Goodreads Sweepstakes: Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake

Last Plane to Heaven by Jay Lake

About Last Plane to Heaven: Last Plane to Heaven is the final and definitive short story collection of award-winning SF author Jay Lake, author of Green, Endurance, and Kalimpura.

Long before he was a novelist, SF writer Jay Lake, was an acclaimed writer of short stories. In Last Plane to Heaven, Lake has assembled thirty-two of the best of them. Aliens and angels fill these pages, from the title story, a hard-edged and breathtaking look at how a real alien visitor might be received, to the savage truth of “The Cancer Catechisms.” Here are more than thirty short stories written by a master of the form, science fiction and fantasy both.

This collection features an original introduction by Gene Wolfe.

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The Washington Post Reviews Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone“This is the best kind of urban fantasy, filled with diverse characters and thought-provoking philosophies.”

Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five has been reviewed in The Washington Post!

Here’s the full review, from the July 22 issue:

In Max Gladstone’s “Full Fathom Five,” the island of Kavekana contains a pool in the center of the world where made-to-order idols are held in safekeeping for customers. A priest, Kai Pohala, realizes something is terribly wrong when an idol not only wakes up, but screams, “Howl, bound world,” and dies. When Kai’s Order covers up the incident, Kai undertakes a secret mission to find out how the idol became sentient. She soon suspects a larger conspiracy as the deaths mount and some people are entombed in stone. Meanwhile, she encounters Izza, a street kid who is a master storyteller and gang leader. Perhaps Izza’s stories hold the key to understanding the idol’s warning cry and stopping the ever-growing list of disappeared friends, priests and poets. A daring rescue attempt reveals betrayals by gods and humans alike, while separate narratives create a dynamic portrait of Kavekana’s twisted socioeconomic system that turns myth into a moneymaking juggernaut. This is the best kind of urban fantasy, filled with diverse characters and thought-provoking philosophies.

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Full Fathom Five was published on July 15.

Strong at the Break eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Strong at the Break by Jon LandThe ebook for Strong at the Break by Jon Land is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Strong at the Break:
Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong returns in an adventure with roots in a gunfight where her father shot down the cult-like leader of a separatist church.

Two decades later, that man’s son, Malcolm Arno, has become head of a militia movement bent on unleashing chaos and anarchy across the country. With all the guns and money he needs to wage a second Civil War, nothing seems to be standing in Arno’s way. Until he runs afoul of Caitlin Strong.

Already mired in one investigation of drug smuggling over the U.S.-Canadian border and another involving an Iraqi war veteran who claims the army is trying to kill him, Caitlin finds herself embroiled in the search for the kidnapped son of former outlaw Cort Wesley Masters. When the missing boy’s trail leads to Malcolm Arno’s Texas compound, the three cases converge in an explosion of violence that will put Caitlin to the ultimate test.

From the frozen rivers of Canada to the desert wastelands of Mexico, the stage has been set for a battle like none Caitlin has ever faced before, where the stakes are nothing less than the survival of America as we know it.

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Interview with W. Bruce Cameron

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce CameronThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron, goes on sale October 28th. We had the chance to ask Bruce a few questions about his exciting new novel.

Your new novel The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is a departure from your recent novels that revolved around dogs and their humans.  What made you decide to head in a new direction?

I’m not sure this is a new direction.  In my new novel the main character has an important and complex relationship with his dog.  It’s just that this novel isn’t only about that relationship.  With more than 70 million dogs in our country, I’m surprised we don’t see more of them cropping up in everyday literature.  I mean, I get why 007 doesn’t have a Lhasa Apso, but if it is a story about a modern family, shouldn’t somebody want a dog?

I have always been drawn to books that have a fast paced plot and quirky, interesting characters. I also have always enjoyed taking a humorous look at people and their foibles–that’s why I had a humor column for more than a decade, as well as a couple of humor books that were published before I started publishing novels.  Also, though I am very manly in an acquired-taste sort of fashion, I do like a good romance in my fiction—not the kind where the guy meets a woman and thirty seconds later they are naked and panting, but real, true, awkward, funny, exciting romance.  So this book, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, isn’t so much a departure as it is a combination of what I like to write: Relationships with dogs, humor, manly romance, and a fast-paced, interesting plot line.

Do you identify with any of the characters in The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man?  Are their experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I certainly identify with Ruddy McCann, except that I’m not a big guy who was once in the running for the Heisman.  I did, however, nearly win the Old Mission junior high school table tennis championship (two years running)!  Ruddy has what I call “nerves of stupidity”.  That’s what it takes to be a repo man, and some of the wild risks he takes in the novel are similar to a few of the crazy things I did.

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is a story of redemption and putting one’s life back together after a tragedy. But there are also a lot of humorous moments woven in.  Was this difficult to achieve?

