekend. I know that it’s been a rough and heartbreaking week (… again. How many more times will I write something like this?) and all I can say is, please breathe, please hug someone you love, and keep fighting. Stay safe out there, space pirate, and I’ll see you on Tuesday!
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Note: The new release lists I have access to weren’t as diverse as I would have liked this week.
A Cruel and Fated Light by Ashley Shuttleworth
After stopping a murderer, the deity of luck’s Hollow Star, Arlo, would really just like a vacation. But instead, the new crisis swiftly rears its head: someone’s trying to summon the literal embodiments of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it smells of immortal meddling pointing straight toward the mortal realm.
Spark of Ash by Molly E. Lee
The divine beings that rule the world known as the Seven have declared war on Harley; they’ve taken her baby sister and have made her boyfriend their stooge. She’ll have to stop them any way they can, and in this case, it means gathering the Seven Scrolls to destroy their power. And nothing’s going to stop her.
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On May 21, the winners of the 57th annual Nebula Awards were announced! A lot of good people were awarded for great work, but I wanted to spotlight some of the books!
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
It’s 1912 in a Cairo very different from the one we know, where Djinn have come into the world and the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities regulates magic. When an entire secret brotherhood is slain, Agent Fatma is put on the case and discovers the murderer claims to be the man to whom that brotherhood was dedicated–al-Jahiz himself, the one who opened our world to magic. Whether he is real or imposter, he must be stopped, and she’s the woman to do it.
And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed
Jewel is an established courtesan in a luxurious and well-renowned House in a far-future city where the government will cull anyone for a single mistake. Jewel is keeping her head down and living her life… until one of her friends dies at the hands of a client and then, even more shockingly, comes back to life.
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
A Lipan girl from our world named Nina and a cottonmouth kid named Oli from the land of spirits and monsters never would have met up, had something not gone terribly wrong in both their homes. A catastrophe on earth and a strange sickness in Oli’s realm drives them together in their search to find answers… and there are forces that will kill to keep them apart.
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