Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
A Last Reminder for the Hugo Awards:
If you haven’t sent in your nomination ballot yet, you still have a few hours to get your selections in! The nomination pool closes on Monday, March 31 at 11:59 pm PDT (7:59 am BST on Tuesday April 1, UK time). Fill out your ballot now, and if you’re curious as to what our ballots look like, check ’em out here.
Bluecrowne by Kate Milford:
We’re thrilled to announce that Kate Milford – author of the truly spectacular books The Boneshaker & The Broken Lands – has opened up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the second story in the Arcana project (The Kairos Mechanism was the first novella companion and came out in 2012). Like The Kairos Mechanism, Bluecrowne is set in the world of The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands. It’s intended to be a bridge between those books and Kate’s upcoming novels, also set in the same world. Haven’t read any of the other Boneshaker books? No worries! Bluecrowne can be read as a standalone.
We are HUGE fans of Kate’s work, so cannot wait for Bluecrowne‘s release! You can find out more about the Kickstarter campaign HERE. Kate is offering up a ton of amazing rewards for pledging to back the project – including exclusive artwork, signed copies of books, arcane items, and more!
This Week on The Book Smugglers:
On Monday, we kick off the week with Thea’s review of YA science fiction romance novel Alienated by Melissa Landers.
Tuesday, we are very excited to host SFF author Octavia Cade as our guest to talk about the inspirations and influences behind her outstanding novella Trading Rosemary (which Ana read and loved).
On Wednesday, our postponed Old School Wednesday Readalong is here! We review Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley (for reals this time – Ana is no longer sick and Thea is no longer at conferences!).
Then, on Thursday, Ana reviews A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick – his first novel for adults.
On Friday we close out the week with our postponed joint review of the highly anticipated fantasy novel The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. And over at Kirkus, Ana reviews The Klaatu Terminus by Pete Hautman.
PHEW! It’s another busy one! Until tomorrow, we remain… (Now please excuse me while I get back to catching up on all the Clone Wars episodes on Netflix)
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers