We discuss whether the central plot device (the hook!) of the Rook is a cliche or clever. Plus, how to find the best stories in SciFi and Fantasy and help authors get exposure at the same time.
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: Irish Egg Nog (Carolan's Irish Creme, Bulleit Bourbon, Coffee, Nutmeg)
Veronica: Red blend
Full trailer for The Expanse Season 2, with a new premiere date (a week earlier). Season 2 of The Expanse premieres on February 1, 2017 on Syfy.
Louie: Cover reveal for book #7 in The Expanse series, Persepolis Rising
Kenley: For the first time, Wired magazine's is all fiction written by science fiction authors. January 2017 issue. "15 fantastic tales from an uncertain future." Available now for digital subscribers. Probably on the newsstand soon. Hat tip to Tassie Dave for the link
Ten of 2016's most notable African science fiction and fantasy stories
Shad: The first draft of Brandon Sanderson's Oathbringer (Stormlight #3) is done and set for a November 2017 release date.
BARE YOUR SWORD
2016 Year in Review
Hi Tom and Veronica
You asked on episode 275 for us to write in with what we will be reading over the holidays. I'm most excited to read A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, which I ordered from the UK. I wanted the pretty cover and to read it before March! I loved the first book (A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) so much. And I will also read The Rook.
Jenny Colvin (@readingenvy)
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION
January Pick: Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
Story setup: Clever or cliched?
TR: Easter eggs - no plot spoilers
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