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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.

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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Always Be Yourself — Unless You Can Be a Magician

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got a couple new releases for this week and a magician theme. I think that still works for mid-October, don’t you? I’ve got leaves crunching underfoot on my afternoon walks now, and I could not be happier. Also, it means it’s chilly enough that the cat is very cuddly all the time. Hope you’re having all the cuddles you want — 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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Then Always Be a Magician mug by FamilyTeeStore

It’s not a new slogan by any means, but I cannot argue with “Always be yourself unless you can be a magician — then always be a magician.” It feels fitting for a mug, since we all know caffeine is magic. $20

New Releases

Cover of Self-Portrait With Nothing by Aimee Pokwatka

Self-Portrait With Nothing by Aimee Pokwatka

Pepper Rafferty seems to have a good life now (two loving mothers, a stable and supportive husband), but she had a rough start — she was abandoned as an infant on the front porch of a veterinarian. And while she’s kept the knowledge secret, she’s known who her biological mother is since she was 15: none other than reclusive painter Ula Frost, who claims her portraits summon the doppelgängers of their subjects. But knowing this, Pepper cannot help but wonder if there is another universe, where her mother might have kept her…

Cover of The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

Sequel to The Atlas Six. Once, six magicians were presented with an almost unimaginable opportunity and access to power. Five of them are now members of the Society of Alexandrians, but all six of them must still pick a side when it comes to the world-changing plans of the terrifyingly powerful head of the Alexandrians.

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

Riot Recommendations

The Atlas Paradox has me thinking about books about magicians!

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The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Women aren’t allowed to practice magic in a world where power comes from bargaining with spirits — spirits that could easily take over an unborn child. Beatrice wants nothing more than to be a Magus, but her family needs her to make a good marriage, and her days before her magic and will are locked away with a marital collar are numbered. But when she finds a grimoire that tells her how to make a bargain with a spirit, she decides it’s worth the risk…until a rival sorceress swindles the book from her.

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An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Magic controls everything in New York City, but its power is waning. Sydney, a new magician with a rare depth of power, is the only one who knows what is happening, and she may be the only one who can stop it. But Sydney wants to destroy the system, because she comes from the House of Shadows…which controls magic with the sacrifices of other magicians.

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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Falling in Love With the Moon

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and this week we’re keeping it short — because I’ve got some great speculative short story collections for you to check out! I hope everyone had a lovely week except for a particular bad man who owes the people he hurt nearly a billion dollars, which was news so good I made a cake (pineapple upside down cake to be precise). May there be cake and joy in your life as well! 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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Moon scene laser cut card by Alcamefineartgallery

These are absolutely gorgeous, detailed laser cut cards that look like scenes in a bottle. I picked this one since it has a moon theme…you’ll see why later. $6

New Releases

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The Runaway Restaurant by Tessa Yang

Tessa Yang’s debut short story collection is filled with fiction both speculative and literary. Stories include: a mother picking up a hitchhiker in the hopes of finding a hidden restaurant for runaways, a man starts having his girlfriend’s dreams, survivors of a global epidemic deciding if they will merge with a clan who wants to repopulate the Earth, and more!

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The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

If you’ve read the Daevabad Trilogy (and if you haven’t, I recommend you do! It starts with The City of Brass), this is a collection for you: stories that take place before, during, and after the trilogy, from the viewpoints of characters you’ve both loved — and hated.

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

Riot Recommendations

One good collection deserves another, right? So here are a couple more speculative short story collections for you to check out.

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Reconstruction by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson writes some great long fiction (see: Trouble the Saints), but she’s also an award-winning short fiction writer! This collection of speculative stories focuses on the downtrodden, from those caught up by vampires in Hawai’i to low-ranked Union soldiers in the Civil War.

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Two Moons: Stories by Krystal A. Smith

This debut collection focuses on the lives of Black lesbians through a speculative lens, including a woman who falls in love with the moon — and is surprised by the moon’s response. Krystal A. Smith is also a writer of poetry, and it shows in her beautiful use of language and imagery.

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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Swords and Spaceships for October 11

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, with two new releases and some howlin’ good werewolf books for this spooky second week of October. We haven’t quite cracked open the candy corn over here yet, but it’s only a matter of time. (Yes, my housemate and I are known candy corn partisans.) And as we’re going into the cozier time of the year, I finally tried my hand at a mug cake (this one) and all I can say is I should have done this years ago. 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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Werewolf Warning Sign by SignsbyLindaNee

Since we’re having a werewolf day over at Swords and Spaceships, I thought this cute warning sign would do the trick. It’s only fair to let trespassers know that your property is protected by a trained werewolf, after all. $17 and up.

