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Live the Dream – THE WILD WAYS — it haz cover!

Tanya Huff reports (actually, reported a while ago) that her latest novel The Wild Ways – a sequel to The Enchantment Emporium – is/was projected to be published November 1, 2011. So, I suppose you can get looking for it now!

THE WILD WAYS, a second Gale family book and pretty much a direct sequel to THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM will be out in hardcover and ebook from DAW on November 1st. (although I have no idea how the international thing works for ebooks so please don’t ask; it seems weirdly messy from where I’m sitting outside the US) The major online chains have had it available for pre-order for a while which is hardly surprising since they had it listed before I finished writing it. Their faith in my ability is touching. Strange, but touching.

via Live the Dream – THE WILD WAYS — it haz cover!.

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The Truth of Valor – Tanya Huff

Slogged through the mud to victory.

Stars: Four out of five.

Review format: Review plus links.
Summary: Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is attempting to build a new life with salvage operator Craig Ryder on his ship, the Promise. Turns out civilian life is a lot rougher than she’d imagined-salvage operators are losing both cargo and lives to pirates. And when they attack the Promise, Craig is taken prisoner and Torin is left for dead.When Torin finds out why the pirates needed Craig, she calls in the Marines to get him back – and to stop the pirates from changing the balance of power in known space. (from the publisher via bookdaze)
Provenance: Borrowed from the local library.

I had a difficult three-score pages getting started with The Truth of Valor. I climbed out of this ‘mud’ when in chapter three (page 59 my book) Torin and Craig spar (verbally) over whether they should take up a fight against apparent pirates who’ve killed an ex-Marine.

Up till then, though, I was starting to worry whether Torin had jumped the shark at the end of Valor’s Trial. Was the ‘War was a Sham’ finale of the previous book going to leave her purposeless? If so, I didn’t want to see the ugly result.  But… Who knows, maybe this was deliberate meta-suspense on Huff’s part! Mean of her, if so. I was starting to worry maybe this wasn’t going to work out!

In the course of writing this review, I’ve decided that this book actually describes Torin turning an important corner in her life, now that the big war has been revealed to be a fake. She’s going to have a new mission in future books (see my liked list below if you don’t mind spoilers).

Recommended especially to Torin fans. Remember, Torin is like Heris Serrano in her purple uniform!

Linkage, Spoilage, and minor Quibbles below

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Babes with Blasters – genre guide

Front cover

Dont mess with Kylara Vatta

What I mean by Babes with Blasters is:  science fiction with a strong female protagonist, with a military context. The alliteration was too fun to pass up.

  1. Number one in my category – the Vatta’s War series by Elizabeth Moon. Pure fun!  Military science fiction, and excellent covers in the copies I’ve seen.
  2. Hammered, Scardown, Worldwired – Elizabeth Bear. I think the middle book is the best of the series. Here we notice the bizarre trend in this genre to crop the heads off female cover models who wear tight space-suits.
  3. Babe number three is Tanya Huff’s Sergeant Torin Kerr, in the Valor series.  The first books are: Valor’s Trial, Valor’s Choice, The Better  Part of Valor Torin wears a reasonable space-suit on that cover.
  4. Sauscony Valdoria kicks butt as a Jagernaut and heir to the Skolian Imperial throne – Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro launched her many-book sago on that universe.
  5. Women of War is actually the anthology that inspired me to collect this list. Some of the shorts in this anthology are AMAZING. Some, well, not so much. I was hoping it would lead to more authors for this list, but many of the writers were very new.
  6. C.J. Cherryh’s Jago, e.g. in Destroyer. The Foreigner Universe by C.J. Cherryh features a strong female alien character – Jago – a member of the assassins’ guild. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smoke and Mirrors – Tanya Huff

Cover of "Smoke and Mirrors (Smoke, Book ...

Cover of Smoke and Mirrors (Smoke, Book 2)

Smoke and Mirrors is Tanya Huff’s second smoke book. I enjoyed this one more than the first, reading it almost in a single setting.  The main character is again Tony Foster, at work as a production assistant on the TV show starring a vampire detective.  The plot centers on filming an episode in a haunted and demonically possessed house.

Why is this book better than the previous? I liked the tension from the strong parallel narrative from two of the ghosts’ point of view, in contrast with the first book exclusively following Tony.  The setting is confined to the haunted house and it’s relentlessly spooky – that also works.

The characters are well-defined and occasionally funny.

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