The hard part when describing things humorously is to avoid making everything a joke. A lot of times I had really funny punch lines come to me, which, had I included them, would have taken the reader out of the novel, and brought them into reading a bunch of jokes. It’s the fine line that any writer walks when using humor. The best technique to avoid falling into the trap is to love the characters and poke gentle fun at them instead of making crass jokes at their expense.

The harsh cold landscape of Michigan in early spring offers an affecting and powerful backdrop for the angst of your protagonist, Ruddy McCann. Was this intentional?

What you have to understand about northern Michigan is that when spring finally arrives, it is one of the most glorious events ever.  So yes, Ruddy and northern Michigan are both grey, cold and ice bound.  And both emerge by the end of the book into glorious, happy, sunnier times.

Okay, answer honestly—is there a dog in The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man?  If so, what kind of role does he/she play?

I’m laughing at the idea I would answer this one dishonestly.

If The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man is made into a movie, which actors do you envision in the leading roles?  Who would be the voice of Alan Lottner?

Armie Hammer as Ruddy McCann, Robert Downey Jr. as the voice as Alan Lottner, Lizzy Caplan as Katie.  I would play the fantastically handsome writer (makeup by Oscar winning special-effects makeup artist Rick Baker).

Have any other authors inspired your work?

Yes, I am really impressed with Andrew Gross, Lee Childs and Joseph Kanon for fast paced plotting, interesting protagonists, and making location part of the story.  Michael Connelly’s ability to weave complex mysteries influenced me to try to make a murder be both interesting and motivated by complex factors. Dave Barry can write humor better than any existing author.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P. J. Hoover

Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P. J. Hoover

About Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life: Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life is a funny, fast-paced novel for young readers by P.J. Hoover which chronicles the mischievous adventures of King Tut, now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C.

You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.
Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive.

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Lock In by John Scalzi on LibraryReads’ August 2014 Top Ten List

Lock In by John Scalzi

John Scalzi’s Lock In has been selected for the August 2014 LibraryReads Top Ten List!

LibraryReads says:

“There’s been a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. Joining the list of great fantastical reads is John Scalzi’s Lock In. Scalzi is best known for his military SF (especially the Old Man’s War series), so his latest is a change of pace. A blending of SF and police procedural that hits every note just right.”

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Lock In will be published on August 26.

Fuzzy Nation eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Fuzzy Nation by John ScalziThe ebook for Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Fuzzy Nation: Jack Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn’t care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp’s headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation’s headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that’s not up for discussion.

Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth.

But there’s another wrinkle to ZaraCorp’s relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species.

Then a small furry biped—trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute—shows up at Jack’s outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp’s claim to a planet’s worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed…and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the “fuzzys” before their existence becomes more widely known.

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Starred Review: The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson

The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson“Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self.”

Patrick Swenson’s The Ultra Thin Man got a starred review in Publishers Weekly!

Here’s the full review, from the June 2 issue:

This splendidly lively SF debut alternates between the narrations of Alan Brindos and Dave Crowell, two irreverent gumshoes who work for the Network Intelligence Organization of the eight-world Union in the year 2113. Crowell sends Brindos to the planet Ribon, the site of a devastating antimatter attack, to investigate the apparent suicide of human Dorie Senall, who was possibly affiliated with Terl Plenko, an alien and terrorist. Swenson provides Shakespearean riffs on identity as Brindos is transformed into a Plenko clone and becomes a target for the NIO. The race for a key that nobody can identify pits Brindos, Crowell, and friends against alien manipulators of identity seeking to control the Union by substituting copy “thin men” for genuine individuals. Pig Latin, an exotic drug, a comic strip, and a retractable penis add colorful detail to a showdown that puts love and sacrifice at the heart of the self.

The Ultra Thin Man will be published on August 12.

Sneak Peek: The Seventh Sigil

The Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis and Robert KrammesRead the first chapter of The Seventh Sigil, the latest novel in Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes’ Dragon Brigade series, publishing on September 23rd.


I have resisted the calls of many in the Arcanum to install a standing army within the Citadel. I fear such an army could too easily be misused for political purposes.
—Sister Marie Elizabeth, first provost of the Arcanum

The wyvern- drawn prison carriage transported Stephano de Guichen and
Rodrigo de Villeneuve to a makeshift wharf located only God and the Arcanum knew where. The terrain was isolated, rockbound. A yacht painted black and marked with the symbol of the Arcanum was the only boat docked at the wharf. The rain had let up and now the sun shone through gray, trailing mists. The time must be somewhere near mid afternoon. Only about an hour had passed since Stephano and his friend were accosted by the monks of Saint Klee, placed under arrest, and carried off in chains.

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