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tordotcom July 31 2014, 21:07

Thrones and Bones Sweepstakes!

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Karn and Thianna are outsiders. He’d rather play a board game than inherit the family farm and she’s a half human, half frost giantress that isn’t truly accepted in either world. When family intrigue forces them to flee their homes, they’ll have to team up to face a 1,500-year-old dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and an assortment of angry beasts. Even if they do survive, neither of them will ever be the same again.

We want to introduce you to Lou Ander’s debut novel before its August 5th release from Crown Books! Three lucky winners will receive a copy of Thrones and Bones along with an awesome set of trading cards inspired by Karn's favorite game! 

Check out a preview of the card set below the cut, and comment in the post to enter! 

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 21:07

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Urban Fantasy

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fiction affliction urban fantasy new releases augustAugust is a huge month for urban fantasy fans (and paranormal fantasy and contemporary fantasy). We can look forward to thirty-five new books filled with fins, fangs, and fur this month, including new series offerings from, among others, Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros), Kat Richardson (Greywalker), Hannah Jayne (Underworld Detection Agency), Karina Cooper (St. Croix Chronicles), Marlene Perez (Nyx Fortuna), Elizabeth Bear (Promethean Age), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim), and Simon R. Green (Ghost Finders).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

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boingboing_net July 31 2014, 20:41

Maryland family with autistic twin adult sons at center of abuse case

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John Land and Janice Land.  Booking photos via Montgomery County, MD, police.  They are reported to have kept their autistic, twin adult sons locked up at night in their basement, which lacks a bathroom.


John Land and Janice Land. Booking photos via Montgomery County, MD, police. They are reported to have kept their autistic, twin adult sons locked up at night in their basement, which lacks a bathroom.

Coping with autistic adult children who have limited socialization ability is a daily challenge for parents. Read the rest

tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

Trial by Fire (Excerpt)

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Trial by Fire excerpt Josephine Angelini This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire publishes September 2nd from Feiwel & Friends!

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

Chris Hemsworth, Evans, Pratt, and Pine Need to be a Boy Band

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Chris Hemsworth Chris Evans Chris Pratt Chris Pine boy band Christo4 photo album cover Photoshop Twitter fandom wonderful

Our new favorite person is the Twitter user who had this brainstorm earlier today:

And our other new favorite person is Cuddlebuggery's Meg Morley who then Photoshopped our dreams into reality.

Forget *NSYNC’s surprise greatest-hits album, or NKOTBSB, or even One Direction—the 2010s are about to see the greatest boy band of its time. Because they’re all named Chris, they all play geek icons, and they’re already used to fighting off screaming fans.

We can’t wait til their first single, “Assemble Your Love,” drops. Not to mention their Christmas (hee) album. What an amazing time we live in.

Image: @megsaysthings

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

Be Careful What You Wish For in the First Into the Woods Teaser Trailer

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watch Into the Woods teaser trailer Chris Pine Anna Kendrick Emily Blunt Johnny Depp Meryl Streep

Into the Woods has caused considerable furor long before its Christmas Day release, with rumors that Disney had cut the musical’s sexiest song for the movie adaptation. (Don’t worry, they didn’t.) Now, the first teaser trailer is out, allowing us our first chance to ponder the movie based on actual footage and not just set photos and hearsay.

[“I wish...”]

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

Lords of the Fallen Demoralizes the Masses at SDCC

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Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen capped off my weekend of gaming through SDCC in rather violent, merciless fashion. The game is a joint venture between Polish developer CI Games and German studio Deck13 Interactive, and to date, much of its fame stems from its reputation as being a “next-gen” Dark Souls. While the developers haven’t done much to dissuade gamers from that comparison, they certainly want a game that’s able to stand on its on merit, rather than be known as a next-gen Dark Souls knockoff—and so, I checked in to play through the dungeon on preview to see where the game is at.

[So much death. Why can’t we all just get along?]

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

Holly Black Will Write the Twelfth Doctor’s Next Adventure

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Holly Black Doctor Who short story Lights Out Peter Capaldi 12 Doctors 12 Stories

Doctor Who may be returning to the airwaves on August 23, but the BBC won’t be the only place for fans to follow the Twelfth Doctor’s escapades through time and space. In October, Puffin will release its ebook anthology Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories—and now we know who’s penning the latest adventure! 

After Twitter rumors had previously pointed to Frank Cottrell Boyce and J.K. Rowling, The Guardian reveals that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown author Holly Black will be the one to take on Peter Capaldi’s Twelve in a new short story, called “Lights Out.”

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

When Your House Obsession Becomes A Kid’s Book: The Children of Green Knowe

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The Children of Green Knowe L M BostonYoung Toseland Oldknow—Tolly, please, if you must give him a nickname, not Towser, or worse, Toto (I am trying to look past the implied insult to Oz here, everyone)—is off to live with his great-grandmother in a very old house that to him feels very far away. He is both scared and slightly hopeful: since the death of his mother, his only real family is a distant father and a well meaning but generally clueless stepmother, so a great-grandmother feels like something. She might even be real family.

Spoiler: she is. What Tolly didn’t expect—and couldn’t expect—were the ghosts. Or, if you prefer, The Children of Green Knowe.

[When you are not about to let a little thing like a plague distract you from living, playing, and dealing with evil haunted trees.]

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday — Let’s Celebrate With Fan Art!

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Harry Potter, palnk, seven years

One of my favorite aspects of fandom has always been fan art. And since it’s Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday, it seemed the perfect occasion to flood the gates with gorgeous/moving/hilarious Potter fan art, like you see above. That piece, detailing all seven of Harry’s years is by DeviantArt user palnk.

