Today my guest is Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries, one of my absolutely favorite discoveries this year. My inner thirteen year old barely kept it together as we spoke about Murderbot, romance and science fiction, and what she’s currently obsessed with like I’m obsessed with Murderbot. IMPORTANT NOTE: we take a deep dive into the plot of the four novellas and Network Effect, so if you haven’t read the series, this may spoil … Continue reading 426. All About Murderbot with Martha Wells
Holiday books! Holiday sales! Holiday anything! It’s decorative-gourd-before-holiday-glitter season already. And if you’ve got a new release, a sale, a boxed set, a decorative gourd topiary construction that you want to show off, we can Help! We have ad opportunities in the coming months, and we’re also taking reservations for 2021. The site survives in part because of advertisements from and for this community, so thank you in advance for your support! Why advertise with … Continue reading Ad Opportunities for 2020 and 2021!
The transcript for Podcast 425. Villainy and Revenge: Deep Diving into Hench with Natalie Zina Walschots has been posted!
My guest this week is Natalie Zina Walschots and we are talking about her book, Hench, which you might have seen my review of – spoiler alert, I LOVED it. We talk about villainy, hench people, working for terrible people in real life and fantasy, humanizing collateral damage, and the utterly exhilarating catharsis of a satisfying revenge. … Music: purple-planet.com
The transcript for Podcast 424. The Duke Who Didn’t: Courtney Milan Answers Your Questions has been posted!
We have a Covers & Cocktails guest post this week from Adam, who loves NK Jemisin books and also loves bourbon. The City We Became was recently on sale, and I immediately sent the link to Adam because I didn’t think he’d read it. I was right: “How did I not know about this? I’m buying it immediately.” Adam: “It is definitionally the true urban fantasy in the sense that it is fantasy about cities … Continue reading Covers & Cocktails: The City We Became by NK Jemisin
Courtney Milan’s new book The Duke Who Didn’t is out this week, and you had questions! In this conversation, we talk about narrative structure, writing, the impact of conflict, finding joy in the process of creating, and managing the emotional ups and downs of the current hellscape. Special commentary from Pele, and thanks to Amanda, Claudia, Malia, Olivia, Shana, Catherine, Rhode, and Emily for their questions! … Music: purple-planet.com
Time again for our most eeeeevil recommendation feature we have: READY, SET, GO! Here are the rules: We pick a specific sub-genre, trope, or type of romance, and we have to make ONE recommendation for that type. And no more than two sentences as to why. Just One. And our theme this month? It’s the first week of fall so this month’s READY SET GO Is: Autumn Romances! What one romance says “fall!” to you? … Continue reading Ready Set Go: Autumn Romances!
I made a number of mistakes regarding this book. First, I read it after I received the ARC, which was months prior to release date. Though this makes me an Unintentional Scourge Among Book Publicists, I try to read ARCs as close to release as possible so that I can talk about a book when that book is available to buy, borrow, or request. As I joke often, I’m here to enable everyone else’s poor … Continue reading Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
The transcript for Podcast 423. Vampires and Spicy Blood with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton has been posted!
Today I’m talking with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton, authors, podcasters, and conversational ebullience personified. Zoraida co-edited a new anthology Vampires Never Get Old, and Dhonielle and Zoraida both have stories inside – so we discuss all things vampire. We talk about all the things they’re working on – and there are a LOT of things – and are very honest about business, ambition, needing sleep, podcasting, accountability, and the prospective titles of our autobiographies. … Continue reading 423. Vampires and Spicy Blood with Zoraida Córdova and Dhonielle Clayton