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It’s out!

PLEASE NOTE: this is a novella. Which is shorter than a novel. I already anticipate there will be reviews to the effect of “I thought I was getting a whole book but I wasn’t” — novellas are making a comeback, but they’re not yet so widespread that the occasional reader won’t be blindsided by the shorter length.

But if you want a whole novel’s worth of stuff, I got you covered there, too!


That’s right — at long last, A Star Shall Fall is out in the UK! Unlike the previous two Onyx Court books, this one has never been published in that country before. Only one more to go, and you can collect a full matched set . . .

(And if you think this is a big day, wait until April 25th of next year, when you’ll get Within the Sanctuary of Wings [Memoirs of Lady Trent #5] and Lightning in the Blood [Varekai #2] on the same day!)

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Quoting just the key bits:

Brennan explores the power of memory, self-realization, and destiny in this mix of survival story and self-discovery tale. […] Brennan delights readers with this exciting, fast-paced start to a fantasy novella series.

Cold-Forged Flame will be out on September 13th. (As will the UK edition of A Star Shall Fall, as it happens.) I can’t wait!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Jim Hines has been doing a thing on his blog where he genderswaps character descriptions to look at how women and men get depicted. He did it first with classic SF/F novels, then with more recent titles — including his own.

It’s an interesting enough exercise that I decided to go through my own books and see what happens when I genderswap the descriptions. Results are below. I skipped over the Doppelganger books because quite frankly, describing people has never been a thing I do a lot of, and back then I did basically none of it, so this starts with Midnight Never Come.


Read the rest of this entry � )

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Just as a reminder, the "Con or Bust" auctions close this Sunday. Bidding on the double-signed copy of A Natural History of Dragons (autographed by both me and Todd Lockwood, with a bonus sketch from him) is up to $48, while A Star Shall Fall is at $15 and With Fate Conspire is at $20. Proceeds go to a good cause, and the books don't suck either, if I do say so myself. ;-)
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A Star Shall Fall is out today in mass-market paperback. Apart from being, y'know, smaller, with a slightly different cover, it should also have various errata corrected (like the bad arithmetic when Irrith goes to get bread). I say "should" because I don't yet have my hands on a copy to check, but I did have the opportunity to send in corrections, and I think I caught all the places where they were needed. Famous last words . . . .

BTW, since the past couple of days have been crazy, I haven't yet chosen an icon. I'm extending the deadline until tonight, just in case somebody else wants to hop in.
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I've been very absent from here lately due to busy-ness and illness; KublaCon was last weekend, and [livejournal.com profile] kniedzw and I ran our one-shot LARP, which went very well I think, but now I have Con Crud and that isn't much fun. Especially since I have work I need to do.

But! I am breaking radio silence to say that I've gotten the page proofs for the mass-market edition of A Star Shall Fall. This is my chance to correct any errors that made it through me, my editor, me again, my copy-editor, me again, my proofreader, and me yet again in the trade paperback edition -- and believe me, there are some. I know of two instances of a duplicated word ("an an" in both cases), and one place where the line "Galen's mouth gone dry" is missing the word "had," and the arithmetic error on page 171. If you've spotted any others, please let me know!
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1) I should have written Irrith's letter after Delphia's. She's a terrible influence on my attempts at nice handwriting. :-)

2) Re-reading bits of the books to get myself back in the heads of the characters . . . and you know what? I still like them. Quite a lot.

3) Certain songs from the book soundtracks still get me right in the gut. (Particularly "The Monument," from A Star Shall Fall. But others, too.)

4) I really, really need to write that short story about Edward Thorne. Though I should decide which I want more: for it to be from his point of view, or for it to be the Sir Peregrin and Dame Segraine Buddy-Cop Extravaganza. (The two are, alas, mutually exclusive.)

5) Ditto "This Living Hand," aka the Story About the Willow Tree What Killed All the Romantic Poets.

6) Although I do love my new series, and my new protagonist . . . I miss the Onyx Court.
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First: it's the sixteenth, and that means I'm over at SF Novelists again. This time I'm continuing my points from last month, with "Competence is hot, part two."

Second: the same guy who does the Page 69 thing also had me contribute to My Book, the Movie (reposted over here). Long-time readers of this journal may recall that I've been on that blog previously, when I talked about my mental castings for Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie; this time I update it with A Star Shall Fall and With Fate Conspire.

And third: if you're going to be at FOGcon, then a) so am I and b) I'm also going to be one of the critiquers in the writing workshop, along with David Levine and Cassie Alexander. I don't know when signup for that closes, but I believe you still have time to join, if that's your cup of tea.

