Haul & News – 26 April 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest.

Books Received:

  • The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski (review) from Bloomsbury on NetGalley
  • Some Fine Day by Kat Ross (review) from Strange Chemistry on NetGalley

I first requested The Winner’s Curse on NetGalley, then was offered a copy from The Reading Room. Then I was approved on NG, so it seems I’ll receive it twice, which is a fun thing now that I’ve started it and really enjoying it so far. I’ll have a print copy to fling at friends to share it around! The blurb had me hooked: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married.

Some Fine Day was an instant request, because Strange Chemistry have such a good name – I don’t think they’ve released a single book I haven’t really enjoyed. It doesn’t hurt the blurb for this one is also attention-catching – which yes, is the point of blurbs entirely, but doesn’t mean they’re always good. This one, I think, is!

Sixteen-year-old Jansin Nordqvist is on the verge of graduating from the black ops factory known as the Academy. She’s smart and deadly, and knows three things with absolute certainty:
1. When the world flooded and civilization retreated deep underground, there was no one left on the surface.
2. The only species to thrive there are the toads, a primate/amphibian hybrid with a serious mean streak.
3. There’s no place on Earth where you can hide from the hypercanes, continent-sized storms that have raged for decades.
Jansin has been lied to. On all counts.

My reviews for both shall follow shortly.



How come there’s been so little talk of Joss Whedon’s latest work, In Your Eyes? It’s currently available via vimeo, and recently aired at the Tribeca Film Festival. It tells of a telepathically linked couple who have been connected since very young, and then happen to meet randomly when older. A sci-fi romantic comedy, with Joss as the screenwriter and executive producer? Count me in.

Links of Notice:

  • With the drama that’s come from the announcement of the Hugo Shortlists, we have a response from Brandon Sanderson regarding the nomination of the entire Wheel of Time series, which is interesting and worth a read.
  • On the same topic, Mary Robinette Kowal has some very fine thoughts on this indeed.
  • Hugo-nominated podcast Galactic Suburbia have a Hugo Nominations 2014 episode, which is really worth listening to.
  • In non Hugo-news, J. K. Rowling‘s first book for adult’s The Casual Vacancy is to become a BBC miniseries, according to The Guardian. It was announced in 2012 that it would be adapted for television, and seems to be moving closer to this eventuality as a planned three-hour miniseries. Will you be able to watch it? The book, while I’m glad I read it, wasn’t exactly enjoyable (for me, at least) – a little too real, too heavy, too hard to read/watch and come to terms with the idea people live like that. My brand of tv is usually easier/more mindless to watch… such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and… well, Hannibal, which kind of throws my statement out the window.
  • Over on Diversity in YA, the author of Otherbound, Corinne Duyvis has a post about Defining Disability which is a very good read.
  • Another YA author, Malinda Lo, writes regarding whether white people should write about people of colour.

Cover Reveals:

FirefightFirefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson

Expected publication: Early 2015

They told David it was impossible–that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart–invincible, immortal, unconquerable–is dead. And he died by David’s hand. 
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. 
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic–Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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