New Releases

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The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal

Tesla Crane is a brilliant inventor and a fabulously wealthy heiress, and she finally has her chance to get out of the spotlight when she goes on a honeymoon cruise between the Moon and Mars. But when someone is murdered mid-cruise, her husband gets arrested as the chief suspect — and Tesla bends her intellect to proving his innocence and stopping the killer from striking again.

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Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston

Cinnamon Jones longs to be an actress, following in the footsteps of her grandparents — unfortunately, she doesn’t have the talent for it, though she’s not going to let that stop her. She also has a book called The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, which her brother gave her before he died. It’s the story of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. There seems to be little connection between these spheres of her life, until Cinnamon’s family is hurt by a violent act and she calls on her theater group to solve the mystery of it.

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

Riot Recommendations

No theme grabbed me by the throat with the new releases… so instead I’m going to go with a spooky October classic — werewolves! And these selections certainly run the gamut in tone, from mystery-horror to teen coming of age!

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Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Z Chilworth has undergone a lot of changes in their recent life, from being genderqueer to waking up as a zombie after the car crash that killed the rest of their immediate family. After being rejected by their blood relatives, they move in with their mother’s friend, Mrs. Dunnigan, and makes a new friend — Aysel, a would-be goth who is also an unregistered werewolf. But when a local psychiatrist is murdered, apparently by werewolves, Z and Aysel must try to survive together in a town that has become even more hostile toward “monsters.”

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Loups-Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku, translated by Anne Ishii

In a near future where the surveillance state reins supreme and no one has face-to-face meetings anymore (it’s all over the network — sound familiar?), a serial killer begins slaughtering junior high school students. The crackdown is swift and harsh. The latest victims have all been in contact with three young women, who take it upon themselves to find the killer — who just might be a werewolf.

Cover of Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens

Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens

I normally don’t do graphic novels, but this one is so sweet, I cannot resist. When Artie sneaks out of her house one night, she finds out that her mother is a werewolf — and thus she begins to learn everything about her family, and finds herself in a new community in which she thrives… and develops a crush on her new friend, Maya. But soon she discovers that werewolves aren’t the scariest things out there — vampires are.

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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Imagine Holmes and Watson, Except Watson is a Sentient Mindship

Happy Friday, shipmates! Wow, where did this week go? It’s Alex, and I’ve got a couple more new releases for you, and a detective theme! I am now thankfully fully recovered, post-booster, and enjoying the autumn weather. The aspen trees in Colorado have all gone golden and there are pumpkins at the grocery store. It’s the best time of year! 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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Hercule Purroit Sticker by ChasingExtraordinary

Since there’s a bit of a detective theme to this newsletter, I found these adorable stickers — a cat version of literary detective Hercule Poirot. There are a bunch more cute and similarly punny cat detectives in the store, including Nancy Mew! $3

New Releases

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Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty

Mallory Viridian is an amateur detective, which means she ends up surrounded by death all the time, and that’s made her a social pariah and a perennial suspect for the murders she investigates. When she’s given the opportunity to hide out and rethink her life on an alien space station, she takes it in the hope that she’ll have some murder-free quiet. Instead, not long after her arrival, humans and aliens begin to mysteriously die… and she’d better solve this mystery before the whole station perishes.

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The Empress of Time by Kylie Lee Baker

After being chased out of England, Ren has undergone some changes — she’s now the Goddess of Death and the ruler of Japan’s underworld. She doesn’t have long before Ivy, Britain’s Goddess of Death, will come calling and looking for revenge, though. Her only hope is help from the god of storms and seas, and he has a price: a sword lost a thousand years ago. Teamed up with the moon god Tsukuyomi, Ren journeys to find the sword — and save Japan in the process.

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

Riot Recommendations

Mur’s new book has inspired me to throw in a couple more sci-fi murder mysteries!

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Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

A colony ship named Ragtime docks in the Lagos system after ferrying a thousand people in cold sleep to the colony world Bloodroot. But some of these sleepers will never wake again, and first mate Michelle Campion is the first to discover this terrifying fact. Her distress call brings in Rasheed Fin to investigate these deaths, and he soon concludes that it was no accident.

