Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.
This novella falls after Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance in the Vorkosigan series timeline, but may be read entirely independently. The Vorkosigan saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for best science fiction series in 2017.
The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the shortlist for the Tähtifantasia award for best translated fantasy book published in Finnish last year. The nominees are:
* Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
* The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
* The Last Wish (Ostatnie życzenie) by Andrzej Sapkowski
* The Earth Hums In B-Flat by Mari Strachan
* The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
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Mark Lawrence's official website can be found here.
Here's the official description of Prince of Thorns from the publisher's website:
"Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging.
Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that's true enough, but there's something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father's castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.
Mark Lawrence's debut novel tells a tale of blood and treachery, magic and brotherhood and paints a compelling and brutal, and sometimes beautiful, picture of an exceptional boy on his journey toward manhood and the throne."
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF MARK LAWRENCE'S PRINCE OF THORNS
Redwall author Brian Jacques dies aged 71
A former merchant sailor whose children's books sold millions worldwide has died aged 71.
Brian Jacques' Redwall series of books were translated into 29 languages and sold 20m globally.
He first wrote the series, set in an abbey populated by animals, for children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool.
The Liverpool-born writer's weekly show, Jakestown, ran on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 20 years.
He died after a heart attack at the weekend and leaves a wife and two grown up sons.
Scott Nicholson is an American author, who has written novels, short stories, comics series and screenplays. He's also a freelance editor and journalist.
Scott Nicholson's Transparent Lovers was published by PS Publishing.
Scott Nicholson's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF SCOTT NICHOLSON'S TRANSPARENT LOVERS
Joe R. Lansdale is an American author who has written novels and stories in several different genres.
Joe R. Lansdale's Christmas with the Dead is a novella, which was published by PS Publishing.
Joe R. Lansdale's official website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF JOE R. LANSDALE'S CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEAD