Last night Catherynne M. Valente celebrated the release of DEATHLESS, her folkloric novel that follows the rules of Russian fables. Between the pages you'll find the young and clever Marya Morevna, unwilling bride of Koschei the Deathless; also expect tricks and tasks from Baba Yaga, mischief from Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy, bureaucracy, and games of lust and power.
Publishers Weekly calls it, "enchanting." Kirkus Reviews calls it, "dazzling." And Library Journal says it, "will cast a spell on readers and not let go. For fans of Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, and the like, this is essential."
The most important thing to remember is that you have to actually read the book and stop staring at the bewitching cover. Yes, io9 called it, "the coolest looking book cover we've seen in ages," and yes, Tor.com ran a gushy article on Beth White's brilliant paper cut-out design, but you still have to look away to get to the words.
[UPDATE:] Thanks to all who entered! The contest is now closed and winners have been notified!
Yesterday I snapped up two hardcovers of DEATHLESS and if you want a chance to win one, send an e-mail to library @ macmillanusa dot com with your full mailing address today! I will notify winners tomorrow.Read more
io9, that great hub of all things science and science fiction, announced which spring titles are making them wiggly with anticipation. Six of the must-haves are available from Tor:
THE GRAVITY PILOT, by M.M. Buckner
DEATHLESS, by Catherynne M. Valente
AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, by Carrie Vaughn
ALL THE LIVES HE LED, by Frederik Pohl
FUZZY NATION, by John Scalzi
THE QUANTUM THIEF, by Hannu Rajaniemi
Having just finished Carrie Vaughn's AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, I can only agree that this modern heroine story is an April must. It's the kind of book that lives in front of your face making getting off the bus at the right stop or pouring coffee in the cup, instead of all over the counter, impossible. Next up for me from this list is Hannu Rajaniemi's debut, THE QUANTUM THIEF, a hard sci-fi May release handed to me by our old buddy Ben.Read more