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The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Imagine Holmes and Watson, except Watson is a sentient mindship called with post-combat PTSD called The Shadow’s Child who makes her living mixing “interesting” (read: mind-altering) tea blends, and Holmes is an abrasive and eccentric human scholar named Long Chau in search of a corpse for scientific study. When it turns out the corpse is the victim of murder, the two investigate this mystery 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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Decidedly Witchy Vibes

Happy Tuesday, shipmates! It’s Alex, here for your first newsletter of October — it’s got a decidedly witchy vibe, and I could not be happier. I’m sorry to say I started off the best month of the year feeling like hot trash because I got my COVID booster and flu shot on the same day…but the good news is, I don’t have to do that again any time soon, and now I’m all ready for the autumn and winter! If you haven’t gotten your Omicron-flavored booster yet, I highly encourage you to do so, and as always, get your flu shot!! 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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Black Cat Metal Bookends by UniqueDeskShop

It’s October, and there’s a witchy theme to this newsletter, so what belongs more than some bookends that look like a cute black cat for keeping all those witchy books in? $36

New Releases

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River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer Givhan

Eva Santos Moon is a practitioner of brujería and curanderisma and a Chicana artist who is suffering from blackouts, a feeling of being disconnected, and plain old creative block. Then her husband is arrested for murder, and she’s soon under suspicion as well. The stress dredges up fragmented memories of an eerily similar murder in her childhood, and Eva begins to question if she was involved in both murders. Her only hope is to use her abilities as a bruja to protect herself and her family — and confront her past.

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The Witch in the Well by Camilla Bruce

Hundreds of years ago, several young children went missing in a small town and a young woman named Ilsbeth Clark was accused of causing these disappearances with witchcraft. In the modern day, an author and social media influencer named Elena and her ex-childhood friend Cathy clash over ownership of Ilsbeth’s story — and become quite literally haunted by it in the process.

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

Riot Recommendations

Since we’re in our first newsletter of October and I’m giving myself a softball, I just want to tell you about two of my favorite recent spooky books!

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The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

This book still haunts me with its gorgeous prose and intensity. Immanuelle lives in an isolated religious cult where her very existence is blasphemous because she’s the daughter of an outsider — and her mother took some very dark actions because of it. The Darkwood that surrounds her home of Bethel still harbors the spirits of four powerful witches the Prophet killed, and they give Immanuelle the journal of her now-dead mother, who consorted with those witches. At first Immanuelle is shocked, but soon she begins to understand the rage of the witches — and who deserves to receive it.

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

A group of thrill-seeking friends is brought together to celebrate the impending wedding of two of their number in a crumbling Heian-era mansion that’s haunted by the ghost of a lonely bride who was never joined with her own husband. And as the ghost begins to weave her spell, the group is all too ready to fracture, under pressure from its own secrets.

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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Mermaids, Sea Witches, and Underwater Gods

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got a couple more new releases for you…and a mermaid theme! I know we’re a long way from MerMay, but when Natasha Bowen writes a sequel to Skin of the Sea, I sure can’t say no. It’s also the last Friday of September, if you can believe it. We are almost to what is, in my humble opinion, the best month of the year. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I’ll see you in October!

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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Decoupage Art Deco Mermaid Clam Shell by LifeIsland

These clam shells are decorated on the inside with a decoupage mermaid (choose your own hair color) and are perfect as a ring dish or for holding other small trinkets. $37

New Releases

Cover of How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy

How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy

Shay Johnson is going places and has plans for her life; she’s already top of her class at T.K. Anderson Magical Magnet School, and now she just needs to win the Brockton Scholarship to get into her dream university. But if she wants the scholarship, she has to co-star in her school’s musical with her academic nemesis, Ana Álvarez. But as they work on the musical together, she discovers Ana might not be the enemy she once thought — and could be more than a friend. And Shay needs all the friends she can get, after being on the receiving end of some very inappropriate attention from the head of the scholarship committee.

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Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen

Simi traded everything to save those she loves; now she has sworn herself to a new god and must stay at the bottom of the ocean, watching over the Land of the Dead. But when demons begin to appear, Simi realizes that they have a way into the human world now — and it’s her fault. To save the world, she must break her oath and team up with the trickster god to go on a perilous quest. But if they succeed, she might just be able to unbreak her heart, too.

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

Riot Recommendations

Thanks to Soul of the Deep, I’ve got mermaids on the brain again. Good thing there are a lot of awesome mermaid-related books to choose from, eh?

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town of Havnested ever since the death of her best friend, Anna. But one day, a girl who looks eerily like Anna comes out of the sea, and she and Evie together catch the eyes of two princes. This new Anna has her own secrets, however, and one of them is she can’t stay on land without Evie’s help — and magic. Desperate for a happy ending, Evie uses her power to save Anna’s land legs, only to discover what she’s bargained away is her own prince’s heart.

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Mina’s homeland has been battered by storms for generations, and the people believe it’s because of the anger of the Sea God — anger that must be appeased with the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden every year. When her older brother’s love is chosen, Mina sacrifices herself instead. But the sea doesn’t end her life — instead she’s swept away to the Spirit Realm, where she finds out that the Sea God is not angry, but in an enchanted sleep. She must find a way to wake him, though here are many who will do anything to stop her.

