Haul & News – 1 March 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:

  • Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop (review) from Harper Voyager AU
  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (review) from Hachette Australia via NetGalley
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (loan)
  • Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary (review) from Hachette Australia
  • Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson (review) from Hachette Australia

Two books in here that I’m incredibly excited to read and review! Another two that I’m very interested in, and a fifth that arrived by surprise and I’m sure I’ll enjoy. It’s been an excellent week for books!

I plan to start reading Murder of Crows today and can’t wait. The first was surprisingly excellent to read, especially for a werewolf/vampire novel as it handles it all so differently to the norm. A re-read of the first in preparation for the second was just as entertaining as the first read through!

Prisoner of Night and Fog is one I picked up even though my review pile is in danger of tumbling over already. I’ll post the synopsis:

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North seems just as interesting for those who like historical fiction:

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

Someone Else’s Skin is a book to review that simply arrived, so I haven’t had a chance to look at it just yet. Seems interesting, though!

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson is a much anticipated book that comes in at a staggering 1087 pages. It shall be a test of patience and reading every moment I can to get through the books I have to review that arrived before this tome – what an incentive!




During March, FableCroft Publishing is running the Cranky Ladies of History crowd-funding campaign on the Pozible platform. Read more about it and their blog tour here! You can also pledge towards the project here, which currently has a list of authors who have pitched in hopes to be included, such as Juliet Marilier, Garth Nix, Laura Lam, and Lauren Beukes – read who else is interested here!

I’ve pledged – have you?


There are the chances of another Farscape movie! Justin Monjo (writer producer of the original run of Farscape) has written a screenplay for what would likely be a Farscape television movie. Set to follow the comics written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo – read more about it here on Tor.


Hobart, Australia book launch for Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart – 9th March at The Hobart Bookshop with Lian Tanner!

Other links of notice:

  • Tansy Rayner Roberts gets her awesome feminist rant on and discusses authors of influence
  • The Guardian also discusses how so few bookstores bother promoting females who write fantasy
  • 12th Planet Press have multiple books on the Aurealis Awards shortlist and offer a sale on these titles to celebrate!
  • John Finnemore writes about his final episode of Cabin Pressure – so not book related, but everyone should be listening to his radio comedy – where he says ‘For ages and ages it was going to be called Zanzibar, just to surprise people, and I’m still a bit sorry that it’s not. But the bit which justified calling it that was one of the many victims of the cuts required to get my original 14,500 word draft down to 9,000 ish words, so Zurich it is…’
  • SF Signal discuss blurring the lines of genre, with writers such as Marianne de Pierres, Guy Adams and Jay Posey. Read what they had to say here 
  • Saladin Ahmed, author of the brilliant Throne of the Crescent Moon has a free ebook of Islamic-themed SF/F. Please click here for more information.

Cover Reveals:


UK readers of Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy get lovey new designs for the paperbacks! (Source.)




1921237_808273139200597_604816375_o Here is the cover for Symbiont (Parasitology #2) by Mira Grant which is currently slanted for a November 2014 release by Orbit. (Source – Feed by Mira Grant facebook page)




FoolsAssassin And over at i09 we have a sneak peek at the book, as well as the cover reveal for the first in Robin Hobb’s new series, which is due out in August!

Click here to go read the excerpt!

Current calls for Submissions

Here shall be a list of places currently calling for submissions to their anthologies or general publishing, whatever comes up. Comments are disabled to ensure anyone with questions contacts the correct editor/publisher as listed. If you wish to let me know of something I can list here, please get in contact with me via the social media or email links in the menu to the right.

Awaiting News…