The Forbidden Library, Silver & Salt, plus Tainted Blood news
So today is a hugely great day! I mean, not particularly for wallets, but great for brains. Because today is my friend Django Wexler’s book birthday! The Forbidden Library is available for purchase everywhere – now, Django is probably best known for his incredibly epic flintlock fantasy, as well as his inability to say no when I come up with a blog idea, but he will soon be also known for incredible middle-grade fantasy.
I don’t read a lot of children’s literature – I mean, beyond Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events, which, do those even really count? – but I read The Forbidden Library ARC back in June. Mostly it was because Django is my buddy, and because he promised that cats would be involved. So I might’ve started that book out of nepotism and the desire for literary LOLcats, but that is not why I stayed up all damn night reading that book. Seriously, this is SO DAMN GOOD. I wish that I could use a time machine to go back and hand it to my eleven-year-old self, because I wish I could’ve grown up with this one in my head alongside Narnia. But at the same time, it’s just honestly good, and I’m itching for #2.
Written for kids? Yes, and it will blow their minds. But at the same time, this completely holds up for an adult reader due to the nuanced characters and some extremely tricky and complex themes. Buy it, read it, love it, finally get all my references to The Swarm. (then nag your library into investing in a copy)
I usually have a lot of books and authors I list off when people ask me about what my literary influences were when it came to writing the Fort Scott books. I mean, I kind of wish I could just upload a few pictures of the contents of my bookshelves. But one influence that I absolutely cannot underemphasize was Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series – particularly the first book, Nightlife. The grit of it, the humor, the complete nightmare re-imagining of elves, and the emotional messiness – I just love that damn book. I also love Rob Thurman – I must have at least a dozen of her books scattered all over my house, most pretty banged up.
So I’m guessing that I’m not alone in the Thurman fandom, so that’s why you should like this – Rob Thurman has put together a Cal Leandros anthology. Two shorts that appeared in previous anthologies, one short that was previously online, and one entirely brand-new short story. Available in Kindle, paperback, and also on her website! Go snag a copy – Rob Thurman is trying out the Barb Hendee model and dipping her toe in self-publishing, so if she gets a good response out of this, we’re all likely to see a lot more of this kind of thing from her.
That’s news about my friends – now how about some Fort Scott stuff? Tainted Blood has an Amazon page! There’s also a definite pub date – November 4, 2014 should now be seared into your calendars. Finally, here’s the back cover copy – read and enjoy!
In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly…
Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control.
So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort finds himself tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas. Even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to hunt for the paranormal assassin.
But as he calls on fairies, witches, and ghouls for help, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than a single dead werebear. The supernatural community is preparing for a massive shift in power within the Scott family leadership—and Fort has landed right in the middle of the gathering storm.…
Posted on April 15, 2014, in Publication and tagged adorable cat photos, cats, Children's Literature, Django Wexler, Middle-Grade, Nightlife, Rob Thurman. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Oh, another huge Cal Leandros fan here.
Now that you mentioned.. I can totally see some similarities between Cal and Fort. *imagining the crossover* The amount of sass and sarcasm would be epic… Why did you put this image in my head….?! 🙂
One of my favorite things about Cal Leandros series is a relationship between Cal and Nico (and I also loved relationship between Stefan and Misha in Korsak Brothers books). I knew there was a completely legitimate, not just you-are-a-swoonworthy-fictional-character-and- i’m-just-a-girl reason I like Chivalry so much… 😀 He is a great big brother.
A question: Blurb is not added on Goodreads page for Tainted Blood.. Is it ok to mention something from it in my “review”? Like some musings about this “massive shift in power within the Scott family”?
Oh, I love the way that Thurman works with brother relationships — Stefan and Misha are fabulous as well. That would be an amazing crossover — ideally I’d like it to happen at family counseling.
Yeah, the Goodreads page is weird — right now there are two Tainted Blood entries, one with the blurb and one without. (one called part of the American Vampire series, one called a Generation V book — madness!) You should totally go for it — after all, the blurb is on the Amazon and one of the Goodreads pages, so it’s totally out there. You’re not spoiling anything at all — and I totally encourage speculation! 🙂
The Forbidden Library is beautifully written. I’m four chapters into it so far. I love the precocious Alice. And the house where stuff happens behind her back when nobody seems to be there is pretty cool. I just got to the part where Alice goes to the library for the first time.