After a trio of thrillers featuring rogue warrior Jen Blaylock (Crown Fire, Kornukopia and The Valedictorians), Winnipeg's David Annandale fulfilled his hankering to publish dark tales that make your skin crawl with the release last August of his first full-length horror novel Gethsemane Hall. The reviews say it all. Quill & Quire called it "that rarest of books: a genuinely chilling horror novel. And a fresh take on the hoary old haunted house novel," while The Winnipeg Review called it "a cerebral sort of horror...(that) plays tricks on the mind."
Annandale returns with a new novel that walks the line between science fiction and horror: The Death of Antagonis. Set in the forty-first millennium, in the vast fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the story finds the world of Antagonis engulfed in a plague of undeath. Summoned to combat the plague, the Black Dragons ally themselves with Inquisitor Werner Lettinger and the Sisters of Battle in an effort to save the souls of the Imperial citizens who have succumbed to the contagion. But there is more than mere infection at play. The dread forces of Chaos lie behind the outbreak, and the Black Dragons stand in the way of the Dark Gods' victory.Categories: Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Newsletter
Robert J. Sawyer
From the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, comes a noir mystery on a colonized Mars where stuff is cheap and life is even cheaper.
In Red Planet Blues, Alex Lomax is a P.I. working the mean streets of New Klondike, the domed Martian city that sprang to life in the wake of the booming fossil market. Roughly forty years ago, Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered evidence of ancient life on Mars, and Martian fossils quickly became sought-after antiquities for collectors on Earth. Wannabe treasure hunters arrived to take part in "the Great Martian Fossil Rush." Lomax plies his trade among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and "transfers" (folks wealthy enough to upload their consciousness into near-immortal android bodies) trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world. The motherlode of all cold cases lands in his lap - the murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly decades ago - and God only knows what he may dig up.
Guy Gavriel Kay
In his critically acclaimed novel Under Heaven, Kay told a powerful story inspired by China's Tang Dynasty. With his remarkable gift for working the textures of historic settings - he is two-time winner of the Aurora Award and winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel - Kay revisits that invented setting four centuries later with an epic novel about a woman battling in her own way to find a new place in the glittering and decadent world of the Song Dynasty.
My life was indisputably improved because those before me decided to put those libraries there. It would be stupid and selfish and shortsighted of me to declare, after having wrung all I could from them, that they serve no further purpose, or that the times have changed so much that they are obsolete.
John Scalzi is the current president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the multi-award winning author of more than a dozen books, including Old Man's War, Zoe's Tale, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts.Categories: Discussions, Authors, SciFi & Fantasy, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
Discussions about books tend to focus on what people read, especially at a bookstore. Over at Tor.com, author Jo Walton discusses her answer to a more interesting, and complicated question: why do we read?Categories: Authors, Fun, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
I'm a big fan of Orhan Pamuk and think that his novels, like My Name is Red, Snow and The Museum of Innocence, have profound things to say about the collision of East and West, Secular and Religious, and Islam and Christianity. But his work is even more profound on the subject of Art and its relationship with the Real world. So I'm very intrigued by the fact that Pamuk has fulfilled the claim he makes in the novel of the same name and set up as an actual museum in Istanbul.
The culmination of decades of omnivorous collecting, Orhan Pamuk's in Istanbul uses his novel of lost love, The Museum of Innocence, as a departure point to explore the city of his youth. In the book, The Innocence of Objects, actually the catalog of this remarkable museum, he writes about things that matter deeply to him: the psychology of the collector, the proper role of the museum, the photography of old Istanbul (illustrated with Pamuk's superb collection of haunting photographs and movie stills), and of course the customs and traditions of his beloved city. The book's imagery is equally evocative, ranging from the ephemera of everyday life to the superb photographs of Turkish photographer Ara Güler. Combining compelling art and writing, The Innocence of Objects is an original work of art and literature.
Following Orhan Pamuk just got a whole lot more interesting.Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Book of the Day
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