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Cover Breakdown: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

BY DJ DeSmyter, SEPTEMBER 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

With her Glamourist Histories series, Mary Robinette Kowal has enthralled us again and again with her unique take on magic in the Regency era. Mary has quickly become not only a favorite amongst readers, but also with us here at RT. Back in May, during the RT Convention, Mary discussed the importance of diversity in literature and the Fantasy genre, and mentioned she was working hard to ensure her books included a wide range of characters. So when the cover for Of Noble Family, the fifth and final book in the series, was revealed, starring a woman of color, we were more than excited. Let's take a look:

Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of filial duty the couple decides to go.


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Debut Author Spotlight: Sylvia Izzo Hunter

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 26, 2014 | PERMALINK

We love debut authors here at RT and we love introducing them to our readers. This month, we're shining the Debut Author Spotlight on Sylvia Izzo Hunter, the author behind the sweeping historical fantasy, The Midnight Queen, which our reviewer says is "a novel that readers will be unable to put down." Read on to learn more about Sylvia and the book!

Name: Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Book: The Midnight Queen

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Current Home: Toronto, Ontario

Author Icon: Jane Austen (who wrote insightful novels full of brilliant social satire at a time when respectable women weren't supposed to write novels at all) and Lois McMaster Bujold (who has long written in a genre that some people think women shouldn't write in, and who also puts romance in her SF despite all the people saying SF shouldn't have romance in it).


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Waiting for the Next Episode of The Lottery? Try These Read-Alikes!

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 31, 2014 | PERMALINK

Two weeks ago, The Lottery premiered on Lifetime, captivating viewers like myself with its grim premise. In the show, the year is 2025 and women are no longer able to get pregnant and give birth. When a medical team succeeds in fertilizing 100 embryos, the government announces a lottery to select the surrogates. With intriguing characters who have secret agendas and plenty of suspense, The Lottery is off to a promising start. And if you’re like me and are already hooked and wanting more, here’s a list of books you should check out to make the wait for new episodes a bit more bearable.


The Jewel by Amy Ewing

What It’s About: Part dystopian, part fantasy tale, Ewing’s debut stars Violet, a teenage girl trained to become a surrogate for the royalty who can no longer get pregnant and who want perfect children with unique abilities. When Violet is sold to the Duchess of the Lake, her life takes a dark turn and she must fight to reclaim the freedom that was stolen from her.


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Magazine Extra: More Questions For John Scalzi

BY Regina Small, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of Lock In by John ScalziIn our September 2014 issue, I was lucky enough to catch up with celebrated science fiction author John Scalzi, who is a particular favorite of the RT staff. We chatted a bit about his September release Lock In, which centers on a chilling pandemic called Haden's Syndrome — a disease that leaves one percent of the population completely physically paralyzed, but still fully conscious and aware. As nearly 4.5 million people are "locked in" to their own bodies, a global crisis emerges, one that reshapes the world politically, economically and socially. Scalzi came up with some ingenious options for the "locked in" to move about: 1) remote-controlled androids known as Threeps, operated by signals sent by the brain and 2) Integrators — able-bodied folks whose brains allow the Haden's-afflicted to take over their bodies. We were curious to hear a bit more about Scalzi's take on the latter, as well as the background that informed this tense near-future murder mystery.

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Have You Joined The Holy Taco Church Yet? - On Creating A Successful Collaborative Blog

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

For many authors, group blogs are a fun, relatively easy way to promote their work. And for readers, these blogs can be highly entertaining. There are tons of group author blogs, but the Holy Taco Church might be my new favorite. As far as excellent group author blogs go, the Holy Taco Church has nailed it.


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction
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