First things first: we are doing Ask Me Anything with Reddit Urban Fantasy. Here is a link: http://www.reddit.com/r/urbanfantasy/comments/1ohpxq/ilona_andrews_ama/. This means exactly what it says: ask me or Gordon anything and you will get some sort of answer this evening. Even spoilery questions will get some sort of answer. So if you’ve been dying to ask something about books, publishing process, dogs, etc, now is your chance.
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
Thank you for your recommendation of Kathy Reichs. I bought the first book. Well, actually, I went to BN and then I had to check all of the books to figure out which one was the first one. It didn’t help that half of them have “bones” in the title and the other half doesn’t. I got completely confused. Why do publishers not number books in a series, I don’t know. Then I went to Kathy’s site, which only confused me further, because the book on there are in reverse order. Finally Goodreads came to my rescue and I purchase Deja Dead.
It’s an interesting mystery told from the point of view of an older medical examiner who specializes specifically in examining bones. I liked that the heroine was a little older. I liked that she was competent and smart. There is a lot of forensic information and it’s presented in a natural way. For example at one point there is a two page discussion of the kind of marks different saws make on the body, but it never reads like an info dump. The book is set in Quebec and the narrative is rich and peppered with French. I haven’t finished yet. I am to the point where she’s in the tunnel and she did find another bag of bones, so don’t tell me what happens.
I also bought Rule 34 by Charles Stross, and another book set in Tokyo, which I can’t find right now. Will report back on it. BN had no copies of Eileen Wilks’ work. I checked Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, and Fiction. Will have to order them on Kindle.
Eugie Foster writes fantasy short stories. She is exceptionally good, which is probably why she is a Nebula Award winner. I’ve read Returning My Sister’s Face over the weekend and her writing is like opening a window and looking at an apple orchard in bloom in the beginning of spring: beauty, light, and shadows. All of it is masterfully done, but some of it, where the sun falls, cheers you up, and some of it, in the shadows, makes you profoundly sad. There is humor and complexity, and all of it, from the character relationships to the narrative itself is executed with innate elegance.
So if you’re in a market for some masterfully done Far Eastern fantasy, I recommend this anthology.
Small disclaimer: Unfortunately, Eugie’s collection was published by a small press, which is troubled, to put it mildly. Eugie has received no royalties for the last three years and she could really use the money. She has been recently diagnosed with cancer. The small press has reverted the rights to Eugie, but she’s receiving income only from electronic copies of her work. I know that some of you will probably want to donate, so here is the post with Eugie’s paypal address.
We’re giving up on editing Magic Breaks and turning it for the editorial pass. We both have been staring at it too long. We know what needs to be fixed and how. We just don’t have the brain power at the moment and need to put some distance between us and the book. That means we’re beginning the Avon thing. Also, I received the 95% complete cover of the Innkeeper and I think it’s gorgeous. Will do a cover reveal as soon as we get the final version.