August by Rilo Kiley; Kat Howard

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    August, see Rilo Kiley song below. Isn’t it time for a cold drink? Shouldn’t we sit under a tree, read a book? Hmm.

    Since we just got bombarded with a ton of new magazines I though a quick survey of what’s new would be worth while. Looks like it’s Kat Howard‘s month!

    Locus has an interview with one of the hottest new writers this year, Ann Leckie, whose debut novel Ancillary Justice has been sweeping awards as well as an interview with Ian McDonald and a column by Kameron Hurley with a great title: “People Don’t Buy Books They Don’t Know About (Even Great Ones).”

    Clarkesworld MagazineNew stories from James Patrick Kelly, Caroline M. Yoachim, Kat Howard, and Joseph Tomaras, and reprints from Naomi Novik and Ian R. MacLeod.

    Lightspeed: New stories by An Owomoyela, E. Catherine Tobler, Tahmeed Shafiq, and Kat Howard, along with reprints by Gardner Dozois, David I. Masson, Ken Liu, Gwyneth Jones, and a novella by Sherwood Smith.

    Bastion Science Fiction Magazine brings stories from Clint Spivey, Emma Osborne, Mary Alexandra Agner, William Delman, J. Daniel Batt, Frank Smith, Jared W. Cooper, and Garrick Fincham.

    Nightmare Magazine has dark fiction from Desirina Boskovich and Ben Peek, and reprints from Tia V. Travis and Simon Strantzas, and an excerpt from the novel Proud Parents, by Kristopher Rufty.

    Interzone brings us James Van Pelt, Andrew Hook, Neil Williamson, D.J. Cockburn, E. Catherine Tobler, and Caren Gussuff, and much in the way of nonfiction.

    Meanwhile, dropping quarterly, The Dark has stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Octavia Cade, Emily B. Cataneo, and Darja Malcolm-Clarke.

    If that isn’t enough from you this week, I want to hear about it!

    FTR sale, new magazines, and, at last, Was

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    Was: a novel cover - click to view full sizeHey fairy tale fans, we’re running a week long sale on all titles from Fairy Tale Review. Use the coupon FTR when you check out and save 25% on Joy Williams’s Changeling, the Fairy Tale Review Special, and more.

    Congratulations to Karin Tidbeck whose debut collection Jagganath just received the Crawford Award!

    New this week:

    • Apex Magazine featuring Sarah Monette and others.
    • The Second Ghost Story Megapack featuring M.R. James et al.
    • Clarkesworld Magazine (Erzebet YellowBoy, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Greg Kurzawa).
    • Nightmare Magazine (Ted Kosmatka, Sarah Langan, a reprint by Margo Lanagan, and a feature interview with Caitlín R. Kiernan).
    • Lightspeed Magazine (C.C. Finlay, Carrie Vaughn, Genevieve Valentine; reprints from Maureen F. McHugh, Marly Youmans, and John Crowley; interviews with Lois McMaster Bujold and Steven Erikson; ebook-exclusive novella by Tad Williams; an excerpt of Karen Lord’s new novel The Best of All Possible Worlds).
    • Beneath Ceaseless Skies (James L. Sutter and Leslianne Wilder).
    • Locus (Year in Review issue with essays, the Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List, interviews with Catherynne M. Valente and Brian Slattery, etc.).
    • More, always more.

    And, at last! Today is the ebook release day for one of the best, saddest, deepest, most heartbreaking novels we know, Was by Geoff Ryman.

    And for instant gratification, you can read an excerpt from another Small Beer title, Trafalgar, right now at Tor.com: “The Best Day of the Year.”