Haul & News – 9 August 2014

HnN 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:

  • Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown (review) from NetGalley
  • The Tarot Reader by Laura Lam (bought)
  • Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann (review) from NetGalley
  • Kaleidoscope (anthology) edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios (bought)
  • Blood of Innocents (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #2) by Mitchell Hogan (Aurealis Judging)
  • The Other Tree by D. K. Mok (Aurealis Judging)
  • Blood Work (Night Call, #1) by L. J. Hayward (Aurealis Judging)
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa (review) from NetGalley

Well Aurealis judging has kicked off, and already three books have arrived (the joys of judging a fantasy award that allows electronic entries!)

For more information about the fantastic Kaleidoscope anthology, you can read about it more on Scalzi’s blog in one of his ‘The Big Idea’ posts.


News: SnaphotLogo2014

You may have noticed dozens of interviews going up around the place! This best-kind-of-spam happens every two years as a group of bloggers takes a ‘snapshot’ of what Spec Fic is currently like in Australia. We ask five questions of the subject, vaguely in the same direction (past, present, future work, etc). Information can be found here, and a large index post once we’re done shall be posted at SF Signal once we’re done!


Tansy Rayner Roberts is one of my favourite authors. She is currently releasing a weekly web-serial that shall run for the next year and a half, called Musketeer Space – a gender-swapped retelling of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, set in space.

To find out more about this, please click here to see Tansy’s blog entry.

Though this project shall be available for free, there’s also the option to become a patreon for as little as $1 a month. To see more about supporting the project, please click here.


For listeners of the podcast Galactic Suburbia, you can now patreon them per episode, and get a bunch of cool incentives along the way! Recently having hit 100 episodes and proud winners and nominees of multiple awards, they’re easily my favourite podcast.

Haven’t listened to the podcast yet? You can do so here, as well as in iTunes.

To see more information about becoming a patreon, please click here.


  • Set between the second and third books in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, we have a scene, though beware!

    A WARNING FROM BRANDON: This scene gives major spoilers for Words of Radiance. Please don’t continue unless you’ve finished that book. This is a very short sequence of Jasnah’s backstory I’ve been reading at signings. It’s not a polished draft. I often read very rough (and potentially continuity-error filled) sequences at signings as a special treat to people who attend. This scene is even rougher than most—first draft, and shouldn’t be taken as canon quite yet, as I haven’t firmed up or fixed all the terminology or Shadesmar interactions.

  • If you still wish to continue reading, you can do so here, at Tor.com.

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