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it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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help me roll away this stone. show me the place. i can't move this thing alone.

Book reviews! Publishers Weekly has given a really nice positive review to Range of Ghosts.

Range of Ghosts
Elizabeth Bear. Tor, $25.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2754-3

Bear (Ad Eternum) launches a trilogy in a fantastic new world with this compelling tale. Temur, nephew to the now-dead khan of khans, is a survivor on the losing side of a war between his relatives for the rule of the empire. Fleeing with other refugees, Temur becomes involved with a young woman named Edene, and when she is taken by blood ghosts, he swears he will stop at nothing to get her back. With the help of Samarkar, newly made wizard and Once-Princess of the land of Rasa, and Hrahima, a tiger-woman at odds with her god, Temur has a chance to win his revenge against those who took Edene and murdered an entire city, and perhaps even restore balance to the empire. Bear creates a vivid world where wizards must sacrifice their ability to procreate in order to control magic and the sky changes to reflect the gods of the land’s rulers. The strong setting and engaging characters will have readers eager for the second installment. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 01/23/2012

(They also gave a starred review to stillsostrange's third Necromancer Chronicle, The Kingdoms of Dust. Which is awesome and you will like it.)

Also, my friends Hanne Blank, Jodi Meadows, and Myke Cole all have books out today.

In other news, I made a tumblr. Yes, I mentioned that already.

In other other news, the ToC for Chicks Dig Comic Books is out, and it's a doozy. I got paid to write about Warren Ellis!

I'm not actually done with the draft, but I've hit the point where warblogging it is too exhausting and after 72 hours of straight work, I've hit the end of my undivided concentration, so expect occasional progress bars and eventually a --30--.

I have one big setpiece anticlimax to write, and then I have the climax and denouement and inevitable destruction that attends the end of book two in a trilogy--which is, after all, the nadir or crisis point of a three-act structure narrative.

Today, I wrote a short scene I had been looking forward to for about a thousand pages. That was kind of awesome.

Still hoping to be done by the end of the week, giving me a week to polish and fuss before I have to hand it in.
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