Drop what you’re doing and go buy Ann Leckie’s PROVENANCE

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. But I’m also not.

Provenance marks a return to the universe of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, which began in 2013 with the award-winning Ancillary JusticeProvenance is similarly centered around a plot of intergalactic political intrigue, following a young woman who’s frankly too inexperienced to navigate the situation she’s put herself in.

As much as my headline’s a little dramatic, I’m not exaggerating when I say this standalone is one of the best SFF novels of the year, and I can’t wait to be able to share this with other readers. I also had the chance to interview Leckie for the Skiffy & Fanty Show as a guest host along with Shaun, who also enjoyed the book. (If you listen closely to the episode, you can hear us internally screaming in the background.)

Provenance is available today – but you can read my full review at Girls in Capes before buying, and don’t forget to follow Skiffy & Fanty on Twitter to wait for the episode to release.

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The 2015 100 Books Challenge

Leckie_AncillarySword_TP-197x300I’m excited to start my fourth year attempting the 100 Books challenge!

Last year, I managed to read 97 books.  Some of my favorites?  Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY SWORD — sequel to 2013’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE — along with M. R. Carey’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, the first volume of the new MS. MARVEL written by G. Willow Wilson about a Pakistani-American superheroine, and SHADOWBOXER by Tricia Sullivan.

This year, I’ve already got 7 books on my list — mainly books I was trying but failed to finish in 2014, plus a couple for upcoming events and reviews:

  • The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 9, ed. Andrew Drilon & Charles Tan
  • Once We Were* by Kat Zhang
  • Asura Girl* by Otaro Maijo
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall (ARC)
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown (GiC Book Club)

You’ll be able to find reviews of The Walled City and Asura Girl up this month over at Girls in Capes.  If you’re in the West Philadelphia suburbs area, join us for our book club on Jan. 31 to talk about Red Rising.

What books are you most looking forward to this year?