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R. B. Lemberg’s forthcoming THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES (not due until September, but available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller or direct from Tachyon and for reviewers via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY) continues to generate excitement.
In the Fall 2020 Announcements: SF, Fantasy & Horror, PUBLISHER WEEKLY includes the book among their Top 10 selections.
Lemberg explores gender identity and human connection in their full-length debut, starred by PW, which sees two Birdverse elders searching for an exiled master weaver.
COOL CURRY BOOKS delivers a fascinating infographic on sci-fi and fantasy books by trans and non-binary authors.
Comparing the work to Toni Morrison, TEEN TITLE TALK podcast praises the story.
The raves keep rolling in for Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS.
For BOOKREPORTER, Joe Hartlaub praises the collection.
The newly published OF MICE AND MINESTRONE is a must-have collection of (mostly) original short fiction that partially pulls back the veil on their early encounters, a kind of “child is father to the man” retrospective that features some of Lansdale’s best writing.
255 BOOK REVIEW recommends the book.
Perhaps for completists and series fans only, but this is still great stuff. Tall tales of East Texas rambunctiousness and formative experiences, delivered in Lansdale’s effortless economic style. The book even features a few recipes from the yarns, contributed (in character) by Lansdale’s daughter Kasey. Recommended.
Writer Dan at ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS enjoys their first encounter with Lansdale and Hap and Leonard.
I think I just need to read me some more Lansdale. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to at the end of this read. Anyone else love this guy’s stuff? If you haven’t tried him yet, and you enjoy great storytelling with great writing, then you need to pick something up from him. You won’t regret it. I certainly don’t.
Over on the Tachyon Publications You Tube Channel, catch Kasey’s Kitchen, where Kasey Lansdale recreates recipes from OF MICE AND MINESTRONE. There are four in all.
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Booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and reviewers get the beloved Nebula Award winner Jane Yolen’s THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS
Review copies of THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS by Grandmaster Jane Yolen are now available via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY.
“Look this way, look that; blazing her consummate imagination against the shadows of human sorrow, Jane Yolen has done it again. She has produced a set of spectacles designed to keep us awake in the darkness. THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS delights, confounds, and challenges. We read all the night long; we are not the same come dawn.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and A Wild Winter Swan
Welcome to the Midnight Circus—and watch your step. The dark imaginings of fantasy icon Jane Yolen are not for the faint of heart. In these sixteen brilliantly unnerving tales and poems, Central Park becomes a carnival where you can—but probably shouldn’t—transform into a wild beast. The Red Sea will be deadly to cross due to a plague of voracious angels. Meanwhile, the South Pole is no place for even a good man, regardless of whether he is living or dead.
Wicked, solemn, and chilling, the circus is ready for your visit— just don’t arrive late.
Introduction by Theodora Goss
Afterword by Alethea Kontis
“Jane Yolen’s stories are pure magic! They draw you in, beguile your senses, and paint the world in richer hues than you’ve ever seen. Her tales will haunt you in the very best way. I loved every word!”—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Race the Sands
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Eileen Gunn is participating in the 2020 Virtual Summer Reading Series: Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a virtual reading on Tuesday, June 30, 8-9:30 PM CDT. You’ll need to pre-register.
Acclaimed author and editor, Eileen Gunn won the 2004 Nebula Award for her short story “Coming to Terms” and was twice nominated for the Hugo Award (“Stable Strategies for Middle Management,” 1989 and “Computer Friendy,” 1990). Her stories were collected in the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award nominated STABLE STRATEGIES AND OTHERS (2004; the Japanese translation was given the 2006 Sense of Gender Award), Steampunk Quartet (2011), and Questionable Practices (2014). Tor.com published the pair of chapbooks (co-written by Michael Swanwick), The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree (2011) and Zeppelin City (2011).
From 2001-08, she served as the editor/publisher of the acclaimed webzine The Infinite Matrix. Alongside L. Timmel Duchamp, Gunn co-edited The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 2: Provocative Essays on Feminism, Race, Revolution, and the Future (2008).
All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Eileen a happy birthday.