Since I'm combining things here, I'll leave comments open -- but on the competence thing, please do go leave your thoughts over on the SF Novelists site, rather than here. No login required, but if you're a first-time commenter please give me a little while to fish it out of the moderation queue.
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The one in my book, not the one in the sky.

Just got confirmation today that A Star Shall Fall will be getting a mass-market release in October of this year. So if you prefer your novels in smaller and/or cheaper format, mark the date on your calendar!

(This is actually the first time a book of mine has gotten proper release in a new physical format. There are ebooks of all of them, and the Onyx Court novels got picked up by the Science Fiction Book Club, which does hardcover copies, but this is shiny and new.)
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#TorChat on Twitter starts in an hour or so; I'm @swan_tower there, and will be fielding questions about steampunk and With Fate Conspire.

Also, you've got about twelve hours to enter the giveaway for A Star Shall Fall over on GoodReads.
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The Library Journal's opinion of With Fate Conspire:
Brennan's characters breathe life into a landscape rich in detail and vibrant with imagination. This title should please fans of Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series and Elizabeth Bear's "Promethean Age" series.

And if you're a Goodreads user, you can enter a giveaway there to win one of ten copies of A Star Shall Fall. It ends on the 22nd, so don't forget!
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Looks like Tor is doing a giveaway for A Star Shall Fall on their site. All you have to do is leave a comment on that post there. So if you're looking to pick up the book, go forth and comment! (They're actually giving away three copies, it looks like.)

Also, in Fate-related news, this in from the Romantic Time review: "Appealing characters, a fully realized historical setting and more than a touch of steampunk flavoring collide to create a book that is difficult to put down." So that's pretty good.

And now I go back to preparing for my trip.
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If you're a Hugo or Nebula voter, here's what I published in 2010:

A Star Shall Fall

"And Blow Them at the Moon," Beneath Ceaseless Skies #50

Short stories
“Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes,” Running With the Pack, ed. Ekaterina Sedia
“Remembering Light,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies #44
“The Gospel of Nachash,” Clockwork Phoenix 3, ed. Mike Allen
“The Last Wendy,” On Spec #81
“Footprints,” Shroud Magazine #9

. . . I need to get back on the short story wagon, or I'll have very little to list for 2011.

We now return you to a more interesting corner of the Internet.
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It occurs to me I never put up an open book thread for A Star Shall Fall. So, as I beat my head against this bloody short story, feel free to comment here with any questions you wanted to ask or observations you wanted to share. Spoilers for this book are, of course, a given; there may also be spoilers for Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie (or for that matter the short stories), so be warned.

(I may also answer questions about With Fate Conspire, but only if I feel like it. No, I won't tell you how it ends. Or whether your favorite character is going to die.)
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The Carl Brandon Society is fundraising for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, which helps send writers of color to the Clarion workshops. It's a prize drawing; you can purchase tickets for the chance to win an e-reader (one of two Nooks, one of two Kobos, or an Alex eReader). This goes through midnight Eastern on November 22nd, so you've got just a few days left to enter.

Also, Pat Rothfuss is again running his Worldbuilders event, raising money for Heifer International. Among the items on offer are a whole lot of signed books, including a pair of In Ashes Lie and A Star Shall Fall, signed by yours truly. There are so many prizes, though, that Pat's still in the process of posting them all; check out that first link for a list, and for information on how to participate.
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Tonight I leave on my third trip of the month, this one to World Fantasy. The weird thing is, it's the first time this month I'll be flying on my own dime; the first trip was my GoH gig at Sirens, and the second . . . last weekend, my publisher sent me here:

About a stone's throw from the Kodak Theatre, no less. But it isn't nearly as exciting as you think.

I was not there to meet with a high-powered Hollywood producer about how they want to pay me lots of money to film one of my books. I was there, instead, for the Southern California Independent Booksellers' Association annual meeting. This is an industry event that brings writers in to schmooze over dinner with staff from local independent bookstores. I'd never done one before, so it was interesting; the authors got fed beforehand, so we wouldn't have to choose between talking and eating (or end up talking with our mouths full), and then during everybody else's meal we got shuttled from table to table, chatting up the people there.

Serendipity was my friend at this event. Not on the travel side -- two-hour flight delay on the way there, three-hour on the way back, for a flight that's a little more than an hour long -- but with the new friends I made. I got to the hotel just in time to fling myself into nicer clothing and run downstairs, whereupon I got my registration and stood trying to catch my breath, wondering if I would have anything other than the basics in common with the other writers there. (They come from all corners of publishing, nonfiction as well as fiction, children's picture books to adult.) But lo, I was not standing a full minute before I heard the phrase "historical fiction" come from two women nearby.