More treats below!

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

“You Did Me and My Dragons Real Proud” Anne McCaffrey on John Schoenherr’s Illustrations

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Anne McCaffrey Pern dragon John Schoenherr

Illustrator Ian Schoenherr recently published a letter Anne McCaffrey wrote to his father, John Schoenherr, thanking him for his dragons! The elder Schoenherr provided some wonderful illustrations to accompany two of McCaffrey’s early Pern stories in Analog Magazine, making these the earliest depiction of F’lar, Lessa, and Mnementh! “Weyr Search” and “Dragonrider” were published in October and December of 1967, respectively, and each served as the magazine’s cover story.

[DRAGONNNNS]

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 17 and 18

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of the Secrets coverThe Harry Potter Reread has passed through what Americans call a “sophomore year,” which is a useless word, in that it is designed to make it seem as though something was accomplished instead of just saying oh, good work on that second year. Seriously, it means nothing, but it sounds terribly important. (Also, it’s Harry and Rowling’s birthday today, so… cake? Do we have a cake? We should get some cake.)

Which does not detract from the fact that we’ve reached the end of the second book! I knew the first two went by faster than the rest, but this has been a total blur. I’m just sort of stunned and wobbly. Like a newly-freed house-elf? We’ve got two chapters left of The Chamber of Secrets—The Heir of Slytherin and Dobby’s Reward.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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tordotcom July 31 2014, 20:37

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 24

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George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 24 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 33 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 34 (“Cat of the Canals”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically… grammatically…”]

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mb_galleycat July 31 2014, 20:31

The History of Typography: VIDEO

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Are you looking for a typeface for your book? Perhaps you’d like it to tie into the era that your novel is set in?

DesignMantic has created a video which illustrates the history of typography, tracing the history of type development through the ages. It is a great resource for those that want to learn the background on the various typefaces that have been popular throughout the ages.

We’ve embedded the video above for your enjoyment.

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tobiasbuckell July 31 2014, 20:24

West Coast book tour: after action report

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The hugely awesome people at Tor (my publicist Leah Withers and Patty Garcia) arranged an author tour for Hurricane Fever.

So a week ago I flew out and arrived in San Diego for San Diego Comic Con. I got lucky and was booked into the Omni Hotel, just across the street. Which was fantastic:

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I signed books, talked on my panel, and then met various people. I hung out at a few parties off site and did dinners. I hung out with Tor publicity folk at the booth. I snuck off with Theresa Delucci and Pritpaul Bains to play a demo of Evolve.

As I was there, The Guardian released its review of Hurricane Fever!

After my Sunday signing at SDCC I headed off to San Francisco to sign at Borderlands. I got to grab lunch with Tim Pratt, Heather Shaw, David Findlay, and Nalo Hopkinson. I had a great reading, and then afterwards met with readers for a coffee and more chatting (Joey Shoji gifted me scotch, how cool is that?).

When I got back to my room in San Francisco’s Phoenix Hotel there was a massive dance party going. But the staff there gave me a bottle of wine and a nice card congratulating me for the book launch, so I listening to an audio book on my Bose headphones and drank scotch and wine.

Next morning I dropped in and met folks from the Humble Bundle team, which was totally cool. They recently put up my novella The Executioness, so I was excited to meet and talk to them about what they were up to:

Next stop: Seattle! The view from the hotel room was striking, mountain and needle all in one shot:

Clarion West’s Curtis Chen snapped this photo of my talking excitedly about the Very Big Cannon in Hurricane Fever:

And Devin L. Ganger took this snapshot:

Next morning I was up early and flying back down from Seattle to San Diego to sign at Mysterious Galaxy! Greg van Eekhout picked me up and we had tacos and caught up on publishing gossip and chat.

Here we are catching up:

Greg also snapped this pic of me while talking about the Very Big Cannon in Hurricane Fever:

I got a quick night’s sleep in, and then I flew out from San Diego to Pittsburgh, which took most of yesterday. My old friend David Kirtley picked me up, drove me to a hotel near where Alpha, the writing workshop for teens, is being held.

I am now in between lecturing the students and getting ready for a signing here in Greensburg.

I’ve been, you might say, busy.

I’ll be teaching here at Alpha another day, then driving out to my parents to see Emily and the kids, and on Sunday, flying to Europe.

The traveling has actually only really just begun.

tobiasbuckell July 31 2014, 20:24

I will be a guest instructor at Clarion West in 2015

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So here is the announcement:

“Clarion West is delighted to announce the names of the instructors for the 2015 Six-Week Workshop. Applications will open in December 2014. More information about the instructors and application instructions will be posted in the coming weeks.

Andy Duncan  2015 Clarion West Leslie Howle Fellow
Eileen Gunn
Tobias Buckell
Connie Willis
Nalo Hopkinson
Cory Doctorow  2015 Clarion West Susan C. Petrey Fellow”

(Via News |.)

So first off, what an amazing line up of instructors for 2015. I’ll be keeping some heady company.

One of the things I got to do was meet Clarion West organizers Neile Graham, Tod, and Huw at the Seattle book signing while I was on tour last week. And I have to say, it’s been so hard to keep this secret up until now, even thought I was talking to them the day before the news went out!

So I’m totally honored and amazed that I am now going to be an instructor at Clarion. Having been a new Clarion student myself in 1999, this is one of those ‘coming around full circle’ moments that sometimes happen in life.

It’ll be very, very odd being on the other side of the circle, though. I hope to do well by the students.

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