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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Mechas On My Mind

Happy Tuesday shipmates! It’s Alex, with new releases and some giant-robot-related recommendations for you to check out. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was busy as all heck, but I survived the crunch and now it’s time for a little staycation! I hope you find some time to relax in your lives — and that you’ve got some great autumn weather to enjoy like I do right now. 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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Metal Robot Model by StmpnkrtDesigns

Since I have mecha on the mind right now (you’ll see why as soon as you get to the book recommendations), I went looking for robots and found this neat stainless steel, posable model! (They’ve also got a lot of other neat mechanical figures in their shop.) $74

New Releases

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The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang

Misery Nomaki heard the voice of an angel, choosing them to pilot a holy mech and lead their people to victory. They know it’s a delusion, that they are a fraud… but if they want to survive, they have to convince everyone else it’s real. And soon, they may even begin to convince themself…

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House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson

Marion Shaw’s ticket out of the misery of the slums is a job advertisement for a bloodmaid — a servant to the high and mighty nobles who live to the north, who are known to drink the blood of those in their employ. Her escape from deprivation takes her to the House of Hunger and into the orbit of the Countess Lisavet, dark and magnetic, loved and feared in equal measure. But Lisavet isn’t nearly the most dangerous thing in the House of Hunger, and the building’s walls hide every darker and older secrets that Marion will soon find out.

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

Riot Recommendations

Inspired by The Genesis of Misery, here are a couple more novels to scratch your giant robot itch.

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United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

In an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won World War II, the western US is under the rule of the Japanese Empire, whose technological supremacy — including giant robots — is unchallenged. Now in the late 1980s, a video game has been released, one that posits a world where the Allies won the war, leading a censor and an agent of the Imperial Government into an investigation that will soon make them question the empire and their loyalty to it.

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Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

The empire of Godolia is spreading ever further, taking more land thanks to the monstrous robots called Windups that serve as its weapons. Eris is a Gearbreaker, a rebel who specializes in destroying Windups by attacking them from within. But after a mission goes wrong, Eris finds herself imprisoned with a Windup pilot named Sona. At first Eris treats her as an enemy, but they both soon realize they share a mission: to destroy Godolia.

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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Don’t Bring a Gun to a Magic Fight

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and I’ve got a couple really cool looking new releases for you to check out — then we’re saddling our ghost horses and heading into the weird west for a little trip. Look, any time I can find an excuse to talk about weird westerns, I am there. Have a good weekend, buckaroos, stay safe out there, steer clear of ghosts, 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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New Releases

The Last Dreamwalker Book Cover

The Last Dreamwalker by Rita Woods

After her mother’s death, Layla finds herself back in contact with her maternal aunts, whom she hasn’t been allowed to even speak of for years. The news she hears is surprising: a Gullah-Geechee island off the coast of South Carolina now belongs to her. But as she learns more about this new property, and about her mother’s past, she finds another unexpected truth. She’s a Dreamwalker, a power passed down from her Gullah ancestors, and her family’s past is darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined.

cover of Valley of Shadows by Rudy Ruiz

Valley of Shadows by Rudy Ruiz

Lawman Solitario Cisneros lost his family and his country in the 1870s when the Rio Grande shifted its course and abruptly made the Mexican town of Olvido the property of the United States. But when a series of gruesome murders and kidnappings strike Olvido, he has little choice but to pick up his gun and badge again and try to keep the mix of Mexican, Anglo, and Apache residents from destroying the town and themselves as accusations swirl. He finds an unlikely co-investigator in Onawa, an Apache-Mexican seer who will help him unravel a mystery that is only cover for a battle between the immortal forces of good and evil.

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Riot Recommendations

Inspired by Valley of Shadows I wanted to delve a little into weird westerns, one of my favorite subgenres, to be honest. (Unsurprising, I’m sure, considering I’ve written a space western!)

Cover of Sisters of the Wild Sage by Nicole Givens Kurtz

Sisters of the Wild Sage by Nicole Givens Kurtz

This collection of short stories by Nicole Givens Kurts (whose Kingdom of Aves series is also A+, check out Kill Three Birds) is all about what happens when you bring a gun to a magic fight — the gun tends to lose.

Cover of Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Vermilion by Molly Tanzer

Elouise “Lou” Merriwether is not a normal 19-year-old — she’s a gunslinging Taoist psychopomp in San Francisco, using all her skills to take down ghosts, shades, and geung si. It’s no wonder she’s more comfortable with the dead than the living. But when a bunch of the boys from Chinatown go missing in the Colorado Rockies, she saddles up and heads east to investigate. She just has to hope her skills better to dealing with the undead can get the living home alive.

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.