Hey all! It’s time again for my rundown of my favorite reads of the year. As always, these aren’t books that were necessarily published within the calendar year; a couple of them are twenty years old or more, and I only wish I’d read them while they were coming out! I missed some great stuff because of my early blind spots.
This year I found myself reading (and enjoying) a lot of sci-fi, particularly some fascinating series by female SF writers. I had only ever dabbled in sci-fi before; for most of my life I read pulp fantasy almost exclusively. I just wasn’t in the mindset for SF, I guess. But boy, was I missing a lot. Last year was the year of CJ Cherryh’s Foreigner series (which I infected my co-conspirator Erica Dakin with). This year, I read:
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold.
I really wish I’d started reading this back when it was first being written. I would have learned a lot about writing great female protagonists. Not that the series follows female protags much, it being mainly about the exploits of Miles Naismith/Vorkosigan, but the highlight of every book she showed up in was Miles’ mother Cordelia. Just…CORDELIA, you magnificent matriarch. Everything to do with Cordelia’s story is fabulous, from the very first book (Shards of Honor) where she meets Miles’ eventual father Aral Vorkosigan (who is just my type for a tragic-hero-romance-target, hi Aral!) to her exploits in the most recently published novel. Oh Cordelia, you’re fantastic.
And I guess you’re pretty good too, Miles, all told.
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My computer has been murdered by a Windows 10 update issue, so this post won’t be as spiffy as I’d like, but!
I am currently running Amazon free days and countdown deals on all four of the current War of Memory Cycle books!
This promo will run from Dec 7th to the 11th (for b1 free days) or 12th (for the Countdown Deals on the other three books).
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Just a heads-up for anyone interested in more world-building content!
I’ve started making pages for the various realms of the War of Memory world (aka Halci). Right now I have a master page up that explains the divisions and concepts, and I’ve also done an extensive writeup on the Shadow Realm (though I plan to add more pictures eventually, like a Culture Composite). I did previously write up the Shadow Lord and the Shadow Folk separately, but it’s been a while, and it’s an important enough place to have a page of its own.
Also, I was bored and made a .gif of the book 1 art being colorized. Here, have it!
Hey! Just a quick update!
Book 4 print version is fully available! It’s a hefty tome, just 40 pages shorter than the colossal Book 3. Book 5 will be shorter, I swear! (I can contain myself! I really can!)
Also, I’ve finally set up a mailing list, which I should have done 2+ years ago. The link is also up there in the corner, above the column of books. I’ll probably only use it 2-3 times a year, for book releases or other vital updates — but it’s an important thing to have.
More culture, metaphysics and other content posting should be coming soon.
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As of right now, The Drowning Dark (Book 4 of the War of Memory Cycle) is available on Amazon as an ebook and (soon) a print book! The processing tends to take longer on the print format than on the ebook format, for whatever reason.
In all, this series is a post-medieval high-magic multicultural dark fantasy, with touches of both science fiction and horror. (Okay, that’s a mouthful.) It’s just finished its ‘adventure’ phase and is beginning its ‘epic’ phase. It includes strong themes of identity, trauma, imperialism, religious conflict, LGBTQIA, and some serious body horror. I enjoy writing that last part maybe a bit too much.
If you haven’t read any but think you might be interested, check out the pages for Book 1 (The Light of Kerrindryr), Book 2 (The Splintered Eye) and Book 3 (The Living Throne)!
Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I am a lunatic perfectionist. Even in a hazy discipline like writing, I have to Make It Right — and so none of you should be surprised that while I was waiting for the Book 4 cover to be completed, I went back and did new edits of the previous three books.
I call the updates the Omega Versions — because I hope to never touch them again.
That being said, it’s important to go over what’s changed. This won’t matter for new readers, but all you stalwarts that made it through the first versions deserve to know everything.
And thus….the change log.
Finally, I am close enough to post a Teaser for book 4, The Drowning Dark!
For previous books, I included the teaser in a normal post, but as spoilery as those things are, I realized it’s not a good idea to present them that way. So the teaser is on its own page under the book’s heading on The Stories bar above — as are all the other teasers.
It’s about five pages of the first chapter, picking up immediately after the end of The Living Throne. Enjoy!