I drifted closer.

Then I heard Newton's name.

I drifted closer still.

Ended up with two new friends. One was a writer of historical fiction, Laurel Corona, who's bopped all around the timeline even more than I have; her most recent book, Penelope's Daughter, is set in Homeric Greece, and her next involves an eighteenth-century mathematician, Émilie du Châtelet. The other, Deborah Harkness, is (if memory serves) a professor of history whose debut novel A Discovery of Witches will be coming out soon; it's about a researcher at the Bodleian Library who comes across an alchemical manuscript that gets her into all sorts of trouble. Oh, and Deborah's a giant Tudor geek, too.

Nah, we didn't have anything to talk about.

Best part was, Deborah was at my third table, and so were two women currently reading her novel and loving it. And the table host was a big SF/F fan. So I spent the dessert course geeking about alchemy and how Newton was a complete jackass. Friends, this is what we call success.

Anyway, that was my Hollywood adventure. Now I go off to the much colder environs of Columbus, Ohio. Send me warm thoughts . . . .
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I'm starting to buckle down to work again, but interested parties might like to know that Jim Hines is giving away a copy of A Star Shall Fall (and also one of Tanya Huff’s The Enchantment Emporium). Details at the link; you have until the 20th to enter.
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The reading went swimmingly. Quite a good number of people in attendance, and the stories went over well. For the curious, my final choices were:

1) "The Wives of Paris" -- even if nobody had voted for it, I might have read this one, just because I've been looking forward to doing so for ages. As it also got a goodly number of votes in the poll, my desire had some justification to back it up.

2) "A Heretic by Degrees" -- lots of votes for the various Driftwood options. I didn't get the new story revised, so opted for this one instead. Especially because Borderlands readings are about the only opportunity I get to read longer stories; usually time constraints prohibit it.

3) a selection from A Star Shall Fall -- if you've read the book, I did the two scenes where Irrith goes hunting in what Ktistes claims is a bad patch but isn't really, and finds the, er, special room. (Circumlocuting so as to avoid spoilers.)

Now, back to the revision mines.


Sep. 21st, 2010 10:52 am
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Went to bed early last night, slept gloriously, woke feeling more like a human being. Which is good, because I've got a book that needs revising.

To entertain you while I do that: Alyx Dellamonica's got an interview with me posted on her blog, wherein I ramble on about a whole bunch of things, including the grade-school evolution of me as a writer, and the perfectly legal tax scam I've got going. :-)

Also, a review of A Star Shall Fall, from a place entertainingly named "Elitist Book Reviews." Their opinion? "This is how Alternate Historical Fantasy should be done." Awww, yay! And they hadn't read the first two books of the series -- in fact, they didn't know it was a series when they started reading -- so I now have a clear data point in favor of having pulled off what I was trying to do, namely, making the book work acceptably as a stand-alone.

Now I'm off to print the miniscript of this thing. Ta!
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More collated linky, and then maybe next week I'll get around to posting about Ada Lovelace and her wings.

Another guest-blog: me at Tiffany Trent's LJ, talking about researching in order to get things wrong.

More "And Blow Them at the Moon": the giveaway is ended (Scott will be picking a winner soon), but if you'd like to listen to the story, the podcast version is now available. I enjoyed this recording immensely -- like, meant to just check it out, but ended up listening to the whole thing -- because Scott arranged for a British reader, who does a marvelous job with the accents. He even does a Cornish accent for the knockers! Or something I presume is a Cornish accent, anyway! (I have no idea what they sound like. Which is Reason #17 why he's a better reader for the story than I am.)

Further reviews of A Star Shall Fall: Mark Yon at SFF World, which he sums up as "An ambitious tale and a pleasing triumph. Wonderful." His comments make me very happy. Watch out for borderline spoilers near the end of the review, though. Locus also had a very good review, though it isn't online, but this bit is pretty quotable:
There’s a sly brilliance to Brennan’s ongoing tales where the city of London moves through history . . . A Star Shall Fall has room enough for intellect and emotion, great issues as well as an array of individuals and personalities: self-mocking wit, bluntness, and ardor among others. As fear of the Dragon mounts, humans and fae come together in powerful scenes that both reflect and find ways to transcend the gap between beings with such very different experiences of Life and Time.

Finally, another public appearance for me: I'll be down in SoCal on October 23rd for the SCIBA Author Feast and Trade Show (yes, it's really called that). SCIBA is an independent booksellers' association, so this is an industry event rather than a fan one, but if any of you will be there, be sure to say hi!

Er, that's only four things. Uh. Here, have cats in an IKEA store.


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