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At his signing this evening Patrick Rothfuss told us that The Wise Man's Fear made #1 on the New York Times' bestseller list.

Congratulations to Pat and the folks at DAW.

New website is up!

Hello Folks,

Sorry to be away so long, but I've been consumed by the latest book and ::drumroll:: several weeks of intense work on ... my completely new website!
It's still at but you may need to update your bookmark, if you have one for me.
Let us know what you think. We're very proud of it.
Julie, back to the book!
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Book Discussion: "Deceiver" by C.J. Cherryh

OK, time for the first book discussion of May! Deceiver by C.J. Cherryh is the 11th book in the Foreigner series, which is actually divided up into four sets of trilogies. This is the second book in the fourth trilogy. If you've sorted that out, read on!

Copy Copy: The civil war among the alien atevi is over. Tabini-aiji, dynamic ruler of the Western Association, has reclaimed his former power, and once again resides in the capital. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has graciously chosen to visit Najida, his country estate on the west coast. He feels that the political tensions in the capital might ease if he is not present, and after two years in space and his return to a planet still imperiled by revolution, he relishes the peace and tranquillity his lovely coastal home affords.

But peace and traquillity are not in the cards for Bren.

Desperate for freedom and adventure, disregarding the obvious danger, Cajeiri, Tabini's young son, escapes the tightly guarded capital with his bodyguards and arrives to surprise Bren in the country. But he is not the only surprise guest, for Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, Tabini's wily and powerful grandmother, has been dispatched to secure her great-grandson's safety.

However, Najida, formerly a safe haven, is no longer the sanctuary it once was. For a neighbor's estate--the ancestral home of Lord Geigi, a close associate of Bren's--has been left without strong leadership. Lord Geigi now resides on and runs the atevi space station, and in his absence, rebel clans have inflitrated his home. When those rebels attack Bren, Cajeiri, and the dowager, they have no choice but to recall Geigi from space.

With Lord Geigi, Ilisidi, Bren, and Cajeiri all under one roof, they pose an irresistible target for the enemy. And Ben's pastoral retreat, now swarming with bodyguards, becomes a lock-down and armed fortress. These four individuals--three of the most powerful politicians on the planet, and the heir to the aiji--are not without their own resources. But can they overcome their adversaries and end this guerilla war that is the last vestige of revolution?


So, who's been reading this series and who's managed to read the new book already? Any thoughts on it? I really need to get into this series. Does anyone have any time I could borrow?



Not that I'm expecting anyone to make any epic journeys to mid-coast Maine on my account, but I thought I'd mention that I'll be making an appearance this Tuesday, April 20, at the Bridge Academy Public Library, at 6:30 p.m. in Dresden, ME. I'll be reading from the as yet unpublished fourth Green Rider book (BLACKVEIL), chatting about stuff, etc.



Fundraiser Charity Auction

I hope Joshua doesn't mind me interjecting here, and I wish I'd thought to post this sooner. DAW author, Pat Rothfuss, has been running a charity auction fundraiser for Heifer International. Last year he raised over $100,000 for this very cool organization. This year some of your DAW authorly types have donated books and whatnot to go up on the auction block. As of today, a set of the GREEN RIDER series books is up for auction. These are the trade paperback editions, and each is autographed in green. May I say they'd make a very fine holiday or birthday gift? Be sure to see what else Pat has up for auction. There is some really cool stuff. For more info and auctioning, here's the link to Pat's blog:

Stepsister Scheme Winner

In last week's discussion of my latest release, I promised to give away a copy of either The Stepsister Scheme [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy] or The Faery Taile Project [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy] to one commenter.

So, would wldhrsjen3 please shoot me an e-mail at jchines42 -at- with your shipping address, and let me know which book you'd prefer? The only condition is that you have to share the book with your daughter ;-) (Whenever she's ready -- I obviously don' t know her reading level.)

Congrats, and thanks all for the interesting questions and discussion!
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A Sherwood Smith Inda series review so far - with lots of spoilers

The author I've bought most books of this year - except for Elizabeth Bear - has been Sherwood Smith with the novels published in her own worlds (she's been a long-time collaborator of some great names in the scifi genre and has written media-tie-in novels, as well) - whether they have been YA or not.

I first came across her a few years back with an entry in Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction by the Firebird YA imprint and right away bought Crown Duel, as her story was a sequel of that. I then ordered the Wren trilogy published by Firebird and quite liked the first two volumes. I bounced off the third because it started with an irreparable tragedy for one of the major characters who already had to suffer from something similar for years and I couldn't handle reading about having to deal with this and the aftermath.

That's actually one of her strengths: her books may have focus protagonists but no matter what age those are, child or grown-up, there are no guarantees that they will survive to the end (with the exception - so far - that if she names the book after that protagonist they haven't died yet). Her young adult worlds are just as hazardous, although the characters there go at their troubles and triumphs with less gray-scale in feeling (sometimes: this is not the case if your parents have died and you are heir to a throne), and more positive energy.

However, even if a character whom the reader loves dies, there's a good chance that they still have other characters to root for without hurling the book at the wall. Smith's books are always ensemble pieces with some starring roles sticking out. She manages to make even the side-characters so interesting and relevant when she highlights their role in her world/plot that you don't mind spending the time with them - there are no fillers, at the end you realise every bit of focus was necessary for you to see and appreciate the whole.
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