FanLit Asks: June 19, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:

Got any news to share with us?fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

Anne Ursu: I’m really excited to be in the latest Guys Read anthology, edited by Jon Scieszka. This one is devoted to sports stories, and in my other life I am a baseball fanatic, so it was a lot of fun.

Lauren Beukes: I’ve just finished my time-traveling serial killer, The Shining Girls, which is due out in 2013. It’s been crazily fun to write with three different timelines interweaving each other, although I’m officially sick of killing people.

fantasy book reviews Philippa Ballantine Books of the Order 1. Geist 2. Spectyr 3. WraythWhat are you working on these days?

Pip Ballantine: I’m on final line edits for Wrayth, and working on the final book of the ORDER called Harbinger — which should be out in 2013. Tee and I are also working on the third book of THE MINISTRY OF PECULIAR OCCURRENCES, which is set in America and is lots of fun to work on. Finally the second book after Hunter and Fox is calling my name. That will be called Born and Made.

Read any good books lately?fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

Alma Alexander: The last novel I read was Embassytown by China Miéville, and I know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I love his writing and I very much enjoyed this one. Oh, and also, Mirage by Matt Ruff. Another good read.

fantasy book reviews Douglas Hulick Tales of the Kin 1. Among ThievesAlex Bledsoe: I belatedly read Douglas Hulick‘s Among Thieves, the first of his TALES OF THE KIN series, and found him a real kindred spirit in the fantasy noir subgenre. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes my EDDIE LACROSSE novels. Broken Blade, the first in a new trilogy by Kelly McCullough, has a similar vibe, and a great central relationship. Also, if you’re like me and enjoy books about writers, The Typewriter is Holy by Bill Morgan is a fascinating, quick read about the writers of the Beat Generation.

Janny Wurts: The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel KayI’ve totally enjoyed C.J. Cherryh‘s Intruder, Carol Berg‘s The Daemon Prism, and The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak. Also, a re-read of Guy Kay‘s Lions of Al-Rassan (which held up enormously well) for a local book club, and I am looking forward to Jennifer Roberson‘s finale of her DEEPWOODS trilogy, The Wild Road, upcoming in August.

More news next week!


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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