Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap Published 12/6/2016 Five ordinary girls discover magical powers in this new series of interconnected short stories from Isabel Yap When Alex, Ria, Aiko, Natalie and Selena met at summer camp, they never expected the goddess would ask for their help, enlisting them as soldiers to protect the world from the […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, following the recent wtfuckery with VOYA Magazine, we decided to add our voices to those celebrating bisexuality, by talking about some of our recent favourite novels that feature a bi character. Go over there to see the whole list.
The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire Published 09/13/2016 | 9,845 Words Doctor Who meets Good Omens in this new short story from Book Smugglers Publishing. When Angel Evans was born into her world, the event was beset with a troubling number of prophecies. Her magical future was so portentous that all […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we are thrilled to be publishing the fifth and final story in our […]
In which we reveal the cover for The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire! Today we are thrilled to share with you the final cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Doctor Who meets Good Omens in this new […]
Superior by Jessica Lack Published 08/16/2016 | 16,757 Words A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers. Here’s the thing about being a superhero intern: there’s a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we are delighted to publish the fourth story in our Year of the […]
In which we reveal the cover for Superior by Jessica Lack! Today we are thrilled to share with you the very penultimate cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed […]
SFF in Conversation is a new monthly feature on The Book Smugglers in which we invite guests to talk about a variety of topics important to speculative fiction fans, authors, and readers. Our vision is to create a safe (moderated) space for thoughtful conversation about the genre, with a special focus on inclusivity and diversity […]
Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover of 10 Things I Can See From by Carrie Mac! Without further ado, behold! The beautiful cover! From The Author I love Maeve. And not just because she is my main character, but because she and I have a lot in common. We are both anxious over-thinkers […]
In a word: HARROWING. Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant Author: Seth Dickinson Genre: Fantasy, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: September 2015 Hardcover: 400 pages THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it. Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant […]
I finished reading The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps and on both cheeks I bore a delta of rinsed skin. Title: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps Author: Kai Ashante Wilson Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor.com Publication Date: September 1 2015 Paperback: 224 pages Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous […]
I don’t know that I ever read anything quite like A History of Glitter and Blood, a novel so edgy and dramatic and dark and uneasy and different and so, so weird, it almost exists on a realm of its own. It is SO bloody good it makes me want to fall on my knees […]
In which a N.K. Jemisin novel is awesome. Again. Title: The Fifth Season Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: August 4 2015 Hardcover: 449 Pages This is the way the world ends. Again. Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, […]
Ana says goodbye to Sarah McCarry’s girls. Title: About a Girl Written by Sarah McCarry Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Young Adult Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: July 14, 2015 Hardcover: 256 pages Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and […]
Ana’s adventures in Reading Comics continue with Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Title: Nimona Author: Noelle Stevenson Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics Publisher: Harper Collins Publication Date: May 2015 Hardcover: 275 pages The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio […]
Will Frances Hardinge ever write a book I won’t like? Title: The Lie Tree Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Fantasy, Historical Murder Mystery Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books Publication Date: May 7 2015 Paperback: 400 pages The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her […]
Originally a self-published novel and soon to be published as hardcover by Hodder in the UK, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers has earned acolytes, enthusiastic reviews and a Kitschies nomination. We had to check it out. Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Author: Becky Chambers Genre: […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews a short novel that has been receiving a lot of good buzz in the UK. Despite Ana’s reservations about one aspect of the story, Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett is a mind-fuck and an astonishing debut (!). Go HERE to see why.
SFF in Conversation is a monthly feature on The Book Smugglers in which we invite guests to talk about a variety of topics important to speculative fiction fans, authors, and readers. Our vision is to create a safe (moderated) space for thoughtful conversation about the genre, with a special focus on inclusivity and diversity in […]
Half-Resurrection Blues is Daniel José Older’s first novel and the start of the Bone Street Rumba series. The writing, the humour, the main character’s deeply felt sense of loneliness and the diversity of the world are praiseworthy. Title: Half-Resurrection Blues Author: Daniel José Older Genre: Urban Fantasy Publisher: Roc Publication Date: January 6 2015 Hardcover: […]
This is a book of lies and lost memories. This is a book of tales and curses and love. This is Holly Black doing what she does best: with gorgeous prose that flows beautifully, complicated female characters and a story of back and forth, The Darkest Part of the Forest is the author’s newest book […]
Title: A Hero at the End of the World Author: Erin Claiborne Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Big Bang Press Publication Date: November 11 2014 Hardcover: 308 pages Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. Although […]
Today we are delighted to unveil the cover for None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – out April 2015. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! The full jacket: About the Book What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another […]
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