Have you been reading The Expanse series, or watching the show on SyFy?
I love it.
I love tight focus on the characters, the action and adventure, the moral choices, the plucky team who’s got each others’ backs — all of it.
But most of all I love the unrelenting sense of optimism in this series. Yes, people can be terrible to one another. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, there are horrible tragedies in the world. But rather than going in the direction of grimdark nihilism (think Altered Carbon or Game of Thrones), The Expanse makes you feel like there’s still hope in the world.
Basically, these are the sorts of books I hope I’m writing.
So when I was asked to participate in a promotion where we picked a best-selling book to give away, I knew I had to pick Leviathan Wakes.
Get your e-reader into uniform
This isn’t entirely book related, but I suspect you’re the sorts of folks who like nerdy things.
Behold: my latest sewing obsession. Kindle/e-reader covers inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms.
I whipped up a few this week as a relaxing break from staring at computers, and they’re surprisingly fun to make! They’re lined with merino wool knit jersey and nice fluffy batting to give them some padding, then finished with a bright gold button.
(I was too impatient and took this photo before sewing buttons on the red and yellow.)
The blue one is for me, since I always figured I’d be a science officer. And I heart Beverly Crusher.
What do you think?
Should I make up a few more and throw them up for sale on my website?
Let me know!
For Your To-Be-Read List
Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
(I actually attempted to pre-order this book THREE TIMES because every time I saw someone tweet about it I thought OMG I need to read that. Amazon kindly reminded me each time that I’d already ordered it.
When it finally showed up on my Kindle, I devoured it, then bought a paperback copy at WorldCon in hopes that I’d meet Rebecca and get her to sign it. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet her. But what I’m saying here is this book is good. The sort of unique story you don’t see every day, populated by characters that remind me of my friends and neighbors — way more than the European epic fantasy I read as a kid ever did. I wish teenaged Jessie had had this book.)
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last best hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel the rez, unraveling clues from ancient legends, trading favors with tricksters, and battling dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the killings, she will have to confront her past if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
Oh, and thanks for WorldCon!
A huge thank you to everyone who stopped to see me at the booth at WorldCon.
(Missed it? Here’s a bigger version of the photo in the header — the booth was gorgeous!)
I sold a ton of copies of books, met a bunch of fellow book-lovers, stayed out way too late with new friends, and in general had a great time.
If you’re in Portland, I’d love to see you September 27th at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, where I’ll be doing a reading at 6pm.