“Glows with intelligence . . . though not for the faint of heart.”
—Booklist (starred review)
A young man has to choose who to love, who to leave in the 1926 General Strike in Britain.
3 x 1 = 3
3 x 10 = 30
3 x 100 = ∞
People read books Tue 2 Sep 2014
We have a lot of things coming up for Benjamin Parzybok’s forthcoming novel Sherwood Nation — although just to be absolutely clear: we have nothing to do with any droughts anywhere! Just in time for pub date (next week!) Booklist drops a great review: “Parzybok is riffing on the Robin Hood story, to be sure, […]
Limiteds limitations reached Thu 28 Aug 2014
Just marked the limited editions of Hal Duncan’s An A-Z of the Fantastic City and Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners as out of print. Yay! This might have something to do with updating the LCRW subscription page. There are a few unsigned, unnumbered hardcovers of the former for sale and it is still available in […]
Bookslinger: Up the Fire Road Fri 22 Aug 2014
New this week on Consortium’s Bookslinger app is Eileen Gunn’s story “Up the Fire Road” from her collection Questionable Practices. Previous Small Beer stories on Bookslinger: Howard Waldrop’s Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning story ”The Ugly Chickens.” Howard Waldrop’s “A Dozen Tough Jobs.” Bernardo Fernandez’s “Lions” (translated by co-editor Chris N. Brown) from Three Messages and a Warning. John […]
A thought-provoking sometimes heartbreaking novel which absorbingly examines the dynamics and power shifts between oppressed and oppressor.
trade paper edition to be scheduled with Air Logic · 9781618730930 | ebook · 9781618730947
Elemental Logic: Book 2
Spectrum Award winner
The second book of Shaftal. The country has a ruler again, Karis, a woman who can heal the war-torn land and expel the invaders. But she lives in obscurity with her fractious found family. With war and disease spreading, Karis must act. And when Karis acts, the very stones of the earth sit up and take notice.
Reviews of Earth Logic
“With this follow-up to Fire Logic, Marks produces another stunner of a book. The powerful but subtle writing glows with intelligence, and the passionate, fierce, articulate, strong, and vital characters are among the most memorable in contemporary fantasy, though not for the faint of heart. Definitely for the thinking reader.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“The sequel to Fire Logic continues the tale of a woman born to magic and destined to rule. Vivid descriptions and a well-thought-out system of magic.”
“Twenty years after the invading Sainnites won the Battle of Lilterwess, the struggle for the world of Shaftal is far from finished in Marks’s stirring, intricately detailed sequel to Fire Logic. . . . Full of love and humor as well as war and intrigue, this well-crafted epic fantasy will delight existing fans as surely as it will win new ones.”
“Rich and affecting. . . . A thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking political novel.”
“Intelligent, splendidly visualized, and beautifully written. Laurie Marks’s use of language is really tremendous.”
“A dense and layered book filled with complex people facing impossible choices. Crammed with unconventional families, conflicted soldiers, amnesiac storytellers, and practical gods, the story also finds time for magical myths of origin and moments of warm, quiet humor. Against a bitter backdrop of war and winter, Marks offers hope in the form of various triumphs: of fellowship over chaos, the future over the past, and love over death.”
“A powerful and hopeful story where the peacemakers are as heroic as the warriors; where there is magic in good food and flower bulbs; and where the most powerful weapon of all is a printing press.”
“Earth Logic is not a book of large battles and heart-stopping chases; rather, it’s more gradual and contemplative and inexorable, like the earth bloods who people it. It’s a novel of the everyday folk who are often ignored in fantasy novels, the farmers and cooks and healers. In this novel, the everyday lives side by side with the extraordinary, and sometimes within it; Karis herself embodies the power of ordinary, mundane methods to change the world.”
“It is an ambitious thing to do, in this time of enemies and hatreds, to suggest that a conflict can be resolved by peaceable means. Laurie Marks believes that it can be done, and she relies relatively little on magic to make it work.”
—Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City
Praise for Fire Logic, Elemental Logic: Book 1
* “Marks has created a work that is filled with an intelligence that zings off the page. . . . This beautifully written novel includes enough blood and adventure to satisfy the most quest-driven readers.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A deftly painted story of both cultures and magics in conflict.”—Robin Hobb
Fire Logic and Earth Logic both received the Gaylactic Spectrum Award.
Cover art by Kathleen Jennings.
Laurie J. Marks‘s Elemental Logic novels (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, and Water Logic) received multiple starred reviews and the first two both won the Gaylactic Spectrum Award. Marks is currently working on the fourth Elemental Logic novel, Air Logic. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts.
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Elemental Logic: Book 1
Spectrum Award winner
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Now available in paperback. Gaylactic Spectrum Award winner. Longlisted for the IMPAC Award.
Includes a sneak preview of the second book in the Dissenters series, The Shimmers in the Night.
“Kress’s depiction of science is much like her characters’ experiences with love: by turns glorious and terrible, and always a little disturbing, even in triumph.”