A remarkable study of friendship, Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE is home cooked comfort food for the mind
More love for Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS.
At GRIMDARK MAGAZINE, Chris Haught praises the book.
This book is a remarkable study of friendship, as Hap and Leonard are faced with several challenges of their times and geographic setting. The late 1960s were a time of Vietnam, racism, and the old South good ole boy system where women were treated as property. Hap and Leonard weren’t defined by these issues, however, and had a strong sense of right and wrong which motivated their decisions.
I was actually born in the southern part of the East Texas region where these stories are set, and though my family moved away when I was quite young, I remember several occasions where we went back to visit family. These stories struck home for me and stirred up some of these memories. Starting out the collection with “The Kitchen” brought back those experiences of the family gatherings, and the food we had. This was a great way to settle in and get comfortable, before striking out with Hap and Leonard to face the challenges presented by the other stories in the book.
An extra bonus to these stories is the section at the back of the book, where recipes are included of the main foods experienced in the stories themselves. This section was written by Lansdale’s daughter Kasey, and she did a great job of providing entertaining recipe notes in Hap’s narrative voice. This was a great addition to the stories, giving them a little extra flavor. My arteries might just have hardened a little bit after reading these…
KLTV interviews Lansdale about the book and racism.
The Nacogdoches-based author said the response to his new book has been phenomenal.
Lansdale said in the interview that one of the things he hates the most is racism. He explained that he saw it first-hand growing up in a small East Texas town.
He said he can remember a time when there were separate water fountains for white and black people. Once, when he went to the movies with his mother, he noticed that there was a separate line for black people, who had to sit in the movie theater’s balcony. If they had to go to the bathroom, they had to leave the theater and go across the street.
“My mom told me, ‘It’s not right. I can’t explain it, but it won’t always be this way,’” Lansdale said.
Lansdale added that treating people unfairly because of the color of their skin has always struck him as wrong. However, the Nacogdoches-based author said that the people who want to ban books like “Huck Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are missing the point.
“I feel human guilt over racism, but I don’t necessarily feel white guilt,” Lansdale said. “However, the struggle is real.”
Three days of panels celebrating authors, filmmakers, game designers, podcasters, futurists, cosplayers, and other amazing thinkers and creators! Completely online and totally FREE.
Tachyon authors are involved in the scheduled programming.
Saturday, June 27
Afro-Futuristic Visions In Comics
John Jennings, Geoffrey Thorne, Gabriel Valentin, Brandon Easton, Nalo Hopkinson, Neal Hallford (M)
Top Shelf Fantasy: Conversations With Epic Authors
Tim Powers, Elizabeth Hand, Tad Williams, Ilana C. Myer, Neal Hallford (M)
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
THE CURIOUS SFF READER praises Marie Brennan’s forthcoming DRIFTWOOD (not due out until August, but available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller or direct from Tachyon and for reviewers via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY).
Another surprising new favorite book was Marie Brennan’s DRIFTWOOD. I wasn’t aware of this book until I received an impromptu eARC on my Kindle, courtesy of the wonderful folks at Tachyon. This book is not coming out until August so I’ll have a review published closer to its release but I loved it! It’s about fragmented worlds drifting out toward their inevitable end in a mysterious place called Driftwood. I read this book in less than 24h while I was travelling and I couldn’t put it down!
As you can expect with Lavie Tidhar’s works, it’s a challenging and unconventional read that deals with important and heavy topics. I talked about this book with my friends and family while I was reading it and it sparked some really interesting discussions. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Robert Tilendis for GREEN MAN REVIEW is having an immense amount of fun discovering the work of Pat Murphy.
The question of the appropriate relationship between order and chaos is given a lighter treatment in “A Flock of Lawn Flamingos,” a story originally anthologized ten years before it was reissued as a chapbook. Joan Egypt, an anthropologist between field trips, moves into Live Oak Estates, “a pleasant little townhouse development in a pleasant little California town.” It doesn’t take long at all for Joan to encounter Mr. Hoffer, head of the Live Oak Estates Homeowners Association, the kind of officious apparatchik who seems all too prone to accept such responsibility. It becomes a game of one-upmanship — within the Association rules, mind you — on the kind, size and number of lawn ornaments allowable. Mr. Hoffer’s problem is that Joan is both smarter and more imaginative than he is.
