My current selection to review is the novel Willows of Fate by Suzanna J. Linton, which I discovered on Book Club Reading List. It is a fascinating fantasy novel full of intrigue, magic, and mystery. My review will be up soon, but for now please enjoy this brief synopsis.
Desdemona worries she’s crazy. She can see knights and dragons, centaurs and girls with three eyes. She sees them as if they are flesh and blood people strolling down the street. Though she tries to ignore them, they are a part of her everyday life.
When her mother dies, Des returns to her hometown, where she is haunted by her childhood and by her mother’s insistence that she keep her visions a secret. But things take a chilling turn when her visions, her phantoms, begin to speak to her.
She is in terrible danger, they tell her. She must go with them to their world or terrible things will happen. Des tries harder to ignore what she sees and hears–until her brother vanishes and she discovers a terrible family secret.
Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Suzanna J. Linton here, and keep reading for my review of this wonderful novel.
As many Science Fiction and Fantasy enthusiasts know, this year’s Hugo Award winners were announced on August 22, 2015. The ceremony took place in Spokane, Washington at the INB Performing Arts Center and was hosted by David Gerrold and Tananarive Due.
Prior to 2015, there were only five times in the history of the award where World Science Fiction Society members chose to reject the entire slate of finalists and present No Award. This year, that number was doubled, with No Award being presented in the categories of Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form. This was a reaction to all of the nominees in those categories being slated by the controversial group calling themselves Sad Puppies, who seek to restrict the number of awards given to female, non-white, and/or non-straight authors and characters.
2015 Hugo Award winners in categories that received awards are as follows:
The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)
“The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graeme Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery
Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
BEST FAN WRITER
Laura J. Mixon
BEST FAN ARTIST
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
(Not a Hugo Award)
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