I did go back to THE SHADOW HUNTER, which, as you might guess, turned out not to be a typical last Neanderthal story at all. Sam isn’t really the last Neanderthal, he just happens to be the only one around now. “Now” itself is somewhat fluid: Amanda can see what has happened, Cynthia can see what will happen, and Roy Morgan has found a way to get there. Sam, however, can see an emptiness in life as it is lived now, and sticks stubbornly to the ways of his people — not altogether strictly, but enough that others begin to see that reverence of spirit is at least as important as anything else in dealing with life.
I could mention the standard things about characters and momentum, pacing and climaxes, but they don’t really matter. They’re all exactly where they need to be when they need to be there. Murphy’s what I call a “strong writer,” in such command of her medium that those questions become pretty much irrelevant. These books all just sort of flow over you, even if you’re not in the mood for another last Neanderthal story.
So — great fun, amazing substance. Who could ask for anything more? Find Pat Murphy’s books and read them. You’re in for a treat.
CURIOUS FICTIONS published Tachyon editor Jaymee Goh’s new story “Top 5 Hunting Grounds This Summer Season!”
The waters are warming, and the trenches are releasing us from work and school. Not sure where your family pod should go to hunt food this year? Come one, come all, sea people, and check out this list of the year’s best destinations for hunting prey!
5. Air Terjun Syaitan
It’s far inland and getting there can be steep, but that’s what makes this spot the perfect place to hunt for humans! Every holiday season there will always be daredevil students who risk their lives knowing that they could dash their bones on the rocks below. Getting there is a fun challenge, as you have to take the underwater river system of Guning Palau.
Daniel Pinkwater’s ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL is just so darned nice that it could cure your whole day
At GREEN MAN REVIEW, Jennifer Stevenson enjoys Daniel Pinkwater’s forthcoming ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL (not due out until September, but available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller or direct from Tachyon and for reviewers via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY).
If I had a daughter, I’d want her to be just like Molly, and I would totally read this book to her.
But I don’t have a daughter. I’ll have to settle for reading it to my husband, another Pinkwater fan.
The Dwergish girl is a strong and gentle soul. This book is just so darned nice that it could cure your whole day. Let Molly and her Dwergish ways bring order to your chaotic world.
TELOPHASE offers similar sentiments.
ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL has a strong voice which, I admit, is Pinkwater’s voice and much the same in all of his books but I never get tired of it. It’s also packed full of Pinkwater’s usual run of weird and quirky characters. The end teases a continuation of the story, and should that come to pass I would absolutely love it.
Highly recommended. I’m going to buy a hard copy when it’s published so I can throw it at my nephew when he’s old enough to appreciate it.
THE BIBLIOSANCTUM is excited about the book.
Also in the package was ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL by Daniel Pinkwater, a story which sounds as charming as its cover and title! To see what I mean, here’s the first line of the book’s description: “Molly O’Malley is a clever, adventurous girl. She is also a Dwerg. Dwergs are strange folks who live very quietly in the Catskill mountains, have lots of gold, and are kind of like dwarves (but also not!).” I love it! Definitely going to read it later this fall as we get closer to the release date.
Tachyon 25th Anniversary eBooknanza! Newsletter subscribers get your free copy of THE ROBERTS by Michael Blumlein
It’s been 25 years since Jacob Weisman started publishing books, and here we are entering the ’20s with digital giveaways for every newsletter subscriber!
For the whole of 2020 on every last Wednesday of the month, we will be giving away a free ebook to everyone subscribed to our newsletter prior to that Wednesday. This will be the only time we amp up our newsletter from quarterly announcements of new and upcoming books to monthly. The download link will be good for 48 hours, so if this is a book you’ve been meaning to get, make sure you download it as soon as you can.
This is our thanks for sticking around with us for so long. We look forward to another 25 years with you.